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Tilini  Gunatillake

Dr Tilini Gunatillake

Research Fellow

Tilini Gunatillake is a Research Fellow working with the First 1000 Days Australia Research group. She is primarily involved in assisting and evaluating the implementation of First 1000 days Australia. Her particular focus is on contributing to the collection, management, analysis and reporting of data obtained from the implementation program.

Tilini obtained her Doctorate from the University of Melbourne in 2016 under the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her research was primarily molecular biology focused, and involved investigating potential causes of pregnancy complications and then identifying viable curative and/or treatment options for these diseases. On completion of her PhD she worked at Western Health as an Ethics and Governance Submission Officer, supporting researchers and sponsors with the implementation of new and innovative clinical trials at the hospital.

Following her experience within the public health area, Tilini’s interests exist around research focused on improving health outcomes for women and children, particularly in disadvantaged and developing communities. This interest has led her to undertake a Master of International Public Health with the University of Sydney, which has further reinforced her passion for research in this area.


Indigenous Health Equity Unit
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
4/207 Bouverie Street
The University of Melbourne, Vic. 3010