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South West Medical Centre is a part of South West Healthcare

Staff Profiles

Our clinic is made up of three different teams:  GPs, nurses, and administrative support. Day to day management of the clinic is undertaken by the Practice Manager and the Clinical Lead.

  • Dr Buddini Ekanayake - General Practitioner, Female, MBBS, FRACGP

    Dr Buddini completed her MBBS at the University of Melbourne and worked in variety of settings as a junior doctor before choosing a career in General Practice. She completed her GP training in regional Victoria then followed a special interest in community and migrant health in Melbourne, before making the sea-change to beautiful Warrnambool in 2022. Buddini enjoys working with people with diverse needs, and has had further training in child health, reproductive health and family planning, geriatrics and dermatoscopy.

  • Dr Karoline Gunn - General Practitioner, Femal, MBBS, FRACGP

    Karoline Gunn was born in Warrnambool and completed her schooling at Warrnambool High School. She studied medicine at Melbourne University, graduating in 1991. She has worked in general practice in Warrnambool since 1997, with various stints in other services including the emergency department, Aboriginal health, and medical teaching. Karoline spent a year in Arnhem Land in 2012 working with remote Aboriginal communities and considers this a career highlight. Her interest includes swimming, gardening, bushwalking and good food.

  • Dr Clare Hand - General Practitioner, Female, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG

    Dr Clare completed her degree at the University of Melbourne, resident years at Barwon Health, then GP training in Warrnambool. She has worked in a variety of areas including indigenous health in the Top End & Central Australia, and with youth at Headspace and Doctors in Schools. She has a special interest in women’s health, family planning and pregnancy care. Outside of work Clare enjoys swimming, music and reading.

  • Katrina Hoye - Practice Nurse

    Katrina is the heart and soul of South West Medical Centre, having worked within the clinic since it’s unveiling in 2012. Katrina brings a wealth of experience as a practice nurse, continually updating her skills to meet patient needs and evidence based practice. Katrina is a passionate Collingwood supporter.


    • Bachelor of Nursing (RN)
    • Accredited Nurse Immuniser
    • Cert Infection Control
    • Cervical Screening and Introduction to Sexual Health (Nursing)

  • Tracey Brady - Practice Nurse

    Tracey brings the smiles to the practice! As an enrolled nurse Tracey provides pivotal support to our patients and the clinical team, on a day-to-day basis. Tracey relishes her time in her beautiful cottage garden!


    • Diploma of Nursing – Medication Endorsed
    • Certificate of Rehabilitation Nursing

  • Nicole McCarthy - Sexual Reproductive Health Nurse

    Nikki is passionate about providing safe, timely and effective sexual and reproductive health care for our local community. Nikki enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds and has spent 20 years promoting the rights of women and children. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys being creative and loves to swim

  • Dr Heba Atiya - M.B., B.Ch.

    Dr Heba grew up in Egypt, where she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and worked for few years as a GP Registrar.
    She moved with her family to Australia. She worked as a Paediatric GP registrar at Warrnambool Base Hospital for 2 years and was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Child Health granted by Western Sydney University.
    Heba is also passionate about women’s health. She has completed two years of training as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology GP Registrar; managing antenatal care, family planning and different women’s health presentations.
    Heba enjoys getting to know her patients and working alongside to optimise their health.
    Apart from work, Heba enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with her family.

  • Dr Sylvie Gjerde - GP Registrar MBBS

    Dr Sylvie completed her medical degree at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney before working as a junior doctor at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is currently completing her GP specialty training at South West Medical Centre, and has an interest in women’s and children’s health.

  • Dr Yang Chen - GP Registrar MBBS

    Yang grew up in China and completed her medical degree at Hebei Medical University in China. She then moved to Australia and obtained the Master degree of Clinical Embryology at Monash University. Yang worked in regional areas including Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill before relocating to Warrnambool in 2023 for her rural GP training.
    Yang has always had a passion for general practice for its holistic care and the diverse care it offers to all age groups. Yang has strong interests in women’s health, children’s health, chronic disease management such as diabetes and chronic hepatitis B infection. Yang also feels passionate about looking after the LGBTQIA+ community.
    Outside of work, Yang loves spending time with her young family and friends. She enjoys reading and walking along the beach.

Page last updated: 24 January 2024

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