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Doctors Russell and Macleay islands

Dr Priyantha Attanayaka ( MBBS, FRACGP, AMC)

Dr Priyantha has returned to BIMS practices as the new owner practitioner.

Graduated from the University of Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka in 2000(MBBS) and moved to Australia in 2006 after working in several hospitals in Sri Lanka.
He is a Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners(FRACGP) and a member of Australian Medical Council ( AMC).

Before becoming a GP in 2013, he worked in several hospitals in Queensland and the Northern Territory getting experience in Emergency, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics and some other departments within the hospital system.

Doctors Russell and Macleay islands

Dr Ali Vaezipour (MD,FRACGP)

Dr Ali works with Bayisland Islands Medical Services since 2013. He believes the continuation of care and doctor patient relationship is the most important aspect in primary health care to achieve good health out come.

He is specially trained in skin cancer care and promotes regular monitoring and skin cancer checks. He has special interest in chronic disease management, minor surgery, child health, mental health, men’s health and all aspects of primary health care including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Doctors Russell and Macleay islands

Dr Laurinda de Wytt (LRCP & SI, L.M ,DRCOG)

Dr Laurinda was one of the original owner of the practice and she continue s to give her service to the islanders for more than 20 years .

Her interests are geriatric medicine, palliative care, women’s health, mental health and chronic disease management.

Dr Ahmad Sharafi (MD, AMC)

Dr Ahmad joined BIMS team in March 2022, and have more than 20 years of experience as a medical practitioner. He has worked both in hospital & GP set ups during this time.

Dr Ahmad He has special interest in chronic disease management, minor surgery, child health, mental health, men’s health and all aspects of primary health care.

Dr. Bawanthi Galagedara ( MBBS, CCA , GMC )

Dr. Bawanthi Galagedara is a highly qualified and experienced medical professional with a diverse background in various medical specialties. Her journey in the medical field began with her graduation from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka in 2005. Subsequently, she gained extensive training in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Bawanthi’s career took her to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, where she served for many years before making a move to the United Kingdom. During her time in the UK, she worked as an anaesthetist and an intensive care doctor in three different hospitals in London, showcasing her versatility and adaptability in different healthcare settings.

In 2022, Dr. Bawanthi relocated to Australia, where she initially worked in a hospital setting before transitioning to General Practice with BIMS in October 2023. This shift demonstrates her commitment to providing comprehensive and holistic healthcare, encompassing both acute and primary care.

Her special interests include preventive medicine, chronic diseases, women’s health, and children’s health, reflecting a well-rounded approach to healthcare that spans across various age groups and health concerns.

Dr Sujeewa Patabendige (MBBS, MD (FM-SL), MRCGP (INT) )

Dr.Sujeewa Patabendige is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). She is a highly qualified and experienced medical professional with a diverse background in various medical specialties over 20 years. She completed her primary medical education at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka (2000). Subsequently, she worked in a Mental health hospital, Intensive Care Unit, rural hospital, and emergency department. In 2008, she completed a postgraduate diploma in family medicine. Her deep interest in general practice drove Dr. Sujeewa to take up further studies in the field and in 2018 she completed an MD in Family Medicine degree attached to the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and MRCGP (INT) attached to Royal college of general practitioners UK in 2019.

Before coming to General Practice with BIMS in April 2024 she worked in the emergency department and Hospital in Home (HITH) at Mackay Base Hospital

She is currently enrolled in the Practice Experience Specialist Pathway of the RACGP fellowship program. Her special interests include preventive medicine, chronic diseases (such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, COPD, and Asthma), Mental health, women’s health, and children’s health, approaching holistic healthcare to patients for all age groups.

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