Dr Kathleen Falster

Visiting Fellow


Dr Kathleen Falster is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and the Centre for Social Research Methods at the Australian National University. Her current research uses linked, cross-sectoral population and cohort study data to investigate child health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal children and children who enter the child protection system.

Dr Falster recently completed her NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (ECF) (2011-2017). She is a Chief Investigator and the Study Director of the NHMRC-funded 'Seeding Success' study that aims to identify factors that promote positive early childhood health and development in Aboriginal children. During her ECF, Dr Falster collaborated with the Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) study where she led or supervised research investigating health inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in NSW, including potentially avoidable hospitalisations, the receipt of surgical procedures for middle ear disease, and hospitalisations for unintentional injuries. Dr Falster also collaborates with the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) at the Sax Institute, contributing to research on injuries, asthma, ear health and hospitalisations in urban Aboriginal children. 

Dr Falster's interest and expertise lie in the use of epidemiological methods, including cohort and data linkage studies, managing and analysing large and complex datasets, and the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations.


Research interests

  • health of disadvantaged populations
  • Aboriginal health
  • child development
  • cohort studies
  • data linkage