Cardiology Services

Geelong Cardiology Practice
The Geelong Cardiology Practice is the leading provider of cardiac services in the Geelong region. We are a private outpatient clinic located within University Hospital Geelong, offering services to Geelong and surrounding regions.

Philosophy:
Geelong Cardiology Practice is committed to delivering personalised, high quality health care to patients in the hospital setting as well as via their Private Consultation clinic, enabling a continuum of care for patients and their families.

Geelong Cardiology Practice has 11 cardiologists providing extensive cardiology services, which are supported by over 70 staff including cardiac technologists, registered nurses, radiographers and administration personnel.

Cardiologists:
Dr Chin Hiew – Director
Dr Alan Appelbe
A/Prof John Amerena
Dr Martin Sebastian
Dr Elizabeth Ryan
Dr Daryl Ridley
Dr Thomas Yip
Dr Michael Mok
Dr Mark Perrin
Dr Cathy Jaworski
Dr Adam Hutchison

Services provided include:

  • Consultations with cardiologists
  • Angioplasty and stent implantation
  • 24 hour (seven days a week) ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction Service
  • Electrophysiological studies and radio frequency ablation
  • Pacemaker implantation, including biventricular pacing for heart failure
  • Pacemaker evaluation
  • Defibrillator implants and replacements
  • Structural heart disease interventions including PFO/ASD closure, LAA closure with Watchman device
  • Anatomical and Functional assessment of coronary artery disease with IVUS & FFR studies
  • Echocardiography, including Transoesophageal and Stress Echo
  • Exercise Stress tests, Tilt Table Tests
  • ECGs
  • Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring – Holter, Event and Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit

*Our Cardiologists also provide services to patients at Geelong Private Hospital and St John of God.

Director
Dr Chin Hiew B.Sc (Hons), PG Echo, PG Clinical Trials, MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ, FSCAI

Dr Chin Hiew has recently been appointed as Director of Cardiology at Barwon Health having been in the acting role position 12 months prior. Chin is a Consultant & Interventional Cardiologist and Cardiac CT specialist (Level B). He completed his MBBS at the University of Queensland and subsequently attained his FRACP in Cardiology. He did further post graduate studies and training in Australia, USA and London, UK. He has been with Barwon Health since 2009. Chin has an interest in the application of evidence-based cardiology to clinical practice in addition to percutaneous cardiovascular intervention. He is the principal site investigator for VCOR and MIG Registries and co-investigator in many multi-centres clinical trials through the Geelong Cardiology Research Unit. He has an academic appointment with Deakin University in the School of Medicine as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and has been involved in teaching and supervisory role for medical students, cardiology registrars and fellows. He is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and American Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.

Consultant cardiologists

Dr Alan Appelbe MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Graduated in 1983 and did his undergraduate training in cardiology at the Royal Melbourne and Alfred hospitals before spending two years at Emory University in USA doing post graduate training and research in echocardiography.  He has been part of the Geelong medical community for over 20 years and introduced stress echo and transoesophageal echo to Geelong.  His special interests are in the various fields of echocardiograph especially valvular heart disease.

Assoc. Professor John Amerena MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ - Director, Geelong Cardiology Research Unit

Trained in Melbourne, followed by four years in the United States at the University of Michigan. Over that period of time he worked in the fields of hypertension & hyperlipidaemia, before returning to Australia where he is now a Cardiologist at Barwon Health. He currently has appointments with Deakin University in the School of Medicine as well as the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University. He is the director of the Geelong Cardiology Research Unit which is currently involved in many phase II – III clinical trials, as well as director of Cardiac Services at Geelong Private Hospital. While still involved in hypertension he has become involved in research in atherothrombosis, especially with respect to antithrombotic/antiplatelet therapies, particularly in the context of atrial fibrillation. Heart failure is a major interest, and he is also the Director of the Heart Failure Programme at Barwon Health. He is well published in these areas, as well as in many other areas of cardiovascular medicine.

Dr Martin Sebastian MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed basic physician training and advanced training in Cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, followed by Interventional Cardiology fellowships at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  He has been a key provider of Interventional Cardiology services to the Geelong community over the last fifteen years.  He also implants cardiac pacemakers and has undertaken training in CT coronary angiography.  Martin is a conjoint Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, and is the Barwon Health representative to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.  He has co-authored 70 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, conference papers and book chapters and has been an invited speaker at international meetings.

Dr Elizabeth Ryan MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Is a general cardiologist with a sub specialty of echocardiography. She graduated from the University of Melbourne medical school and undertook training for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in both general medicine and cardiology, based predominantly at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre. Elizabeth spent 2.5 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) doing an echocardiography fellowship. She has been with Barwon Health as a consultant cardiologist since 2002 and has been involved in teaching Melbourne University and now Deakin University medical students.

Dr Daryl Ridley MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist who has worked in the Geelong Cardiology Practice for the last 10 years. In addition to general cardiology skills he has a focus on the management of cardiac rhythm disorders and investigation of syncope.   He has undergone advanced training in Australia and overseas for pacemaker and defibrillator implantation along with catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr Thomas Yip MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Started working as an interventional cardiologist for Barwon Health in 2005, after returning to Australia from his interventional fellowship in Queen's University, Canada. His interests include general and interventional cardiology, new device therapy for coronary artery disease and renal denervation for resistant hypertension. He is accredited at a teaching level for CT coronary angiography. He is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has been heavily involved in physician training. He is the principal site investigator for international trial such as CLARIFY and Global Symplicity Registry. His other research interests include high-sensitivity cardiac troponin.

Dr Mark Perrin MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Was born and grew up in Albury NSW. He completed his medical degree at the University of New South Wales, and went on to cardiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital inSydney. He has an extensive clinical and research background in the management of cardiac rhythm disorders. He completed a PhD in drug-induced arrhythmia before pursuing postdoctoral studies and a clinical arrhythmia fellowship in Ottawa, Canada. He has a special interest in genetic arrhythmia syndromes and the management of atrial fibrillation.

Dr Michael Mok MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Is a general and interventional cardiologist practicing in the Geelong and Colac region.  Michael undertook further specialist training at the Geelong and Austin Hospitals, and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute in Canada.  He has a special interest in the management of coronary artery disease via a radial artery approach and the management of structural heart conditions. He is widely published in both areas, as well as completing a fellowship in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Michael is also actively involved in medical education as a senior clinical lecturer with Deakin University.

Dr Cathy Jaworski MBBS, FRACP

Is a consultant cardiologist with dual sub-specialty training in Interventional Cardiology and Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging. She graduated from Monash University in 2004 with honours in both MBBS and BMedSci. She completed both her basic and advanced training in Cardiology at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, gaining fellowship of RACP in 2012. Following this she undertook an advanced multimodal imaging Fellowship focusing on cardiac MRI, cardiac CT and echocardiography at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She has recently returned from an Interventional Fellowship at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, which is the largest specialist heart hospital in the United Kingdom. During this high volume fellowship, she practiced at the cutting edge of complex Interventional Cardiology. She maintains on going participation in clinical research and has published in the top cardiology journals. Cathy is interested in all aspects of clinical cardiology with a particular focus on coronary intervention.

Dr Adam Hutchison MBBS, FRACP, MPH

Is an interventional cardiologist who has recently returned from Harvard University with a Master's of Public Health. His area of interest is the diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndromes. As part of his PhD Adam was a key figure in the MonAMI study, enabling ambulances to definitively diagnose ST elevation myocardial infarction and expedite critical hospital based therapy. This model of care was subsequently adopted throughout metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong.  Adam has lectured at Monash University and is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Contact
  • Address:

    Geelong Cardiology Practice
    Kardinia House, Level 4
    (University Hospital Geelong)
    Cnr Ryrie and Bellarine streets
    Geelong 3220

  • Contact Hours:

    8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

  • Car Parking:

    Metered parking available

  • Phone Number:

    4215 1955

  • After Hours:

    4215 0000

Traditional Owners

Barwon Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wathaurong people and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.