Researcher

Dr Holly Seale

Biography

Research Interests:

Dr. Holly Seale is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the Program Co-Director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence course, and the Chair of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee  (Committee B).

Holly leads a program of research that is focused on the sociological aspects of infectious diseases and infection prevention. Specifically, her research encompasses the...view more

Research Interests:

Dr. Holly Seale is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the Program Co-Director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence course, and the Chair of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee  (Committee B).

Holly leads a program of research that is focused on the sociological aspects of infectious diseases and infection prevention. Specifically, her research encompasses the individual, societal and organisational factors that influence compliance with infection prevention strategies that ultimately are employed to develop approaches/interventions to improve uptake. Her research spans pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical prevention strategies, includes qualitative and quantitative research approaches and consumers such as hospital/community healthcare workers, special at-risk groups (people with underlying illness, migrants/refugees), students and the general public.

As an infectious disease public health researcher Holly has conducted clinical, behavioural and data-based research. She is particularly interested in the perceptions and behaviours of different groups of health professionals regarding infectious diseases, particularly vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and disease prevention strategies, such as immunisation. Dr Seale is also involved with a range of other research projects focused on issues around vaccination of high risk populations including migrant travellers/refugees, immunosuppressed children and other under-immunised groups.

Holly is also actively involved with other forms of research including clinical trials, surveillance and epidemiological based studies.

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:

Board member,Franklin Women (NSW)

Member, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) (Current)

Member, Public Health Association Australian (PHAA) Current)

Member, Asian-Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) Current)

Member, Influenza Specialist Group (Current) 

Editorial Boards

BMC Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology and Infection (Associate editor)

Broad Research Areas

Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Health Services Research, Preventive Medicine, Population Health, Virology

Specific Research Keywords:

Vaccines, Clinical Trials, Surveillance of Communicable Diseases, Influenza, Behaviour


My Grants

2012-2014 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project

Title: Travellers visiting friends and relatives: new approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks

Investigators: MacIntyre CR, Zwar NA, Worth H, Seale H, Heywood AE, Sheikh M, Smith MM

2011-14 NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Title: Applied research in the prevention and control of infections in the hospital setting.

Investigators: Seale H.

2010-2012 ARC Linkage Project (#LPO990749)

Title: Economic, social and cross cultural issues in non-pharmaceutical protection of front line responders to pandemic influenza and emerging infections

Investigators: CR MacIntyre; DE Dwyer; PT Nga; NM Ferguson; M McLaws; L Maher; H Seale; JG Wood; AT Newall 

2009 NHMRC H1N1 Influenza 09 Research

Title: Efficacy of face masks against H1N1 swine influenza.

Investigators: CR MacIntyre; DE Dwyer, H Seale, Q Wang 

2016 Health Protection NSW

Title: Evaluating the NSW Health 2016 Influenza Campaign

Investigators: Seale H

2015-2016 Bio-CSL funding for investigator driven research

Title: Travel Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices among Australian University Students.

Investigators: Heywood A, Seale H, MacIntyre CR, Rawlinson W, Zwar N, Kefalas B.

2013 South Eastern Sydney Local Health Department Infection Control Enhancement Program 2013 (competitive scheme)

Title: Empowering patients in the hospital: a new approach to improving patient safety

Investigators: Seale H, Crowe P, MacIntyre CR, Travaglia J, Phillipson L, Gold J.

2013-14 GSK funding for investigator-driven research

Title: Rotavirus Vaccine Acceptability Study.

Investigators: Heywood AE, Seale H, (Joint CIA) Sitaresmi M, At Thobari J, MacIntyre CR, Sunarto Y

2013 UNSW Goldstar award

Title: A cluster randomised clinical trial of masks as source control worn by infectious patients for the prevention of nosocomial respiratory infection

Investigators: MacIntyre CR, Wang Q, Seale H, Travaglia J, Heywood A.

2012 Bio-CSL funding for investigator-driven research

Title: Improving influenza vaccination coverage through the use of an influenza vaccination decision tool.

Investigators: Seale H.

2011 Influenza Specialist Group

Title:  Understanding Australian healthcare workers uptake of influenza vaccination: Evaluation of the policies and procedures at public hospitals in three States.

Investigators: Seale H.

2011 Public Health Education and Research Trust (PHERT)/Medicines Australia Vaccines Industry Group (MAVIG) Research Scholarship

Title: Knowledge of HPV and attitudes towards HPV immunisation amongst immunosuppressed young people and their caregivers.

Investigators: Seale H


My Qualifications

PhD (Public Health), The University of Sydney (2008)

Masters of Public Health, The University of Sydney (2009)

Graduate Certificate in University Learning & Teaching,  The University of New South Wales (2014)

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), University of Technology, Sydney (2003)


My Awards

Awards

2016 Alan Hodgkinson Award for Teaching

2011 All-rounder award, School of Public Health and Community Medicine 

2010

        The Public Health Education and Research Trust (PHERT) Immunisation Scholarship 

        Young Investigator of the Year, School of Public Health and Community Medicine 

        Dean’s Rising Star Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

ILP, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

PhD, DrPH, Masters and ILP students


My Expertise

Public and professional perceptions and behaviours regarding infectious diseases, particularly vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and disease prevention, such as immunisation. Published studies have concerned communicable disease surveillance, clinical trial outcomes, risk communication, immunisation coverage in professional and at-risk groups, and the evaluation of education tools using qualitative and quantitative methods.


My Engagement

Deputy Chair, UNSW Ethics Committee (2014- present)

Mentor, Early Career Research @UNSW program  

Early Career Research reference  group, Division of Research   

Postdoctoral committee member (SPCHM representative)

Promotions panel member (Lecturer level)

Marker of end of Year BSc(Med)Hons presentations

Member of Research Degree Committee for School of Public Health and Community Medicine (2008-present)

Member of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine research committee (2010-present)

Panel member for the annual review of Postgraduate Research students (2009-present)

Co-organiser of SPHCM research showcase (2009-present) Postdoctoral committee member (SPCHM representative)

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Location

Samuels Building
Room 237
Level 2

Contact

+61 2 9385 3129
02 9313 6185

Research Activities