Dr Jayantha Rupasinghe – MBBS, FRACP
Consultant Neurologist

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Dr Jayantha Rupasinghe completed his medical training in Sri Lanka and Australia prior to completing his specialist training in Neurological medicine in 2007. He has a primary interest in stroke and headache as well as General Neurology with other specialisations including: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease (movement disorders), dementia, neuromuscular disorders, neuropathy and epilepsy.

Dr Rupasinghe is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, the Stroke Society of Australasia, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the American Academy of Neurology, the World Stroke Organisation, the American Headache Society, the European Federation of Neurology and the Sri Lanka Medical Association

Dr Rupasinghe provides clinical services to inpatients and outpatients at Frankston Hospital and St John of God Hospital. He is currently the head of the stroke unit based at Frankston Hospital where he is also the clinical supervisor to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students at Frankston Hospital. He is also involved in training basic and advanced trainee physicians along with being a regional examiner for FRACP.

Dr Rupasinghe’s passion for research includes a vested interest in acute stroke management at a local and international level. Here at PASO, Dr Rupasinghe provides assessment for both oncology-related and general Neurological disorders.

Dr Sameer Kaul MBBS, FRACP
Respiratory Physician

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Dr Sameer Kaul completed his undergraduate medical degree in New Delhi, India before coming to Australia and completing his basic training as a general physician at both Frankston hospital and The Alfred hospital. He acquired broad experience in all aspects of Internal Medicine with placements in various metropolitan, suburban and rural hospitals, including Rosebud, Sandringham, Shepparton and Mildura Base Hospital.

Dr Kaul returned to work as the Senior Medical Registrar at The Alfred hospital. He then went on to complete his advanced training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, at both the Alfred and Frankston hospitals. Dr Kaul has since returned to the Peninsula as a consultant Respiratory Physician.

Dr Kaul is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians having specialised in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. He is also a current member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Kaul’s interests include all facets of Respiratory and Sleep medicine with a concentration in chronic lung disease, diagnostic assessments in lung cancer and sleep –related respiratory disorders including non-invasive ventilation. At PASO, he is an integral attendee of our multi-disciplinary meetings as he is in charge of our rapid lung cancer diagnosis and assessment program, which allows patients with suspected lung cancer to receive the appropriate tests in a timely fashion.

Lung Function Testing

When patients blow into the lung function machine, we are able to measure a few different readings which include:

  • Their capacity (how much air is in the lungs)
  • Signs of obstruction (rate of flow, which is assessed before and after the patient is given Ventolin)
  • By analysing their breath we can also measure their oxygen transfer

Lung function tests help to diagnose Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as well as being useful in assessing patients who have Neuromuscular Weakness or Lung Cancer. Lung function tests are performed by our Respiratory Scientist before the reports are written up by our Respiratory Physician.

Mark Katugampola
Respiratory Scientist

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Mark completed an Arts/Science degree with post-graduate qualifications prior to interning at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He has now been working in the field of Respiratory Science for 5 years, joining PASO in 2015 after working at Southern Region Respiratory in East Bentleigh.

Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition (PPN)

Patients undergoing treatment for Cancer can experience symptoms which can have a negative impact on their nutritional status. PPN’s clinically trained Dieticians help patients develop personalised eating plans to ensure that they eat well and can be better able to handle the side effects of treatment.

They are experienced to provide evidence-based practice for the management of Cancer and other chronic health conditions including: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Gastro-intestinal disorders, food allergies and intolerances, as well as to provide general weight loss advice.

Nicola Lee
Dietitian, Sports Dietician & Exercise Physiologist

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Nicola is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has a double degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and Exercise & Sports Science from the University of Sydney. She is currently completing the International Olympic committee diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Her key areas of interest in nutrition are weight loss, team sports nutrition, chronic disease including diabetes and heart disease, bariatric surgery, oncology, pre and post-natal nutrition and adolescent nutrition.

Nicola’s aim as an exercise physiologist is to enable anyone and everyone to be physically active and achieve their exercise, sport and activity goals.

Nicola has spent the last 3 years working in outback New South Wales and has recently joined the PPN team. She loves playing sport, exploring the outdoors and experimenting with new and healthy recipes in the kitchen.

Southern Peninsula Cancer Support Group

Sr. Carmel McFaull

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I am a Good Shepherd Sister based on the Southern Peninsula since the early 1980s. At that time I established a respite centre at our Convent in Portsea, for women under stress, where they could come with their children, have a stress free holiday in a peaceful environment, and receive counselling if needed.

In 1987 I met a mother of three children under 5, who with her husband had moved from Queensland to Sorrento for work purposes. She was diagnosed shortly after with breast cancer, and had to travel each day by bus/train to Peter Mac for chemotherapy treatment. I made an appeal for help from the community.

This was the beginning of what was to become the transport service of Southern Peninsula Cancer Support group, which continues to this day and over the years has not only provided transport, but also friendship and company for patients on their journey.

Since Frankston Private opened in 2006, I have been part of both the Peninsula Oncology Centre and Peninsula and Southeast Oncology team in a volunteer capacity; providing a support service for patients, their families & carers.

My role to all that I come in contact with is that of a companion on their journey – to listen, to reassure, to comfort and advise them if necessary, and to encourage them.

Contact Sr. Carmel for appointments:

(03) 9771 8904