Dr Danushi Abeyaratne has been in the Northern Territory for the past six years and is nearing the end of her GP training. She is currently practicing at Danila Dilba Health Service in the Top End.
“I am originally from Sri Lanka and did my medical schooling at the University of Colombo," Dr Abeyaratne said.
"I came to Australia in 2011 and subsequently moved to the NT in 2012 and commenced my training at the Royal Darwin Hospital. After completing three general years at the hospital, I decided to pursue a career in general practice."Primary care is both challenging as well as rewarding. It is one of the few disciplines where preventative medicine is practiced as the core strategy," she said.
Danushi explained that her opportunity to work in a diverse range of practices during her GP training including bulk billing, private billing, rural remote and metropolitan practices really enhanced her approach to handling different cases during the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam, however, it was her dedication to study that got her the top marks in NT/SA.
“My preparation commenced one year before the exam with intensification during the last three months. I planned out my day allocating at least 2 to three hours for studies,” she said.
“I followed weekly focus in myGPcommunity as a study plan. The study materials, guidelines and links in MyGPCommunity are invaluable resources, which I found immensely useful.
“I was fortunate to have very supportive of supervisors, who guided me through the preparation.”
Danushi shared these exam tips to fellow GP registrars sitting exams:
"Identify your knowledge gaps. I think it's important to be familiar with the local guidelines and most of the material is freely available on the Internet. I found the Check magazine and therapeutic guidelines (eTG) useful resources," said Danushi.