Researcher

Associate Professor Bette Liu

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Biography

Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist. She completed her medical degree and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney and her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Her interests are in infections and reproductive health, as well as large scale prospective cohorts and data linkage studies. She has research projects suitable for PhD or Masters programs as well as ILP students.

Research Interests:
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Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist. She completed her medical degree and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney and her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Her interests are in infections and reproductive health, as well as large scale prospective cohorts and data linkage studies. She has research projects suitable for PhD or Masters programs as well as ILP students.

Research Interests:
Large scale prospective cohort studies; record linkage studies; infectious diseases, reproductive health

Broad Research Areas:
Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Population Health

Specific Research Keywords:
Record linkage, Cohort studies

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Contact

+61 (0)2 9385 0546
+61 (0)2 9313 6185

Research Activities

To optimise the health and cost benefits of Australia’s immunisation program, accurate data are required about how well the program is performing. Currently, this information is derived from stand-alone databases about vaccine coverage (the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register) and several separate databases about the occurrence of vaccine preventable diseases. We aim to link these datasets, for a cohort of children in Western Australia and New South Wales, to enable more accurate and detailed studies on the relationship between vaccination uptake, timeliness of vaccination, and…

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

Chlamydia is the most commonly notified infection in young Australian women and reports of cases are increasing. While chlamydia is thought to result in infertility and ectopic pregnancy in later life, the evidence for this is limited. This will be the largest, most comprehensive study in the world to determine the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancy following chlamydia infection. The results will provide vital information to more cost-effectively plan strategies to control chlamydia in Australia.