Third Avenue Surgery

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

GP After Hours Mount Lawley

Mon - Fri
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun & Public Holidays
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Doctors & Staff

Third Avenue Staff

Practice Manager – Rachael Hadlow

Duty Manager – Shirley

After Hours Manager – Gina

Nurses – Lynda, Rachel, RJ

Medical Receptionists – Agnes, Donka, Fiona, Kai, Leanne, Lesley, Maria, Matilda, Nour, Phireethi, Sian, Suzanne, Tanya, Tessa.

Doctors who provide services from this location are:

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    Dr. Bao Nguyen Dang

    Locally born, raised and schooled in Perth, I graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2005. After several years rotating through the public hospitals including Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Joondalup and Armadale Health Campuses as well as working with Silver Chain Palliative Care service, I gained very valuable experiences across many specialties including
    emergency medicine, paediatrics, antenatal care, oncology and palliative care and general medicine. This set me up with much more confidence and a wondering foundation entering general practice. I am very privileged to have been a part of the Third Avenue Surgery family since 2011.

    I love the challenges of being a GP, with all its diversity as well as the holistic nature of care that we can provide. My particular interests lie in paediatrics, women’s health and pregnancy care, preventative health and chronic illness. My overall aim is to be your partner in helping you and your family to achieve improved mental and physical well being.

    Outside of work, my three greatest loves include my beautiful fluffy Maltese Shih Tzu Wasabi, my lil miss Lily and my baby Oliver. I also delight in delectable food, shoes (the more the merrier) and travel.

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    Dr. Christopher Bleakley

    I grew up in Belfast and attended Queen’s University, graduating in 2001. I completed most of my hospital training around Northern Ireland, with a year in Brisbane for good measure, before moving to Chester, England to complete training as a GP in 2007. I became a partner in a surgery in Belfast in 2009, and started working as one of the local hospice doctors in the same year.

    After 34 years of rain (minus one in Brisbane), I decided that I’d had enough and moved to Perth with wife and (then one) child. My wife is also a GP, and we worked together in a bulk-billing surgery in Midland for 2 years. I made the decision to move to private billing surgeries at that time, because it allows me to spend more time with each patient and to provide higher quality health care – our main goal on leaving the NHS. I have now been working at Third Avenue Surgery for a few years, and also work for the GP After Hours folks when I can.

    I am interested in all aspects of General Practice and am passionate about the role of the GP in preventing illness before it causes harm. I don’t find it helpful to drag well people in to see the doctor, but am very keen to provide support and health education so that, should things start to go wrong, we can jump on any problems quickly and effectively.

    I am a fair weather cyclist (in recognition of the fact that we should at least try to lead by example). Beyond this, I am something of a nerd (and proud of it), spend most of my time trying to entertain/distract two children, and give thanks for the wealth of family-friendly activities that are available in and around Perth.

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    Dr. Christopher Cook

    I live in the local area with my wonderful wife and two amazing children. I am interested in music, travel, martial arts and have been known to occasionally spoil a nice walk on the golf course.

    In my life before medicine, I completed a degree in Sports Science and worked at Concord Hospital, Sydney, in the Respiratory Function Unit. I soon realised the doctors were having all the fun so I applied to study medicine at UWA.

    Since graduating from UWA in 2007, I completed my internship at Royal Perth Hospital and then worked around Perth in a variety of specialties at St John of God Hospital, Hollywood Private Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus. Following GP training and Fellowship, I have completed a Diploma in Dermatology and Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine. I am particularly interested in skin disease and perform comprehensive skin checks and minor skin procedures daily.

    At Third Avenue Surgery, we provide travel consultations and vaccinations. I would like to hear all about your future travel plans and help minimise your risk of health problems whilst abroad.

    I enjoy all aspects of General Practice including preventative health care, sexual health and contraception – including Implanon insertion and removal, and chronic disease management. I provide a relaxed, collegial approach to health care where we work together to optimise your health.

    I look forward to seeing you at Third Avenue Surgery.

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    Dr. Penny Roe

    I grew up in Sydney but moved to Newcastle to study medicine where I graduated with Honours and the AMA prize. I then returned to Sydney and completed my hospital training at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital doing paediatrics.

    I completed a Diploma of Child Health followed by the Family Medicine Program and became a Fellow of College of GP after passing the exams in 1996. I had my son Tom in 1997 but continued to work in General Practice in the inner west of Sydney before moving to Perth in 2003 for family reasons. I have worked at Third Avenue Surgery since 2006 and for GP After Hours Mount Lawley for over 10 years.

    I love all aspects of General Practice and Family Medicine but I am especially interested in Paediatrics,
    Women’s Health and younger adults. I am passionate about the role of the good GP in a person/family’s life and the importance of continuity of care for patients. That is why I am so fortunate to work with so many great GP’s here at Third Avenue Surgery and GP After Hours Mount Lawley.

    My grown son Tom has almost finished university and we have a boxer dog named Tessa and two cats. I love walking Tessa, waging a losing battle on the weeds in my garden, book club, movies and enjoying lots of social events with friends, family and colleagues.

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    Dr. Louis Papaelias

    I was born in Perth and grew up locally. I studied medicine at the University of WA and graduated in 1975. I went on to complete additional studies where I became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GP’s and have practised as a General Practitioner since 1979.

    I have been with Third Avenue Surgery since 1983, where I began as one of the original founding doctors alongside Alla Sakalo. I have completed additional studies in Obstetrics and delivered babies as a GP Obstetrician for many years. At present, my main area of interest is in all aspects of general practice. I visit aged care facilities to look after my patients twice a week and I am also fluent in Greek and basic Italian. I also enjoy working for GP After Hours Mount Lawley, our division of after-hours emergency care.

    I am a member of the AMA and RACGP and my deep love of wine has led me to write the occasional wine article for the Medical Forum Magazine. I am happily married with two grown children and one grandson and in my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music, occasional cooking and roasting coffee and weekend solitude time in our holiday home in Denmark where I can ‘clear my head’.

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    Dr. Simon Torvaldsen

    I was born in England and migrated to Perth, aged 12 and studied Medicine at the University of WA. I spent three years at Fremantle Hospital, and was then appointed Medical Registrar to the Palliative Care Unit at Hollywood Hospital. I then worked as a GP locum in both metro and country areas and in 1991 I settled at Third Avenue Surgery and continued to work part-time with Silver Chain Hospice
    for 16 years.

    I love all aspects of General Practice including procedural and family medicine and have extensive experience in Aged and Palliative Care. Currently, I am Chair of the AMA WA Council of General Practice, where I enjoy working to improve our health system and promote the value of General Practice.

    I take great satisfaction in trying to make a difference both for my patients and for the future of medicine in Australia. Over the years, I have sat on various Boards of Divisions of General Practice and Medicare Locals.

    I founded Australia’s first private Palliative Care Unit at Mount Lawley Private Hospital and was a founding member of the Australian Motor Sport Medicine Association.  In 2000, I helped create GP After Hours Mount Lawley at Mercy Hospital and am proudly responsible for its relocation to Third Avenue Surgery. I have published in the Medical Journal of Australia and have provided expert
    advice to a number of Government committees, the Medical Board and the media.

    I am happily married with two grown daughters and when I do have spare time, I am a keen offshore sailor.

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    Dr. Tim Leahy

    I was raised here in Mount Lawley and attended UWA for my undergraduate medical degree. I completed my Masters in Family Medicine from Monash University and my Fellowship with the College of General Practitioners, and am currently doing further study in medical education at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, which helps me with my part-time work there as a medical educator.

    I’ve worked at Royal Perth Hospital and in various agencies around Perth. I’ve previously worked in suburban general practices in Lockridge and Bayswater, 7 years at the DerbarlYerrigan Health Service as well as a stint at the Aboriginal health service in Roebourne. I’ve worked at Third Avenue Surgery since 2002 and count myself very lucky to work with great colleagues and lovely people who choose us to care for them.

    My interests in General Practice are varied and cross the lifespan. I am interested in supporting individuals and families with the many common and not so common challenges that are part of life. I realise whether the problem is large or small, simple or complicated by other problems, the patient and their family have their own ideas, concerns and feelings and they will often want to choose from the best available evidence based options and access services that support them. I am keen to assist wherever I can.

    Aside from work, we are blessed to have two boys who regularly remind me of the modern day challenges of parenting. They are more than happy to help me fill in any spare time I have and when not with them, I try to swim and get out and about for a coffee.

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    Dr. Gwendolyn Wu

    I grew up in Singapore and came to Australia to further my tertiary education following which I then completed my medical degree at the University of Queensland. I then decided to move to Perth to do my internship, have a change of scenery and be closer to family.

    Working in several hospitals and areas including Royal Perth Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital helped me to make the decision that General Practice was the path for me. The ability to care for patients in a holistic manner, across generations from birth to end of life is what pulled me to General Practice and is what I enjoy doing to this day.

    I enjoy all aspects of General Practice and am particularly drawn to Paediatrics, Travel Medicine, Women’s Health and Antenatal Care and Palliative Care. A good work life balance, I believe is important to being a good practitioner and I find travelling, photography and hiking are amongst the many things that I try to do that helps me keep this balance.

    I have found it to be a privilege working with the group of dedicated and passionate Doctors at Third Avenue Surgery and I am glad to be able to share with them their vision to continue to provide the best care possible to our community.

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    Dr. Jane Purdie

    After graduating from University of WA, I spent 7 years working in Royal Perth Hospital with the idea of specialising. I made the decision to switch to General Practice and have not regretted this career change.

    I joined the team at Third Avenue Surgery in 1996, initially working part-time as well as working for Silver Chain Hospice. I currently work here full-time. I like all aspects of general practice. As a female doctor you have to have an interest in women’s health but I also like medicine as it applies to aged care and paediatrics. Mostly I like the ability to care for patients over an extended time which enables me to know and understand their problems. I feel privileged to have a job which enables me to actually help people.

    I have previously spent all my spare time, since I was 16, playing water polo. I have officially hung up my bathers and exchanged them for a set of golf clubs. If I get the opportunity, I would add a camera to my list of interests as well.

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    Dr. Tammie Wong

    I was born and raised in Perth, Australia and obtained my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle in 2010.

    Prior to Medicine, I had completed a Bachelors of Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology with Honours. It was through my Honours year that I learned (rapidly) that I much prefer working with people than in a laboratory.

    I trained at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Joondalup Hospital and Hollywood Hospital. I discovered that I enjoy the ongoing therapeutic relationship with patients and General Practice was definitely for me. I consider myself very fortunate to have joined the 3rd Avenue Surgery team at the end of 2018.

    My interests in General Practice include Women’s Health, Sexual Health, Chronic Disease Management and Mental Health. I have an interest in Dermatology and currently am undergoing more training in this area.

    Outside of work, I enjoy the beach, the outdoors, hiking and jogging. I love food and travel. I am an animal lover and have a gorgeous rescue Greyhound and cat.

  • Profile image of Dr. Bhawani (Bu) O’Brien

    Dr. Bhawani (Bu) O’Brien

    I was born in Malaysia and am of Sri Lankan descent. Having parents who were Doctors led to my early interest in a career in Medicine.

    After primary school education in Malaysia, I spent my secondary school years as a boarder in Cheltenham, England and then went on to study Medicine in Dublin, Ireland.

    I enjoyed my junior doctor years in Scotland working in various specialties and gaining my Diplomas in Child Health and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Those years helped me decide on my chosen path of General Practice. I loved the relationships formed with the continuity of care and the privilege of helping people from birth to end of life.

    I completed my training in General Practice and passed my Fellowship exams in Birmingham, England before moving with my young family in 2008 to sunny Bunbury. I have spent the last 12 years as a GP in Bunbury and also worked for 5 years as a Breast Physician in the Bunbury branch of Breastscreen WA. I held the positions of director and chairperson of the Koombana Health Network and also examined medical students for the rural clinical school. I have also been involved with Headspace Bunbury and the South West Cancer Strategic team.

    My move to Perth was prompted by my children’s tertiary education, and I now find myself in a fortunate position of working with an inspiring and supportive team at Third Avenue Surgery. I hope to form some lasting bonds with my new patients and families as we work together to keep you in good health.

    ‘All that really matters is that we are healthy and happy – everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.’

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    Dr Jen Lin Teang

    I was raised in Malaysia and completed my tertiary education at the University of Tasmania. I moved to Perth in 2008 and since then have received my RACGP accreditation and undertaken numerous courses in reproductive including Implanon & Mirena insertion and skin health. I am a strong believer of preventative medicine and love to provide a holistic approach in managing patients. My experience and special interest in women’s health has enabled me to do so over the years. Outside of work, I love to cook, travel and spend time with my little boy.

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    Dr Setu Modi

    I grew up in India and graduated in 2007 where I completed my hospital training. I moved to Perth in 2012 and started working as an emergency medicine doctor in Joondalup.

    I undertook various rotations at Joondalup health campus as part of my emergency medicine training which includedGeneral medicine, Cardiology, Gerontology and Intensive care. I still work at Joondalup Emergency department on the weekend. I subsequently moved to General Practice in 2018 and completed my fellowship in General Practice in 2020.

    I enjoy practicing in all areas of medicine and my areas of special interest are chronic disease management particularly diabetes, musculoskeletal injuries, wound laceration repairs , minor injuries and non-pharmacological weight loss management.

    I am fluent in Hindi, Gujarati and English and am passionate about teaching future Doctors. I am a WAPET GP Registrar Supervisor and also an adjunct professor at UWA and Curtin University and teach medical students.

    I live locally with my wife and fur baby Shiba Inu. I enjoy outdoor fitness and running and have completed 5 half marathons in the last 10 months. I am also an avid cricket and soccer enthusiast.

    I look forward to treating you at Third Avenue surgery.

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    Dr Stephanie Jones

    I am starting at Third Avenue Surgery after recently moving to the area and returning from maternity leave. I graduated from the University of Western Australia, and previously worked at Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital before completing my specialist training in General Practice. I also have a Diploma in Child Health.
    I love all aspects of General Practice, particularly women’s health including antenatal care, contraception including Implanon insertion & removal, paediatrics, adolescent health, and mental health.
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    Dr Kris Scully

    I am Irish born but have spent the last 10 years in Perth. I spent a number of years working in emergency before completing my GP training down south in 2017.

    I am interested in all areas of General Practice but in particular Preventative Health, Men’s Health, Paediatrics, Occupational Health and Work Cover.

    Outside of general practice, you can usually find me at a local dog park or putting off going to the gym.

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    Dr Ian Churchward

    Dr Ian Churchward is a long standing Doctor in the community and does varied sessions at Third Avenue Surgery.

    I have a particular interest in the medical management of infertility issues as well as other Endocrine problems including Diabetes.

    I also undertake minor skin excisions and have an interest in soft tissue injuries and related joint and muscular skeletal problems.

    I am married with three daughters and enjoy playing masters hockey.

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    Dr Christopher Lam

    I trained in the UK at the University of Manchester. I moved to Perth in 2014 and have never looked back!

    I live locally with my young family and am very proud to be considered local. I am now pleased to be starting at Third Avenue Surgery and looking forward to getting to know the patients.

    I strongly believe in preventive health and enjoy empowering patients to perform self-care. I believe in a partnership model between a patient and practitioner, and in working together, will lead to a better outcome.

    I have completed my certificate in Emergency Medicine and I also enjoy working at GP After Hours Mount Lawley.

    I enjoy the breadth of work in General Practice and look forward to serving the local community.

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    Dr Vinh Ngo

    Dr Vinh is a General Practitioner with a passion for holistic healthcare. He has particular interests in mental health, weight loss, men’s health and women’s health. He has further training in nutritional and environmental medicine, adding a more comprehensive approach to his patients’ care.

    Dr Vinh also has procedural skills including skin cancer excisions and Mirena insertion.

    He is a local graduate from UWA and has worked in all major tertiary hospitals including King Edward Memorial Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital. He holds a fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and a Masters in Traumatology. Beyond medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family, runs two small businesses, and is eagerly anticipating the arrival of his first child.

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    Dr David Morrison

    VALE DR DAVID MORRISON: David commenced at Third Avenue Surgery in 1999 and sadly passed away in May 2023. David was a valued Doctor and friend to many.

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    Dr Ben Walawski

    VALE DR BEN WALAWSKI: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Walawski after a brave battle with Leukaemia. He will be missed.