Dr Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan

BA, MA, PhD
Fellow

Biography

My multi-disciplinary expertise combines backgrounds in economics, international development, and epidemiology and population health. As of 2016, I am appointed through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) contributing to work programs on ageing well and productively. In the past 8 years, I have been a principal analyst working with the Thai health-risk transition: A national cohort study (funded by the Wellcome Trust UK and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council) resulting in over 50 peer-reviewed articles on equity access to health service, injury epidemiology, and social determinants of health and wellbeing.

In 2014, I was appointed an 18-month Fellowship supported by the World Health Organization Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies leading a comparative study on health system responses to ageing and non-communicable diseases. In 2016, I was also awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Department of Education and Training to conduct collaborative research based on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing at University College London.

I am currently supervising PhD students on a range of topics (ageing and wellbeing in Vietnam, incident diabetes and nutrition labelling in Thailand, and health systems research in South Korea) as well as an honours student and a medical student. I have contributed to postgraduate teaching in contemporary issues in public health, health policy and administration, analysis of public health data, global health, and social determinants of health.

Research

Research interests

Lifecourse epidemiology; Social determinants of health; Population ageing and wellbeing; Health systems in developing countries; Longitudinal cohort study

Groups

Publications

•             Yiengprugsawan V. 2017. Book review: World Bank ‘Live long and prosper: Ageing in East Asia and Pacific’. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. 16(4): 586-592.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Healy J, Kendig H, et al 2017. Reorienting health services to people with chronic health conditions: diabetes and stroke services in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Health Systems & Reform. doi: 10.1080/23288604.2017.1356428.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Welsh J & Kendig H. 2017. Social capital dynamics and health in mid to later life: findings from Australia. Quality of Life Research. doi: 10.1007/s11136-017-1655-9. [E-Pub ahead of Print]

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Rimpeekool W, Papier K.et al. 2017. Relationship between 8-year weight change, body size, and health in a large cohort of adults in Thailand. Journal of Epidemiology. doi: 10.1016/j.je.2016.09.015. [Epub ahead of print].

•             Rimpeekool, W, Kirk M, Yiengprugsawan V et al 2017. Nutrition label experience and consumption of transitional foods among a nationwide cohort of 42,750 Thai adults', British Food Journal. Vol. 119, No 2, pp. 425-439.

•             Papier K, Jordan S, D'Este C, ... Yiengprugsawan V, et al 2016. Incidence and risk factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus in transitional Thailand: Results from the Thai cohort study. BMJ Open, Vol 6, No 12. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014102

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Hoy D, Buchbinder R, et al. 2017. Low back pain and limitations of daily living in Asia: longitudinal findings in the Thai cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 19:18(1). doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1380-5.

•             Yiengprugsawan, V., Healy, J. and Kendig, H. (eds). 2016. Health system responses to population ageing and noncommunicable diseases in Asia. Comparative Country Studies. Vol. 2, No. 2. World Health Organization on behalf of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Byles J, Kendig H et al 2016. 'Population Ageing and NCDs', in Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, Judith Healy, Hal Kendig (eds), Health system responses to population ageing and noncommunicable diseases in Asia, Comparative Country Studies. Vol. 2 No. 2 Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. World Health Organization, pp. 9-33.

•             Yiengprugsawan, V., Healy, J., Kendig, H. et al. 2016. 'Reflections on health service responses to NCDs in older populations', in Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, Judith Healy, Hal Kendig (eds), Health system responses to population ageing and noncommunicable diseases in Asia, Comparative Country Studies. Vol. 2, No. 2. World Health Organization, pp. 111-126.

•             Tran T, Adams-Bedford J, Yiengprugsawan V et al. 2016. Psychological distress following injury in a large cohort of Thai adults. PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164767.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Horta BL, Motta JV, et al. 2016. Body size dynamics in young adults: 8-year follow up of cohorts in Brazil and Thailand. Nutriton & Diabetes. 6(7):e219. doi: 10.1038/nutd.2016.24.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Leach L, Berecki-Gisolf J, Kendig H, et al. 2016. Caregiving and mental health among workers: longitudinal evidence from a large cohort of adults in Thailand. Social Science & Medicine - Population Health. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.01.004.

•             Wakabayashi M, Berecki-Gisolf J, Banwell C,... Yiengprugsawan V. 2016, Non-fatal injury in Thailand from 2005 to 2013: Incidence trends and links to alcohol consumption patterns in the Thai Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology. vol.26, no.9, pp.471-480.

•             Zhao, J, Pachanee, C, Yiengprugsawan, V et al 2015, 'Smoking, smoking cessation, and 7-year mortality in a cohort of Thai adults', Population Health Metrics, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1-10.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Lazzarino AI, Steptoe A et al. 2015. Psychological job characteritics, wealth, and culture: differential effects on mental health in the UK and Thailand. Globalization & Health. doi:10.1186/s12992-015-0116-x.

•             Wakabayashi M, McKetin R, Banwell C, Yiengprugsawan V, et al. 2015. Alcohol consumption patterns in Thailand and their relationship with non-communicable disease. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2662-9.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2015. Vision impairment and health among a cohort of 87134 Thai adults. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2015 27(2): NP194-202

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Banwell C, Takeda W, et al. 2015. Health, happiness and eating together: what can a large Thai cohort study tell us? Global Journal of Health Science. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v7n4p270.

•             Tran T, Yiengprugsawan V, Chinwong D et al 2015. Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and health disparities: 8-year longitudinal findings from a large cohort of Thai adults. BMC Public Health. 15(1217): 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2547-y.

•             Rimpeekool W, Seubsman S, Banwell C, Kirk M, Yiengprugsawan V, Sleigh AC. 2015. Food and nutrition labelling in Thailand: A long march from subsistence producers to international traders. Food Policy. 56: 59-66.

•             Rimpeekool W, Banwell C, Seubsman S, Kirk M, Yiengprugsawan V. 2015. Thai consumer difficulties and barriers in understanding nutrition labels: a qualitative study. J Safety and Health. 8(28): 34-47.

•             Zhao J, Pachanee C, Yiengprugsawan V, et al. 2015. Smoking, smoking cessation, and 7-year mortality in a cohort of Thai adults. Population Health Metrics. doi: 10.1186/s12963-015-0062-0.

•             Berecki-Gisolf J, Yiengprugsawan V, Kelly M, et al. 2015.The impact of the Thai motorcycle transition on road traffic injury: Thai Cohort Study results. PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120617.

•             Banwell C, Dixon J, Kelly M, Yiengprugsawan V et al. 2015. Methodological approaches connecting the food system to the urban nutrition transition: fresh food retailing in Thailand. FAO Conference on Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments. Rome, 6-7 July 2015.

•             Lim LL-Y, Banwell C, Bain C, Banks E, Seubsman S, Kelly M, Yiengprugsawan V, Sleigh AC. 2014. Sugar sweetened beverages and weight gain over 4 years in a Thai National Cohort - A prospective analysis. PLoS One; 9(5):e95309.

•             Zhao J, Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S et al. 2014. Self-reported health and subsequent mortality: an analysis of 767 deaths from a large Thai cohort study. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-860. vol 14 no 860 pp1-10

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2014. Unhappiness and mortality: evidence from a middle-income Southeast Asian setting. BioPsychoSocial Medicine. doi:10.1186/1751-0759-8-18.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Berecki-Gisolf J, McClure R, et al. 2014. The effect of injuries on health measured by Short Form 8 among a large cohort of Thai adults. PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088903.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Berecki-Gisolf J, Bain C, et al. 2014. Predictors of injury mortality: findings from a large national cohort in Thailand. BMJ Open; 4(6):e004668.

•             Lazzarino AI, Yiengprugsawan V, Steptoe A et al. 2014. The associations between unhealthy behaviours, mental stress, and low socio-economic status in an international comparison of samples from Thailand and England. Globalization & Health. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-10-10.

•             Lim LL-Y, Banwell C, Bain C, Banks E, Seubsman S, Kelly M, Yiengprugsawan V, Sleigh AC. 2014. Sugar sweetened beverages and weight gain over 4 years in a Thai National Cohort - A prospective analysis. PLoS One; 9(5):e95309.

•             Hogan A, Phillips RL, Howard D, Yiengprugsawan V. 2014. Psychosocial outcomes of children with ear infections and hearing problems: a longitudinal study. BMC Pediatrics. 14(1):65. doi:10.1186/1471-2431-14-65.

•             Korda RJ, Paige E, Yiengprugsawan V, et al. 2014. Income-related inequalities in chronic conditions, physical functioning and psychological distress among older people in Australia: cross-sectional findings from the 45 and up study. BMC Public Health. 14(1):741.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Sbirakos P. 2013. Being right or being happy: pilot study. British Medical Journal - BMJ Rapid Response. www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7398/rr/679678.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Strazdins L, Lim LL-Y, et al. 2013. Physically and psychologically hazardous jobs and mental health in Thailand. Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dat080.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Hogan A, Strazdins L. 2013. Longitudinal analysis of ear infection and hearing impairment: findings from 6-year prospective cohorts of Australian children. BMC Pediatrics 13(1):28. doi:10.1186/1471-2431-13-28.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Hogan A. 2013. Ear infections and its associated risk factors, comorbidity, and health service use in Australia. International Journal of Pedriatrics. doi: 10.1155/2013/963132.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Friel S, et al. 2013. Inequalities in risks and outcomes in a health transitioning country: A review of a large national cohort of Thai adults. Sage Open. 3(3) doi: 10.1177/2158244013505603.

•             Somkotra T, Yiengprugsawan V et al 2013. Longitudinal associations between oral health impacts and quality of life among Thai adults. Quality of Life Research. 22:122-123.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Strazdins L, et al 2013. The impact of hazardous jobs on mental health and wellbeing among working Thai adults. Quality of Life Research. doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0543-1.

•             Tawatsupa B, Yiengprugsawan V, Kjellstrom T et al 2013. Associations between heat stress and occupational injury among Thai workers: findings of the Thai Cohort Study. Industrial Health. 51(1): 34-46. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.2012-0138

•             Tawatsupa B, Yiengprugsawan V, Kjellstrom T et al 2012. Heat stress, health and well-being: Findings from a large national cohort of Thai adults. BMJ Open. 2(6): doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001396.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Harley D, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2012. Physical and mental health among caregivers: findings from a cross-sectional study of Open University students in Thailand. BMC Public Health. 12:1111. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-1111.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2012. Psychological distress and mental health of Thai caregivers. Psychology of Well-Being. 2:(4) doi: 10.1186/2211-1522-2-4.

•             Seubsman S, Yiengprugsawan V, Sleigh AC, Thai Cohort Study Team. 2012. A large national Thai cohort study of the health-risk transition based on Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University students. ASEAN J Open Distance Learn. 4(1): 58-69.

•             Yiengprugsawan V. 2012. Physical and mental health of family caregivers: findings from 60569 Thai adults. Quality of Life Research. 21:46. doi 10.1007/s11136-012-0248-x.

•             Somkotra T, Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S et al 2012, 'Oral health-related quality of life and self-rated health in middle and older aged Thai adults', Quality of Life Research. (21): 100-101.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Banwell C, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2012. Short sleep and obesity in a large national cohort of Thai adults. BMJ Open. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000561.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Somboonsuk B, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2012. Happiness, mental health, and socio-demographic associations among Thai adults. Journal of Happiness Studies. 13(6):1019-29

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Hogan A, Harley D et al. 2012. Epidemiological associations of hearing impairment and health among Thai adults. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. 24(6):1013-22.

•             Yiengprugsawan V. 2011. Hearing impairment and health among Thai adults. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 65: A373 doi:10.1136/jech.2011.142976m.76

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Stephan K, McClure R et al. 2012. Risk factors for injury in a national cohort of 87134 Thai adults. Public Health (Elsevier). 126: 33-39.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2012. Health and social indicators among monks, prisoners and other Thai Open University adults. Journal of Religion and Health. 51(3): 925–933.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Somkotra T et al. 2011 Oral Health Related Quality of Life among a cohort of 87,134 Thai adults. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 9(42): doi 10.1186/1477-7525-9-42

•             Yiengprugsawan, V, Seubsman, S, Lim, L et al 2011, Social Capital, Trust, Economic Stress and Religion in a Cohort of 87,134 Thai Adults. Journal of Population and Social Studies. 19(2): 183-196.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Somkotra T et al. 2011. Factors associated with self-reported number of teeth in a large cohort of Thai adults. BMC Oral Health.11(31): doi 10.1186/1472-6831-11-31.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Khamman S, et al. 2011. Social capital and health in a national cohort of Open University Thai adults. Journal of Health Psychology. 16(4) 632-42

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Carmichael GA, et al. 2011. Explanation of inequality before and after universal health insurance in Thailand. Health Policy and Planning. 26(2):105-114.

•             Li C, Butler J, Yiengprugsawan V. 2011. Moving towards universal health insurance in China: what can we learn from Thailand? Social Science & Medicine. 73(3): 359-366.

•             Stephan K, McClure R, Kelly M, Yiengprugsawan V et al. 2011. Distribution of transport injury and related risk behaviours among Thai adults. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 43(3):1062-7.

•             Stephan K, McClure R, Seubsman S, Kelly M, Yiengprugsawan V, et al. 2010. Review of injuries over a one year period among 87134 studying at the Open University in Thailand. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine & Public Health. 41(5):1220-1230.

•             Kelly M, Banwell C, Dixon J, Seubsman S, Yiengprugsawan V, Sleigh AC. 2010. Nutrition transition, food retailing and health equity in Thailand. Australasian Epidemiologist. 17(3): 4-7.

•             Seubsman S, Kelly M, Yiengprugsawan V. 2010. Gender, socioeconomic status, and self-rated health: evidence from Thailand. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 23(5): 754-765.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Kelly M, et al. 2010. The first 10 years of the Universal Coverage Scheme in Thailand. Australasian Epidemiologist. 17(3): 24-26.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Khamman S, Seubsman S et al. 2010. Personal Wellbeing Index in a national cohort of 87,134 Thai adults. Social Indicators Research. 98(2): 201-215.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Carmichael GA, et al. 2010. Has universal health insurance reduced urban-rural inequalities in health service use in Thailand? Health and Place. 16(5):1030-7

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Dear K BG, Lim L L-Y, et al. 2010. Decomposing socioeconomic inequality for binary health outcomes: an improved estimation that does not vary by choice of reference group, BMC Research Notes. 3(57): doi 10.1186/1756-0500-3-57.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Seubsman S, Sleigh AC. 2009. Use and foregone health services among 87,134 Thai adults. Southeast Asian J Tropical Medicine & Public Health. 40(6):1347-58.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Lim L L-Y, Carmichael GA, Sleigh AC. 2009. Tracking and decomposing health and disease inequality in Thailand. Annals of Epidemiology. 19(11): 800-7.

•             Yiengprugsawan V, Lim L L-Y, Sidorenko A, et al. 2007. Measuring and decomposing inequity in self-reported health in Thailand. International Journal of Equity in Health. 6(23):1-17. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-6-23.

Teaching

POPH 8313/8913 Analysis of public health data (2015)
POPH 8103 Introduction to health policy and administration (2015; 2017)
POPH 8104 Contemporary issues in public health (2015-)
POPH 8102 Global population health (2016-)
POPH 8108 Social determinants of health (2016-)
POPH 8918 Lifecourse approaches to human ageing (2017-)