Dr Gagandeep Rajpal
MBBS FRACGP DCH
Dr Gagandeep Rajpal was born in India and completed his medical degree from Odessa State Medical University in 2003. He moved to Australia in 2006 to undertake further studies and fell in love with Australia.
This then led him to undertake his General Practice Registrar training, completing this in 2014 when he completed his Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Gagandeep has been working as a GP in Cairns since then.
Dr Gagandeep also spent time in working in Mount Isa, which gave him an in-depth knowledge and deeper understanding of Aboriginal Health and Culture as well as completing a Diploma in Child Health from Westmead Hospital in Sydney.
Dr Gagandeep has a special interest in Chronic Disease Management, Paediatrics, Indigenous Health, musculoskeletal issues and Minor Procedures.
As Dr Gagandeep is academically inclined, hosting Medical Students and is a Supervisor for GP Trainees.
When not working, Dr Gagandeep enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids exploring beautiful Cairns.
Dr Heather McNamee
MBChB MRCGP (UK) FRACGP DFFP
Born in Belfast – qualified from Edinburgh University in 1989. Completed GP training and Family Planning Diploma in 1996 and emigrated to Australia shortly afterwards. Established and managed Healthy Women, a private Women’s Health GP clinic in Brisbane from 2000-2005. Joined Cairns Sexual Health Service in 2005 and became an S100 HIV prescriber in 2007. For many years Dr McNamee was the GP at Youthlink, a support service for homeless and at risk youth. She maintains a special interest in the health of young people. Dr McNamee continues to work part time at Cairns Sexual Health Service and has an active role in sexual health education for healthcare providers and the general community. She established Cairns Doctors in 2013 to provide the people of Cairns with high quality, up to date sexual, reproductive and preventative healthcare.
Dr Nisha Manoheran
BMED Sc, MBBS, DRANZCOG and FRACGP
Dr Manoheran grew up in Penang, Malaysia. She completed a basic science degree (BMed Sc) in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Manoheran moved to Australia for her medical degree and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010.
Subsequently, Dr Manoheran worked primarily in Mackay where she underwent training for the DRANSCOG (Diploma of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) in 2012. She greatly enjoys working in the women’s health area and caring for patients from a variety of backgrounds.
Dr Manoheran also completed a certificate to become a Yoga Teacher, partly to remind herself about what is important in health and well-being. This helps to keep things in perspective.
Dr Manoheran gained a Fellowship in General Practice which allows her to help people with a variety of conditions, while still spending time on her interests in preventative medicine and women’s health.
Dr Amarjit Singh
MBChB, MRCGP, FRACGP
Cairns Doctors are pleased to welcome Dr Amarjit Singh (formerly at Omega Health Medical Centre). Dr Singh hopes to enhance and provide a wider range of medical services. He is a British graduate with over 35 years medical experience. He has worked in the UK , NZ and has been working in Australia for 11 years. After over 6 years at Omega Health Medical Centre, he has DECIDED to relocate and join our team at Cairns Doctors Barr St. His Areas of special interest include:
- Family Medicine and usual GP Services for the local community
- Complicated/complex medical needs
- Palliative care
Contraception including IUD insertion
- Sexual health prevention + Tx of Hep C etc
- Providing ongoing empathetic support built with mutual trust
- Addiction and Opiate Management registered opioid prescriber
- Indigenous Wellbeing with emphasis on illness prevention and sustained lifestyle change
- Medicinal Marijuana
- Allergy Management including Desensitization
- Mental Health ‘fixing the imbalance’ with client centred multidisciplinary approach
Dr Kerryn Lewin
MBBS, FRACGP, DRACOG
With a passion for caring for people, Dr Lewin enjoys working as a GP where she is involved with people in all stages of their lives but is particularly interested in antenatal care and working with families. She has done post graduate studies in obstetrics and sexual health and is a qualified Mirena inserter, having been trained by Cairns Doctor’s own sexual health physician, Dr Kay Haig. Originally from Victoria, Dr Lewin brings international experience, having worked and studied in Canada as well as here in Australia. Having decided to settle in the tropics 15 years ago, Dr Lewin is excited about joining the team at Cairns Doctors. “The warm welcome I’ve received has been so rewarding. I feel like part of the family already and am looking forward to paying the care forward to patients in my care” she said. Special Interests include:
- General Practice
- Ante/Post Natal Care
- Women’s Health
- Long acting reversible Contraception including Mirena/IUD and Implanon
Dr Prasanth Sivasankar
MBBS, FRACGP, MPH
I was born in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and was in Abu Dhabi till I completed my high school. Later I had done my medical training at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Mangalore, India and graduated in 2005. I later arrived in Australia in 2006 to pursue my Masters in Public health, which I successfully completed, from Deakin University in Melbourne by 2009. I decided to make Australia my home and started working in Western Health in Melbourne in 2009 and later moved to work in Mount Isa Hospital in 2010 for a couple of years.
I had the opportunity to work at the Cairns Base hospital as a Medical Registrar and thus moved to Cairns in 2012 .I was involved in managing complex acute and chronic medical conditions in the Emergency and the inpatient wards. I was involved with the Diabetes Center and Endocrine clinics for a period of 1 year which is my main area of interest .I have work experience in Geriatric medicine and Palliative care medicine .I was also involved in education and training for junior doctors which included medical students, interns and residents .I joined the GP training program in 2017 and have immense interest in the ATSI population and chronic diseases due to my experience working in Mount Isa and Cairns hospital and also completing part of my GP training in a Aboriginal Medical Service for 1 year .
I have been living in Cairns with my wife for the last 7 years and consider Cairns a tropical paradise and home!
Dr Paul Sandery
MBBS, MPH & TM
Not Retired, just changed practices!
Dr Paul joins Cairns Doctors from Earlville General Practice where he spent the last 16 years looking after the Cairns community. He brings with him over three decades of experience and a passion for General Practice Medicine, leaving very few stones unturned in his medical career.
Dr Paul is passionate about about training the next generation of doctors and will be helping Cairns Doctors host undergraduate medical students as they journey towards becoming Doctors.
Dr Rajlakshmi Rajpal
MBBS, FRACGP, DCH
Dr Rajlakshmi joins Cairns Doctors and has been caring for the Cairns the community since 2013.
Full BIO to come.
Dr Malcolm Fairleigh
MBBS, BMedSc, FACRRM
Joined Cairns Doctors on Monday the 17th of June, and has a Special interest in Skin Cancer Management, Pain Management, Indigenous Health, and Chronic Disease Management having spent the last two years undertaking additional training in this area. Dr Malcolm is available as a GP and as Skin Cancer Doctor.
Dr Malcolm was born at Mater Hospital Newcastle in 1955
His father was from a poor family. His father studied in Newcastle and went on to be a Civil engineer working as a surveyor and council engineer in Yass and Gloucester and subsequently at the Australian National University in Canberra. Macquarie University in Sydney.
Malcolm was educated at Yass Primary and subsequently Turner infants’ school in Canberra and won scholarships to the Kings School preparatory school at Moss Vale and The Kings School at Parramatta.
Malcolm left school to pursue a career in electronics and obtained qualifications in electronics at Gore Hill technical college and worked in the electronics industry until 1977 when he undertook matriculation studies and was accepted into Medicine at UNSW.
During the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree Malcolm undertook an undergraduate degree in medical science undertaking research into oncological proteins in the Department of Obstetrics and fertility medicine at Royal North shore hospital and was awarded the Bachelor of Medical Science degree and subsequently graduated in Medicine from UNSW.
Malcolm subsidised his university studies by driving taxis in Sydney.
After graduation Malcolm took up a post with Concord Repatriation Hospital and studied general medicine general surgery psychiatry and emergency medicine and was registered as a medical practitioner in 1986.
Malcolm continued his studies in anaesthetics intensive care and general medicine and took up general practice in Sydney in 1987 continuing studies in obstetrics gynaecology and emergency medicine until 1989 when he went in to practice in rural NSW wales practicing obstetrics in indigenous communities and subsequently on call general practice as a visiting medical officer in Blayney and Orange NSW.
In 1998 Dr. Fairleigh achieved fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and was instrumental in preparation of the emergency medicine curriculum for the college. As part of this process Malcolm was instrumental in developing data base systems to unify services in western NSW. Malcolm introduce computerised medical records to his practice in 1998.
In 200 Malcolm took up a part time post in emergency medicine practicing in Gosford base hospital as second in Charge and subsequently as in charge of Wyong emergency department from 2000 to 2005 as a part time officer.
In 2001 Dr Fairleigh established practice at Nabiac in NSW and continued this until 2015.
During this time Malcolm completed the course work for the Master of Medicine in geriatrics at the university of NSW.
Malcolm continued to study dermatology, immunology and the management of chronic pain and skin cancer over these years with the college of rural and remote medicine and has certified in many areas relating to these topics.
Malcolm is a member of the Australian College Rural and Remote Medicine Emergency Medicine Working Group.
Malcolm has worked in indigenous communities form 2015 to 2019 and has extensive experience in the management of chronic diseases as well as deep understanding of culture. Malcolm has returned to Cairns after a long stint in the Cape York Communities.
Dr. Malcolm is experienced in the management of diabetes and renal disease and is adept at arranging specialist consultations when necessary.
Malcolm is experienced in minor skin surgery and has good results paying attention to cosmetic outcomes and patient safety. Malcolm has many certifications in dermatology and continues to study. Malcom is a member of the Skin Cancer College.
Malcolm enjoys relating to people and believes that every patient has a story and that a well-trained doctor listens. Happiness comes from a sharp mind and a warm heart. We all suffer pain and want an understanding compassionate well-trained safe doctor who can help us get through our troubles.
On a personal not Malcolm is married to a very lovely wife of Chinese descent wand we love fishing.
Malcolm has trained young horse for many years and is proficient (retired) in Japanese horseback archery (Yabusame) having trained since 2012 In Japan in a 400-year-old school. Malcolm hold sho dan (black belt grade 1) in samurai horseback archery. Malcolm also practices Kyudo the art of Japanese archery.
Malcolm is involved in local clubs and rode at Port Douglas in 2014.
Malcolm’s wife is an immaculate seamstress and works form home.
There is never an end to study in medicine. Malcolm aims to ensure that the patient is listened to and has safe medical care while ensuring that any specialist interventions that are required are provided with consideration of the costs involved and the patient’s interest at heart. I always have an ear for you.
Dr Konny Komlovari
Skin Cancer Doctor
Dr. Konny grew up in Berlin, Germany and completed her medical training at the Free University, Berlin in 1993 after proudly attending Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary for the first 2 years of her studies.
Dr. Konny undertook General Practice training in England and Australia with some experience in and around Cooktown. Along the way she picked up some cosmetic injection skills, always interested in procedures, particularly minor skin surgery. The next stop was in Mackay where she managed her own clinic at the Private Hospital.
In 2012 Dr. Konny acquired a Fraxel laser. She is laser safety qualified.
The Fraxel gently and precisely targets skin damage, caused by UV exposure, hormones, ageing, acne and surgical scars. It initiates regeneration of collagen fibers, helping the skins elasticity.
Having relocated from Mackay to Cairns in 2015 she developed her interest in skin cancer treatment further, exclusively working in this field for the most recent two years.
Dr Konny is excited about her new chapter in joining Skin Doctors on Barr Street and welcomes all of her existing Skin Cancer patients.
Dr Konny is also more than happy to see new patients as well as existing Cairns Doctors on Barr St patients for all Skin Cancer related appointments.
Cairns Doctors – Our Specialists
Dr Ramesh Durairaj
MBBS, FRCP, FRACP
Specialist Geriatrician & Stroke Physician
Dr Ramesh Durairaj completed his specialist Geriatrics/Stroke Medicine advanced training from Mersey Deanery, UK in 2005. He worked as clinical director of Aged care services/Stroke services in University Hospitals Aintree, Liverpool, UK for 10 years before moving to Cairns to continue his career.
Dr Ramesh Durairaj will be welcoming referrals for
Geriatric medicine [Bulk Billed]
- All patients aged 65 and over with geriatric syndromes like complex comorbidities, falls and cognitive impairment
- Domiciliary visitations for patients in aged care facility
Stroke medicine [Bulk Billed]
- Management of Low risk TIA with ABCD2 score less than 4 [>4 needs hospitalisation]
- Management of patients with post stroke medical complications
- Post stroke rehabilitation in outpatient setting
As a preference, all referrals to be sent to Cairns Doctors either electronically (we use Medical Objects) or via:
- email email@example.com
- by fax (07) 4242 5353
- or posted to PO Box 666, Earlville, Qld. 4870. Please note posted referrals can take up to 10 days to receive and process
Nursing Home Visits
Visits to an Aged Care or Assisted Living facility can also be arranged, please send referral details through including the name of the facility where Dr Ramesh needs to visit.
ONLINE BOOKINGS NOT AVAILABLE. REFERRAL FROM YOUR GP REQUIRED FOR BULK BILLING APPOINTMENT.
Dr Arno Ebner
MD, PHD, FRACP
Welcome to Dr Arno Ebner, your Paediatrician at Cairns Doctors
Dr Arno trained originally as a Paediatric nurse in Berlin, Germany. After an excursion into studying Geophysics he specialised as a Paediatrician at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University Children’s Hospital in Greifswald, Germany with part of his training in New Orleans, USA and Hamilton, Canada. He worked in child nutrition, immunology and neonatology research in Germany and as a Paediatrician in the impoverished areas of Manila, Philippines and Chittagong, Bangladesh. He graduated as a Paediatric specialist consultant in New Zealand and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2012. From 2008-2015 he worked as a Paediatrician and senior lecturer in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Haematology/Oncology in Timaru and Wellington, New Zealand before moving to rural Australia. Since October 2018, he has worked for Cairns Doctors and is offering school clinics in low socio-economic areas.
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Cairns Doctors – Allied Health
Anneke grew up in The Netherlands and completed a Bachelor of Nursing (General and Mental Health) in 1989. She initially worked as a general and mental health nurse but continued full-time as a mental health nurse in 1990.
Prior to immigrating to Australia in 1993 she worked as a clinical mental health nurse in a forensic facility supervising rehabilitative care as well as caring for clients with complex psychiatric problems.
Once in Australia, she continued her career within the Queensland Health sector as a registered nurse. In 1999, Anneke became a midwife and has been working in Cairns Hospital as a registered midwife since then.
As well as being a midwife, Anneke studied psychology and graduated as a provisional psychologist in 2014 and continued postgraduate study. She worked as an intern psychologist in the Health Centre James Cook University (Townsville), Cairns Hospital and Cairns Sexual Health Services. She graduated Master of Psychology (Clinical) in 2017.
Anneke has a special interest in:
- Women’s health (all aspects around pregnancy)
- Sexual health
- Health psychology
ONLINE BOOKINGS NOT AVAILABLE. REFERRAL AND A MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN FROM YOUR GP REQUIRED FOR MEDICARE REBATES
Sex & Relationship Therapist
Couple’s Therapist, Counsellor, Supervisor, Registered Nurse
MHSc (Sexual Health), RN
With qualifications in nursing, sexology and couple’s therapy, and almost two decades of experience in clinical settings and private practice, Lynda Carlyle has a wealth of knowledge to share.
She is a SAS accredited Clinical Psychosexual Therapist, a Registered Nurse, a Level 4 Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and a Member of their College of Clinical Supervisors.
Lynda has been a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and in 2019 will present to doctors at Monash University about sexuality.
She has spoken at national and international conferences/events, appears as an expert on national radio and in print media, and has written a sex and relationships advice column for the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne.
With deep friendships and close family working and living locally for 20+ years, Cairns feels like coming home. Based in Melbourne, Lynda is a keen traveller, scuba diver, wake-boarder and yoga enthusiast.
Excited to be offering the Far North community access to specialized services usually found in capital cities, Lynda does general counselling, couple’s therapy and/or sex therapy, and also offers clinical supervision in all those areas.
Lynda will be consulting in Cairns the second week of each month commencing 17th December 2018.