Bruce community to benefit from new doctor with Paediatrics

 

Ochre Health has added a new doctor to its Bruce team, placing renewed focus on paediatric services and stronger support for children’s health.

Ochre Medical Centre Bruce has recently welcomed Dr Ranga Panagoda, who has arrived on the back of the Bruce practice experiencing a boost in patients over the last six months. His expertise will complement the other services provided by the Bruce practice’s team of 24 GPs and allied health professionals, including six nurses.

Dr Panagoda has worked throughout regional New South Wales and Victoria, and in Canberra Hospital. Dr Panagoda has extensive training and experience in a variety of disciplines including general medicine, surgery, acute medicine and paediatrics, before continuing with his passion for general practice.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr Panagoda moved to Australia in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2005. Since moving to Australia, he has undertaken training in skin cancer surgery, mental health, contraception and women’s health, and recently obtained a fellowship of the Royal College of Australian General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2017.

Passionate about paediatrics, Dr Panagoda completed his Diploma in Paediatrics through Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in 2015. As the father of a young family himself, Dr Panagoda says he is looking forward to meeting other families in the Bruce community, particularly in relation to providing families with sick children the best possible healthcare experience.

“I’m very excited to be working in Canberra again, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting local patients in the community,” he says. “The centre offers great services for paediatric patients – something that’s very close to my heart.”

Dr Panagoda has also developed a great rapport with senior patients and was especially passionate about improving the quality of life of many older citizens in rural NSW.

“Australia is a great place to live and work, and the rural towns that I have worked in have a strong community spirit. This is one of the reasons I have chosen a career in general practice – I want to have a positive role in my patients’ lives.”

Dr Ranga Panagoda joins Ochre Medical Centre Bruce, Cnr Allawoona Street & Ginninderra Drive, as a General Practitioner, and is available for appointments between 9am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Tel (02) 6180 8500 or visit www.ochrehealth.com.au to book online.

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