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Peninsula Rheumatology

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Your trusted rheumatologists serving Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula region for over 30 years

Doctors

Dr Juan Aw

Dr Juan Aw

MBBS FRACP

Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist

Dr Juan Aw

Juan is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians and is dual trained in Rheumatology and Clinical Pharmacology. Juan is a general rheumatologist, with a particular interest in inflammatory arthritis, crystal arthritis, soft tissue disorders and musculoskeletal medicine.

A graduate of Monash University, he has trained at Frankston Hospital, The Alfred Hospital and The Austin and Repatriation Hospital. Juan is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Peninsula Health and The Alfred Health, where he is part of the Rheumatology Unit.  He is actively involved in teaching medical students and junior doctors in training.  He is also involved in clinical research and clinical trials.

Juan is passionate about improving and providing rheumatology services to the Mornington Peninsula and the South Eastern regions of Victoria, through close collaboration with general practitioners, surgeons and fellow physicians.

Dr Kristy Yap

Dr Kristy Yap

MBBS FRACP

Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist

Dr Kristy Yap

Dr Kristy Yap is a consultant rheumatologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Western Australia. She undertook specialist rheumatology advanced training at Monash Medical Centre, the Western Hospital and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  

Dr Yap was the recipient of the Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship 2014 which provided funding for her to undertake an overseas fellowship in Toronto, Canada. She successfully completed her Clinical Research Fellowship in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Psoriatic Arthritis in 2015 and has published papers in various international journals including the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

Kristy currently holds a consultant rheumatology position at Monash Health, Melbourne and holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Monash University. Her role allows her to teach medical students and supervise junior medical staff.  Her main interests are connective tissue disorders and inflammatory arthritis.

In her spare time, Dr Yap enjoys travelling back to her hometown Vancouver, Canada for some skiing and catching up with family and friends. In Melbourne she enjoys drinking coffee and spending time with her husband, son and pet dog.

Dr Winston Chang

Dr Winston Chang

MBChB FRACP

Consultant Rheumatologist & Internal Medicine Physician

Dr Winston Chang

Dr Chang graduated from Otago University and completed his Rheumatology and General Medicine training in New Zealand. He practiced as a general physician and rheumatologist at National University Health Systems in Singapore before moving to Australia.

He aims to  partner with each patient to provide holistic and individualised care. He is happy to see patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), gout, ankylosing spondylitis and other rheumatological disorders.

Dr Chang can converse in English, Mandarin and Malay.

Dr Emily Ong

Dr Emily Ong

MBBS (Hons) FRACP

Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist

Dr Emily Ong

Dr Emily Ong (MBBS (Hons), BEng (Chemical), FRACP) obtained her medical degree at the University of Sydney and was trained in Rheumatology at The Alfred and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. She is currently a staff specialist in Rheumatology at The Alfred and Box Hill hospital.

Dr Ong has interests in several areas of adult Rheumatology, including inflammatory arthritis, connective tissue diseases, back pain and osteoarthritis. She is interested in women’s health in patients with rheumatic diseases. Emily is fluent in Mandarin and she values an emphatic approach to patient centred care.

Dr Champa Nataraja

Dr Champa Nataraja

MBBS FRACP

Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist

Dr Champa Nataraja

Dr Champa Nataraja is a physician-scientist, trained in rheumatology and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in 2020 from Monash University.

Champa graduated (MBBS) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. She undertook basic physician training at the University Hospital Geelong, Victoria in 2015, and completed specialist training in Rheumatology at Monash Health and the Royal Hobart Hospital. She is a fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Rheumatology and a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association. She has presented her research at the national and international conferences in Rheumatology.

Champa has a special interest in inflammatory arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases, connective tissue diseases as well as complex rheumatic diseases. She aims to provide a high-quality medical service in rheumatology and care for her patients. 

Outside of work, Champa has a passion to help the underprivileged students towards their schooling in India. She is also a nature lover who enjoys long track walks.

Dr Bita Omidvar

Dr Bita Omidvar

MBBS FRACP

Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist

Dr Bita Omidvar

Dr Bita Omidvar, MD, FRACP, is a consultant rheumatologist who completed her rheumatology advanced training in 2007 at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (Iran) and its affiliated hospitals. Dr Omidvar moved to Australia in 2015, commencing work in the Rheumatology Department at Monash Medical Centre. Currently, she practices at Peninsula rheumatology, Monash Health, Southern Rheumatology (Brighton) and Frankston hospital.

Dr Omidvar enjoys clinical medicine where her interests are mainly in inflammatory arthritis and due to her training in Iran; she is our go-to person for the unusual inflammatory condition known as Bechet’s Disease

Bita spends her free time playing music and reading novels. She is passionate about sports and especially enjoys participating in cycling and hiking.

Robyn Funston

Robyn Funston

Registered Nurse

Robyn Funston

Robyn joined Peninsula Rheumatology in November, 2016.  She commenced working with our team after 16 years as a research nurse at the Alfred Hospital. In her role at the Alfred, Robyn was responsible for coordinating clinical trials in heart failure; hypertension; heart transplant; and diabetes mellitus.

She has presented at an international conference on successful patient recruitment for research trials.

Robyn commenced her career in clinical research following nursing experience in coronary care, cardiology unit, post operative recovery room and general medicine at major metropolitan hospitals including the Alfred, the Mater in Sydney and the Royal Canberra Hospital.

Robyn has a Coronary Care Certificate.

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