Dr Shyama Ratnayake

Shyama RatnayakePosition

Associate Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Shyama Ratnayake is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Shyama has been employed at WSU since 2010 in various capacities. Her research areas include aged care, nutrition, nursing education and curriculum development. Shyama has experience with mixed methods and qualitative methodologies. She also has extensive clinical and teaching experience in aged care. Shyama has been teaching in tertiary institutions since 2010. She is interested in education provided to nurses on nutrition with older people and has contributed to a textbook dedicated to caring for older people.

Her MAppSc work determined the effect of cooking methods and post-processing storage temperatures of polished an unpolished rice.  Her PhD work explored the experiences of undergraduate nursing students regarding the nutrition of older people within the current curriculum practices used by the Australian undergraduate nursing degree.

Shyama currently unit coordinate undergraduate units and is the Deputy First Year Experience Coordinator and a STARS coordinator/advisor.

Research Interests

  • Aged care
  • Nutrition

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Western Sydney University
  • MAppSc University of Western Sydney
  • BN University of Western Sydney

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 9685 9502