Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Dr Irosha Nilaweera - international traineeship

13.5.13 Dr Irosha NilaweeraDr Irosha Nilaweera, a medical graduate from Sri Lanka is completing the international traineeship for her postgraduate training in community medicine through an occupational training programme at the Jean Hailes Research Unit (JHRU) in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash University. She is supervised by Professor Jane Fisher, Professor of Women’s Health and Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit. Dr Nilaweera has a specific interest in public health approaches, including health promotion, prevention and early interventions for women’s health conditions. Through the traineeship, Dr Nilaweera is seeking to strengthen her capabilities particularly in research and research translation in women’s health as well as learning about Australian clinical practices and health policies.

As part of her training Dr Nilaweera visited the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) House on 2nd of May to gain additional knowledge and skills in managing psychosocial issues among women. Dr Nilaweera said “The visit gave me an opportunity to learn about the services available for sexual victims, such as 24 Hour Crisis Care Service, counselling, follow up support, advocacy service and public involvement in campaigns”.

Dr Nilaweera is confident that the skills she has gained through her training at the SPHPM will enable her to become a more effective public health specialist in women’s health for Sri Lanka.

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