Dr Yogarabindranath Swarna Nantha

Senior Lecturer (Practice)

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email: yogarabindranath.swarnanantha@monash.edu
Tel: +607 2190 600
Office: CSJB

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0207-5490

Profile Summary

Dr Yogarabindranath currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in General Practice. Before joining Monash University Malaysia, he worked as a GP with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for 15 years. He also served as a primary care researcher during his tenure with the public healthcare services, closely collaborating with the National Clinical Research Centre, National University of Malaysia and International Medical University. He earned his medical degree (MBBS) in 2005. He completed training in health management (MBA) in 2011 and obtained his Membership from the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 2012. In appreciation of his contribution to the advancement of the science of general practice, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) in 2019. After becoming the recipient of funding from the National Institute of Health Malaysia, he began working on his PhD project at Monash University since 2018. The subject matter of his thesis involves the development of a comprehensive self-management behavioural model in individuals with Type 2 diabetes.

Academic Qualification

  • FRCGP UK, The Royal College of General Practitioners, UK – 2018
  • MBA, Victoria University, Australia – 2013
  • MRCGP, The Royal College of General Practitioners, UK – 2013
  • MBBS, Manipal Medical College, Melaka – 2005

Work Experience

Senior Lecturer (General Practice) –2020 to present
Monash University

Registrar/Outpatient Clinic Coordinator - 2013 to 2020
Seremban Primary Health Clinic, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Medical Officer (Primary Care) - 2007 to 2013 
Bahau Health Clinic, Jempol & Seremban Health Clinic, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Medical Officer - 2006 to 2007
Seremban State Hospital, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Houseman/Intern - 2005 to 2006 
Seremban State Hospital, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Research / Education Interest

  • Behavioural change
  • Self-management behaviour in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Food addiction, health services research
  • Latent tuberculosis infection
  • Anticoagulation monitoring in primary care


Caryn MHC,  Wong JE, Jamil NA, Lena LLY, Wee LH, Swarna Nantha Y. Work engagement among Malaysian employees: the influence of psychological and work-related factors. Occupational Med 2020 (in press)

Swarna Nantha Y, Haque S, Paul Chelliah A, Md Zain AZ, Kim Yen G. The Internal Realities of Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes: Mediators Influencing Self-Management Beliefs via Grounded Theory Approach. J Prim Care Comm Health 2020; 1 - 9

Swarna Nantha Y, Haque S, Paul Chelliah A. The internal realities of individuals with T2D patients – a functional framework of self-management practices via Grounded Theory approach. PLOS One 2019; 1 - 15

Swarna Nantha Y, Arvinder Singh HS. Sickness Certification Behavior amongst Primary Care Physicians: A Descriptive Analysis of Indirect Measures Using the Theory of Planned Behavior 2020; Jan: 1 -  4

Caryn MHC,  Wong JE, Jamil NA, Lena LLY, Wee LH, Swarna Nantha Y. Workplace bullying and psychological distress of employees across socioeconomic strata: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health; 19 (Suppl 4): 1 - 8

Wee LH,  Lena LLY, Caryn MHC,  Wong JE, Jamil NA, Swarna Nantha Y, Ching SS. Anteceding Factors Predicting Absenteeism and Presenteeism in Urban Area in Malaysia. BMC Public Health 2019; 19(Suppl 4): 1 - 12

Swarna Nantha Y, Ahalya K, Pillai MP, Suppiah P, Salmiah A, Krishnan SG, Pullay SS, Osman NA. The Validation of the Malay Yale Food Addiction Scale 2.0. Public Health Nutrition 2019; 23(3): 402 - 409

Lim KG, Swarna Nantha Y, Nurfazila HK, Tarshandiny R, Annabelle Y, Lim EW, Loh M.
The Effectiveness of Conducting Home Visits by Medical Students  among Malaysians with Type 2 Diabetes: A Retrospective Analysis 2019; 34(1): 56 – 61

Swarna Nantha Y, Yeoh MH. Adult Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis – A rare cause of referred knee pain. Malays Fam Physician 2019; 14(3): 60 - 64

Swarna Nantha Y, Shamsul H, Swarna Nantha H. The Development of an Integrated Model of Diabetic Mediation Compliance – Mixed Method Protocol. Fam Pract 2018; 36(5): 581 - 586

Swarna Nantha Y. Probability and reasoning – Current thinking and realistic strategies for improved medical decisions. Korean J Fam Med 2017; 38(6): 315 - 321

Swarna Nantha Y, Lee HW, Caryn C. Assessing intention to prescribe sick leave among primary care physicians using the Theory of Planned Behaviour. BMC Fam Pract, 2017; 19(18): 1 - 10

Swarna Nantha Y, Anurupa P, Mohd Ali Z et al. Epidemiology of latent tuberculosis infection among patients with and without diabetes. Fam Pract 2017; 34(5): 532 - 538

Swarna Nantha Y, Ashiquin N, Mahalaksmi P. Preliminary Validation Of Food Addiction Scale. Clin
Nut ESPEN 2016; 16: 42 - 47

Swarna Nantha Y. Intrinsic motivation: the case for healthcare systems in Malaysia and globally. Hum Dev Res Int 2016: 68 – 78.

Swarna Nantha Y, Shadidah AM. Atrial Myxoma: The Case Of The Asymptomatic ECG Changes. Korean J Primary Care 2016; 38(4): 229 - 232

Lee HW, Caryn C, Swarna Nantha Y. Review On Smoking Research In Malaysia. Med J Malaysia 2016; 71 (Suppl 1): 29 – 41 (in collaboration with the National Centre For Clinical Research)

Swarna Nantha, Y. Anticoagulant management of atrial fibrillation: the influence of dosing algorithm and recall schedule on time in therapeutic range. Fam Pract 2015; 32(5): 514 - 519

Swarna Nantha, Y. Anticoagulant Control In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: The Relationship of
Prevailing Adherence to A Dose Protocol and Recall Schedule on TTR in Primary Care. Health
Serv Res Manag Epid 2014; 22: 1 - 5

Swarna Nantha Y. Review of tuberculosis research in Malaysia. Med J Malaysia 2014; 69: 88 - 102  (in collaboration with the National Centre For Clinical Research)

Swarna Nantha, Y. Addiction to sugar and its related health morbidity: a primer for newer primary care and public health initiatives in Malaysia. J Prim Care Comm Health 2014; 5(4): 263 - 270

Swarna Nantha, Y.Therapeutic-diagnostic evaluation of chronic cough amongst adults: Causes, symptoms and management at the primary care level, Malaysia. J Fam Med Primary Care 2013; 3(3): 207-212

Swarna Nantha, Y. Intrinsic motivation: how can it play a pivotal role in changing clinician behaviour?
J Health Organ Manag. 2012; 27(2): 266-272

Swarna Nantha Y. SwarnaNantha, Y. Influence of diabetes mellitus and risk factors in the activation of latent tuberculosis infection: A case for targeted screening in Malaysia. Med J Malaysia 2012;

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  • 2012 - Outstanding Service Achievement Award (Ministry of Health Malaysia)
  • 2017 - National research award (Wu Lien-Teh Young Researcher Merit Award) at the National Clinical Research Conference
  • 2018 - Outstanding Service Achievement Award (Ministry of Health Malaysia)