School of Population Health


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Study at the School of Population Health (SPH) in Sydney, Australia at UNSW. The School is a leading educator in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region through its postgraduate programs in Public Health, Global HealthHealth Leadership and Management and Infectious Diseases Intelligence. For undergraduate students, we offer the Bachelor of International Public Health. The School also offers excellent research degrees including a unique doctorate in Applied Public Health which incorporates workplace experience and a thesis in professional practice. Our School is strongly committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research to enhance public health and health services. We provide quality learning that is student-centred and relevant to real-world practice.

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What’s new in the School?

- Opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers at UNSW via the Scientia Program.

- Associate Professor - Implementation Science and Health Systems.

- Research Project Officer - School of Population Health.

Sign up for the talk on Privilege: Poverty, equipment and the drivers of health with Sabina Rashid and Rebecca Ivers on 5 May 2021.

Read the new School of Population Health Strategy 2020-2025  – our roadmap to achieving a positive impact on people’s lives, health systems, policy and practice through research, teaching and engagement.

New name for School puts population health in focus and reflects our broader approach to population and global health.


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Congratulations to Associate Professor Faye McMillan on her appointment as the first Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner. Faye is one of two Deputy Commissioners who will play a key role in the Federal Government’s agenda to increase access to rural health services and address rural workforce shortages. 

Associate Professor McMillan recently joined the UNSW School of Population Health as Associate Professor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and has had an extensive career in allied health in regional and rural NSW.

“I am looking forward to my role as Deputy Commissioner and with the School to grow partnerships and learning opportunities that can ensure all Australians – no matter where they live – have access to the healthcare they need and a choice in their own health and wellbeing,” says Faye.

Read more about Faye McMillan here  


Image Tewodros HailemariamSTUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Research student Dr Tewodros Hailemariam completes PhD

Congratulations to Tewodros Hailemariam on completing his PhD. As part of his research, Teddy explored the likelihood of couples in Sub Saharan Africa participating in existent HIV testing services in the region.

He was motivated to join the UNSW PhD program because of the school’s leading global reputation, its high-profile supervisors, and its scholarship opportunities. 

"COVID-19 has changed how we live and plan our tomorrow, but I am very keen to take on these new challenges and approach my research career with an open mind. Next, I would like to pursue a postdoctoral path or work in the public health research industry."

Read more about Tewodros here


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Tonga Report unplanned pregnancies motherhoodAdolescent Unplanned Pregnancy in the Pacific – Tonga’
The complex and life-changing experience of adolescent unplanned pregnancy and motherhood in Tonga is addressed in a new research report. “The launching of these new research results is essential for us young women and adolescents, as it provides a platform of information that informs us girls about the changes in our body and the role one acquires in motherhood” says Ana Malia.   <Read More Here>


Measuring blood pressureSpotlight on blood pressure measurement needed to prevent silent killer
“High blood pressure is a silent killer as it has few symptoms and as such, accurate blood pressure measurement is fundamental for screening, diagnosing and managing the condition early on,” says Professor Schutte. “Yet, the lack of access to accurate, affordable blood pressure devices remains a major barrier to properly treating the condition, especially in low-resource settings.”  <Read More Here>


Faith Healthy Ageing SupplementsBaby boomers sought for the FAITH healthy ageing microbiome trial by UNSW researchers
Healthy ageing and microbiome researchers are seeking more than 150 Sydney-based older adults, aged 60-70 years, for a trial testing whether taking dietary supplements can help improve frailty and inflammation. The FAITH study will provide valuable information about whether key nutrients can improve low grade inflammation and affect the microbiome in older Australian adults.   <Read More Here>


Image Frontline workers domestic violenceHow the domestic and family violence workforce stepped up during the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the mental health and wellbeing of frontline workers in Australia’s domestic and family violence (DFV) sector, but also introduced new ways of working that have benefited both workers and their clients. The report’s lead author, Dr Patricia Cullen of the School of Population Health UNSW, said like many sectors, the DFV workforce in Australia adopted new ways of working to keep connected to their clients and each other.   <Read More Here>


Elderly woman with wrist fractureCould plaster be as good as surgery for treating wrist fracture for older people?
The simple answer is yes, according to the new research published in JAMA Surgery by a team of researchers from the Whitlam Orthopaedic Research Centre and UNSW School of Population Health. Wrist fractures are one of the most common fracture types. The burden of injury and costs of wrist fractures globally are substantial, with surgical treatment the popular treatment choice without strong supporting evidence.  <Read More Here>


Image - Young driver crashBad start for young drivers in poorer communities follows them into adulthood, study shows
Young drivers from areas of low socio-economic status continue to have higher rates of motor vehicle crashes into adulthood than those from more affluent areas, according to a new study. Lead author Dr Holger Moeller said “While drivers of low socioeconomic status were known to be more likely to be injured or die in a crash, we’ve now shown this higher risk is sustained over a 13-year period into their adult years.”   <Read More Here>


Image - covid-19 person in maskImproving COVID-19 vaccine rollout engagement with diverse communities
Australia launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign last week, beginning with frontline workers in hotel quarantine, health care and aged care. But one critical question is whether the immunisation program will meet the needs of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. A UNSW Sydney research team, led by A/Prof Holly Seale, has made recommendations about how to better engage with CaLD communities for the vaccine rollout.  <Read More Here>


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