Professor Shanthi Ameratunga



Shanthi Ameratunga is an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland and a Consultant/Senior Researcher at Middlemore and Kidz First Hospitals in South Auckland. A paediatrician and public health physician by training, she leads a multi-disciplinary research program focusing on injury prevention and trauma outcomes, disability and accessible transport. Her goals are to identify and address health inequities, particularly focusing on professional practices, models of care, and the built environment. Working with highly engaged teams supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Wellcome Trust, the National Health & Medical Research Council, and the Accident Compensation Corporation, her work has informed improvements in immunization, youth health and transport policies. She has published over 300+ peer-reviewed papers.

Shanthi is passionately committed to supporting the development of strong and resilient researchers and inspired, adaptable, and high performing project teams. She is a qualified executive coach and sought after professional mentor.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Applied epidemiology and Health services research
  • Trauma research and outcomes
  • Disability & Rehabilitation
  • Youth health
  • Global health

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ameratunga, S., Jackson, N., Peiris-John, R., Sheridan, J., Moselen, E., & Clark, T. (2019). New Zealand adolescents' concerns about their alcohol use and access to services: Associations with ethnicity and other factors. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 18 (4), 634-653. 10.1080/15332640.2018.1428710
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janie Sheridan, Roshini Peiris-John, Terryann Clark
  • Ameratunga, S., Clark, T., & Banati, P. (2018). Changing school climates to promote adolescent wellbeing: two trials with one goal. Lancet (London, England), 392 (10163), 2416-2418. 10.1016/s0140-6736(18)32280-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark
  • Kool, B., Sharpe, S., Humphrey, G., Dobson, R., Whittaker, R., & Ameratunga, S. (2018). DEVELOPING AN ALCOHOL RISK COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR USE IN PRIMARY CARE. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rosie Dobson, Bridget Kool
  • Jones, P., Athaullah, W., Harper, A., Wells, S., LeFevre, J., Stewart, J., ... Ameratunga, S. (2018). Time to CT head in adult patients with suspected traumatic brain injury: Association with the 'Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments' health target in Aotearoa New Zealand. Injury, 49 (9), 1680-1686. 10.1016/j.injury.2018.05.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Peter Jones, Susan Wells, Elana Curtis
  • Chin, M. H., King, P. T., Jones, R. G., Jones, B., Ameratunga, S. N., Muramatsu, N., & Derrett, S. (2018). Lessons for achieving health equity comparing Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United States. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 122 (8), 837-853. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.05.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rhys Jones
  • Sharpe, S., Kool, B., Whittaker, R., Lee, A. C., Reid, P., Civil, I., ... Ameratunga, S. (2018). Effect of a text message intervention to reduce hazardous drinking among injured patients discharged from a trauma ward: A randomized controlled trial. Digital Medicine10.1038/s41746-018-0019-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Bridget Kool, Arier Lee, Ian Civil
  • Ryan, R., Hosking, J., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., & Ameratunga, S. (2018). Children's perceptions of a 'self-explaining road' intervention to improve neighbourhood safety. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54 (4), 365-369. 10.1111/jpc.13776
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jamie Hosking, Laura Wilkinson-Meyers
  • Warren, I., Meads, A., Whittaker, R., Dobson, R. R., & Ameratunga, S. (2018). Behavior Change for Youth Drivers: Design and Development of a Smartphone-Based App (BackPocketDriver). JMIR Formative Research, 2 (2)10.2196/formative.9660
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rosie Dobson, Andrew Meads


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1077
New Zealand

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