Dr Ashar Khan - Specialist Psychiatrist

Dr Ashar Khan

MBBS. MRCPsych. FRANZCP.

Specialist Psychiatrist
Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Director
QLD ADHD & Neurosciences Clinic
Asst. Prof. Bond University Faculty Of  Health Sciences and Medicine

Dr Ashar Khan has practised as a Specialist in Neurobehavioral Psychiatry at the Gold Coast for over a decade. He has 12 years of experience as a Senior Staff Specialist at Queensland Health Acute Care and Emergency Psychiatric Services. He has attained Royal College accredited Fellowship Training in Addiction Psychiatry, Membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists UK and the Fellowship of the Royal Australian And New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has been an Accredited Royal College of Psychiatrists Examiner for Specialist Examinations and Registrar Training Supervisor at Gold Coast Mental Health Service for 10 years. At a national level, he is a Committee member of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Membership Engagement Committee, Private Practice Committee and the Qld Member of the RANZCP ADHD Network.

Over the last decade, Dr Khan has attained extensive training and expertise in ADHD, Autistic Spectrum over a Lifespan (0-65 yrs.), and associated Mental Health as well as Specific Learning Disorders. He is a member of The World ADHD Federation, CHADD (USA), CADDRA (Canada) and is affiliated with a number of Australian and international Experts in ADHD.

Dr Khan first recognized the vast prevalence of undetected ADHD during his Addiction training in Toowoomba QLD in 2004. In the ensuing years, he observed similar patterns of lack of recognition, early detection and diagnosis, advocacy, supports and expertise for early treatment intervention in Children and Adults with ADHD and Autism Spectrum or related Disorders. Both Clinicians and Patients/Carers/ Families lacked avenues or awareness of the Modern Science underlying ADHD and ASD. Confusion, Taboo, Myths and public stigma seemed prevalent. Specifically, Dr Khan recognised a general lack of early Family involvement, Education, Screening, Cognitive Testing and a Holistic evidence-based approach in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. This, despite evidence from the last 20 years of research that up to 30% to 50% of ADHD patients suffer from complex, severe and enduring Mood Disorders such as a Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Addiction to Illicit substances and Alcohol etc. Furthermore, there was no integrated patient-focused tailored Team approach between various clinical disciplines. Lastly, it was a concern that a large number of clinicians were not properly trained or qualified in ADHD type complex disorders.

Dr Khan established Gold Coast Specialist Clinic (GCSC) in 2013 and later QLD ADHD & Neurosciences Clinic (QANC) in 2016 as a ‘one-stop’ Specialist platform for Early Diagnostic Detection and Treatment intervention specifically for ADHD, Autism or other Specific Learning Disorders.

QANC was set up as a novel unique clinic allowing top experts in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, using a cutting edge scientific approach in keeping with modern research and international guidelines.

QANC has its ethos in the principles of Empowerment, Shared care with Patients and Carers and all the clinical stakeholders. Its philosophy lies in Advocacy and Autonomy for atypical and complex Mental Health problems which are hidden or missed under the realm of Neurodevelopmental Disorders of ADHD, ASD and SLD.

Dr Khan has created multidimensional, Specialist-led, targeted, customised and goal-based Diagnostic protocols catering towards highlighting the uniqueness of every patient and their suffering. The emphasis is on a ‘non-generic’ holistic approach, incorporating ‘nature vs nurture’ with the ‘mind-brain-body’ model of bringing together Neuropsychiatry, Paediatrics and Primary Care Specialists to provide the most comprehensive platform of interventions, with a focus on cutting edge Early Diagnosis and Early Treatment interventions that is unmatched in Australia.

As A Sub-Specialist in Neurocognitive Disorders for Children, Adolescents and Adults, Dr Khan Offers Expertise in:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders ASD/Asperger’s
  • Specific Learning Deficits
  • Dual Diagnosis: Neuro-cognitive – Developmental Disorders Co-existing with Addiction Behaviour
  • Addiction Behaviours

Dr Sylvia Welgemoed

MBChB, FRACP

Consultant Paediatrician
Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Dr Sylvia brings 12 years of experience in General Paediatrics to QANC. Having completed her Medical training in South Africa, as well as additional training in Australia in Developmental Paediatrics, she offers a high level of comprehensive care for her patients. By studying and working across two continents as well as numerous regional and urban areas of Australia, Dr Sylvia adapts well in dealing with patients from differing backgrounds and aims in providing holistic care and educating families about treatment options as required. Her many years of training and work has seen her develop an interest in children with behaviour and development concerns and provide services such as:

• Working with parents, caregivers, children and educational staff on recognising ADHD, the impact it has on individuals functioning and assisting in management strategies, with or without using medications.

• Involvement in the diagnostic process and needs analysis of individuals with Autism.

She has an ongoing commitment to professional development to ensure optimum care
to her patients.

Dr Kristy Bayliss

MB BS, FRACGP

General Practitioner
Neuro-developmental Primary Care

Dr Kristy Bayliss has been working as a General Practitioner with a special interest in a Neuro-developmental Paediatrics since 2011. She has attained Specialist Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a member of AADPA (Australian ADHD Professionals Association) and the RACGP Child and Young Persons Health Network.

Dr Bayliss has extensive clinical experience in Diagnostic Assessments and Early Treatment Interventions in ADHD, Autism Spectrum and associated Learning Disorders. As per QANC ethos, Dr. Bayliss provides a Holistic approach to all aspects of a Child and Family health within a Multidisciplinary Collaborative framework . This lies at the heart of the QANC clinical approach. Dr Bayliss provides a goal directed partnership and an inclusive model of clinical oversight with patient Careers, Families, School, Medical Specialists, Allied Health and GP’s. Such an approach is critical to providing a comprehensive ADHD, Autism Spectrum and Learning Disorder assessment.

The QANC Specialist Team of Psychiatrist and Paediatrician are delighted in welcoming Dr Bayliss as our essential Primary Care Expert. We will work together to provide a unique truly multi-modal cutting edge Diagnostic and Treatment interventions for Children and Adolescents ages 0-17 yrs with ADHD, Autism Spectrum and Specific Learning Disorders.