Our Team

Our Team

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 Principals of the practice, and are well known members of the Narrabri community. 
They lead a team of dedicated and caring doctors, clinic nurses and administration staff.

Our Doctors

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
FRACGP- Australia
Dermatology Diploma
Accredited Skin cancer Doctor- advance certificate of ski cancer surgery and certificate of dermoscopy
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 is fully qualified, registered and certified to conduct
all medicals:

  • Australian Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) who can issue an aviation medical certificate.
  • Listed 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 a full-time general practitioner at the Centre.

She has a special interest in mental health services and is also involved in women’s health matters. 

Dr Dilini is fully qualified, registered and certified to conduct medicals:

  • Listed 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.
  • All pre-employment medicals. 

Dr Devika Arachchige

Female Practitioner

Dr Huan Duan

Huan grew up in Brisbane then studied a Bachelor of Pharmacy at UQ St Lucia campus before relocating to Hobart to complete his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Uni of Tasmania.  He has worked at hospitals in Newcastle and Maitland.

Working as a Registrar at Bridge Medical is providing Huan with the valuable practical hands-on experience of working as a General Practitioner in a rural setting, as he completes his specialist training.

Huan enjoys rugby, going to the gym and travelling when able. Welcome Huan!

Our Practice Nurses

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Liz Murphy

Liz is a Registered Nurse and 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. 

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Chloe Wilkin

Chloe completed her nursing Diploma via distance education after high school and then has worked for 14 years as a nurse in Narrabri and Wee Waa.  Chloe enjoys the variety of her job, so much so that she completed her Dermoscopy accreditation and now capably assists Dr Rohana with skin examinations and excisions at Bridge Medical. Her 3 young children keep her busy when not at work, and she enjoys catching up with friends in her down time.

 

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Kate Johnstone

Kate completed a Bach of Nursing at UNE in 2002 and has worked at various rural and remote hospitals.  Kate applied for these positions as the need and lack of services provided to these communities appealed to her.  She is currently working part-time at Bridge Medical as she has a young family and farm life to keep her busy on other days! 

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.  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.

Kara Taylor - Admin Officer, Employment Medicals

Kara joined the team in late 2020 to coordinate the booking, assessments, invoicing and other administrative work associated with the employment medicals.  Kara holds accreditation in Drug & Alcohol screen testing and Audiometry screen testing.  Though she completed a Bachelor of App Science, Kara has spent most of her working career in administration and accounting roles.  Her 3 children, aged late primary to late high school, keep her busy outside of work hours as well as helping to coordinate a number of annual community events.

Our receptionists

Cath Pearson 

Nicole Packer

Nicole Bogdanoff