Dr Maithri Goonetilleke is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and teaches global health to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Since graduating in 2006 with qualifications in medicine, Dr Goonetilleke has spent over a decade working in rural parts of Swaziland and Southern Africa where he founded the non-government organisation, Possible Dreams International (PDI), which works in 32 rural communities. PDI addresses social and structural determinants of health and is managed on the ground by local Swazi people. In addition to his work in Southern Africa, he has also co-ordinated single doctor primary care clinics with the Daasanach people of Northern Kenya and the Orma tribe of Eastern Kenya.
Dr Goonetilleke was awarded the prestigious Carey medal in 2012 for outstanding and exceptional service to the wider community and in 2016 was recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s award for commitment to Inclusion and Diversity at Monash University. He is the chairman of the advisory board for the Bachelor of Global Studies degree at Monash University.
Read here about a short course taken by Dr Goonetilleke.