our surgeons

North QLD Ear Nose and Throat Surgery is a locally owned and operated surgery in Townsville North Queensland.  Since 2015, we have provided an ENT service for both adults and children across North, Far North, Western and Central QLD.  NQ ENT is supported by an ever-expanding team of allied health services such as audiologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dentists, nutritionists and psychologists.  At NQENT we value honesty and integrity and commit to excellence in everything we do to ensure everyone we interact with is treated fairly and with respect.  We value that you have chosen to come and see us and we will ensure that you are treated like family.

DR shane anderson


Dr Shane Anderson is the only Fellowship trained otologist and paediatric ENT surgeon in Northern Australia. Dr Anderson is Director of North Queensland Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Director of ENT Department at the Townsville University Hospital and Medical Director of the North Queensland Cochlear Implant Unit.  Dr Anderson was raised in a RAAF household in Townsville and completed his first university degree at James Cook University in 1995. He moved to Brisbane and completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland in Brisbane before commencing Advanced Surgical Training in South East Queensland. He worked in the Dorset NHS in the United Kingdom before successfully completing his advanced surgical training in Otolaryngology in South East Queensland hospitals in 2012.  Dr Anderson was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2013. He was awarded the prestigious Fellowship at the University of Arkansas with world renowned cochlear implant and middle ear surgeon Professor John Dornhoffer.   During his fellowship he also visited several university faculties to expand his knowledge base.  In 2014, he attained a Fellowship from the University of Arkansas and Fellowship from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  In 2015, Dr Anderson returned home to Townsville to establish his practice NQ ENT and his sub-specialities are paediatric surgery, middle ear surgery and cochlear implantation.  He has obtained certification from Cochlear Corporation, MedEl and Advanced Bionics in surgical implantation of their cochlear implants.  Dr Anderson is a supervising otologist with Attune Hearing Services and the Hear and Say Center. He is also a member of the medical advisory board of Deadly Ears Queensland.


Dr Anderson is a Fellow of the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons, member of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgeons, board member of the Prosper Meniere Society and a member of the International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery. Dr Anderson research includes investigating the effects of smoking on otological outcomes in middle ear surgery, prognostic indicators for success in adult cochlear implantation and the role of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Dr Anderson has published several journal articles in head and neck surgery and otology and has several chapters in internationally regarding Otological Textbooks.  Dr Anderson provides a private clinic in Cairns one Wednesday a month from private rooms at Coral Coast ENT.

Dr Shane Anderson is the Director of North Queensland Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Clinic and Director of ENT Department at the Townsville University Hospital.

Dr Liebenberg joined NQENT in 2017 and provides sub-speciality rhinology, allergy management, paediatrics, head and neck cancer surgery.

Dr Simon Liebenberg


Dr Liebenberg joined NQENT in 2017 and provides sub-speciality rhinology, allergy management, paediatrics, head and neck cancer surgery.  After obtaining his medical degree in 2000 at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Dr Liebenberg travelled to the United Kingdom and completed basic surgical training. While in the United Kingdom he met his wife Emma, who is a nurse. They now have three young children, two of whom were born in Australia.  In 2007, he returned to South Africa and specialised in Ear Nose and Throat Surgery through the University of Cape Town at Groote Schuur, New Somerset and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals. Dr Liebenberg’s training included outreach to rural and remote areas, much like is the case with training programmes in Queensland. He completed training at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, St Michael’s and Bristol Children’s Hospitals in the United Kingdom and obtained the South African specialist qualification in 2010.  In 2011, Dr Liebenberg moved to Brisbane with his young family to undertake a Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. It was here that he worked with Dr Anderson.  Dr Liebenberg returned to Cape Town at the end of his Fellowship and opened his private practice.  Dr Liebenberg was very grateful for the opportunity to return to Australia, and he joined the Townsville Hospital Health Service as a Senior Staff Specialist.  In December 2016, Dr Liebenberg attained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with specialist recognition in ENT.

Dr Saliya Caldera

Dr Caldera trained in medicine at the prestigious Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School of the University of London. Having obtained his initial medical qualifications he spent his early medical career in and around London and in 1996 was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons of England as a fellow in General Surgery.

He specialised in Otolaryngology(Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery)-Head and Neck Surgery and obtained a National Training position within the Wessex Region of England. He was consequently awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (and the Joint Royal Colleges) in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2004. He sub specialised in Head and Neck Surgery and during his training was awarded the RAF Medical Branch travelling fellowship to The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York to obtain further exposure to Head and Neck surgery.

Following his return he was appointed Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon to Portsmouth University Hospitals and the Ministry of Defence. Throughout his Consultant career he specialised in diseases of the throat, head and neck diseases, and the military aspects of ENT including aviation and diving medicine.

As well as his ongoing clinical duties he was heavily involved in Medical Management in roles including Clinical Director of ENT, Clinical Director of Head and Neck, Cancer Services Director and was a member of the regional South East Coast Clinical Senate Assembly and a member of the National Clinical Advisory Group for Head and Neck Cancer.

He has published articles on topics such as Head and Neck cancer, thyroid cancer, salivary gland diseases, tonsillectomy, hearing disorders and Aviation Medicine.

In 2016 as part to the expansion of ENT services in North Queensland he arrived to work in Townsville. He has provided valuable general and specialist ENT services to patient in the region.

He was awarded the Fellowship for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2017.

We are delighted to have had him work with us in NQENT since 2018. He has been a valuable addition to our group, helping us to provide the full range on ENT services to our patients.

Dr Caldera has been with NQENT since 2018 and provides sub-speciality care in laryngology and throat conditions.

mS Catherine Ford


Catherine is the driving force behind the team and is the person responsible for making NQ ENT what it is today.  She has an extensive background in medical services across Far North, Western and Northern Queensland obtained during her 14 years as a Customer Service Officer with a North Queensland Radiology Firm and prior to this administration roles with another surgeon and a legal firm.  There is never a problem too big for her to solve. Catherine is from a large family and we say there is 2-degrees of separation from Catherine to everyone in North Queensland!  Her bubbly demeanour, steadfast commitment to patient care and no nonsense approach means everyone is family at NQ ENT.

mS Ashleigh Mee


Nothing gets past Ashleigh at NQ ENT.  She manages the surgical bookings and quotes for all three surgeons and answers the curly questions.