Maithri Peiris Goonetilleke

Assoc Professor

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A/Prof Maithri Goonetilleke is an Australian medical doctor and Associate Professor in Global Health. 

He teaches Global health at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the medical and public health curricula at Monash University.

For the last 15 years Maithri has worked as a clinician and public health worker in both Australia and Eswatini, Sub Saharan Africa. In Eswatini he was  founder of the non governmental organization Possible Dreams International  which addresses structural determinants of health in the most rural and remote parts of the country and is entirely managed by Indigenous Swazi people.

His PhD research looked at the impact of structural factors involved in the Swazi HIV epidemic on sex workers, rural grandmothers and migrant labourers.

In Australia his clinical roles span correctional medicine, general practice, and Indigenous Health.

In 2019 Maithri was selected by the World Assembly of Sciences and Inter-Academy Partnership as one of the worlds twenty two young physician leaders of 2019.

He speaks widely around the world on Global Public health, is a former TEDx speaker and was recipient of a Monash Vice Chancelllors award in 2016.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being