Dr Karunanayake is an enthusiastic doctor who began her medical practice in 2006 when she graduated from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka with her MBBS degree. She worked at Ragana Teaching Hospital in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Women’s Health) and the Department of Paediatrics (Children’s Health). She also worked in the Anaesthesia Department of Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital and completed the first exam in the postgraduate qualification for Anaesthesiology in 2011.
In Australia, Dr Kuarunanayake worked for several years in the Emergency departments of Campbelltown Hospital and Fairfield Hospital in Sydney before deciding to follow her passion to become a General Practitioner. Her special interests within General Practice stem from her past experiences in the hospital system, so she enjoys Child Health, Women’s Health and Emergency Medicine.
She chose to pursue General Practice because she really enjoys the diversity of patients and medical problems encountered in her day to day practice as well as revelling in the challenges of diagnosing whatever patients walk in the door with. She describes these diagnostic challenges as the most challenging, but also the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of her work as a family doctor. She feels she gets the opportunity to use all the knowledge and experience gained not only at medical school but also throughout the past career, to help her patients every day and states gladly that General Practice is a real brain teaser that never lets her get bored.
Currently, she is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice.
Outside medicine, Dr Karunanayake enjoys travelling and reading.
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