Doctors on Fifth

About Us

Our Commitment to Safe Care

Our practice is accredited, which means that our practice is meeting the safety and quality standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). By undergoing accreditation, our practice is recognized for our commitment to safety, quality and continuous improvements.

Our Doctors

General Practitioner

Dr. Devika Jayawardena


Dr Devika has been a GP for many years in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia, and has vast experience in a whole range of general practice issues. She is an Accredited Drug and Alcohol Screening Officer. She is available to visit onsite for Corporate Clients wanting to conduct random Drug & Alcohol Screenings.
General Practitioner

Dr. Prasanthie Rupasinghe


Prasanthie moved to Hervey Bay from Sri Lanka in 2003 and worked at the Base Hospital where she spent eight years working in different specialities. In 2012 she completed the Fellowship exam for registration to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Her special interests are Family Medicine, Children, Women's Health among a range of others.
General Practitioner

Dr. Tony Scanlan


Dr Scanlan completed GP training with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2008 and worked in a variety of rural settings before settling in Brisbane. He consults across the range of general practice and has a special interest in children's health, chronic disease management (including hypertension, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, metabolic syndrome and weight management), skin disease and excision, men’s health, acute and chronic pain management
General Practitioner

Dr. Murtaza Ali Akbar


Dr Akbar has 14 years of Post graduate experience in different fields of medicine. He has worked in a variety of different settings across Australia including Port Hedland.
His areas of interests are Mental Health, Skin Cancer medicine, Travel medicine, Women Health, Paediatrics and Geriatrics.
He has successfully attained specialist qualifications in General Practice & Public health and has completed further studies in the field of Skin Cancer Medicine.
Specialist Obstetrician Gynaecologist

Dr Fatima Ashrafi


Dr Fatima Ashrafi has practiced in obstetrics and gynaecology for more than 25 yrs. She has got many academic accolades including Fellowship of three prestigious Colleges - Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London. She also has a few diplomas in her discipline.

She is a ardent and committed clinician. She says - as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, every woman is special to me. She enjoys being part of the woman’s life journey from adolescence to beyond menopause and sharing her pregnancy and the magical moment of childbirth.

She is passionate about education, research and training. She is a senior lecturer and examiner with the University of Queensland School of Medicine, Australian Medical Council and the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG).

After working for a long time with Queensland Health, in full time capacity, she works flexibly and has ventured into Private practice. She also regularly flies to regional and remote areas of Australia. She visits developing countries regularly and give health talks and educate the local doctors. Recently she was part of a Australian medical team to provide care to the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.

To serve patients competently and compassionately one has to constantly take steps to improve. To quote from Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science “No matter what measures are taken, doctors will sometimes falter, and it isn't reasonable to ask that we achieve perfection. What is reasonable is to ask that we never cease to aim for it.”

None of us knows how or when the finish line will rise to meet us, so we should always do good work, serve our patients competently and compassionately and make a positive difference in people's lives.