School of Population Health

Spotlight on our people

 

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Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw

Dr Siaw-Teng Liaw, Professor of General Practice at the School of Population Health, was appointed Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on eHealth in 2018. The Centre has developed a 'Digital Health Profile & Maturity Assessment Toolkit' to equip countries with the 'know-how' to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and use this 'digital health maturity assessment' to systematically implement and sustain their national eHealth programs to enable them to promptly and flexibly address epidemics of both infectious and non-communicable diseases. This tool is currently being used with key actors in the Pacific Island countries and territories. 

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Emeritus Professor Richard Taylor

Professor Richard Taylor has a long and distinguished career as an epidemiologist and educator in the discipline of public health medicine. As he retires from his current position at UNSW and becomes Emeritus Professor, he will continue to support teaching, capacity development of junior staff particularly in international health, and research. It was Richard’s interest in improving health at a population scale that motivated his move into international public health, after 12 years in clinical medicine. “Population health is about keeping people well – this is influenced by society, environment and the economy; it is not just an individual matter,” explains Richard.

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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 School 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 the School’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 School of Population Health. She is involved in student recruitment, and works closely with the School's 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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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 School, 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 Population Health. 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 Population Health, 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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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 School of Population Health in 2016, is a associate professor and director of the Health Management program. For Reema, a key attraction of the School 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 the School of Population Health 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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