Western Surgical Health

Western Surgical Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community, through evidence based approaches to better health.

Our patient focused care motivated our Surgeons to engage an experienced team of Dietitians, Bariatric Physicians, Psychologists and staff. Our RESHAPE programme has been refined over many years to provide a holistic multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of our patients weight loss surgery journey.

We promote access for all patients including self-funded patients and regional patients through the use of Telehealth and regional clinics in WA.


Prof Jeff Hamdorf AM
Prof Jeff Hamdorf AMSurgeon

Jeff is an Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon based at 51 Hampden Road and operating at Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands. Professor Hamdorf established Western Surgical Health, leader in team approach to morbid obesity. MORE

Dr Sue Taylor
Dr Sue TaylorSurgeon

Dr Sue Taylor is a leading female general surgeon in Perth with many years experience as a Bariatric Surgeon. She is a founding member of Western Surgical Health.  MORE

Dr Ruth Blackham
Dr Ruth BlackhamSurgeon

Dr Ruth Blackham is a Consultant General Surgeon and Bariatric Surgeon.  She is a trainer and facilitator for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Senior Lecturer with the University of Western Australia. MORE


Dr Mike D’Arcy-Evans
Dr Mike D’Arcy-EvansBariatric Physician

Bariatric Physician MB BS UWA FRACGP. Mike is a practicing GP with decades of experience. He has been focused on Bariatric care and upper gastro-intestinal Surgical Assisting for over 20 yrs. He has a special interest in the long term follow up and care of our patients. Other interests…fly fishing and making good coffee!

Dr Paula Barrie
Dr Paula BarrieBariatric Physician

Bariatric Physician MB BS UWA FRACGP. Paula has worked in General Practice in various locations around Perth. Initially working for several years at Royal Perth Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital, she also does surgical assisting at Murdoch Hospital. Paula is a valuable member of our team as a bariatric GP and looks forward to meeting you at our clinic.
Outside of work she enjoys running, swimming, cooking and time with family and friends

Dr Carla Drake-Brockman
Dr Carla Drake-BrockmanBariatric Physician

Bariatric Physician MBBS (UWA) DCH (PMH) FRACGP. Carla is a practicing GP and also works with Silver Chain in the community.  She enjoys her work as a Bariatric Physician and assisting patients to improve their quality of life. Outside of work, Carla enjoys camping and being active with her family.

Dietitians and Psychologists

Ms Charlene Grosse
Ms Charlene GrosseAccredited Practising Dietitian

Bsc (Nutrition), Grad Dip (Dietetics). Charlene has over 16 years clinical experience where she has specialised in weight loss surgery and gastrointestinal disorders. Charlene has helped many clients through their surgery and is a mentor to other dietitians. She has been instrumental in setting up a National and WA Bariatric Dietitian Interest Groups to help standardise nutritional care around Australia.

Ms Caitlin Schipp
Ms Caitlin SchippAccredited Practising Dietitian

Caitlin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has completed a Masters of Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition. Caitlin enjoys working closely with people to achieve their goals and to improve their general health and well-being.  Caitlin has a keen interest in gut health and gastrointestinal disorders which was sparked at a young age when her sister and father were diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Caitlin  is a current member of the WA Dietitians Bariatric Interest Group.

Ms Melanie Greenfeld
Ms Melanie GreenfeldRegistered Psychologist

Melanie is a registered Psychologist who has spent many years specializing in the management of obesity and co-morbid mental health conditions. She has trained with experts in eating disorders in both a hospital setting and in private practice. For five years, she ran her own private practice working exclusively with people suffering from disordered eating, emotional eating and binge eating disorder. She is motivated by a genuine interest in people and helping them to develop a relaxed, peaceful relationship with food. She provides professional support that is warm, empathetic and clear sighted to enable people to make lifelong changes that are meaningful to them.

Administration Staff

Claire Smith
Claire SmithBusiness Manager

Claire comes from a financial management background and is enjoying the challenge of ensuring the practice runs smoothly and that the Western Surgical Health team provide you with continued support and excellent service.

Sandra Palassis
Sandra PalassisAdministration Staff

Sandra is our longest serving member of our team of Medical Receptionists and is happy to help you with your queries.

Patricia Lynch
Patricia LynchAdministration Staff

Tricia is our Patient Liaison and is ready to help our patients with their questions throughout their bariatric RESHAPE Programme.

Nicole Wallin
Nicole WallinAdministration Staff

Nicole looks forward to welcoming you to our Practice and assisting you with any questions you may have.

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Our care is unique in that we provide highly specialised professionals all at one location to support you in your surgery.

Our team includes:

– Specialised Bariatric Surgeons (both male and female)
– General Surgeons (both male and female)
– Bariatric GPs (both male and female)
– Accredited Practising Dietitians
– Specialised Psychologists