Dr Suharsha Kanathigoda

Director, Palliative Care ACT
Senior Staff Specialist, Calvary Hospital
Clinical Lecturer, ANU Medical School

Dr Suharsha Kanathigoda is the Director of Palliative Care in the ACT & a Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine at Calvary Health Care & Clare Holland House. He is the clinical lead for Clare Holland House, the Renal Supportive Care Service , the Motor Neuron Disease Service & the Aboriginal Palliative Care Service in the ACT. He is also a Clinical Lecturer at the ANU.

He is the Deputy Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians NSW/ACT & an examiner for the RACP & RACGP. He is also the Founder & Chairman of Shanthi Foundation Australia which is an Australian registered charity, developing & propagating Palliative Care throughout the world , especially in developing countries such as Sri Lanka & India, which is building Sri Lanka’s first Palliative Care Centre/Hospital.


  • Palliative Care

Research interests

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • MND
  • Aboriginal Palliative Care
  • Global Health Issues
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain & Symptom Control
  • Communication
  • End of Life Care