Fields of Research (FoR)Public Health and Health Services, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases
Research foci and skills: I am an infectious disease epidemiologist with a research focus on vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology and immunisation program evaluation. I use quantitative epidemiological data to identifying infectious disease risks and factors associated with vaccine uptake in at-risk populations and the use of routinely collected data to evaluate immunisation programs. I have a particular interest in identifying...view more
Research foci and skills: I am an infectious disease epidemiologist with a research focus on vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology and immunisation program evaluation. I use quantitative epidemiological data to identifying infectious disease risks and factors associated with vaccine uptake in at-risk populations and the use of routinely collected data to evaluate immunisation programs. I have a particular interest in identifying travel-associated infectious disease risks and migrant, refugee and international traveller immunisation gaps. I have experience clinical, behavioural and epidemiological research, including mixed methods approaches to understanding immunisation gaps.
Potential future PhD students interested in epidemiological projects should contact me via email. Available projects require strong quantitative skills. Also available to supervise ILP or Masters students.
Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Public Health (with merit)
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
ILP, Masters, PhD, DrPH
PHCM9794 Foundations of Epidemiology
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy and Practice
This research will investigate the contribution to the burden of infectious diseases in Australia from travel by migrant Australians who visit friends and relatives in their country of birth. Currently, little is known about the burden of travel-associated infections or the barriers to preventative pre-travel health practices amongst migrant travellers, particularly in the Australian context. This study will quantify modifiable behaviours, motivations and risk perceptions of migrant Australian travellers. This project will provide the necessary evidence to guide an effective response to…
Australia's population is ageing and strategies to improve health in older adults are necessary to prevent an increasing burden on our health system. Adult vaccination is a relatively under-researched area with great potential to prevent disease in the population. This project focuses on four common vaccine preventable disease in adults, herpes zoster (shingles), influenza, invasive pneumococcal disease and pertussis. It will identify what their impact is on the health system and what groups of adults would benefit most from vaccination
This NHMRC CRE in Population Health Research commenced in 2012 and is focused on immunisation for vulnerable or marginalised population subgroups at increased disease risk. These risk groups suffer disproportionate morbidity and mortality, either because of less robust immunity or because of co-morbidities and environmental factors. Research to inform immunisation policy and practice in these groups usually remains beyond the scope of funding from government or industry, and as such is the focus of our CRE.
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This proposed research addresses the need for real-time tracking of emerging infectious diseases, both spatially and temporally, to inform international and national outbreak response teams, aid in the implementation of real-time containment strategies and ultimately the timely control of emerging infectious diseases.
The congregation of students, who may have similar infectious diseases risks, may amplify infectious disease outbreaks, as seen in the USA. In contrast to the USA, there are no existing requirements at universities in Australia regarding proof of immunisation.
Although the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship recommends students visiting Australia ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations, this is not a visa entry requirement. There are limited data on the infectious disease risks for international students. Domestic university students may also…