Dr Vlas Efstathis AM, RFD, MB, BS, FACTM, FFTM

“Keep your immunisations current”

Vlas is an experienced General Practitioner having worked more than 9 years at the East St Clinic before it became the East Clinic in 1984.He trained initially at Ipswich Hospital and later joined the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine serving as Secretary 2003- 08

He was extensively involved in Community Health, appointed to the Ipswich Hospitals Board 1981- 91, Foundation Chairman of the Medical Executive St Andrews Ipswich 1983-84, and Health Officer Ipswich City Council 1975- 2005

He has considerable experience in Military Medicine serving as Officer Commanding 4 Preventive Medicine Company 1983-84, Commanding officer 2nd Field hospital 1985- 89 and Director of Army Medical Services [QLD] 1993- 2000

Vlas deployed to East Timor as Public Health Physician to the United Nations and the Australian Defence Force in 2000 and again as Team Leader, Health Team Foxtrot to Banda Aceh Sumatra in 2005

Special Medical Interests

  • Immunisation

  • Tropical Medicine

  • Travel Medicine

  • Veterans Health

  • Military Medicine

Personal Interests

  • Returned and Services League

  • St John Ambulance

  • Rotary

  • Fast cars

Dr Phil Goldston MBBS.

"Finding the right balance provides the answer to most health questions.​"

Dr Phil Goldston has been with East Clinic since 1984. Though born in Rockhampton  and having worked overseas in Wales, he considers himself  an “Ipswichian.” after having worked and raised his family here.


He is passionate about all aspects of family health.


In his spare time he enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends and always finds time for the occasional game of golf - a low impact, high benefit physical activity.

Dr Peter Nelson LRCP (Lon).,MRCS(Eng)., MRACGP

“Life is a reflection………… look in the mirror and that’s what you get back………….”

From a background in Engineering, Peter changed to Medicine gaining entry to the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1981. After finishing his residencies he moved back to Australia in January 1989. Peter took up a position in the Emergency Department, a role he continued, full time and part time till September 1998.

In 1989, Peter started the Family Medicine Program qualifying him for General Practice in Australia in 1993. January 1990 he joined the East Clinic, a position he holds to date and from 2005 has been the Principal Trainer in general practice.

In 1990 in cooperation with Dr Ian McKelvie and Dr Walter Mirosch he performed cardiovascular assessment with stress testing till 2005 at St Andrews Hospital Ipswich. In 1990 to 1997 Peter performed Orthopaedic assists with Dr Ron Tilbury till his retirement. 1990 to 1995 he fulfilled the role of psychological counsellor to Questcare organisation and spinal manipulative therapy under Professor John  Murtagh 2000. In 2011 he gained Medicare Accreditation in Focused Psychological Strategies. In 2014 he gained Medicare Accreditation for Medical Termination of Pregnancy.

 Peter’s hobbies are varied including Fishing, Cooking and Photography.

Dr Scott Hedley B Ex Sc, MB BS, FRACGP

"Facebook is not a medical reference site.​"

Dr Hedley graduated in 2007 and spent 2 years working on the Sunshine Coast followed by 2 years at the RBWH. He commenced general practice in 2012 and started at East Clinic in February 2013.

 His areas of special interest include Paediatrics, Dermatology and Adult Medicine.

He resides in the western suburbs of Brisbane and enjoys an active lifestyle including surfing, skate boarding and socialising with family and friends. 

Dr Tony Smith MBBS. FRACGP.

"Consume less sugar.​"

Dr Tony Smith has been with East Clinic since 2016 after graduation from Medicine at The University of Queensland in 2012. He gained invaluable experience in his first years as a doctor at Ipswich General Hospital and as a locum doctor in the rural towns of Inglewood, Clermont and Boonah. He has quickly established his niche areas of special interest including managing chronic disease, obstetric care and paediatrics.

His personal interests include the weekends spent with family and friends, and sports.

Dr Grant Elmer MBBS. RACGP

"Knowledge is power to change one's destiny.​"

Dr Grant Elmer has been a General Practitioner since 1992. He joined East Clinic on 4/12/17 after the close and sale of his 20 year old practice at Pring Street Medical Centre.

Dr Elmer was a medical registrar at Ipswich General Hospital from 1989-1990 and Senior House officer at Princess Alexandra Hospital in 1991 in the fields of Respiratory medicine and Cardiology.


He started General Practice at West Moreton Clinic in South Street in 1992 and then started his own Practice in 1997 at 9 Pring Street until his move to East Clinic.

He attained Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners in 1996.

Dr Elmer has participated in the University of Queensland medical school training of clinical skills to year 1 medical students for several years prior to the closure of the Ipswich UQ Campus.

Dr Elmer received a certificate of recognition of community service from the College of General Practitioners for the services to medical care during the 2011 floods where he assisted in the establishment of a makeshift medical centre at the Moggill Church during the Bellbowrie/Moggill flood isolation.

Dr Elmer enjoys internal medicine, primary medical wound care, paediatrics, minor operations and facilitation mental health psychology counselling.

His hobbies include computer gaming, tennis and gardening and caring for his family and a very naughty dog named Penny

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Dr Stuart Jones BSc (hons) MBBS FRACGP

Dr Jones has worked at East Clinic since 2017 on a part time basis around his commitments to the Amberley RAAF base. He has now completed his time at the base and is currently working for us 3 days a week. Dr Jones is a fully qualified assessor for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority ( CASA) and conducts these Pilot and Aviation medicals at East Clinic.

He has a special interest in skin cancer medicine and has completed an Advanced certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and is currently completing his Diploma.

Stuart is married with 2 young children and is very excited to be in general practice in the Ipswich community. He is seeing new patients and is looking forward to extending his practice at East Clinic in the future.

His hobbies include spending time with his young family, friends and travel. 

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Dr Brendan Thompson B.Sc (Hons 1) MBBS FRACGP

“Change your thoughts, change your behaviour” 

Dr Thompson is well and truly local, being born, raised and schooled in Ipswich. He attended Brassall Primary School and graduated as a Prefect at Ipswich

Grammar in 2000. After trying a few things at University he settled on his lifelong ambition of medicine, graduating from The University of Queensland Medical School in 2010.


Passionate about rural and regional health during Uni, he spent 2 and a 1/2 years in the Lockyer Valley training as a GP after his mandatory hospital training at Ipswich Hospital.

Feeling a move back to suburbia was in order after learning invaluable skills in rural medicine, he spent 2 years in Ipswich CBD, 2 years as a solo practitioner in Brassall and has now joined the team at East Clinic on a full- time basis.

Dr Thompson has an interest an interest in all aspects of General Practice, but particularly preventative health, older person's health, mental health, paediatrics and sports medicine. He is the club doctor for the Ipswich Jets and the QRL ground doctor for games at North Ipswich Reserve, looking after both the home and away teams in the Hastings Deerings Colts, Mal Meninga Cup and Intrust Super Cup competitions.

He is a former Rural Doctors Association of Queensland prize winner, former clinical council member of the Darling Dons & West Moreton PHN and is currently the Secretary of the Local Medical Association.

Outside of practice, Dr Thompson enjoys the great outdoors, fishing the waterways in south East Queensland in his boat as well as travelling with the family ( and German Shepherd 'Reggie') in the caravan. He is married to his beautiful wife Camilla and has two gorgeous children Lucas and Maya.

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Dr Melissa Tomba MBBS FRACGP BPharm 

Dr Tomba loves her job as a GP and enjoys all areas of General Practice with a focus on women’s and children’s health. She comes to us with a lot of experience having graduated from Medicine at The University of Wollongong in 2010. She has since completed her specialty GP training and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Prior to medicine Melissa was a Pharmacist for 5 years.

Melissa is accredited to provide shared care to patients of the Mater Mothers Hospital.


Melissa has spent time training at the Townsville Hospital, Ipswich General Hospital and St Andrews Private Hospital Ipswich. She has worked as a GP in Warwick, Gatton and Boonah.  

She currently shares her time between St Andrews and Kambu, and now with us at East Clinic! We are very pleased to have her with us for one day a week.

When Melissa is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.