An introduction to our dedicated team
Dr Kieron Bigby FRACP MScSt MBBS
Dr Kieron Bigby is a Medical Oncologist practicing in the Moreton Bay region. He has a clinical interest in general oncology covering multiple tumor streams, but with particular interests in gastrointestinal, lung, melanoma, breast, genitourinary and neuroendocrine cancers.
Kieron completed his undergraduate medical degree at The University of Queensland in 2001. Prior to postgraduate training, he spent time working in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. On his return in 2005, Dr Bigby completed his specialist medical oncology training at several major southeast Queensland teaching hospitals and was admitted as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians as a Specialist Medical Oncologist in 2011.
Since appointment as a Staff Specialist at Redcliffe Hospital Cancer Care Services in 2011, Kieron has been involved as a local principle investigator of international clinical trials, a supervisor of oncology registrar trainees and also coordinates oncology medical education for the hospital. He also undertakes extensive educational support and presentations for patients and other health professionals.
Dr Bigby aims to provide integrated cancer care servicing the local Moreton Bay District and surrounding regions, whilst always endeavouring to integrate the latest clinical data and therapies for his patients.
Dr Bigby consults are North Lakes Day Hospital and consultations can be made by phoning 07 3859 0690.
Dr Darshit Thaker FRACP ClinDipPallMed MD MBBS
Medical Oncologist and Palliative Medicine Specialist
Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland
Dr Darshit Thaker is a Medical Oncologist and Palliative Medicine Specialist. He has experience working with Queensland Health a Redcliffe Hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Hervey Bay Hospital.
Specialising in managing all solid tumour types, and with special interest in gastrointestinal, colorectal and breast cancers, Darshit provides effective and personalised care to his patients during their journey from diagnosis to active management to palliation.
He completed his oncology training in RBWH in 2012 and won the prestigious Unicorn Foundation Award to expand his knowledge in neuroendocrine tumours. He presented his research at ENETS conference at Barcelona. He did extensive research on Teleoncology, which took him to national and international conferences for oral and poster presentations. His passion continues as he runs Telehealth clinic to Hervey Bay Cancer Centre. He has multiple publications in various peer-reviewed journals.
Darshit has maintained an active interest in teaching and clinical research as well. He is member of various clinical trials groups i.e. AGITG, RBWH clinical trial group. He is an accredited supervisor for advanced trainees of RACP, examiner for fellowship exams and Senior Lecturer at University of QLD.
He joined North Lakes Oncology Centre on 1st January 2015.
Appointments to see Dr Thacker at the North Lakes Day Hospital can be made by calling 3859 0690. Dr Thaker can be contacted on his 0402 064 156 for urgent consultations.
Dr Peter Davidson MBBS FRCPA
Dr Peter Davidson is a Consultant Haematologist. He trained in Brisbane at RBH/RCH/RWH complex, as well as Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital and Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS), and in 1996 gained specialist registration.
He is currently Head of Haematology at QML Pathology as well as VMO at Mater Hospitals Complex at South Brisbane, and VMO at ICON Cancer Clinics, and other Private Health Facilities on the Northside.
Dr Davidson has interests in haematology and immunology in particular diagnostic haematology, obstetric haematology, coagulation disorders, low grade haematologic disorders such as chronic cytopenias and myeloproliferative disorders, autoimmune haematologic problems, nutrition related anaemias and disorders of iron metabolism. He also has special interests in immune deficiencies and chronic fatigue.
He is a member of several organisations including Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand, Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis , Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, and Australasian College of Medical Nutrition.
He is pleased to offer patients in the Northern Moreton Bay Region, diagnostic and therapeutic services at North Lakes Haematology & Oncology Clinic. Consultations are conducted at clinics situated in Brackenridge, Albany Creek and Everton Park.
Appointments for consultations with Dr Davidson can be booked by calling 3121 4605
Dr Raluca Fleser MBBS FRACP FRCPA
Dr Fleser is a clinical and laboratory Haematologist consulting from North West Private Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Holy Spirit Northside Hospital and North Lakes Day Hospital.
Dr Fleser graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine in Europe and became an internal Medicine Specialist before moving to Australia in 2002. She then undertook Postgraduate physician training and specialist training in clinical and laboratory haematology at both Mater Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Dr Fleser’s interests include general haematology, haematological problems in pregnancy, coagulation disorders, diagnostic and management of haematological malignancies with the focus on lymphoma and myeloma. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Raluca looks forward to providing a comprehensive haematology practice for your patients.
She can be contacted for appointments on 3353 9026
Dr Geoffrey Hawson
MBBS FRACP FAChPM FRCPA (1976) Dip. Clin. Hypnosis
Medical Oncologist, Clinical Haematologist and Palliative Care Physician
Associate Professor, University of Queensland. Eminent Specialist with Qld Health.
Dr Geoffrey Hawson is APHRA registered as a Medical Oncologist Clinical Haematologist and Palliative Care Physician. He has previously been Director of Haematology Oncology at TPCH, Director of Oncology and Palliative Care at Redcliffe Hospital and Director of Cancer Services at Nambour Hospital where he now works part time.
Geoffrey has a substantial research background and is still actively involved in clinical trials at Nambour. He has published many articles and abstracts in the medical literature. Currently his medical oncology practice involves mainly Lung and Colorectal cancer. He has done Lung Cancer and GI Cancer Preceptorships. He has a holistic approach to the care of patients with cancer and is an active promoter of mind body wellness, including the use of hypnosis for pain management and hot flushes in chemotherapy induced menopause. He is a full member of the Australian Society of Hypnosis and American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He gave an invited plenary session on Mindfulness in Cancer at the Brisbane Cancer conference in December 2015.
He is planning to practice mainly with non-malignant haematology and is especially interested in early haemochromatosis counselling. He would like to offer hypnosis in patients with cancer to help with either symptom management or existential issues, without taking over their care from their primary medical provider. He is active in martial arts with a second Dan in Aikido and first Dan in Jodo.
He has joined North Lakes Haematology & Oncology Clinic and will be consulting one day per month.
OUR NURSING TEAM
Whilst you are undergoing treatment at our Clinic, a dedicated and professional team of nursing staff will be caring for you.
All of our nursing staff are Registered Nurses with oncology / chemotherapy administration training and experience.
Our nursing staff ensure that people understand their treatment. They take the time to listen to problems that people may be experiencing and work with them to eliminate / lessen these issues. Before being discharged, relevant information and advice is provided to all patients so they are able to make informed decisions on their future self-care.
Please do not hesitate to ask the Clinic staff questions if there is something you do not understand.
Mel graduated as an RN in New Zealand from Otago Polytechnic in 2003 and has over 10 years postgraduate experience in Oncology and Haematology, she has worked in many different clinical and community settings. She has a passion for working in her chosen field of nursing and has worked in many different areas from hospice palliative care, to acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She appreciates the challenge that a cancer/chronic or acute illness diagnosis brings to the lives of patients and their families and utilises her knowledge and clinical skills to support you through your journey with empathy and compassion.
OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM
The medical and nursing team are supported by a skilled administration team.
This team is trained to efficiently assist you with all clerical duties, including appointment scheduling and accounting issues.
Our friendly staff are available to take you phone calls and assist you where possible.
OUR CATERING TEAM
Morning / afternoon tea or lunch is provided to our patients. Our friendly catering staff will collect your order during the course of the day.
The culinary delights are a highlight of peoples’ visits to the Clinic. Freshly brewed coffee, a selection of teas and fruit juices together with gourmet sandwiches, cheese platters, and sweet and savoury refreshments, are enjoyed as people undergo their treatment.