School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Our People

Dr Abrar Chughtai
Visiting Researcher, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Services

Dr Abrar Chughtai is a public health practitioner and epidemiologist with 15 year track record of infectious disease control and research at national and international levels. His professional training is in Medicine, with academic training (MPH and PhD) from the University of New South Wales. He has been working for World Health Organization (WHO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for more than seven years. He has extensive experience of Public Health Programs, particularly Tuberculosis Control in developing countries. His main areas of interest include influenza, emerging infectious diseases, vaccine preventable diseases and personal protective equipment.

Dr Abrar Chugtai
 

Adam Craig
Lecturer, International Public Health 

Adam brings 16 years of field epidemiology experience to academia.  Adam's work has taken him across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2006 he has been involved in the development of the disease outbreak early warning surveillance systems in operation in the Pacific. Adam's research revolves around health design and the interface between the health systems design and infectious disease surveillance and response strengthening.

 

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Dr Minh Cuong Duong
Associate Lecturer, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Services

Dr Minh Cuong Duong, MD, MMed, PhD, has been a Specialist in Infectious Diseases and an epidemiologist in Vietnam after completing the National Postgraduate Specialty Training Program in Infectious Diseases in 2011. His expertise includes epidemiology, prevention and control of infectious diseases. He joined SPHCM in 2017 as an Associate Lecturer. In 2018, Minh was appointed by the World Health Organization as their consultant on the national response to viral hepatitis in hemodialysis facilities in Vietnam.

 

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Professor John Hall
Professor of Primary Care 

John Hall is Professor of Primary Care and Head of Medical and Undergraduate Education within the School. He has developed a national and international reputation in health services research in primary care on prevention and management of chronic illness. His research interests include chronic disease management in general practice and primary health care; primary care health workforce in rural communities with a focus on international medical graduates; and population health and primary health care in low and middle income countries.

 

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Associate Professor Anita Heywood
Director of Education, Public Health and Health Services, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases

Dr Heywood is an infectious disease epidemiologist and lecturer at the School. Her current research focuses on vaccine uptake and risk perception in at-risk groups, particularly travellers and migrant Australians. Her additional research interests include the analysis of routine surveillance data to evaluate vaccine programs and evidence-based vaccination policy and practice.

 

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Associate Professor Bette Liu
Associate Professor Epidemiology

Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist who specialises in large scale cohort and record linkage studies. She has worked in Australia in clinical medicine and as a Public Health Medical Officer. She completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford. She has played significant roles in the development of large scale prospective studies both in Australia and overseas. The main focus of her work has been to identify potential public health prevention strategies for common diseases through the use of observational study designs with a particular focus on infectious diseases in adults and their longer term sequelae.

 

Bette Liu

 

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws
Professor of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Services

Patient safety and healthcare worker safety with emphasis on the epidemiology of healthcare associated infection (HAI) and occupational acquisition of infection. Specific interests include surveillance of HAIs, clinical practice improvement to prevent HAIs with specific focus on intensive care practice, disaster management for the prevention of infection in survivors and infectious diseases outbreak from the community into the healthcare facility. Expertise in low resourced healthcare settings in Southeast Asia.

 

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Dr David Muscatello
Senior Lecturer, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Health Services

Dr David Muscatello is a Senior Lecturer in infectious diseases epidemiology. He has a PhD in the epidemiology of influenza. He also has many years experience in government as an epidemiologist specialising in acute disease surveillance using administrative databases, public health intelligence and biostatistics including time series analysis. He played a major surveillance role in the New South Wales government response to pandemic influenza in 2009 and has served on the Australian National Influenza Surveillance Committee. David is also a graduate of the New South Wales Public Health Officer Training Program and has supervised and trained numerous Public Health Officer and Biostatistical trainees. He is particularly interested in the use of time series analysis for estimating mortality and morbidity from infectious and other diseases and for assessing the impact of health policies on populations.

 

Dr David Muscatello

 

Associate Professor Anthony Newall
Associate Professor Health Economics, Applied Mathematics, Infectious Diseases, Biostatistics

Dr Anthony Newall is an Associate Professor in Health Economics at SPHCM. His main research area is the economic evaluation of infectious disease prevention strategies, as well as the mathematical modelling and statistical analyses that inform these evaluations. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications on a range of vaccine preventable diseases, including the epidemiology and cost-effectiveness of prevention strategies for influenza (seasonal and pandemic), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and human papillomavirus. He has been appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) Roster of Experts in the area of Health Economics by the Director-General of the WHO.

 

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Dr Patrick Rawstorne
Senior Lecturer International Public Health, Public Health and Health Services, Health Promotion

Behavioural surveillance surveys; survey based research; quantitative methods; data analysis; respondent driven sampling (RDS); the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs); mental health and HIV; capacity development training in research methods.

 

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Dr Holly Seale
Senior Lecturer, Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Health Services, Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology

Dr Seale has conducted behavioural research regarding infectious diseases and infection control. Recently, her work has focused on healthcare professional’s perceptions and behaviours regarding infectious diseases, particularly VPDs and examining new strategies for infection control using pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical measures. Her published studies have concerned communicable disease surveillance, social research, clinical trial outcomes, risk communication, immunisation coverage in at-risk groups, and the evaluation of education tools using qualitative and quantitative methods.

 

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Associate Professor Niamh Stephenson
Associate Professor, Sociology, Infectious Diseases, Social and Community Psychology, Public Health and Health Services

A/Professor Stephenson is a medical sociologist. One strand of her research focuses on the social and political dimensions of infectious disease. She is currently researching the relationship between infectious disease and “security”. This involves working on a book about the role that the global response to HIV is playing in transforming international/global health (with E. Prof. Susan Kippax). It also involves a current ARC funded project on Australian pandemic influenza preparedness efforts. Niamh has devoted much of her career to developing techniques for undertaking theoretical informed qualitative analysis, the second strand of her research. This work is key to her second current ARC project examining how the use of ultrasound technologies during pregnancy is changing people’s ideas about “life”. Her recent publications include two books (Analysing Everyday Experience: Social Research and Political Change, Palgrave and Escape Routes: Control and Subversion in the 21st Century, Pluto) as well as journal articles in: American Journal of Public Health; Science, Technology & Human Values; and Social Science & Medicine.

 

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Dr Kerry Uebel
Convenor Phase 3 Pimary Care

Dr Kerry Uebel MBBS, MFam Med, PhD is a Family Physician with many years’ experience in primary care in South Africa with a particular emphasis on HIV and TB and the support of primary care nurse practitioners. She completed her PhD looking at the integration of HIV care into primary care services. She is currently a senior lecturer in primary care at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW with an interest in Medical Education and the development of shared care models for care of cancer survivors and primary care services in developing countries.

 

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Associate Professor James Wood
Associate Professor, Biological Mathematics, Epidemiology, Simulation and Modelling, Infectious Diseases

A/Professor Wood uses mathematical and statistical models to answer questions in infectious disease control. Analysis of vaccine programs, the dynamics of long-term immunity and the epidemiology of tuberculosis are his major research interests at present. In methodological terms he is interested in analysis and presentation of uncertainty in models, methods for model validation and the value of more structured (demographic) models in predictive studies.

 

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Professor Heather Worth
Professor, Public Health and Health Services

Social impact, globalisation, politics of HIV, sexuality and gender and socio-economic well-being, development and HIV, social theory, and qualitative research.

 

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