At Highlands Healthcare, we focus on improving the long-term health of our patients.

At Highlands Healthcare we want the absolute best outcomes and experience for you. We strongly believe in patient choice and autonomy, ensuring we fully inform patients about options and risks, while helping guide you to a decision that respects your lived experience. Our team believe strongly in giving patients a chance to have their story heard, while supporting patients in making their own decisions about their healthcare.

Our Team

Dr Sean Heinz

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Sean finished his medical degree at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney and completed his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

He completed a minimally invasive surgical fellowship with the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES) and a Masters of Advanced Gynaecological Surgery at Western Sydney University.

Sean is an Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He teaches training obstetrician and gynaecologists as well as medical students. Sean also works with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Doctors Assisting in South Pacific Islands (DAISI) with recent time spent in Kenya, PNG, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands.

As a doctor who has spent time in high acuity and low-resource settings, he has a calm and reassuring presence which shapes all aspects of the care he provides for women across various stages of their lives. Based in Sale Street, he also has appointments at Ramsey Surgical Centre Orange, Dudley Private Hospital and Orange Base Hospital.

Member of : AGES, SWAPS, DAISI

Dr Dhivya Thangavel

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dhivya gained her specialist qualifications through the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society (AGES).

She completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle, underwent core training in Westmead Hospital, the busiest birthing unit in the state of New South Wales followed by subsequent advanced training in urogynaecology research in Townsville, QLD and an AGES accredited advanced gynaecological laparoscopy fellowship in Blacktown, NSW.

She is also involved with medical student and registrar teaching and is a Lecturer at Western Sydney University. In 2021 she was a recipient of the Avant Foundation’s Early Career Research Program Grant for her research on prevention of recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in postmenopausal women. She completed a Masters in Surgery (Advanced Gynaecological Surgery) at Western Sydney University in 2023.

Dhivya is especially interested in health provision in low-resource settings and is committed to women in rural and developing communities. She is involved with Doctors Assisting In the South Pacific Islands with regular aid trips to the Solomon Islands.

She utilises her experience and training in obstetrics and gynaecology to pursue her interests in highrisk obstetrics, gynaecological laparoscopy, and pelvic floor disorders. She is a caring and skilled clinician and strongly believes in shared decision-making.

Dhivya is a VMO Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Orange Health Service, Dudley Private Hospital and Ramsey Surgical Centre. Dhivya sees both obstetric and gynaecology patients privately at Highlands Healthcare.

Jane Thompson, Physiotherapy

Jane Thompson

Physiotherapist
 

Jane graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honors.

Since then, she has pursued advanced training in women’s health and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, driven by her passion for enhancing well-being and promoting optimal function in her clients.

With expertise in both ante-natal and post-natal care, Jane empowers women by highlighting the benefits of physiotherapy in pregnancy and childbirth. She focuses on birth preparation, managing pelvic, lower back, and rib pain during pregnancy, and postpartum pelvic rehabilitation to aid in the recovery of the pelvis and pelvic muscles.

Jane’s practice extends beyond pregnancy-related issues, as she offers individualized care for gynecological conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, pelvic congestion, and prolapse, addressing symptoms of incontinence and discomfort.

She educates her clients on the interconnectedness of the pelvis and pelvic floor with the rest of the body, emphasizing how issues in these areas can manifest as lower back pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. By addressing underlying pelvic floor issues, Jane aims to alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Driven by her dedication to improving the lives of her clients, Jane continues to expand her expertise and remains committed to delivering compassionate and effective physiotherapy care.

Dr Claire Noonan

Dr Claire Noonan

GP Psychotherapist

Dr Claire Noonan is a general practitioner who has specific training in psychotherapy.

Claire has years of experience as a family doctor which sparked an interest in human psychology. From this, Claire has trained as a registered provider of focussed psychological strategies to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Claire can guide you to align your life with your deeper values, assist in creating healing by learning to encompass your emotions, assist in the art of skillful communication with others and guide you to change your thinking to shift your psychological outlook, bettering your overall wellbeing.

Appointments with Claire can be either one-on-one support or group sessions for family members and friends to attend. Claire can support you throughout your pregnancy as well as post-partum.

Annabel Grant

Annabel Grant

Nurse, Sleep & Nutrition Consultant

Annabel Grant is a Registered Nurse with 17 year's experience, Baby Sleep and Wellbeing Specialist and Certified Nutrition Consultant for pregnancy and postpartum.

Annabel is passionate about helping mothers and families find confidence in their daily routines through an attachment and connection-based approach to sleep and evidence based nutritional foundations. Annabel can assist you to navigate a healthy lifestyle for yourself and baby through compassion, knowledge, support and realistic expectations.

Libby Morgan

Midwife

Lauren Frazer

Midwife

Cassie Neilsen

Practice Manager

Erika Cargill

Administrative Assistant

Sustainable Practices

Running a stainable business is important to us. These are just a few of the ways Highlands Healthcare are implementing sustainable practices:

  • Solar panels provide the majority of our electricity, with the main business hours being during the daylight.
  • Wherever possible we use electronic communication with patients. Using email to provide forms to be completed electronically.
  • Wherever possible correspondence with other businesses is by email or fax from computer.
  • We have recyclables bins throughout the practice for staff use.
  • Where paper is used it is then recycled using a secure document destruction company.
  • Paper that can be re-used without breaching confidentiality is used as scrap paper for office use.
  • Correspondence between staff is by electronic notes.
  • All data is backed-up to a secure cloud services to reduce paper consumption.
  • Printer cartridges are recycled locally.
  • Unused or out of stock medical supplies are used for training purposes by practitioners.
  • Medical supplies are ordered in bulk to reduce wastage of packaging, and delivery services.