Indira Samarawickrema


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Dr. Indira Samarawickrema is a public health physician turned academic with experiences in in Australia, USA and Sri Lanka.  Her extensive expertise includes applied epidemiology, health program management in prevention, promotion and policy; global health, health disparities, research supervision and clinical audits. She has wide experiences in analytical skills to identify patterns and discrepancies from data sets, using mixed methods, address complex issues with thorough and critical knowledge including problem and root cause analysis, developing strategies/ activities for prevention, mitigation and improvement using best practice analytical craft and implementation science while developing excellent relations with diverse stakeholders.  She worked extensively in multi-disciplinary teams and with INGOs in middle/ low-income settings. Indira is the convenor of Master of Public Health at University of Canberra.

Indira's current research interests are in the complex issue of cardiometabolic risk factors, physical activity, childhood adversity, intimate partner violence, planning and evaluating interventions.


Education/Academic qualification

FHEA Higher Education Academy, UK

MBBS North Colombo Medical College (Now Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya)

MD Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

MSc (Community Medicine) Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

External positions

Sessional Academic, Population and Preventive Health, School of Medicine Fremantle, University of Notre Dame WA

Feb 2014Dec 2018

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Research Output

The teaching and learning of health advocacy in an Australian medical school

Donna Mak, Arabelle Douglas, Caroline Bulsara, David Macey & SAMARAWICKREMA, I., 31 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Medical Education. 9, p. 26-34 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Sun-protection practices among undergraduates at an Australian University

    Shahnam, A., Samarawickrema, I. & Ali, S., 1 May 2017, In : Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 58, 2, p. 93-98 6 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Implications of structure and agency for health and wellbeing in our ecologically constrained world: A focus on prospects for gender equity

    Walls, H., BUTLER, C., Dixon, J. & SAMARAWICKREMA, I., 2015, Global Food, Global Justice: Essays on Eating Under Globalization. Rawlinson, M. C. & Ward, C. (eds.). 1 ed. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 52-72 21 p.

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  • Performance of Kala-Azar Surveillance in Gaffargaon Subdistrict of Mymensingh, Bangladesh

    Rahman, K. M., Samarawickrema, I., Harley, D., Olsen, A., BUTLER, C., Sumon, S., Biswas, S., Luby, S. & Sleigh, A., Apr 2015, In : PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 9, 4, p. 1-9 9 p., e0003531.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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