Sanjaya Senanayake

Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Physician, Australian National University

I am an Infectious Diseases Specialist seeing patients in a hospital setting. However, medicine has also given me the opportunity to diversify into the media, writing and education.

MEDIA
I love to communicate and educate. This was the driving force behind the two medical textbooks that I wrote. I have also written a novel, "Chilli, Chicks and Heart Attacks: The Misadventures of an Intern" - a tale of medicine, migrants and mayhem.

This enthusiasm for educating and communicating in an engaging manner has inadvertently resulted in a number of media interviews as a medical expert. Some of these included The Project, Ten's Breakfast show, the PM radio show about Ebola and Sunrise on the topic of "superbugs".

NEWSPAPER CONTRIBUTIONS
I write regularly for The Sunday Times, usually for the Mediscene magazine.

MEDICAL INTERESTS
I also write the chapter on Infectious Diseases for the biennial publication from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: "Australia's Health". This is the official snapshot of the health of the nation that is tabled at Parliament by the Federal Health Minister on its publication.

I've a strong interest in the Public Health response to Communicable Diseases as evidenced by my book, "Clinical Cases in Infectious Diseases: A Public Health Approach" (McGraw-Hill 2007) and by my Masters of Applied Epidemiology from the ANU (2003-4).

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Physician, Australian National University

Education

  • 1995 
    University of New South Wales, MBBS, BSc(Med)