Professor Kunwarjit Sangla is Medical Director and Pre-Eminent staff specilast with Queensland Health based at the Townsville University Hospital. He is trained as an Internal Medicine Physician, Endocrinologist and Obstetric Medicine Physician.

He is currently a board member for Townsville Hospital and Health Services.

His keen area of interest is inpatient diabetes management and peripheral vascular disease

He was instrumental in writing the diabetes ketoacidosis protocol which is now used across Queensland public and private hospitals and many other hospitals within Australia and internationally.

His team developed the virtual diabetes dashboard (whole of hospital with intention to treat), which is now being used across many hospitals within Queensland and Australia. He won the Health Roundtable Innovation of the year in 2023 for the nurse practioner led model of care for virtual management of diabetes using the diabetes dashboard.

In 2023 his team developed the virtual (whole of hospital with intention to treat) venous thromboembolism dashboard to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in hospital. This is currently being shared nationally for use by digitalised hospitals. He won the best poster for innovation and top three oral presentations at the BMJ international conference for Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Melbourne in 2023.

Professor Sangla works in close collaboration with the team at the NHMRC funded centre of research excellence for Peripheral Vascular Disease in JCU and has received numerous external grant support as part of the team.

His research commitment is illustrated by presentations at national and international meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several in specialised journals. He has reviewed grant applications and is a peer reviewer for national and international peer reviewed journals.

  • Diabetes Ketoacidosis; Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Syndrome; Inpatient diabetes management; Diabetic Feet.
  • 2019 to present - Senior Examination Panel, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Australia)
  • 2012 to present - Member of Human Research Ethics Committee, Townsville University Hospital (Townsville Queensland)
  • 2010 to present - Member Credentialling Committee, Townsville University Hospital (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2011 to 2102 - Chair of Human Research Ethics Committee, Townsville University Hospital (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Chair, North Queensland Regional Training Network, Health Workforce Australia (Queensland)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Member Queensland Clinical Education Training Council, Health Workforce Australia (Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2021 - NAIDOC Day Award THHS
  • 2019 - Queensland Health Award of Excellence - individual with outstanding achievement - finalist
  • 2019 - Queensland Health Award of Excellence - indigenous leadership- finalist
  • 2015 - RACP Rural Services Medal
  • 2002 - FRACP Internal Medicine FRACP Endocrinolgy
  • 1988 - MBBS

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 45+ research outputs authored by Dr Kunwarjit Sangla from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Diabetes Australia - General Grant

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence: A Pilot Study.

Indicative Funding
$69,500 over 1 year
Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a common complication of diabetes with a recurrence of up to 40% within one year after initial healing. The common cause for recurrence of DFUs is impaired perfusion of lower extremities due to diabetes. This study aims to determine whether extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) can prevent the recurrence of previously healed DFUs since it has been shown that low-energy ESWT can improve microcirculation blood flow of ischemic limbs.
Usman Malabu, Venkat Vangaveti, Erik Biros, Ramesh Velu, Kunwarjit Sangla and Haleagrahara Nagaraja (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Diabetes Mellitus; Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy; Diabetic Footlu cers; Prevention

Bupa Health Foundation - Grant Program

Telemedicine: New Horizon in Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcer in Rural/Remote Australia

Indicative Funding
$465,514 over 7 years
Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) is a serious complication causing >80% of diabetic lower limb amputations. Compared to Australian major cities, rural/remote areas experience two to three times higher rate of hospitalisation and limb amputation. A program that effectively manages foot ulcers and reduces hospital admissions could substantially reduce the cost of care in diabetes. Supervised care of trained rural nurses with the help of information technology may help solve the scarcity of diabetes would care specialists in the underserved communities. This proposal seeks to assess clinical and economic impact of telemedicine in the management of foot ulcers in rural/remote Australia.
Usman Malabu, Venkat Vangaveti, Kunwarjit Sangla, Holger Jansen and Rafiuddin Ahmed in collaboration with John Piette, Amy Langely and Yogesan Kanagasingham (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, College of Business, Law & Governance, Ann Arbor Centre for Clinical Management Research and Australian e-Health Research Centre)
Diabetic Foot Ulcer; Wound Healing; Diabetes; Tele Medicine

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