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Dr Andrea Schaffer

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Biography

Dr Andrea Schaffer is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Medicines Policy Research Unit at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health. She is a pharmacoepidemiologist and biostatistician with 11 years’ experience conducting population health research using routinely collected Australian health data on a variety of topics. Her current research involves using state of the art statistical methodologies to explore the impact of...view more

Dr Andrea Schaffer is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Medicines Policy Research Unit at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health. She is a pharmacoepidemiologist and biostatistician with 11 years’ experience conducting population health research using routinely collected Australian health data on a variety of topics. Her current research involves using state of the art statistical methodologies to explore the impact of pharmaceutical policy on medicine utilisation, prescribing practices, and health outcomes, with a particular interest in opioids and psychotropic medicines. Some of her current and past projects include: quantifying the impact of negative media on statin use and discontinuation; investigating the impact of increased restrictions on alprazolam on prescribing patterns and poisonings; examining trajectories of antipsychotic use before and during pregnancy; identifying predictors of adherence to cardiovascular medicines; and exploring changing patterns of opioid utilisation in Australia.


My Grants

NHMRC Project Grant (2019-2021) - "Health service and medicine utilisation before suicide: optimising suicide prevention using population-based linkage of routinely collected data" 

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2019-2022) - "Evaluating population-level medicine policy interventions: generating high-quality evidence about intended and unintended consequences"

NHMRC Post-graduate scholarship (2014-2017) 


My Qualifications

BSc(Hons)(Microbiology and Immunology), McGill University

MSc(Epidemiology and Biostatistics), McGill University

MBiostat, University of Sydney 

PhD, University of New South Wales


My Awards

2019 - UNSW Medicine Early Career Academic Network (ECAN) Best Paper Award, Clinical, Health Services or Public Health category

2019 - Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher (Highly Commended) at the 11th Health Services and Research Association of Australian and New Zealand

2017 - Rising Star Award for best abstract presented by a junior investigator at the 10th Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology

2016 - MJA, MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for best clinical paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2015

2015 - Stanley A. Edlavitch award for best abstract submitted by a student to the 31st International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology

 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am available to supervise ILP students and co-supervise post-graduate students.

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Location

Centre for Big Data Research
Level 2, AGSM Building (G27)