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Shyamala THILAGARATNAM

"As Director of the Regional Health & Community Outreach Division at the Health Promotion Board, I am responsible for developing healthy community ecosystems and implementing health promoting programmes in the community. In addition, Screen For Life, the national screening programme which encourages residents to go for health screening, in particular for chronic diseases, and breast, cervical and colorectal cancers are under my purview.

My team and I have been developing more integrated and tailored programmes to meet the challenges of Singapore's changing healthcare landscape and an ageing population. Increasingly, the emphasis has been on developing models of preventive care, working with Singapore's Regional Health Systems, other government agencies and voluntary welfare organisations to improve population health through early detection, optimal clinical and lifestyle follow-up, and creating supportive health promoting environments."

Affiliations:

  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Adjunct)
  • Director, Regional Health & Community Outreach Division, Health Promotion Board, Singapore (Primary)

Academic Qualifications:

  • M.B.,B.S. (NUS) 1986
  • M.Sc (Healthcare Management) University of Wales (Swansea) 2002
  • M.Med. (Public Health Medicine), NUS 2003

Contributions to SSHSPH:

  • Masters in Public Health – lecturer for module on Public Health & Ageing (2014 - 2017)
  • Member – JCST Exit Examination Committee for Preventive Medicine

Award:

  • Best Paper Presentation Award – MapAsia Conference 2009

Selected Publications / Presentations / Posters:

  • Extent and Correlates of Change in Anthropometric and Fitness Outcomes Among Participants in a Corporate Team-Based Weight Loss Challenge in Singapore: Lose to Win 2009. Kathryn Vasquez, Rahul Malhotra, Truls Ostbye, Mei Fen Chan, Handy Amin, Gary Khoo, Lin Choo, Ling Chew, Shyamala Thilagaratnam. [Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 08/2012; 27(2)
  • Health Promotion Board-Ministry of Health clinical practice guidelines: functional screening for older adults in the community. Thilagaratnam S, Ding YY, Au Eong KG, Chiam PC, Chow YL, Khoo G, Lim HB, Lim HY, Lim WS, Lim WY, Peh KC, Phua KT, Sitoh YY, Tan BY, Wong SF, Wong WP, Yee R. [Singapore Med J. 2010]
  • Breast cancer in Singapore: some perspectives. Jara-Lazaro AR, Thilagaratnam S, Tan PH. [Breast Cancer. 2010]
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Singapore – reaching the ‘right women’. Thilagaratnam S, Low SC, Fock C, Lee P, Lee KH. [Presentation at MapAsia conference, 2009]
  • Evaluation of a population-based organized breast cancer screening programme among Singaporean women. Deurenberg-Yap M, Niti M, Low S, Chow KY, Thilagaratnam S. [Poster presentation - AcademyHealth 2008 Annual Research Meeting, Washington DC]
  • Diagnostic performance of a population-based organized breast cancer screening programme for Singaporean women. Deurenberg-Yap M, Niti M, Low S, Chow KY, Thilagaratnam S. [Poster presentation - AcademyHealth 2008 Annual Research Meeting, Washington DC]
  • The occurrence, tumour characteristics and surgical outcome of interval cancers among Singaporean women attending a population-based organized breast cancer screening programme. Niti M, Low S, Sultana R, Thilagaratnam S, Chow KY, Deurenberg-Yap M. [Poster presentation - AcademyHealth 2008 Annual Research Meeting, Washington DC]
  • Prevalence of childhood asthma and control in children assessed in a pilot school-based intervention programme in Singapore. Yang KS, Ng TP, Kwang YP, Thilagaratnam S, Wong CS, Chia F. [Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2007]
  • School-Based Screening for Scoliosis – Is It Cost-Effective? Thilagaratnam S. [Singapore Medical Journal, 2007]
  • Community Health Screening in Singapore. Thilagaratnam S. [Poster presentation at 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, Vancouver, Canada, 2007]
  • Implementing a National Cervical Cancer Screening Programme - Singapore’s Experience. Pang YK, Thilagaratnam S. [Poster presentation - 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, Vancouver, Canada, 2007]
  • BreastScreen Singapore – Gearing Up For The Next Lap. Thilagaratnam S. [KK Review 2006]

Adjunct Associate Professor
Tel (65) 6435 3914
Email Shyamala_THILAGARATNAM@hpb.gov.sg

 

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