About Us

 

Perth Urology Clinic is a new urological group practice in Perth, Western Australia.  

We set our clinic up to answer the questions

  1. ‘What would improve a patients journey through illness, from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond?’  
  2. ‘What would we, as doctors, expect from our treatment if we ourselves were patients?’
  • Rapid assessment and diagnosis – Waiting for an appointment or a diagnosis is distressing.  With more surgeons we are able to offer appointments quickly.
  • Sub-specialty knowledge – Patients should be seen by a surgeon with genuine interest and training in their condition.
  • A collaborative approach – Two heads are better than one… and six are even better.  We work together to give patients the benefit of over 50 years accumulated experience.
  • All the options – As a group we can manage all urological conditions.   Between us we offer a wide range of treatment options so that the patient can make an informed decision.
  • Multidisciplinary care – With associated allied health specialists we can offer broad and holistic care.
  • Continuous cover – With six surgeons working together, Perth Urology Clinic is always available!  If your primary surgeon is away there will be internal cover, as well as 24 hour emergency access for your GP.

Beyond being generalists, our surgeons all have complimentary skill sets and fields of interest backed up by subspecialty training. This allow us to deliver holistic gold standard care to patients suffering a wide range of urological conditions, delivered by doctors who really do care about each particular condition.

Our main consulting rooms are at the Hollywood Medical Centre and Wexford Medical Centre, with additional consulting at Joondalup and Geraldton.

Dr Shane La Bianca – MBBS, FRACS

Dr La Bianca studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and graduated in 1991, achieved his FRACS in Urology in 1999 and completed his training in Vancouver, Canada, at the VGH-UBC Prostate Centre where he undertook a clinical fellowship in advanced pelvic Uro-Oncology. He is an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, has presented at numerous local and international meetings and is published widely on prostate cancer, psa and hormonal therapy. Dr La Bianca’s special interests include Bladder Cancer, Cystectomy, Bladder Reconstruction, Peyronie’s Disease, Penile Implant Surgery, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes and Prostate Cancer. He is an avid facebooker and technophile. Outside of work, he enjoys time with his family, listening to his eclectic vinyl record collection, skiing, cycling, travel, slow food and good wine.

 
Dr Jeffrey Thavaseelan – MBBS, FRACS

JeffDr Jeffrey Thavaseelan is a medical graduate of the University of Western Australia and achieved his FRACS in Urology in 2002. He completed post-fellowship training in General Urology and Urological Oncology in the UK and undertook a Traveling Fellowship in Germany and the USA, studying with international experts in the fields of Neurourology, Urodynamics and Incontinence.

Dr Thavaseelan has a special interest in prostate cancer diagnosis and management and has been performing Robotic assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy since 2008. His other special interests include management of male urinary incontinence particularly post prostate cancer treatment, and prosthetic surgery for erectile dysfunction. In addition, he is well recognised for his expertise in Neurourology and voiding dysfunction. He currently runs a comprehensive urodynamic service at SJOG Mt Lawley and was involved with the State Spinal Rehabilitation Unit at Shenton Park and FSH.

Dr Thavaseelan is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame and a trainer of other urologists nationally in male urinary incontinence surgery and penile prosthetic surgery. He is actively involved in college activities and is currently Chair of the WA Section of the Urological Society. He is on the Board of Directors for the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and the WA Urological Research Organisation.

He is married with 4 children who are all soccer mad. In his spare time, Dr Thavaseelan is a certified Football West junior soccer coach and enjoys cooking, travel and spending time with his family.

Dr Andrew Tan – MBChB, FRACS

Andrew is originally from New Zealand, where he completed his Urological training in 2002. He was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Endourology Society and undertook a Fellowship in Laparoscopy and Endourology at University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Prior to Urological training, Andrew completed his Medical degree at University of Otago, New Zealand. His main interest is in Uro-Oncology, particularly kidney and prostate cancer, laparoscopic and robotic surgery and minimally invasive treatment of prostate enlargement with holmium laser surgery. Andrew has taught internationally on laparoscopy and laser surgery, and has published several research papers and book chapters. His main private practice is at Hollywood Hospital and he is a visiting Specialist to Geraldton. He is a training supervisor in Urology and holds a Consultant post in Urology and Kidney Transplant at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Andrew is married with three children, is a middle of the pack triathlete and enjoys cooking, reading about history and family time.

Dr Akhlil (Ak) Hamid MBBS, DM, FRACS

Akhlil Hamid ( Ak as he prefers to be called) is originally from Malaysia. He went to boarding school in the UK at Radley College and gained a Medical degree from Nottingham University in 1995. He gained a post graduate doctorate (MD) in prostatic disease and bladder dysfunction (2003) after which he completed his specialist urology training in the UK (2006). He came to Perth in 2006 for a year long Fellowship at Royal Perth Hospital and returned to the UK to work as a Consultant in Nottingham University Hospital (2007-2011) where he was Clinical lead in Uro-oncology. He and his family were lured back to the WA lifestyle in 2011 and he now makes Perth his home. Ak spent the past 4 years at Royal Perth Hospital and was Head of Department at RPH for the last 2 years. He has an interest in laparoscopy, uro-oncology, urodynamics and spinal urology and is presently a Consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital, works at SJOG Wexford centre, Murdoch and visits Geraldton.

Ak is married with 3 children and in his spare time balances spending quality time with his family and his passion for road cycling.

Dr Trenton Barrett – MBBS, FRACS

TrentTrenton Barrett is a urologist with subspecialty interest in female urology, andrology and male infertility. In 2012 he was the second West Australian trainee ever to be awarded the prestigious Keith Kirkland travelling fellowship by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. Trenton completed a fellowship in Adelaide followed by a further subspecialty fellowship in female urology and andrology in the UK through the Leicester General Hospital.  Dr Barrett has completed an observership with the female reconstructive unit at University College Hospital London and undergone training in male infertility microsurgery at Cornell in New York City.

In addition to private practice at Hollywood and SJOG Murdoch, Trenton has a public appointment in General and Spinal Urology at Fiona Stanley Hospital and the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women.  He is active in teaching urology trainees as well as those from other specialties.  

Outside of work, Trenton is busy with his young family and growing his record and CD collection.

 

Mr Matthew Brown MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Matt Brown assists patients with all manner of Urological problems, but has a subspecialty interest in robotics, prostate cancer, and Academic surgery.  Matt is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, where he completed his medical degree and a PhD in Surgery.  In addition to his training in Urology, Matt has undertaken an internationally competitive fellowship in robotics, and worked as a consultant Urologist/Robotic Surgeon at the world famous Guy’s Hospital in London.   Matt returned to Perth in 2015, and took up a substantive appointment at Fiona Stanley Hospital, and private practice at Perth Urology Clinic.  Aside from looking after his own patients, Matt has a passion for teaching robotic surgery, and frequently flies interstate to mentor other surgeons.

When at home, Matt enjoys spending time with his young family and trying to stay upright on his paddleboard.