Dr Nalaka de Silva (Left) and Dr Juan Mulder (Right).
In 2017, ENT surgeon Dr Nalaka de Silva and respiratory physician Dr Juan Mulder collaborated to create the Combined Specialists Sleep Apnoea Clinic. Their holistic approach to treating sleep apnoea, snoring and other issues grew from the doctors’ desire to pool their knowledge and skillset to provide the best possible care for their patients. Through a combination of treatment methods, CSSC has been able to achieve better compliance and more than 85 per cent success in its patients. Furthermore, more than 90 per cent of patients who required surgery have subsequently avoided having to use a CPAP machine.
“We offer two angles of expertise and we learn from each other,” Dr de Silva said. “It’s very rewarding when we hear from patients that they’ve now got a better quality of life.”
Dr de Silva has been working and living on the Peninsula since 2012. He’s an ear, nose and throat surgeon with a particular interest in managing sleep apnoea, which became a passion after his post-graduate fellowship training at Monash. Before this he became a Fellow of the Australian College of Surgeons in 2010. He completed his undergraduate degree in Newcastle followed by advanced surgical training in Auckland.
Dr Mulder is a consultant respiratory and sleep medicine physician and has been working locally for eight years. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Australasian Society of Physicians, a registered polysomnographic and a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia. His interests centre on sleep disorders, particularly complex disorders.
To find out more, visit the website www.mpent.com.au or search “sleep apnoea Mornington”.