Potential Supervisor for PhD in Public Health at UA

Zoe Jordan

Professor Zoe Jordan is interested in the relationship between communication theory, engagement and translation science, particularly in an increasingly global context. She is also interested in international, cross cultural collaboration, including but not limited to discursive competence, cultural brokering and relational empathy.

Research Interests
Communication Studies Discourse and Pragmatics Global Information Systems Globalisation and Culture Health Information Systems Intercultural Communication Language in Culture and Society Language, Communication and Culture Organisational Behaviour Organisational Communication Public Health Stakeholder Engagement

Lisa Yelland

Dr Yelland is an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Women and Kids Theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and in the School of Public Health at The University of Adelaide. As a biostatistician specializing in maternal and infant health, her research broadly aims to improve the statistical quality of perinatal trials. She is currently investigating methods for designing and analysing such trials when clustering is present due to the inclusion of multiple births.

Research Interests
Biostatistics Public Health

Arusyak Sevoyan

Arusyak is a Sociologist with specialization in Demography and Medical Sociology. She is currently a Senior Research Associate in the Life Course and Intergenerational Health Group at the School of Public Health. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to migration, population health, fertility, reproductive health, gender, and the social aspects of climate change.

In 2013, she received the highly competitive and prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to conduct research on Migrant Health issues in Australia.

My current research is focused on understanding migrant health disparities and the gender aspects of these disparities in Australia. This work is based on my ARC DECRA fellowship awarded for the project titled “Improving Migrant Health: Identifying and addressing Migrant Health Needs in Australia”.The purpose of this research is to explore the social, economic and cultural factors affecting migrant health and to understand how health disadvantages rise among migrants in Australia. The outcomes of the project are expected to help us better understand the health risks of migrants, therefore contributing to improving population health in Australia. I have also made significant contributions to the research on reproductive and sexual health of women, and their autonomy in the context of male seasonal migration in developing countries.

Research Interests
Demography Epidemiology Migration Population Health Public Health Social Sciences Methods Sociological Methodology and Research Methods Sociology Statistics Indigenous and Disadvantaged Health Nutrition and Metabolic Health

phd on public health supervisor australia

Drew Carter

I am a moral philosopher and health policy researcher who works mostly at the interface of ethics and health economics. I am interested in discussions about the nature of goodness, in how those discussions are best pursued, and in letting those discussions improve the thinking that informs decisions made by health care practitioners and policy makers, especially on questions of resource allocation.

My main research focus is on how health-related resources ought to be allocated. I am particularly interested in identifying what is important besides gaining the maximum possible health for a population. I have examined this in relation to assisted reproductive technologies (like in vitro fertilisation), intensive care triage and national funding decision making for pharmaceuticals and medical services. I am also interested in how qualitative research and deliberative methods can best serve inquiry into health-related ethical matters. Philosophically, I work to extend and apply insights made by the philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Iris Murdoch, Raimond Gaita, and Christopher Cordner. This includes avoiding over-simplification, teasing out how our words, responses and practices can depend on one another for their meaning, and foregrounding love and people’s inextricable worth.

Since 2009, I have been a Research Fellow in Ethics. I collaborate on research with health services researchers, health economists and social scientists, especially to inform decisions about how governments ought to allocate health care resources.

I lead an Ethics Consulting service provided by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment. I conduct paid consulting on applications to Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and assist in the design and conduct of research studies, especially those that have pronounced ethical dimensions or use qualitative research methods.

My current research focusses on ethical resource allocation.

I am analysing the ethical principles that ought to inform intensive care unit (ICU) admission and discharge, especially when the ICU is full and additional patients require admission. I am also working to identify the ethical principles that formal recommendations on ICU admission and discharge currently embody.

I am involved in several research projects that aim to improve the decision making of health funding bodies that use Health Technology Assessment (HTA) as an evaluation framework. I am researching the ethics of managed-entry agreements, where governments provisionally fund new health interventions on the condition that research is undertaken to reduce uncertainty concerning the intervention’s effectiveness or cost-effectiveness, for example. I am also researching how national bodies such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) ought to include more than conventional cost-effectiveness in their judgements of the value for money that a health intervention provides. Other projects examine the unique challenges and opportunities faced by state-level health funding bodies and how to best involve patients and the public in health funding decision making.

I am available to supervise student research projects (including PhD, MPhil, MPH Coursework Thesis and Dissertation, Honours, and third-year projects) on the above topics, in addition to the following. There is increasing interest within SA Health to undertake evaluation work to see if the approval and funding of a medicine or device has resulted in the outcomes expected. I can organise and supervise evaluation projects in close collaboration with SA Health managers and clinicians. I am also interested in developing a framework that will allow evaluation agencies to more rapidly and comprehensively assess ethical dimensions relating to new genomic health technologies.

Research Interests
Bioethics Health Economics Health Policy Health Policy & Services History and Philosophy of Medicine Medical Ethics Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy Philosophy Public Health Public Health and Health Services Fertility and Conception Indigenous and Disadvantaged Health Innovative Therapeutics Surgical and Health Systems Innovation Translational Health Outcomes

Jacqueline Street

Jackie’s research focus is community participation in decision-making to support improved health policy and practice. In particular, she is interested in informed decision-making through the use of deliberative inclusive methods and development of new methods for collecting and synthesising community views.

Jackie has two major areas of research interest both within the broader area of including the community in health policy decision-making.

Obesity prevention through regulation and law – The HealthyLaws project explored the evidence and community views in South Australia on the use of regulation and law for obesity prevention. HealthyViews focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views.

Patient and Public Engagement in Health Technology Assessment – HTA is a multidisciplinary field that addresses the clinical, economic, organizational, social, legal, and ethical impacts of a health technology, considering its specific healthcare context as well as available alternatives. The inclusion of patient and citizen voices in the assessment of new technologies or disinvestment from old technologies is generally poorly included in HTA. Jackie’s research looks at the ways in which Australia could improve the inclusion of patient and citizen voices in HTA.

Research Interests
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Health Policy Public Health

Catherine Chittleborough

Catherine Chittleborough is an epidemiologist in the BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group within the School of Public Health. She returned to the University of Adelaide in 2011 following a decade with SA Health and a two-year postdoctoral position in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. Prior to that Cathy was an epidemiologist with SA Health for a decade, where her work focused on population health surveillance and chronic disease epidemiology, including diabetes, respiratory conditions, mental health and obesity. Her current research focuses on how we can reduce inequalities in, and improve overall population levels of, child health and development, and also whether we can identify children who are likely to have poor development, for better targeting of family support programs. She has an interest in applying causal epidemiological techniques to these questions and making use of population data from longitudinal cohorts and data linkage studies. She also teaches undergraduate public health and epidemiology.

Research Interests
Epidemiology Inequality studies Maternal Health Paediatrics Public Health

Tracy Merlin

Professor Merlin is the first Professor of Health Technology Assessment in Australia, having worked in this relatively new field for over 20 years.

She is the Managing Director and co-founder of Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) at the University of Adelaide. In this role she leads a large and experienced team of researchers undertaking multi-million dollar applied research and evaluation activities on behalf of government and non-government agencies. This research directly informs health policy and clinical practice. The health technology assessment arm of AHTA has been undertaking applied/contract research since 2001.

Also, at the University of Adelaide, Professor Merlin is the Interim Head of the School of Public Health. This School takes pride in offering high performance teaching and translational research across a number of public health areas including epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health sciences, social and behavioural health sciences and healthy policy and health services. Health technology assessment is a policy science.

Professor Merlin is Vice Chair of the Board of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) and co-chaired the INAHTA Quality Assurance Group for two years. She is the current Chair of the English Editorial Board of the international HTA Glossary and has been a member of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) since its inception.

Professor Merlin is a methodologist and clinical epidemiologist. In addition to publishing on methodological work, she has written well over 150 systematic literature reviews, clinical practice guidelines and health technology assessment reports.

Prof Merlin’s research and teaching interests include:
> Health technology assessment
> Evidence-based policy
> Systematic reviews
> Meta-analysis
> Pharmaceutical evaluation
> Horizon scanning
> Disinvestment
> Methodological research
> Clinical practice guideline development

Research Interests
Epidemiology Health Economics Health Policy Health Policy & Services Medical and Health Sciences Medical Devices Performance Evaluation Policy and Administration Public Health Public Health and Health Services Public Policy Surgical and Health Systems Innovation Indigenous and Disadvantaged Health Translational Health Outcomes