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Neeraja Sanmuhanathan

Sexual Assault Clinician/Lecturer in Counselling, University of Notre Dame Australia

Dr Neeraja Sanmuhanathan is a Senior Sexual Assault Counsellor with NSW Health providing trauma informed and evidence based counselling support to those impacted by sexual violence. In this role, Neeraja also provides specialist counselling support to University of Sydney students as part of the Safer Communities project undertaken in partnership with NSW Health.

Neeraja is a lecturer within the Master of Counselling program at the University of Notre Dame. She has previously worked with asylum seekers and refugees impacted by sexual violence, displacement, and torture.


  • 2017–present
    Sessional Academic, School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University
  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, Counselling, University of Notre Dame
  • 2019–present
    Senior Sexual Assault Counsellor, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • 2013–2018
    Torture and Trauma Counsellor, STARTTS (NSW Service for the Rehabilitation and Treatment of Torture and Trauma Survivors)


  • 2020 
    University of Sydney, PhD Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences