School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Student Thesis Titles

Infectious Diseases
Global Health
Social Research
Primary Health Care
Health Management


Infectious Diseases

Ikran Abdi
Topic: Underlying attitudes and barriers to immunisation in East African communities in Australia
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale, Dr Rob Menzies


Temitope Adepoyibi
Topic: Technologies and approaches for the detection of communicable and non-communicable diseases in low-resource settings
Supervisors: A/Professor Heather Gidding, Professor Richard Taylor


Md Abdul Aleem
Topic: Infectious diseases
Supervisors: Dr Bayzidur Rahman, Professor Raina MacIntyre

Mattew Begun
Topic: Control of tuberculosis in Vietnam with active case finding; an agent based modelling approach
Supervisors: A/Professor James Wood, A/Professor Anthony Newall


Aditya Bhat
Topic: Ischaemic heart disease and influenza
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre, Dr Rob Menzies


Chau Minh Bui
Topic: Investigating the spread of emerging avian influenza viruses using cross-disciplinary and computational approaches
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre, Lauren Gardner


Christine Cooper
Topic: Conduct qualitative research to elucidate the barriers of pneumococcal vaccination of the elderly in the hospital setting
Supervisors: Dr Anita Heywood, Professor Raina MacIntyre


Laura Davison
Topic: Approaches to sustainable immunization financing in the Western Pacific Region
Supervisors: Dr Anita Heywood, Dr Rob Menzies

Sevan Dirmesropian
Topic: The impact and cost effectiveness of vaccine programs in elderly: Understanding the interaction between infant and elderly vaccination
Supervisors: A/Professor Anthony Newall, A/Professor James Wood


Md Saiful Islam
Topic: TB infection control healthcare measures
Supervisors: Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan, Dr Holly Seale


Samarage Jayasundara
Topic: Mathematical epidemiology of infectious diseases
Supervisors: A/Professor David Regan, A/Professor James Wood


AYM Alamgir Kabir
Topic: Evaluation of vaccination programs in Australia's Indigenous children using record linkage of national immunisation and state health data
Supervisors: Dr Heather Gidding, A/Professor Anthony Newall


Robert Leong
Topic: Infectious diseases
Supervisors: A/Professor Anthony Newall, A/Professor James Wood


Miriam Lum On
Topic: Exploring the use of routinely collected data in population health and burden of disease analysis
Supervisors: Dr David Muscatello, A/Professor Bette Liu

Aye Moa
Topic: The burden of influenza B and age-specific benefit of QIV over TIV
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre, Dr David Muscatello


Biswajit Mohanty
Topic: Infectious disease modelling and computational methods
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre, Dr Abrar Chughtai

Tolesa Okuba
Topic: Public Health, Epdemiology
Supervisors: Dr Bzyzidur Rahman, Dr Patrick Rawstorne

Repon Paul 
Topic: Estimating the burden of maternal and neonatal deaths from Hepatitis E in Bangladesh
Supervisors: A/Professor Heather Gidding, A/Professor Andrew Hayen

Zhuoxin Peng
Topic: A population cohort study of antibiotic resistance among older Australians: Risk factors, clinical outcomes and prediction model
Supervisors: A/Professor Bette Liu, A/Professor Andrew Hayen

Jiahui Qian
Topic: Epidemiology of herpes zoster among Australians aged 45 and over
Supervisors: Dr Anita Heywood, A/Professor Bette Liu

Erin Sparrow
Topic: Monoclonal antibodies against infectious diseases
Supervisors: A/Professor Anthony Newall, A/Professor James Wood

Kirsten Ward
Topic: Immunization programs in low and middle income countries
Supervisors: A/Professor Anthony Newall, Dr Anita Heywood

Fleur Webster
Topic: Immunisation coverage and correlates of high coverage in health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Supervisors: Dr Rob Menzies, Dr Harold Willaby

Yi Zhang
Topic: An overview of the influenza immunization policy in Beijing, and to acquire evidence for possible changes to the policy
Supervisors: Dr David Muscatello, Professor Raina MacIntyre


Global Health

Jasim Anwar
Topic: Challenges of Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Surveillance in a rural district of Pakistan
Supervisors: Professor Richard Taylor, Mohamud Sheikh

Catherine Dearie
Topic: Trends in causes of death in Pacific Island countries
Supervisors: Professor Richard Taylor, Dr Stephen Morrell, Dr Adrienne Withall

Kathryn Dinh
Topic: Guiding principles for HIV advocacy evaluation in Vietnam
Supervisors: Professor Heather Worth, Dr Bridget Haire

Emma Field
Topic: Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs in Papua New Guinea
Supervisors: Dr Sally Nathan, Dr Siranda Torvaldsen

Carah Figueroa
Topic: Determining causes of mortality in Polynesian islands
Supervisors: Dr Christine Linhart, Professor Richard Taylor

Tewodros Hailemariam
Topic: Couples HIV testing and counselling in Ethiopia: exploring attitudes, beliefs, experiences and acceptance among heterosexual couples living in Addis Ababa
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Rawstorne, Dr Sally Nathan

Md Nazmul Huda
Topic: Unsafe Sexual Practices and the Barriers to HIV Prevention: A Cross - Sectional Study on the Female Commercial Sex Workers (FCSWs) in Bangladesh
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Rawstorne, Dr Niamh Stephenson

Sione Hufanga
Topic: Comparative cost effectiveness if interventions to control non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Tonga.
Supervisors: Professor Richard Taylor, A/Professor Virginia Wiseman

Ritu Kunwar
Topic: Effect of parental migration on healthcare seeking behaviour for common childhood illnesses and nutritional status of left behind children under 5 years of age in Nepal
Supervisors: Dr David Muscatello, A/Professor Claire Vajdic

Devina Nand
Topic: Injury mortality in Fiji: 2008-2017: A ten year review of mortality data
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Rawstorne, Professor Richard Taylor

Pushpa Pandey
Topic: Utilization of adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health services in Nepal
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale, Dr Husna Razee

Freda Pitakaka
Topic: Birth Outcomes in the Solomon Islands: Identifying associations between obstetric outcomes and socio-demographic characteristics of primiparous women presenting for deliveries in 2013 at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Rawstorne, Dr Alison Rutherford

Digna Purwaningrum
Topic: The double burden of malnutrition in Indonesia: The dynamics of food environment and food consumption at household level
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya, Dr Hammam Hadi

Mariyam Sarfraz
Topic: Integrating new cadres for maternal health: study of Community Midwives in Pakistan
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya, Dr Sarah Walker


Social Research

Peter Akera
Topic: Transformative community engagement in health: health of children in the settlements of Northern Uganda
Supervisors: Professor Robyn Richmond, Dr Mark Obwolo, Dr Wendy Swift

Najla Aljehani
Topic: Promoting physical activity among women living within socially and culturally constrained contexts
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee, Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste

Buna Bhandari Bhattarai
Topic: Development and test of community based interventions to improve hypertension control in Nepal
Supervisors: A/Professor Jayasuriya, Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan

Robert Cunningham
Topic: Where Are They Now? The influence of Sport for Development and Youth Leadership programs on the longer-term development of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
Supervisors: Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste, Dr Patrick Rawstorne, Dr Sally Nathan

Neeraj Gill
Topic: Human rights of people with mental disabilities
Supervisors: Dr Adrienne Withall, Dr Alan Rosen

Sandra Holland
Topic: The lived experiences of fathers who have children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: An understudied phenomenon
Supervisors: Dr Michelle Farrar, Dr Sally Nathan

Kahabi Isangula
Topic: Patient trust in doctors in rural Tanzania: Meaning, factors and benefits in the context of NCDs/Hypertension care
Supervisors: A/Professor Niamh Stephenson, Dr Holly Seale

Telphia-Leanne Joseph
Topic: Career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health professionals
Supervisors: Dr Lois Meyer, Professor Mark Harris

Tun Shwe
Topic: Impact study on football-based grassroots peace, reconciliation and social cohesion intervention in Myanmar
Supervisors: Dr Anne Bunde-Biouste, Dr Husna Razee


Primary Health Care

Rashid Ansari
Topic: Self-management of type 2 diabetes: focusing on the middle-aged population of rural area of Pakistan
Supervisors: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadah, Professor Mark Harris

Lynelle Hales
Topic: Qualitative research examining general practice experiences of implementing primary health care initiatives and identifying factors needed for successful implementation and integration of interventions into routine work
Supervisors: Dr Lois Meyer, Professor Nicholas Zwar

John Lewis
Topic: Characteristics of information systems to support the care of colorectal cancer survivors in primary care settings
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw, Professor Pradeep Ray

Alan McLean
Topic: Pre Hospital Care
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre, Dr Reece Hinchcliff, Dr Monica Barratt

Dominic Morgan
Topic: Barriers to early access to defibrillation in out of hospital cardiac arrest
Supervisors: A/Professor Andrew Hayen, Dr David Muscatello 

Patrick Stewart
Topic: Drug overdose and subclinical cognitive impairment
Supervisors: Dr Nicholas Osborne, Dr Betty Chan

Kahren White
Topic: Cancer care optimisation for ovarian cancer in NSW
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale, A/Prof Reema Harrison


Health Management

Sunil Adusumilli
Topic: Study of impact of alcohol policy changes on injury
Supervisors: Dr John Eastwood, Professor Bin Jalaludin

Susan Baker
Topic: A systematic literature review and analysis of randomised controlled trials of electronic health records in adults using models of shared care
Supervisors: Professor Marissa Lassere, Dr Rowena Forsyth, Dr Rebecca Reynolds

Kim-Lin Chiew
Topic: Health services research
Supervisors: Professor Bin Jalaudin, Professor Shalini Vinod

Joel Aik Cze
Topic: Retail Food Protection in Singapore
Supervisors: A/Professor Anthony Newall, Dr Anita Heywood

Arvin Damodaran
Topic: Trust and trustworthiness of medical education programs, a mixed methods study
Supervisors: A/Professor Boaz Shulruf, Professor Philip Jones

Sonja Falkiner
Topic: Identification and respectful management of dementia in an ageing Australian workforce
Supervisors: Dr Adrienne Withall, A/Professor Ros Poulos

Sally Fitzpatrick
Topic: Indigenous Public Health education
Supervisors: A/Professor Melissa Haswell-Elkins, Dr Sally Nathan

Myron Godinho
Topic: Integrating eHealth, social business and citizen engagement to achieve sustainable development goals
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw, Dr Md Mahfuz Ashraf

Rubana Islam
Topic: Theory Based Mobile App Development and Testing for Hypertension Management in Workplaces in Bangladesh
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya, Dr Md Mahfuz Ashraf, Professor Nicholas Buckley

Susan Jain
Thesis title: Exploring Australian nurses’ knowledge and attitude towards non-sterile glove use and hand hygiene in clinical settings
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, Dr Kate Clezy, Professor Alec Welsh

Ayman Khalifah
Thesis title: Standard based assessment in higher education: The stakeholder's perspectives
Supervisors: A/Professor Boaz Shulruf, Professor Philip Jones

Winston Liauw
Topic: Understanding multidisciplinary teams and systems in a cancer service
Supervisors: A/Professor David Heslop, Professor Richard Taylor

Mafruha Mahmud
Topic: A nested case control study of Vitamin D and osteoporotic health outcome in the UK
Supervisors: Dr Bayzidur Rahman, Dr Nicholas Osborne

Julie McEniery
Topic: Applied research in causes and factors associated with excess paediatric deaths
Supervisors: A/Professor Bette Liu, Professor Glenda Lawrence

Anna Morell
Topic: Australia's rural health workforce: Geographic distribution mechanisms and retention
Supervisors: A/Professor Glenda Lawrence, Dr Rob Menzies

Camille Neyhouser
Topic: Organisational Learning & Knowledge Management in Public Health NGOs
Supervisors: Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste, Dr Lois Meyer

James Obol
Topic: Cervical cancer screening in two districts of Acholi sub-region in Uganda: Accessibility, uptake and challenges to services
Supervisors: A/Prof Reema Harrison, Dr Mark Obwolo

Mark Orr
Topic: Enhancing the mental health workforce: Acceptability and efficacy of on-line peer support for adults with a lived experience of a mental health issue
Supervisors: Dr Adrienne Withall, Dr Maria Agaliotis

Christopher Owens
Topic: Health-based water treatment targets: Transitioning existing municipal water supply schemes to a new framework for microbial safety
Supervisors: Dr Nicholas Osborne, Dr Paul Byleveld

Seema Radhakrishnan
Topic: Development of  An Internationally Valid ICF Based Mobility Outcome Measure
Supervisors: A/Professor Friedbert Kohler, Professor Hugh Dickson

Hania Rahimi Ardabili
Topic: A randomised controlled trial of an online weight loss intervention in overweight and obese adults: A focus on goal-setting, self-compassion and mindfulness
Supervisors: Professor Lenny Vartanian, Dr Rebecca Reynolds, Professor Nicholas Zwar

Kate Raymond
Topic: Guiding principles for health policy evaluation in the Northern Territory
Supervisors: Dr Lois Meyer, A/Prof Reema Harrison

Muhammad Shamim
Topic: Developing and evaluating an innovative educational strategy for Ethics in Undergraduate Medical Education
Supervisors: Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya, Dr Adrienne Torda

Catherine Sharp
Topic: Clinical and legal implications of pressure ulcer prevention in elders
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, Dr Jennifer Moore

Mariam Soomro
Topic: Improving the surveillance, prediction and prevention of head injuries: Potential applications of novel technology in sports and the military
Supervisors: Dr Adrienne Withall, Dr Robin Turner

Emine Tetik
Topic: Developing a tool: Preventing and managing pressure injuries
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee, Dr Linda Perry

Farhan Vakani
Topic: Developing and evaluating a continuing medical education program tailored to the context of Pakistan
Supervisors: Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya, A/Professor Abdullah Demirkol

Rebecca Warren
Topic: Investigating how caring for a loved one with cancer affects dietary behaviours in the carer
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sylvie Lambert

Jane Wu
Topic: Early rehabilitation after acute injury or illness
Supervisors: A/Professor Christopher Poulos, Professor Ian Harris, Dr Steven Faux

Jim Xu
Topic: Development of an ICF Core Set for persons with amputation
Supervisors: Professor Hugh Dickson, A/Professor Friedbert Kohler

Uday Yadav
Topic: Levels and associations of health literacy and patient activation with COPD self-management among multi-morbid COPD patients in Nepal
Supervisors: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, Professor Mark Harris

Lamees Yousef
Topic: Concerns and needs of frequently hospitalised children and carers in a Saudi public hospital
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee, Dr  Joel Rhee



Georgina Dove
Supervisors: Dr Angela Kelly, Dr Patrick Rawstorne

Leslie Ong
Supervisors: Dr Lois Meyer, A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya

Brendan Ross
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee, Dr Raman Shanti

Katherine Tindall
Supervisors: Dr David Heslop, A/Prof Reema Harrison