About Us

AGORA is a Health Care and Medical Education Provider. We combine clinical and surgical practice with medical education in order to bring comprehensive expertise and deliver the best health care services to our patients.

Agora was the centre of scientific life in Ancient Greece. It was there where some of the first contributions to Medicine started to flourish. Our AGORA endeavours to keep these contributions alive by facilitating professional medical development as well as by providing expert health care to the community.

AGORA SPECIALIST CENTRE

Our clinical and surgical multidisciplinary practice which is focussed on delivering the highest health care services in a personal and caring manner. 

AGORA MEDICAL EDUCATION

Our education and research is carried out through AGORA MEDICAL EDUCATION, which provides accredited continuous education to specialist doctors and general practitioners in order to facilitate and enhance their professional development.

Our Values

Excellence

  • Making our patients feel special at every interaction. 
  • Knowing that 'change' is inevitable and acting quickly to minimise how it can affect patient's experience and well-being. 
  • Identifying risk and urgency to ensure AGORA is prepared to address any issues that can impact its operations, doctors, staff and patients.

Enrichment

  • Seeking to develop the skills attitudes and practices of an effective health professional
  • Keeping up with the latest research and innovations within the medical field
  • Sharing with our peers the knowledge acquired so that improvement is also experienced by the community at large.

 


Trust

  • Giving trust first
  • Being tuned to other’s needs, different ideas and perspectives
  • Recognising the impact of our actions have in others

 


Care

  • Treating others like we want to be treated
  • Listening
  • Acting in a compassionate way toward others

Teamwork

  • Supporting each other and being ready to help
  • Sharing our resources and ideas to get things done better and quicker
  • Finding out the answers when we don’t know them
  • If it takes two minutes, do it now!

Executive

A/Prof Alex Ades
Director and Founder

A/Prof Alex Ades is the Director and Founder of AGORA. He has been involved in public and private practice as well as academic tertiary education for more than 20 years. His formal qualifications include a Master and a PhD in Medicine as well as a Master in Business Administration. He is also one of our doctors.

Mrs Monica Ades
Managing Director

Monica Ades is Agora Centre Managing Director. Her formal qualifications include a LL.B and a MPhil-law both obtained in São Paulo, Brazil, where she worked as a judge associate at the High Court of Sao Paulo, a Criminal Law assistant-lecturer and a lawyer for almost 10 years. In Australia she worked as a legal consultant and a translator while re-qualifying as a lawyer and obtaining her second LL.B at the University of Melbourne. 

In 2012 Monica Ades changed her career and helped to set up Advanced Gynaecology Melbourne and the former AGORA Centre for Women's Health.  She is now our managing director, overseeing our rebranding to Agora Specialist Centre and the expansion of our Medical Education wing. 

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Mrs Natalija Homatopoulos
Business Manager

Natalija Homatopoulos is Agora Centre Business Manager. She joined the team in 2016 and since then has seen the rebranding of our centre. Natalija is also the Event Coordinator for Agora Medical Education and has been responsible in successfully hosting our past ten courses.

Natalija has extensive experience as a consultant for health care practitioners. She had her own consultancy business and has helped many doctors in the set up, relocation and problem solving within their clinics. 

Natalija brings almost 20 years of strong practice management skills to Agora and has been a member of AAPM (Australian Association of Practice Managers).

 

Support

 

Ms Connie Rizzo
Medical Secretary

Connie is AGORA'S Medical Secretary. She has been working for AGORA since 2008 and brings to the business over 20 years of extensive Medical experience in Customer Service and Patient Care.

Her previous work experience includes being a Practice Manager in a large General Practice.

Her duty of care to the patients needs is of utmost importance to her.

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Ms Marie Del Carmen
Medical Receptionist

Marie is AGORA'S medical receptionist. She has a General Registration in Division 2 and is now currently a Bachelor of Nursing student. 

Marie has over 6 years experience in medical administration. She has worked in general practice, with allied health professionals and also for specialists such as endocrinologists, interventional cardiologists and ophthalmologists.

Marie has previously pursued International Relations and Foreign Affairs studies but changed her heart after growing fond of the science in the medical industry.