Oration & Awards


  • Oration of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists.


Past orators and orations

  • 2016 – Dr Thilini Rajapakse – Non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: the forgotten ‘epidemic’?
  • 2015 – Not awarded
  • 2014 – Dr Shehan Williams – Coping in health and disease: a Sri Lankan cross sectional perspective.
  • 2013 – Prof Daya Somasunderam – Addressing Collective Trauma- in the Sri Lankan context.
  • 2012 – Dr Sunera Fernando – Stigma and mental illness.
  • 2011 – Dr S Sivayokan – Waiting in limbo- psychological impact of disappearance.
  • 2010 – Dr Raveen Hanwella – The mental health of Sri Lanka Navy personnel deployed in combat.
  • 2009 – Dr Varuni de Silva – Alcohol and tobacco use in Sri Lanka and its associations with poverty: A study of 4 Medical Officer of Health Areas
  • 2008 – Not awarded
  • 2007 – Prof Samudra Kathriarachchi – Dementia in Sri Lanka.
  • 2006 – Not awarded
  • 2005 – Prof KALA Kuruppuarachchi – Family influence on mental health.
  • 2004 – Dr Hemamali Perera – Mental health of adolescent school children; risks and resilience.
  • 2003 – Dr Ranil Abeyasinghe- Suicide



  • Andrew Sims Gold medal for the best performance at MD psychiatry part 2 examination by Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Universtity of Colombo.
  • Bobby Somasunderam Gold medal for outstanding performance at MD selection exam donated by Sri Lanka Psychiatric Association UK.
  • Raghavan Kulanayagam Gold medal awarded to the best essay by a trainee at the annual essay competition conducted by the College.
  • Peter and Mabel Cooray gold medal for the best oral presentation at the annual academic sessions donated by Dr Marius and Dr Mrs Sherva Cooray.
  • Dr DVJ Harischandra Gold medal for the best regional psychiatrist donated by the family of Dr D.V.J. Harischandra.