About Moonee Valley Specialist Centre

Since 2011, Moonee Valley Specialist Centre have been providing specialist assessment, screening and management for people with gut, bowel and liver disorders.

As a family business, Moonee Valley Specialist Centre is owned and operated by Dr Nathan Connelly and his registered nurse wife Nicole Starbuck-Connelly. They have worked together to offer quality medical care and professional health services since 2011.

Nathan and Nicole’s extensive experience and tailored care approach means our patients can access specialist gastroenterology and hepatology services delivered with respect and compassion.

Our services

At Moonee Valley Specialist Centre, we offer a comprehensive range of services, including:

Who we help

We provide specialist assessment and treatment for people with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diverticular disease
  • Colon polyps
  • Coeliac disease
  • NASH
  • Cirrhosis
  • Alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Heightened bowel cancer risk
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Iron deficiency
  • Primary biliary cholangitis
  • Bowel cancer screening

We see people from all over Melbourne and regional Victoria in our welcoming Essendon clinic. In most cases, we can also offer teleconference consults if that is more convenient. 

You’ll need a referral from your GP to see Dr Connelly, but you can book a Liver Scan test without a referral.

 Our location and hours

Moonee Valley Specialist Centre is located at 1003 Mount Alexander Road, Essendon. Our clinic is easy to drive to and plenty of parking is available directly outside and around the practice. Plus, we’re a short 10-minute walk from nearby Essendon North Village tram stops.

Our reception is open from 9am – 5pm weekdays. You’re welcome to drop in and arrange your appointment in person with our friendly reception staff or click here to contact us.

Please note that we do not offer emergency care or walk-in appointments.

Our Mission

Moonee Valley Specialist Centre is committed to providing the highest standards of  gastroenterological and related health care with a personalised, supportive approach. We want to ensure every patient receives optimal specialist care and is treated with the utmost respect throughout their journey with us.

Our Vision

To be recognised as Melbourne’s leading provider of specialist gastroenterology and hepatology services through our determination to deliver optimal health outcomes for our patients with professional, family-orientated and friendly service.

The history of Moonee Valley Specialist Centre

Husband and wife team, Nathan Connelly and Nicole Starbuck-Connelly, began a working relationship in 2010. Their shared passion for optimal health, coupled with their dedication to providing the best medical care and professional services for patients, inspired the formation of their private practice, Dr NJ Connelly, in July 2011.

In March 2012, Dr NJ Connelly & Associates changed our name to Moonee Valley Specialist Centre. In 2018, we moved to modern church offices in Essendon, which brought to life Nathan and Nicole’s vision: to give all patients in their care the best professional, family-orientated and friendly health service. As a team, they aim to deliver high-quality care and patient satisfaction through clear communication, thorough consultations, helpful explanations and ongoing care.

Nicole and Nathan enjoy great relationships with their referring practitioners and patients. 

Since moving to Essendon, the practice now offers patients access to trusted professional associates.

Moonee Valley Specialist Centre also offers referring practitioners an open access scope program and teleconference consultations. As Moonee Valley Specialist Centre expands, it will offer enhanced holistic patient care – drawing on expertise from, and encouraging collaborations with, like-minded and complementary health practitioners.


1003 Mt Alexander Road Essendon, VIC, 3040

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