School of Population Health

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Alta Schutte


Professor Alta Schutte - championing global action to tackle high blood pressure 

Professor Alta Schutte is Principal Theme Lead of Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health and co-chair of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Research Stream at UNSW School of Population Health. Alta has a joint appointment as Professorial Fellow in the Cardiovascular Division at The George Institute for Global Health, and is co-lead of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Cardiac and Vascular Clinical Academic Group.

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Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng - Impact driven: changing the environment to save lives 

With a focus on promoting more liveable, healthier and equitable communities, leading epidemiologist Xiaoqi Feng is Associate Professor in Urban Health and Environment at UNSW School of Population Health, co-chair of the School’s Non-Communicable Diseases Research Stream, and Cultural Diversity Champion for UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health. "My work involves developing high-quality learning experiences, fulfilling governance responsibilities, and building innovative research projects and partnerships that empower people. I’m focused on ‘how’, ‘why’, and ‘what’ we can do about the impacts of urbanisation on the health and wellbeing of people in cities in Australia and around the world."

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Dr Amy Peden

At the end of the first term teaching the new Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control course at the UNSW School of Population Health, course convenor Dr Amy Peden reflects on how the course has gone, the opportunities it provides students, what motivated her to pursue her teaching and research career in injury prevention, and the impact she hopes to have on the health and wellbeing of people in Australia and around the world. Amy joined UNSW School of Population Health in 2019 in both a teaching and research capacity. Prior to this, she was the National Manager of Research and Policy with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, working on drowning prevention research, policy, and advocacy. She also volunteered in Da Nang, Viet Nam working on a survival swimming program. In Vietnam more than 3000 children die from drowning each year, so a program such as SwimSafe is of vital importance. 

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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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Holly Seale


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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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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