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.
- Hanly, M, Falster, K, Craven, R et al 2017, 'Social and geographical inequalities in school starting age in Australia: a population data linkage study', International Population Data Linkage Conference, International Population Data Linkage Network, Swansea University Wales United Kingdom.
- Falster, K, Jorgensen, M, Hanly, M et al 2017, 'Data Resource Profile: Seeding Success: a cross-sectoral data resource for early childhood health and development research in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children', International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 0, no. 0, pp. 1-12pp.
- Moller, H, Harvey, L, Falster, K et al 2017, 'Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children hospitalised for burn injuries: a population data linkage study', The Medical Journal of Australia (Online), vol. 206, no. 9, pp. 392-397pp.
- Falster, K, Hanly, M, Banks, E et al 2017, 'Maternal age and child development outcomes at age five in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children: a population data linkage study', International Population Data Linkage Conference, International Population Data Linkage Network, Swansea University Wales United Kingdom.
- Thurber, K, Burgess, L, Falster, K et al 2017, 'Relation of child, caregiver, and environmental characteristics to childhood injury in an urban Aboriginal cohort in New South Wales, Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
- Moller, H, Falster, K, Ivers, R et al 2017, 'Closing the Aboriginal child injury gap: targets for injury prevention', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 8-14.
- Moller, H, Falster, K, Ivers, R et al 2016, 'Inequalities in Hospitalized Unintentional Injury Between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Children in New South Wales, Australia', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 106, no. 5, pp. 899-905.
- Falster, K, Banks, E, Lujic, S et al 2016, 'Inequalities in pediatric avoidable hospitalizations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Australia: a population data linkage study', BMC Pediatrics, vol. 16, no. 1, p. 169.
- Moller, H, Falster, K, Ivers, R et al 2015, 'Inequalities in unintentional injuries between indigenous and non-indigenous children: a systematic review', Injury Prevention, vol. 21, no. e1, pp. e144-e152.
- Falster, K, Jorm, L, Eades, S et al 2015, 'What factors contribute to positive early childhood health and development in Australian Aboriginal children? Protocol for a population-based cohort study using linked administrative data (The Seeding Success Study)', BMJ Open, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 1-13.
- Falster, K, Randall, D, Banks, E et al 2013, 'Inequalities in ventilation tube insertion procedures between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia: A data linkage study', BMJ Open, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 1-10.
- Wand, H, Falster, K, Wilson, D et al 2012, 'Disproportionate impact of combination antiretroviral therapy on AIDS incidence in Australia: results from a modified back-projection model', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 16, pp. 360-367.
- Falster, K, Wand, H, Donovan, B et al 2010, 'Hospitalizations in a cohort of HIV patients in Australia, 1999-2007.', AIDS: an international monthly journal, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 1329-1339.
- Falster, K, Kaldor, J & Maher, L 2009, 'Hepatitis C Virus Acquisition among Injecting Drug Users: A Cohort Analysis of a National Repeated Cross-sectional Survey of Needle and Syringe Program Attendees in Australia, 1995-2004', Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 106-118.
- Falster, K, Choi, J, Donovan, B et al 2009, 'AIDS-related and non-AIDS-related mortality in the Asia-Pacific region in the era of combination antiretroviral treatment', AIDS: an international monthly journal, vol. 23, no. 17, pp. 2323-2336.
- Falster, K, Petoumenos, K, Chuah, J et al 2009, 'Poor Baseline Immune Function Predicts an Incomplete Immune Response to Combination Antiretroviral Treatment Despite Sustained Viral Suppression', Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 307-313.
- Egger, S, Petoumenos, K, Kamarulzaman, A et al 2009, 'Long-Term Patterns in CD4 Response Are Determined by an Interaction Between Baseline CD4 Cell Count, Viral Load, and Time: The Asia Pacific HIV Observational Database (APHOD)', Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 513-520.
- Kumar, B, Selmer, R, Lindman, A et al 2009, 'Ethnic differences in SCORE cardiovascular risk in Oslo, Norway', European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 229-234.
- Falster, K, Gelgor, L, Shaik, A, Zablotska, I, Prestage, G, Grierson, J, Thorpe, R, Pitts, M, Anderson, J, Chuah, J, Mulhall, B, Petoumenos, K, Kelleher, A & Law, MG 2008, 'Trends in antiretroviral treatment use and treatment response in three Australian states in the first decade of combination antiretroviral treatment', Sexual Health, vol. 5, pp.141-154.
- Glenday, K*, Petoumenos, K, Law, MG & Cooper, DA 2008, 'Australia', in JM Zuniga, A Whiteside, A Ghaziani & JG Bartlett (eds), A Decade of HAART, Oxford University Press, Oxford. [*maiden name]
- Glenday, K*, Kumar, BN, Tverdal, A & Meyer, HE 2006, 'Cardiovascular disease risk factors among five major ethnic groups in Oslo, Norway: The Oslo Immigrant Health Study', Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil, vol. 13, pp. 348-355. [*maiden name]