Dr Hasantha Gunasekera

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

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Biographical details

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

Senior Lecturer, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School

Research interests

General Paediatrics

Indigenous health Refugee health Otitis media

Teaching and supervision

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

Selected grants

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

  • 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 (APHCRI)/BLO Project.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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, 42(11), A12.
  • 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.

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]
  • 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]

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

  • 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, 42(11), A12.
  • 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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