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Animal Referral Hospital Essendon Fields

Proud to be part of the Animal Referral & Emergency Network

 

Emergency and referral services

72 Hargrave Avenue, Essendon Fields, VIC 3041

Open Monday – Sunday 24 hours

(03) 9379 0700
essendon@arhvets.com

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Emergency and critical care

If you have an emergency or are worried about your pet’s health, please contact us on (03) 9379 0700 and we can assess the need for emergency treatment. 

You don’t need a referral or appointment to attend our hospital in an emergency, although calling ahead to alert our team before your arrival buys us precious time to get prepared to provide prompt, sometimes life-saving, support.

If you are unsure if your pet needs emergency attention, you are welcome to attend our hospital to receive a no-charge veterinary nurse triage. Alternatively, we encourage you to call us, and we can help determine the level of urgency of the situation.

 

About ARH Essendon Fields


The Animal Referral Hospital is Australia’s largest veterinary specialist and emergency group, providing outstanding veterinary care for pets across our eight hospitals nationally.

Our ARH Essendon Fields location has a 24/7 emergency department and specialist veterinary referral services in surgery and internal medicine. This is supported by a range of on-site facilities, such as advanced diagnostic imaging, a laboratory and fully equipped surgical theatres.

ARH Essendon Fields is part of the larger ARH group which opened in Sydney in 1999.

   

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Meet our team

Our team members at ARH Essendon Fields are not just experienced leaders in their field; they are also compassionate, hard-working animal lovers. Our combined specialist and emergency hospital means all team members work hand in hand for your pet’s care.

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Dr Thurid Johnstone

Veterinarian

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Dr Thurid Johnstone

Veterinarian

Dr Thurid Johnstone is a European (ECVIM-CA) board-certified specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and has practiced in Melbourne since 2013.

Her professional career started at Leipzig University (Germany), after which she completed a PhD at Massey University (NZ), an internship in Auckland (NZ) and a residency in Dublin (Ireland).  Thurid worked in Ireland, Sweden and at the University of Melbourne as senior lecturer, clinical researcher, and clinician before joining the team at ARH Essendon.

As clinician, she aims to deliver compassionate, best-practice care for pets and their carers.  Thurid is happy to assist with all internal medicine enquiries, though her main interest areas are in urology/nephrology and endocrinology of dogs and cats.

When Thurid is not working, she enjoys time with her husband and two kids and happily hangs out in the fantastic outdoors of Australia

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Dr Tania Shaw

BVSc(Hons), GradDipEd, DACVS-SA

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Dr Tania Shaw

BVSc(Hons), GradDipEd, DACVS-SA

Tania graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 with first class honours, and then spent 3 years in general practice in Melbourne.

Following her passion for Small Animal Surgery, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in Brisbane in 2011, followed by a surgical internship at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2012, and another surgical internship at the Murdoch University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Perth in 2013.

Tania then returned to Melbourne to complete a 3-year Small Animal Surgery Residency at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, training under our very own Specialist Surgeon, Simon Kudnig. After completing her Residency, Tania joined Animal Referral Hospital as a Surgery Registrar while preparing to sit her ACVS Board examinations in Small Animal Surgery. She passed her exams in March 2020 and is now a ACVS boarded Specialist Surgeon, making her a recognised specialist in Small Animal Surgery in Australia and the United States.

Tania enjoys all aspects of surgery, however her main interest is in soft tissue surgery, particularly surgical oncology, wound management, reconstructive surgery and abdominal surgery.

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Dr Rachel Apfel

Bsc DVM

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Dr Rachel Apfel

Bsc DVM

Rachel graduated from Murdoch University and commenced work in a busy small animal hospital in Adelaide, before relocating to Melbourne. Alongside a passion for all things emergency and critical care, she has a keen interest in rabbit and guinea pig medicine.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys the Melbourne food scene, yoga and camping.

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Dr Helsa Teh

Internal Medicine Specialist

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Dr Helsa Teh

Internal Medicine Specialist

Helsa is a small animal internal medicine specialist with a keen interest in feline medicine, neurology, oncology and autoimmune conditions.

Helsa graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007, following which she worked in general practice for 2 years where she realised her interest lay in small animal medicine. She then returned to the University of Sydney  and completed a rotating internship. Enjoying the teaching environment, she stayed on as the department head of both the Primary Accession and Emergency Service, helping both with teaching veterinary students and growing these services. Following that, Helsa moved south of the border to complete a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne; after which she joined the Animal Referral Hospital medicine team since 2018.

Since graduation, Helsa has attained her Memberships in Small Animal Medicine, Masters of Veterinary Studies, Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Clinical Studies and a research masters on virulence factors of E.coli from urinary tract infections in dogs and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which allows for specialist registration in Australia. Helsa has also presented research abstracts in Australia and overseas.

With the minimal spare time left she divides it between pilates, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) and being an avid tennis and footy (AFL!) spectator with her cat Artie.

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Dr Ania McInerney

Veterinarian

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Dr Ania McInerney

Veterinarian

Dr Ania is a 2016 graduate from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Melbourne, and also holds Bachelor degrees in science and music. The class valedictorian, she went on to work in small animal general practice at leading Melbourne clinics before embarking on her ECC journey. Dr Ania has a special interest in animal behaviour, and is passionate about treating the mental health needs of her patients. She also enjoys soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and seeing her patients go home to their loving family at the end of treatment.  

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr Ania was a professional opera singer who toured in Australia and abroad. She still enjoys performing occasionally around Melbourne (and singing to her patients) when she isn't escaping the city to go hiking or camping. Dr Ania loves cooking and pottering about in her kitchen and garden. She lives with her beautiful husband, son, and their sassy feline overlord, Ziggy. 

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Dr Charlie Banks

BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)

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Dr Charlie Banks

BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)

After graduating from Bristol University (UK) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Charlie spent 3 years working in a combined general and emergency practice in Essex, then a year in a large emergency clinic in North London. He moved to Australia with his partner in 2019 and after 6 months of travelling in their campervan they settled in Melbourne, where Charlie began locuming across both GP and emergency practices. He joined ARH as a permanent member of staff in 2022, the same year he obtained membership within the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) by sitting further examinations in the field of Medicine of Cats.

Outside of work he enjoys Melbourne's music scene, cooking, travel and spending time with his two cats Finn and Ted.

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Dr Clifford Ho Lee

BVSc MANZCVS (ECC)

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Dr Clifford Ho Lee

BVSc MANZCVS (ECC)

After graduating from Melbourne University in 2009, Clifford worked in a small animal general practice clinic for three years. He subsequently pursued an interest in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) and completed an ECC internship in 2013 at the ARH Essendon fields hospital. In 2014 Clifford obtained membership status within the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) by sitting further examinations in the field of veterinary emergency & critical care. Since 2013, he has remained a consistent figure within the hospital and is a senior veterinarian within the ECC department. 

Outside of veterinary practice he enjoys playing tennis, cooking and is kept busy with his young family and pets. 

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Dr Harris Boubis

BSc DVM MANZCVS (ECC)

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Dr Harris Boubis

BSc DVM MANZCVS (ECC)

Dr Harris graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2014 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

The following week he began an internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Animal Referral Hospital, and remains part of the team to this day. In 2019, Harris became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (in the Emergency and Critical Care chapter).

Harris enjoys the wide and interesting caseload that a career in emergency medicine provides, with particular interests in the treatment of intoxications and envenomations.

When he is not at work, Harris enjoys exploring Melbourne’s food scene as well as interstate and overseas travel.

 

 

Referrals and appointments

At ARH Essendon Fields, we offer a comprehensive specialist referral service across surgery, internal medicine, critical care, diagnostic imaging and pathology.

To make a patient appointment for our specialist services, contact our friendly team via phone or email. Please note a vet referral is required for most specialist appointments.

 To make a vet referral, contact us via phone or email, or fill out our online referral form.  We are also happy to discuss a case at any time, including offering after-hours advice from our emergency team.

   

Our services

At ARH Essendon Fields, we believe our diagnostic imaging, nursing and intensive care services are the backbone of our hospital. We go to great lengths to ensure we have the best team and equipment in these areas so we can offer complete and cutting-edge assessment and treatment to all our patients.

ARH Essendon Fields works closely with referring veterinarians to provide advanced, comprehensive care. All patients are returned to their regular veterinarian for continued treatment and management of their condition.  We are not a general practice and do not perform any routine duties such as vaccinations, heartworm injections or microchipping. Our ARH specialists are available via phone or email to provide advice to referring veterinarians. We can also talk through treatment options and cost estimates.

At ARH, we offer a comprehensive range of surgical solutions for dogs and cats, including orthopaedic, soft tissue, trauma, reconstructive and neurological surgery.

Our surgery department is led by Dr Simon Kudnig, who is a specialist in small animal surgery, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and a Fellow of the Australian College (FANZCVS). Simon has many years of experience as a surgeon and takes a considered approach to surgery. Simon and his team will provide a thorough plan to help ensure the best result for your pet.

Common surgical procedures performed at ARH include stifle (knee) stabilisation procedures for cruciate ligament injuries, fracture repair, limb deformity correction, arthroscopy, abdominal and thoracic surgery, reconstructive surgery, hemilaminectomy and ventral slot procedures for intervertebral disc disease, spinal stabilisation for fractures or dislocations, and laparoscopic procedures.

We are fully equipped with the most up-to-date surgical equipment and implants, including:

  • Standard and locking titanium and stainless-steel plates for fracture repair
  • Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical equipment for arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy
  • External fixation implants for limb deformity correction and fracture repair
  • Ureteral stents and bypass implants for ureteral obstruction
  • Bipolar vessel-sealing technology for ligation
  • Stapling devices for organ removal
  • In-house access to CT, MRI, digital radiography, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, providing the most advanced diagnostic imaging options available.
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Our specialist surgeons are assisted by a highly qualified support team. The integration of surgery with internal medicine, oncology, diagnostic imaging, and emergency and critical care ensures a seamless approach to your pet’s care. Exemplary postoperative pain relief and care for surgical patients is provided by our 24-hour hospital and intensive care unit.

Our specialists are happy to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence, including a radiographic appraisal of any case.

Our internal medicine team, led by Dr Robert Labuc, treats a broad range of cases, such as gastrointestinal disease (including liver, pancreas and bowel disease); cardiac and respiratory disease; endocrine problems (such as diabetes and thyroid disease); kidney issues; immune problems; and joint disease.

The training and experience of our internal medicine specialist enable him to work with your local veterinarian to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. Our specialists receive referrals for patients that are critically ill, as well as those with chronic or ongoing problems.

They are able to use their expertise combined with diagnostic tools, including endoscopy, ultrasound, CT and MRI, to investigate the cause of a pet’s illness and to offer the best possible advice on treatment options.

Our specialists are happy to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence, including a radiographic appraisal of any case.

Our emergency and critical care department at ARH Essendon Fields offers a high level of patient care, diagnostics and intensive care medicine. This includes blood transfusions, emergency oxygen therapy, mechanical ventilation, emergency surgical procedures, blood gas analysis, constant delivery of pain medications, and the treatment of heart failure, poisonings and trauma.

Specialist referral to emergency and critical care is available by prior appointment. We also provide regular support, case rounds, and back-up for our emergency team at other times.

ARH Essendon Fields diagnostic imaging suite is very advanced, allowing our specialists to obtain the highest quality images required for diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis of your pet’s condition.

On-site, ARH Essendon Fields have:

  • 16-slice helical CT
  • CR digital radiography
  • Two ultrasound machines, including colour flow Doppler
  • MRI
  • Fluoroscopy

Images are interpreted by our highly skilled clinicians and supported by specialist radiologists within the ARH group

Our ARH nurses are highly skilled, compassionate people who will go above and beyond when caring for your pet. We have dedicated nurses in surgery, internal medicine, intensive care, and emergency and critical care. All our nurses undergo regular in-house training and attend conferences and lectures to ensure they provide the best care to our patients.

ARH encompasses a specialist referral service and emergency hospital in one business, which allows our nurses to provide seamless continuity of care to your pet. Whatever time of day your pet is being treated, our nurses will strive to provide a comfortable and anxiety-free stay for them.

ARH Essendon Fields offers on-site pathology through Idexx’s state-of-the-art point-of-care systems. This includes biochemistry testing, complete blood count (Lasercyte and Procyte), urine testing, cortisol, thyroid and blood coagulation testing.

This means your pet's test results can be available swiftly in an emergency, by providing life-saving information without the need to send blood samples to an external laboratory.

For intensive care patients, the Radiometer ABL-90 blood gas analyser provides comprehensive, critical information regarding your pet’s blood pH levels, electrolytes and haemoglobin levels. Blood gas and electrolyte results are available in less than a minute once the sample is collected.

During normal business hours, we are backed by the full support of Melbourne’s leading veterinary pathology laboratories, including Idexx and Gribbles.

Our ARH receptionists are the welcoming face of our organisation and will support you during your time at our hospital. Our receptionists are highly trained and compassionate people. They can assist with making and changing appointments, organising visits with your pet, providing information on hospital stays and connecting you with our specialists. They are also the resident experts in payment options, such as VetPay, and can process your insurance claims if desired.

   

Our facilities

ARH Essendon Fields is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, it features:

  • A full in-house IDEXX laboratory
  • Digital x-ray
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • CT (16-slice helical)
  • MRI
  • Mechanical ventilators
  • Dedicated intensive care unit
  • Isolation ward for infectious diseases
  • Three surgical theatres
  • Comprehensively stocked pharmacy
  • Speciality referral services (surgery, internal medicine, oncology) to allow for a comprehensive approach to your pet’s assessment and specific care needs

   

    

Meet our team

Our team members at ARH Essendon Fields are not just experienced leaders in their field; they are also compassionate, hard-working animal lovers. Our combined specialist and emergency hospital means all team members work hand in hand for your pet’s care.

Avatar

Dr Thurid Johnstone

Veterinarian

Read my bio
×

Dr Thurid Johnstone

Veterinarian

Dr Thurid Johnstone is a European (ECVIM-CA) board-certified specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and has practiced in Melbourne since 2013.

Her professional career started at Leipzig University (Germany), after which she completed a PhD at Massey University (NZ), an internship in Auckland (NZ) and a residency in Dublin (Ireland).  Thurid worked in Ireland, Sweden and at the University of Melbourne as senior lecturer, clinical researcher, and clinician before joining the team at ARH Essendon.

As clinician, she aims to deliver compassionate, best-practice care for pets and their carers.  Thurid is happy to assist with all internal medicine enquiries, though her main interest areas are in urology/nephrology and endocrinology of dogs and cats.

When Thurid is not working, she enjoys time with her husband and two kids and happily hangs out in the fantastic outdoors of Australia

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Dr Tania Shaw

BVSc(Hons), GradDipEd, DACVS-SA

Read my bio
×

Dr Tania Shaw

BVSc(Hons), GradDipEd, DACVS-SA

Tania graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 with first class honours, and then spent 3 years in general practice in Melbourne.

Following her passion for Small Animal Surgery, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in Brisbane in 2011, followed by a surgical internship at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2012, and another surgical internship at the Murdoch University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Perth in 2013.

Tania then returned to Melbourne to complete a 3-year Small Animal Surgery Residency at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, training under our very own Specialist Surgeon, Simon Kudnig. After completing her Residency, Tania joined Animal Referral Hospital as a Surgery Registrar while preparing to sit her ACVS Board examinations in Small Animal Surgery. She passed her exams in March 2020 and is now a ACVS boarded Specialist Surgeon, making her a recognised specialist in Small Animal Surgery in Australia and the United States.

Tania enjoys all aspects of surgery, however her main interest is in soft tissue surgery, particularly surgical oncology, wound management, reconstructive surgery and abdominal surgery.

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Dr Rachel Apfel

Bsc DVM

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Dr Rachel Apfel

Bsc DVM

Rachel graduated from Murdoch University and commenced work in a busy small animal hospital in Adelaide, before relocating to Melbourne. Alongside a passion for all things emergency and critical care, she has a keen interest in rabbit and guinea pig medicine.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys the Melbourne food scene, yoga and camping.

Avatar

Dr Helsa Teh

Internal Medicine Specialist

Read my bio
×

Dr Helsa Teh

Internal Medicine Specialist

Helsa is a small animal internal medicine specialist with a keen interest in feline medicine, neurology, oncology and autoimmune conditions.

Helsa graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007, following which she worked in general practice for 2 years where she realised her interest lay in small animal medicine. She then returned to the University of Sydney  and completed a rotating internship. Enjoying the teaching environment, she stayed on as the department head of both the Primary Accession and Emergency Service, helping both with teaching veterinary students and growing these services. Following that, Helsa moved south of the border to complete a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Melbourne; after which she joined the Animal Referral Hospital medicine team since 2018.

Since graduation, Helsa has attained her Memberships in Small Animal Medicine, Masters of Veterinary Studies, Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Clinical Studies and a research masters on virulence factors of E.coli from urinary tract infections in dogs and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which allows for specialist registration in Australia. Helsa has also presented research abstracts in Australia and overseas.

With the minimal spare time left she divides it between pilates, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) and being an avid tennis and footy (AFL!) spectator with her cat Artie.

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Dr Ania McInerney

Veterinarian

Read my bio
×

Dr Ania McInerney

Veterinarian

Dr Ania is a 2016 graduate from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Melbourne, and also holds Bachelor degrees in science and music. The class valedictorian, she went on to work in small animal general practice at leading Melbourne clinics before embarking on her ECC journey. Dr Ania has a special interest in animal behaviour, and is passionate about treating the mental health needs of her patients. She also enjoys soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and seeing her patients go home to their loving family at the end of treatment.  

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr Ania was a professional opera singer who toured in Australia and abroad. She still enjoys performing occasionally around Melbourne (and singing to her patients) when she isn't escaping the city to go hiking or camping. Dr Ania loves cooking and pottering about in her kitchen and garden. She lives with her beautiful husband, son, and their sassy feline overlord, Ziggy. 

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Dr Charlie Banks

BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)

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Dr Charlie Banks

BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)

After graduating from Bristol University (UK) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Charlie spent 3 years working in a combined general and emergency practice in Essex, then a year in a large emergency clinic in North London. He moved to Australia with his partner in 2019 and after 6 months of travelling in their campervan they settled in Melbourne, where Charlie began locuming across both GP and emergency practices. He joined ARH as a permanent member of staff in 2022, the same year he obtained membership within the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) by sitting further examinations in the field of Medicine of Cats.

Outside of work he enjoys Melbourne's music scene, cooking, travel and spending time with his two cats Finn and Ted.

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Dr Clifford Ho Lee

BVSc MANZCVS (ECC)

Read my bio
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Dr Clifford Ho Lee

BVSc MANZCVS (ECC)

After graduating from Melbourne University in 2009, Clifford worked in a small animal general practice clinic for three years. He subsequently pursued an interest in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) and completed an ECC internship in 2013 at the ARH Essendon fields hospital. In 2014 Clifford obtained membership status within the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) by sitting further examinations in the field of veterinary emergency & critical care. Since 2013, he has remained a consistent figure within the hospital and is a senior veterinarian within the ECC department. 

Outside of veterinary practice he enjoys playing tennis, cooking and is kept busy with his young family and pets. 

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Dr Harris Boubis

BSc DVM MANZCVS (ECC)

Read my bio
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Dr Harris Boubis

BSc DVM MANZCVS (ECC)

Dr Harris graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2014 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

The following week he began an internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Animal Referral Hospital, and remains part of the team to this day. In 2019, Harris became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (in the Emergency and Critical Care chapter).

Harris enjoys the wide and interesting caseload that a career in emergency medicine provides, with particular interests in the treatment of intoxications and envenomations.

When he is not at work, Harris enjoys exploring Melbourne’s food scene as well as interstate and overseas travel.