Associate Professor Chinthaka Balasooriya, Academic Mentor, UNSW Medicine

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Associate Professor Chinthaka Balasooriya's educational activities are predominantly based within the Medicine program. He facilitates learning for medical students within small group sessions known as Scenario-group-sessions. He also convenes Phase 2 (years 3 and 4) of the Medicine program. He conducts training of staff who are new to teaching in this format, and leads the Formative Peer Review of Teaching project. He also conducts executive training in medical education for colleagues from overseas universities.  

Chinthaka's research addresses contemporary challenges in medical education and has resulted in the design of a number of educational innovations. His work has been published in a range of international journals. These publications include 20 peer-reviewed journal publications, 4 book chapters and 21 conference presentations / posters. He is has also supervised three PhD students to completion and continues to supervise doctoral projects. 

Learning and Teaching Awards and Grants 

  • Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning  
  • UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, UNSW Medicine 
  • Award for all round achievement in Teaching and Research, SPHCM, UNSW 
  • UNSW Postgraduate ARC award for excellence in postgraduate supervision 
  • Inaugural Fellow of the Scientia Education Academy and am a Fellow of the Australia & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators.  
  • Recipient of 12 educational grants including a Category 1 research grant from the Heart Foundation of Australia.

Chinthaka is a Scientia Academy Fellow and an Education Focused academic providing leadership and vision in learning and teaching across UNSW and in the higher education sector.

Email [email protected] to enquire if Chinthaka is available to mentor you. 

Research Page

Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • student learning 
  • assessment and feedback 
  • formative peer observation of teaching 
  • evaluation 
  • general teaching methods 

Learning and Teaching Awards and Grants

  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching grant 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching 
  • development of an application for a national learning and teaching award 

Generic Mentoring

  • how to establish and build networks 
  • how to decide on career priorities 
  • supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring
  • group mentoring

Academic level of potential mentees

Any level


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.