Dinusha Bandara

Dinusha Bandara

Senior Manager, Data Management & Linkage
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BSc (Double Major), PostGradDipSci, MSc (First Class Honours)

Dinusha Bandara joined the Institute to lead the management of data and analytics within the Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies team. She has a multidisciplinary background with expertise in statistical consulting, data governance, data linkage and integration. She is interested in the exploration of analytical complexity in longitudinal studies, leading harmonisation of national/international datasets for comparative analyses, and the management of large-scale data linkage operations.

Dinusha currently manages the Data Linkage and Integrating Authority and leads administrative data linkage methodology and processes within AIFS. She collaborates with a range of external parties and represents the Institute in advisory roles. In her role within the Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies team, her expertise in the data management and longitudinal research methodology provides a leading perspective to manage all ancillary steps of the longitudinal data life cycle.

In her previous wide-ranging leadership and technical roles, Dinusha has served as an advisor, a leading biostatistician, a research fellow and a consultant statistician. She has worked collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams in both academia and government. Dinusha continues to be an invited peer reviewer for several leading scientific journals.