New team of Neurologists welcomed to the LGH

23 Jul 2019

Following many years of limited access to neurology services across Northern Tasmania, the Launceston General Hospital has recently welcomed two members of the new neurology team that will service the north and northwest of the state. Dr Matt Lee-Archer and Dr Lauren Giles recently commenced their appointments at the hospital and will soon be followed by Dr Aaron De Souza who has moved to Tasmania from the UK. He is currently undergoing a period of supervision at the Royal Hobart Hospital as part of the college requirements before starting at the LGH.

Neurological services in the north have been virtually minimal for a decade following the loss of Dr Stan Seika in 2009. The new appointments are a welcome boost to health services at the LGH and will mean access to neurology services for North and North-West patients will be significantly improved.

Dr Lee Archer returns to Launceston after nearly two decades of work as a neurologist in Melbourne, Brisbane and London. He is particularly passionate about stroke medicine, including acute treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, but also has special interests in movement disorders and headaches. Dr Giles is from Melbourne and specialises in multiple sclerosis, peripheral nerve damage and headache. Having spent her first four years of medicine in Darwin she underwent her advanced training as a neurologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Austin Hospital.

Dr De Souza has an interest in epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, toxic disorders of the nervous system, and the electrophysiology of diabetic neuropathy. With more than 15 years of experience as a medical practitioner, Dr De Souza is deeply involved in clinical research. He has nearly 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two books to his credit. The appointments also follow the recruitment of two endocrinologists at the LGH, after a decade-long drought for full-time specialists in this important area.

Image: New LGH neurologists Dr Matt Lee-Archer and Dr Lauren