We are a highly experienced team of health care professionals dedicated to rural health care for you and your family.
Local husband and wife team Dr Rohana and Dr Dilini are the Principal’s of the practice, and are well know members of the Narrabri community.
They lead a team of dedicated and caring doctors, clinic nurses and admistration staff.
Dr Rohana Wanasinghe - Principal
Dr Rohana has been a Procedural GP for last five years, with a VMO for surgery and emergency cover for Narrabri District hospital. He completed the Master of Surgery in Sri Lanka in 2006 and Fellow in the Royal Australian of General Practitioners.
Dr Rohana is also a member of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and holds an Advance Surgical Certificate and is a Skin Cancer Accredited doctor.
Dr Rohana can perform laparoscopic and open appendectomy, incision and drainage of abscesses, vasectomy, laparoscopic tubal ligations, hernias, caesarean sections, closed reduction of fractures and other minor surgeries in addition to his routine general practice work.
He also performs skin cancer surgery including flap repairs of the face and other locations.
MBBS – Sri Lanka
MS (Surgery) – Sri Lanka
Accredited Skin cancer Doctor- advance certificate of ski cancer surgery
DAME ( Designated Aviation Medical Examiner)
AHP ( Authorised Health Profesional) – for rail medical Cat 1-3
AMP ( Approved Medical Provider) – Coal mining order 43 medicals
Dr Rohana offers Medicals for:
Dr Rohana is fully qualified, registered and certified to conduct
- Australian Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) who can issue an aviation medical certificate
- Listed as an ‘approved medical practitioner’, on the Register of Approved Medical Practitioners published on the Coal Services website.
- Conducts all health assessments for rail workers in line with the Standard.
Dr Dilini Pathiratne - Principal
Dr Dilini graduated in Sri Lanka and became a fellow of RACGP in 2015.
Dr Dilini is full-time general practitioner in the surgery.
She has a special interest in mental health services and is also involved in women’s health matters.
Dr Devika Arachchige
Dr Htun Htun
Our Practice Nurses
Liz is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife who has been living and working in Narrabri since she began her nursing career. (Originally from Queensland – so not a local despite 20 years!)
Liz has a strong focus on rural Australia and the people represented within the rural communities. She recognises that we have an extraordinary array of talents, professions and skills in rural Australia which need to be celebrated, utilised and valued, and feels that Narrabri is no different. Liz believes our residents deserve high quality health care and access to high quality services.
Liz feels privileged to be able to work closely with people in all walks of life in her chosen career. She was previously at the Health Service but now looks forward to this new aspect of her nursing career.
Chloe is an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, who has a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Dermoscopy, and most recently an Expert Certificate.
Our Administration Team
Fiona Redfern - Practice Manager
Fiona graduated from Narrabri High School in 1993 and graduated from Lorraine Martin Business College in Brisbane in 1994 with a Certificate in Secretarial Studies (Accounting & Legal). Fiona has worked at the Australian Cotton Research Institute at Myall Vale, holding several positions with NSW Dept. Agriculture, Cotton Cooperative Research Centre and CSIRO from 1994 – 2000.
Fiona moved into private industry at Merced Farming “Glencoe”, Wee Waa, in 2000 before leaving in 2004 to start a family with husband Ben with the arrival of Emma in August of that year, and Tess in October 2006.
During the years at home with the children, Fiona worked for herself, providing bookkeeping services to local businesses, before returning to full time work in 2016 at Bridge Medical Centre.
Beginning as a medical receptionist with a view to providing backup support to the Practice Manager Carole, Fiona completed a Cert IV in Business (Practice Management) in early 2019 and in February of 2019 assumed the “official” title of Practice Manager, allowing Carole to step back from front line duties after some 53 years.
Fiona enjoys both the social and learning elements of her job and is enthusiastic about learning about the many pathways that can be utilised to provide the best, on-going care for the practices patients.
Outside of work, Fiona loves spending time outside with her children, playing touch football and netball, thinking about what to do next around the house and garden, and reading – when she gets the time!
Carol Connole - Longest serving Practice Administrator in NSW!
We are delighted to have Carol Connole, who is the longest-serving practice administrator in NSW. She has been in general practice for nearly 54 years. Carol commenced work at Dr Horley’s surgery in November 1965 after being educated at Narrabri Primary school, Meriden at Strathfield, then attending Narrbari Tech doing secretarial & shorthand.
Carol worked for many years with Drs Horsley, Moroney and Paas then in 2014 Dr Rohana and Dr Dilini joined the practice, and along came the world of technology.
She has seen many changes over the years. From everything being handwritten to everything being computerised. One big change was when patients were unable to pay they were happy to drop in some meat, a fish from the river or fresh fruit and vegetables from their garden. As there was no medicare everyone had to be in a fund, and patients were happy to come in and pay $2-00 off their account on pay day.
Carol married Brian in 1972, Fiona was born 1976 and Scott in 1978.
She loves spending time with her grandchildren, loves to travel and doing her chainmail, along with any new craft ‘must-try’ and always has a good book on the go.