School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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Dr Adam Craig

Dr Craig is the Deputy Director of the Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) program, a Lecturer in Global Health, and a researcher focusing on novel disease outbreak early warning surveillance systems in Pacific Island nations. Joining the SPHCM in 2017 after 16 years of field epidemiology experience, he has worked with international agencies including UNICEF, World Health Organization, World Bank, and others. In tackling COVID-19, Adam has been seconded to NSW Health and is a team leader in the Operations part of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre. Adam talks about what this role entails, his current research, and the practical skills students can take from the SPHCM’s public health and infectious disease programs, especially in response to COVID-19.

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Anil Singh-Prakash

Anil Singh-Prakash is Administration Manager at the SPHCM. She is involved in student recruitment, and works closely with SPHCM Head, Professor Rebecca Ivers, in the role of providing strategic direction for the School. Anil is currently focused on recruitment and ensuring that the school meets the enrolment plan set for 2020 – a task that COVID-19 has made highly atypical. She is also currently helping to develop the School's new strategic focus and expanding its Bachelor Degree program. “I always knew that public health work is important,” says Anil, “but COVID-19 has taken the importance to a new level.” Anil talks about the changes to her work brought on by COVID-19, as well as the importance of public health work and education in a post-COVID-19 world.

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Holly Seale


Dr Holly Seale

Applying a social science lens to population health

Social scientist, Dr Holly Seale is Director of the Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) at the SPHCM, and co-convenes a Masters course in infectious disease and the School's internship program. Holly has over 12 years of experience in infectious disease, public health and health service research focusing on the attitudes and behaviours of the community, health consumers and healthcare providers. In response to COVID-19, Holly provides ongoing media commentary and has had several papers published. She has also prepared a rapid review of the factors impacting on engagement with community mitigation strategies, is looking at the immunisation acceptance of novel vaccines, and has led a group of researchers on a community study to identify perceptions of risk and acceptance of strategies, in collaboration with her Masters and PhD students, and colleagues from the NSW Ministry of Health. 

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Dr Abrar Chughtai

Taking a public health approach to emerging infections and global health security

Dr Abrar Chughtai is the director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Abrar is a medically trained infectious diseases epidemiologist with extensive experience in developing public health programs and infectious diseases research. His research interests include epidemiology and control of emerging infections, focusing on the use of face masks and other personal protective equipment in healthcare settings. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate infectious diseases courses at the School.  Abrar is an emerging leader on personal protective equipment research, and is currently contributing his expertise to inform policy on the use of protective equipment for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Associate Professor James Wood

Helping to curb the spread of disease and save lives

James is an infectious disease modeller who works on analysis of interventions for pandemic responses, vaccine preventable diseases such as pertussis, and sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, through NHMRC funded projects. He is currently involved in modelling coronavirus responses as part of a national team, liaising with the NSW Government around specific jurisdictional questions, providing regional modelling support for the World Health Organization Office of the Western Pacific, and regularly comments in the media on COVID-19. 

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Rebecca Ivers


Professor Rebecca Ivers

Professor Rebecca Ivers is Head, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney, and honorary Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. Ivers leads a global research program focusing on the prevention and management of injury. Trained as an epidemiologist, her research interests focus on the prevention of injury, trauma care, and the research to policy transfer in both high and low income countries. She has a substantial program of research addressing the global burden of injury, with a particular focus on inequalities in injury in low income settings, and the prevention of injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Reema Harrison


Associate Professor Reema Harrison

How supporting patient and professional recovery after medical errors could improve the safety of healthcare

A/Professor Reema Harrison’s research focuses on quality and safety in healthcare, especially the psychological impact of medical errors. A/Prof Harrison, who joined the SPHCM in 2016, is a associate professor and director of the Health Management program. For Reema, a key attraction of SPHCM is the opportunity to do policy-relevant research that will have an impact on health services.

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Ebony Lewis


Ebony Lewis

From student to teacher: Ebony’s nursing career with older people informs her research

Ebony Lewis’ experience as an emergency and practice nurse working with elderly patients has inspired her research in this area. Ebony completed a Masters of International Public Health at SPHCM in 2014 and joined the School in September 2018 as an Associate Lecturer in Aboriginal Health. She also works part time conducting health assessments of older people in the community.

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