Orations

THE ROLE OF A GENERAL PRACTITIONER IN IMPROVING WOMEN’S HEALTH – By Dr. Shreen Willatgamuwa

I tried to be sensitive to the needs of women I encountered professionally,/ as most women did not openly discuss issues / specially if they were related to Sexual & Reproductive Health / or about behaviors of their contacts.

Communication in patient referral in Sri Lanka; The problems and solutions. By Dr. R. P. J. C. Ramanayake

Referral of patients to hospitals, specialists and other institutions is an essential part of primary health care. Patients are referred to specialists when investigation or therapeutic options are exhausted in primary care or when opinion or advice is needed from them. Indication for referral may be routine (cataract), urgent (iritis) or emergency (acute glaucoma).

Care of the elderly:A Responsibility and Challenge for the Family Physician in Sri Lanka By Dr. R. P. J. C. Ramanayake

Population structure of Sri Lanka has undergone a significant change over the last few decades and it is going to change dramatically in the years to come. The following graph shows the population pyramids in 1950, 2000 & projected pyramid for 20504.