School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Current PhD Candidates

Dr 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


Syed Azim

Topic: Establishing appropriate statistical analysis of infection control data
Supervisors: Professor MaryLouise McLaws; Dr Bayzid Rahman


Matthew Begun

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


Dr 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)


Karen File

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


Jed Horner

Topic: A consuming ‘threat’: the construction and negotiation of ‘immigrant tuberculosis’ in Sydney, New South Wales.
Supervisors: Dr James Wood and Dr Angela Kelly


Susan Jain

Topic: Modify contact precautions for safety and sustainability
Supervisors: Prof Mary-Louise McLaws and Dr Kate Clezy (Director Infectious Diseases, Prince of Wales Hospital)


Rajneesh Kaur

Topic: Designing a new educational intervention to increase hand hygiene compliance of medical students.
Supervisors: Dr Holly Seale and Dr Husna Razee


Dr Fatema Khatun

Topic: An Assessment of Community readiness for mHealth in rural Bangladesh.
Supervisors: Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw (CPHCE), Associate Professor Pradeep Ray (APuHC) and Dr Anita Heywood


Dr Yen (Angela) Lee Kwok

Topic: Hand hygiene education intervention of medical students during their clinical years.
Supervisors: Professor MaryLouise McLaws; Dr Peter Harris


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)


Dr 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


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/Prof Andrew Hayen and A/Prof Anthony Newall


Dr Chhorvoin Om

Topic: Barriers to best practice in antibiotic prescribing in Cambodia
Supervisors: Prof Mary-Louise McLaws and Professor James C McLaughlin (Dept of Pathology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine)


Dr Amit Saha

Topic: Field application of oral cholera vaccine, Shanchol and determination of the factors affecting vaccine delivery and estimates of effectiveness of oral cholera vaccine in an endemic setting
Supervisors: : A/Prof Andrew Hayen and Prof Raina MacIntyre


Sharon Salmon

Topic: Improving Hand Hygiene and its clinical implications in a sample of health care facilities across Viet Nam
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws; Professor Didier Pittet (World Health Organization Patient Safety; University of Geneva Hospital, Switzerland)


Catherine Sharp

Topic: Pressure Ulcers in residents with dementia: risk of death and infection
Supervisors: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, Professor Johanna Westbrook (Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University)


Patti Shih

Topic: Christianity, biomedicine and operations of power: Faith-based healthcare in PNG’s response to HIV
Supervisors: Professor Heather Worth and Dr Joanne Travaglia