Infectious disease surveillance and control

Infectious disease surveillance and control

The RSPH collaborates in Australia, the region and globally to improve infectious disease control measures using mathematical modelling, epidemiology, geospatial analysis, intervention studies, and pathogen genomics.

The school has particular strengths in epidemic diseases; regularly deploying staff and students to assist with public health response within Australia and globally; and neglected Tropical Diseases where staff and students undertake field-based research into their transmission, distribution and control (with an emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) based interventions) in the Asia-Pacific.

RSPH MAE students are also taught how conduct surveillance for infectious diseases and investigate outbreaks. 


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(S)WASH-D for WORMS Current
A framing and discourse analysis of media and policy reports on Australia’s response to the Ebola crisis in 2013 –14. Potential
A review of global efforts to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and control soil-transmitted helminths (STH) Potential
An assessment of TB patient costs in Solomon Islands Potential
An assessment of TB patient costs in Timor Leste Potential
An assessment of the experience of international students diagnosed with TB in Australia Potential
Assessing the risk of Salmonella associated with importation of beef Current
Assessment of potential risks to human health posed by Cypranid herpesvirus 3 Current
Assessment of the efficacy of Albendazole for the treatment of soil transmitted helminths in Timor-Leste Potential
Burden and costs of gastroenteritis Current
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) Current
Clinical outcomes of Campylobacter in Australia Current
Clostridium difficile: Assessing the risks to Australia Potential
Clostridium difficile: assessing the risks to Australia of an emerging healthcare related pathogen Current
Conquering schistosomiasis in China – the last mile (QIMR) Current
Cost-effectiveness analysis of the WASH for WORMS trial, Timor-Leste. Potential
Critical review of major Australian outbreaks of infectious diseases 1991-2015 Current
Developing methods and capacity for monitoring and evaluation of health programs in complex settings. Potential
Does environmental change drive the spatiotemporal transmission dynamics of Echinococcus spp. in Ningxia, China? Current
Environmental change and the spread of diseases from animals to humans Current
Environmental Enteropathy in Timor-Leste Potential
Evaluating the completeness and quality of mortality data recorded by the Indonesian National Tuberculosis Control Program in 2015, in a sample of districts across Indonesia Potential
Evaluation of the outputs of the MAE program: reviewing 25 years of operation Current
Gastroenteritis and foodborne disease in older adults Current
Health services in complex emergencies. Potential
Hookworm infections and anaemia: a literature review accounting for malaria endemicity Potential
Investigation of household clustering of soil-transmitted infections in Timor-Leste Potential
Latitudinal gradients in disease Current
Mathematical modelling of Clostridium difficile Current
Mathematical modelling of norovirus Potential
Mathematical modelling to inform public health policy Current
Measuring the financial burden of tuberculosis in the Asia-Pacific region Current
Preventive therapy for tuberculosis among people with diabetes Potential
Quality and Efficiency in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Current
Services for domestic and sexual violence survivors in complex emergencies Potential
Supervisory models for outbreak investigation training in FETP in Asia-Pacific Current
Surveillance and control of Influenza Current
Surveillance and control of influenza and other respiratory viruses 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
Tracking outbreaks of foodborne disease internationally through Whole Genome Sequencing Current
Understanding the epidemiology of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Current
Understanding the sources of Campylobacter in Australia Current
Uptake and sustainability of sanitation interventions in Timor-Leste: a mixed-methods case study Potential
Use of Bayseain networks to identify risk factors associated with worm infections Potential
Use of recursive conditioning approaches to identify risk factors associated with worm infections Potential
Using new point-of-care tests to improve outbreak response to epidemic and emerging pandemic influenza Current
Views of restaurant chefs about food safety Potential
WASH for WORMS Current
Whole genome sequencing in Salmonella surveillance and control Current
Zoonotic Ascaris in Timor-Leste Potential