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(03) 9380 4655


488 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton 3054

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About Us

Carlton Medical Centre is a long established clinic that is owned and run by doctors.

We are a group of experienced medical practitioners running a high quality, caring, family-friendly general practice that provides a comprehensive range of medical services. We have good relationships and familiarity with other health providers and specialists in our area.

We are well supported by a dedicated team including our Practice Manager Linda, our nurses Kate and Margaret, and our administrative staff Lena, Julie, Lorraine and Jayne. Our clinic provides additional services which currently include podiatry, massage therapy and visiting specialists including an ENT and a Dermatologist.

From 2021 Carlton Medical Centre is a GP training practice. We will have qualified doctors gaining experience at the practice for periods of 6-12 months. They will typically have gained special skills prior to attending the practice in addition to up-to-date knowledge of treatments available

Our doctors:

 Dr Fiona Cochrane

MBBS (Hons), OAM

Fiona graduated from Monash University and has been working in General Practice at Carlton Medical Centre for over 30 years.
She has been a Shared Maternity Care Affiliate for over 10 years.

Fiona has a particular interest in women’s health but enjoys the breadth of General Practice, particularly looking after families.

Fiona is not routinely taking new patients except for family members or in specific circumstances.

Dr Ralphine Wall


Ralphine graduated from the University of Melbourne. She did her clinical training at the Austin Hospital and the Ballarat Base Hospital.

Ralphine became a lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Melbourne. She set up and ran a student health service at the University and then a multidisciplinary health clinic in Carlton.

Ralphine joined the Carlton Medical Centre in 1993 and has enjoyed providing all aspects of individual and family care. She is a Shared Care provider.

Ralphine is not routinely taking new patients


Dr Sally Dooley

MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Diploma of Obstetrics), Cert in Sexual & Reproductive Health, MPH

Sally graduated from Melbourne University and completed her clinical training at St Vincents Hospital. She has enjoyed work in a range of hospital environments including the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. She has subsequently gained experience in remote health but has now worked in General Practice since 2001, moving to Carlton Medical Centre in 2011.

Sally has particular interests in women’s health including being a Shared Care provider, paediatrics, preventive health and wellness but enjoys the full breadth of providing health care in General Practice.

Sally is not routinely taking new patients except for family members of existing patients or local shared pregnancy care patients.]


Dr Zahid Haider

FRACGP, MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine & Skin Cancer Surgery

Zahid has been working in General Practice since 2011. Prior to this he has worked at various Victorian hospitals including Ballarat base Hospital and The Alfred Hospital in Emergency, Trauma and Surgery.

Zahid has an interest in all areas of General Practice including men’s health, mental health, child and maternal health. He is competent in conducting skin checks, the removal of skin lesions and skin cancers, skin flaps and grafts, treatment of ingrown toenails and joint injections. He is also qualified with internal contraception including Implant and Mirena.

Janet Long Nakamarra

Dr Banu Arumugam

Banu is a co-founder of the Carlton Medical Centre.

Banu is not taking new patients.

Dr Tessa Gomez


Tessa graduated from Monash University and has over 35 years of experience in General Practice. She sees a broad range of patients.

 Dr Julia Coote

Dr. Julia Coote


Julia graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 and went on to work at Western Health before beginning her training in General Practice.
Julia enjoys the diversity that General Practice has to offer and welcomes patients at all stages of life. She has also undertaken extra training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Julia is currently taking new patients, but all new patient appointments must be conducted face-to-face, at the clinic.


Our practice team:

Podiatry Services

Mary Michalopoulos provides podiatry services from a room at the clinic every Tuesday. 

Appointments with Mary can be made via reception at the Medical Centre.

Remedial massage therapist

Natasha Cochrane-Friedrich specialises in message for pregnant women.

Appointments with Natasha can be made directly with her on 0404 265 855.

 ENT surgeon

Dr Dayan Chandrasekara uses a consulting room at our clinic on one Thursday afternoon each month. Appointments may be made with him via Kew ENT on 9817 4366 (with a referral from your doctor).


Dr Shyamalar Gunatheesan uses a consulting room at our clinic on Saturday mornings intermittently. Appointments may be made via reception at the Medical Centre (with a referral from your doctor).