M. W. Gunathunga

Professor in Community Medicine, Head, Department of Community Medicine

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Website:  www.perfectmentalhealth.org

  


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS 

  • M.D (Community Medicine) Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo in 1997.
  • M.Sc. (Community Medicine) –Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of  Colombo in 1994.
  • MBBS Conferred by the University of Colombo, in 1990.

PRESENT POSITION 

  • Head, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health, Pitakotte MOH division
  • Head, Health Systems Research Unit of the Department of Community Medicine

 PREVIOUS POSITIONS HELD 

  1. Chairman, Undergraduate program of Behavioral Sciences Stream
  2. Chairman , Undergraduate program of Community Medicine (Community Stream)
  3. Senior Student Counselor, Faculty of Medicine from 2008-2011

 Previous Professional commitments: 

  1. Visiting Research Fellow, Community Health Research Unit, Department of General Practice, University of Western Australia. 1997-98
  2. Faculty representative of Board of Management in PGIM- 2011
  3. Member Board of study in Community Medicine, PGIM 2007-2010 and from Sept. 2013 to date.
  4. Faculty representative Board of Study of Professional Studies 2011
  5. Senate nominee,  Board of the Faculty of Graduate Studies 2011
  6. Member: working group for prevention of mother –to- child transmission of HIV in Sri Lanka
  7. Editor, College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka from 1999 To 2004
  8. Treasurer Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka 1994
  9. Member, advisor committee on communicable diseases, Ministry of Health.

Supervision of postgraduate research leading to degrees

PhD theses supervised (completed)

  • Prof. Ranil Fernando (2013): A study on epidemiology of goiter in Sri Lanka (Co supervisor)

PhD theses supervised (ongoing)

  1. Mr. GGN Duminda (PhD), An evaluation of a community based health promotion programme on improving birth weight: an experimental study in the district of Anuradhapura

MD Community Medicine

  • Dr.SSP Godakanda (2006): Selected aspects of infant complementary feeding practices in a district of Sri Lanka and outcome of an intervention aimed at improving these practices (Co supervisor)
  1. AP De Silva (2014) Prevalence of unhealthy behavior patterns and related Unhealthy Behaviors among men in an economically active age group (35- 50 years) and to identify risk factors for such behavior patterns in the district of Kalutara.

 MD Medical Administration

  • Dr. GSK Dharmaratne (2007 – 2008): Utilization of Medical Equipment in Government hospitals in Western province (Co supervisor)

MSc. Dissertations supervised

  1. Mrs. S A Wickramasinghe MSc.(Com. Med.) “prevalence and factors associated with known risk factors of birth defects among pregnant women in Panadura Medical Officer if Health area and their knowledge on available prevention strategies”
  1. Dr.Samaruthilaka (2012): Knowledge, attitude and satisfaction among Elderly Cancer Patients and Nursing Officers about the cancer care services available for the elders at Cancer Institute Maharagama
  2. Dr. DGMH. Gamage (2006): Perceived parenting styles and behavior patterns of adolescents
  3. Dr. T Ruwanpathirana (2006): MSc. Community Medicine – dissertation  Parents knowledge and practices on selected health aspects of thalassaemia and factors related to defaulting treatment in relation to selected socio-demograhic characteristics in Kurunegala District 
  4. Dr. D. Samaranayake (2005): Selected aspects of occupational health in small  scale industries in Pitakotte MOH area
  5. Dr. SHP De Silva (2005): Extent and selected factors associated with disaster preparedness among medical institutions and households in flood affected areas in Ratnapura District
  6. Dr. ILK Jayaratne (2004): Family Life Experiences of Medical PG trainee in Colombo.
  7. Dr. RRP Karunaprema (2004): Risk behavior prevalence among adolescents in Dompe Medical Officer of Health area
  8. Dr. DG Gamage (2004): The Family and Community Participation in the well being of  elders in Kelaniya MOH
  9. KAS Jayawardena (2003): Evaluation of current rabies post exposure treatment (PET) services in Teaching Hospital Kandy.
  10. Dr. MC Weerasinghe (2003): Selected aspects of self medication in Panadura Divisional Director of Health Services area.
  11. Dr. WMPA Fernando (2003): Study to assess the knowledge attitudes and practices associated with menstruation and menstrual hygiene in adolescent school girls.
  12. Dr. WVL Jansz (2003): Selected aspects of health and emergence of hope among children in three children’s homes in the district of Colombo.
  13. Dr. PSP Ranwella(2001): Availability, consumption pattern and safety of water in a remote village in Rathnapura Divisional Director of Health Services area
  14. Dr. HDMH Jayasekara (2001): The pattern of obstetric morbidity in a selected group of mothers in the Biyagama MOH area
  15. Dr. RMSDF Jayasinghe (2001): The occurrence of selected risk factors in a group of babies with cleft lip in comparison with a group of controls in the surgical wards of the Lady Ridgway Hospital
  16. Dr. DC Samarkkody (2001): Parenting influence of care pattern on pre-school children of employed parents in MOH area Kaduwela

Research being supervised currently

  1. D Jeyakumaran {MD (Com. Med.)}, Effectiveness of an educational intervention  for caregivers through PHMs on butritional status, complementary feeding practices and their correlates among infants in Jaffna district
  2. Mr. Buddika Mahesh {MD (Com. Med.) Social determinants of critical care, their associations with disease severity and outcome
  3. Mr. Amila Chandrasiri {MD (Com. Med.)}, Attempted suicides and deliberate self-harm: referral and follow up practices in the Galle district of Sri Lanka and development of a suicidal risk assessment tool

Refereed research proposals

  1. Dr. MAAP Alagiyawanna, To assess the effectiveness of an intervention to improve knowledge of epilepsy and coping of parents having children with epilepsy aged 5-12 years in the Colombo district
  2. Dr. HDMH Jayasekara, Assessment of the quality of life in patients with some common cancers 2004
  3. Paediatric unintentional injuries: types, some associated factors and the knowledge about care givers about prevention of injuries Oct 2007
  4. Dr. Pushpa Jayawardana, Completeness of mortality data in the routine hospital information system at Colombo North Teaching Hospital
  5. Evaluation of selected aspects of breast cancer screening services in the Gampaha District (NSF)
  6. Dr. MTJ Amarasekara, Development of a model for improving Data management on Notifiable disease, TB and Malaria at health institutional and MOH level in district in Sri Lanka  March 2005

 KEYNOTE ADDRESSES AND INVITED LECTURES

  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. Creating a mentally healthy nation: multiple ripples approach. Invited lecture in Symposium on  creating mentally healthy nation. Annual Scientific Sessions 2013 21-24th September 2013
  2. MW Gunathunga. Meditation: an unchartered research tool with multidisciplinary clinical and behavioral applications. Keynote address, International conference on holistic medicine. University of Colombo 17-18 November 2012
  3. Gunathunga.  MW  Contemplative neuroscience and health. Invited lecture presented in the a seminar organized by the journal club of the Dept of Community Medicine on the 14th of February 2008
  4. Gunathunga MW  “Mental Health Mental illness and the mechanism of the mind”- Guest lecture– young Community Physician Forum 09/05/2007
  5. Gunathunga  MW. Status of induced abortion in Sri Lanka. Satellite workshop on ISOM (International Symposium on Obstetric Medicine) 28/09/2007
  6. MW Gunathunga Drive your mind and body towards good health and success invited lecture  “inco-2006 Industrial exhibition and trade fair, Sirimawo Bandaranaike International Exhibition Centre, BMICH 23-25th June 2006  
  7. Interactive session on "feel good" invited lecture for selected employees of MAS Holdings 17th Jan. 2006 at Thilanka Hotel, Kanday. (Healthy lifestyles, dealing with anger, craving, stress with a session of concentration meditation)
  8. Lecture on "healthy mind in healthy body" guest lecture for new entrants to the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo.
  9. Interactive session on "Abhimanawath Yuwathiya ( the smart woman) for selected employees of MAS Holdings 19th Feb. 2006 at  Horana.(healthy lifestyles, dealing with anger, craving, stress with a session of concentration meditation)
  10. Invited Lecture on "how mind can conquer diabetes mellitus" for teacher trainers in National Institute of Education (NIE) Maharagam, Sri Lanka on the 2nd of March 2006.
  11. Lecture on learning skills and life goals for students of years 8-12 in Davisamara Maha Vidyalaya, Seeduwa Sri Lanka
  12. Lecture on “Demonstrating professionalism in the ward” for doctors who take up internship organized by the GMOA and the Ministry of Health 13-16  November 2014 in Colombo

 AWARDS

Sir Nicholas Attygalle Award – HER family revisited: MDS Lokuhetti, AH Sheriffdeen, MW Gunathunga, HDP  Gunawardhana and MAM Wijayaratne , Annual  Scientifc Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 2004 

Minutes of the   244th meeting of the Faculty Board

GRANTS  

  1. Research grant (as a co-investigator in the team consisting of Prof.Dulitha N. Fernando, Prof. Lalani Rajapaksa, Dr.Upul Senerath, Dr.Wasantha Gunathunga, Mrs.Kantha Lankathilake, Dr. Nalika Gunawardena, Dr.Carukshi Arambepola, Dr.M.C. Weerasinghe, Dr.Dulani Samaranayake, Dr.Shreenika De Silva, Dr. Aravinda wikramasinghe) titled “Assessment of workload of Public Health Midwife”. IDA/WB Grant No: H095 CE

           Rs. 1,700,000.00 

  1. Research grant (As co-investigator in the team consisting of Prof. Dulitha N. Fernando, Dr.Wasantha Gunathunga, Dr.Y.D.N. Jayathileka.) Titled “Determinants of Health System performance in relation to devolution of health administration in Sri lanka”.  Rs. 1,825,121.00 from Global Forum for Health Research/ WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research 
  1. Research grant (As co-investigator in the team consisting of Prof. Dulitha N. Fernando, Dr. Nalika Gunawardena, Dr.Wasantha Gunathunga, Dr. AASH De Silva) titled Health care waste management in the small scale health institutions within Colombo 
  1. Research grant, Dr. MW Gunathunga (principle investigator) for research on: "study of work performance and training of Public Health Midwives of the Western Province of Sri Lanka" Rs.70,000.00 from Health Systems Research Regional Branch Colombo. 
  1. Research activities under the UNAIDS Data Base project for Centre for Human Rights of the University of Colombo. 2003. Work involved statistical and epidemiological analysis of the data base.

 Presentations in conferences published in abstract form 

  1. M.W.Gunathunga Usefulness of school children of years seven and eight as conveyers of health messages to their parents,Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine 1994. 
  1. Dr. Wasantha Gunathunga the training and use of PHC personnel in the Western Province of Sri Lanka 1st May 1995 Seminar room, Community Health Research and Training Unit, Dept. of General Practice A block Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia 
  1. MW Gunathunga,  Evaluatin of the curriculum of Public Health Midwives using performance indicators as tracer conditions, Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine 1997. 
  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Jayamaha DJMNR., Perera AJ. Use of palmar dermatoglyphics in predicting susceptibility to throat infections by group A Beta haemolytic streptococci. The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians Annual Scientific Sessions. Vol. 1(1) 16th 20th July 1997. 
  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Jayamaha DJMNR., Perera AJ. Susceptibility to develop Group A Beta haemolytic streptococcal sore throats- can your palm predict it? Happy Child Global Pride Vth International Congress of  Tropical Paediatrics 10th –15th February 1999 Jaipur, India. 
  1. C. Gunathunga, W. Gunathunga. L. Rajapakse. Use of tracer conditions to assess quality ofpatient care in medical wards in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine 1999. 
  1. MDS Lokuhetty. AH Sheriffdeen. MW Gunathunga N Atapattu. Her-2/neu status of breast carcinoma in Sri Lanka. International Conference and Annual Academic Sessions, the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. 32rd-26th August 2000.  
  1. MDS Lokuhetty. AH Sheriffdeen. MW Gunathunga Her-2/neu status of breast carcinoma in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Medical Association 114th Anniversary Academic Sessions 21-24 March 2001. 
  1. MDS Lokuhetty. AH Sheriffdeen. MW Gunathunga  Gunawardhana MDP, Wijayawardana MAM. The annual sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka and the International Conference of the SAARC Surgical Care Society.  13-17 August  2003 Kandy Sri Lanka. 
  1. Gunathunga MW  Community considerations in research. PROCEEDINGS OF THE RESEARCH FORUM  an open forum on research ethics and methodology 2004. Ethical Review Committee Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. 
  1. Jayaratne ILK, Gunathunga MW. Marital life experience of medical postgraduate trainees in Colombo. Sri Lanka Medical Association 119th Annual Scientific Sessions Abstract Book. The Ceylon Medical Journal  vol.51 (Supplement 1) March 2006. p 28. 
  1. Gunathunga M W, De Selva AASH Menatal defilements of a group of new entrants to a medical faculty. 3rd National Conference on Buddhist Studies 12-13 July 2007 
  1. Gunathunga M W, De Selva AASH Measuring primary paradigm of mental health: a new tool and initial validation. Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 21-23rd September 2007 
  1. DG Gamage MW Gunathunga Family and community assistance towards well being of elders in Kelaniya Medicla Officer of Health (MOH) area.  nnual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 21-23rd September 2007 
  1. Lankathilake K, Gunathunga MW, Gunawardana N, Arambepola C, Senerath U. Can effective learning among undergraduate medical students be achieved through community oriented teaching learning programmes? 5th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, 24th- 27th January 2008, University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, Singapore 
  1. Gunathunga MW, Fernando JLIN, Fernando DN, Rajapaksa LC, Seneviratne R de A. An evaluation of the family attachment  programme of the undergraduate curriculum faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Abstract of the international conference on  Curriculum change In Medical Schools, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri lanka, 30june02- July 2002 Pg34 
  1. Gunathunga, M.W. and Hettige, L. (2009) Transforming discriminate consciousness to pure consciousness to achieve complete mental health: A case report of contemplative neuro-scientific self inquiry. In Toward a science of consciousness. Hong Kong, China, 11th to 14th June 2009 Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnical University and Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona. 
  1. Gunathunga MW,  Wijeratne LS, Dissanayake A,  Ruwanchintani A,  Perera D.  Effect of an insight meditation program on the disease outcome of patients with rheumatoid and related arthritis. 10th SEARSM-IEA 2010  23-26 M ay 2010 
  1. MW Gunathunga. Developing generic skills of mind for personal and professional developmenta measuring tool and initial validation. Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH). The Fifth AAAH Conference, 3-6 October, 2010, Bali, Indonesia 
  1. Gunathunga MW, Wijeratne LS, Dissanayake AS,  Ruwanchintani A,  Perer  KD. Effect of an insight meditation program on the disease outcome of patients with rheumatoid and related arthritis. Sri Lanka Medical Association, 123rd Annual Scientific Sessions, Abstract Book. The Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 55 Supplement 1 June 2010 (OP54) 
  1. AWIP Ranasinghe.,   MW Gunathunga. Knowledge, attitudes and practice of medical ethics
    among medical officers in three teaching hospitals in the Kandy district.  Fifteenth Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 17-18 September 2010   
  1. Shreenika Weliange1 Wasantha Gunathunga1 Leeda Fernando2 Amali Ruwanchinthani1 Carukshi Arambepola1 Burden of non-communicable diseases in a suburban setting in Sri Lanka 10th SEARSM-IEA 2010 Epidemiological Methods in Evidence Based Health Care, 23-26 May 2010 
  1. MW. Gunathunga1, CK. Gunathunga2 and A. Senanayake3   Meta-cognitive psycho-analysis (MCPA): a case series of a new approach for promotion of sustainable mental well being. Abstract Book,National Conference on Public Health Innovations. NIHS Kalutara from 28-29th April 2011 
  1. MW Gunathunga, CK Gunathunga, L C Somathunga, LWS Liyanage and A Seneviratne Promoting sustainable community mental well being through Multiple Ripples Approach: a  mindfulness based mental skills development program Abstract Book, National Conference on Public Health Innovations. NIHS Kalutara from 28-29th April 2011
  2. Ranasinghe P, MW Gunathunga1, Knowledge, attitudes and practice of medical ethics among medical officers in three teaching hospitals in the Kandy district (Poster) Abstract Book, National Conference on Public Health Innovations. NIHS Kalutara from 28-29th April 2011 
  1. A Kaluarachchi, PKB Maheshe, RD Jeewantha, SIT Guruge, S Wekeratne, L Goonaratne, MW Gunathunga, HR Seneviratne. Study on the haemoglobin level and status of iron stores in Sri Lankan pregnant mothers in the first trimested at a tertiary care setting 8th South Asia Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Conference and the 44th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians andGynaecologists 22-25 April 2011 
  1. E Arunoda MKPD, Gunathunga MW.Effectiveness of a mindfulness meditation programme on selected aspects of health among b.sc. physiotherapy students of the university of colombo, Poster presented at 44th Annual Academic Sessions of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health (APACPH), 14-17th October 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  2. MW Gunathunga CK Gunathunga ,"Transforming Discriminate Consciousness to Pure Consciousness , To Acheive Complete Mental Health:A Contemplative Neuro-Scientific Self-Inquiry Based on the Buddhist Nobel Eight Fold Path" 21-23 September, 2012 International conference on "Dharma-Dhamma,"Sanchi/Bhopal, India  
  1. GUNATHUNGA, M. W. and GUNATHUNGA, C. K. (2013) A qualitative study on improvement of mental health among a group of adults who took  up vipassana meditation as part of lifestyle. In International conference on public health innovations. NIHS Kalutara 2th to 4th May 2013. Sri Lanka 
  1.  GND Guruge, KMN Perera, SD Dharmarathne, W Gunathunga. Innovative self-monitoring tools t modify determinants of low birth weight during pregnancy.  Abstract book, proceedings of the 127th anniversary international medical congress of the sri lanka medical association. Bandaranaike memorial international Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo 15th -18th July 2014 
  1. GDN Sanarythilake, MW Gunathunga. Knowledge, perception,satisfaction and factors associated with knowledge among the elderly cancer patients on care service savailable for the elders at National Cancer Institute Maharagama. Abstracts of the NINTEENTHS ANNUAL ACADEMIC SESSIONS OF THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS OF SRI LANKA. September 2014   
  1. Chandrasir PAA Gunathunga MW, Rajapaksha H. The current practice of managing patients with deliberate self harm in the Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya. Abstracts of the annual scientific sessions of the Galle Medical Association. Journal of the Galle Medical Association 19(2). September 2014
  2. GDN Samarutilake, M. W. Gunatunga  Knowledge and attitudes among Nursing Officers about cancer care services for elders at National Cancer Institute, Maharagama Poster Presentation Faculty of Medicine, Annual Research Symposium 2014
  1. GDN Samarutilake, M. W. Gunatunga  perception and satisfactionoof elderly cancer patients on care services available for the elders at National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Innaugural Academic Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for Geriatric Medicine. 12-13 November 2014 Sri Lanka Foundation. 2014
  2. Sashimali Wickramasinghe 1, Wasantha Gunathunga.  prevalence of known risk factors for birth defects and related knowledge among pregnant mothers in a selected health unit area in sri lanka Annual Academic Sessions of the 46th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health (APACPH) Hilton Kua Lumpur 17-19 October 2014,
  3. N. Gunawardena, R De A Seneviratne, D. Jayawardene, C. Arambepola, A. Jayawardana, D. Samaranayake, K. Lankathilake, W. Gunathunga, U Senarath. Inclusion  of a novel program to public health teaching at the faculty of Medicine University of Colombo: Student perceptions on achievement of competencies 3rd SEARAME CONFERENCE 12th-15th November 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  4. , R De A Seneviratne, N. Gunawardena D. Jayawardene, G. PonnamperumaC.  A. Olupeliyawa, I Karunathilake D. Samaranayake, C.Arambepola, U Senarath, , W. Gunathunga, K. Lankathilake. A. Jayawardana student perception of achievement of institutional level objectives through a community attachment programme conducted in a rural setting. 3rd SEARAME CONFERENCE 12th-15th November 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  5. JP Silva, MW Gunathunga S Jayasinghe. Prevalence of alcohol use, drugs and other unhealthy behaviours among men aged 35-50 years in a district in Sri Lanka (Poster) Abstract book. Research symposium on Combating alchold, tobacco and other substances in national development. March 26th 2015  BMICH, Colombo Sri Lanka
  6.   Chandrasiri PAA Gunathunga MW Rajapaksha H management of  patients admitted following deliberate self harm to teaching Hospital Karapitiya: current practice and deficiencies. 12th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists 27-30th March 2015 Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo Sri Lanka

  Publications in refereed journals. 

  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Perera AJ., Jayamaha DJMNR. Can Group A Beta Haemolytic Streptococcal sore throat be identified clinicall? The Ceylon Medical Journal 43(4) December 1998. 
  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Perera AJ., Jayamaha DJMNR. Susceptibility to develop group A Beta haemolytic streptococcal sore throats : can you palm predict it? Ceylon Journal of Child Health 28(1) 1999 pp. 27-31.
  2. Wasantha Gunathunga and Dulitha N Fernando. Assessment of community maternal care performance of Public Heath Midwives of a province in Sri Lanka: A multi-method approach. South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health Vol. 31(2) June 2000. pp 310-318. 
  1. Wasantha Gunathunga, Violence: where do we stand? Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 6 2001. 
  1. Gunathunga CK, Gunathunga MW. Rajapakse LC. Use of tracer conditions in assessing  quality of patient care in medical wards of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 6 2001 pp 26-29.

      6. Wasantha Gunathunga, Research based advocacy on current public health issues: a duty long ignored. Editorial          Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 7 2002. 

  1. Gunathunga MW. Fernando DN Use of performance indicators as tracer in evaluating the training curriculum of a field level health worker in Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 7 2002 pp 22-25. 
  1. Weerasinghe MC, Gunathunga MW. Self medication in the Panadura MOH area. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 8 2003 pp 27-31. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Asian Tsunami: putting hard learned lessons into action. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 9 2004. 
  1. Samarakkody DS, Gunathunga MW. Care pattern and behavioural status of preschool children of employed mothers in MOH area Kaduwela. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 10 2005 pp 13-17. 
  1. Gunathunga MW1,  Gunawardana NS.2, Lankatilake KN.3Arambepola NMCK.4,  Senarath LDJU5 and Wickramage M.6 Can effective learning among medical students be achieved through community oriented teaching programs? Journal of the College of Community Physicians  Vol. 15(2) December 2010
  2. MW Gunathunga. Measuring mental health: A new tool and its usefulnessJournal of the College of Community Physicians Vol. 15(1) May 2010 
  1. Gunathunga MW.  Defining mental health: a challenging task (editorial) Journal of the College of Community Physicians  Vol. 15(1) May 2010 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Meta-cognitive approach to health promotion (editorial). Journal of the College of Community Physicians  Vol. 15(2) December 2010 
  1. Dharmaratne GSK, Jayawardhana AKL, Gunathunga MW. Integrated logistic support and equipment availability in government hospitals of a developing country. Sri Lanka Journal of Management vol 15 (2) April – December 2010. 
  1. MW Gunathunga. Promotion of a generic skills for long term community mental well being:  amind based approach to health and reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka. Peace, Religion and Health. A supplementary volume of the 43rd Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health conference symposium. Seoul, Republic of Korea 20th October 2011. 
  1. Gunathunga MW  Improving performance and happiness among healthcare workers through a body-mind approach in a health care setting in Sri Lanka . WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation (Accepted for Publication)

 

Books

Wasantha Gunathunga.  Perfect Mental Health: A contemplative Neuro-scientific reality of body, mind and consciousness. Department of Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo 2010. 

‘Nirogi Kreedakaya’ Healthy athlete, a Sinhala book for school children and beginners of sports to stay healthy while sporting.

 

Chapters in books           

MW Gunathunga. (2013)Mental health in the work place (Sinhala) chapter nine.  Rohini De Alwis Seneviratne, KN Lankathilake, HMSSD Herath and DR Gunaratne (ed.)In industrial Safety Manual. Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of  Colombo and WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and

Research in Occupational Health.

Other publications

  • Cooperate Plan 2008-2013 – Department of Community Medicine 
  • “Progress 2008” Annual Report of the progress made in 2008 implementing Department Cooperate Plan. This is the first of such report documenting progress in implementing a corporate plan in the department. 

Non-refereed communication  

  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. Health beyond death: a new paradigm, SATmag, The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 10th June 2006 p1. (A full page article on new dimensions of health. This is intended for general public and also it will broaden the horizons of vision for health among medical students and doctors 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Mind: the neglected determinant of health. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 11 2006. 
  1. Gunathunga MW.Where mind meets medicine and technology. SatMag, The Island Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 3rd November 2007 p1 (full page article on the capability of mind in healing that can be applied in clinical practice) 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Noble Research to happiness and tranquility features , Sunday Observer,13 Jun 2008 Associated Newspapers ltd. Lake House Colombo. (this article discusses how one can research into own mind) 
  1. Gunathunga Wasantha, Practical dhamma. One hour discussion on the Buddhist TV on the 3rd September 2012 
  1. Gunathunga Wasantha, Meditation. One hour discussion on the Buddhist TV on the 26th November 2012 
  1. Gunathunga Wasantha,  Series of discussions on health in day to day life in the daily morning program “Lassana Udesanak” in City FM radio in November and December 2012 and January 2013. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Dual perception capability: a new skill in human cognition Sri Lanka Association For Advancement of Science (SLAAS) Section A News letter Vol 10(3) 2014 

Editing of Journals

 

Journals 1999-2004

6 journals of the college of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka

During my tenure as editor I took effort to improve the journal and get it indexed

 

 

 

 

Creative Work in Literature, Culture and Arts relevant to the discipline 

  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. I want happiness. SATmag, The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. 21st June 2013 also available from http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Wasantha Gunathunga and Hemamali Perera. Removal of organs for transplant: issues beyond ethics The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. 29 November 2010 also available from http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. Health beyond death: a new paradigm, SATmag, The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 10th June 2006 p1. (A full page article on new dimensions of health. This is intended for general public and also it would broaden the horizons of vision for health among medical students and doctors) http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Gunathunga MW.Where mind meets medicine and technology. SatMag, The Island Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 3rd November 2007 p1 (full page article on the capability of mind in healing that can be applied in clinical practice) http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Noble Research to happiness and tranquility features, Sunday Observer,13 Jun 2008 Associated Newspapers ltd. Lake House Colombo. (this article reveals how one can research into own mind) 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Asian Tsunami: putting hard learned lessons into action. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 9 2004. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Research based advocacy on current public health issues: a duty long ignored Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 7 2002. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Violence: where do we stand? Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 6 2001. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. New challenges in Community Medicine Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 5 2000 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Living Stress Free. Full page article in ‘The Island’, Upali Newspaper Ltd

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS 

  • M.D (Community Medicine) Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo in 1997.
  • M.Sc. (Community Medicine) –Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of  Colombo in 1994.
  • MBBS Conferred by the University of Colombo, in 1990.

PRESENT POSITION 

  • Head, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health, Pitakotte MOH division
  • Head, Health Systems Research Unit of the Department of Community Medicine

 PREVIOUS POSITIONS HELD 

  1. Chairman, Undergraduate program of Behavioral Sciences Stream
  2. Chairman , Undergraduate program of Community Medicine (Community Stream)
  3. Senior Student Counselor, Faculty of Medicine from 2008-2011

 Previous Professional commitments: 

  1. Visiting Research Fellow, Community Health Research Unit, Department of General Practice, University of Western Australia. 1997-98
  2. Faculty representative of Board of Management in PGIM- 2011
  3. Member Board of study in Community Medicine, PGIM 2007-2010 and from Sept. 2013 to date.
  4. Faculty representative Board of Study of Professional Studies 2011
  5. Senate nominee,  Board of the Faculty of Graduate Studies 2011
  6. Member: working group for prevention of mother –to- child transmission of HIV in Sri Lanka
  7. Editor, College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka from 1999 To 2004
  8. Treasurer Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka 1994
  9. Member, advisor committee on communicable diseases, Ministry of Health.

Supervision of postgraduate research leading to degrees

PhD theses supervised (completed) 

  • Prof. Ranil Fernando (2013): A study on epidemiology of goiter in Sri Lanka (Co supervisor)

PhD theses supervised (ongoing)

  1. Mr. GGN Duminda (PhD), An evaluation of a community based health promotion programme on improving birth weight: an experimental study in the district of Anuradhapura 

MD Community Medicine

  • Dr.SSP Godakanda (2006): Selected aspects of infant complementary feeding practices in a district of Sri Lanka and outcome of an intervention aimed at improving these practices (Co supervisor) 
  1. AP De Silva (2014) Prevalence of unhealthy behavior patterns and related Unhealthy Behaviors among men in an economically active age group (35- 50 years) and to identify risk factors for such behavior patterns in the district of Kalutara. 

 MD Medical Administration 

  • Dr. GSK Dharmaratne (2007 – 2008): Utilization of Medical Equipment in Government hospitals in Western province (Co supervisor) 

MSc. Dissertations supervised 

  1. Mrs. S A Wickramasinghe MSc.(Com. Med.) “prevalence and factors associated with known risk factors of birth defects among pregnant women in Panadura Medical Officer if Health area and their knowledge on available prevention strategies” 
  1. Dr.Samaruthilaka (2012): Knowledge, attitude and satisfaction among Elderly Cancer Patients and Nursing Officers about the cancer care services available for the elders at Cancer Institute Maharagama
  2. Dr. DGMH. Gamage (2006): Perceived parenting styles and behavior patterns of adolescents
  3. Dr. T Ruwanpathirana (2006): MSc. Community Medicine – dissertation  Parents knowledge and practices on selected health aspects of thalassaemia and factors related to defaulting treatment in relation to selected socio-demograhic characteristics in Kurunegala District 
  4. Dr. D. Samaranayake (2005): Selected aspects of occupational health in small  scale industries in Pitakotte MOH area
  5. Dr. SHP De Silva (2005): Extent and selected factors associated with disaster preparedness among medical institutions and households in flood affected areas in Ratnapura District
  6. Dr. ILK Jayaratne (2004): Family Life Experiences of Medical PG trainee in Colombo.
  7. Dr. RRP Karunaprema (2004): Risk behavior prevalence among adolescents in Dompe Medical Officer of Health area
  8. Dr. DG Gamage (2004): The Family and Community Participation in the well being of  elders in Kelaniya MOH
  9. KAS Jayawardena (2003): Evaluation of current rabies post exposure treatment (PET) services in Teaching Hospital Kandy.
  10. Dr. MC Weerasinghe (2003): Selected aspects of self medication in Panadura Divisional Director of Health Services area.
  11. Dr. WMPA Fernando (2003): Study to assess the knowledge attitudes and practices associated with menstruation and menstrual hygiene in adolescent school girls.
  12. Dr. WVL Jansz (2003): Selected aspects of health and emergence of hope among children in three children’s homes in the district of Colombo.
  13. Dr. PSP Ranwella(2001): Availability, consumption pattern and safety of water in a remote village in Rathnapura Divisional Director of Health Services area
  14. Dr. HDMH Jayasekara (2001): The pattern of obstetric morbidity in a selected group of mothers in the Biyagama MOH area
  15. Dr. RMSDF Jayasinghe (2001): The occurrence of selected risk factors in a group of babies with cleft lip in comparison with a group of controls in the surgical wards of the Lady Ridgway Hospital
  16. Dr. DC Samarkkody (2001): Parenting influence of care pattern on pre-school children of employed parents in MOH area Kaduwela

Research being supervised currently 

  1. D Jeyakumaran {MD (Com. Med.)}, Effectiveness of an educational intervention  for caregivers through PHMs on butritional status, complementary feeding practices and their correlates among infants in Jaffna district
  2. Mr. Buddika Mahesh {MD (Com. Med.) Social determinants of critical care, their associations with disease severity and outcome
  3. Mr. Amila Chandrasiri {MD (Com. Med.)}, Attempted suicides and deliberate self-harm: referral and follow up practices in the Galle district of Sri Lanka and development of a suicidal risk assessment tool 

 Refereed research proposals 

  1. Dr. MAAP Alagiyawanna, To assess the effectiveness of an intervention to improve knowledge of epilepsy and coping of parents having children with epilepsy aged 5-12 years in the Colombo district
  2. Dr. HDMH Jayasekara, Assessment of the quality of life in patients with some common cancers 2004
  3. Paediatric unintentional injuries: types, some associated factors and the knowledge about care givers about prevention of injuries Oct 2007
  4. Dr. Pushpa Jayawardana, Completeness of mortality data in the routine hospital information system at Colombo North Teaching Hospital
  5. Evaluation of selected aspects of breast cancer screening services in the Gampaha District (NSF)
  6. Dr. MTJ Amarasekara, Development of a model for improving Data management on Notifiable disease, TB and Malaria at health institutional and MOH level in district in Sri Lanka  March 2005

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES AND INVITED LECTURES 

  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. Creating a mentally healthy nation: multiple ripples approach. Invited lecture in Symposium on  creating mentally healthy nation. Annual Scientific Sessions 2013 21-24th September 2013
  2. MW Gunathunga. Meditation: an unchartered research tool with multidisciplinary clinical and behavioral applications. Keynote address, International conference on holistic medicine. University of Colombo 17-18 November 2012
  3. Gunathunga.  MW  Contemplative neuroscience and health. Invited lecture presented in the a seminar organized by the journal club of the Dept of Community Medicine on the 14th of February 2008
  4. Gunathunga MW  “Mental Health Mental illness and the mechanism of the mind”- Guest lecture– young Community Physician Forum 09/05/2007
  5. Gunathunga  MW. Status of induced abortion in Sri Lanka. Satellite workshop on ISOM (International Symposium on Obstetric Medicine) 28/09/2007
  6. MW Gunathunga Drive your mind and body towards good health and success invited lecture  “inco-2006 Industrial exhibition and trade fair, Sirimawo Bandaranaike International Exhibition Centre, BMICH 23-25th June 2006  
  7. Interactive session on "feel good" invited lecture for selected employees of MAS Holdings 17th Jan. 2006 at Thilanka Hotel, Kanday. (Healthy lifestyles, dealing with anger, craving, stress with a session of concentration meditation)
  8. Lecture on "healthy mind in healthy body" guest lecture for new entrants to the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo.
  9. Interactive session on "Abhimanawath Yuwathiya ( the smart woman) for selected employees of MAS Holdings 19th Feb. 2006 at  Horana.(healthy lifestyles, dealing with anger, craving, stress with a session of concentration meditation)
  10. Invited Lecture on "how mind can conquer diabetes mellitus" for teacher trainers in National Institute of Education (NIE) Maharagam, Sri Lanka on the 2nd of March 2006.
  11. Lecture on learning skills and life goals for students of years 8-12 in Davisamara Maha Vidyalaya, Seeduwa Sri Lanka
  12. Lecture on “Demonstrating professionalism in the ward” for doctors who take up internship organized by the GMOA and the Ministry of Health 13-16  November 2014 in Colombo 

AWARDS 

Sir Nicholas Attygalle Award – HER family revisited: MDS Lokuhetti, AH Sheriffdeen, MW Gunathunga, HDP  Gunawardhana and MAM Wijayaratne , Annual  Scientifc Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 2004

Minutes of the   244th meeting of the Faculty Board

 

GRANTS 

  1. Research grant (as a co-investigator in the team consisting of Prof.Dulitha N. Fernando, Prof. Lalani Rajapaksa, Dr.Upul Senerath, Dr.Wasantha Gunathunga, Mrs.Kantha Lankathilake, Dr. Nalika Gunawardena, Dr.Carukshi Arambepola, Dr.M.C. Weerasinghe, Dr.Dulani Samaranayake, Dr.Shreenika De Silva, Dr. Aravinda wikramasinghe) titled “Assessment of workload of Public Health Midwife”. IDA/WB Grant No: H095 CE

 Rs. 1,700,000.00 

  1. Research grant (As co-investigator in the team consisting of Prof. Dulitha N. Fernando, Dr.Wasantha Gunathunga, Dr.Y.D.N. Jayathileka.) Titled “Determinants of Health System performance in relation to devolution of health administration in Sri lanka”.  Rs. 1,825,121.00 from Global Forum for Health Research/ WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research 
  1. Research grant (As co-investigator in the team consisting of Prof. Dulitha N. Fernando, Dr. Nalika Gunawardena, Dr.Wasantha Gunathunga, Dr. AASH De Silva) titled Health care waste management in the small scale health institutions within Colombo 
  1. Research grant, Dr. MW Gunathunga (principle investigator) for research on: "study of work performance and training of Public Health Midwives of the Western Province of Sri Lanka" Rs.70,000.00 from Health Systems Research Regional Branch Colombo. 
  1. Research activities under the UNAIDS Data Base project for Centre for Human Rights of the University of Colombo. 2003. Work involved statistical and epidemiological analysis of the data base. 

 Presentations in conferences published in abstract form 

  1. M.W.Gunathunga Usefulness of school children of years seven and eight as conveyers of health messages to their parents,Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine 1994. 
  1. Dr. Wasantha Gunathunga the training and use of PHC personnel in the Western Province of Sri Lanka 1st May 1995 Seminar room, Community Health Research and Training Unit, Dept. of General Practice A block Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia 
  1. MW Gunathunga,  Evaluatin of the curriculum of Public Health Midwives using performance indicators as tracer conditions, Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine 1997. 
  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Jayamaha DJMNR., Perera AJ. Use of palmar dermatoglyphics in predicting susceptibility to throat infections by group A Beta haemolytic streptococci. The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians Annual Scientific Sessions. Vol. 1(1) 16th 20th July 1997. 
  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Jayamaha DJMNR., Perera AJ. Susceptibility to develop Group A Beta haemolytic streptococcal sore throats- can your palm predict it? Happy Child Global Pride Vth International Congress of  Tropical Paediatrics 10th –15th February 1999 Jaipur, India. 
  1. C. Gunathunga, W. Gunathunga. L. Rajapakse. Use of tracer conditions to assess quality ofpatient care in medical wards in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association of Community Medicine 1999. 
  1. MDS Lokuhetty. AH Sheriffdeen. MW Gunathunga N Atapattu. Her-2/neu status of breast carcinoma in Sri Lanka. International Conference and Annual Academic Sessions, the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. 32rd-26th August 2000.  
  1. MDS Lokuhetty. AH Sheriffdeen. MW Gunathunga Her-2/neu status of breast carcinoma in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Medical Association 114th Anniversary Academic Sessions 21-24 March 2001. 
  1. MDS Lokuhetty. AH Sheriffdeen. MW Gunathunga  Gunawardhana MDP, Wijayawardana MAM. The annual sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka and the International Conference of the SAARC Surgical Care Society.  13-17 August  2003 Kandy Sri Lanka. 
  1. Gunathunga MW  Community considerations in research. PROCEEDINGS OF THE RESEARCH FORUM  an open forum on research ethics and methodology 2004. Ethical Review Committee Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. 
  1. Jayaratne ILK, Gunathunga MW. Marital life experience of medical postgraduate trainees in Colombo. Sri Lanka Medical Association 119th Annual Scientific Sessions Abstract Book. The Ceylon Medical Journal  vol.51 (Supplement 1) March 2006. p 28. 
  1. Gunathunga M W, De Selva AASH Menatal defilements of a group of new entrants to a medical faculty. 3rd National Conference on Buddhist Studies 12-13 July 2007 
  1. Gunathunga M W, De Selva AASH Measuring primary paradigm of mental health: a new tool and initial validation. Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 21-23rd September 2007 
  1. DG Gamage MW Gunathunga Family and community assistance towards well being of elders in Kelaniya Medicla Officer of Health (MOH) area.  nnual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 21-23rd September 2007 
  1. Lankathilake K, Gunathunga MW, Gunawardana N, Arambepola C, Senerath U. Can effective learning among undergraduate medical students be achieved through community oriented teaching learning programmes? 5th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, 24th- 27th January 2008, University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, Singapore 
  1. Gunathunga MW, Fernando JLIN, Fernando DN, Rajapaksa LC, Seneviratne R de A. An evaluation of the family attachment  programme of the undergraduate curriculum faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Abstract of the international conference on  Curriculum change In Medical Schools, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri lanka, 30june02- July 2002 Pg34 
  1. Gunathunga, M.W. and Hettige, L. (2009) Transforming discriminate consciousness to pure consciousness to achieve complete mental health: A case report of contemplative neuro-scientific self inquiry. In Toward a science of consciousness. Hong Kong, China, 11th to 14th June 2009 Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnical University and Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona. 
  1. Gunathunga MW,  Wijeratne LS, Dissanayake A,  Ruwanchintani A,  Perera D.  Effect of an insight meditation program on the disease outcome of patients with rheumatoid and related arthritis. 10th SEARSM-IEA 2010  23-26 M ay 2010 
  1. MW Gunathunga. Developing generic skills of mind for personal and professional developmenta measuring tool and initial validation. Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH). The Fifth AAAH Conference, 3-6 October, 2010, Bali, Indonesia 
  1. Gunathunga MW, Wijeratne LS, Dissanayake AS,  Ruwanchintani A,  Perer  KD. Effect of an insight meditation program on the disease outcome of patients with rheumatoid and related arthritis. Sri Lanka Medical Association, 123rd Annual Scientific Sessions, Abstract Book. The Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 55 Supplement 1 June 2010 (OP54) 
  1. AWIP Ranasinghe.,   MW Gunathunga. Knowledge, attitudes and practice of medical ethics
    among medical officers in three teaching hospitals in the Kandy district.  Fifteenth Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka 17-18 September 2010   
  1. Shreenika Weliange1 Wasantha Gunathunga1 Leeda Fernando2 Amali Ruwanchinthani1 Carukshi Arambepola1 Burden of non-communicable diseases in a suburban setting in Sri Lanka 10th SEARSM-IEA 2010 Epidemiological Methods in Evidence Based Health Care, 23-26 May 2010 
  1. MW. Gunathunga1, CK. Gunathunga2 and A. Senanayake3   Meta-cognitive psycho-analysis (MCPA): a case series of a new approach for promotion of sustainable mental well being. Abstract Book,National Conference on Public Health Innovations. NIHS Kalutara from 28-29th April 2011 
  1. MW Gunathunga, CK Gunathunga, L C Somathunga, LWS Liyanage and A Seneviratne Promoting sustainable community mental well being through Multiple Ripples Approach: a  mindfulness based mental skills development program Abstract Book, National Conference on Public Health Innovations. NIHS Kalutara from 28-29th April 2011
  2. Ranasinghe P, MW Gunathunga1, Knowledge, attitudes and practice of medical ethics among medical officers in three teaching hospitals in the Kandy district (Poster) Abstract Book, National Conference on Public Health Innovations. NIHS Kalutara from 28-29th April 2011 
  1. A Kaluarachchi, PKB Maheshe, RD Jeewantha, SIT Guruge, S Wekeratne, L Goonaratne, MW Gunathunga, HR Seneviratne. Study on the haemoglobin level and status of iron stores in Sri Lankan pregnant mothers in the first trimested at a tertiary care setting 8th South Asia Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Conference and the 44th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians andGynaecologists 22-25 April 2011 
  1. E Arunoda MKPD, Gunathunga MW.Effectiveness of a mindfulness meditation programme on selected aspects of health among b.sc. physiotherapy students of the university of colombo, Poster presented at 44th Annual Academic Sessions of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health (APACPH), 14-17th October 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

    28.  MW Gunathunga CK Gunathunga, "Transforming Discriminate Consciousness to Pure Consciousness, To Achieve               Complete Mental Health: A Contemplative Neuro-Scientific Self-Inquiry Based on the Buddhist Noble Eight Fold             Path" 21-23 September, 2012 International conference on “Dharma-Dhamma,” Sanchi/Bhopal, India 

  1. GUNATHUNGA, M. W. and GUNATHUNGA, C. K. (2013) A qualitative study on improvement of mental health among a group of adults who took  up vipassana meditation as part of lifestyle. In International conference on public health innovations. NIHS Kalutara 2th to 4th May 2013. Sri Lanka 
  1.  GND Guruge, KMN Perera, SD Dharmarathne, W Gunathunga. Innovative self-monitoring tools t modify determinants of low birth weight during pregnancy.  Abstract book, proceedings of the 127th anniversary international medical congress of the sri lanka medical association. Bandaranaike memorial international Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo 15th -18th July 2014 
  1. GDN Sanarythilake, MW Gunathunga. Knowledge, perception,satisfaction and factors associated with knowledge among the elderly cancer patients on care service savailable for the elders at National Cancer Institute Maharagama. Abstracts of the NINTEENTHS ANNUAL ACADEMIC SESSIONS OF THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS OF SRI LANKA. September 2014   
  1. Chandrasir PAA Gunathunga MW, Rajapaksha H. The current practice of managing patients with deliberate self harm in the Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya. Abstracts of the annual scientific sessions of the Galle Medical Association. Journal of the Galle Medical Association 19(2). September 2014 
  1. GDN Samarutilake, M. W. Gunatunga  Knowledge and attitudes among Nursing Officers about cancer care services for elders at National Cancer Institute, Maharagama Poster Presentation Faculty of Medicine, Annual Research Symposium 2014
  1. GDN Samarutilake, M. W. Gunatunga  perception and satisfactionoof elderly cancer patients on care services available for the elders at National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Innaugural Academic Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for Geriatric Medicine. 12-13 November 2014 Sri Lanka Foundation. 2014
  2. Sashimali Wickramasinghe 1, Wasantha Gunathunga.  prevalence of known risk factors for birth defects and related knowledge among pregnant mothers in a selected health unit area in sri lanka Annual Academic Sessions of the 46th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium of Public Health (APACPH) Hilton Kua Lumpur 17-19 October 2014,
  3. N. Gunawardena, R De A Seneviratne, D. Jayawardene, C. Arambepola, A. Jayawardana, D. Samaranayake, K. Lankathilake, W. Gunathunga, U Senarath. Inclusion  of a novel program to public health teaching at the faculty of Medicine University of Colombo: Student perceptions on achievement of competencies 3rd SEARAME CONFERENCE 12th-15th November 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  4. , R De A Seneviratne, N. Gunawardena D. Jayawardene, G. PonnamperumaC.  A. Olupeliyawa, I Karunathilake D. Samaranayake, C.Arambepola, U Senarath, , W. Gunathunga, K. Lankathilake. A. Jayawardana student perception of achievement of institutional level objectives through a community attachment programme conducted in a rural setting. 3rd SEARAME CONFERENCE 12th-15th November 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  5. JP Silva, MW Gunathunga S Jayasinghe. Prevalence of alcohol use, drugs and other unhealthy behaviours among men aged 35-50 years in a district in Sri Lanka (Poster) Abstract book. Research symposium on Combating alchold, tobacco and other substances in national development. March 26th 2015  BMICH, Colombo Sri Lanka
  6.   Chandrasiri PAA Gunathunga MW Rajapaksha H management of  patients admitted following deliberate self harm to teaching Hospital Karapitiya: current practice and deficiencies. 12th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists 27-30th March 2015 Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo Sri Lanka

 Publications in refereed journals. 

  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Perera AJ., Jayamaha DJMNR. Can Group A Beta Haemolytic Streptococcal sore throat be identified clinicall? The Ceylon Medical Journal 43(4) December 1998. 
  1. De Silva KSH., Gunathunga MW., Perera AJ., Jayamaha DJMNR. Susceptibility to develop group A Beta haemolytic streptococcal sore throats : can you palm predict it? Ceylon Journal of Child Health 28(1) 1999 pp. 27-31.
  2. Wasantha Gunathunga and Dulitha N Fernando. Assessment of community maternal care performance of Public Heath Midwives of a province in Sri Lanka: A multi-method approach. South East Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health Vol. 31(2) June 2000. pp 310-318. 
  1. Wasantha Gunathunga, Violence: where do we stand? Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 6 2001. 
  1. Gunathunga CK, Gunathunga MW. Rajapakse LC. Use of tracer conditions in assessing  quality of patient care in medical wards of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 6 2001 pp 26-29. 
  1. 6.      Wasantha Gunathunga, Research based advocacy on current public health issues: a duty long ignored. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 7 2002. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Fernando DN Use of performance indicators as tracer in evaluating the training curriculum of a field level health worker in Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 7 2002 pp 22-25. 
  1. Weerasinghe MC, Gunathunga MW. Self medication in the Panadura MOH area. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 8 2003 pp 27-31. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Asian Tsunami: putting hard learned lessons into action. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 9 2004. 
  1. Samarakkody DS, Gunathunga MW. Care pattern and behavioural status of preschool children of employed mothers in MOH area Kaduwela. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 10 2005 pp 13-17. 
  1. Gunathunga MW1,  Gunawardana NS.2, Lankatilake KN.3Arambepola NMCK.4,  Senarath LDJU5 and Wickramage M.6 Can effective learning among medical students be achieved through community oriented teaching programs? Journal of the College of Community Physicians  Vol. 15(2) December 2010
  2. MW Gunathunga. Measuring mental health: A new tool and its usefulnessJournal of the College of Community Physicians Vol. 15(1) May 2010 
  1. Gunathunga MW.  Defining mental health: a challenging task (editorial) Journal of the College of Community Physicians  Vol. 15(1) May 2010 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Meta-cognitive approach to health promotion (editorial). Journal of the College of Community Physicians  Vol. 15(2) December 2010 
  1. Dharmaratne GSK, Jayawardhana AKL, Gunathunga MW. Integrated logistic support and equipment availability in government hospitals of a developing country. Sri Lanka Journal of Management vol 15 (2) April – December 2010. 
  1. MW Gunathunga. Promotion of a generic skills for long term community mental well being:  amind based approach to health and reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka. Peace, Religion and Health. A supplementary volume of the 43rd Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health conference symposium. Seoul, Republic of Korea 20th October 2011. 
  1. Gunathunga MW  Improving performance and happiness among healthcare workers through a body-mind approach in a health care setting in Sri Lanka . WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation (Accepted for Publication)

 Books

 Wasantha Gunathunga.  Perfect Mental Health: A contemplative Neuro-scientific reality of body, mind and consciousness. Department of Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo 2010. 

‘Nirogi Kreedakaya’ Healthy athlete, a Sinhala book for school children and beginners of sports to stay healthy while sporting.

Chapters in books           

MW Gunathunga. (2013)Mental health in the work place (Sinhala) chapter nine.  Rohini De Alwis Seneviratne, KN Lankathilake, HMSSD Herath and DR Gunaratne (ed.)In industrial Safety Manual. Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of  Colombo and WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Occupational Health.

Other publications

  • Cooperate Plan 2008-2013 – Department of Community Medicine 
  • “Progress 2008” Annual Report of the progress made in 2008 implementing Department Cooperate Plan. This is the first of such report documenting progress in implementing a corporate plan in the department.

 Non-refereed communication  

  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. Health beyond death: a new paradigm, SATmag, The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 10th June 2006 p1. (A full page article on new dimensions of health. This is intended for general public and also it will broaden the horizons of vision for health among medical students and doctors 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Mind: the neglected determinant of health. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 11 2006. 
  1. Gunathunga MW.Where mind meets medicine and technology. SatMag, The Island Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 3rd November 2007 p1 (full page article on the capability of mind in healing that can be applied in clinical practice) 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Noble Research to happiness and tranquility features , Sunday Observer,13 Jun 2008 Associated Newspapers ltd. Lake House Colombo. (this article discusses how one can research into own mind) 
  1. Gunathunga Wasantha, Practical dhamma. One hour discussion on the Buddhist TV on the 3rd September 2012 
  1. Gunathunga Wasantha, Meditation. One hour discussion on the Buddhist TV on the 26th November 2012 
  1. Gunathunga Wasantha,  Series of discussions on health in day to day life in the daily morning program “Lassana Udesanak” in City FM radio in November and December 2012 and January 2013. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Dual perception capability: a new skill in human cognition Sri Lanka Association For Advancement of Science (SLAAS) Section A News letter Vol 10(3) 2014 

Editing of Journals 

Journals 1999-2004

6 journals of the college of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka

During my tenure as editor I took effort to improve the journal and get it indexed

 

Creative Work in Literature, Culture and Arts relevant to the discipline 

  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. I want happiness. SATmag, The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. 21st June 2013 also available from http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Wasantha Gunathunga and Hemamali Perera. Removal of organs for transplant: issues beyond ethics The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. 29 November 2010 also available from http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Wasantha Gunathunga. Health beyond death: a new paradigm, SATmag, The Island newspaper. Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 10th June 2006 p1. (A full page article on new dimensions of health. This is intended for general public and also it would broaden the horizons of vision for health among medical students and doctors) http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Gunathunga MW.Where mind meets medicine and technology. SatMag, The Island Upali Newspapers Ltd. Colombo. Saturday 3rd November 2007 p1 (full page article on the capability of mind in healing that can be applied in clinical practice) http://www.perfectmentalhealth.org/index.php/news-paper-articales 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Noble Research to happiness and tranquility features, Sunday Observer,13 Jun 2008 Associated Newspapers ltd. Lake House Colombo. (this article reveals how one can research into own mind) 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Asian Tsunami: putting hard learned lessons into action. Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 9 2004. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Research based advocacy on current public health issues: a duty long ignored Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 7 2002. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Violence: where do we stand? Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 6 2001. 
  1. Gunathunga MW. New challenges in Community Medicine Editorial Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka Vol. 5 2000 
  1. Gunathunga MW. Living Stress Free. Full page article in ‘The Island’, Upali Newspaper Ltd