Researcher

Dr Kathleen Falster

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Kathleen Falster is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW's School of Population Health, where she convenes a postgraduate elective titled 'Advanced Epidemiology'. Her research uses linked, cross-sectoral population and cohort study data to investigate child health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal children and children who enter the child protection system.

Dr Falster and colleagues were recently...view more

Dr Kathleen Falster is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW's School of Population Health, where she convenes a postgraduate elective titled 'Advanced Epidemiology'. Her research uses linked, cross-sectoral population and cohort study data to investigate child health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal children and children who enter the child protection system.

Dr Falster and colleagues were recently awarded an NHMRC grant to undertake a multi-jurisdictional electronic cohort (e-cohort) study of child maltreatment in Australia. In recent years, she has been a Chief Investigator and the Study Director of the NHMRC-funded 'Seeding Success' study that set out to identify factors that promote positive early childhood health and development in Aboriginal children. During her NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, Dr Falster collaborated with the Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) study where she led or supervised research investigating health inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in NSW, including potentially avoidable hospitalisations, the receipt of surgical procedures for middle ear disease, and hospitalisations for unintentional injuries. Dr Falster also collaborates with the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) at the Sax Institute, contributing to research on injuries, asthma, ear health and hospitalisations in urban Aboriginal children. 

Dr Falster's interest and expertise lie in the use of epidemiological methods, including cohort and data linkage studies, and the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations.


My Qualifications

PhD, MPH, BAppSc(Hons).


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

I am available to supervise postgraduate students (PhD, Masters) with strong, developing quantitative skills and an interest in using health and human services data to drive improvements in health and social policy and practice.

I am also available to supervise Honours and ILP students with a keen interest in developing quantitative skills for child health research.

The ultimate goal of my research is to improve child health and wellbeing outcomes. I primarily use linked health and human services data, and cohort study data, to inform health and social policy and practice. I offer epidemiological expertise and experience applying biostatistical methods to cohort study data or linked population data. 

 


Currently supervising

I have co-supervised a postgraduate research student to completion (2013-2017) on a project using linked population data to investigate inequalities in hospitalisations for injury between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in NSW. I supervise postdoctoral researchers analysing data on linked data studies and cohort studies.

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Location

School of Public Health and Community Medicine,
Room 317, Level 3, Samuels Building, Kensington Campus,
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA

Contact

+612 9385 1929