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Doctor Rona Weerasuriya

Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Rona Weerasuriya

Rona is a monitoring and evaluation specialist, with extensive skills and experience in health research, evaluation, implementation science, and knowledge translation projects, as well as strategy and policy development. She has a PhD in Health Promotion and Public Health from Deakin University and has held senior Research and Evaluation roles at the Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute prior to joining the Burnet.

She has extensive experience working with clinicians, scientists and health professionals as well as clients and community health providers to understand user experiences and utilise co-design approaches in health services re-design. More recently, she has also gathered significant experience using Implementation Science in designing support services for oncologists using complex genomic sequencing in patient care; and in developing Theories of Change and evaluation proposals for the for purpose and not-for-profit sectors, as well as government departments.

Working from the Strategic Insights and Impacts Office, Rona will be supporting Working Group teams to develop their own Theories of Change, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Frameworks and Impact CVs.

  • Doctor of Philosophy L Public Health and Health Promotion (Deakin University)
  • Master of Health Promotion (Deakin University)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Deakin University)
  • Visiting Fellow- International Institute for Global Health (April 2021- present)
  • Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne (June 2019- present)
  • Nov 2021- August 2022 : Senior Research Officer – Centre for Social Impact (University of New South Wales)
  • Jan 2019- November 2021: Evaluation Officer – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute