Allied Health Canberra

Our team and specialists

Paul Frean


Paul is an accredited practicing dietitian. He has expertise in:

  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes
  • IBS
  • Coeliac disease
  • Low fodmap
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Sports nutrition
  • Disability
  • Palliative care
  • Men’s health
  • Meal plans

Paul bulk bills DVA patients and those who have a current EPC.

Paul consults from Hyperdome Medical Centre and Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Ruth Tarrant

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Psychotherapist

Ruth is a mental health nurse with over 40,000 hours of clinical experience and has a master’s degree focused on PTSD and other trauma responses. She uses person-centred and trauma-informed approaches to enable healing and recovery. She uses numerous mind-body-medicine techniques, MiCBT and forward moving psycho-therapeutic techniques to make life more easy and navigable.

She bulk bills patients referred to her who are experiencing financial hardship, coming off antidepressants or titrating to a new mood stabiliser.

Ruth consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre and Hyperdome Medical Centre..

Kereng Modise


Kereng graduated from the University of South Australia (Adelaide) in 2006. She has since worked across different areas of physiotherapy. Her special interests include:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Back pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Sporting injuries
  • Acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions

Kereng bulk bills patients who are eligible for a Medicare rebate with a GPMP.

Kereng consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre and Riverside Medical Centre.

Ghizala Jafri


Ghizala is trained in CBT, DBT, IPT and uses narrative and conversational models to engage with clients. She is competent in managing:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Grief and loss
  • Vocational and educational coaching
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Family and relationship issues

Ghizala’s special interests are cross cultural issues and BPD. Clients can self-refer, however, a mental health treatment plan will be required to attract a rebate from Medicare.

Ghizala consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Dr. Rashid Ali

CMO Psychiatry

Since moving to Canberra in 2016, Dr Ali has worked with The Canberra Hospital and the Belconnen Community Mental Health Team as Senior CMO Psychiatry.

He can treat adolescents aged 14 and older, adults, and older persons presenting with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Drugs and alcohol dependency
  • Personality disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dual diagnosis of mental illness with substance use disorder

He does not treat new patients for ADHD but is able to manage them once they have been diagnosed and prescribed medication by a Psychiatrist. Dr Ali can also manage medication for patients who are waiting for a Psychiatrist appointment.

Dr Ali consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Minnie Khera


Minnie is the driving force behind Helping Hearts Counselling. With over 15 years of experience in counselling and psychotherapy. Minnie’s services include:

  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence counselling
  • Trauma counselling, PTSD and complex PTSD
  • Relationships
  • Marriage and parental counselling
  • Workplace issues/bullying and harassment
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Stress management counselling

Minnie consults from Cooleman Court Medical Centre.

Charan Walia

Exercise Physiologist

Charan is an Exercise Physiologist with years of experience providing care to elite athletes all over the world, and has experience as an elite athlete himself having competed internationally. He completed his education at University of Western Australia. Charan’s services include:

  • Dry needling
  • Tailored exercise plans
  • Manual therapy
  • Breathing performance specialist

Charan bulk bills patients who are eligible for a Medicare rebate with a GPMP.

Charan consults from Cooleman Court Medical Centre.

Dr Nyoka Ruberu

Consultant Geriatrician

Dr Ruberu is a Consultant Geriatrician who has years of experience working in both the private and public sectors with an interest in:

  • Comprehensive geriatric assessments
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Polypharmacy
  • Perioperative medicine

Dr Ruberu will bulk bill standard consultations.

Dr Ruberu consults from Cooleman Court Medical Centre.

Dr Virginia French


Dr French is the operator of Rubus Health which has partnered with Trans-Ax Health Care to provide affordable and accessible women’s healthcare.

Dr French offers:

  • Mirena
  • Kyleena
  • Copper IUD
  • Implanon NXT insertions and removals
  • Management of menopause and perimenopausal symptoms
  • Sexual health checks
  • Counselling on managing menstruation
  • Contraceptive advice

Dr French offers non-procedural appointments both by Telehealth as well as Face-to-Face. Patients can be directed to Dr French with as little as a script for the desired method of contraception. Her fees can be found on her website: and she offers significant discounts for patients who hold a Health Care Card.

Dr French consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Dr Iranthi De Silva


Dr De Silva is a graduate of the Fudan University School of Medicine in Shanghai.

She has over 20 years of clinical knowledge and experience, and has a special interest in Women’s Health and sexual health. Dr De Silva offers accredited Intrauterine Device and Implanon insertions and removals. She also offers medicare rebatable acupuncture services.

Dr De Silva consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Dr Shibli Sharif


Dr Sharif is a popular and accomplished General Practitioner who has years of experience working in Australia and the UK’s NHS.

He has a special interest in Men’s Health and minor surgery, and performs no-scalpel vasectomies for his patients old and new. He is now accepting external referrals for this procedure.

Dr Sharif consults from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Dr Iftikhar Hafeez


Originally trained as a surgeon, Dr Hafeez now works in general practice, with a clinical interest in surgery of all kinds, he performs skin grafts, flaps, excisions and biopsies, as well as no-scalpel vasectomies. He now accepts external referrals for all procedures.

Dr Hafeez consults out of Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

John Ibrahim


John Ibrahim graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science & Masters of Podiatric Medicine. During this time he was exposed to all avenues of podiatry including multiple hospital and private placements.

He has always been passionate about medicine and is interested in all aspects of podiatry as well as using the latest evidence to achieve the best possible outcomes. He has a special interest in ingrown toenail surgery, heel pain and diabetes foot care as well as always striving for optimal patient results and satisfaction.

He speaks English as well as Arabic.

John provides multiple services and treats numerous conditions including:

  • General foot and nail care
  • Diabetic foot assessment/managment
  • Neurovascular assessment
  • Corns and calluses
  • Custom made orthotics
  • Dry needling
  • Heel pain
  • Tibialis posterior dysfunction
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • Forefoot pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal nails
  • Medial Tibial Stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Padding and strapping
  • Footwear advice/modification
  • Childrens feet

John consults from Belconnen and Hyperdome Medical Centre.

Dr Kelechi Nnajide


Dr Nnajide is a General Practitioner with a particular interest in management of chronic conditions. He has begun helping his patients navigate the process of accessing medicinal cannabis.

Dr Nnajide is accepting referrals to help your patients through this process.

Eligible chronic conditions include:

  • Chronic Pain
    • Cancer related pain
    • Neuropathic pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Endometriosis
  • Mental Health Conditions
    • Anxiety
    • Sleep Disorders
    • PTSD
    • Mood Disorders
    • Appetite disorders
    • Substance use disorders
  • Neurological Conditions
    • Epilepsy
    • Autism
    • Parkinsons
    • Movement Disorders
    • Dementia

If you have a patient who you think would benefit from this treatment, please refer to Dr Nnajide.

Dr Nnajide’s fees:
Initial consultations: $174.75 ($75.75 rebate)
Review consultations: $98.10 ($39.10 rebate]
Script consultations; $68.10 ($39.10 rebate)

Dr Nnajide consuklts from Belconnen Mall Medical Centre.

Belconnen Mall Medical Centre

Shop 168 Westfield Belconnen, Belconnen ACT 2617
P: (02) 6253 3123
F: (02) 6253 1253

Cooleman Court Medical Centre

Shop 17-19A Cooleman Court, Weston Creek ACT 2611
P: (02) 6109 9777
F: (02) 8330 6321

Hyperdome Medical Centre

Shop 76 South.Point Tuggeranong, Greenway ACT 2900
P: (02) 6293 3233
F: (02) 6293 1866

Riverside Medical Centre

Shop 9 Riverside Plaza, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
P: (02) 6299 6633
F: (02) 6299 6355