Meet West Moreton’s New GP Liason Officer - Dr Tanusha Ramaloo
June 28, 2019
Meet Dr Tanusha Ramaloo, our new GP Liaison Officer (GPLO) for the West Moreton region. Tanusha is looking forward to working with GPs and the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service to improve connections in healthcare and patient care in the community.
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as GPLO for West Moreton ?
I am truly excited about my role as the new GPLO and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a further contribution to health in our region. As a GPLO I get to work with and create meaningful connections within the GP, health service and wider communities. My goal in this role is to improve health outcomes for patients and the community by liaising and bringing together the health community, enhancing care where it is needed most. This involves identifying opportunities for GP’s to collaborate with West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and the PHN. It also includes trying to find timely resolutions for issues that can affect primary health care in our community. It’s a fantastic role and I am looking forward to building a strong network of professionals that can work together to overcome future issues we face in our community.
Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background?
I studied medicine in South Africa which cemented my foundational skills as a GP, during this time I was exposed to health issues that affect both developing and developed world countries. I practiced medicine in the emergency department at a rural, primary health hospital. In this role I delivered babies and managed a medical ward. I have also previously worked for the UK National Health Service for 4 years, after which I then returned to South Africa to run my own GP practice. As a family, we then moved to Singapore where I took on a role within medical imaging. We moved to Queensland in 2012, which is now home, where I have continued practicing as a full time GP. During my career, I have had the opportunity to work in clinical research and chair the sub-committee for the South African Medical Device Industry to help develop a legislative framework for medical devices, which was in collaboration and consultation with the South African Department of Health.
What are you most looking forward to about your role as GPLO for West Moreton?
I look forward to meeting GPs and health professionals across our region with the aim to build a network that can collaborate with the PHN and West Moreton Hospital Health Service. I believe that by working together and having strong relationships we can make a difference. This happens by sharing past and present experiences amongst a wide variety of professional voices, so we can start to better identify gaps in processes and services in our community. I hope to be the effective link between primary care, particularly general practice and the hospital and health service by listening, understanding challenges and adequately representing GP’s within our region.
What do you love most about living and working in the region?
Working in this region has shown me the incredible resilience of people recovering from the trauma of floods and surviving severe droughts. The West Moreton region has a dynamic, growing and evolving community and I believe that we are taking that into consideration when planning and implementing services. We have geographic diversity including the majestic Scenic Rim, the beautiful Somerset region and the growing areas of Springfield and surrounds. I love the weather, the natural beauty, the diversity, the rich history and energy of this region. I look forward to what the future holds and being a part of and contributing to the growth and development of our region.