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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

FHEA, FHEA Higher Education Academy, UK

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

Study on prevalence and factors influencing smoking among teenagers in the district of Colombo and a health promotion intervention for the parents to promote non-smoking behavior among teenagers., MD Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

A comparative study on agricultural, construction and manufacturing work accidents presented to Accident Service at National Hospital, Sri Lanka, 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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