South Melbourne Family Practice is changing its name to South Melbourne Medical Hub. Under new ownership, South Melbourne Medical Hub will offer expanded health services to your local community and we look forward to offering additional services for your health needs.

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    9999 2778

    Our Doctors

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    Dr Pratiksha Nirmal

    Dr Pratiksha Nirmal

    Dr Pratiksha Nirmal (affectionately known as ‘Pia’) is originally from the UK and has been working in Melbourne since 2019. She qualified in 2012 and gained extensive experience in a number of specialties, before she decided to follow her passion and become a GP. She gained MRCGP (UK) in 2017 and worked in London, until subsequently gaining FRACGP (Australia) in 2018 and making the move ‘down under’!

    A warm and personable doctor, Dr Nirmal enjoys getting to know her patients and their families and empowering them to understand and take control of their health. She is a strong believer in continuity and patient-centred, holistic care.

    She enjoys all aspects of General Practice and has special interests include Sexual Health, Women’s Health, Chronic Disease Management (asthma, hypertension etc), Diabetes and Mental Health. She is a HIV s100 Accredited Prescriber has also completed a Diploma in Diabetes.

    When away from work, she enjoys quizzing, Formula 1 and cricket, which were some of the reasons she decided to move to Melbourne. That and she missed her train to Hogwarts….

    Dr Nirmal looks forward to meeting you soon!
    Languages spoken: English, Gujarati, Hindi
    Availability at Medical Hub: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.
    Available at South Melbourne: Thursday

    Dr Ciaran Laughlin

    General Practitioner

    Dr Ciaran Laughlin completed his medical training in England in 2004, before moving to Australia in 2010 to work in General Practice.  He has a strong belief in forming solid patient relationships through good communication and always allowing adequate time to deal with the many aspects of GP care.

    His professional career has seen him travel to disadvantaged countries and regions with Doctors without Borders, providing much needed healthcare for those less fortunate.

    Dr Laughlin’s interests include preventative health, men’s health, mental health, sexual health, and aged care. His inclusive clinical practice extends to the LGBTQI+ community.

    Outside of work Dr Laughlin enjoys fitness, beach volleyball, travelling as well as taking time out to socialise when possible.

    Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

    Dr Ian Devlin


    Dr Ian Devlin commenced his career as a rural GP in Central Victoria. Ian is now practicing skin cancer medicine. He has had a long interest in the diagnosis and management of skin cancers, having completed the following training:

    • Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine U.Q.
    • Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery U.Q.
    • Certificate in Advanced Dermoscopy and Dermal Imaging U.Q.
    • Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine – Skin Cancer College Australasia
    • Diploma of Dermoscopy SCCA
    • Advanced Clinical Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery SCCA

    Ian is passionate about the early diagnosis of skin cancer. One in three people in Australia will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime and around one in sixteen will develop melanoma. The vast majority of these skin cancers can be cured by early detection.

    Skin Check Appointments

    An appointment with Dr Ian Devlin can be made for a full skin check. A full skin check appointment will require half an hour. If you need only a check of a single spot, you’ll only need a standard appointment of fifteen minutes.

    You can also read Dr Ian Devlin’s blog post to learn more about skin cancer and prevention in the post on Melanoma in Australia.

    Outside work Ian enjoys road cycling, bushwalking and cross-country skiing.

    Dr Rijad Kucuk

    Dr Rijad Kucuk

    General Practitioner

    Dr Rijad Kucuk MBBS (UWA) FRACGP is interested in all aspects of general practice, and enjoys caring for people from all walks of life and from varied cultural backgrounds. Dr Kucuk has special interests including men’s health, paediatrics, travel medicine, sexual health, chronic disease management, occupational health including pre-employment medicals, TAC/WorkCover, and performing small surgical procedures.

    Dr Ling Zheng

    Dr Ling Zheng

    General Practition

    Dr Ling Zheng MBBS FRACGP MD PHD (Monash) has been practising at South Melbourne Family Practice since 2011 and has a great interest in all aspects of general practice. Dr Zheng has spent considerable time involved in medical research of a variety of chronic lung diseases at Monash University, University of Hong Kong, Essen University (Germany) and TongJi Medical University (China) prior to becoming a GP. Dr Zheng consults in both English and Mandarin, and has a caring, thorough, and patient-centred approach. Her special interests include asthma management, women’s health, child and adolescent health, aged care, chronic disease management, and preventative medicine.

    Dr Leena Jatkar

    Dr Leena Jatkar

    General Practitioner

    Dr Leena Jatkar MBBS has over 30 years experience as a GP in India, the United States and Australia, and has consulted at South Melbourne Family Practice since 2009. Dr Jatkar finds general practice challenging and enjoys all aspects. Her special interests include women’s health, children’s health, and preventative health to prevent chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition to English, Dr Jatkar is fluent in six Indian languages and assists new migrants during their settling down period.

    Dr Ben Ooi

    Dr Ben Ooi

    After graduating from the University of Malaya, Dr Ben Ooi undertook his residency in Singapore and is a qualified Family Medicine practitioner. His residency programme covered a gamut of specialities including Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Dermatology.

    Dr Ben Ooi has also gained his Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine and Master of Medicine in Family Medicine from National University of Singapore in 2016 and 2017. He has been practising as a General Practitioner in Singapore from 2014 to 2019.

    Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien and Cantonese.

    Availability at Medical Hub: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

    Sarah Leech

    Sarah Leech


    Sarah Leech is a physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters’ Degree in Doctor of Physiotherapy. She also completed a Bachelor of Health Science specialising in Musculoskeletal Therapy from the Australian College of Natural Medicine. Sarah’s interests are in musculoskeletal health, assisting with joint and muscle pain, occupational health, helping with return to work after an injury, and she also has interests in women’s and men’s health. Book an appointment online with Sarah.

    Sri Vanapilli

    Sri Vanapilli


    Sri Vanapalli is our Podiatrist at South Melbourne Family Practice. Sri has been servicing the South Melbourne community since 2017 and brings over 9 years of experience working in private practice. This complements his hospital experience through his work at Northern Health, Monash Health and Epworth.

    Sri is a firm believer in early intervention and prevention of complications associated with chronic disease whilst encouraging a holistic approach when working with patients to formulate both short and long-term treatment goals. Sri’s background in premier level cricket provides him a valuable insight into biomechanics and sporting injuries of the lower limb. He has a particular interest in sports medicine and lower limb biomechanics.

    Sri offers a wide range of podiatry services from foot and ankle sport injuries to general podiatry including ingrown toenails. He ensures that treatment plans are tailored to individual needs and activity levels to support you in achieving the best possible outcome for your needs.

    Sri can assist with:

    • Corns, Calluses, and Plantar Warts
    • Orthotics
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Bunions
    • Ankle Sprains
    • Ingrown Toenails
    • Shockwave Therapy