Meet our doctors

We believe that team based care helps build the GP-patient relationship, and is designed to improve the quality and safety of the care we provide. Our practice team, which includes GPs, nurses, a medical practice assistant, a consultant pharmacist, a dietitian, a psychologist, and reception team, work together to ensure that you receive the advice and help that you need.

DR WALID JAMMAL

MBBS FRACGP DCH M. Health Law
Clinical Lecturer University of Sydney
Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine,
Western Sydney University

Wally graduated from Sydney University in 1988 and started the practice with Madeline. He has been a GP in the Hills district since 1994.  His clinical interests include paediatrics, men’s health, ethics, and health law. He also has a Masters of Health Law from the University of Sydney. He has a keen interest in quality and safety in health care, health policy, health reform and health economics, as well as models of care in general practice, including the Patient Centred Medical Home framework. He currently spends a lot of time on various committees and advisory bodies with the Ministry of Health in NSW as well as the Department of Health and Aged Care in Canberra. He is a member of the Medicare Services Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the Strengthening  Medicare Taskforce.  He is a Board member of the Western Sydney Local Health District as well as the Western Sydney Primary Health Network. He was NSW RACGP GP of year in 2017. Wally’s personal interests include travel.

DR NUWAN DHARMARATNE

BSc Adv (Hons I Sydney University),
MBBS (Australian National University)
FRACGP; Dip Child Health

Dr Nuwan Joined the team in 2015. He spent much of his childhood in northwestern Sydney and has a good knowledge of the benefits and challenges faced by patients in the area. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in neuroscience and was granted the university medal. He went on to study medicine at the Australian National University in Canberra and returned to Western Sydney to complete his hospital training. He subsequently obtained fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and also gained further qualifications in child health during this time.
Nuwan enjoys the breadth and diversity of general practice. He has a special interest in paediatrics, treatment and prevention of chronic disease and men’s health. Dr Nuwan is also actively involved in training the next generation of general practitioners and also works as a medical educator with GP Synergy.

DR DIANA RAJAN

MBBS Tirunelveli Medical College, South India
FRACGP

Dr Rajan commenced working at Hills Family Practice in July 2013. Prior to that she has gained experience at Hornsby Hospital GP, Alpha Medical Centre and Astley Medical Centre. Dr Rajan completed her fellowship exams with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. As of 2017, she has taken on an extra role as a Clinical Editor with Health Pathways which is an online clinical and referral tool for General Practitioners in Western Sydney. She loves the variety General Practice has to offer, and has a keen interest in Paediatrics and in looking after the health needs of families. She does antenatal shared care with the hospital in Western Sydney.

DR EMMA GREEN

BSc.(Hons 1 Syd)
MBBS (Syd)
FRACGP

Dr Green graduated from University of Sydney in 1998 with M.B.B.S and also completed B.Sc (Hons 1 – Genetics) at the University of Sydney. She has worked at Royal North Shore Hospital and has had clinical experience at Westmead Hospital, Nepean Hospital and in the Maternity hospital in Apia, Western Samoa. She has worked in General Practice since 2009 and has been working with Hills Family General Practice since 2011.

Dr Green enjoys all aspects of General Practice. She was a counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association for a number of years and has her Family Planning Australia Certificate.

In her spare time, Dr Green enjoys being with family and friends, seeing new places in Australia, camping, reading, sitting near a fireside and dancing. She would like to speak better German and to improve her fitness.

DR AURORA YU

MBBS (UNSW)
FRACGP

Dr Yu graduated from the University of New South Wales and has postgraduate qualifications including the Diploma of Child Health (University of Sydney) and a Family Planning Australia certificate. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Australia. Dr Yu loves the variety in General Practice and she has been with us since 2012. In 2014 Dr Yu undertook further study in Dermatology and in 2020 studying a certificate in Dermoscopy. She is also involved in training GP registrars.

DR NICOLA BARKER

BSc/MBBS(UNSW)
FRACGP
Diploma of Child Health

Nicola grew up in North-west Sydney, and graduated from UNSW in 2004.
She completed her junior training years at various Sydney hospitals including Concord Hospital and Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Finding that she really enjoyed being able to develop continuity of care with patients and their families, Nicola decided to enter General Practice. She joined Hills Family General Practice as a registrar whilst completing her training, and has been a Fellowed GP for over 10 years.

Nicola enjoys all aspects of General Practice, with special interests in Children’s Health and Women’s Health.
Away from work, she keeps busy with her young family, and enjoys music, bushwalking and travel.

DR RAQUELLE SEMRANI

MBBS, BSc (Adv.)
FRACGP
DCH

Dr Semrani is a Vocationally Registered Fellow of the RACGP since 2015 and has a Diploma of Child Health. Prior to 2015, she trained as a GP registrar with WentWest. We are pleased that she has joined our practice in March 2018.

DR DARIS VILKINS

MBBS (University of Queensland)
BMed Sc (University of Sydney)
Diploma of Child Health
FRACGP

Dr Daris studied medicine at University of Queensland, graduating in 2013. Prior to this he studied medical science at University of Sydney, graduating with honours which led to his position working as a research assistant in the Mycobacterial research lab at the Centenary institute. After his studies he returned to Western Sydney to complete his intern and residency in Blacktown, Mt Druitt and Westmead hospitals. He then was employed at Concord hospital Emergency where he still occasionally works. He spent his formative and school years in northwestern Sydney and now continues to live in the local area

DR SHASHENKA WITHANAGE

BMed/M.D (UNSW)
Family Planning Certificate (NSW Family Planning)
FRACGP

Shashenka completed her medical degree at the University of New South Wales in 2014, graduating with Distinction. Shashenka trained at several hospitals in Sydney including Hornsby-Kuringai Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital. She has a keen interest in Women’s health and preventative health care. She enjoys the diversity of general practice and the holistic approach to health care that it provides.

Shashenka enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends. We are very pleased to announce that Shashenka was the 2018 NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the year.

Shashenka is currently on maternity leave.

DR TRISTAN NGUYEN

MBBS (Western Sydney University)
BCom (University of Sydney)
FRACGP

Dr Tristan commenced working at the Hills Family General Practice in February 2019. Prior to this he had general practice experience at Myhealth Kable Street Windsor and Myhealth Castle Towers. He trained in internship, residency, senior resident and medical registrar in multiple hospitals including Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Bathurst, and Westmead Hospitals. Tristan’s aim is to assist patients with their healthcare with collaboration, proactive preventative care and supportive chronic care. He enjoys all areas of general practice including paediatrics and adult medicine.

DR SARAH NAKHEL

BMed Sc(Hons Syd)
MBBS (Hons Syd)
FRACGP
Diploma of Child Health
Family Planning Australia Certificate

Sarah graduated from the University of Sydney with an honours degree in Medicine & Surgery prior to which she completed an honours degree in Medical Science with a Pharmacology major earning her the University Medal. As a junior doctor, she trained at several hospitals including Westmead Hospital and the Childrens Hospital at Westmead and subsequently completed a Diploma in Child Health through the University of Sydney and the Childrens Hospital at Westmead and a Certificate in Sexual Health & Family Planning through Family Planning Australia.

She joined us in 2011 as a general practice registrar and has continued with us since as a fully qualified General Practitioner. Sarah loves the complexity and challenges of general practice and is passionate about patient education and empowerment. Above all she values the therapeutic relationship she is privileged to share with her patients and the continuity of care that general practice allows. She is dedicated to educating our future doctors and is actively involved in training general practice registrars. Away from work Sarah loves spending time with her young family and believes being a parent helps bring a deeper dimension to her practice.

DR EMILY HUNTER

BSc Advanced (USyd)
MBBS (USyd)
Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Diploma of Child Health
FRACGP
Family Planning NSW Sexual and Reproductive Health Certificate

Emily completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2008. She also has a Bachelor of Advanced Science from the same institution, with majors in Biochemistry and Geography. Emily trained at several hospitals as a junior doctor, including Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, before entering General Practice. Emily has postgraduate qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Emily enjoys the continuity of care that general practice offers, and she provides holistic care. She has special interests in paediatrics, women’s health and preventative medicine but loves all aspects of general practice. Dr Hunter returned from maternity leave in May 2019

DR SANDY LU

B Med/MD (UNSW)
FRACGP
Diploma of Child Health

Sandy graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2015 with a Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Westmead Hospital, before commencing general practice training in Western Sydney and is now a Fellow of the College of General Practitioners. Sandy has completed a Diploma in Child Health. She has an interest in preventive health care and enjoys the diversity of general practice.

DR TRIPURA SHARMA

MBBS
MD (Respiratory Medicine) (Osmania Medical College, India)
MRCP (UK)
FRACGP
MPhil (University Sydney)

Dr Sharma has completed her MBBS and MD in Respiratory Medicine in India. She worked full time as respiratory physician in India for several years. She has also worked in the UK and has gained broad experience in general medicine and allied specialties. She started her career in Australia in 2010, worked in several areas including Respiratory Medicine, General Practice in rural Australia, Integrated Care Medicine, Emergency and Addiction Medicine. She enjoys the diversity of general practice and enthusiastically embraces challenges in general practice and is a Fellow of the College of General Practitioners.

She is passionate about patient education, preventive health and integrated care. During her career she has gained additional qualifications including MRCP, Specialty Certificate in Respiratory Medicine and European Diploma in Respiratory Medicine, MPhil (University of Sydney) and DCH (University Western Sydney).

DR SHRUTI YARDI

MBBS BMedSC

Dr Shruti Yardi is a General Practice Registrar and her clinical interests include preventative care/health promotion, children’s health, women’s health and palliative care. Dr Yardi obtained her medical science degree in 2014 and her medical degree in 2018 from Griffith University. She has worked as a junior doctor at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Balmain Hospital, Bathurst Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Blacktown Hospital and Mt Druitt Hospital.  Dr Yardi is passionate about teaching and has taught medical students from  University of Sydney and Western Sydney University. She has pursued research projects in paediatrics and cardiology and is published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health and has given presentations at the Royal College of Physicians Congress and the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Dr Yardi genuinely cares for her patients and is committed to providing the best possible healthcare. In her spare time, Dr Yardi enjoys bushwalking, trying out new restaurants and recording podcasts!

DR AMBIKA RANI

MBBS

Ambika grew up in Western Sydney & completed her medical degree from the Australian National University. Prior to this, she obtained a first class honours degree from the University of Sydney in Psychology. Ambika has trained in multiple hospitals across NSW as a junior doctor including Blacktown Hospital, Mount Druitt Hospital and Bathurst Base Hospital prior to entering General Practice. Ambika enjoys all aspects of general practice including all aspects of adult & paediatric medicine. In her spare time, Ambika enjoys spending time with her family & friends, trying new restaurants and photography.