Connecting health professionals from the Pilbara region of Western Australia

The Pilbara Health Professionals Network welcomes health professionals from throughout the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  Registration to the site allows access to extensive support resources not available to general users.

Aboriginal health worker
ATSI health practitioner
Chinese medicine practitioner
Clinical psychologist
Community health representative
Dental hygienist
Dental therapist
Dental specialist
Dental medical specialist
Diabetes educator
Exercise physiologist
Federal health representative
General practitioner

Health administration
Health agency representative
Health promotion
Hospital doctor
Medical radiation practitioner
Medical specialist
Mental health professional
Nurse – enrolled
Nurse – registered
Nurse and midwife
Nurse practitioner
Occupational therapist

Podiatric surgeon
Practice administration
Practice manager
Public health representative
Social worker
Speech pathologist
State health representative
Student – health
Student – medicine
University representative

What’s happening

Renal Networking Dinner

On November 24 2020, the Pilbara Health Professionals Network (PHPN) invited all Pilbara health professionals to attend an end-stage kidney disease and transplants education and networking dinner in Karratha.

The evening was hosted by Cherelle Fitzclarence, Senior Medical Officer at Karratha Health Campus and presented by Nephrologists Dr Suda Swaminathan and Dr Ashley Irish, Sharon Ho, Senior Pharmacist and Karen Waigana, Aboriginal Liaison Officer from Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The education session focused on the management of chronic and end-stage kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pharmacological considerations for patients with renal disease.

The Pilbara Health Professionals Network would like to thank our regional partners Pilbara Development Commission for their ongoing support and the health professionals who attended. We look forward to seeing you all at future education and networking events.

Pilbara Health Professionals Launch

Following the successful virtual launch of the PHPN in April, face to face launches were held throughout the Pilbara in October 2020. The launches were held in Newman, Karratha, Port Hedland and Tom Price and saw the network grow to over 220 members.

These social events are an integral way for health professionals to network, collaborate and support referral pathways that promote better health outcomes for our region. Health professional staff that feel connected to a supportive peer network are more likely to embrace living and working in regional Australia.

Thank you to our guests for attending the Pilbara Health Professionals Network launch. We look forward to seeing you at future networking events across the Pilbara.

Meet a local health professional

Dr Qalo Sukabula

Occupation: GP, Sonic Health Plus, Newman.

What are your professional interests/specialities?

I have a wide range of interests in clinic practice. I enjoy sharing a family’s journey through pregnancy, I enjoy doing chronic disease like Diabetes care etc, I enjoy the challenges of mental health and paediatrics. I also enjoy the challenges that working in our small ED at Newman Hospital throws at me. I did a lot of ED in my younger junior doctor days in NA and in Metro and Rural Victoria and so am more comfortable in the ED setting.

Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be in Newman in the Pilbara region?

I am originally from Fiji and did my undergrad at Otago Medical School in NZ. I moved to Melbourne to pursue further training in ED. I found myself in Medical Admin and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management. I had also kept my clinical skills up and four years later, the politics got to me and I left admin to do full time GP work. Locum work found me in the Pilbara as well as Geraldton ED and I decided to move permanently from Victoria to the Pilbara in 2016 as a solo GP at Paraburdoo for two years followed by two years at Tom Price Medical Centre then to Newman in July of 2020.

What do you love about the Pilbara?

The heat and the autonomy of practice and now the ever increasing circle of professional contacts that don’t mind red dirt on your shoes and clothes.

Did you always want to be a GP? Why?

I have always wanted to be a doctor ever since I could remember. I was advised by my parents to work hard at school and get a good education so I can look after them in their old age. They have both passed on and I continue to look after my older siblings and their families in Fiji financially. I am currently finishing off my Fellowship through the ACRRM.

What are your passions?

Making a difference in the lives of the people that I serve, even if just for a minute. Being a good colleague and I love being part of a team that serves to ensure that patient care is delivered in a safe and timely manner in the Pilbara using evidence based medicine.

When you aren’t working, where will we find you?

Chilling with my Rhodesian Ridgeback at home watching SBS Food channel and I enjoy a good wine now and then.

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