Dr Tilak Dissanayake
MBBS (Monash) DAc (Hons) FRACGP FACRRM, Post grad Dips in Skin Cancer Medicine/Surgery/Advanced Dermoscopy
Developing a state-of-the-art medical facility for the community of Camberwell has been a long-standing vision for the founder and Principal of Highfield Park Medical Centre, Dr Tilak Dissanayake.
Tilak brings to Highfield Park significant experience from his extensive medical career in both metropolitan and advanced rural practice, combined with a personable, friendly and diligent approach to patient care.
As part of his wide-ranging medical career, Tilak spent 11 years as the solo medical practitioner in the remote town in north-west New South Wales. His role included managing the 20-bed district hospital and providing extensive medical services at both his general practice and the hospital, providing 24hours oncall.
Tilak is a passionate advocate for bringing to metropolitan medical care the advanced skills, professional diligence and personalised approach that is typical of rural medical practice.
Currently Tilak is employed on part-time basis (afterhours) providing services as Senior Emergency Medical Officer at John Fawkner Hospital, Coburg, Melbourne.
Tilak has a special interest in skin cancer medicine and has performed over 10 000 skin cancer surgical procedures, including skin grafts and flap repairs.
He has undertaken continuing professional education in Skin Cancer Medicine since 2002, and in 1998 was a Senior Resident Medical Officer in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Alfred Hospital, where he worked in conjunction with the hospital’s Department of Dermatology (Victorian Melanoma Service).
Tilak is also a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney Medical School and maintains a keen interest in training and supervising medical students and young graduate doctors. Along with being a lecturer in Anatomy at Monash University Medical School.
Currently Tilak is an accredited GP Supervisor, mentoring current graduates into specialising in General Practice.
1. John Fawkner Private Hospital, Coburg - Emergency medicine, assistant surgeon.
Medical training and continuing medical education
Tilak obtained his medical degree from Monash University in 1994. He also holds the following post-graduate qualifications:
He has ongoing continued education in Skin Cancer Medicine and maintain close links with the Victoria Melanoma service.
Tilak’s medical training and continuing medical education has also encompassed training in a wide range of skill areas, including:
His time as the solo medical practitioner servicing a District Hospital saw significant utilisation of his skills and training in many of these areas, most particularly in emergency medicine, obstetrics, paediatric care, geriatrics and palliative care.
During his long and wide-ranging medical career, Tilak has also worked as:
Tilak is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), a Member of The Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand, and a Member of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College.
Tilak served as the Victorian Director of The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and trained as a examiner for overseas trained doctors.
He also has a strong interest in medical politics, and has served as President and Vice President of the Rural Doctors Association of NSW, Executive Board Member of the NSW Rural Doctors Network, and Executive Councillor of the Australian Medical Association of NSW.
While practising full-time in NSW, Tilak was a Member of the Executive Medical Council of the Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) of NSW, and a Member of GWAHS’s Area Medical and Dental Accreditation Committee.
Tilak was also a Member of the 2010 Curriculum Committee for ACRRM’s Advanced Specialised Surgical Curriculum (Rural Generalist Surgery).
Tilak is a current Board Member of The Eastern Victoria GP Training (EVGP).
Tilak has made a significant commitment to his patients, the medical profession and the community in a wide variety of honorary roles outside of medicine.
He also received the Service Above Self Award from Rotary Club District 3220 in 2006, in recognition of his efforts in introducing international sponsors to provide low cost shelters to victims of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, appointed by the Australian Government to provide emergency services.
Tilak is a current member of the Hawthorn Rotary Club.
Tilak remains a passionate advocate for rural medicine and enticing the next generation of doctors to rural practice. To this end, he has been a keynote speaker at a variety of national conferences including the 2008 National University Rural Health Conference in Launceston. He was also a guest speaker at the 2007 and 2008 Rural Appreciation Weekends, which are designed to provide medical and allied health students with an insight into the rewarding nature of a career in rural health.
Tilak has also been a regular commentator on rural medical issues in the national print, radio and television media. He featured in the SBS Television Insight program, Fixing Hospitals (broadcast in 2010) and the ABC TV Landline episode, A Country Practice (also broadcast in 2010).
He is also a regular guest speaker for The Medical and Allied Health organisations of The Melbourne University, medical school.
When he is not practising medicine, Tilak enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also has a keen interest in health, fitness and sports.