School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Student Thesis Titles

Infectious Diseases
Global Health
Indigenous Health
Social Research
Primary Health Care
Health Management




Infectious Diseases

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


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

Catarina Aneman
Topic: The burden and prevention of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in the Australian hospital setting: Setting the scene for the introduction of a new vaccine.
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale and Professor Raina MacIntyre


Diana Arachi
Topic: Network analysis for health
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw (UNSW), Professor Enrico Coiera (Center for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation)


Syed Azim
Topic: Establishing the most appropriates statistical analysis for patient safety data
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws and Dr Bayzid Rahman 


Mattew Begun
Topic: Individual based models for assessing the impact of case-based interventions on Tuberculosis
Supervisors: A/Professor James Wood, A/Prof Anthony Newall and Professor Guy Marks


Abu Bhuiyan
Topic: Factors influencing the acceptance & adoption of EMR in low resource settings: A case study in Bangladesh
Supervisors: Dr Padmanesa Narasimhan and Professor Pradeep Ray


Alexander Cardenas
Topic: Impact of Education, Demographics and Professional Culture, on Paramedic Infection Control Decision Making
Supervisors: A/Professor Joanne Travaglia and Professor Raina MacIntyre


Abrar Chughtai
Topic: Face masks in the protection of healthcare workers in resource poor settings
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale, Professor Raina MacIntyre, Professor Amal Bassili and Professor Dominic Dwyer


Minh Cuong Duong
Topic: HCV infection in haemodialysis patients with end-stage renal disease, Ho Chi Min City
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws; Dr Dariusz P. Olszyna (Division of Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital, Singapore)


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


Valentina Costantino
Topic: Modelling the impact of zoster vaccine on zoster morbidity in Australia.
Supervisors: A/Professor James Wood and A/Professor Heather Gidding


Laura Davison
Topic: Private sector engagement in immunization in the Western Pacific Region
Supervisors: Dr Anita Heywood, Dr Alexander Rosewell and Dr Robert 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 and Professor Raina MacIntyre


Amalie Dyda
Topic: Vaccine preventable disease in older Australian adults
Supervisors: A/Professor Bette Liu, Professor John Kaldor and Professor Chandini MacIntyre

Karen File
Topic: Habitualising hand hygiene behaviours of Vanuatu mothers and their small children at key junctions: after toileting and before preparing food, eating and feeding a child.
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws; Dr Robert Aunger (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)


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


Chun Hin Ma
Topic: Australian Chinese travellers visiting friends and relatives: New approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks.
Supervisors: Dr Anita Heywood and Professor Raina MacIntyre


Susan Jain
Thesis title: Modify contact precautions for safety and sustainability
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws and Dr Kate Clezy (Director Infectious Diseases, Prince of Wales Hospital)


Rajneesh Kaur
Thesis title: Improving hand hygiene (HH) compliance and its clinical implications in medical students
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale and Dr Husna Razee


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

Joan Lynch
Topic: Evidence Based Guidelines for the Management of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
Supervisors: Prof Mary-Louise McLaws and A/Prof Anders Aneman (Liverpool Intensive care Unit)


Abela Mahimbo
Topic: Barriers and facilitators in the provision of immunisation to newly arrived refugees under different models of care in NSW, Australia: Current policy and practice and ways forward.
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale, Dr Anita Heywood, Dr Mitchell Smith


Nicole Mealing
Topic: Statistical approaches to the evaluation of the impact of vaccination programs
Supervisors: A/Professor Andrew Hayen and A/Prof Anthony Newall


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


Sonya Nicholl
Topic: Preventing the spread of vaccine preventable diseases - Exploring new strategies to improve uptake in vulnerable people
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre and Dr Holly Seale

Chhorvoin Om
Topic: Translation of policies from high-to-low resourced setting to address irrational antibiotic use.
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws and Professor James C McLaughlin (Dept of Pathology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine) and Dr Ellen Baron


Amit Saha
Topic: Field application of oral Cholera vaccine, Shanchol for use in developing country settings
Supervisors: A/Professor Andrew Hayen and Professor Raina MacIntyre


Erin Sparrow
Topic: Monoclonal antibodies against infectious diseases
Supervisors: A/Professor Siranda Torvaldsen, Dr Martin Friede, A/Professor Anthony Newall and A/Professor James Wood

Ko-Kang Wang
Topic: Assessing Measles elimination in NSW
Supervisors: A/Professor James Wood and A/Professor Heather Gidding

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

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 and 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, A/Professor Siranda Torvaldsen and Dr Javed Chawla

Susan Clarke
Topic: A cluster-randomised controlled trial of community education to prevent the development of chronic suppurative otitis media in children in jumla nepal
Supervisors: Professor Robyn Richmond and Professor Heather Worth

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

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

Tewodros Hailemariam
Topic: Uptake of HIV Continuum of Care in Ethiopia: exploring determinants among couples living in Addis Ababa
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Rawstorne and Dr Sally Nathan

Md 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 and Dr Niamh Stephenson

Rubana Islam
Topic: Theory Based Mobile App Development and Testing for Hypertension Management in Workplaces in Bangladesh
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya and Dr Sabrina Rasheed

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 and A/Professor Claire Vajdic

Sophia Lin
Topic: Trends in diabetes risk factors and related premature mortality in Pacific Island countries
Supervisors: Professor Richard Taylor and Dr Rebecca Reynold

Christine Linhart
Topic: Cardiovascular disease surveillance and control in the Pacific.
Supervisors: Professor Richard Taylor and Dr Stephen Morrell

Hoang Nguyen
Topic: Determinants of health seeking behaviour and health services utilization for chronic non $B!> (Bcommunicable in Vietnam)
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya and Dr Tran Oanh

Michelle O'Connor
Topic: Understanding young people's perceptions and behaviours related to sexual & reproductive health and wellbeing in Fiji
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee and Dr Patrick Rawstorne

Pushpa Pandey
Topic: Identifying factors facilitating adolescents access to contraception and contributing elements that decreases unwanted pregnancies in rural Nepal
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale and Dr Husna Razee

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

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 and Dr Alison Rutherford

Digna Purwaningrum
Topic: Understanding the determinants of obesity among low income women in urban and rural settings in Indonesia
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya

Amina Razzaq
Topic: Understanding constraints in the Fijian health system to the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services in Suva
Supervisors: Professor Heather Worth and A/Professor Joanne Travaglia

Edward Reis
Topic: HIV and human rights
Supervisors: Professor Heather Worth and Dr Patrick Rawstorne

Mariyam Sarfraz
Topic: Integrating new cadres for maternal health: study of Community Midwives in Pakistan
Supervisors: A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya and A/Professor Saima Hamid

Patti Shih
Topic: The role of religion and faith-based organisations in addressing HIV in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Supervisors: Professor Heather Worth and A/Professor Joanne Travaglia


Indigenous Health

Cherisse Andersen
Topic: Public and forensic mental health, Aboriginal wellbeing and women's health
Supervisors: A/Professor Melissa Haswell-Elkins and Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver

Melanie Andersen
Topic: Study of urban Aboriginal housing and its relationship to health.
Supervisors: Dr Anna Williamson and Professor Sally Redman

Dea Delaney-Thiele
Topic: Aboriginal Health: Ethics & Research
Supervisors: Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver and Professor Mark Harris

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

Sarah Gaskin
Topic: Empowerment to measure program and service needs and outcomes
Supervisors: A/Professor Melissa Haswell-Elkins, Professor Anthony Shakeshaft and Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver

Inna Goubina
Topic: Major adult morbidity and mortality in a cohort from the Aboriginal Medical Service (Redfern, Sydney) 1972-2010
Supervisors: Professor Richard Taylor and Dr John Daniels

Marlene Kong
Topic: Aboriginal adolescent health - the importance of engaging early, cultural appropriateness and innovative approaches to preventative health rather than relying on the status quo
Supervisors: Dr Robert Menzies and A/Professor Rebecca Guy, Dr Kyllie Cripps and Professor John Kaldor

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

Megan Williams
Topic: Social support post-prison release in an urban Aboriginal population
Supervisors: Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver and Professor Jan Ritchie


Social Research

Monica Cations
Topic: A community case-control study examining environmental and lifestyle risk factors for younger onset dementia
Supervisors: Dr Adrienne Withall and Dr Brian Draper

Sharlene Chadwick
Topic: Graduate health management trainees perceptions of workplace bullying behaviours. The title featured was only a working title during my application to transfer process
Supervisors: A/Professor Joanne Travaglia and Lesley Halliday

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 and Dr Sally Nathan

Neeraj Gill
Topic: Human rights of people with mental disabilities
Supervisors: Dr Adrienne Withall, A/Professor Joanne Travaglia and Professor Nick Zwar

Kumiyo Inoue
Topic: Contraception understandings and experiences of Australian women
Supervisors: Professor Juliet Richters and Dr Patrick Rawstorne

Isangula Kahabi
Topic: Conceptualization, measurement and the role of Trust in patient and provider relationships in low income African primary health care settings
Supervisors: Dr Niamh Stephenson and Dr Holly Seale

Ranmalie Jayasinha
Topic: Beyond 'insiders on the outside': identity constructions and wellbeing of Australian born young people of New Zealand descent living in Sydney
Supervisors: A/Professor Joanne Travaglia, Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste and Professor Judith Motion

Simon Massey
Topic: The socio-economic impact of a sport-for-development program in Western Sydney's humanitarian migrant community
Supervisors: Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste and Dr Husna Razee

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

Karen McMillan
Topic: Sex work and HIV prevention in Pacific Island states
Supervisors: Professor Heather Worth and Dr Patrick Rawstorne

Shizar Nahidi
Topic: Mental health and attitudes towards psychological help-seeking among Iranian international students: a pilot study examining students at UNSW, Sydney
Supervisors: Dr Ilse Blignault and Dr Husna Razee

Albie Sharpe
Topic: The health, development and community-building filter: Evaluating the social outcomes of development, health promotion and human security-related interventions by Japanese development organisations in Sri Lanka
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee and Professor Anthony Zwi

Louise Shaw
Topic: An application of the safe system approach to cycling safety: A cohort study of NSW Cyclists
Supervisors: A/Prof Roslyn Poulos, Professor Christopher Rissel and Dr Julie Hatfield

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

Tun Aung Shwe
Topic: Impact Study on Football-based Grassroots Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Intervention in Myanmar
Supervisors: Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste, Dr Husna Razee and A/Professor Patricia Bazeley


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 Nick Zwar and Professor Mark Harris

Sameera Ansari
Topic: Activating Primary care COPD patients with Multi-morbidity (APCOM) pilot pr oject
Supervisors: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, Professor Nick Zwar and Dr Sarah Dennis

Julie Dixon
Topic: Views and perceptions of participants working in a number of healthcare facilities in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and senior officers, NSW Health towards a health care work decision aid designed to assist HCW to make informed an informed decision about the flu vaccine, and their views about the acceptability of this tool to being applied in a public health setting
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre and Dr Holly Seale

Kaniz Fatema
Topic: A study on the Prediction of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bangladeshi Population.
Supervisors: Dr Bayzidur Rahman and Professor Nick Zwar

Marianne Gale
Topic: Various work undertaken as a NSW Health Public Health Officer Trainee
Supervisors: Professor Raina MacIntyre and A/Professor Andrew Hayen 

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: Professor Nicholas Zwar, Dr Lois Meyer and Dr Joel Rhee  

Nahla Hariri
Topic: The prevalence of postpartum distress and accessibility to primary mental health services for women in Makkah - Saudi Arabia
Supervisors: Dr Husna Razee, Professor Stephen Matthey and Dr Mohammed Garout

Emily Harper
Topic: Chronic disease prevention particularly focus on obesity.
Supervisors: Professor Roslyn Poulos and Dr Siranda Torvaldsen

Maha Iqbal
Topic: Design and Evaluation of an Educational Instrument to Develop Collaborative Learning Competencies in Junior Medical Students
Supervisors: Dr. Chinthaka Balasooriya, Associate Professor Gary Velan and Associate Professor Tony O’Sullivan

Jitendra Jonnagaddala
Topic: Identification of diabetes patients at risk of other chronic diseases from unstructured data using big data and semantic web technologies.
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw and Professor Pradeep Ray

Fatema Khatun
Topic: An Assessment of Community Readiness for Health in Rural Bangladesh
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw, Dr Anita Heywood and Dr Abbas Bhuiya

Ruyamuro Kwedza
Topic: Exploring clinical governance in rural and remote primary health care
Supervisors: Professor Nick Zwar, A/Professor Sarah Larkins and A/Professor Julie Johnson

John Lewis
Topic: Applying "big data" and business intelligence insights to improving clinical care for cancer
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw and Professor Pradeep Ray

Andrew Mark
Topic: Smoke-free outdoor areas: can tobacco control advocacy with Local Government be effective?
Supervisors: Professor Robyn Richmond and Dr Holly Seale

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

Dominic Morgan
Topic: Health outcomes following cardiac arrest
Supervisors: A/Professor Andrew Hayen, A/Professor Joanne Travaglia and Dr David Muscatello 

Camille Neyhouser
Topic: Organisational Learning & Knowledge Management in Public Health NGOs
Supervisors: Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste and Dr Holly Seale

Hania Rahimi Ardabili
Topic: Guiding Principles for Health Policy Evaluation in the Northern Territory
Supervisors: Dr Rebecca Reynolds and Professor Nick Zwar

Kate Raymond
Topic: A cluster-randomised controlled trial of community education to prevent the development of chronic suppurative otitis media in children in jumla nepal.
Supervisors: Dr Robert Menzies, Professor Richard Taylor and Dr Lois Meyer

Katherine Schaffarczyk
Topic: Factors contributing to non-occupational falls from ladders in men 50 years and over
Supervisors: A/Professor Roslyn Poulos, Dr Sally Nathan and Dr Brahmaputra Marjadi 

Katherine Short
Topic: The variability in vulnerable children's communication development over time and the impact of treatment
Supervisors: Professor Lynn Kemp, Patricia Knight and A/Professor Patricia Eadie

Rebecca Tinning
Topic: Re-engineering  Primary Care for Privately Insured Patients with chronic disease in Australia to reduce utilisation
Supervisors: A/Professor Andrew Hayen, Professor Nick Zwar and Dr Anita Heywood

Sanjyot Vagholkar
Topic: Cardiovascular absolute risk assessment in general practice and impact on prescribing
Supervisors: Professor Nick Zwar and Professor Mark Harris

Kahren White
Topic: Cancer care optimisation for ovarian cancer in NSW
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale and Dr Reema Harrison

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


Health Management

Robyn Harper
Topic: Collaborative and innovative health workforce models in regional Victoria
Supervisors: Dr Maria Agaliotis, Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya and Dr Patrick Rawstorne

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

Chun Ming Wang
Topic: Prevention of burnout for Postgraduate Medical Students of China
Supervisors: A/Professor Joanne Travaglia, Professor Raina MacIntyre and Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya



Kim-Lin Chiew
Topic: Health services research
Supervisors: Professor Bin Jalaudin and A/Professor Shalini Vinod

Renee Iannotti
Topic: Applied Public Health
Supervisors:A/Professor Andrew Hayen and Professor George Rubin

Peter Dunphy
Topic: Asbestos disease prevention coordination arrangements in Australia
Supervisors: A/Professor Ros Poulos and A/Professor Andrew Hayen

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

Hamish Robertson
Topic: The Geography of Alzheimer's Disease
Supervisors: Dr Anita Heywood, A/Professor Andrew Hayen and A/Professor Andrew Georgiou

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