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LABRADOR medical centre

07 5552 1888
32 CENTRAL ST
LABRADOR QLD 4215

 


 

Dr. Carl Rubis. MBBS, FRACGP, DAME, owner / director 

 

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Carl joined the Southport Medical Centre as a Partner in 1977 – his career has spanned 40 years. During that time Carl has obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), Certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Advanced Spinal Manipulation, Sports Medicine (Carl was the national Team Doctor for the Brisbane Bears (now Brisbane Lions) for 3 years); Skin Cancer Medicine and a certificate in Dermoscopy.

Carl completed a Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine and is a qualified Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Carl performs both private and commercial Aviation Medicals.

Carl is a full member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine and passed the Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) examination through the MRO Certification Council (MROCC) USA in conjunction with CASA and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Carl holds a private pilots licence with multi engine and instrument ratings and acted as the fly in/fly out Locum GP and Acting Superintendent of the Island’s Hospital each Friday morning for 12 years for the general practice at Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island.

In 1993 Carl joined the Australian Army Reserve and served as a Captain for 7 years and acted as the Regiment Doctor for the 5/11 Field Regiment and then the 1st Field Regiment based at Enoggera. Carl was awarded the Army Service Medal and is now on inactive duty.

Carl received recognition of his service to General Practice by being awarded a Life Membership of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners at the RACGP national conference in 2015.

Carl is an accredited Supervisor and Trainer for the Australian General Practice Post-Graduate Medical Education Training Program and continues in this role as a Supervisor of Registrars working at both the Southport and Labrador Medical Centres. Carl was the coordinator of the pilot training program for the GC Hospital/FRACGP Post Graduate Medical Education PGPPP programme training Year 1 interns and Year 2 JHO’s for a 2 year period.

Carl participated as the Practice Representative in various National Primary Care Collaborative Workshops around chronic disease management and also represented the Practice on the e-Collaborative 21st Century Patient Care and Self-Management Learning Workshops NeHTA and Improvement Foundation eHealth national collaboratives.

Carl was a Gold Coast representative on the General Practice Aged Care Advisory Group; Aged Care Reference Group; Allied Health (Aged Care) Quality Group and General Practice Aged Care Panel.

Carl has a particular interest in

  • Aged Care
  • Aviation medicine
  • Skin cancer medicine

Languages spoken other than English

  • Latvian

In his spare time, Carl is a primary producer and runs a 3000 acre Droughtmaster cattle breeding property near Texas on Qld/NSW border.

 


Dr. Stephen Shepherd. MBBS, Dip RACOG, owner / director
 

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Steve has been a Partner in the Practice since 1982. Steve has a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has vast experience across all areas of General Practice. Here’s what Steve has to say…

Love him or hate him Wayne Bennett said, “I would rather play with a champion team than a team of champions”. Since January 1982 I have played “the long game” at the Southport Medical Centre not knowing how or when it would end. I am extremely grateful to have met and associated with many amazing colleagues, staff and clients on this highway of life.

I believe we are all put here for a purpose. Choosing medicine as my career, I realised early on that your health is your wealth and to make a difference you have to live what you say, espouse and teach. I strive to do this each day in my professional and personal life. I have always been curious about our world and how it works.

My special interests revolve around:

  • Those efforts which improve the team, family and eventually the individual
  • Preventative Health
  • Family Medicine
  • Men’s and Women’s Health
  • Physical, Mental and Environmental Health.

I graduated from The University of Queensland in 1976 then completed my internships as a Registrar in two impressive hospitals - Townsville and Gold Coast. Those amazing four years and the knowledge I gained in successfully completing the Diploma of The Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1980 exposed me to all that medicine could offer in the many disciplines which I use in my General Practice today.

I value the privilege of sharing my consulting room experiences and being a mentor to the new doctors who have chosen us to further their General Practice speciality training. Who we are can be determined and shaped by who teaches us. I take this responsibility with a great weight of duty and enjoy the exchange and accumulation of new and old knowledge – our source of wisdom.

I’ve discovered that my love of running, particularly endurance running declutters my mind and allows me time for quietism to grow ideas which enhance my personal and professional life and goal setting. Running has kept me active, healthy and has helped to provide a role model to my patients of practicing what I preach.

Alongside a wonderful and fulfilling career I have been blessed with a long and happy marriage and two beautiful children. Their presence is with me each working day – my daughter is a staff member and my son’s art work brightens the walls at the Southport Medical Centre.

 


Dr. Bill Wakefield. MBBS, dip racog, owner / director

 

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Bill has been a Partner in the Practice since 1988. Bill has a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Bill worked at the Gold Coast Hospital for 4 years before joining the Southport Medical Centre in 1988. During those years at the Gold Coast Hospital he rotated through all of the various areas of medical specialties that were available at the hospital at that time. He believes this gave him a good basis for General Practice.

Just prior to beginning work at the Southport Medical Centre one of the senior partners retired and Bill took over the care of many of his long-term patients. As many of these patients commenced moving into aged care Bill developed an interest in this area of medicine. About 50% of his workload currently is involved with the care of residents in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Bill’s main areas of focus are

  • Aged Care
  • Family Medicine
  • Men’s and Women’s Health
  • Corporate Medicine
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Acupuncture

Bill is heavily involved in the local Lutheran Church in Southport. He has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Southport since moving to the Gold Coast and over the years has served on many church committees and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran College Council for 19 years.

When time allows Bill likes to go camping and bushwalking. This gives him a chance to get away completely from the pressures of a busy Practice that can involve a lot of non-patient contact time on his days off. He particularly enjoys long walks through the Hinterland rain forests.

Bill enjoys watching all sports especially Rugby League and water polo. Until his last year of university he played first grade Rugby League in Ipswich. His interest in water polo was generated when his daughters started playing, and for many years Bill was the manager of the Gold Coast and Queensland Women’s team at the Queensland National titles.

 


Dr. Emile Malek. MBBS, FRACGP, owner / director

 

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Emile joined the Practice as a Partner in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

As an accredited Supervisor and Trainer for the Australian General Practice Post-Graduate Medical Education Training Program, Emile is instrumental in the Supervision of Registrars working at both the Southport and Labrador Medical Centres.

Emile is a former member of the Multicultural Council of Gold Coast (1999 – 2005), and Emile’s dedicated patient following reflects his respected work within the local multicultural community.

Emile holds membership with the Australian Medical Association which promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.

Emile has a particular interest in

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Aged Care
  • Men’s and Women’s Health
  • Mental Health and Counselling
  • Skin Diseases

Emile is fluent in

  • French
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Emile is also a former member of the Coptic Committee of Gold Coast (1996 – 2012) and an active member of the Coptic Committee of Queensland Conferences.

 


Dr. Judith kelly. MBCHB, fracgp

 

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Judith is a well-respected senior female General Practitioner and has a loyal following. She came to Australia from England in 1989 and worked at the Gold Coast Hospital and in General Practice for one year before returning to England to complete her GP training.

Judith obtained her Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in England in 1992 and later achieved her Fellowship in Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2000.

Returning to the Gold Coast in 1993 to continue her career in General Practice, Judith also worked with Family Planning.

Judith then spent 3 years in Townsville working with Breast Screen Queensland and at the Townsville General Hospital whilst completing the Australian Medical Council exams.

The Southport Medical Centre welcomed Judith, our longest serving female GP in 1998. With extensive experience in all areas of general practice, Judith is forever dedicated to her patients and the Practice’s GP team. She has a particular interest in:

  • Women’s Health having attended certificate courses in advanced Family Planning
  • Family Medicine and Chronic Disease Management
  • Aged Care
  • Child Health

Judith represented the Practice at the inaugural National Primary Care Chronic Disease Management Collaborative in Melbourne and was instrumental in the establishment of our whole of Practice comprehensive program around the management of Diabetes, Chronic Heart Disease and Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease COPD.

Judith also plays an integral role in the mentoring and training of Registrars within the Practice.

“I enjoy working in a team environment and enjoy the continuity of care that allows me to really get to know my patients.”

In her free time, Judith enjoys travelling and is working on improving her skiing technique! Judith also kayaks and plays the occasional game of tennis.

 


Dr. David lai. MBBS, fracgp

 

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David joined the team in 2010. David is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

Having previously been a Paediatric Registrar at the Gold Coast Hospital, David has a particular interest in paediatrics.

David’s areas of expertise include

  • Child Health
  • Family Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care

Languages spoken other than English

  • Chinese

David is a Supervisor for the Australian General Practice Post-Graduate Medical Education Training Program (GPTQ) and has mentored a number of junior Doctors working as Registrars at the Labrador Medical Centre .

David’s interests outside of General Practice include travelling and literature.

 


Dr. Natalie Mulcahy. BHLthSc, MBBS (Hons), DCH, FRACGP

 

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Dr Natalie Mulcahy first joined us in 2008. She is originally from the UK and grew up in Sussex, she started her career as a Registered Nurse in Brighton before moving to London and training to become a Registered Sick Children's Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

After spending further time in London hospitals caring for children with serious liver and kidney conditions she met her Australian husband to be and so moved to Australia permanently in 1995.

Natalie fulfilled a longtime desire to study medicine in 2001 when she commenced Medical School at The University of Queensland, by then with two young children aged 2 and 4 in tow. She graduated in 2005 with first class honours and another addition to the brood.

After internship and residency at Gold Coast Hospital Natalie completed her family with a fourth child who arrived in 2007.

Natalie joined our practice as a registrar in 2008, she temporarily left in 2010 to pursue some time working in rural Australia and Emergency Medicine and returned permanently in 2011.

Natalie has her Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and has also completed further study via Sydney Children's Hospital and holds a Diploma in Child Heath.

Natalie is also an RACGP Examiner and conducts ECT visits for Registrars. 

Natalie enjoys all aspects of General Practice and particularly values the opportunity to care for patients through all stages of life from newborn to the elderly. Natalie visits a local nursing home and also has a keen interest in maternal and child health. Natalie's main interest areas include; 
 

  • Shared antenatal care
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Family Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Men's Health
  • Diet and Weight loss
  • Low carb high fat / Ketogenic diets
     

In her spare time Natalie enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, and is attempting to learn Italian. She took up running a bit later in life and completed her first half marathon in August 2017.

What Natalie has to say "Working in General Practice is a privilege, I appreciate being able to share in the ups and downs of my patients lives, listen to their stories, treat the whole family through many stages of life and, I hope, sometimes make a difference. Tandem Health is a wonderfully supportive, longstanding family practice which values its staff and patients and is a happy place to work"

 


Dr. Dennis Costigan. Dip Eng MB.BS, FACRRM

 

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We welcomed Dr Dennis Costigan to the Southport Medical Centre in 2016. Dr Costigan brings a wealth of experience in general practice having worked as a medical practitioner and Medical Superintendent in various locations throughout rural and remote Qld and WA, including over 5 years with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Until recently Dennis was a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner DAME with CASA, acted as a State Government Medical Officer and a Commonwealth Medical Officer and Medical Officer for the Department of Army.

Dennis holds a Fellowship of the College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a Certificate in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support ACLS.

Immediately prior to joining the Southport Medical Centre Dennis worked as a General Practitioner in Kingaroy.

Dennis works within our Tandem Health Aged Care Division and regularly visits residents in various aged care facilities on the northern end of the Gold Coast.

 


Dr. Louis Beak. BSpPath, MBBS, DCH, FRACGP

 

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Louis joined the Southport Medical Centre team in 2017 and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2018.

Prior to commencing his GP training program in 2016, Louis worked for 3 years at the Gold Coast University Hospital as a Resident Medical Officer including 6months in a Paediatric Registrar role. During this time he completed his Diploma in Child Health.

Louis has an interest in all aspects of general practice, especially

  • Preventive Health / Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Management of Chronic Diseases
  • Paediatric Medicine
  • Men's Health
  • Women's Health

Louis also holds a Bachelor of SpeechPathology from the University of Queensland and worked for two years as a Speech Pathologist for Blue Care and the Gold Coast Hospital Health Service prior to commencing his studies in medicine. 

He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and with family and friends.


Dr. TIMOTHY asquith. bPHTY, MBBS, DCH, FRACGP

 

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Tim started is career in health as a Physiotherapist, graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004. He worked in a variety of locations, from small rural base hospitals to large tertiary centres both in Australia and overseas. His ongoing desire to continue to study all aspects of health led him to commence his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree at Griffith University in 2010.

Upon graduation, Tim completed his hospital training at the Gold Coast University Hospital and was fortunate to gain experience in diverse areas including Paediatrics, Emergency, General Surgery, Infectious Diseases/Endocrinology and Geriatrics/Rehabilitation, which provided him with a fantastic basis for General Practice.  During this time he also completed his Diploma of Child Health from Sydney University and obtained a certificate in Advanced Paediatric Life Support.

In 2018 Tim obtained his Fellowship and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

Tim loves the holistic nature of General Practice and prides himself on his ability to connect and empower his patients to maximise their health.

Although he enjoys all aspects of General Practice, Tim has a particular interest in:

  • Paediatrics
  • Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine
  • Men’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Disease Management

Tim is a sports fanatic, with a particular fondness for AFL and NBA basketball. He is a long suffering Gold Coast Suns fan and can often be seen in various stages of despair at Metricon Stadium on game day.  When he is not working, he can be found exploring the parks and beaches of the Gold Coast with his wife and 2 young children.


DR. CHRISTIAN ELHAJ. MD/BMBS, ABFM, FRACGP

 

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We welcomed Dr Christian Elhaj to Tandem Health in January 2019. Christian, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 2013 possesses extensive General Practice experience.

Prior to joining our team, Christian completed his medical training in South Australia and worked on the Southern end of the Gold Coast. Christian also spent time working in Houston in the USA and has a general interest in:

  • Family Medicine
  • Corporate Medicine
  • Women's Health including cervical screening and implanon insertion and removal.

Christian welcomes new and regular patients.

 

 

 


OUR SUPPORT TEAM

We are fortunate to have long serving professional management, nursing and administrative teams who help ensure standards of care within the Practice are always maintained.

 

Our experienced team of Gold Coast Doctors look forward to meeting you!