Dr Hasantha Gunasekera

Senior Lecturer
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

C29 - Children's Hospital Westmead
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 3399
F: +61 2 9845 1491
Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

General Paediatrician in Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Westmead) [More...]

Research interests

General Paediatrics

Indigenous health

Refugee health

Otitis media

Teaching areas

Paediatric teaching throughout the Sydney Medical Program (lectures, bedside tutorials, clinial reasoning sessions, procedural skills, ethics forum, Indigenous health forum and research).

Current national competitive grants*


SEARCH: better evidence, better health for urban Aboriginal children
Craig J, Banks E, Eades S, D'Este C, Bailey S, Redman S, Williamson A, Pope S, Parter C, Gunasekera H
NHMRC Partnership Projects ($1,395,759 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


  • Gunasekera, H. (2014), Oral antibiotics confer small benefits and small harms in low-risk children with acute otitis media. Evidence-Based Medicine. 19(1), 9. [Abstract]
  • Gunasekera, H., Tefuarani, N., Kilalang, C., Amini, J., Sobi, K., Vuvu, J., Duke, T. (2014), A day on the paediatric wards in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. , 494-495. [Abstract]


  • Wood, A., Singh-Grewal, D., De, S., Gunasekera, H. (2013), Kawasaki disease complicated by subluxation of cervical vertebrae (Grisel syndrome). The Medical Journal of Australia. 199(7), 494-496. [Abstract]
  • Falster, K., Randall, D., Banks, E., Eades, S., Gunasekera, H., Reath, J., Jorm, L. (2013), Inequalities in ventilation tube insertion procedures between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia: a data linkage study. BMJ Open. 3(11), e003807. [Abstract]


  • Gray, K., Wood, N., Gunasekera, H., Sheikh, M., Hazelton, B., Barzi, F., Isaacs, D. (2012), Vitamin D and Tuberculosis Status in Refugee Children. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 31(5), 521-523. [Abstract]
  • Rosenkranz, S., Abbott, P., Reath, J., Gunasekera, H., Hu, W. (2012), Promoting diagnostic accuracy in general practitioner management of otitis media in children: findings from a multimodal, interactive workshop on tympanometry and pneumatic otoscopy. Quality in Primary Care. 20(4), 275-285. [Abstract]


  • Sheikh, M., Wang, S., Pal, A., Macintyre, C., Wood, N., Gunesekera, H. (2011), Vitamin D deficiency in refugee children from conflict zones. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health. 13(1), 87-93. [Abstract]


  • Crogan, J., Gunasekera, H., Wood, N., Sheikh, M., Isaacs, D. (2010), Management of Old World Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Refugee Children. The Pediatric infectious disease journal. 29(4), 357-9. [Abstract]


  • Morris, P., Richmond, P., Lehmann, D., Leach, A., Gunasekera, H., Coates, H. (2009), New horizons: otitis media research in Australia. The Medical Journal of Australia. 191(9 Suppl), S73-S77. [Abstract]
  • Gunasekera, H., O'Connor, T., Vijayasekaran, S., Del Mar, C. (2009), Primary care management of otitis media among Australian children. The Medical Journal of Australia. 191(9), S55-S59. [Abstract]
  • Gunasekera, H., Morris, P., McIntyre, P., Craig, J. (2009), Management of children with otitis media: a summary of evidence from recent systematic reviews. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 45(10), 554-562. [Abstract]
  • Sheikh, M., Pal, A., Wang, S., MacIntyre, C., Wood, N., Isaacs, D., Gunasekera, H., Raman, S., Hale, K., Howell, A. (2009), The epidemiology of health conditions of newly arrived refugee children: a review of patients attending a specialist health clinic in Sydney. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 45(9), 509-513. [Abstract]
  • Gunasekera, H., Morris, P., Daniels, J., Couzos, S., Craig, J. (2009), Otitis media in Aboriginal children: the discordance between burden of illness and access to services in rural/remote and urban Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 45(7-8), 425-430. [Abstract]
  • Gunasekera, H., Morris, P., Daniels, J., Couzos, S., Craig, J. (2009), Management of children with otitis media: a survey of Australian Aboriginal Medical Service practitioners. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 45(7-8), 457-463. [Abstract]