Achieving Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry


DVJ Harischandra Gold Medal for the Outstanding Regional Psychiatrist of the year




DVJ Harischandra Gold Medal is donated by the Harischandra family in memory of late Dr D V J Harischandra, Consultant Psychiatrist. This medal is awarded to recognize the contribution of the regional psychiatrists who are serving the mental health needs of the said regions, and to promote further development of projects.


Last date for application: 

1st July 2022


Eligibility criteria

1. Open to all psychiatrists serving in regional hospitals in Sri Lanka.
2. This award recognizes development of mental health services in the periphery in 2019.
3. Psychiatrists working in the following main teaching hospitals are not eligible to apply: National
Hospital of Sri Lanka, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for children, Colombo South Teaching
Hospital, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Children’s hospital Peradeniya, Teaching Hospital Kandy, Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, National Institute of Mental Health,  Angoda.
4. The applicant should have completed at least one year in the station by 31 March 2020.
5. The winner will be required to do a presentation on the mental health service development at the Annual Academic Sessions.
6. Previous winners will not be eligible to apply during the period of three years after winning the award.




A report outlining the work carried out by the applicant in provision and development of mental health services (hospital based and community services including public education activities) in 2018 should be submitted as a pdf file.

Maximum word count 1500 words.

Photographs and web links of activities can be included.

Covering letter should give name, designation and contact details of the applicant.
Please email the report and the covering letter to

Please state “Regional Psychiatrist of the Year” as the subject of the e mai


Previous winners

                    2021 Dr Senaka Jayasunera

                    2020 Dr Nilanga Gamage

2019 Dr S Sivathas, Consultant Psychiatrist Base Hospital, Vavuniya

2018 Dr Pushpa de Silva, Consultant Psychiatrist Base Hospital Kuliyapitiya

2017 Dr Hiranya Wijesundara, Consultant Psychiatrist Base Hospital Ampara

2016 Dr Nayana Edirisinghe, Consultant Psychiatrist Base Hospital Polonnaruwa

2015 Dr Gihan Abeywardena, Consultant Psychiatrist Base Hospital Matale