Dr Vanassa Ratnasingam

Senior Lecturer

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email: vanassa.ratnasingam@monash.edu
Tel: +607 219 0600  ext: 614
Office: Clinical School, JB


Profile Summary

Dr Vanassa Ratnasingam is Senior Lecturer in General Practice and Family Medicine at Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia. Dr Ratnasingam completed her undergraduate in Kasturba Medical College Manipal, India and graduated with MBBS in 1994. She joined the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia in March 2009 as Lecturer in General Practice & Family Medicine. Prior to this, she was a sessional staff with Monash Malaysia since May 2008. Her previous attachment was as a general practitioner at a general practice clinic in Johor Bahru. She had previously served in various departments at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Kota Bahru & Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru. She is currently involved in Year 4 teaching in General Practice & Family Medicine at the Johor Bahru campus.


MBBS (M’lore) India


  • Senior Lecturer in General Practice & Family Medicine, Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia,
  • Clinical Academic Lead in General Practice and Assessment, Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia

Places of Practice

  • Monash University Malaysia, Clinical School Johor Bahru
  • Klinik Kesihatan Tampoi, Johor Bahru

Monash University Teaching Related Services

  • Monash Malaysia CAL (Clinical Academic Lead) for Year 4 General Practice
  • Member of Year 4 Committee (GP representative)
  • Year 4 Monash University Malaysia representative, Year 4 MBBS Assessment Working Group
  • Co-chair of Year 4 MBBS Assessment Committee Monash University Malaysia
  • Member of MPCC
  • Member of Medical Education Unit Monash Malaysia
  • Monash PHD – Primary Health Care (PHC) – Development of curriculum and delivery

External Services

  • Board Of Visitors to Psychiatry Unit Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru
  • Committee member, Intan Lifezone (NGO on HIV and Harm Reduction)
  • Committee member, JEWEL (Johor Women’s League) – NGO on child abuse & women’s needs
  • Engaging with other NGOs and UNHCR in Johor for community activities

Research & Education

Clinical Research Activities

Malaysian Diabetes and Research on Lifelong Lifestyle Intervention Group (MY DARLING) Study: The impact of knowledge on diabetes and metabolic control and intervention of self-care skills in diabetes management (Phase III)
Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) – ERGS
Sub Investigator

Survey on Attitudes towards pre-natal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy for Thalassemia in Malaysia – A survey of parents with Thalassemia Children
Sub Investigator

Horizontal Integrated teaching in Year 4 MBBS – one of main team player in design of case scenarios, questionnaire setting, entering data, analyzing data and writing for publication.

MeyeNet -  An innovative project to increase educational opportunities for medical students in Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology - collaboration across all campuses (Australia & Malaysia) through Monash MBBS Funding Development Grant 2015
Monash University Australia -  MUHREC ID 7077

Monash Health Care Team Challenge – Using Competition based Learning to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration MUHREC 1357

Patients’ Perception towards Pelvic Examination by Male Medical Students (NMRR-18-195-39896 (IIR)

Integrated Teaching Project for Year 4 Cohort of Monash University Malaysia Students (2018-2020) - MUHREC ID 12992

Feedback to students after formative Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) MUHREC 11168

PREVENT THE NEXT WAVE of GLOBAL HIV - Exploring the knowledge, attitudes, behaviour, practices, cultural influences and health risks of the Transgender community in Johor Bahru

Clinical based trials in Diabetes at Monash Research Centre, Johor Bahru
NOVO NORDISK  A trial comparing the efficacy and safety of insulin degludec/insulin aspart once daily in insulin-naïve subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus when using two different titration algorithms.
Sub Investigator

Omnicare - 1218.65 - A randomized double blind placebo controlled parallel group efficacy & safety study of Linagliptin over 24 weeks in Type 2 diabetic patients with insufficient glycemic control despite Metformin therapy.
Sub Investigator

Carolina 1218.74- A multicenter, international, randomized, parallel group, double blind study to evaluate Cardiovascular safety of Linagliptin versus glimepiride in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus at high cardiovascular risk.
Sub Investigator

Merck & Co. MK-0431D- A phase 3, randomized double blind, clinical trial to study the efficacy and safety of MK0431D (a fixed dose combination of sitagliptin and simvastatin) for the treatment of patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with inadequate glycemic control on Metformin monotherapy.
Sub Investigator

Bohrienger Ingelheim. NMRR ID: NMRR-10-718-6056 - Research Title: A phase III randomised, double-blind, active-controlled parallel group efficacy and safety study of BI 10773 compared to glimepiride administered orally during 104 weeks with a 104-week extension period in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and insufficient glycaemic control despite metformin treatment
Sub Investigator

Janssen Research & Development: 28431754DNE3001: Phase 3 The CREDENCE Trial: A Randomized, Double blind, Event driven, Placebo-controlled, Multicenter Study of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal and cardiovascular Outcomes in Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Nephropathy
Principal Investigator


CF Ngim, NM Lai, H Ibrahim, V Ratnasingam (2013) Attitudes towards prenatal diagnosis and abortion in a multi-ethnic country: A survey among parents of children with thalassemia major in Malaysia – Journal of Community Genetics, doi: 10.1007/s12687-012-0133-x

Anbu VK, Narayanan P, Ratnasingam V (2001) Neglected Laryngeal Foreign Body, a case report – Journal of Laryngology & Otology  (September 2001)

Research Grants

Monash MBBS Funding Development Grant 2015
RM 150,000 (AUD 50,000)
Monash University Australia

Network Funds Monash Education Australia
Disability Teaching for Year 4 in 2017
AUD $1000

Janssen Research & Development

TMB Grant
RM 10,000

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