Improving health of vulnerable, high disease burden populations

Improving health of vulnerable, high disease burden populations

The burden of disease falls unevenly in populations, our research seeks to decrease these health inequalities.

These disparities are visible in Australia and throughout the world, including Indigenous populations, and many people living in low and middle income countries.

These groups are disproportionately affected by infectious and chronic diseases, lack of services, conflict and natural disasters.

Our research covers studies measuring occurrence of behavioural risk factor and disease, the social and cultural causes of health inequalities,   testing interventions to reduce behavioural risk factors and improve disease control, and evaluations of health services and emergency responses. 


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(S)WASH-D for WORMS Current
A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Implementation of ‘The Patient Enablement Model’     Current
A systematic review of the literature examining the relative efficacy of peridischarge strategies to reduce unplanned 30-day readmission rates after knee and hip arthroplasty Current
Absolute Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk and implementation Current
Ageing Health and Wellbeing in China and India Current
Ageing-in-Place for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Current
Building capacity for evidence-based health development in Indonesia Current
Cancer survivorship Potential
Cancer survivorship: large-scale data on person-centred outcomes Current
Cardiovascular Disease - Risk Factors, Care, Incidence, Outcome (disability, income, work status) Potential
Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing (CREMA) Current
Chronic disease and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including tobacco Current
Combined effect of statins and blood-pressure-lowering medications in people without established cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis of RCTs. Potential
Conquering schistosomiasis in China – the last mile (QIMR) Current
CVD risk, prevention and implementation Current
Death prediction modelling Current
Developing methods and capacity for monitoring and evaluation of health programs in complex settings. Potential
Developing technologies to support patients’ transition from acute to primary care: enabling orthopaedic patients and preventing unplanned 30-day readmissions.    Current
Does environmental change drive the spatiotemporal transmission dynamics of Echinococcus spp. in Ningxia, China? Current
Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Potential
Health services in complex emergencies. Potential
Information criteria in survival analysis Potential
Large-scale data to improve Aboriginal child health: seeding success and beyond Current
Long term person-centred outcomes in cancer survivors Potential
Measuring mental distress and access to services in the Kashmir Valley, India Current
Measuring the financial burden of tuberculosis in the Asia-Pacific region Current
Meta-analysis of factors affecting adherence to lipid-lowering and blood-pressure-lowering pharmacotherapies for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Potential
Multiple Sclerosis Vitamin D Metabolites Study Current
Pharmaceutical opioid use and related adverse outcome among older Australians Current
Pharmacoepidemiology and chronic disease Current
PhoCIS Study (led at Telethon Kids Institute) Current
PrevANZ Study (led at University of Melbourne) Current
Reducing family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Current
Services for domestic and sexual violence survivors in complex emergencies Potential
Smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: health impacts, associated factors, and trends over time Current
Smoking and health: large scale data on important outcomes Current
Social engagement and workforce participation among cancer survivors. Potential
Social security systems in relation to healthcare cost and utilisation, health status, and health behaviours in different populations in China and Australia Current
Socioeconomic inequalities in the utilisation of cardiac procedures following major cardiovascular disease events. Potential
Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health Current
Thai Health-Risk Transition Project Current
The Ausimmune and AusLong Studies Current
The Australian tuberculosis risk factor survey Current
The effectiveness, acceptability and cost effectiveness of the 'BALatrine' Current
The Magic Glasses Research Programme Current
Variation in CVD risk, incidence, care and outcomes Current
Variation in fatal burden of disease, preventive CVD care and end-of-life care Current
Variations in Health Service Use Potential
WASH for WORMS Current

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