The Clinic 279

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Medical Staff



After residency years at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Gallichio went into general practice in East Ivanhoe but was invited back as an honorary consultant in Outpatients at St Vincent’s. 23 years on, he moved practice to the then Bruce Street Medical Group, now known as The Clinic 279, and has been at TC279 since the year 2000.

Over the years, Dr. Gallichio had become involved with the RACGP as a senior examiner for the Fellowship of General Practice; and Melbourne and Monash Universities as examiner and part-time lecturer at pre- and post-graduate levels.

Currently, he has been involved a tutor, as well as mentoring and teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students in Medicine. 

Dr Gallichio has also been involved in a number of projects from specialised medical software to being more involved with community health issues through the Division of General Practice.  Along the way, in the early 1990’s, together with friend and colleague Dr. Peter Eizenberg, he developed a program through the Division of General Practice to teach and resource General Practice for immunising the community. This was highly successful and was taken up by almost all divisions of General Practice in Australia.  As a result we saw Immunisation rates increase from 60 to 90% in only a few months.

Dr Gallichio has always maintained a special interest in teaching, Standards in Medicine and whole person care, including the areas of General Medicine, Palliative Care and Diabetes. He was an Honorary Consultant in the Diabetes Clinic in 1979 at St Vincent’s Hospital and with Prof Don Chisolm, helped to set up the first Diabetes Education Service in that hospital and one of the first in the country.

Dr Gallichio feels strongly that the interested G.P. does play a central role in that care of the community; but there is no question that optimal care of the patient would not be achieved without the expertise and dedication of a team of health professionals. And so, the last 40 years have been spent augmenting his own practice with a team of some of the finest consultants in Melbourne.

Apart from various projects along the way, Dr Gallichio has more recently been involved in the Weave Project through Prof. Kelsey Hegarty. This has been a very positive experience and this has encouraged Dr Gallichio to learn more about the issue of violence against partners. It has also sharpened his focus and encouraged more expert enquiry and management when seeing patients involved in violence at home. Dr Gallichio and Prof. Hegarty have recent written a lead article in the Australian Doctor on the same issue.



Dennis is a very popular, busy and well-respected General Practitioner. Dennis loves being a GP as is often evidenced by peals of laughter coming from his consulting room.

Dennis originally trained and worked as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Shanghai before immigrating to Australia.  He did further study at Monash University to train as a General Practitioner and has now been a GP for close to 20 years.

He is interested in all aspects of medicine and looks after patients from birth to old age. 



Dr Jennifer Flynn is a Melbourne based orthopaedic surgeon specialising in shoulder surgery and the legal aspects of medical practice.

After completing the specialist orthopaedic training program, Dr Flynn completed a shoulder fellowship with The Melbourne Orthopaedic Group. Dr Flynn currently operates privately at Epworth and Warringal private hospitals. Dr Flynn has a public appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Box Hill Hospital.

She currently works as a Consultant for the Australian Department of Health and an Independent Medical Examiner at Medico Legal Consultants of Australia (MLCOA). She has completed a Graduate Diploma of Law at The University of Melbourne.

Dr Flynn is closely involved with orthopaedic research and has published several important papers, including presentations at both Australian and International meetings. She currently provides medical advice for Doctors for Refugees and works as an assessor for the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality.



Mr Matt Barnes is a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the treatment of hip and knee conditions

After receiving his medical degree at the University of Melbourne Mr Barnes went on to complete the Orthopaedic Training program with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne.  He is a registered fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Mr Barnes is based in Melbourne and works privately at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond and Warringal Private Hospital in Heidelberg.  He holds a public appointment at the Austin Hospital where he operates once a week.  Each of these renowned institutions offer patients state of the art diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Mr Barnes has been awarded several prestigious international fellowships, gaining further knowledge and surgical skills in the areas of hip and knee surgery.  His areas of expertise are hip replacement surgery including anterior approach hip replacement, hip arthroscopy and revision hip replacement.  His expert skills extend to knee replacement surgery and sports knee including ligament reconstruction and arthroscopy.

Keeping up to date with the latest technology is important and Mr Barnes has an active role in research, having published several papers in both Australian and International Orthopaedic Journals.  He is involved in orthopaedic registrar education and holds a clinical teaching position with the University of Melbourne.


Amir Takla (Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist)

Associate Professor Amir Takla was born in Alexandria and educated in Melbourne were he completed his physiotherapy training at The University of Melbourne in 1997.

After completing 12 months of clinical practice, successful entry was gained into the University of Melbourne Masters of Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy) program. The Clinical Master’s program focused on advanced clinical reasoning, problem based learning and manipulative techniques.

In 2007, he gained successful recognition as a sports physiotherapist by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Regularly invited speaker to local and international meetings on the physiotherapy following hip arthroscopy and management of hip disorders.

Physiotherapy posts

·       Head Physiotherapist for the Victorian Men’s Gymnastics program (1997–2007)
·       World Championships team 2003 & 2005,
·       Australian Open – Tennis Sports Physiotherapist (2003-2013)
·       Head Physiotherapy Department, Austin Hospital

Over the past 5 years, Amir has developed rehabilitation protocols for the assessment and treatment for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) and is currently involved in post-graduate research at The University of Melbourne and Bond University.

A/Prof Takla and his very experienced team work at various locations throughout Melbourne, including at The Clinic 279.


Chanel Keane (Counsellor)

Chanel has vast areas of experience starting as a counsellor and social worker 17 years ago, and Chanel is now working as a psychotherapist and trauma counsellor.

Chanel has worked with people suffering from childhood and adult trauma, particularly in centres, such as CASA (Centre against Sexual Assault): Women’s Social Support Services and Pregnancy Advisory Service (Both at The Royal Women's Hospital); as well as the Salvation Army Crisis Centre.

“We are all affected by personal challenges in our lives, which sometimes lead to a confronting array of distressing and confusing feelings and thoughts about ourselves and others. I believe that people’s feelings and struggle are not signs of weakness or ill-health, but are normal responses in trying to cope with challenging life-experiences”.