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).

    Adrian works at Casuarina Health and Medical on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Saturday mornings (alternating). Having worked at Kingscliff Beach Medical centre since 2012, he continues to have a strong involvement in that practice and works there on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Dr Nicholas Papadopoulos

    MBBS

    Nicholas completed his medical studies at the University of New South Wales in 2015 and subsequently worked at St George…

    Nicholas completed his medical studies at the University of New South Wales in 2015 and subsequently worked at St George Hospital in Sydney.

    He enjoys working in all aspects of General Practice with specific interests in paediatrics, reproductive, sports and musculoskeletal medicine, having undertaken an additional year in orthopaedics in one of Sydney’s largest trauma hospitals.

    Having grown up on the North Coast, Nicholas has now returned with his young family to continue his work in General Practice. He is passionate about providing quality health care and has excellent knowledge of the local community, facilities and services available to help his patients.

  • 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 James Bowles

    MBBS

    Dr James Bowles became a member of the Casuarina Health and Medical Team in February 2019. He studied a Bachelor…

    Dr James Bowles became a member of the Casuarina Health and Medical Team in February 2019.

    He studied a Bachelor of Journalism and Sports Studies at the University of Queensland and subsequently completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Deakin University in Victoria. He gained experience working in a variety of specialties – including extended rotations in acute medicine and the adult and paediatric emergency departments – during his residency at the Gold Coast University and Robina Hospitals. He has also undertaken rural rotations in Nanango and Murwillumbah. He aims to provide high quality, empathetic and evidence-based care to his patients.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Narelle Hammond

    Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Nursing

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

    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 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 practised 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 $73.00 (Medicare rebate $38.75)
Long consultation (>20min) $109.00 (Medicare rebate $75.05)
Extended consultation (>40min) $164.00 (Medicare rebate $110.50)
   

Health Care Card/Commonwealth Seniors Card (Concession rate)

Standard consultation $59.00 (Medicare rebate $38.75)
Long consultation (>20min) $94.00 (Medicare rebate $75.05)
Extended consultation (>40min) $139.00 (Medicare rebate $110.50)
   
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, Pensioners and DVA patients will be Bulk-Billed.

Please note- Saturday morning and 5pm to 7pm consultations:

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

*DVA patients will be bulk billed.

Fees are higher, however rebates are higher also. Gap is similar to normal hours appointment charges. Bulk billed patients remain bulk billed during this time slot.

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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OPENING HOURS

Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 7:00pm

Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays:  Closed

For after hours medical services please call 02 66740888 for contact details.

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 66740888 or book an appointment online by clicking ‘Book appointment’ on this page.