PeMSAA Australasia 6th International Congress Adelaide, South Australia, 12th to 14th October 2018

DAY 1 – 12th October 2018

William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval (Congress Programme)

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 – 13th October 2018

Ian McLachlan Room Adelaide oval (Scientific programme)


Registration 08:00-09:30

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.



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 – Associate Professor Lakal Dissabandara – Professor of 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 health 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


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