Dr Chatu Yapa

BSc, University of Auckland MBChB, University of Auckland MPhilApplEpid, ANU
PhD Student


Having trained in Medicine in Auckland, I worked in New Zealand and Australia as a medical doctor for a couple of years. I then joined Medecins sans Frontieres in 2012 - a childhood dream come true - and have worked with them in South Sudan, Iraq, the Philippines and Liberia.  I completed the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) / MAE program in 2015 at NSW Health Protection before commencing my PhD.

Research topic

Primary health care in complex emergencies


Dr Kamalini Lokuge


Research interests

•    Health care delivery in humanitarian emergency settings
•    Health equity for vulnerable populations
•    Infectious diseases epidemiology



•Yapa CM, Furlong C, Shadbolt C, et al., First reported outbreak of hepatitis E virus infection in Australia. Article in press with Medical Journal of Australia 

•Rosewell A, Effler P, Yapa CM, et al. Ebola outbreak in West Africa: considerations for strengthening Australia’s international health emergency response. Article in press with Medical Journal of Australia

•Chua KL, Thapa K, Yapa CM, et al., What assay is optimal for the diagnosis of measles virus infection? An evaluation of the performance of a measles virus real-time reverse transcriptase PCR using the Cepheid SmartCycler® and antigen detection by immunofluorescence. Journal of Clinical Virology  2015; 70 (9): 46 – 52

•Parag V, Hackett ML, Yapa CM, et al., The impact of stroke on unpaid caregivers: results from The Auckland Regional Community Stroke study, 2002-2003.Cerebrovascular Diseases 2008; 25 (6): 548-554;   27 citations

•Hackett M.L, Yapa CM, Parag V, et al., Frequency of Depression after Stroke: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies. Stroke 2005; 36 (6): 1330- 1335;  802 citations