Dr Ben Polkinghorne



Supervising MAE and PhD students, teaching MAE and MPH students, and conducting applied epidemiological research primarily into foodborne disease and One Health.



Research interests

  • Foodborne and waterborne disease
  • Outbreak investigation
  • One Health, particularly the animal-food interface
  • Novel surveillance methods for communicable diseases


  1. May FJ, Stafford RJ, Carroll H, Robson JMB, Vohra R, Nimmo GR, Bates J, Kirk MD, Fearnley EJ and Polkinghorne BG. The effects of culture independent diagnostic testing on the diagnosis and reporting of enteric bacterial pathogens in Queensland, 2010 to 2014; Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2017, 41(3):E223-E230
  2. Polkinghorne B, Draper A, Harlock M, Leader R. OzFoodNet into the future: the rapid evolution of foodborne disease surveillance in Australia; Microbiology Australia, 2017 Nov; 10.1071/MA17063:179-183 http://microbiology.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=MA17063.pdf
  3. Moffatt CRM, Musto J, Pingault N, Combs B, Miller M, Stafford RJ, Gregory J, Polkinghorne BG, Kirk MD. Recovery of Salmonella enterica from Australian Layer and Processing Environments Following Outbreaks Linked to Eggs; Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 2017 Aug;14(8):478-482. doi:10.1089/fpd.2016.2268
  4. May FJ, Polkinghorne BG, Fearnley EJ. Epidemiology of bacterial toxin-mediated foodborne gastroenteritis outbreaks in Australia, 2001 to 2013; Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2016, 40(4):E460-E469 health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-cdi4004-pdf-cnt.htm/$FILE/cdi4004c.pdf 
  5. Thompson C, Dey A, Fearnley E, Polkinghorne B, Beard F. Impact of the national targeted Hepatitis A immunisation program in Australia: 2000-2014.Vaccine, 2017 Jan 3;35(1):170-176. http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0264410X16310210/1-s2.0-S0264410X16310210-main.pdf?_tid=f7d9753e-d21f-11e6-a492-00000aab0f26&acdnat=1483494722_933f3e24dcf63fc410df35beecc2e5bc
  6. Ford L, Glass K, Veitch M, Wardell R, Polkinghorne B, Dobbins T, Lal A, Kirk MD. Increasing Incidence of Salmonella in Australia, 2000-2013.PLoS One, 2016 Oct 12;11(10):e0163989. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163989. PMID: 27732615  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5061413/pdf/pone.0163989.pdf
  7.  Heywood AE, Zwar N, Forssman BL, Seale H, Stephens N, Musto J, Lane C, Polkinghorne B, Sheikh M, Smith M, Worth H, Macintyre CR. The contribution of travellers visiting friends and relatives to notified infectious diseases in Australia: state-based enhanced surveillance. Epidemiology and Infection, 2016, 144:3554-3563 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5111124/pdf/S0950268816001734a.pdf
  8. Shrestha AC, Flower RL, Seed CR, Keller AJ, Hoad V, Harley R, Leader R, Polkinghorne B, Furlong C, Faddy HM. Hepatitis E virus infections in travellers: assessing the threat to the Australian blood supply. Blood Transfusion, 2016 Jul 22:1-8. doi: 10.2450/2016.0064-16. http://www.bloodtransfusion.it/articolosing.aspx?id=000848  
  9.  Moffatt C, Musto J,·Pingault N, Miller M, Stafford R, Gregory J, Polkinghorne B, Kirk M. Salmonella Typhimurium and Outbreaks of Egg-Associated Disease in Australia, 2001 to 2011; Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 2016 13(7):379-85
  10. Halim S,·Polkinghorne B,·Bell G,·van den Berg D,·Sheppeard V. Outbreak-related Hendra virus infection in a NSW pet dog; Public Health Research and Practice, 2015, 25(4):e2541547 http://www.phrp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PHRP-25-04-Hendra-FINAL-0124Sep15.pdf