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Dr. Hanish Bagga


Dr Hanish Bagga graduated from medical school at the University of Newcastle in 1992 and completed his FRACP in Rheumatology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney in 2001. Dr Bagga spent a further 3 years completing laboratory and clinical research investigating the role of intra-articular Hyaluronic acid in osteoarthritis of the knee and its potential to modify structural progression at the University of Sydney Institute of Bone and Joint Research, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Dr Bagga completed his Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Newcastle in 2004.

In 2005 Dr Bagga established the Mid North Coast Arthritis Clinic on the Mid North Coast of NSW in Coffs Harbour providing Rheumatological consultation services, which subsequently grew to include outreach clinics in Nambucca Heads, Armidale and Grafton.

Dr Bagga helped establish the Coffs Osteoporosis Clinic in 2006 which provided a much-needed Bone Densitometry service to the Mid North Coast.

Dr Bagga established Coffs Clinical Trials in 2005 which has been involved in conducting several significant multi-national clinical trials for new therapeutics in the area of rheumatology and was involved over a period of 12 years in conducting several investigator initiated studies looking at medical literacy, the role of ultrasound in assisting medication compliance and anti -drug antibodies associated with biologic therapy in the treatment of rheumatic disease and management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in a regional setting. This work has resulted in a number of important scientific publications, which Dr Bagga has co-authored. (see publications and Clinical Trials for a complete list).

Dr Bagga also helped establish one of first regional Pulmonary Hypertension (PAH) Clinics in 2008 in Coffs Harbour which making it a designated PAH prescribing centre allowing many patients who suffer from this life threatening and disabling disease to access life saving medication without needing to frequently travel to a designated PAH centre in Sydney or Brisbane.

Dr Bagga completed his Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound in 2018 and provided Musculoskeletal Ultrasound services in the clinic for several years.

In 2018 Dr Bagga opened a clinic on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane and continued to provide much needed outreach services on a fly in fly out basis to the Mid North Coast of NSW. This clinic closed in 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic and closed Queensland border. Dr Bagga relocated permanently to Brisbane at the end 2019 with his family for the primary purpose of allowing access to high quality secondary schooling options for his children.

In 2022 he made the decision to merge his clinic with A/Prof Philip Robinson to form the new Brisbane Rheumatology clinic at 135 Wickham Terrace. He continues to care for many thousands of patients with rheumatic disease from the Mid North coast of NSW along with Brisbane and the greater Queensland area.

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