Doctors

Dr Emil Djakic

Has been a practice partner at Patrick Street Clinic for the past 23 years and currently consults at both the Ulverstone and Penguin sites. His interests are in all areas of Family Medicine. He is a Tasmanian graduate and was  originally from Launceston.

Dr Stefan Delitzsch

Qualified and also worked for many years in Germany and the UK and relocated to Australia in 2001.  He is interested in all aspects and challenges of General Practice and happy to assist you in looking after yourself with a holistic approach.

Dr Nerrelie Cann

A local University of Tasmania medical graduate, returned with her young family to the North West Coast in 2003.  Nerrelie completed her General Practice Training in Victoria in the 1990s and worked in general practice in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Nerrelie enjoys working with both individuals and families to optimise health outcomes across a breadth of areas but with a particular interest in the interaction of physical and mental wellbeing.  Ulverstone now feels like home and Nerrelie is embracing the change which comes with young adult children heading off to study.

Dr Lizzi Shires

Trained and practiced as a GP in the UK before relocating to the North West Coast 14 years ago. She works part time and spends her other time teaching the medical students at the Rural Clinical School. She has interests in all aspects of General Practice and has a particular interest in Chronic Disease management.

Dr Justin Chipman

Was born in Hobart and trained through the University of Tasmania.  After nearly 8 years as a hospital doctor (Tasmania, South Australia and UK) he entered General Practice and is now well settled and established in North West Tasmania.  He provides comprehensive General Practice care, including aged care and mental health management.

Dr Saminda Rubasinghe

Dr.Saminda Rubasinghe graduated in 2004 from the university of Ruhuna Sri Lanka. He moved to Tasmania from Sri Lanka in 2012. He became a fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2016. He has been working as a GP since 2006. While he was in Sri Lanka he completed his training in anaesthesia in 2008 and then worked as a part time anaesthetist in Kandy Sri Lanka until he moved to Tasmania. He has special interest in skin cancer medicine and has completed professional certificate in the subject. He enjoys playing badminton and mountain bike riding.

Dr Diana Webster

Graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1997.  She completed her Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK in 1998 (DRCOG).  She moved to Queensland in 2000.  She completed specialist anaesthesia training in 2008, and worked as a staff specialist till 2013.  She then moved to Tasmania and retrained in General Practice, working in Ulverstone and Devonport.  She obtained her Fellowship in general practice in 2016.  She enjoys the breath of patient care that general practice involves and has interests in travel medicine, women’s health and teaching.

Dr Elisabeth Robin

Graduated from Flinders University in South Australia, where she studied in both Adelaide and the Northern Territory.  She started her work as a doctor in the Top End at the Royal Darwin Hospital prior to moving to Tasmania for a weather system more in tune with her Canadian heritage.  She has completed her specialty training in General Practice in Tasmania.  Her interest areas are general medicine and preventative health, women’s health, family planning and paediatrics.

Dr Debra Chandler

Debra completed her Bachelor of Medicine in Newcastle, NSW in 1993, followed by a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1996, and her Fellowship of the Australian College of General practice in 1999. She has worked in a number of rural locations around NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. She has an interest in skin cancer management and is happy to perform minor excisions. She can offer shared antenatal care, and has done extended mental health care training. Debra and her husband George have lived and worked in China from 2009-10 and again in 2013-16. She can speak conversational Mandarin.

Dr Jo Chaffey

Dr Chaffey grew up locally on the NW coast and studied at the University of Tasmania.

She then spent a decade working in rural and regional areas in VIC, NSW, QLD, NT and WA before returning home in 2020 with her young family.  

She has a particular interest in women’s health, family planning (including medical termination of pregnancy), preventative health and paediatrics.

 Dr Darren Briggs

Darren completed his training in General Practice with advanced skills in Emergency Medicine after moving to NW Tasmania in 2011. Now calling the NW home, it is here he enjoys the challenge and diversity of General Practice and the advantages of a rural lifestyle in a beautiful region.

Increasingly he has become interested in how to best provide health care into the future with increasing chronic disease, aging population, and workforce shortages. He sees prevention as key, yet often undervalued by government.

 Dr Charlotte McKenzie

Charlotte is a GP Registrar who grew up on the NW Coast and graduated from the UTAS Rural Clinical School in 2016. She then worked in hospitals in Tasmania, VIC and NSW before starting her GP training. 

Charlotte enjoys all aspects of General Practice, with particular interest in womens and childrens health, and preventative medicine.

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Dr Chamin Baduraliya

Dr Baduraliya graduated in 2006 from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and worked 17 years in many fields before becoming to Tasmania in 2023.

She is currently exploring various areas in General Practice and is yet to have a special interest. She is interested in practicing preventative medicine whilst maximising care to patients ensuring their physical and psychological wellbeing.

 

Dr Samuel Brandsema

Sam was born and raised on the North-West coast. He completed his Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery in Tasmania in 2016 and fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practice was obtained in 2023, and he is now finalizing his fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice.

Sam is interested in all mental and physical illness across all populations, but has a specific interest in palliative medicine, obtaining a Diploma of palliative medicine with the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2021.

Dr Shipra Sankpal

Brought up in Canada and the Bahamas of Indian heritage, Dr. Shipra had established her roots in Australia in 2015. She graduated from Deakin University (Geelong, VIC) in 2021, and she is currently undertaking speciality training in General Practice. In her role as a GP, Dr. Shipra values helping patients navigate the Australian healthcare system through their own personal unique lens of health. She has interests in musculoskeletal health, skin lesions, chronic diseases, women’s and children’s health, and minor procedures ie. Implanon insertion/removal, skin excisions. Fluent in: English, French, Marathi, Hindi (strong understanding of Punjabi and Urdu)

 Dr Ali Abadi

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I graduated in 2009 from the college of medicine in Iraq/Baghdad and worked as resident doctor with the ministry of health. I then became a registrar in general surgery, working in remote hospitals in different departments.

Overseas, I worked in emergency clinics and as a pre-approval consultant in medical insurance companies.

My medical career in Australia started in 2021 as a resident medical officer in both the Mersey Community Hospital and North West Regional Hospital across a number of departments.

I commenced my GP training in 2024, aiming to finish and complete advanced education to specialise in sports medicine.

 

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 Dr Hany Hassan

Darren completed his training in General Practice with advanced skills in Emergency Medicine after moving to NW Tasmania in 2011. Now calling the NW home, it is here he enjoys the challenge and diversity of General Practice and the advantages of a rural lifestyle in a beautiful region.

Increasingly he has become interested in how to best provide health care into the future with increasing chronic disease, aging population, and workforce shortages. He sees prevention as key, yet often undervalued by government.