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Our Team

Here at Riverway Medical Centre, our team is committed to ensuring that you receive the best care possible, which is why all of our staff members are highly experienced in the medical environment.


Our highly experienced nurses work at the direction of the Doctors and will assist in providing comprehensive coordinated healthcare services.


If you have any questions about your appointment, you can speak to one of our friendly and experienced administration team.


Dr Kiran Kaushal



Dr Kiran Kaushal is the founding partner and the practice principle of Riverway Medical Centre. She graduated in 1983 and worked in India specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Kiran moved to Australia in 2001 with her family. She spent the first 5 years working as a General Practitioner in Tully, and then moved to Townsville in 2006 as her children were accepted into the Medical School at James Cook University.


Dr Kiran has now been working as a GP in Townsville for over 10 years and her special interests are Women's Health, Children's Health, Antenatal Care, Indigenous Health, Travel Medicine, Preventative Medicine and Chronic Illness. She is one of the few GP's in Townsville that does Mirena insertion/removal in a Bulk Billing Medical Centre.


Dr Kiran is actively involved in teaching and training medical students and GP Registrars.


Dr Kiran is fluent in English and Hindi.



Dr Rakesh Kaushal



Dr Rakesh Kaushal is the founding partner of Riverway Medical Centre. He graduated in 1982 from the prestigious AIIMS College in New Delhi, India. Dr Rakesh has been a medical doctor as part of the Indian Sports team in Asian Games and Olympics.


Dr Rakesh worked in Tully with his wife (Dr Kiran Kaushal) for 5 years before he moved to Townsville. He has now been in Townsville for over 10 years. He has special interest in General Medicine, Sports Medicine, Mental Health, Travel Medicine, Employment Medicals, Preventative Medicine, Minor Skin Procedure, Dermatology, Aged Care and Chronic Illness.  


Dr Rakesh enjoys teaching and training medical students and GP Registrars. He is also an examiner for Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) Exams.


Dr Rakesh is fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi.

** Dr Rakesh primarily works at Northtown Medical Centre however he does occasionally do a few days at Riverway Medical Centre.



Dr Mohamed Rahman



Dr Mohamed Rahman graduated in 2002 the prestigious Bangalore Medical cellege, Bangalore University, India. Dr Rahman worked with NHS, United Kingdom before moving to Australia in 2005. He has worked in various multiple specialities in different hospitals in Queensland gaining experience in Emergency, General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Paediatrics. He has been training in Paediatrics for the last 8 years in various hopitals throughout Queensland and been a Registrar at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.


His areas of special interest includes Childrens health, Women's Health, Chronic Disease Management, Emergency, Old Age Disease and Indigenous Health.


He loves to spend time with his family, reading on theology, travelling and landscape photography.


Dr Rahman is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.



Dr Rahima Deeba Syeda



Dr Deeba Syeda graduated from India in 2005.  She travelled to the UK doing her postgraduate exams before moving to Australia in 2006.

While working in Queensland health, she gained experience in Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry and General Medicine.

Dr Syeda has also obtained a diploma in child health (DCH) from Westmead Hospital in Sydney.  Along with a clinical diploma in Palliative Medicine through RACP.

Dr Syeda has been a fellow with the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) since 2014.

Apart from a working career she is an enthusiastic mother of young children and enjoys push bike riding and cooking.

Dr Syeda is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi.



Dr Sheharyar Ashraf



Dr Sheharyar Ashraf trained and graduated from Pakistan in 2009. He worked as a general practitioner in Pakistan for 4 years before moving to North Queensland. Dr Ashraf joined Riverway Medical Centre in 2014.


Although Dr Ashraf has a broad patient base, his special interests are Mental Health, Geriatric Medicine, Men's Health, Preventative Medicine, Skin Cancers, Chronic Illness and Geriatrics. Dr Ashraf regularly does home visits for elderly patients as well as visits to Residential Aged Care. Outside of medicine, Dr Ashraf enjoys sports and loves to travel throughout Australia.


Dr Ashraf is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.



Dr Oladele Johnson Kazum



Dr Kazum is a well known GP in Townsville and he has been practicing in the Kirwan area since 2008.

He is a former department head of Orthopaedic, Ermelo Hospital in South Africa and former Medical Superintendent at Cloncurry Hospital, Qld.  He brings with him a wealth of experience in GP with special interest in skin; Paediatrice cases; mental health; minor surgical procedures and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.


He is also a big fan of The Cowboys and a strong passion for soccer and Formula 1.  Being happily married with 3 children.


Dr Kazum is fluent in English, African Languages, Yoruba and Zulu



Dr Olamide Yoloye



Dr Olamide is an experienced female GP who has been working in the Townsville area for many years. She is well known GP within the community.


Dr Olamide is accepting all her old patients as well as new patients. She is fluent in English, Housa and Yoruba.



Dr Aaron Santos

Doctor of Medicine (MD)


Dr Aaron Santos, 'Doc Aaron' is an experienced doctor who graduated medical school in one of the top hospitals in the Philippines (St. Luke's Medical Center). He moved to Australia in 2011 and worked at the Townsville Hospital where he spent a few years. He gained experience in different departments: Emergency, Cardiology, Orthopaedics and Geriatrics to name a few.


With almost 10 years of experience he joined Riverway Medical Centre in 2014 and since then has enjoyed practicing as a GP. His special interests are Cardiology, Paediatrics, Mental Health, Men's Health, Sexual Health and Emergency Medicine. Dr Santos does home visits for elderly patients as well as visits to Residential Aged Care. With a holistic approach and a friendly attitude he has gained not only patients but most importantly friends as well.


Welcomed by a big Filipino community, a great Medical Centre that he now refers to as 'Family' and blessed with a loving young family, he has found Townville as a new home. He promises to share his blessings by helping his patients with the best of his abilities.


Dr Santos is fluent in English and Tagalog (Filipino).



Dr Archana Somani



Dr Archanna Somani has special interests in skin, indigenous health, diabetes, paediatric and womens health.


Dr Somani is fluent in English and Hindi. 



Dr Ambreen Samir



Dr Ambreen Samir graduated from Pakistan in the year 2000. She has over 10 years of experience working as a General Practitioner in Pakistan. She moved to Australia in 2015 and has since been working as a GP at Riverway Medical Centre. Dr Ambreen has a broad interest in all facets of General Practice. She particularly enjoys caring for individuals and families over the whole spectrum of life. Her special interests are Women's Health, Children's Health, Preventative Medicine, Indigenous Health and Chronic Illness.

When away from work, Dr Ambreen enjoys spending time with her young family, and her hobbies include reading medical research/articles, interior decoration, cooking and baking.


Dr Ambreen is fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Saraiki.



Dr Jamila Balchand

Doctor of Medicine (MD)


Dr Jamila Balchand is a graduate of the Davao Medical School Foundation in the Philippines (2004). She moved to Australia in 2014 and she brought with her over 10 years of experience as a Doctor. Dr Jamila has specialist interest in Women's Health, Children's Health, Antenatal Care, Sexual Health, Mental health, Indigenous Health, Preventative Medicine, Travel Medicine and Chronic Illness. Dr Jamila has a pleasant personality and is a favorite of many.


Dr Jamila is fluent in English, Tagalog (Filipino) and Visayan.



Dr Navjot Arora



Dr Navjot Arora graduated in 2011 in India. He moved to Australia, and started working at Riverway Medical Centre in 2015. The variety of medicine that general practice offers and the pleasure of getting to know and treat families across their lifecycle provides ongoing interest. He has special interest in Men's Health, Paediatrics, Aged Care, Sexual Health, Mental Health, Emergency Medicine, Chronic Illness and Skin Diseases including Minor Skin Surgeries.


Dr Navjot is known to have an amiable nature with good sense of humour. Outside of work, he has interest in sports (especially cricket), dancing and politics. 


Dr Navjot is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

** Dr Navjot primarily works at Northtown Medical Centre however he does occasionally do a few days at Riverway Medical Centre.



Dr Prakash Pattnaik



Dr Prakash is GP Registrar at Riverway Medical Centre. He has worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for several years prior to joining us. His special interest include Womens Health, Skin Diseases, Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management.


Dr Prakash is fluent in English and Hindi.



Dr Rabia Arain



Dr Rabia Arain is fluent in English, Punjabi, Sindhi and Urdu.



Dr Dilum Rangama



Dr Dilum Rangama is fluent in English and Sinhala.



Dr Sneha Kaushal



Dr Sneha Kaushal completed Medicine at James Cook University and attained a certificate of excellence in Womens health by RANZCOG in 2010. She also holds a professional certificate in skin cancer medicine.  She is passionate about primary prevention and evidence based medicine. Her particular interests include Skin cancer, Womens health, Mental health, and Minor procedures. She provides antenatal share care, Implanon insertion/removal  and contraceptive counselling. Prior to working in General practice, she has worked in various public and private cancer facilities across NSW and QLD. She has a published research in cancer care, undertaken advanced surgical anatomy courses, various national/international oncology conferences, held an Academic title of an Associate lecturer for 3 years, and has been involved in medical student/junior doctor training and examination.


Dr Sneha Kaushal is fluent in English and Hindi.

** Dr Sneha is a visiting doctor at Riverway Medical Centre.





Sandy Drury


Chelsea Creedy-Doherty


Deanne McDonald





Practice Manager


Pauline Mason

Pauline Mason is our practice manager. She has been integral part of the team since 2006 and has helped develop Riverway Medical Centre into the great Medical Centre it is today.