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Doctors

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

"Keep your immunisations current.​"

Dr Vlas Efstathis has a long and distinguished career in general practice. He has cared for patients at East Clinic for 42 of his 46 years in practice. His areas of specialty include immunisation, travel and tropical medicine.

His many and varied areas on interest include his involvement with St John Ambulance, the Army Reserve, Rotary and Returned Services League. Dr Efstathis has received a number of awards in recognition of his community work.

Dr Vlas Efstathis, particularly, has a long and distinguished career in health, having established a vaccine clinic for children in the Ipswich Humanities Building in the 1970s. He has also been active in overseas service including working in Banda Aceh, Bali following the devastating tsunami in 2004.

Dr Phil Goldston MBBS.

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

Ipswich local Dr Phil Goldston has been with East Clinic for 33 of his 37 years in general practice. 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.

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

In 1989 I started the Family Medicine Program qualifying me in General Practice in Australia in 1993. January 1990 I joined the East Clinic, a position I hold to date and from 2005 have been the Principal Trainer in general practice.

In 1990 in cooperation with Dr Ian McKelvie and Dr Walter Mirosch I performed cardiovascular assessment with stress testing till 2005 at St Andrews Hospital Ipswich. In 1990 to 1997 I performed Orthopaedic assists with Dr Ron Tilbury till his retirement. 1990 to 1995 I fulfilled the role of psychological counsellor to Questcare organisation. Spinal manipulative therapy under Professor John  Murtagh 2000. In 2011,

I gained Medicare Accreditation in Focused Psychological Strategies. In 2014 I gained Medicare Accreditation for Medical Termination of Pregnancy.

 My hobbies are varied including Fishing, Cooking and Photography.

Dr Peter Nelson LRCP (Lon).,MRCS(Eng)., MRACGP
Dr Scott Hedley B Ex Sc, MB BS, FRACGP

"Facebook is not a medical reference site.​"

Dr Scott Hedley has been practicing for 9 years and has served 4 years at East Clinic. 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.

"Eat less sugar.​"

Dr Tony Smith has been with East Clinic since 2016 and has quickly established his niche areas of specialty including managing diabetes, obstetric care and paediatrics. 

Dr Smith has lived in Ipswich for the past three years and has been working as a General Practitioner since 2015.

Dr Grant Elmer MBBS. RACGP

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

Dr Grant Elmer has been a local Ipswich practitioner for 25 years and 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 Belbowrie/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

Dr Stuart Jones BSc (hons) MBBS FRACGP

Dr Jones has been working at East Clinic for the past 18 months on a casual 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. 

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

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 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 and paediatrics.

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.

Dr Thompson Consults at East Clinic on Monday, Wednesday-Friday and every second Saturday morning.