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Dr Ashar Khan - Specialist Psychiatrist

Dr Ashar Khan

MBBS. MRCPsych. FRANZCP.

Specialist Psychiatrist
Neuropsychiatry of ADHD & Autism Spectrum 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 to 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 Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, 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 are 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

Dr Kristy Bayliss

MB BS, FRACGP

Specialist General Practitioner
Neuro-developmental Primary Care

QANC is the first and only Specialist platform established and dedicated solely to a multidimensional cutting-edge diagnostic and early interventional service for ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders, catering to all ages over a lifespan.  

Dr Kristy Bayliss has been working as a General Practitioner with a special interest in 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 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 carers, families, schools, medical specialists, allied health, and GPs. Such an approach is critical to providing a comprehensive ADHD, Autism Spectrum and Learning Disorder assessment.

Dr Bayliss and QANC will work together to provide a unique truly multi-modal cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment intervention for all ages. 

Dr Sylvia Welgemoed

MBChB, FRACP

Specialist Paediatrician
Neuro-developmental Primary Care

QANC is the first and only Specialist platform established and dedicated solely to a multidimensional cutting-edge diagnostic and early interventional service for ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders, catering to all ages over a lifespan.  

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 to 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 individual functioning and assisting in management strategies, with or without using medications.

Dr Bryce Joynson 

MB BS, FRACGP 

Specialist General Practitioner
Neuro-developmental Primary Care

Dr Bryce Joynson has been working as a General Practitioner with a special interest in mental health and addiction medicine, including Medicinal Cannabis. He has attained Specialist Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). He is a member of AADPA (Australian ADHD Professionals Association) and ANZCCP (Australian and New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners). 

Dr Bryce has substantive training with a special interest in ADHD and mental health. He subscribes to a holistic approach with a shared-care ethos in providing medical care for children, adults, families, and carers. His multidisciplinary collaborative approach is symbiotic with the QANC clinical team platform of a Psychiatrist, Paediatrician, and General Practitioners bringing together a novel, rich, combined skillset towards the diagnosis of ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and related psychological issues.

QANC is the first and only Specialist platform established and dedicated solely to a multidimensional cutting-edge diagnostic and early interventional service for ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders, catering to all ages over a lifespan.  

We welcome Dr Joynson to the QANC clinical team and look forward to working alongside his vast experience and skillset.