Author Biography

Dr Mrin Nayagam Author Bio

MBBS(Hons); MRCP (UK) Paediatrics; FRACGP

Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine (University of Queensland)

Dr Mrin Nayagam is an award-winning family doctor with almost 25 years of experience. She is a practice principal at the Village Clinic in Mount Eliza, Victoria. Her practice received the prestigious Practice of the Year from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited for the triennium 2008-2010.

Dr Nayagam is also a clinical teacher affiliate at Monash University, where she has earned  awards from the Department of General Practice, in 2014, 2015 and 2017 for teaching excellence.

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dr Nayagam pursued her childhood dream to become a doctor. This, along with the inspirational advice from her father (“tether your wagon to a star, child…”) and cautionary advice from her mother (“…do noble things, not dream them all day long”) were the driving forces that led her to study medicine, qualifying with honours and later succeeding at her postgraduate examinations.

She travelled to England with her husband in 1980 and completed the British postgraduate examination (MRCP UK Paediatrics). Along with their two sons, David and Romy, the family migrated to Australia in 1990.

Dr Nayagam has combined her global perspective from living in three continents with her experience in treating multiple generations of patients in order to narrate 22 poignant, true stories capturing her patients’ journeys. She wrote and published her book, Silver Linings: True stories of resilience from a General Practice, with the intention that all profits are diverted to the Silver Linings Charitable Trust (SLCT), which she founded to support financially disadvantaged people in her community.