Dr Prabhathi Basnayake

Technical Advisor

Dr Prabhathi Basnayake’s training is in Medical Anthropology and public health. Her research interests include migration and migrant communities, identity, culture and health care seeking behaviour, cross-cultural research and health systems governance and financing studies.

Prabhathi joined the Nossal Institute in 2016 after working as a research officer/fellow and a consultant in national and international health research projects.

She has a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and a Masters in Social Health and Doctoral studies in Medical Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. Her PhD research explored how socio-economic and cultural ‘baggage’ carried by migrant communities affects their transplanted lives in the West and their health-seeking behaviour in the management of chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes.

Prabhathi’s cross-cultural health research and teaching experience encompasses Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Qatar and Laos. She has worked in health systems governance and financing projects in the Asia Pacific region with partners such as the World Bank and WHO.

Prabhathi hopes to support equitable health systems to help improve health across poor communities, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. She believes building and maintaining partnerships and collaborations with academic institutions, NGOs, international organisations and Governments is vital for greater understanding of health behaviour within communities.

Prabhathi recently took over the co-coordination and teaching of the Masters of Public Health course of Primary Health Care in Jamkhed, India.