Yarra Glen

(03) 9730 2536
(03) 8672 0728

1 Symonds Street
Yarra Glen VIC 3775

Opening Hours

Mon- Fri           8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sat                       8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Sun & Public Holidays                 Closed

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Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Details

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Doctors / GP’s 

Dr Anne Cousens

Anne qualified in Medicine from Manchester University, UK in 1995.  After her first year working she came to Australia where she spent a year working in Accident and Emergency in Queensland. Anne then returned to UK where she completed her training for general practice.  Anne and her husband immigrated to Australia in 2001 and worked as a medical officer in Bowen Hospital, QLD for 9 months before moving to Mackay where she returned to working in general practice. Their 3 children were born in Mackay.  Anne and her family moved to Melbourne 10 years ago, since which time she has  been working in general practice in Heathmont. Anne enjoys working in all areas of general practice.

Dr Sara Safari 

Dr Sara Safari graduated from Tehran Azad University of Medical Science in 2004. She worked as a General Practitioner in Tehran for 5 years.

Sara started working in Melbourne in 2010 and spent the next few years figuring out her career by working in various hospitals around Victoria. Her initial interest in Surgical fields led to training as a Surgical registrar, before focusing on general practice. Sara gained experience in surgical fields including Breast, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal and General Surgery during this time. She has also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy and a number of short courses in Acute Care, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Care of the Critically Surgical Patient and other surgical training and professional events. Sara has a passion for sports and is currently studying and researching to get her Master of Sports Medicine.

Sara has a special interest in Woman’s Health, Breast Cancer screening, Gastrointestinal problems, Sport Medicine and Musculoskeletal pain and injuries, although enjoys all aspects of medicine.

Her interests outside of medicine include travel, dance, arts, fitness and kickboxing!

Dr  Hamed Shafaie

Hamed is a warm and caring rural trained GP who has spent the last 7 years working in and around the Shepparton and Swan Hill regions. He has a wealth of experience in family medicine and has previously worked as Chief Medical Officer in charge of Shepparton Emergency Department. Hamed enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a strong focus on preventative health. He has worked in health promotion and community welfare and is passionate about supporting the health of the community as a whole through education and health literacy. Hamed’s special clinical interests include preventative health, chronic disease management, mental health and children’s health.

Dr Nadia Shafaq

Nadia is a kind and caring GP with a passion for quality family medicine. She has a particular focus on pediatrics, women’s health, mental health and chronic disease management. Nadia’s work with chronic medical conditions involves consideration of individual patient needs and circumstances and coordinating a team approach to assessments and reviews. Nadia has extensive Australian and overseas experience. She joined Epichealth in 2018 after working for 3 years at Millenial Medical Centre in Footscray and working extensively at Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Austin Hospital and Northern Health. Her favourite part about being a GP is building long term relationship with her patients so she can get to the core of their health concerns.

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Practice Nurses


Our lovely practice nurse Lisa is brilliant at managing chronic disease and supporting patients young and old with their medical procedures. They are passionate about health promotion and lead many preventative health initiatives for at risk patient groups.
The practice nurses’ role is to support our GPs in the delivery of patient care. Epichealth’s practice nurses have a particular focus on improving the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our patients. They combine their expert clinical knowledge with a warm and caring approach which sees them achieve great outcomes for patients of all ages.

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Podiatrist

Dr. Nicole Sutcliffe


I am a highly enthusiastic podiatrist and long standing member of the  Australian Podiatry Association. I hold a strong passion for the podiatry  profession. I am a familiar local resident and mother of 3, hence heavily affiliated with the local primary school, kindergarten and sporting clubs  (football).

I graduated from La Trobe University in 2001 after completing a Bachelor  degree of Podiatry. I have gained a high level of clinical experience in  all fields of podiatry including nail surgery, biomechanics, orthotic  therapy, diabetes management/assessments, sports medicine and paediatrics.

Podiatry has been a life-long ambition for me and I strive to help people  be pain free and mobile on their feet/lower limbs, to ensure an ongoing  active, healthy life.

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Dietitian

Jessica Singh

Clinical Dietitian

Working as a Clinical Dietitian across private practice, hospital and  community health settings Jess is passionate about promoting optimal health  for individuals through good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. She is a  university qualified expert in nutrition and provides professional,  evidence-based care which is tailored to each individual. With her bright  and bubbly personality, Jess strives to motivate and provide friendly  advice, helping others to place nutrition and health as a priority in their  life. Patients who see Jess can expect simple, practical and sustainable nutrition solutions, whether it be for improved health and well-being or to  manage a diet related problem or chronic disorder.

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Psychologists

Chris Cunningham 


Chris is an experienced psychologist who specialises in stress management, trauma reactions, post traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and enhancing life skills. A variety of therapeutic approaches are utilised including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Imaginal Exposure Therapy, and Stress Coaching.  In the past 5 years Chris has worked extensively in the Yarra Ranges and Murrindindi Shires providing counselling and psychological support to community and emergency service members. As The Stress Coach, Chris coaches people through high stress situations where they have to perform under pressure. These include professionals, business owners, executives, emergency service and military personell and a range of community members

Salli Trathen 


Salli is a registered psychologist, social worker, couple and family therapist with 35 years experience in mental health spanning a wide range of organisational settings including public, community-based counselling services and private practice.  Salli has 20 years private practice experience in the northern suburbs and eastern rural fringe providing psychological services to individual adults and couples (incl same sex) and families.

Special interests:

Acute  and chronic post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic grief and complex trauma – particular in the context of post disaster recovery work (2009 Black Saturday bushfires), recovery work with emergency services personnel (CFA; Vic Police, SES) and their families; depression; anxiety; relationship therapy with couples; family therapy (inc step families); separation and divorce; parent-adolescent and sibling relationship difficulties; grief and loss; depression; anxiety disorders; work with carers/family members in the context of chronic, terminal and life-threatening illness; work with families with children diagnosed spectrum disorders, developmental delay and other disabilities; work with sexuality and sexual health concerns; life transition issues; workcover; victims of crime.

Kerry McDonnell 


Kerry is a registered psychologist and a member of Australian Psychological Society with over 15 years experience in counselling. She has also has many years experience working in schools both as a Teacher and an Educational Psychologist.

Kerry provides a safe, supportive environment in which the therapy is tailored to individual needs. Therapeutic interventions include:   Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Counselling is available for the following issues: Depression, Anxiety, Panic and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trauma and PTSD, Self-esteem Issues, Workplace stress and bullying, Communication skills, Relationship issues, Emotional, sexual and physical abuse, Grief and loss, Personal growth, Stress, Life transitions / sudden or major life changes (eg. separation, divorce, retirement, retrenchment), Sleep problems, Chronic pain

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Physiotherapists

Ryan Carruthers


Ryan assesses, diagnoses, treats and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means.

Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or as a result of ageing and life-changing events.

Physiotherapy can help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including settling goals and treatment outcomes.

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Team – Reception Team

Kate Bevins

Practice Coordinator

Kate is our Practice Coordinator and brings to our team many years of  experience in health administration. As Practice Coordinator, Kate leads  our reception team and is responsible for maintaining a high standard of  patient service. She prides herself on her friendly and professional  customer service and her dedication to continued training of our admin  staff. Through this training, Kate ensures our admin team are best equipped  to support the needs of our patients

Bernadette, Christine and Andrea 


Our friendly reception team of Bernadette, Christine and Andrea love the day to day interaction with patients and being able to help our patients find the doctor and appointment time that’s right for them.

Yarra Glen Medical Clinic Services

Epichealth Medical Clinic Yarra Glen specialises in all aspects of General Practice. Our GPs provide the following family medical services:

General Practice & Family Medicine 

  • Men’s health

  • Women’s health

  • Children’s health and childhood immunisations

  • Aged care

  • Veterans Health/DVA

  • Mental health and mental health care plans

  • Preventative medicine and health assessments

  • Care plans and chronic disease management

  • Skin cancer checks and mole tracking

  • Travel health and vaccinations

  • Emergency treatment

  • Medical procedures

  • Workplace injury management

  • Drug and alcohol testing

  • Employment health

  • Onsite pathology

  • Steroid Injection Under US Guide

Allied Health Services

  • Psychology

  • Physiotherapy

  • Podiatry

  • Audiology (Hearing Services)

  • Pathology

Yarra Glen Clinic Fees

Billing Policy

Epichealth Medical Clinic Yarra Glen is a private mixed billing medical clinic committed to providing the highest quality patient care

Standard consultation fees

Our standard consultation fees are as follows:

Private Patients  Fee Medicare Rebate Gap
Standard Consultation $62.60 $37.60 $25
Long Consultation $112.80 $72.80 $40
Concession Patients  Fee Medicare Rebate Gap
Standard Consultation $37.60 $37.60  –
Long Consultation $72.80 $72.80  –

No Gap Consultations for Concession Patients

Epichealth recognises the need to provide access to subsidised medical services for the following patients:

– Patients who hold a valid Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Gold Card

– Children who are under 16 years of age.

We are pleased to confirm that there will be no gap on consultations for these patients.

Medical Procedures

Medical procedures are privately billed for all patients. Please inquire about the cost of your procedure at the time of booking.

Nurse Visits

All nurses visits attract a fee per visit to cover the cost of our nurses’ time and incidental medical consumables. This can be discussed with you at your visit.


All payments are required in full on the day of the consultation. Please present your Medicare Card and Health Care Card to reception on arrival. We accept cash, EFTPOS and credit card (Mastercard or Visa). We do not accept American Express, Diners Club cards or personal cheques.

On the Spot Medicare rebates

Our friendly Reception team will assist you to claim your Medicare rebate on the spot using your Medicare Card.