Tejaswini Arunachala Murthy

Tejaswini Arunachala Murthy

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Nutrition is the most inexpensive intervention that can possibly impact clinical outcomes. Imagine if death could be prevented just by ensuring provision of the right nutritional support while patients are critically unwell? Coming from a developing nation, India, Tej's aim is to look at cost effective interventions like nutritional support, that can impact clinical outcomes. Being a trained anaesthetist her research skills involve conduct of complex studies requiring emergency management of situations and studies requiring multidisciplinary involvement for successful conduct. Her clinical skills have always been admired by her peers while she handles even the most stressful resuscitation situations with utmost calm and reliable judgement. Fondly called the smiling doctor is always a delight to work with in a team as she takes over leadership with ease and friendliness. She claims her empathy as her biggest strength as she has learnt from her past personal health struggles involving ICU stay as a patient. She is also a current ICU trainee with the college of intensive care medicine and has advanced airway skills, communication skills including having successful organ donation conversations and skills required for effective management of all critically ill patients. She has over 15 yrs experience in intensive care practice along with a training in utilisation of nanotechnology in medicine, ALS, conducting telemedicine consults. She has been ALS 2 instructor and nursing educator at SAIMA and CALHN respectively. She has been selected for peer mentoring program by the university of adelaide and public education foundation and is happy to mentor candidates looking for support due to their diverse regional backgrounds.
She moved to Australia in 2015 to further her career in intensive care. She taught with the ANU medical school as associate clinical lecturer while working as ICU registrar before moving to Adelaide in 2017. She completed full time PhD in acute care medicine specifically looking at intensive care nutrition in October 2022 all while going through several cycles of IVF and has been blessed with a baby daughter just before her PhD completion. Resilience, positive outlook and perseverance are what she calls the secret of her success. Her studies involved understanding nutrition utilisation in health, factors affecting nutrient absorption and utilisation in intensive care patients.

My research involves exploring evidence based approaches to bring about changes in nutrient delivery that can have a positive impact on clinical outcomes in the critically ill. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Affiliate clinical lecturer University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2017 Associate clinical lecturer Australian National University Medical School
    2020 - ongoing ICU registrar The Canberra hospital
    2017 - 2022 ICU night senior registrar Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Scholarship EASD TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP EASD Spain 1200€
    2019 Scholarship SAICA GRANT SAICA Australia Upto 10000 AUD
    2019 Scholarship University of Adelaide travel grant University of Adelaide Australia 1000 AUD
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Hindi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Kannada Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Sanskrit Can read, write and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 - 2022 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2011 - 2013 Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences India Post Graduate Diploma In Anaesthesiology and Intensive care medicine
    2002 - 2008 Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences India Bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery MBBS
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2013 Indian diploma in critical care medicine ISCCM India
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2020 ALS 2 instructor SAIMA Australia
    2017 Core FDC certification Organ donation conversation Australia
    Nanosensitisation program Nano science and technology consortium India
    ALS Provider Australian Resuscitation Council Australia
    RACEPLUS ECHO Napean institute Sydney -
  • Research Interests

AMS Biomedicine publication award $500

SAICA Travel grant $10000

EASD travel grant $2000

University of Adelaide travel grant $1000 twice

RTP scholarship for PhD studies $28000 pa

Daws top up scholarship $5000 pa

Affiliate clinical lecturer UofA

Associate clinical lecturer ANU

Mentor UofA and PEF

Honours supervisor CHAFB

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor HbA1c as an independent predictor of mortality in ICU Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore Diploma in anaesthesiology and intensive care Master Full Time Dr Srinivas
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2012 - ongoing Anaesthesia and intensive care Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore Dr ANUSHA

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