Dinusha Bandara

Dinusha Bandara

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

Dinusha Bandara joined the institute to lead management of data and analytics for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, the first national longitudinal study in Australia focusing exclusively on male health and wellbeing. She also contributes to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children research team. She has over fourteen years’ experience in data analytics field and has gained extensive experience in statistical consulting, data management, data governance and analytical project management. Her research interests include exploration of the complexity of longitudinal studies, development of novel ways to report complex data, linkage of complex datasets and harmonisation of international datasets for comparative analyses.

Dinusha continues to be an advisor for the Growing Up in New Zealand study at the University of Auckland, and previously she was the leading study biostatistician for over seven years. She also held the biostatistics research fellow position at ASPREE, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and the consulting biostatistician position at Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd. In addition to her academic achievements, she has also completed a proficiency course at the University of Oxford, and she is an invited external publication peer reviewer for a number of leading scientific journals. 

Selected publications

Atatoa Carr, P., Kukutai, T., Bandara, D., & Broman, P. (2017). Is ethnicity all in the family? How parents in Aotearoa/New Zealand identify their children. In Z. Rocha & M. Webber (Eds.), Mana Tangatarua: Mixed heritages, ethnic identity and biculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand (pp. 53-76). New York: Routledge.

Castro, T., Grant, C., Wall, C., Welch, M., Marks, E., Fleming, C., Teixeira, J., Bandara, D. et al. (2017). Breastfeeding indicators among a nationally representative multi-ethnic sample of New Zealand children. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1466), 34-44.

Walker, C., Ly, K., Snell, R., Atatoa-Carr, P. E., Bandara, D., Mohal, J. et al. (2017). Widespread prevalence of a thrifty variant associated with weight and height in Polynesian children. International Journal of Obesity. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.230.

Atatoa Carr, P. E., Reese, E., Bird, A. L., Bandara, D. K., Grant, C. C., & Morton, S. M. B. (2017). Caring for our infants: parents’ antenatal childcare intentions and nine-month reality. Journal of Early Years. doi: 10.1080/09575146.2017.1323186.

Morton, S. M. B., Grant, C. C., Berry, S. D., Walker, C. G., Corkin, M., Ly, K., de Castro, T. G., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D. K. et al. (2017). Growing Up in New Zealand: A longitudinal study of New Zealand children and their families. Now We Are Four: Describing the preschool years. Auckland: Growing Up in New Zealand.

Bird, A. L., Grant, C. C., Bandara, D. K., Mohal, J., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Wise, M. R. et al. (2016). Maternal health in pregnancy and associations with adverse birth outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. doi:10.1111/ajo.12557.

Reese, E., Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K., Schmidt, J., Bandara, D., Atatoa Carr, P. et al. (2016). High Hopes? Educational, Socioeconomic, and Ethnic Differences in Parents’ Aspirations for their Unborn Children. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0521-7.

Wall, C. R., Gammon, C. S., Bandara, D. K., Grant, C. C., Atatoa Carr, P. E., & Morton, S. M. B. (2016). Dietary Patterns in Pregnancy in New Zealand. Influence of Maternal Socio-Demographic, Health and Lifestyle Factors Nutrients, 8(300). http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/8/5/300/htm

Grant, C. C., Chen, M. H., Bandara, D. K., Marks, E. J., Gilchrist, C. A., Lewycka, S. et al. (2016). Antenatal immunisation intentions of expectant parents: Relationship to immunisation timeliness during infancy. Vaccine, 34(11): 1379-1388. 

Bartholomew, K., Morton, S. M. B., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D. K., & Grant, C. C. (2015). Provider engagement and choice in the Lead Maternity Carer System: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology55(4): 323-330.