Tharanga grew up in Canberra but completed her Medical degree at the University of New South Wales, graduating with Honours in 2004.   After living in Sydney for 20 years, and working as a GP for almost 10 years, Tharanga moved to Perth with her family in January 2019. 

 
With over 15 years of post-graduate experience, Tharanga has worked extensively with medical and surgical teams in hospitals including 3 years in Critical Care and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  She has also spent the last 8 years working in Skin Cancer Medicine alongside her General Practice work.
 
Tharanga loves being a GP as she enjoys building long-term, trusted relationships with patients in all different stages of life. She is passionate about practicing high quality medicine and developing skills in diagnostic accuracy.  Tharanga’s diverse experience makes her a very knowledgeable GP who can provide holistic care in management and treatment of patients as well as in preventative health care.
 
Alongside all aspects of General Practice, Tharanga’s area of special interest and training include:
 
Skin Cancer – Full skin checks, biopsy of suspicious lesions and management of skin cancers. Worked in Skin Cancer medicine for 8 years and completed multiple skin cancer courses including a Diploma in Dermoscopy through the University of Queensland
 
Paediatrics – Completed the Diploma of Child Health through Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney and enjoys all aspects of paediatric care including health checks and immunisations
 
Sexual Health and Family planning – Completed certificate in Family Planning and Sexual Health through Family Planning Australia. Trained in insertion and removal of Implanon and counselling about contraceptives
 
Antenatal Shared Care – Undergone training in management of Antenatal Care to see women through pregnancy
 
Chronic Disease – Management of chronic diseases (eg: heart disease, diabetes, asthma) in all age groups, liaising with specialists when required
 
Preventative Medicine – General health checks and screening (eg: hypertension, diabetes, bowel cancer) and counselling and educating patients in these areas
 
Outside of work, Tharanga enjoys spending time with her 3 young boys and husband. As a competitive swimmer in the past, she enjoys exercise of all forms. In her spare time, she studies astronomy and finds therapeutic time-out with complex jigsaw puzzles and baking desserts.
 
Dr Tharanga privately bills all patients, except children under 16.