Ceylon Society of Australia – Quarterly Meeting Sunday 23rd February 2020

Date(s) - 23/02/2020 - 24/02/2020
6:30 pm - 12:00 am

Pennant Hills Community Center



Ceylon Society of Australia – General Meeting Sunday 23rd February 2020

Public Meeting
Sunday 23 February 2020

The first General meeting for 2020 of the Ceylon Society of Australia will be on Sunday 23 February 2020 commencing at 6.30 PM at the Pennant Hills Community Centre Hall, corner Ramsay Road (off Yarrara Road).
Parking is available at the rear of the Pennant Hills Public Library. Entry is free and members and their guests are welcome.

The guest speaker
Dr Raja C. Bandaranayake
will speak on
The History and Development of Medical
Education in Sri Lanka

Dr Bandaranayake’s talk will focus on the establishment and development of three systems of health care and education, with particular emphasis on allopathic medicine.
The origins of education for allopathic medicine in Sri Lanka and its historical developments over the last century and a half will be examined, together with the forces which led to the rapid increase in the number of medical schools over the last fifty years, as well as the privatisation of medical education.
The practice of traditional medicine in Sri Lanka is over three thousand years old, and has a strong history and culture. It has its origins in three ancient systems of alternative medicine, with traditions passed on from generation to generation, or sometimes lost through secrecy. The development of systemisation through education has been a relatively recent 20th Century endeavour.
While the practice of acupuncture and formalised education for its practice are apparently of recent origin, one theory has it that the practice really originated in Sri Lanka and not in China. Educational institutes for training in acupuncture have now been set up. Unlike in some other countries, training in acupuncture has not been integrated with training in allopathic medicine.

The continuing development of medical education in Sri Lanka will be looked at in the context of the explosion of knowledge and skills now required for the current and future practice of medicine.
Our speaker graduated in Medicine from the University of Ceylon, obtained his PhD from the University of London Guy’s Hospital Medical School, and Masters in Education from the University of Southern California. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in recognition of his services to the College as Chairman of the Anatomy and Examinations Committees and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Examiners. He was Technical Advisor to the Australian Medical Council Examinations Committee for foreign medical graduates.
He was Associate Professor and Academic Director in the School of Medical Education at the University of New South Wales. After retirement, he took up the position of Professor of Anatomy in the College of Medicine
of the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. He retired from full-time academic duties in 2003, but continued to undertake international consultancies in Medical Education until 2019.

Dr. Raja is a consultant of international repute, having undertaken many assignments in 29 countries for international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, World Bank and World Federation for Medical Education, and on the invitation of health and educational institutions in those countries. He has served on many expert committees and working parties at international and national levels in the field of Medical Education. He was a member of the Task Force of the World Federation for Medical Education to determine international standards in medical education, and on the Core Committee of the Institute for International Medical Education (China Medical Board of New York) to identify global minimal essential requirements. In recognition of his services to medical education in developing countries, he was awarded the Fred Katz Memorial Medal by the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education in 1991, where he served as President.
SOCIAL: After a brief question time, a social will follow, Those able are requested to kindly bring nonsweet savoury finger food. Please avoid cakes with icing as the general preferences are for plain cakes, sandwiches and savoury pastries. To avoid duplication of food items please contact our Social Convenor Amal Wahab on (02) 9402 7735. As an alternative, a donation to the CSA to help defray costs could be made at the meeting.



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