Dr Maria Agaliotis PhD (USyd), MPH (USyd), BSocSci (UNSW), B Nurs (USyd), is an experienced mixed methods researcher and tertiary educator who joined UNSW in January 2016. Maria has a Masters of Public Health and a background in clinical nursing and the social sciences (majoring in political science). She is interested in improving the quality and accessibility of health care by using evidence-based, cost effective interventions. Her particular aim is to improve the quality of life for people with chronic health conditions especially in the workforce and providing optimal interventions and strategies in the health workforce. She is also part of OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology) an independent initiative of international health professionals interested in outcome measures in rheumatology, especially in the issue of worker productivity.
She has considerable experience in conducting large clinical trials. One such trial involved working with people with knee osteoarthritis. Maria has also worked on observational studies, including a state-wide case-control study examining different exposure and risk factors of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and trends in drug use and related harms. She has recently completed her PhD thesis which examined the burden and risk factors associated with reduced worker productivity among people with chronic knee pain. This study provided important insights and could contribute to developing initiatives aimed at promoting a healthy ageing workforce. She has also worked on an economic evaluation project examining the cost effectiveness of follow-up shared care approach versus the conventional specialised led care approach among women with early breast cancer.
She co-convenes PHCM 9041: Foundations in Public Health and Health Care Systems in Semester 1 and PHCM 9071: Health Leadership and Workforce Management in Semester 2. She also assists the Director of the Future Health Leaders (FHL) Program (DrPH).
Please contact her directly for potential supervision enquiries for Hons projects, IPL, DrPH and PhD candidates in the area of aged care and the aged care workforce, healthy ageing and working, health service utilisation and cost studies.