General Practitioners’ profiles

2WMC Logo 4   Dr Roland Ark (Practice Principal) MBBS (Rgn), MBBS Hons (Tas), FRACGP, Ass Dip Applied Science (Syd)           Practice Principal

Dr Roland Ark was born Burma in 1959 and educated at St. Patrick High School before continuing his studies at the Institute of Medicine II in Rangoon. After obtaining his first medical degree in 1985, he worked as a solo General Practitioner in Moulmein.

In search of new opportunities, Roland migrated with his family to Australia in 1991 where he enrolled at Sydney Institute of Technology obtaining an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Biological Techniques). He worked in many local pathology laboratories until 1999 when he was selected and invited to join the Medical School, University of Tasmania, graduating with honours in 2001.

With general practice firmly in his sights, Roland completed his intern training and continued to work at North West Regional Hospital, Burnie, Tasmania. He joined Wynyard Doctors Service as a GP Registrar in 2004 and achieved his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2005. 

Roland’s passion for co

ntinuing professional development and nurturing of young doctors has seen him involved in supporting general practice in a range of roles. He is an ex-member of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Tasmania Faculty Board, panel member of Fitness for Intended Clinical Practice Interview (FICPI) and Pre Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI). In addition, he is an ex-member of Vocational Training Accreditation Subcommittee (VTASC),  an ex-director and ex-vice chair of General Practice North West Tasmania.

Roland received a Certificate of Acknowledgement as Friend of the Faculty at Collegial Dinner on 27 March 2010 in recognition of his valued and continued support of the RACGP Tasmania Faculty.

Roland has worked with GPTT till 2012 as a site surveyor for General Practice Accreditation for Trainer and Training Posts for GP registrar training and a Hospital GP Liaison Officer. It involved visiting to North West Regional and Mersey Community Hospitals to meet GP registrars who are working and receiving training in hospital for their hospital terms and assists development of learning plan and general needs.

Roland is a practice owner, principal and acting manager of Wynyard Medical Centre. The accredited practice is proud of its multidisciplinary health care team who are committed to providing comprehensive, high quality general practice care to all patients. He is passionate in teaching GP Registrars, International Medical Graduates (IMGs), Medical Students from the Rural Clinical School (UTas) and University of Queensland, John Flynn Scholars, and Nursing Students.

On a personal note, Roland enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, singing and listening to music.


Dr Pervaiz-P2 Dr Zohaib Pervaiz (MBBS, FRACGP)

Dr Pervaiz was born and trained in Pakistan. He joined our busy medical team from Pakistan. He has worked as a GP in Pakistan for four years. Now he is pursuing career as a GP in Wynyard, Tasmania. With excellent educational support from his supervisor, Dr Roland Ark, administrative team from Wynyard Medical Centre and HR Recruitment Plus, DR Pervaiz has successfully achieved his fellowship with RACGP in August, 2012.

He plays co-supervisor role in teaching young generation doctors and GP registrars. He enjoys rural GP life style and intends to stay permanently in Australia.

His main interests are acute Surgical and Medical Emergency Medicine.

He loves to do fly fishing, boating and camping when he has his spare time. 


DR Sukanya Dr Sukanya Selvarajah (MD) Dr Sukanya Selvarajah was born in Sri Lanka and trained in Russia. She joined our busy medical team from Sri Lanka in 2014. She has worked in Colombo, Sri Lanka for 7 years. Now she is pursuing career as a GP in Wynyard Medical Centre, Tasmania. She is currently undertaking PEP program run by RACGP to achieve her fellowship within three years after completion of the PEP program. Her main interests are child and women health. _________________________________________ Dr Dhanesha Gunawardena (MBBS)

Dr. Dhanesha Gunawardena was born and graduated in Sri Lanka.  She had worked as an Anaesthetist and a part time GP for 6 years in Sri Lanka before moving to Oman, a middle eastern country, where she worked as a full-time GP for 11 years.

She migrated to Australia with her husband, Chaminda and son, Kavija in August 2017. She is further pursuing her career as a GP in Wynyard Medical Centre while aiming to obtain her RACGP Fellowship under the supervision of Dr Roland Ark. Her main interests are in women’s health and mental health.

Dr. Dhanesha has found Wynyard to be a very scenic, quiet and a  place with friendly people. She has settled in Burnie and wish to continue her career as a rural GP.

She enjoys cooking, baking and listening to music during her spare time.

_______________________________ Dr Nimali Samarabandu (MBBS, Dip in Family Medicine) Dr Nimali Samarabandu is joining us as a GP soon under supervision of Dr Roland Ark  to pursue her RACGP Fellowship. Dr Nimali Samarabandu was born on Srilanka.  She graduated MBBS from University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka in 2003 and again obtained post graduate diploma in Family Medicine from  Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Sri Lanka. She has passed AMC part 1 and has been assessed equivalent to 3.5 years of Australian GP experience by RACGP. She has worked in the field of Psychiatry during the recent seven years and as a part time GP for ten years in Sri Lanka before moving to Australia. Together with fher family she migrated to Australia to pursue her career as a GP in Wynyard Medical Centre. She is settling in Burnie enjoying the rural serenity and wish to continue her carrier as a rural GP. She is pursuing career as a GP in Wynyard Medical Centre while aiming to obtain RACGP Fellowship under the supervision of Dr Roland Ark. Her main interests are in Mental health and elderly medicine. She found Tasmania to be very nice place and available for lots of leisure activities. Dr Nimali Samarabandu is married with two children, and has decided to be settling as a rural GP in Tasmanian. She enjoys gardening and reading in her free time.