He also investigates liver disease, including chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, and manages patients with liver cirrhosis.
He is trained in diagnostic and interventional endoscopy procedures, including gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy (PillCam). He has a particular interest in providing high quality colonoscopy procedures for optimal detection of colon polyps and prevention of bowel cancer.
Dr Eakin also undertakes on-call services as a general physician at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, where he is Head of Department (Gastroenterology) and also provides consultations, inpatient treatment and emergency and planned endoscopy services there.
He also has regular endoscopy lists at Kempsey Hospital and Wauchope hospital. He has an appointment at Port Macquarie Private Hospital, where he performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy for privately-insured patients at this facility.
Dr Eakin, along with Hepatitis C nurse Jane Van Der Jagt and Hepatitis C counsellor Lynelle Wood, established the local Hepatitis C treatment clinic in 2009.
As regional examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, he has organised the RACP examination in Port Macquarie annually since 2008, which assesses the next generation of specialist physicians.
Dr Dahlenburg believes strongly in a close clinical relationship with his patients and that the role of the physician gastroenterologist is not just to perform tests and return a patient back to the referring doctor; he sees patients throughout the whole course of their issue.
He undertakes on-call services as a general physician at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and provides consultations, inpatient treatment and emergency/planned endoscopy services there. He is an enthusiastic promoter of community and GP education about gastrointestinal health and makes himself available for practice and registrar teaching on request.
Dr Dahlenburg lectures medical students weekly at the UNSW Regional Medical School Port Macquarie Campus where he was awarded "Hospital Tutor of the Year" in 2016. He is also happy to have discussions with general practitioners.