Local general practitioner (GP) Dr Indra Karalasingham has recently been re-accredited with Australia General Practice Accreditation (AGPAL).
“This is an achievement that very few practices achieve and is a recognition of the high standards maintained by this practice,” Dr Indra told The Cobar Weekly.
Accreditation from AGPAL is an independent recognition to general practices, medical deputising services, after-hours services, Aboriginal medical services and Royal Flying Doctor Services across Australia that meet the requirements of governing industry standards.
The industry standards are set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Accreditation assures that a practice is meeting minimum safety and quality standards; that the practice has a dedication to delivering high quality care and safety to their patients; and the practice is committed to continuous quality improvements via systems, processes, policies, culture, risk management and staff training.
Dr Indra is a qualified GP with a degree of MBBS (Adelaide) and a post graduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Auckland.
He has worked in various teaching hospitals around Australia and New Zealand and has knowledge and experience in cardiology, renal, endocrinology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, obstetrics, gynaecology as well as emergency medicine and all aspects of general medicine.
After working for 10 years in emergency in New Zealand, Dr Indra did further study in Adelaide and worked in Canberra and Bendigo.
He came to Cobar as a locum doctor at Cobar Hospital in June 2008 and liked the people and place so much he decided to set up a practice.
When interviewed by The Cobar Weekly in July 2008, Dr Indra said he planned to stay for “at least five years”.
“If Cobar treats me well then I will stay long term,” Dr Indra said.
That was more than eight years ago.