Team – Urology Centre

Dr Nader Awad


Dr Awad is a graduate of the University of NSW and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Urology.

Dr Awad has completed international fellowships in Urological Cancer.

He has a particular interest in Prostate and Bladder Cancer as well as performing advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery of the kidney and adrenal gland. He has performed the largest number of Radical Prostatectomies, Radical Cystectomies and Laparoscopic Nephrectomies in the region.

Dr Awad has also developed improved Prostate Biopsy techniques to enhance Prostate Cancer Detection.

Whilst Dr Awad treats most general urological conditions, he has areas of specialised experience and training, particularly robotic surgery for urological cancers.

A/Prof Prem Rashid


A/Professor Prem Rashid started the Port Macquarie Urology Centre in 1998, having trained in Perth, Adelaide and Cardiff, UK. The Centre has rapidly grown to become a referral centre for urological care.

He has written extensively, specialising in ‘patient guide books’ focusing on bladder difficulties and prostate conditions with ‘Prostate Cancer – Your Guide to the Disease, Treatment Options and Outcomes‘ now in its 3rd edition. It has become a reference book for counselors who use it in educating men, and their families, when faced with this condition. He has also written ‘Bladder Care – Your Self Help Guide.’

His works have been endorsed by the New Zealand Continence Association, Continence Foundation of Australia, Urological Society of Australia & New Zealand, Andrology Australia and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

A/Prof Rashid has published in peer reviewed medical journals on prostate cancer and other urological conditions. He is actively involved in Advanced Urological Training, Accreditation and Education being Chair of the Board of Urology (2012-2014).

He holds a Conjoint Associate Professorship at the University of NSW and is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Virtual Cancer Centre. He is an Associate of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and is a current member of the Court of Examiners, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International).

He holds memberships of the Urological Society of Australia & New Zealand, Société Internationale D’Urologie, Endourological Society, Continence Foundation of Australia and International membership of the American Urological Association & European Association of Urology.


Phone: (02) 6581 3456

Fax: (02) 6581 3455


Dr Iain C Macleod

Specialist Anaesthetist

A graduate of Aberdeen University in Scotland , Dr Macleod trained in anaesthesia in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Previously a staff specialist anaesthetist at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide with major commitments to anaesthesia for cardiac, neurosurgical and airway surgery he moved to Port Macquarie in 2002 with his young family. Since then his focus has been on anaesthesia for urological surgery working closely with Dr Awad and the Urology Centre.

Dr Macleod is dedicated to making your peri-operative experience safe and smooth with individualised preoperative planning and preparation from his rooms at the Highfields Centre.

He has a special interest in outcomes for major kidney, bladder and prostate procedures and in how anaesthetic technique can impact on surgical results and minimisation of post operative complications. Dr Macleod provides comprehensive advanced pain management techniques specific to your circumstances with the aim of a pain free course with a shorter hospital stay.

His other interests include advanced airway management techniques and the provision of anaesthesia and surgical care in low resource environments. He has a masters degree in tropical medicine and is President of the Australian registered charity HEDS (SI) providing surgical and medical care in the Solomon Islands.

Dr Macleod is available by appointment to discuss any aspect of your care at Hastings Anaesthesia close to the Urology Centre in Highfields Circuit.

Administration and Reception

Hi, my name is Leigh-Anne and I have been working with Dr Awad’s team at the Urology Centre since September 2011. I job share with Sam. I have lived, been schooled and worked in Port Macquarie since 1984 when my family relocated to this beautiful spot.

I have an administration background in accounting, legal and real estate and commenced in the medical industry thirteen years ago. Ten of those years were in GP practices with the last three years in specialist practices. My position is both demanding and rewarding and it is fantastic to further my medical administration experience with Dr Awad – forever learning something new!

On a personal note I have two beautiful children aged 12 and 10 and have been married eighteen years to a self-employed local. We are a very busy family and therefore permanent part-time hours are very accommodating for myself, my family and our business,.

Administration and Reception

My name is Sam and I joined Nader’s team in 2003, the same year I moved to Port. Since then I’ve travelled overseas and have had two babies. I now job share with Leigh-anne, which shows just how supportive and accommodating Nader is of his staff!

My background was in teaching and I moved into the medical field quite by accident after what was to be a temporary stint in the health system proved too interesting to pass up and I went on to become a clinical coder.

Since I started with Nader, the practice has continued to expand and has become ever busier. The one constant is the professionalism, friendliness and compassion of all the staff that work here and the satisfaction of helping our patients in any way no matter how small.

It’s a privilege working with such a wonderful team, not just in our practice but the Urology Centre as a whole.



I moved to the Mid North Coast in 2001. I am a registered nurse and whilst working in the local Diagnostic Imaging Dept, I assisted A/Prof Prem Rashid and Dr Nader Awad performing urological procedures under X-ray imaging and ultrasound guidance.

I commenced working at the Urology Centre in 2007. My role as a urology nurse consultant has grown as the practice has expanded, with Prem and Nader performing new advanced surgical procedures. It is a rewarding position, working in a supportive team of medical and administrative staff. My role is educational and provides ongoing supportive management towards their patients and carers.

Conditions we regularly see are female and male continence issues, bladder infections, benign (non-cancerous) prostatic enlargement BPH, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. These are very sensitive issues which can take a great deal of courage for the patient to discuss. Of course confidentiality is always paramount.

I am also involved with training of The Jim Bruce Urology and Prostate Cancer Trust Scholarship nurses. Since 2010 we have had the nurses come to our practice for the clinical experience of their course. It is satisfying to see the wider community is being supported in urological care through this scholarship program.

Feeling part of a team, in a pleasant environment, comfortable facilities and equipment all makes for an enjoyable workplace. There is often laughter heard from the kitchen at lunchtime – quite loudly at times, and the same coming from the consulting rooms! We are of course professional in our approach but laughter really helps too.


Ann has been a member of the Port Macquarie urology team since 2001. She graduated from general nursing in 1984, midwifery in 1987 and undertook studies in neonatal intensive care 1988 and completed her continence certificate in 2000.

As the urology service grows Ann has expanded her nursing role in both knowledge and skills and finds it most interesting and challenging. Her particular interests are in the areas of continence management for adults and children, erectile dysfunction as well asprostate disease and bladder cancer. In recent years Ann has been involved in clinical research and also in nurse education through our local Jim Bruce urology trust.

Working within a team that delivers a professional high standard of care is important to Ann’s work ethic. She is constantly impressed by the care, compassion and respect everyone is shown from the time they walk through the door to the time they leave.

The Urology Centre has an internal philosophy that our friendly, energetic, conscientious and organized manner contributes to the smooth running and high level of morale at our centre that overflows to those receiving our urology services. This is especially important as this area of health can be embarrassing and debilitating. It is important our clients know that there is someone as their advocate for treatment, information and as a resource.

On a personal note Ann is happily married to Martin and they have three wonderful grown children Madeleine, Oliver and Sarah. Spare time is enthusiastically spent with her extended family and anything in the outdoors from camping, water skiing, playing touch football and beaching.

Dr Robert Marshall

Dr Bob Marshall has worked as a Radiologist in a career spanning 22 years. He has sub-specialty interests in Paediatric Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In addition to his clinical roles, Bob has been active in the College of Radiologists, Department of Health, RANZCR, Paediatric Reference Group and the University of NSW in a lecturing capacity.

Dr Marshall started his career in the public sector at the Royal Hobart Hospital before moving to private practice on the Mid-North Coast in 1995. In both public and private settings, Dr Marshall has risen to senior management positions, having served as Director of Radiology at Royal Hobart Hospital and managing Radiologist at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Clinical Coordinator Mid North Coast Radiology.

Dr Bob Marshall is the Clinical Director of Port Macquarie X-Ray. In joining Port Macquarie X-Ray, Dr Marshall wished to work in an environment where he could influence both the standard of radiology practised and play a direct role in any decision making that effected his ability to provide a quality service.

The aim of the Port Macquarie X-Ray practice is to be part of the Clinical Team at the Urology Centre in Port Macquarie rather than just a reporting service. In this way, we can work together to provide the highest level of clinical care possible.

Associate Professor Tom Shakespeare

A/Prof Shakespeare is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and is the Director and Senior Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the North Coast Cancer Institute Port Macquarie. He is also the Director of Cancer Services for the Northern NSW and Mid-North Coast Local Health Districts. He is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of NSW.

A/Prof Shakespeare has a particular subspecialist interest in managing prostate cancer and other urological malignancies, and is one of Australia’s leading prostate cancer specialists. Over the the last 7 years he has treated over 1000 patients with prostate cancer, using image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for localised prostate cancer. He has presented his treatment results at oncology meetings in Australia, Europe and the United States. His most recent results were presented at the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO).

He has received a number of prizes for cancer research, and was awarded the New South Wales Premier’s Gold Public Service Award. He co-wrote the most recent Cancer Council Australia guidelines for localised and locally advanced prostate cancer, and was the inaugural chair of the NSW Cancer Institute National Radiotherapy Protocols Committee, co-writing the prostate cancer protocols. He is particularly passionate about quality care and patient involvement in decision-making.