Our Surgeons « Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital

Our Surgeons


Dr Iman Antoun
Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr Antoun currently serves as a Visiting Senior Specialist Surgeon in the field of Laparoscopic and General Surgery.  She has over 25 years’ experience in this specialty and is able to provide an extensive range of surgical procedures in a variant of disciplines.

Dr Antoun visits Kingaroy once a fortnight and welcomes your referrals. She will conduct fortnightly consults, surgical procedures and fortnightly upper endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

Dr Antoun would be delighted to review surgical patients and assess suitability to undergo surgery in Kingaroy.



Dr. Madeleine Cooke
B.App.Sc (Rural Mgt) (Hon. I)(Qld), MBBS (Melb)
SENIOR REGISTRAR – Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Madeleine Cooke completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2006, after completing her clinical school years at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.  She then moved back to her home state of Queensland to complete her internship and residency.

Knowing very early on in her medical career that she wanted to practice in women’s healthcare, she once again went  to Melbourne so she could gain skills at one of the largest tertiary women’s hospitals in Australia, The Royal Women’s.  This is where she was accepted onto her specialist training program.

She has worked at Toowoomba Hospital, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital and Ipswich Hospital.

She was always keen to help rural women, undertaking rotations at Wangaratta Public Hospital, Traralgon Hospital and Tamworth Base Hospital.

Madeleine also completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, with First Class Honours (Hons. I) at University of Queensland prior to undertaking medicine.

Madeleine has focused her training to continually develop skills in laparoscopic surgery and be at the forefront of the best evidence based obstetric and gynaecology care.   Madeleine’s great joy is her family.  She has three wonderful children and although residing in Brisbane, she and her husband and children have enjoyed a strong affiliation with the South Burnett region and surrounds through their many years of farming in the area.  Madeleine is now excited to be part of a team helping provide women’s healthcare to the region.



Dr. James ‘Jim ‘ Eadie

After graduating for University of Queensland in 1987, Dr Eadie spent several years at the Royal Brisbane Hospital followed by Anaesthetics training at the Ipswich Hospital, before accepting the position of Medical Superintendent at the Kingaroy District Hospital in 1994.

In 2005, he moved into Private Practice in Kingaroy, while also establishing his Anaesthetic Service for both the Private and Public Hospitals. Dr Eadie is an experienced Anaesthetist obtaining his JCCA Anaesthetics qualifications in 2005 and since then has provided numerous Anaesthetic locums around Queensland.

He is a “No Gap” doctor with most of the large Health Funds which means no out of pocket costs for insured patients.

Jim’s personal interests include running, tennis and enjoys an active family life with his five children.


Dr Sanjay Joshi

Dr Sanjay Joshi
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Sanjay Joshi is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in trauma, general orthopaedics and arthroscopic/arthroplaty surgery of the knee and shoulder.

Dr Joshi completed his basic medical training in Mumbai, India then went on to undertake his orthopaedic training in India, South Africa and Australia.

Having worked in private practice in South Africa as a general orthopaedic surgeon for 10 years, Dr Joshi migrated to Australia where he took a position as staff specialist with Queensland Health and qualified as a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Joshi currently holds Visiting Medical Officer positions as the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, Mater Private Hospital Redland and Sunnybank Private Hospital. He has been in Private Practice at above places for 10 years. He is a Specialist Service Office in Australian Army Reserve and holds the position of Major. He holds memberships with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Medical Association (AMA), Queensland Shoulder Society, Trauma Society, RAAMC (Army) and a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Dr Joshi is Member of Queensland Medical Assessment Tribunal, South Australian Tribunal, and Independent Medical Examiner for WorkCover Queensland, WorkSafe Victoria, WorkCover Western Australia and South Australia.

Dr Joshi performs wide range of operations at Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital. Some of which are as follows:

Carpal Tunnel Release, trigger finger, Duuytren’s of hand, Shoulder decompressions and arthroscopic cuff repairs, Knee arthroscopies, Bunion and claw toe surgery.



Dr Timothy Lyon
GP Surgeon, Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and GESA certified Endoscopist

Tim lives in Kingaroy with wife Rebecca (local GP) and their two children. He has a keen interest in endoscopy and regularly attends workshops and educational meetings. He is now pleased to provide a private service to local patients and their General Practitioners.



Dr Brendan Miller

Dr Brendan Miller is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who works out of St Vincent’s Medical Centre in Toowoomba.  He is a general Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with special interests in advanced laparoscopy, endometriosis, urogynaecology and non-IVF infertility treatments.  In January 2015 he completed a two year AGES fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and urogynaecology at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.  AGES is the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society.  Dr Miller is the first gynaecologist in Queensland to have completed an AGES laparoscopic fellowship.

Prior to beginning his FRANZCOG Dr Miller worked as a rural General Practitioner.  Dr Miller worked for a number of years in South Western Queensland.  He has worked in Injune, Roma, Surat and Warwick, and relieved in St George, Mungindi and Dirranbandi.


Dr Damien OBrien

Dr Damien O’Brien

Dr Damien O’Brien graduated from the University of Queensland MBBS, in 1986.  He undertook his Ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital attaining his Specialist Qualification FRANZCO., FRACS in December 1994 and commenced full-time private practice in 1995.

Dr O’Brien’s main areas of interest are cataract and pterygium surgery, medical retinal disease and general medical ophthalmology.  In association with Dr Ken Wishaw and Deborah Billington RN, he was involved in a trial of peri-bulbar morphine for analgesia following pterygium excision.

Since 1995, Dr O’Brien has expanded his practice to include regular consultations and surgery for his patients in Hervey Bay, Gympie, Maroochydore and Kin



Dr Jonathan Pye
Director/Practice Principal

Dr Jonathan Pye is one of the directors and principal dentists at Dental Essentials, Kingaroy, and he is a visiting dental surgeon at the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, Kingaroy.

Jonathan completed his Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Queensland in 1999, and has worked in both the public and private sectors around Queensland.

In 2004, Jonathan and his wife Phuong founded their first private dental practice, with the vision of providing the South Burnett community with excellent dental care.  In 2009, this practice expanded to become Dental Essentials, the South Burnett’s premium dental care centre.

Jonathan has extensive experience and additional training, particularly in his special interest fields of oral surgery, and endodontics (root canal treatments). He is a member of the Australian Dental Association, and committed to providing exceptional dental care.

Something many people do not know is that Jonathan is a local boy who did his schooling at Wondai and Kingaroy.  He spends most of his spare time on the family farm, helping in the running of the family agriculture business.  Jono always enjoys a good conversation about all aspects of farming and farm machinery


Dr Phuong Pye
Director/Practice Principal

Dr Phuong Pye is one of the directors and principal dentists at Dental Essentials, Kingaroy, and she is a visiting dentist at the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, Kingaroy.

Phuong graduated in 2000 from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours.  She was the Principal Dentist at the Kingaroy Hospital Dental Clinic for five years before joining her husband Jonathan in 2009 to work at Dental Essentials.

Phuong has special interests in family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.  She is a member of the Australian Dental Association and is committed to delivering quality dental care in accordance with the Association’s professional standards.

Phuong and Jonathan have two children who do their best to keep Phuong busy when she is not practicing dentistry.  Phuong is an avid reader and collector of books (especially vintage children’s books).


Dr Mostafa Seleem FRACP, MBBS
Member of American college of Gastroenterologists, Australian Medical Assoc, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, AACP, GESA, IMSANZ

Dr Seleem is a Queensland trained gastroenterologist and completed his training at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. His areas of interest are General Gastroenterology, new treatment for Hepatitis C, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS and capsule endoscopy.



Dr Erlich Sem
Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Sem specialises in: •  Advanced laparoscopic surgery
•  Total laparoscopic hysterectomy
•  Fibroid uterus,polyps and  ovarian cysts
•  Heavy menstrual bleeding
•  Pelvic pain & endometriosis
•  Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
•  Risk reduction surgery for breast cancer survivor, ovarian and uterine cancer
•  Post menopausal bleeding
•  Cervical smears abnormalities
•  Family planning & contraception
•  Management of pregnancy
•  Early pregnancy complications (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy)   Dr. Erlich Sem is a talented physician who specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology.  He has over 16 years of experience in high-risk pregnancies, general gynaecology and  advanced laparoscopic surgeries. He has a special interest in complex laparoscopic procedures including severe endometriosis.   Born in Kalimantan Barat (West Borneo) province of Indonesia, Dr Erlich Sem  completed his undergraduate education and received his medical degrees from University of Indonesia, Jakarta in 1997. He developed an interest in women’s health during his internship and later decided to migrate to Australia to further his training.   He began his obstetrics & gynaecology career working at The Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide – a busy tertiary hospital. After completing his Australian Medical Council examinations, he decided to move to Queensland.   After a year working in the provincial town of Toowoomba, he moved to the Gold Coast. He was accepted into RANZCOG training program in 2007, and underwent comprehensive training through Redland Hospital, Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Gold Coast Hospital and later, Gold Coast University Hospital.   In his elective training, for two years he worked as Gynaecologic Oncology Fellow under tutelage of Associate Professor Dr Marcelo Nascimento CGO. This further exposed him to complicated surgeries, both open and laparoscopic. They have been working together closely for the past six years, and Dr Erlich Sem continues to assist his mentor for oncologic procedures at The Pindara Private Hospital, Gold Coast.   He enjoys teaching, and actively engaged in clinical teaching of medical students, registrars and AGES fellows.  Dr. Erlich Sem obtained his fellowship from RANZCOG in May 2016. He currently  resides in the Gold Coast, Queensland, with his wife and two children. He is also fluent in Bahasah Indonesian and Malay.



Dr Abhishek Sharma
Medical and Surgical Retinal Specialist

Dr Abhishek Sharma joined the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital in April 2017 as a Visiting Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in retinal conditions. He also consults at the Queensland Eye Institute and operates at the South Bank Day Hospital, both located at South Brisbane.  He is a Visiting Medical Officer with Queensland Health and is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

In 2004, Dr Sharma graduated from Medicine with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania. He has a PhD (DPhil) in Public Health and Ophthalmology from the University of Oxford, and completed his 5-year surgical training program with the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.

After obtaining his Fellow qualification with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO), he undertook prestigious Fellowships in Toronto, Canada. It was during this time, Dr Sharma worked with world-leading retinal specialists, participating in advanced procedures such as the bionic eye and childhood retinal surgeries.


Dr Bernard Tamba-Lebbie

Dr Bernard Tamba-Lebbie
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Tamba-Lebbie undertook specialist training in Orthopaedic Surgery in Queensland after completing his undergraduate degree in Otago University, New Zealand. He subsequently undertook subspecialised training in Shoulder and Knee Surgery in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and the Norfolk and Norwick University Hospitals. He moved to live on the Sunshine Coast in 2007. Dr Tamba-Lebbie continues to attend regular local, state and national and international orthopaedic meetings.

Dr Tamba-Lebbie is married and has two daughters who attend local schools. He is deeply involved with his local community and donates time to work with charities and communities mainly in Africa.  He is passionate about his job and loves life on the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Tamba-Lebbie offers consultations for patients suffering from orthopaedic conditions especially those of the shoulder, hip and knee. He is accredited at the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital (Kingaroy).