07 5573 0860
WE BULK BILL ALL PATIENTS | OPEN 7 DAYS MONDAY - FRIDAY 8AM - 6PM | SATURDAY - SUNDAY 9AM - 1PM
Dr Dia Al Khatshen
Skin Cancer Certificate
I have a special interest in Chronic disease management, skin cancer and minor procedures, paediatrics, sports medicine and Joint injection.
Languages spoken include English, Spanish
Dr Tanya Casey
Very well experienced Female GP with special interest in antenatal care and care of the newborn, women's health, paediatrics and mental health.
Language spoken is English.
Dr Max Wong
Dr Max Wong graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours in 1985.
He worked overseas in Malaysia for 3 years before returning to Australia to work in rural South Australia. He was a Senior Medical Officer at Mareeba Hospital in Far North Queensland from 1994 – 1998, and then Medical Superintendent of Dalby Hospital in western Queensland from 1998-2000.
Post graduate qualifications obtained during this time were the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), Diploma of Tropical Health and Hygiene (DTMH), Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPHTM) and the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote
His special interests are in travel medicine, diving medicine (SPUMS commercial and recreational dive doctor), tropical medicine, occupational medicine, skin cancer surgery, minor surgical procedures, orthopaedics and obstetrics.
Languages spoken include English, Cantonese and Indonesian.
Dr Ouda graduated from the Mansoura
University in Egypt in 1999.
He spent one year working as a general practitioner in upper Egypt before moving to Cairo to work
as an ophthalmology resident.
In 2005 Dr Ouda moved to the UK where he worked as an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor for over four years. During this period he completed a Diploma in ENT surgery and also passed the Royal College exams for General Surgery.
He then completed three years GP training and qualified as a general practitioner in 2015.
He believes in the value of continuing care to
individuals and families.
Dr Ouda has experience in all areas of general practice including chronic disease management, ear nose and throat, pediatrics and mental health. He is now performing ear Suctioning at the clinic and also
Dr Ouda speaks English and Arabic and
is currently learning German.
Dr Pran Lal
MBBS, FRNZCGP, FRACGP, FAMPA (NZ)
Dip in Com. Emergency Medicine
Diploma Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Auck)
Dr Pran Lal qualified 40 years ago in India. After practising in Fiji for 8 years (6 years as a Paediatric Registrar) he moved to New Zealand after a military coup in Fiji in 1987.
During his 19 years in New Zealand he worked at various rural hospitals and at the four major hospitals in Auckland, in various departments including 4 years as a Paediatric Registrar at the then National Women’s Hospital and Middlemore and Greenlane Hospitals (where he also completed his Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology). He gained experience in general medicine, emergency medicine, gynaecology and obstetrics, Ear, Nose and Throat, paediatrics and community medicine including emergencies. During his hospital training he tutored medical students and junior doctors. He completed surgical courses in Minor Surgery and the Diploma of Community Emergency Medicine leading to his Fellowship of the Accident and Medical practitioner Association of New Zealand (FAMPA).
Because he wanted to continue using the knowledge and skills he had acquired he decided to become a GP. He worked for 8 years as a GP in NZ, completing his FRNZCGP. During this time he was nominated by his employer for GP training in ENT and became the first GP with a Special Interest in New Zealand (GPwSI ENT).
In 2006 he decided to move to the Gold Coast because of the wonderful weather here and has established himself as a GP.
He loves children and most children are not scared when he examines them. His policy with patients is that they are there only because they need care. I depend on them; they do not depend on me. He always tried to resolve their problems in his clinic. Dr Pran manages many complex conditions and performs procedures including Iron infusions, lmplanon™ insertion /removal, skin cancer diagnosis and management, treatment of fractures and other emergencies at a community level. He is a true all-rounder. In Australia he has been a Clinical Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners for the last 4 years.
He welcomes new patients as well as patients known to him at other practices.
Dr Hla Theingi
Dr Theingi is a new full time GP who speaks English and Myanmar. She graduated from Medical University in Yangon, Myanmar and completed a one year internship in Myanmar and then moved to the UK.
Dr Theingi has worked in a wide range of medical specialties in the UK (Respiratory medicine, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Colorectal surgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, A&E and General practice) during her junior and specialist training years. In addition, she has over 3 years experience in A&E as a clinical fellow.
Dr Theingi has been driven by the holistic nature of family medicine, and therefore commenced her GP specialist training in the UK. She had achieved MRCGP (UK) and attained CCT in 2015. Since then she has been devoted to providing a comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders and diseases of the body.
Her special interests are chronic diseases management, women's health, joint injection and minor procedures.
Kathy Benn, APD, AN
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist
Kathy has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) (Hons) and holds memberships with the Australian Dietitians Association (DAA), Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand (OSSANZ), Eating Disorder Association (EDA) and Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED).
Clinical experience includes hospital and private practice clinics assisting clients with a range of conditions including chronic disease. Past community projects include writing a cookbook for the elderly, developing corporate based eating programs, partnering with the City of Gold Coast to conduct cooking classes and presentations to various groups on a range of nutrition topics.
Speciality areas are using a non-diet approach for weight management, pre/post bariatric surgery and helping those suffering from eating disorders/disordered eating. Having a particular interest in eating behaviours, Kathy recently returned to university to further her education and skills in Psychology. Combining the two degrees has assisted in helping people create a more positive relationship with food and breaking free of yoyo dieting.
Kathy is passionate about fitness and participating in cycling and triathlon events, plus cooking up
a storm at home!
James graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (first class honours).
James enjoys working with a wide range of conditions and has developed a strong interest in men’s health and injuries of the back and shoulder. James uses a combination of evidence-based treatments and is very passionate about exercises and other self-management strategies to provide patients with long term solutions.
Growing up James was always involved in a wide range of sports including cricket, rugby and running, however these days his activities of choice are hiking and surfing.
Available Thursdays 8.00am - 12.00pm
Our Practice Policies
Fees & Billing Arrangements
One way of increasing access to quality health care is by reducing costs to the patients as much as possible.
We offer Medicare Bulk Billing Service to our patients who hold a current Medicare Card. However, some of our Special Procedures do require a Private Fee which is not covered by Medicare. Before any procedure is performed, a Doctor will discuss the fee with you where applicable.
For patients who do not hold a Medicare Card, we endeavour to keep our fees as low as possible. Payment is expected at the time of consultation and can be made by cash, EFTPOS, MasterCard/Visa. Please speak with the Receptionist for the current fee structure.
Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre runs an appointment system. You can make an appointment by contacting the practice by phone on 07 5573 0860, or booking Online. We also offer Walk-in appointments.
10 Minutes - Standard Appointment
20 Minutes - Long Appointment
Please inform Reception when booking if you may require a Long Appointment. If you have any forms which need to be completed, please also advise reception as this may require a Private Fee.
Each appointment is for one person. If you have other family members who require medical attention, please make a separate booking for them, or book a double appointment.
Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre aim to adhere to appointment schedules however, the unpredictable nature of a Medical Practice means that Doctors sometimes run behind time. This is mostly due to a patient requiring urgent Medical attention. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused to patients when we fall behind with our appointment schedule.
We would really appreciate if you no longer need your appointment to please call and cancel so another patient can book the appointment.
Test Results, Repeat Prescriptions, Referrals
In order to monitor your health and fulfil our ethical and legal responsibilities, we require that you attend your doctor in order to receive all results, scripts or referrals. Our Receptionists are unable to provide you with your results over the phone.
If your Doctor is unavailable another Doctor in the practice would be happy to see you to help with your request.
Recall and Reminder System
Committed to preventative care, your doctor will seek your permission to be included on our reminder system.
Routinely, we may issue you with a reminder notice offering you preventative health care services appropriate to your condition: e.g. diabetic register, pap screening, asthma register, and aged care assessment programmes.
If you do not want to be part of this scheme, please let your doctor or reception know.
It is our practice policy that doctors do not take phone calls from patients or return patient’s phone calls. If a patient needs to speak to a doctor they must make an appointment to come in and see their preferred doctor.
Reception are happy to put forward requests however it is at the doctors discretion in how they choose to proceed.
This practice is designed for wheelchair access. We have a wheelchair available if required. Should you have special needs please discuss them with your doctor.
For your convenience car parking is available in the Helensvale Plaza car park.
Home visits and after hours care are available for regular patients who have a condition that prevents them from attending our practice. Visits will be at the discretion of the Patient's doctor. Patients must be registered with our practice and be located within 10km of our practice. Patients are privately billed $50.00 for this service.
After hours home visits can be organised by contacting 0487 373 388.
Management of Personal Health Information
Your medical records are private and confidential and only available to authorized members of staff. All information at Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre is managed in accordance with the National Privacy Principles of the Privacy Act available at www.privacy.gov.au/health.
My Health record is a secure online summary of your health information. Assisted Registration is available at this practice, ask your doctor or receptionist at your next visit.
This practice can now upload a health summary from your records to your My Health Record.
For further information visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au
Suggestions or Complaints
If you have any concerns, complaints or suggestions about any aspect of our service we would appreciate hearing about them and will take them seriously.
Phone: 07 5573 0860
Use the suggestion box
Matters which are unable to be resolved within the practice may be referred to:
Office of the Health Ombudsman
PO BOX 13281
Health service providers are independent
Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre is in the business of providing exceptional clinical care for all those who require general practice services. In conducting its business Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre makes its premises available to health service providers. The health service providers and Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre are not partners and are not in an employee-employer relationship and each health service provider, in providing health services and doing other things, is at all times an independent contractor and not doing so as the servant or agent or otherwise on behalf of Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre.
All patient records are the property Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre (and not the property of either the patient or the health service provider). This requirement assists, if the need arises, other health service providers in the medical centre in continuing the management of a patient’s needs.
What type of personal information is collected and how is it collected?
Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre collects personal information, such as your name, address, date of birth, contact numbers, and Medicare number. Commonly this is collected by a clerical employee of Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre, such as a receptionist. Other personal information, particularly health information, is collected by the independent health service providers in a medical centre and recorded on the patient records that belong to Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre. Sometimes health information is received, and placed on those patient records, from health service providers who are external to the medical centre. Examples of this are records of specialists or pathology reports.
Why do we collect your personal information?
The importance of health service providers sharing personal information about a patient, during the provision of health services to that patient, is widely accepted by the community. In the health sector, the flow of personal information usually occurs in accordance with concepts such as sharing within the “treating team” or on a “need to know basis”. Under this approach health service providers share necessary information to deliver optimum patient care. For such health service providers, the use and disclosure of personal information is already bound by codes of practice of their professions. Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre’s purpose in holding your personal information (including health information) is:
Provision of health services to you
Supplying bulk de-identified health information
Disclosure of personal information
Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre will not disclose your personal information to any third party, except in the following circumstances:
How you can access your personal information
On request, you may have access to your personal information held by Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre, except in circumstances where access may be denied under the Privacy Act or other law. Examples of these circumstances are:
To make a request for your personal information, please contact the Practice Manager at Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre in writing. Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre will endeavour to acknowledge a request for access to personal information within 14 days and provide the information requested within 30 days.
If personal information is provided to you as the result of a request, you will be charged a fee for costs incurred in providing that information such as photocopying, the administration time involved in processing your request, and postage.
If access is denied Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre will provide you with reasons for its decision.
How you can correct your personal information
If you believe that the personal information Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre holds about you is inaccurate, incomplete or not up-to-date please, let Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre know. Provided Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre agrees with you, Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre will correct it. In the case of health information you allege is incorrect, Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre will consult relevant health service providers about the matter. If Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre does not agree with you, Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre will place a statement of what you allege is correct where that information is kept and accessed.
How to contact us
If you have any queries or complaints regarding our collection, use or management of your personal information please contact the Practice Manager at Helensvale Plaza Medical Centre.