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Consultant Psychiatrist - Clinical & Rehabilitation Division
Dr. J. K. T. Gamini Prematilake

Dr. Prematilake has joined the government service in 1980 and served the Department of Health as Consultant Psychiatrist for a period of 24 years until 2004. He has also been the Consultant Psychiatrist of the National Council for Mental Health for 4 years from 1990 to 1994. He has had a short stint of 1 year in the Ministry of Health working as Consultant in Community Mental Health on Health Sector Development Project funded by the World Bank from 2005 to 2006. Hecontinues to serve the Mental Health Resource Centres of the National Council for Mental Health in the capacity of Consultant Psychiatrist.He has also been the Consultant Psychiatrist of National Council for Mental Health since 1990.

Dr. Premathilake is a member of the Management Committee of the National Council for Mental Health.

Dr. Prematilake has represented Sri Lanka at the International Congress on Communication and Disability conducted in collaboration with the Advanced Institute of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation held in Paris in February, 1988. He has also participated in the International Symposium on Community Care of Schizophrenia in Developing Countries at NIMHANS in India in February, 1999 and as the Speaker at Citizenship is Therapeutics (Comparison on the good practices for the mental health in the world in Milano, Italy in April 2002

Cheif Administrator
Mr. Jayanth Mudalige

Mr. Jayanth Mudalige is a former aircraft technician and was trained in Ukraine and India. His rich and varied experiences in serving SLAF for 22 years brings into NCMH valuable skills of administration and Personel Management.

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Coordinator - Department of Information & Training
Mr. I. D. Danasiri

Mr. Danasiri has joined NCMH, National Council for Mental Health in the year 2005 and served as Coordinator, District Resource Centre , Kalutara. He also has served as the Administrative Officer, NCMH Resource Centre, Gorakana.

Mr. Danasiri accounts for 36 years experience in health affairs having servedthe Health Department as a Public Health Inspector, Supervising Public Health Inspector and Tutor Public Health at the National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara. He has been a Lecturer in Public Health and also a Visiting Lecturer at the Regional Training Centres in Galle, Kadugannawa and Kurunegala where the Public Health Inspectors are trained.

After retirement he has served as the National Coordinator of the School Health Clubs Programme funded by UNICEF and also as the Water and Sanitation Project Coordinator, sponsored by Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, in Galle District.

Mr. Danasiri has followed the Public Health Inspector Training Course, (1962/63) and has obtained the Certificate of Diploma for Public Health from the Royal Society of Health, England. In addition, he has had training in Community Health Management, Health Systems Research Methodology, Occupational Health, Educational Science. He has followed Master Trainer Programme in Mental Health and Psychosocial care, under the Child & Family Resilience Project conducted by Israel Psychologists and Psychiatrists at NCMH Institute of Mental Health, Gorakana, Panadura.

He also has followed a Family Planning Training Programme in Napal in 1990, Nutrition Training in Indonesia and Primary Health Care training in Thailand in 1993.

Mr. Danasiri’s excellent communication and PR skills have contributed to facilitate the efficient conduct of the Outreach Community Mental Health Care Programme, to which the management has given priority. He is an important component of this initiative.

Coordinator - Department of Rehabilitation
Mr. Gamini Subasinghe

Mr. Subasinghe has served the Sri Lanka Army for 33 years and has held the rank of Captain at retirement. Commencing from his first attachment at the Directorate of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps as a Commissioned Officer, where he has followed a nurses' training course, he has served the Military Hospital as a Nursing Officer and Administrative Officer at the Palaly Base Hospital, and Military Hospital, Colombo, as Staff Officer Grade III.

He has been decorated with a number of military honours including “Uththama Seva Padakkama” awarded for exemplary military career. He has gained ample experience in military administration and skills in nursing.

Mr.Subasinghe has been attached to the Skills Development and Rehabilitation Unit of the NCMH Resource Centre since 2004, Borella for the last five years and has assisted in many ways in the implementation of the programme for rehabilitation of those suffering from long-term mental illness. He has participated in a workshop for National Psychosocial Rehabilitation, conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Angoda, in collaboration with World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and also the inaugural workshop to Enhance the Skills of Teachers of Children with Disabilities, conduced by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment.

Coordinator - Department of Psychotherapist & Counselling
Ms Niro Waidyaratne

Ms. Niro Waidyaratne (Psychologist), has been actively involved in Counseling, Psychotherapy and Rehabilitation since the year 2000. Her counseling experience includes working with mentally ill patients, trauma victims, disturbed children, and clients with various disorders and addictions. She has been part of a few social service organisations that were instrumental in the rehabilitation of trauma victims of post tsunami and post war periods.  With excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills and analytical skills to enhance her qualifications, she has the natural ability to motivate people to have a positive outlook.

A former student of Bishop’s College Colombo and also a teacher there for over a decade. She has worked in the Advertising Industry and has been in the Media also for many years. Being a sports person who represented her College in many sports, she excelled in the aquatic arena and represented Sri Lanka Spring Board & Platform Diving in the 80’s.  She was appointed to a four member panel of selectors for Aquatic Sports, from the Ministry of Sport during the period 2001 – 2004.

Ms. Waidyaratne with her immense diversity of exposure, and experience, is part of our team in Counseling Department, at NCMH
Senior Mental Health Officer/ Senior Counselor - Department of Rehabilitation & Counseling
Ms. K. D. Susanthi Fernando

Ms. K. D. Susanthi has followed a Diploma course in Psychology at the Institute of Psychological Studies and clinical training programme at Sandeepani Home for the mentally ill and has acquired an extensive knowledge and training in many areas of mental health. She has further enhanced her knowledge by following a programme in personality development at the Colombo University.

She has also participated in a workshop on Introduction to Research Methodology and done a research in mental health status of children affected by Tsunami in Galle district- cause of poverty; addiction of children to drugs and smoking. She has also followed a course in First Aid conducted by St.John's Ambulance Brigade. She is an important member of the technical staff at the Resource Centre.

Administrator/ Senior Mental Health Officer/ Senior Counsellor
Mr. Hemanishantha Withanage

Mr. Hemanishantha Withanage who offers  his service as a Senior Mental Health Officer, obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Kelaniya completing his research dissertation titled on the” efficacy on drama therapy on mental well being”.

He has been exposed to several training sessions on Psycho-social Skills Development and Psychological Counseling from the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), Government and non-Governmental organizations. He has contributed his service to the Institute of Psychological Studies (IPS) as a behavioral therapist, after successfully completing the Diploma in Psychological counseling in the same institute. He also obtained the membership at the Sri Lanka National Institute of Professional Counselors (SLNIPC).

Furthermore, Mr. Withanage, successfully completed the Diploma programmes in Peace and Conflict Process and mass media from the University of Colombo media foundation, as well as the media foundation of mass communication. This is a significant milestone in his academic achievements. He has been offering his tremendous service to the National Council for Mental Health since 2008.

Being a Justice of the peace (All Island) he is serving as the president of the Bandaragama mediation board in Mediation boards commission (Ministry of Justice)

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