School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Head of School's Biography

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Professor Raina MacIntyre is a public health physician and an expert in infectious diseases epidemiology. She is involved in studies of the transmission and prevention of infections in populations. Her most significant research is on the transmission and control of infectious diseases spread by the respiratory route. She has current research projects encompassing clinical trials and epidemiologic studies of face masks, vaccines, antivirals and other preventive measures in communicable diseases control. She also has projects in special risk populations such as health care workers, immunosuppressed, refugees and the frail elderly. Among many competitive grants, she leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Health in immunisation.

With over 245 publications in peer-reviewed journals she also sits on several national and international expert groups and on editorial boards of several international journals including BMJ open, Epidemiology & Infection and Vaccine Council of 100.  Among numerous career awards, she received the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize, from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US in 2007 for her work on bioterrorism, and has previously been awarded the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases (2003). She was also the winner of the 2012 Dean’s award, the highest honour awarded at UNSW Medicine, and the 2014 National Immunisation Achievement Award from the Public Health Association of Australia, as well as the 2014 Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize.

She conceived and initiated the Master of Public Health Specialisation in Infectious Diseases, the new Internship program at SPHCM, as well as the UNSW Future Health Leaders Program, which she directs, all part of her vision to make health learning relevant to the workplace and break down the barriers between academia and workforce in health. She has also led important teaching collaborations in India, taking the UNSW brand to India and fostering mutually beneficial relationships in health education. She teaches across undergraduate medicine and postgraduate coursework programs, and supervises graduate research students. She has a passion for field-based epidemiology training and in developing models of workforce training that are relevant and current for the public health and health service workforce. She is a co-director of the ARM network, Australia's infectious diseases emergency response network.

As Head of School, she is committed to excellence at SPHCM, UNSW Medicine and UNSW, and to building and fostering the vibrant, international community of our staff, students and alumni.

Raina MacIntyre
Head of School
Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology