About Dr Avanthi Mandaleson

"Teamwork makes the dream work!"
- Brooke Adams

Avanthi Mandaleson


I was born and raised in the UK to Sri Lankan parents and moved to Australia in 2002 to complete my medical degree at Monash University in Melbourne. This perspective has shaped my view of the world. I have always had a deep interest in learning how I can help and understand the needs of those who are suffering.

Over the years I have worked with the elderly in nursing homes, worked in medical aid camps in Africa and public health programs in rural India. I have played international level junior badminton and National League club level hockey. All of these opportunities and experiences have allowed me to see the world through different lenses.

I hope that this perspective allows me to practise medicine and contribute to society in a way that is culturally sensitive and inclusive. I have chosen the path of Orthopaedic Surgery and specialising in the field of hand and reconstructive surgery as it allows me the ability to treat a spectrum of age groups and conditions from limb saving surgery to elite athletes aiming to maintain high performance function, each of which are equally important.

I completed my medical undergraduate training at Monash University in 2004 and subsequently trained through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian Orthopaedic Association in Orthopaedic Surgery, graduating in 2014. Further training in trauma, hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery in Melbourne, UK and India has allowed me to gain the subspecialty skills to manage a range of paediatric, adult, degenerative, sports and trauma reconstruction.

I feel strongly about contributing to the future of our profession and the way we continue to serve and deliver healthcare to the community.  For this reason I serve on various local and national committees. For more information about my other areas of interest and engagement, please click here.

My aim is to to provide you with evidence based information in a way that allows you to make the most informed choices about your health. I hope to work with you to help you reach your own personal goals, whether it be improving your pain or getting you back to work or the hobby you love.

Practice Staff



Sharon is the anchor of our practice. Measured, organised and resourceful she drives the core operations of my practice. She brings with her over 20 years of specialist Orthopaedic  experience. 

Always willing to help, she is an excellent resource to help you navigate the world of private health insurance and the health system. Always approachable and informative, feel free to ask her to help coordinate (if she doesn’t offer first) your allied health and medical imaging appointments and where to get a bulk billed MRI.


Practice Manager

Anushka is our vivacious and friendly practice leader. 

Her dedication to patient well being and desire to provide the highest standards in patient experience is what drives all that we do behind the scenes.  

Anushka often steps into all areas of the practice to support staff and you may well hear her before you see her during your consultation with me! 

Please feel free to provide any feedback you have to Anushka or any of the team, that can help us improve our service to you.  



Georgia is our practice nurse and has supported me from the start of our new practice journey. Her background in Orthopaedic nursing in theatre and in the community brings a wealth of clinical and life experience that brings an expertise to support my care to you that I believe is invaluable.

A wicked sense of humour brings a joy to our work. She has an incredible sense of professionalism and highest of expectations for herself and our clinical care.  Now enjoying the fruits of her decades of service to healthcare, she mixes up the work with a healthy work life balance. 



A smart, proactive and versatile member of our team who has been with us from the start of our new practice journey.

Cass has a level of creativity and eye for detail that provides a dedicated role for our visual and written communication to needs. Keen to encorporate new technologies and ideas, whilst aiming to make communication simple and effective. 



An unflappable and intelligent member of our front of house team.

Eliza has been with us from the start of our new practice journey. She has grown into a knowledgeable and proactive team member who is there to facilitate your practice needs. A keen baker, cat lover, hockey player and future Radiographer makes her a versatile team member in any situation. 



A welcome addition to our front of house team. 

Asha is here to help understand your healthcare needs and help facilitate your appointments and surgical bookings. 

Surgical Team



Dr Jenni Fu



Billing – You will receive a separate bill from Northern Anaesthetic Group. For any billing queries, please contact 03 9385 2444

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Dr Lisa Lin


Fees – 

Billing – You will receive a separate bill from Associated Anaesthetic Group. For any billing queries, please contact 03 9900 0010.


Dr Ian Nguyen


Dr Ian Nguyen is a specialist anaesthetist in private practice as a member of East Melbourne Anaesthesia (EMA) and performs work at several Melbourne private hospitals. He also holds a public appointment as a Visiting Specialist at The Austin Hospital. As part of his public and private work, he conducts regular teaching and assessment sessions for anaesthetic trainees and attends quality assurance activities at these institutions.

Dr Nguyen has particular interests in anaesthesia for obstetrics and gynaecology, fertility surgery, ENT/maxillofacial/dental surgery for children, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, colorectal surgery and cardiac electrophysiological procedures.

Dr Nguyen is a member of the Airway Management, Obstetric, Regional Anaesthesia and Welfare of Anaesthetists special interest groups of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). In addition to his independent coursework for knowledge and skills maintenance, he also actively participates in the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, and is a member of the Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia in New Zealand & Australia (SPANZA), the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Dr Nguyen is able to provide his patients with high quality and safe anaesthesia by maintaining his excellence in clinical skill, bedside manner and medical knowledge through continuing medical education, quality assurance activities, teaching and active participation in clinical research.

Billing – You will receive a separate bill from East Melbourne Anesthesia. For any billing queries, please

P:03 9116 5551 contactoffice@emanaesthesia.com.au

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Dr David Olive


Dr Olive is a highly skilled, experienced and respected anaesthetist.  Safety is at the forefront of my mind during your operation. However, I firmly believe that a good anaesthetist can provide so much more than just safe passage through the peri-operative period. What is routine for me can be daunting or frightening for the patient. I am confident that with good communication, I can allay such anxieties and make your experience a more positive one. Some patients are just generally anxious but can’t put their finger on why. Others have a specific concern – e.g. scared of needles through to scared of dying, and everything in between. I’ve heard every one of them, so if you have a particular worry, please raise it with me. We will meet at the pre-anaesthesia consultation. Otherwise I am happy to speak to you prior to the day of surgery if you contact my office.

I am married with two daughters and a son. I speak French, a legacy of a childhood in Montreal, Canada. I enjoy golf, and supporting the mighty Hawks.

Fees – Out-of-pocket (gap) fees range from $250-500

Billing – You will receive a separate bill from Associated Anaesthetic Group. For any billing queries, please contact 03 9900 0010.


Dr Carolyn Choong

Hand Fellow 2024

Dr Choong is a fully trained Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon from Malaysia. She will be spending 6 months with us at the Dandenong Hand Unit. Her expertise and assistance at your operation is highly valued by me.

Fees – You will not be charged any out of pocket fees.

Mr Richard Tee

Hand Surgery Fellow 2021/22

Dr Tee completed our Hand Surgery Fellowship for 12 months in 2021/2. As a highly valued clinician and academic surgeon, he joined our team at the Dandenong Hand Unit for a short time as a consultant before taking on a permanent Consultant Role in Sydney. 

Mr Zach Zhang

Hand Surgery Fellow 2023/4

Zach is a fully trained Canadian Plastic Surgeon from Toronto. He is highly skilled and accomplished in many areas of research in academic and clinical surgery. 

Zach is completing 12 months of further sub-specialty training in hand and wrist surgery with our Hand unit at Dandenong Hospital. He will be a valuable assistant during your surgery.

You will not be charged any fees by Dr Zhang.

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Dr Rebecca Foxton

Surgical assistant

Dr Foxton is a professional assistant surgeon. She has been a practicing assistant in orthopaedic and plastic surgery since 2000.

Billing – You will receive a separate bill from her appointed group, Surgical Billing Service.

For any billing queries please contact: 1300 000 727 

Fees – ‘Out-of-pocket’ (gap) fees are aligned to 20% (or less) of your surgeon’s OOP fee ranging from $80-250

Dr Yushy Zhou

Surgical assistant

Dr Zhou is an orthopaedic surgical assistant currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through The University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital. He is dedicated to providing excellent care and outcomes for my patients.

His laid back approachable Kiwi style is a welcome addition to our surgical team. Always willing to learn and improve, his time spent assisting my patients will  provide a strong foundation for clinical practice to complement his research pathway. Be assured you will be in good hands.

Fees – Yushy does not charge out-of-pocket (gap) fees for insured patients.

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Dr Avanthi Mandaleson

Specialist Hand & Upper Limb Surgeon​

For all appointments please call (03) 9989 2269


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Skin & Bone Clinic
Glenferrie Private Hospital


Skin & Bone Clinic
Glenferrie Private Hospital


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