GPs can offer a faecal immunochemical (FOBT) test every 2 years to people aged 45-49 who request it.
 

Our Staff

Meet our Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists

GastrocareGC works hard to provide both residents of and visitors to South East Queensland and Northern NSW, the very best service in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Our aim is to provide high quality & affordable gastroenterology cae in the Tweed and Gold Coast Regions.

We work alongside General Practitioners, to optimise care for patients requiring advice and treatment for liver and digestive diseases.

We accept referrals for general gastrointestinal diseases, acute and chronic conditions such as crohns and colitis, liver disease, surveillance upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Our doctors have years of experience, and our caring and dedicated team will guide you through your time with patience and understanding.

 

Dr Ben Allen

 

BMed (Hons), BAppSci FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist, Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

Visiting Medical Officer, The Tweed Hospital

Adjunct Research Fellow, The Menzies Institute Griffith University

Dr Ben Allen is a Gastroenterologist and performs diagnostic and interventional gastroscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound, with further accreditation in small bowel capsule endoscopy.

Dr Allen graduated with honours from the University of Newcastle in 2003 and then undertook postgraduate training in Victoria and New South Wales, working at The Geelong Hospital, The Western Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. He gained his fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in 2010.

In 2011 he undertook an international fellowship in advanced endoscopy at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) specialising in endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic management of advanced Barrett's oesophagus under the tutelage of Dr Ian Penman.

Upon returning to Australia in 2012, Dr Allen commenced public and private practice in Geelong and was appointed a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University.

In 2015, he relocated with his family to the Gold Coast. Dr Allen works in the public and private sectors, caring for patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders. Particular interests include endoscopic ultrasound, functional gut disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Allen is available for:

Procedures at:

  • John Flynn Hospital
  • Tweed Day Surgery
  • Robina Private Hospital
  • The Tweed Hospital

Consultations:

  • Suite 3G, John Flynn Medical Centre
  • via phone (as required)

 


 

Dr Aiden Lyon

 

BAppSc (MedSc) Hons, MBBS, FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

After growing up in Ballina on Northern Rivers NSW, Aiden moved to Queensland to attend university, completing a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) with Honours at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and subsequent medical training at Griffith University. He started his advanced training in Gastroenterology at the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH), moving to the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) for his second year. His fellowship year was at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital with a strong focus on quality in endoscopy and colonoscopy, and further training in large colonic polyp resections (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, EMR).

Aiden continues to be actively involved with teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with an appointment at the University of Queensland and Griffith University as a Senior Lecturer. Currently, he sits on the committee of the Gastroenterology Society of Queensland (GESQ), a Clinical Supervisor of Basic and Advanced Trainees for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and is an active member of the Basic Physician Training Committee at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Aside from General Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Aiden has special interests in:

  • High quality diagnostic endoscopy and colonoscopy;
  • Colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening;
  • Large colonic polyp resections and polyposis;
  • Education and training of medical students, residents and registrars.

Aiden performs diagnostic gastroscopy and colonoscopy including endoscopic mucosal resection and has further accreditation in capsule endoscopy. He is available to care for patients experiencing a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders and available to perform direct-access procedures at John Flynn Private Hospital and Robina Private Hospital with follow up consultations via telephone or in rooms.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Aiden Lyon is available for:

Procedures at:

  • John Flynn Private Hospital

Consultations:

  • Suite 3G, John Flynn Medical Centre
  • via phone (as required)

 

 

Dr Alicia Braund

 

B Hlth Sci (Nutr&Diet) (Hons).

MBBS FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

Alicia Braund studied Medicine at Griffith University and graduated in 2008. She completed physician training and gastroenterology training at the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Her previous background was in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Alicia provides thorough examinations of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract through gastroscopy, colonoscopy and polypectomy. In 2020, Alicia’s adenoma (pre-cancerous polyp) detection rate was 77.5% in males and 57.5% in females aged greater than 50 years. This is well above the accepted Australian target of >25% adenoma detection rate. She is committed to safe procedures and excellent communication.

Outside of Gastrocare, Alicia is a staff specialist at the Gold Coast University Hospital. She is the Clinical Lead in Hepatology and enjoys all aspects of care for patients with liver and gastrointestinal diseases.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

 

Dr Alicia Braund is available for:

Procedures via direct access at

  • Robina Private Hospital

Consultations via phone:

  • Post procedural follow-up (by phone) only

 

Dr Rebekah Van Leest

 

MBBS, FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

Visiting Medical Officer at The Tweed Hospital 

Rebekah Van Leest grew up in rural Victoria and studied Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne.  She undertook her basic physician training at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Following succesful completion of her advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Western Health and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, she was pleased to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2016.


Rebekah maintains various interests across a range of inpatient and outpatient gastroenterology, as well as gastroscopy, colonoscopy and bowel cancer screening.  Providing a high standard of care for her patients is of utmost importance to Rebekah, as is maintaining clear communication with General Practitioners. Rebekah has worked as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in a variety of settings, including Cairns, Albury, Launceston, Hobart, Hervey Bay and Lismore. 


She is currently appointed as a staff specialist at the Gold Coast University Hospital and also as a Visiting Medical Officer at The Tweed Hospital.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Rebekah Van Leest is available for:

Procedures via direct access at:

  • Robina Private Hospital
  • Tweed Day Surgery

Consultations:

  • Post procedural follow-up (by phone) only

 

Sessional Doctors

Both Dr Ahmed Abdul Rahman and Dr Robert Gordon use the Gastrocaregc rooms to consult sessionally for The Tweed Hospital. If you require endoscopy through the Tweed Hospital, you will require a consultation (during this appointment the paperwork is commenced) with Dr Rebekah Van Leest, Dr Ben Allen, Dr Rob Gordon or Dr Abdul Rahman. These consultations are billed at a discounted rate with most of the consultation cost covered by your medicare rebate. You are not on the surgical waitlist at The Tweed Hospital until the hospital has received and accepted your completed admission paperwork.

 

 

Practice Nurse Laura-Jean Smith

 

 

Laura-Jean is a qualified nurse, having completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2006 from Southern Cross University in Lismore.

LJ has extensive clinical experience within Gastroenterology, beginning with work in the clinical Gastro unit at St Vincents in Darlinghurst Sydney, and becoming an integral member of the decsion making team, leaving this employment in early 2017. Following a relocation towards the sun and beaches, later that year she commenced her current role with John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast as a Clinical Nurse. Since 2021 she has also been working with GastrocareGC. 

LJ has a Certificate in Management of IBD acheived with the Quantum Nurse Education Unit; and is studying towards a Bachelor of Complimentary Medicine with Endeavour College.

Laura-Jean is currently working for GastrocareGC and Griffith University helping to identify and triage appropriate candidates for a ground-breaking new study. She is passionate about helping people acheive optimal health, with a particular interest in the application of medical research into the gut biome.

Laura-Jean is available to assist staff in answering your clinical nursing questions.

 

 

 
 

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