Teaching Hospital Karapitiya (THK), Galle, is the main teaching hospital for the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. During the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster the hospital’s ability to respond to the emergency was limited, as it had little emergency and trauma treatment capacity. The Government of Victoria indicated its commitment to assist post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka.


Key Objectives & Outcomes

The intended outcomes were achieved as follows:

1. The knowledge and skills of the Fellow (Miss Padmawathie) in the practice of emergency and trauma nursing were markedly increased. In addition, the Fellow’s leadership skills were strengthened considerably. She has since trained hundreds of emergency and trauma nurses across Sri Lanka.

2. The capacity of THK to provide an expanded emergency and trauma service was significantly improved following the Fellowship. The Fellow (Miss Padmawathie) remains a senior Emergency Nurse at THK and has continued to provide and lead an increased emergency nursing capacity there. In particular, she has established an efficient and effective nurse-led triage system and has also been a key figure in the hospital’s robust disaster preparedness.

Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka/AusAID/Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet

Geographic Location(s)Galle, Sri Lanka

Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM

Project Manager / Officer(s)Dr Gerard O’Reilly

Main ContactDr Gerard O’Reilly

Year Commenced2008

Expected Completion2008

Research Funding BodyAustralian Government - AusAID