PeMSAA Australasia 6th International Congress
Adelaide, South Australia, 12th to 14th October 2018 Congress Programme
DAY 1 - 12th October 2018

William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval

18:30 – 22:00

  • Welcome Reception & Inaugural PeMSAA Australasia Congress Lecture,
  • Inaugural PeMSAA Austrasia Congress Lecture;
  • Addressing Non-communicable Diseases; Global Status – Professor Shanthi Mendis, Consultant Global Health Geneva Learning Foundation & Former Senior Adviser Non-communicable Diseases, World Health Organisation Geneva, Switzerland.

Day 2 - 13h October 2018

Ian McLachlan Room Adelaide Oval


  • Registration


Session One

  • Opening Address by President PeMSAA Australasia Dr Nayanananda Lekamge
  • History of Department of Medicine University of Peradeniya; A walk down the memory lane – Professor Thilak Jayalath , Professor of Medicine University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • James Lance, Steve & fellows, Saving Brains through Authentic Advocacy – Story from Australia – Professor Tissa Wijerathne – Professor in Neurology; Clinical Professor in Medicine, Western Health Clinical School, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Cancer Immunotherapy: The Endgame Begins – Dr Nimmi Athuraliya – Staff Specialist & Clinical Academic, The Maitland Hospital Clinical School, Hunter New England Health, Australia
  • From Prediction to Precision Medicine: The Future Directions In Epilepsy Management – Udaya Senaviratne , Associate Professor, Monash University & The University of Melbourne; Head of Epilepsy Service, Monash Health; Deputy Director of Neurology, Monash Health; Consultant Neurologist/Epileptologist, Monash Health and St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne


  • Morning Tea

10:00 -11:15

Session Two

  • The Current Challenges for the Health Care in a Geriatric World – Dr Ravi Ruberu – Consultant Physician, Lyell McEwin Hospital and Senior lecturer in Clinical Medicine, University of Adelaide & University of South Australia.
  • What is My Right to Refuse Treatment? – Dr Dharshani Gunaratne, Consultant Psychiatrist, ACT Health Canberra, Australia.
  • Right to Live or Die – Do we have right to decide? – Dr Priyani Rathnayaka, Consultant Psychiatrist ACT Health, Canberra, Australia.
  • Future of Psychiatry – Dr Kalyana Rodrigo, Consultant Psychiatrist, ACT Health, Canberra, Australia.

11:15 – 12:00

Session Three

  • History of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Kandy & Peradeniya – Professor Kapila Gunawardena , Chair Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.
  • IUI to Designer Babies – Management of Subfertility for the Future – Dr Nayanananda Lekamge, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Women’s & Children’s Hospital & Port Augusta Hospital, Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide.


  • Lunch

12:30 -13:15

Session Four

  • Recent Trends in Gall Bladder Surgery – Associate Professor Shiran Wijeratne – Consultant Surgeon, Werribee Mercy Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
  • Gut as an Endocrine Organ – Surgery for Diabetes – Dr Senarath Werapitiya – Visiting General Surgeon Bunbury Health Campus, Western Australia.

13:15 – 14:30

Session Five – Workshop

  • Worst Nightmare at Home – Practical Workshop on Basic and Advanced life support Dr Ranjan Joshi – Consultant Intensivist , Women’s & Children Hospital Adelaide , Australia & Dr Saubagya Gunathilaka – Consultant Anaesthetist , Campbelltown Hospital , Sydney , Australia

14:30 to 15:00

  • Afternoon Tea

15:00 – 16:00

Session Six

  • Past Present and Future of Basic Science Teaching in Medical School – Dr Lakal Dissabandara – Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy, Griffith University Australia
  • Quality Assurance & Accreditation Professor Raja Bandaranayke, Former/ Visiting Professor, Department of Anatomy College of Medicine and Medical Sciences Arabian Gulf University & Visiting Professor, Medical Education Gulf Medical College Ajman, United Arab Emirates and Faculty of Medicine University of Peradeniya.
  • Future Direction of Medicine – Dr Sisira Jayathissa – Chief Medical Officer, Hutt Valley District Health Board, Consultant Physician Hutt Valley District Health Board, Clinical senior Lecturer in Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Wellington, New Zealand

16:00 -17:00

Session Seven

  • Upcoming Challenges in Primary Health care – Dr Samanthi Rambadagalla, General Practitioner, New Zealand
  • The Emerging Trends & Achievement in Primary Care – Dr Anura Thalagala, General Practitioner, Sydney, Australia
  • Common Medico Legal Issues – Dr Kumara Ekanayake, General Practitioner, Adelaide, Australia


Session Eight – Workshop

  • Inside look in to South Australian Fine Wine – Authentic Experience; Making to Tasting from Master Wine Makers. Jacob’s Creek Wineries, Barossa, South Australia

18:30 Onwards

  • Gala Dinner with Mystery – Ian McLachlan Room Adelaide oval Adelaide
  • Teaches Felicitation
  • Welcome New PeMSAA Australasia Life Members

Day 3 - 14th October 2018

Ian McLachlan Room Adelaide Oval

08:00 -09:30

Session Nine

  • “Traditional Wisdom within a Limited Life-Span” – Professor Ananda Wijekoon – Former Professor of Paediatrics University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka
  • Current Epidemic of Childhood Obesity – Professor Chandra Abeysekara – Former Professor of Paediatrics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Sweet Stuff in Diabetes Management – Dr Janaka Tennakoon, Consultant Paediatrician, Mildura Base Hospital, Victoria.
  • UTI in children: A paradigm shift in the Management – Professor Asiri Abeyagunawardena – Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Future of Management of Thalassemia in Children –Dr Thushara Kudagammana – Senior Lecturer Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka

09:30 – 10:45

Session Ten

  • Workshop over the Morning Tea Garden & Landscape Design

10:45 -12:30

Session Eleven

  • History of Radiology in Kandy & Peradeniya – Professor Bhadra Hewavithana, Professor of Radiology Department of Radiology , Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Things that Make You Excited – Radiology in Sri Lanka – Dr Indra Lekamge, Senior Consultant Radiologist, National Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Current challenges in Breast imaging – Dr Priyanka Perera – Consultant Radiologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Are We There yet? Radiology in Outback Australia – Dr Janakie Ratnayake – Consultant Radiologist, Dr Jones & Partners & Royal Adelaide Hospital Adelaide, Australia
  • Future of Interventional Radiology – Dr Shantha Sooriyabandara – Consultant Radiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, Australia
  • Artificial Intelligence in Radiology – Dr Sarath Senadeera – Consultant Radiologist, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

12:30 -13:30

Session Twelve – Workshop

  • Dancing & Spirituality – Healthy Body in healthy Mind – Dr Channa Wijewardena – Sri Lankan Choreographer , Founder Channa Upuli Performing Arts Foundation
  • Taking Sri Lankan brand to the world – Bathiya Jayakody & Santhush Weeraman

13:30 – 14:15

  • Lunch

Session Thirteen

14:15 -15:15

Session Fourteen

  • PeMSAA Australasia for next Ten Years Panel Discussion – Past Presidents & Teachers
  • 7th PeMSAA Australia Congress – Address by Dr Anura Thalagala, President Elect PeMSAA Australasia 2019-2021
  • Conclusion of PeMSAA Australasia 6th Congress – Vote of Thanks by- Secretory PeMSAA Australasia Dr Shantha Sooriyabandara


  • PeMSAA Australasia AGM

18:30 -21:00

  • Thaala 2018 by Channa and Upuli Dancing foundation with Bathiya & Santhush
    Elder Hall, North Terrace Adelaide