Dr Hasantha Gunasekera

MBBS DCH MIPH (Hons) FRACP PhD
Sub-Dean (Education)
Child and Adolescent Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 9845 3399
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Biographical details

Editor, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Sub Dean (Education), The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School

Child and Adolescent Health Block Co-ordinator, University of Sydney

General Paediatrician, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Westmead)

Research interests

General Paediatrics

Indigenous health

Refugee health

Otitis media

Teaching and supervision

Child and Adolescent Health Block Coordinator. Paediatric teaching throughout the Sydney Medical Program (MD projects, lectures, bedside tutorials, clinical reasoning sessions, procedural skills, ethics forum, Indigenous health forum and research).

Current projects

SEARCH: Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (ear health, development and speech and language assessment sections of this Cohort Study)

WATCH: Watchful waiting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children with acute otitis media without perforation

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Indigenous Children's Healthy Ears

Awards and honours

Sydney Medical School Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015

The Children's Hospital @ Westmead Best Bedside Teacher 2012

USYD Discipline of Child & Adolescent Health Best CRS Tutor 2011

RACP New Investigator Prize 2009

RACP Quality Assurance Prize 2009

In the media

Multiple interviews and public forums advocating for the release of children from immigration detention.

Multiple interviews concerning study assessing the public health impacts of popular movies.

International links

Papua New Guinea

(Faculty of Medicine) External Examiner for Master of Medicine (Paediatrics) and Diploma in Child Health for University of Papua New Guinea (2012 onwards).

United States

(International Society for Otitis Media (ISOM)) Member of Epidemiology Panel

Selected grants

2014

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Children's Healthy EARs (ICHEAR); Leach A, Gunasekera H; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Centres of Research Excellence.
  • Centre of Research Excellence in Otitis Media of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children; Gunasekera H; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Centres of Research Excellence.

2013

  • Randomised controlled trial of antimicrobial treatment versus watchful waiting for acute otitis media without perforation in low risk Aboriginal children; Reath J, Gunasekera H; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • 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; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.
  • Centre of Research Excellence in urban Aboriginal child health; Banks E, Bailey S, Barwick D, Craig J, D Este C, Delaney-Thiele D, Fernando D, Gunasekera H, Lyons S, Purcell A, Raphael B, Williamson A, Woolfenden S, Wright D; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute/BLO Project.
  • 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; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.
  • Health trajectories in urban Aboriginal children: the SEARCH Study; Banks E, Eades S, D'Este C, Bailey S, Redman S, Purcell A, Williamson A, Gunasekera H, McIntyre P, Clapham K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Abbott, P., Gunasekera, H., Leach, A., Askew, D., Walsh, R., Kong, K., Girosi, F., Bond, C., Morris, P., Lujic, S., Usherwood, T., et al (2016). A multi-centre open-label randomised non-inferiority trial comparing watchful waiting to antibiotic treatment for acute otitis media without perforation in low-risk urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (the WATCH trial): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Isaacs, D. (2015). Antenatal care for asylum seekers. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(11), 572-572. [More Information]
  • Attwood, L., Rodrigues, S., Winsor, J., Warren, S., Biviano, L., Gunasekera, H. (2015). Improving delivery of health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(5), 534-540. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Kilham, H. (2015). In the beginning, there was general paediatrics.. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(1), 48-53. [More Information]
  • Paxton, G., Tosif, S., Graham, H., Smith, A., Beverley, C., Standish, J., McCloskey, K., Ferguson, G., Isaacs, D., Gunasekera, H., Marais, B., Britton, P., Elliott, E., Raman, S., et al (2015). Perspective: 'The forgotten children: National inquiry into children in immigration detention (2014)'. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4), 365-368. [More Information]
  • 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, 50(6), 494-495. [More Information]
  • Corbett, E., Gunasekera, H., Maycock, A., Isaacs, D. (2014). Australia's treatment of refugee and asylum seeker children: The views of Australian paediatricians. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(7), 393-398. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H. (2014). Ethical dilemmas about orphan drugs for orphan diseases. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(8), 656. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H. (2014). Oral antibiotics confer small benefits and small harms in low-risk children with acute otitis media. Evidence-Based Medicine, 19(1), 9-9. [More Information]
  • Abbott, P., Rosenkranz, S., Hu, W., Gunasekera, H., Reath, J. (2014). The effect and acceptability of tympanometry and pneumatic otoscopy in general practitioner diagnosis and management of childhood ear disease. BMC Family Practice, 15(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • 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), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Wood, A., Singh-Grewal, D., De, S., Gunasekera, H. (2013). Kawasaki disease complicated by subluxation of cervical vertebrae (Grisel syndrome). Medical Journal of Australia, 199(7), 494-496. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Gray, K., Wood, N., Gunasekera, H., Sheikh, M., Hazelton, B., Isaacs, D. (2012). Vitamin D and Tuberculosis Status in Refugee Children. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 31(5), 521-523. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Purcell, A., Eades, S., Banks, E., Wutzke, S., McIntyre, P., Redman, S., Woolfenden, S., Fernando, D., Craig, J. (2011). Healthy kids, health future: Ear health, speech and language among urban aboriginal children (the SEARCH study). Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(Suppl. 2), 6-6.
  • Woolfenden, S., Purcell, A., Fernando, D., Gunasekera, H. (2011). Parents’ Evaluation of developmental status of urban Aboriginal children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(Suppl2), 28-28.
  • Sheikh, M., Wang, S., Pal, A., MacIntyre, C., Wood, N., Gunasekera, H. (2011). Vitamin D deficiency in refugee children from conflict zones. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(1), 87-93. [More Information]
  • 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), 357-359. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Knox, S., Morris, P., Britt, H., McIntyre, P., Craig, J. (2010). Spectrum and management of otitis media in Australian indigenous and non-indigenous children: a national study. Pediatrics, 121(S2), S128-S128.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Morris, P., Richmond, P., Lehmann, D., Leach, A., Gunasekera, H., Coates, H. (2009). New horizons: otitis media research in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(9), S73-S77. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., O'Connor, T., Vijayasekaran, S., Del Mar, C. (2009). Primary care management of otitis media among Australian children. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(9), S55-S59. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Morris, P., Daniels, J., Couzos, S., Craig, J. (2008). Management of Children with Otitis Media: a Survey of Australian Aboriginal Medical Services. Pediatrics, 121, S98-S99.
  • Gunasekera, H., Haysom, L., Morris, P., Craig, J. (2008). The Global Burden of Childhood Otitis Media and Hearing Impairment: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, 121(S2), S107-S107.
  • Patradoon-Ho, P., Gunasekera, H. (2007). ADHD: a stimulating debate for young paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43(3), 196-196.
  • Patradoon-Ho, P., Gunasekera, H. (2007). ADHD: a stimulating debate for young paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43(3), 196-196. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Knox, S., Morris, P., Britt, H., McIntyre, P., Craig, J. (2007). The spectrum and management of otitis media in Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous children: a national study. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 26(8), 689-692. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). Fear ever young: the terrorist death toll in perspective. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99(12), 646-646.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). Fear ever young: the terrorist death toll in perspective. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99(12), 646. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Patradoon-Ho, P., Cheng, N. (2006). Febrile confusion: do the hyperpyrexia study conclusions fit? Pediatrics (English Edition), 118(6), 2605-2606.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). Febrile confusion: do the hyperpyrexia study conclusions fit? Pediatrics, 118(6), 2605-2607. [More Information]
  • Patradoon-Ho, P., Gunasekera, H., Ryan, M., Ambler, G. (2006). Inhaled corticosteroids, adrenal suppression and benign intracranial hypertension. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(5), 279-280. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Ambler, G. (2006). Safety and efficacy of blood glucose management practices at a diabetes camp. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 42(10), 643-648. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Ambler, G. (2006). Safety and efficacy of blood glucose management practices at a diabetes camp. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 42(10), 643-648. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Haysom, L., Morris, P., Craig, J. (2006). The global burden of childhood otitis media and hearing impairment: a systematic review. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). The repeating history of objections to the fortification of bread and alcohol: from iron filings to folic acid. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(6), 343-344.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). The repeating history of objections to the fortification of bread and alcohol: from iron filings to folic acid. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(6), 343-344. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H. (2005). Designer infant formulas: making a killing. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 98(12), 551-552. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Chapman, S., Campbell, S. (2005). Sex and drugs in popular movies: an analysis of the top 200 films. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 98(10), 464-470. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Buckmaster, A. (2004). Training in general paediatrics: Is it time for change? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40(9-10), 510-516.

2016

  • Abbott, P., Gunasekera, H., Leach, A., Askew, D., Walsh, R., Kong, K., Girosi, F., Bond, C., Morris, P., Lujic, S., Usherwood, T., et al (2016). A multi-centre open-label randomised non-inferiority trial comparing watchful waiting to antibiotic treatment for acute otitis media without perforation in low-risk urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (the WATCH trial): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17(1), 1-10. [More Information]

2015

  • Gunasekera, H., Isaacs, D. (2015). Antenatal care for asylum seekers. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(11), 572-572. [More Information]
  • Attwood, L., Rodrigues, S., Winsor, J., Warren, S., Biviano, L., Gunasekera, H. (2015). Improving delivery of health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(5), 534-540. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Kilham, H. (2015). In the beginning, there was general paediatrics.. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(1), 48-53. [More Information]
  • Paxton, G., Tosif, S., Graham, H., Smith, A., Beverley, C., Standish, J., McCloskey, K., Ferguson, G., Isaacs, D., Gunasekera, H., Marais, B., Britton, P., Elliott, E., Raman, S., et al (2015). Perspective: 'The forgotten children: National inquiry into children in immigration detention (2014)'. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4), 365-368. [More Information]

2014

  • 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, 50(6), 494-495. [More Information]
  • Corbett, E., Gunasekera, H., Maycock, A., Isaacs, D. (2014). Australia's treatment of refugee and asylum seeker children: The views of Australian paediatricians. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(7), 393-398. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H. (2014). Ethical dilemmas about orphan drugs for orphan diseases. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(8), 656. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H. (2014). Oral antibiotics confer small benefits and small harms in low-risk children with acute otitis media. Evidence-Based Medicine, 19(1), 9-9. [More Information]
  • Abbott, P., Rosenkranz, S., Hu, W., Gunasekera, H., Reath, J. (2014). The effect and acceptability of tympanometry and pneumatic otoscopy in general practitioner diagnosis and management of childhood ear disease. BMC Family Practice, 15(1), 1-10. [More Information]

2013

  • 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), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Wood, A., Singh-Grewal, D., De, S., Gunasekera, H. (2013). Kawasaki disease complicated by subluxation of cervical vertebrae (Grisel syndrome). Medical Journal of Australia, 199(7), 494-496. [More Information]

2012

  • 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. [More Information]
  • Gray, K., Wood, N., Gunasekera, H., Sheikh, M., Hazelton, B., Isaacs, D. (2012). Vitamin D and Tuberculosis Status in Refugee Children. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 31(5), 521-523. [More Information]

2011

  • Gunasekera, H., Purcell, A., Eades, S., Banks, E., Wutzke, S., McIntyre, P., Redman, S., Woolfenden, S., Fernando, D., Craig, J. (2011). Healthy kids, health future: Ear health, speech and language among urban aboriginal children (the SEARCH study). Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(Suppl. 2), 6-6.
  • Woolfenden, S., Purcell, A., Fernando, D., Gunasekera, H. (2011). Parents’ Evaluation of developmental status of urban Aboriginal children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(Suppl2), 28-28.
  • Sheikh, M., Wang, S., Pal, A., MacIntyre, C., Wood, N., Gunasekera, H. (2011). Vitamin D deficiency in refugee children from conflict zones. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(1), 87-93. [More Information]

2010

  • 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), 357-359. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Knox, S., Morris, P., Britt, H., McIntyre, P., Craig, J. (2010). Spectrum and management of otitis media in Australian indigenous and non-indigenous children: a national study. Pediatrics, 121(S2), S128-S128.

2009

  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Morris, P., Richmond, P., Lehmann, D., Leach, A., Gunasekera, H., Coates, H. (2009). New horizons: otitis media research in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(9), S73-S77. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., O'Connor, T., Vijayasekaran, S., Del Mar, C. (2009). Primary care management of otitis media among Australian children. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(9), S55-S59. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

2008

  • Gunasekera, H., Morris, P., Daniels, J., Couzos, S., Craig, J. (2008). Management of Children with Otitis Media: a Survey of Australian Aboriginal Medical Services. Pediatrics, 121, S98-S99.
  • Gunasekera, H., Haysom, L., Morris, P., Craig, J. (2008). The Global Burden of Childhood Otitis Media and Hearing Impairment: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, 121(S2), S107-S107.

2007

  • Patradoon-Ho, P., Gunasekera, H. (2007). ADHD: a stimulating debate for young paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43(3), 196-196.
  • Patradoon-Ho, P., Gunasekera, H. (2007). ADHD: a stimulating debate for young paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43(3), 196-196. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Knox, S., Morris, P., Britt, H., McIntyre, P., Craig, J. (2007). The spectrum and management of otitis media in Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous children: a national study. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 26(8), 689-692. [More Information]

2006

  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). Fear ever young: the terrorist death toll in perspective. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99(12), 646-646.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). Fear ever young: the terrorist death toll in perspective. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99(12), 646. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Patradoon-Ho, P., Cheng, N. (2006). Febrile confusion: do the hyperpyrexia study conclusions fit? Pediatrics (English Edition), 118(6), 2605-2606.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). Febrile confusion: do the hyperpyrexia study conclusions fit? Pediatrics, 118(6), 2605-2607. [More Information]
  • Patradoon-Ho, P., Gunasekera, H., Ryan, M., Ambler, G. (2006). Inhaled corticosteroids, adrenal suppression and benign intracranial hypertension. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(5), 279-280. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Ambler, G. (2006). Safety and efficacy of blood glucose management practices at a diabetes camp. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 42(10), 643-648. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Ambler, G. (2006). Safety and efficacy of blood glucose management practices at a diabetes camp. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 42(10), 643-648. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Haysom, L., Morris, P., Craig, J. (2006). The global burden of childhood otitis media and hearing impairment: a systematic review. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). The repeating history of objections to the fortification of bread and alcohol: from iron filings to folic acid. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(6), 343-344.
  • Gunasekera, H. (2006). The repeating history of objections to the fortification of bread and alcohol: from iron filings to folic acid. Medical Journal of Australia, 185(6), 343-344. [More Information]

2005

  • Gunasekera, H. (2005). Designer infant formulas: making a killing. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 98(12), 551-552. [More Information]
  • Gunasekera, H., Chapman, S., Campbell, S. (2005). Sex and drugs in popular movies: an analysis of the top 200 films. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 98(10), 464-470. [More Information]

2004

  • Gunasekera, H., Buckmaster, A. (2004). Training in general paediatrics: Is it time for change? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40(9-10), 510-516.

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