The General Practitioners (GPs)

Dr. Prasanthie Rupasinghe, MBBS, FRACGP

Prasanthie is well known at Health & Wellbeing North Ward and has recently completed her Fellowship for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
She has worked for a number of years as a Doctor, in hospitals and Emergency Departments in different towns and cities. We are proud to have Prasanthie at Health & Wellbeing North Ward!

She has had years of experience in Anaesthesiology, Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Prasanthie works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward full-time!

Dr. Andrew Skerman, MBBS, FRACGP, Dip Rural Med, DRANZCOG

Dr Skerman graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993. Andrew has post graduate specialist qualifications in General Practice and diplomas in Obstetrics and Rural Medicine. He has worked in a variety or practice locations from rural Queensland to the national capital. Andrew has moved to Townsville following his wife’s appointment to a senior position at St.Pats College. His special areas of interest include skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, minor surgery, women’s health/obstetrics (including IUD-Mirena and Implanon insertion) and child health.

Andrew is experienced in and enjoys all aspects of general practice.

Andrew works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward full-time!

Dr Orna Scanlon, MB, BCh, BAO, BA (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Australia), MRCGP (UK), FRACGP

Orna moved to Rockhampton from Ireland in 1996 where she worked at the Base Hospital for 18 months. She then spent 7 years working in different specialties at the Townsville Hospital before moving to the UK in 2003 for 2 years to complete her Membership of the Royal College of GPs.
Upon returning to Townsville in 2005, she worked for 2 years at The Townsville Aboriginal & Island Health Centre before joining the team at Health & Wellbeing North Ward in 2007.

Her special interests are: family medicine, children, women’s health [Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology], Indigenous health, chronic diseases

Orna works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Dr. Natalia Smithson, MBBS, FRACGP

Dr Natalia Smithson has been practicing medicine and living in Townsville for 15 years. She enjoys both of these pursuits. She is excited about joining the team at Health and Wellbeing North Ward.
She loves the breadth of medicine in General Practice, particularly being able to treat clients of all ages – with a special fondness for babies. She has special interest in women’s and children’s health. If she had hobbies other than eating, sleeping and doing her children’s washing they would be bushwalking, painting, yoga and reading.

Natalia works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Mondays, Thursdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings.

Prof. Dr. Sarah Larkins, MBBS, MPH, FRACGP, FAGP

A true Aussie, Sarah is a part-time GP, full-time mother and part-time Academic involved in research and teaching at James Cook University. She has several years’ experience in General Practice and we are particularly proud to have her among our Doctors.
Sarah has recently attained professorship at JCU. Sh is one of the very few women in Australia to do so and this makes us even more proud to have her in our team!
She brings expertise in Medical Research, Public Health, Children and Mothers, Women, Indigenous and Adult Health.

Sarah works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Tuesdays.

Dr. Paolo Morisco, MD, DTM&H, MNHAA, FRACGP

Paolo worked in General Practice in Italy and Bhutan before landing in Australia in 1999. He worked in Tropical areas and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in Liverpool in 1985. In UK he also completed membership to the College of Phytotherapists (in London), thus becoming a Herbal Practitioner and later a Member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia. He worked in Mental Health at the Townsville Hospital till 2009.
In 2003 he completed the Fellowship exam for registration to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is now a GP Trainer and Supervisor.

He brings expertise in General Practice, Mental Health, Herbal Medicine, diagnosis of of skin cancer, Nutritional Medicine and injectable nutrients.

Paolo works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and some Saturdays.

Dr. Jessica Rademaker, MBBS, FRACGP

Jessica has recently returned from maternity leave after welcoming her second child. She will only be doing a few days a week at first but is excited to be back with the team. She is a Townsville local, and loves being able to give back to the community she grew up in. She has now completed all the requirements of her training and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs.

Jessica works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Dr. Raymond Blackman, MBBS, FRACGP

Raymond was in the first batch of Indigenous Students graduating in Medicine at JCU. He has worked at the Townsville Hospital, Palm Island and the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service. He has recently completed his Fellowship course in General Practice and now works with us for 3 sessions a week.

Raymond’s area of interest is Indigenous Health but he also has experience and interests in all aspects of General Practice.
We are proud to say that when he is not here, Raymond dedicates the rest of his time to Palm Island.

Raymond works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Wednesday evenings and Fridays.


Dr. Vicki Stonehouse, MBBS, FRACGP

Vicki has been practicing in Palm Island carrying with her extensive experience in Indigenous and rural health. Vicki has completed her Fellowship for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Townsville and works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward, part-time.

Vicki works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Fridays.

Dr. Nila Kasianandan, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, Mast Rep Medicine

Dr Nila started practising in Townsville since moving to Australia in 2008. She graduated from Stanley Medical College in India (2004) and gathered further clinical experience working in the National Health Service of the United Kingdom for 2 years.

Dr Nila is a qualified Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Nila holds special interest in Women’s and Children Health. She gained a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology through the Royal Australian and New Zealand college of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is skilled in Mirena and Implanon insertion procedures. Dr Nila promotes shared GP care for pregnant women. Due to her interest in women’s care she further qualified completing Masters in reproductive medicine from the University of New South Wales to help couples with fertility management and infertility.

Her interest also includes providing paediatric and adolescent health care, sexual health, mental health service and chronic disease management for the elderly. She is keen in being a health professional to help the Indigenous communities to deal with chronic medical conditions and mental health support.

Nila works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward almost  full time.

Dr. Joanne Bell, MBChB (2001), MRCS (London), DO-HNS (Diploma Otorhinolaryngology), S100 Prescriber (HIV), FRACGP

Joanne is now permanently with us after completing her Fellowship of General Practice. Before then, she spent a long period at the Sexual Health Service Queensland Health offices in Townsville at Gregory Street, North Ward.
She has special interest in sexual health, including screening for sexually transmitted infections and treatments and all contraceptives such as Implanon and Mirena. She also prescribes HIV antiretroviral medication.

Joanne works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.



Dr. Caroline Lade, MBBS, Clin Dip Pall Med, MRACGP

Caroline is a recent addition to North Queensland, having completed her medical training at the University of Tasmania. She moved here in 2014 to escape the cold and begin her career. Caroline spent the next few years rotating through the various departments at The Townsville Hospital. She has completed further training in Palliative Care, gaining her Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine in 2016.

Caroline is now pursuing her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and started working at Health and Wellbeing North Ward in 2017. She has particular interests in Child and Adolescent Health, Women’s Health, Sexual Health and Palliative Care.

Caroline works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward, full time.

The Orthopaedics Specialist

Dr. Rhys Edwards, MBBS, FRACOS

Dr Edwards is the Director of Orthopaedics at the Townsville Hospital and holds weekly sessions at Health & Wellbeing North Ward.
Patients need a referral from their own GP to be able to see Dr Edwards.

Rhys works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Saturday mornings.