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Dr Chiraji Thilakaratne has recently joined the team at Wee Waa Medical Centre, providing much needed support to the community as the practice’s second General Practitioner (GP), alongside Dr Sivanathan. 

Dr Thilakaratne began her medical career in rural Sri Lanka, before moving to Sydney and then to Wee Waa with her young family. Her areas of interest are child health, women’s health and minor procedures, and she is currently working towards Fellowship. New doctor welcomed to the Wee Waa community - 28th September 2021
Dr Chiraji Thilakaratne has recently joined the team at Wee Waa Medical Centre, providing much needed support to the community as the practice’s second General Practitioner (GP), alongside Dr Sivanathan. Dr Thilakaratne began her medical career in rural Sri Lanka, before moving to Sydney and then to Wee Waa with her young family. Her areas of interest are child health, women’s health and minor procedures, and she is currently working towards Fellowship.
Awabakal Medical Service has received a boost in its capacity to administer COVID-19 vaccinations with the placement of three additional Registered Nurses recruited through RDN.  RDN supports Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services with COVID-19 vaccine rollout - 27th September 2021
Awabakal Medical Service has received a boost in its capacity to administer COVID-19 vaccinations with the placement of three additional Registered Nurses recruited through RDN.
Local health care providers have partnered together to strengthen primary health services in Wentworth and surrounding areas. Dubbed “Collaborative Care”, this program involves a range of local services that are all dedicated to better health care in the region. The Future of Primary Health Care in Wentworth - 20th September 2021
Local health care providers have partnered together to strengthen primary health services in Wentworth and surrounding areas. Dubbed “Collaborative Care”, this program involves a range of local services that are all dedicated to better health care in the region.
A new program is being trialled in the Wentworth Shire to address local needs in primary health care. The Collaborative Care Program is a community-led approach that builds a shared understanding of local needs and available resources. Primary Health Care is Everyone’s Business - 6th September 2021
A new program is being trialled in the Wentworth Shire to address local needs in primary health care. The Collaborative Care Program is a community-led approach that builds a shared understanding of local needs and available resources.
NSW Rural Doctors Network is supporting the rural health workforce to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates by providing health workers with funding to become certified immunisers.  The funding is provided through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP). Health workforce upskilled to vaccinate with HWSP funding - 1st September 2021
NSW Rural Doctors Network is supporting the rural health workforce to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates by providing health workers with funding to become certified immunisers. The funding is provided through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).
The RDN-administered Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) has been empowering the team at PsychSolutions to meet the high demand for specialist psychology services in Orange, NSW with funding to upskill and supervise trainees.  
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) funding supports psychology services in Orange, NSW - 23rd August 2021
The RDN-administered Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) has been empowering the team at PsychSolutions to meet the high demand for specialist psychology services in Orange, NSW with funding to upskill and supervise trainees.
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) thanks Palliative Care Physician Dr Frank Brennan, who has provided more than 12 years of palliative care outreach support to Port Macquarie and surrounding communities.  

Dr Brennan visited the region monthly to support local palliative care nurses and inpatient  medical teams to provide treatment, care, and support for patients living with life-limiting illnesses. Dr Frank Brennan delivers 12 years of palliative care outreach services to Port Macquarie and surrounds - 6th August 2021
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) thanks Palliative Care Physician Dr Frank Brennan, who has provided more than 12 years of palliative care outreach support to Port Macquarie and surrounding communities. Dr Brennan visited the region monthly to support local palliative care nurses and inpatient medical teams to provide treatment, care, and support for patients living with life-limiting illnesses.
Registered Nurse Natalie Sleeman has used the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) to increase the care she can provide, ultimately relieving appointment waiting periods in her local community. 

“The HWSP funding has allowed nurses like myself to upskill so that we are qualified to perform a wide range of interventions on behalf of the GP.
RDN funding used to improve practice services in Shoalhaven - 12th July 2021
Registered Nurse Natalie Sleeman has used the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) to increase the care she can provide, ultimately relieving appointment waiting periods in her local community. “The HWSP funding has allowed nurses like myself to upskill so that we are qualified to perform a wide range of interventions on behalf of the GP.
RDN is supporting Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation to deliver a culturally-led Birthing on Country program through its Outreach and Health Workforce Scholarship Programs (HWSP). RDN supports Indigenous birthing program - 7th July 2021
RDN is supporting Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation to deliver a culturally-led Birthing on Country program through its Outreach and Health Workforce Scholarship Programs (HWSP).
Dr Lakshan Mendis aspired to become a General Practitioner (GP) in rural NSW, but didn’t know where to start.

NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) helped Dr Mendis by assisting him in the transition from a hospital doctor to a GP role in Kempsey, NSW. How RDN helps overseas trained doctors bring their skills to rural NSW - 22nd June 2021
Dr Lakshan Mendis aspired to become a General Practitioner (GP) in rural NSW, but didn’t know where to start. NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) helped Dr Mendis by assisting him in the transition from a hospital doctor to a GP role in Kempsey, NSW.


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