Professor Shanthi Ameratunga

Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Shanthi Ameratunga is a University academic (part-time) and an independent practitioner (Enabling Paths Ltd). She completed her PhD and postdoctoral training at the University of Auckland and the Johns Hopkins University. Her career - spanning clinical medicine, population health, and inter-disciplinary research focusing on injury prevention, trauma outcomes and disability – reflects an enduring commitment to addressing disparities in health and wellbeing across the lifespan and equity-focused policies. She has received numerous grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Wellcome Trust (UK), WHO, National Health & Medical Research Council, and the Accident Compensation Corporation, which have generated over 300 publications. Her work on multiple expert advisory groups includes co-chairing the governance and leadership group of the Lancet WHO UNICEF Commission on Child Health. She received the Te Manaia Leadership Award from the Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand for her research and capacity development initiatives across the Asia-Pacific region. Shanthi’s current work involves a key focus on coaching the next generation of scholars and activists in injury control and public health. 

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