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Tharanga Fernando is a Research Fellow at the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU), Monash University Accident Research Centre. Her work encompasses overseeing the data request service and database management at VISU, while contributing to other research projects. She is well-versed with the ICD10-AM coding for diseases and injury, and enjoys coding challenging data extracts. 

Tharanga has a first-class honours in Statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a diploma on Environmental Water Resource Management from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Her PhD research was on the effect of comorbidity on injury outcomes. Her methodological skills cover areas of multivariable and multivariate regressions and coding and analysis of large linked datasets. Her topic areas of interest are injury surveillance, injury outcomes, comorbidity, and health systems strengthening. She is currently the lead investigator on a suicide data linkage study conducted on behalf of the department of health.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Injury outcomes, Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 11 Nov 2020

Water resource management, PG Diploma, University of Moratuwa

Award Date: 5 Jul 2002

Statistics, B.Sc (honours), University of Colombo

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

External positions

Senior Data Analyst, Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI)

Research area keywords

  • Injury epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Statistical and Data Analysis


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