COVID-19 Vaccines

Casuarina Health & Medical is NOT currently involved in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.  

For all the latest news and information about COVID-19 vaccines in Australia please follow the link below.

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines

Casuarina Health & Medical

Our doctors and staff aim to provide you and your family with the highest standard of medical care in a friendly and professional environment. We take a comprehensive and evidence-based approach towards the prevention, diagnosis and management of illness, and are committed to the promotion of good health and well-being to all our patients.

All of our doctors hold specialist fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and have broad experience in the full range of general medical and family care.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE

  • General medicine
  • Immunisations
  • Travel advice and vaccinations
  • Skin checks and skin cancer management (surgical and medical)
  • Minor Surgery/procedures
  • Wound Care
  • Antenatal and post-natal care
  • Family planning and sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Drivers licence medicals (personal and commercial)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs patient care
  • Workcover
  • Aged care including Health Assessments for 75 years +
  • Chronic disease management

The Team

  • Dr Adrian Smith

    MBBS, FRACGP, B Int Bus, GDip Econ

    Adrian completed his medical degree at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 and subsequently worked in the Princess Alexandra Hospital…

    Adrian completed his medical degree at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 and subsequently worked in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and later completed general practice training on the NSW north coast, gaining fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2012.

    He has a particular interest in skin cancer diagnosis and management, and has undertaken additional training in skin cancer surgery through UQ/Healthcert. Adrian utilises dermoscopy for skin checks, and has access to a well equipped treatment room at Casuarina Health and Medical for minor surgery and other procedures.

    Adrian enjoys all aspects of general practice and helping patients of all ages from new-borns to the elderly. In addition to skin cancer management, he has particular interest in men’s health, child/adolescent health, travel medicine, mental health and assisting military veterans. He is passionate about preventative medicine and helping patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Prior to studying medicine Adrian had a broad exposure to other industries among other things working in banking and finance here and overseas, and saw military service in the Army (Infantry, Ready Reserve 1992-1996).

    Having worked at Kingscliff Beach Medical centre since 2012, he continues to have a strong involvement in that practice.

  • Dr Ashleigh Black

    BMedSci, MBBS, Dip Child Health, FRACGP

    Having grown up in the Illawarra, Dr Ashleigh Black completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the…

    Having grown up in the Illawarra, Dr Ashleigh Black completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor
    of Surgery at the University of Wollongong in 2011. She has extensive experience practising medicine in
    regional and remote Australia, and has worked abroad in paediatric medicine in Nepal.

    Dr Ashleigh Black relocated to the Northern River’s in 2010, and has since been an active part of the
    local medical community. She completed her Diploma of Children’s Health in 2013, and her Certificate in
    Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine in 2016.

    With an emphasis on current best practice, Ashleigh provides personalised guidance towards achieving
    better health. Her areas of interest include child and adolescent health, women’s health including antenatal
    care, sexual health, and acute and chronic disease management.

    Out of the office, Ashleigh enjoys exploring local national parks and beaches with her young family.

  • Dr Elizabeth Keran

    MBBS, FRACGP

    Liz has lived and worked in northern NSW since 2013. She completed her medical degree through Griffith University in 2010…

    Liz has lived and worked in northern NSW since 2013. She completed her medical degree through Griffith University in 2010 and has subsequently obtained a fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2016. Prior to studying medicine, Liz worked as a registered nurse in rural NSW hospitals so has a strong interest in working in collaboration with other health providers to provide patient-centred care. She has undertaken additional training in reproductive medicine and women’s health but enjoys all aspects of general practice.

    Liz is currently on extended leave providing medical care to remote community’s for the remainder of 2021

  • Dr Sarah Cunningham

    FRACGP. MB.Ch.B.DCH.D.Obs. Post Grad Cert in Health Science( Womens Health). Internationally Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner and Member of ASLM. Cert in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

    Dr Sarah is a highly experienced GP who ran her own  successful 5 doctor Practice in Brisbane for over 25…

    Dr Sarah is a highly experienced GP who ran her own  successful 5 doctor Practice in Brisbane for over 25 years.   She is passionate about helping her patients to lead healthy active lives with the least possible medications. She has done extensive reading and study in the field of Lifestyle Medicine so is able to recommend evidence based advice to improve health outcomes. She deals with the full range of family medicine at any age with an emphasis on prevention.
     She is a passionate environmentalist and a member of Doctors for the Environment. She has moved to Northern NSW to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle with her extended family on 20 acres.
  • Dr Amit Patel

    MBBS, BSc

    Amit has completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical science prior to completing his medical degree in 2011 through the University…

    Amit has completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical science prior to completing his medical degree in 2011 through the University of Queensland. On top of experiece in General medicine, Emergency medicine and Paediatrics, He has also operating experience in Orthopaedic surgery, General Surgery, Paediatric surgery, and 5 years of Urology prior to shifting career path to General Practice. He holds an associate lecturer role through the University of Queensland.

    Focusing on evidence based best practice, Amit believes in empowering his patients to optimise personal health. He is passionate about all aspects of general practice.

  • Dr Nelson Hebert

    MBBS

    Nelson completed his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland in 2013. Since then he has been…

    Nelson completed his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland in 2013. Since then he has been working around the Gold and North Coast regions. As a GP registrar Nelson has works at Kingscliff Beach Medical and Casuarina Health & Medical.

    After undertaking residency training at The Tweed Hospital, Nelson then completed three years working within Obstetrics and Gynaecology at GCUH, Robina and The Tweed Hospital.

    Nelson is able to insert intrauterine devices (mirena, kyleena, copper), implanons, and perform gynaecological exams all within the clinic setting. He also has a keen interest in other aspect of women’s and men’s health, and loves seeing kids come in for a review. Surgery is also a key interest for Nelson.

  • Dr Freda Vora-O’Neill

    MB BCh BAO NUI, FRACGP, MICGP, DRCOG

    Freda obtained her medical degree from University College Dublin in 2008 and completed her specialist GP training in Ireland in…

    Freda obtained her medical degree from University College Dublin in 2008 and completed her specialist GP training in Ireland in 2014. She practiced in the fields of general and emergency medicine in both rural and urban hospitals in Ireland before making the switch to general practice. The principal aim of this was to have the opportunity to provide continuity of care to her patients.

    Freda made the move from Ireland to Australia in August 2014, & has worked in Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Moruya, Bateman’s Bay and Tweed Emergency Departments, as well as providing GP care in the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and northern NSW areas.

    She relishes the opportunity to live close to the beach since moving to Australia, & truly appreciates the wonderful climate and spectacular scenery the local region offers. Outside of work she is a keen clarinettist and has played with the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra and the World Doctors’ Orchestra. She prioritises keeping fit, and goes for daily runs by the ocean.

    Special interests include dermatology, women’s health and preventative healthcare.

    Freda will be joining Casuarina Health & Medical from July 2021

  • Narelle Hammond

    Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Nursing

    Narelle graduated from Podiatry at LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2007. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Nursing at…

    Narelle graduated from Podiatry at LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2007. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Flinders University, Adelaide, followed by a post Graduate Diploma in advanced Clinical Nursing at The University of Melbourne. After a 15-year career in Intensive Care Nursing at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Narelle began to practice as a podiatrist. Prior to settling on the Gold Coast, Narelle practiced in public podiatry (Community Health) as well as private practice in both Melbourne and Sydney.
    Narelle continues to maintain her Nursing membership and practice but predominantly works as a podiatrist in her own private practice.
    Narelle has a very high standard of podiatric care for all of her patients. She has a special interest in sports podiatry, nail surgery, diabetic foot care and orthotic fitting.

    Undergraduate Qualifications
    Bachelor of Podiatry, La Trobe University 2007. Bachelor of Nursing, Flinders University, Adelaide, 1996.

    Postgraduate Training
    Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Nursing, Melbourne University 2000.

    Professional Memberships
    Professional Member of Diabetes Qld Registered Podiatrist with AHPRA Registered Nurse with AHPRA Member of Australian Podiatry Association (Qld)

    Special Interests
    Biomechanics of the Lower Limb Diabetic and High Risk Patients Nail Surgery Wound Care

  • Ryan Richardson

    B. Physiotherapy, B. Exercise Science

    After graduating from Griffith University in 2009, Ryan started his career at a busy private practice on the Gold Coast,…

    After graduating from Griffith University in 2009, Ryan started his career at a busy private practice on the Gold Coast, where he consolidated his assessment and treatment skills working alongside highly experienced physiotherapists. Here he undertook introductory and advanced dry needling training, along with clinical pilates training. Not only did this allow him to develop into a proficient physiotherapist clinically, it allowed him to develop a holistic approach that is vital in the management of patients, enabling them to reach their goals sooner.

    His areas of interest include:

    • Back and neck pain
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Knee and Ankle injuries
    • Running technique and Overuse injuries
    • Falls Prevention and Balance Re-Training
    • Dry needling
    • Clinical Pilates
    • Exercise prescription

    He has recently returned from 2 years working in the United Kingdom as a physiotherapist, where he developed new skills, and worked alongside internationally experienced clinicians. Since returning, he has started his own physiotherapy service “Back In Tune Physiotherapy” covering northern NSW and the Gold Coast.

Fees

FEES

Standard Practice Fees

Standard consultation $74.00 (Medicare rebate $39.10)
Long consultation (>20min) $114.00 (Medicare rebate $75.75)
Extended consultation (>40min) $150.00 (Medicare rebate $111.50)
   

Health Care Card/Commonwealth Seniors Card (Concession rate)

Standard consultation $60.00 (Medicare rebate $39.10)
Long consultation (>20min) $100.00 (Medicare rebate $75.75)
Extended consultation (>40min) $136.00 (Medicare rebate $111.50)
   
High School Students 16 years to 18 years will be charged at the Health Care Card (Concession rate)

The Following will be Bulk Billed

Children 15 years and under, Pensioner card holders and DVA Gold Card holders..

Please note there is no bulk billing on Saturday morning and 5pm to 7pm consultations:

‘No bulk billing’ * Pensioners and Children 15 years and under will be billed at the concession rate.

Fees remain at the discretion of each practitioner. Additional fees may apply for extra services not listed above.
For allied health and specialist fees please contact us on 02 6674 0888.

SMS text messages are sent for appointment confirmation and clinical reminders to your mobile phone.  Please ensure the practice has your correct details.

PATIENT FORMS

New Patients Form

New patients who have not been seen at this practice before can print this form, once completed it should be brought along to you initial appointment:

Records Transfer Request Form

The records transfer request form is for those patients wanting to have their past medical records sent through to our surgery. This can be helpful for you doctor to look over past medical history and medications to help with any current conditions. Once completed it can be given to our receptionists who will fax it through to your previous doctor.

FAQ’s

We bulk bill Pension card holders, Veterans affairs gold card holders and children 15 years and under. Click on ‘Fees’ tab for more information

Yes, the doctor needs to see you to diagnose and suggest best treatment.

Yes, the doctor needs to see you to determine what medication is best for your problem.

Yes, the doctor needs to see you to monitor your progress and make changes if necessary.

No, for continuity of care it’s best to see the doctor who diagnosed & suggested the treatment.

An example:

  • New patients, excluding visitors to the area
  • Two or more problems, or a complex problem
  • Pap Smears
  • Travel advice and vaccination
  • Family and emotional issues
  • Mental Health Care plans
  • Health Care Plans – pre appointment required to determine eligibility
  • Medical and Insurance forms.
  • Etc. please call the surgery for further information

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Contact

OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

For after hours medical services: Palm Beach After Hours Doctor 07 5534 3633

CONTACT INFORMATION

Casuarina Shopping Village, Shop 11
482 Casuarina Way
Casuarina NSW 2487

Phone: 02 6674 0888
Fax: 02 6674 0999
Email: [email protected]

Please note this email service is checked infrequently and is not available for making appointments or accessing medical advice, information or results. 

This email service in not a secure nor encrypted service. If you request or submit confidential information via email we cannot guarantee to protect your privacy for being intercepted or being corrupted, amended, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. 

For all medical advice please make an appointment with one of our doctors by calling our reception staff on 02 6674 0888 or book an appointment online by clicking ‘Book appointment’ on this page.