The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Doctor Sanjeewa Kularatna

Dr. Sanjeewa Kularatna is a research fellow of the Centre for Applied Health Economics, Menzies Health

Institute of Queensland, Griffith University. He has extensive research experience in public health, economic

evaluations and preference based measurements including developing country health system settings.

Dr. Kularatna recently completed a PhD in health economics. His research focused on health state valuation

using preference elicitation techniques. He developed utility value sets for Sri Lanka enabling future economic

evaluations to use Quality Adjusted Life Years as the outcome measure.


He is interested in developing new multi attribute utility instruments, health state valuation methods and measurements of health related quality of life. Currently he is developing a cardiovascular specific multi attribute utility instrument and quality of life instrument to measure health related quality of life of Australian indigenous people. 


Sanjeewa is using the data available with the CRE to develop new disease specific multi attribute utility instrument for cardiovascular conditions. He is also conducting the economic evaluation for the Standard versus Atrial Fibrillation spEcific managemenT studY (SAFETY) trial. Sanjeewa is involved in developing new quality of life instruments and measuring quality of life related to cardiovascular conditions in rural and indigenous population in Australia.


  1. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Joshua Byrnes, Cindy Mervin, Paul Scuffham. Health Technology Assessments reporting cost-effectiveness of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. International Journal of Health Technology Assessment. Accepted for publication.

  2. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Jennifer A Whitty, Newell W Johnson, Ruwan Jayasinghe. Paul A. Scuffham. EQ-5D derived population norms for Sri Lanka. PlosOne. Nov 2014.

  3. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Jennifer A Whitty, Newell W Johnson, Ruwan Jayasinghe. Paul A. Scuffham. Valuing EQ-5D Health States for Sri Lanka. Qual Life Res. 2014 Dec 28.

  4. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Jennifer A Whitty, Newell W Johnson, Ruwan Jayasinghe. Paul A. Scuffham. Development of an EORTC-8D utility algorithm for Sri Lanka. Medical Decision Making. Dec 2014.

  5. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Jennifer A Whitty, Newell W Johnson, Paul A. Scuffham. Study protocol for valuing EQ-5D-3L and EORTC-8D health states in a representative population sample in Sri Lanka. Health and quality of life outcomes 2013; 11(1).149

  6. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Jennifer A Whitty, Newell W Johnson, Paul A. Scuffham. Health State Valuation in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Value in Health 2103; 16(6), 1091-1099

  7. Sanjeewa Kularatna, Joshua Byrnes, Paul A Scuffham. Study protocol: Comparison of inconsistency between Time Trade Off and Discrete Choice Experiments in EQ-5D- 3 L health state valuations. Journal of health Economics and Outcomes Research, 2(1) p87-95

  8. R Lalloo, J Kroon, O Tut, S Kularatna, LM Jamieson, V Wallace, R Boase et al. Effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of a single annual professional intervention for the prevention of childhood dental caries in a remote rural Indigenous community. BMC Oral Health 15 (1), 99

  9. Crowe L, Quinn V, Chenoweth L, Kularatna S, Boddy J, Wheeler AJ. Advance Care Planning for Older Australians Living in the Community. Sage Open.2015 2015-04-01

  10. Kularatna S, Wijesinghe PR, Abeysinghe MR, Karunaratne K, Ekanayake L. Burden of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in Sri-Lanka: Deriving a reasonable measure for vaccine introduction decision making. Vaccine. 2015;33(27):3122-8. Epub 2015/05/16

  11. Gordon LG, Patrao T, Kularatna S, Hawkes AL. A telephone-delivered multiple health behaviour change intervention for colorectal cancer survivors: making the case for cost-effective healthcare. European journal of cancer care. 2015. Epub 2015/07/01.

  12. Koh R, Pukallus M, Kularatna S, Gordon LG, Barnett AG, Walsh LJ, Seow WK. Relative cost-effectiveness of home visits and telephone contacts in preventing early childhood caries. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2015. Epub 2015/06/26.

  13. Margaret Pukallus, Kathryn Plonka,   Sanjeewa Kularatna, Louisa Gordon, Adrian G Barnett, Laurence Walsh, W. Kim Seow. Cost-effectiveness of a telephone-delivered education program to prevent early childhood caries in a disadvantaged area: A cohort study: BMJ open 3 (5).

  14. Kularatna S, Whitty JA, Scuffham PA. Comments on the use of vignettes and the EQ-5D to value disease specific health states. Value in Health 2012; 15: 591-592

  15. Kumarihami SL, Subasinghe LD, Jayasekara P, Kularatna SM, Palipana PD, The prevalence of early childhood caries in 1-2 years olds in a semi-urban area of Sri Lanka. BMC research notes, ISSN: 1756-0500, 2011 Sep 09; 04: 336

  16. SB Agampodi, MSM Kularathna, PMRBI Pathiraja. Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of hemoglobin colour scale method. Indian Journal of Community medicine. 2009;34(4):367-36.

  17. Kularatna S. Ekanayake L. Root surface caries on older individuals for Sri Lanka. Caries Research.2007;41:252-256.