New doctor begins work in Condobolin

Doctor Nishantha 'Nishan' Abeydeera has begun practising at the Melrose Medical Centre in Condobolin.By Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin community’s access to quality health care has been augmented this week thanks to the addition of a second doctor to the Melrose Medical Centre.

Doctor Nishantha ‘Nishan’ Abeydeera joins the Condobolin community after spending two years practising in the emergency department of the Swan District Hospital in Perth.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Doctor Nishan said he spent five years working in a naval hospital before making the decision to immigrate to Australia with his young family.

“My wife, who is an architect, and I brought our children to Australia after we were approved for permanent residency,” he said.

“After arriving in Perth I did my exams and got full registry.

“I wanted to be a GP, and I thought there would be more opportunities for my children in NSW, so I applied for this position in Condobolin.

“We first visited Condobolin two months ago and, although we thought it was very remote, we also thought it was in a beautiful area and the people we met were very friendly.

“Because our kids are still in primary school we made the decision to come to a town where there is a good school.

“I also got a good deal from the NSW government to come here; I think we will be able to enjoy ourselves and it will be a good experience for the kids.”

Doctor Nishan said he wanted patients to feel as though they can spend as much time with him talking about any medical concerns they might have.

“This is my first time as a GP in Australia so I’d like to spend as much time as possible with patients,” he said.

Doctor Nishan will also be travelling to Tottenham regularly to provide medical services to the community.

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