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Dr Janani Pinidiyapathirage

Dr Janani Pinidiyapathirage
Name Janani Pinidiyapathirage
Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Agricultural Health and Medicine)
Section Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (Research)
Office Q527
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2238
Extension 2238
Qualifications BMed SJP , BSurgery SJP , MSc Colombo , MD Colombo , PhD UNSW

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Primary Health Care ( 111717 )
  • Epidemiology ( 111706 )
  • Preventive Medicine ( 111716 )

Research interests
Epidemiology and prevention of non-communicable disease, health behaviour change

Professional memberships
Public Health Association of Australia

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)

Publications in ePrints

Pinidiyapathirage, Janani and Kitchener, Scott and McNamee, Sarah and Wynter, Sacha and Langford, Jack and Doyle, Ashley and McMahon, Andrew (2018) Analysis of agriculture-related life-threatening injuries presenting to emergency departments of rural generalist hospitals in Southern Queensland. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 30 (6). ISSN 1742-6731

Pinidiyapathirage, Janani and O’Shannessy, Megan and Harte, Jane and Brumby, Susan and Kitchener, Scott (2018) Chronic disease and health risk behaviors among rural agricultural workforce in Queensland. Journal of Agromedicine, 23 (1). pp. 32-39. ISSN 1059-924X

Pinidiyapathirage, Janani and Jayasuriya, Rohan and Cheung, N. Wah and Schwarzer, Ralf (2018) Self-efficacy and planning strategies can improve physical activity levels in women with a recent history of gestational diabetes mellitus. Psychology and Health, 33 (8). pp. 1062-1077. ISSN 0887-0446

Kato, Norihiro and Loh, Marie and Takeuchi, Fumihiko and Verweij, Niek and Wang, Xu and Zhang, Weihua and Kelly, Tanika N. and Saleheen, Danish and Lehne, Benjamin and Leach, Irene Mateo and Pinidiyapathirage, Mohitha J. (2015) Trans-ancestry genome-wide association study identifies 12 genetic loci influencing blood pressure and implicates a role for DNA methylation. Nature Genetics, 47 (11). pp. 1282-1293. ISSN 1061-4036

Jayasuriya, R. and Pinidiyapathirage, M. J. and Jayawardena, R. and Kasturiratne, A. and de Zoysa, P. and Godamunne, P. and Gamage, S. and Wickremasinghe, A. R. (2015) Translational research for diabetes self-management in Sri Lanka: a randomized controlled trial. Primary Care Diabetes, 9 (5). pp. 338-345. ISSN 1751-9918

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Primary Health Care ( 111717 )
  • Epidemiology ( 111706 )
  • Preventive Medicine ( 111716 )

Research topics

Janani graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka as a medical doctor in 1999. She completed her MD in Community Medicine in 2007 from the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo and later a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. In 2014, after a 10 year tenure in the capacity of Lecture/Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, Janani joined the research cadre at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Janani's primary research interests focus on prevention and management of chronic disease, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, she has interests in rural health including farmer health and safety, and physical activity and nutrition research. Janani has extensive experience in conducting large epidemiological studies and promoting health and hygiene among populations displaced due to natural disasters like tsunami. Janani is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a member of the Public Health Association of Australia, Sri Lanka Medical Association and the Sri Lanka College of Community Physicians. She has several publications in leading medical journals and has presented at a number of international conferences.