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QUEENSLAND's TRUSTED WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC
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Why Choose Queensland Bariatrics?

Dr Blair Bowden

Dr Blair Bowden

Queensland Bariatrics is one of Australia’s preeminent clinics for weight loss surgery. We are one of the most experienced weight loss surgery centres in the world. We have helped over 4,500 people make a very difficult decision to have weight loss surgery; we would like to think that we may have made them happier and healthier along the way as well.

With a highly trained team of doctors, patient care facilitators and other health professionals, Queensland Bariatrics is able to provide our patients with not only world class surgery but with comprehensive support both pre and post surgery as well as long term.

We aim to provide all our patients with a comfortable and friendly environment to gain all the information they require to help them decide if weight loss surgery will benefit them.

Our main clinic is located at the Wesley Hospital, Auchenflower; however we have satellite clinics at Stafford, Logan, Toowoomba, Cairns and Noosa where our bariatric (Lap-Band, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass) patients can go to for their follow up care.

The Wesley Hospital provides one of the Australia’s largest private hospitals. It is staffed by world standard surgeons, anaesthetists, cardiologists, endocrinologists and gastroenterologists, just to name a few. So in the case of patients needing multiple specialist care this can easy be provided for at the Wesley Hospital.

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Dr Jennifer Duncombe- Gastric Band Adjustment Practitioner

Dr Jennifer Duncombe

Gastric Band Adjustment Practitioner

Dr Jennifer Duncombe
Gastric Band Adjustment Practitioner

Jenny is very experienced when it comes to the adjusting of lap-bands and following up with our bariatric patients. She started out adjusting lap-bands back in 1996 and hasn’t looked back since.

Jenny takes her skills for adjusting lap-bands and bariatric surgery reviews as far north as Cairns, out west to Toowoomba, up the Sunshine Coast to Noosa as well as the surrounding suburbs of Brisbane including our clinic here at the Wesley, Stafford and Logan. She is also involved in training doctors in remote areas to perform lap-band adjustments.

As the number of patients coming to our clinic grows, we welcome and appreciate Jenny’s knowledge and support for our bariatric patients.

Dr Jennifer Duncombe also works as a general practitioner at her Stafford office where she has a dedicated following of patients.

Dr Blair Bowden

Dr Blair Bowden

MBBS FRACS

Dr Blair Bowden
MBBS FRACS

During my 10 years of surgical training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane. I found laparoscopic or “keyhole” gastrointestinal surgery captivating. At that stage RBWH was on the cutting edge of this type of surgery throughout the world. I marvelled at how we were able to do incredibly complex operations with keyhole surgery, but still my patients recovered quickly. I had two main areas of surgery that I found immensely rewarding. The first was weight loss surgery and the second was cancer surgery. Why weight loss surgery I was always asked? Mainly because I saw the wonderful positive changes that happened in the majority of my patients life that came with not only loosing the weight, but more importantly often it was the first time that they were able to keep the weight off.

When I finished my training at RBWH I was offered a fellowship in keyhole weight loss surgery at the New York Medical Centre. This was very prestigious as it is an American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Centre of Excellence. I trained under Dr Christine Ren and Dr George Fielding, who are widely regarded as some of the best surgeons in the USA, who perform Lap-Band, and Gastric Bypass surgery. It has meant that I can offer my patients procedures such as Lap-Band, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery with a world standard level of care.

It seems like yesterday but it was 2005 when I returned to Brisbane that I was asked to join the surgical team at what is now Queensland Bariatrics Clinic. It was a great honour as it was at that stage one of the world’s most experienced weight loss surgery clinics.

Since that time I have performed over 2,500 weight loss surgery procedures and over 15,000 general laparoscopic procedures in Australia, the United States and Europe. It has been wonderfully rewarding getting to know, and seeing the life changes that have been helpful in our patients.

Dr Louise Gore-Jones

Dr Louise Gore-Jones

Medical Practitioner

Dr Louise Gore-Jones
Medical Practitioner

Louise came to work at Queensland Bariatrics in 2016 and is experienced when it comes to the following up with our bariatric patients. She has a keen interest in working in the medical weight management field.

As our number of patients coming to our clinic grows, we welcome and appreciate Louise’s knowledge and support for our bariatric patients.

Dr Louise Gore-Jones also works as a general practitioner at MyHealth Toowong.

Dr Atilla Nagy

Dr Atilla Nagy

Anaesthetic

Dr Attila Nagy  MBBS (Hons) FANZCA

Dr Nagy was born in Melbourne and completed his medical degree at Monash University in 1994.  His training in anaesthesia was based at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne during which he also undertook a year of training at The Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland. To complete his anaesthesia qualification, he undertook a fellowship year at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, participating in that hospital’s highly regarded Sydney Clinical Skills Simulation Centre as a teacher and facilitator.

Attila was fortunate to work as part of  a great team for six years at The Royal Darwin Hospital, NT, for much of that time as a Supervisor of Training for new anaesthesia trainees at that hospital and also as at the head of the Acute Pain Unit.

These days Attila works full time looking after surgeons from a wide range of surgical specialties, including, of course, bariatric surgery, but also urology, plastics, upper and lower limb orthpaedics, breast-endocrine and IVF/reproductive medicine.

In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit, time with friends and family, and has interests in environmental sustainability, renewable energy and conservation.

Nicola Fox- Dietitian

Nicola Fox

Dietitian

Nicola Fox
Dietitian

Nicola Fox is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 18 years of experience providing nutritional support and advice for clients undergoing bariatric surgery. Nicola specialises in tailoring each diet to the
individual and their medical requirements. 

Nicola prefers to recommend meal plans with practical meals rather than diet shakes. Nicola will assist you with weight loss, liver shrinkage and optimising nutritional wellbeing through adequate hydration,
Protein intake and essential vitamins/minerals intake. Nicola prefers practical, easy, realistic strategies that fit in with your family/work life.


Glenn Mackintosh- Psychologist

Glenn Mackintosh

Psychologist

Glenn Mackintosh 
Founder of Weight Management Psychology

His public work has seen him accept the challenging position as consultant psychologist for Ten’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed and feature regularly in the media.

He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Queensland representative for the APS Psychology of Eating, Weight, and Body-image Interest Group.  Before venturing into private practice, he was the Director of Psychology at the Wesley Lifeshape Clinic and he also supports Queensland Bariatrics patients pre- and post-surgery.

Glenn’s research investigated psychological and social factors and weight management, and he has lectured in health psychology, the psychology of eating, and sport and exercise psychology at the University of Queensland and several other universities.

Kathy Benn Dietitian

Kathy Benn

Dietitian

Kathy Benn
Dietitian

After a decade in private practice Kathy refined her skills in clinical nutrition, and spent time as an Accredited Sports Dietitian.  These days she found her niche in weight loss surgery and disordered eating behaviours, and recently became Dietitian Representative on the Australia New Zealand Metabolic Obesity Surgical Society (ANZMOSS) board.

Passionate about eating behaviours, Kathy has almost completed a degree in psychology which she aims to combine to provides support in building a more positive relationship with food.

Purcell Matthew

Dr Matthew Purcell

Ex Chairman of Wickham

Dr Matthew Purcell

Dr Matthew Purcell completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Queensland in 1996. Following this, he worked in a variety of different medical positions, including an extended period in Roma, QLD until he commenced his anaesthetic training in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2005. Dr Purcell spent the next 10 years working as a staff specialist and visiting medical officer (VMO) at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

Dr Matthew Purcell has since transitioned into full time private practice where he services a number of private hospitals throughout Southeast Queensland and has a diverse scope of practice. In addition, Dr Purcell is an examiner for the fellowship exam for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia.

Dr Matthew Purcell served as the Chairman of Wickham Terrace Anaesthesia’s Executive Committee from 2017 – 2019.

Outside of work, Dr Purcell enjoys an array of hobbies and a busy home life with his wife and two daughters.

our Support Team

Lara Jacobs - Practice Manager

Lara Jacobs

Practice Manager

Lara Jacobs
Practice Manager

Lara Jacobs is a Brisbane local who combines a witty personality with patient dedication to make your experience dealing with Queensland Bariatrics a great one.

Lara has worked in the medical industry since 2003 and took over the practice manager role at Queensland Bariatrics in 2007. She is responsible for ensuring that Queensland Bariatrics runs as smoothly as possible and our patients are well taken care of, happy and relaxed.

Lara is available to take your questions about our services, weight loss surgery and receiving any feedback about your experience with Queensland Bariatrics.

In her spare time, Lara enjoys spending time with family, entertaining friends as well as taking her two dogs to the beach.

Jenny Coates- Clinical Nurse Consultant

Jenny Coates

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Jenny Coates
Clinical Nurse Consultant

Jenny is the first port of call for all patients coming to see us about bariatric surgery. She has been with the clinic for over 10 years as our clinical nurse consultant and every patient gets to spend about 45 minutes discussing the different types of procedures as well as what to expect before and after surgery.

She is very knowledgeable when it comes to all forms of bariatric surgery. In fact, Jenny is also an operating theatre nurse who works at the Wesley Hospital operating theatres so she has that firsthand experience and knowledge about what is happening during each operation.

As the number of patients coming to our clinic grows, we welcome and appreciate Jenny’s knowledge and support for our bariatric patients, both before and after surgery.

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