April 9, 2019

Associate Professor Chinthaka Balasooriya

Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya is the Director of Medical Education Development at the
School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW Australia. He has a
background in medicine and a PhD in Medical Education. He leads a range of
research projects in medical education, based within the UNSW Medicine program
and within the General Practice training program. He recently led a research project
funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia, which aimed to enhance the
development of clinical reasoning skills in GP trainees and enhance their use of
clinical guidelines. He also supervises research into contextual influences on clinical-
decision making, the development and evaluation of educational strategies to
enhance clinicians’ decision-making skills, and the design and evaluation of
educational instruments to develop collaborative learning and clinical collaborative
competencies. In addition to his research activities, he has made a high-quality
contribution to the design and implementation of the UNSW Medicine program over
the last 18 years.
Dr Balasooriya’s expertise has been recognised by a range of university and national
level awards. These include the Faculty of Medicine Teaching Excellence award, a
Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and an Australian Learning &
Teaching Council Citation. In 2016 he was appointed as an Inaugural Fellow of the
UNSW Scientia Education Academy. His expertise in Medical Education has been
further recognised through the Prestigious Fellowship of the Australian and New
Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE).
Chinthaka leads a wide range of national and international collaborations. He has
strong links with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and with the
universities of Peradeniya and Colombo in Sri Lanka. He is an Associate Editor of the
international journal Higher Education Pedagogies and is the President of the
Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators.