Gabriela Willis

MBBS, BSc (Hons), MPH (Dist)
MAE Student

Biography

I studied medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London and completed two years as a junior doctor in the UK before moving to Perth WA in 2005. I moved from clinical medicine into research in 2008 with a role as a clinical research fellow at Telethon Kids Institute.  In this role I was involved mainly with immunisation clinical trials and vaccine preventable disease surveillance, particularly in a paediatric population. During this period I studied an MPH at the University of Western Australia and graduated with distinction in 2016. My dissertation used data from the Western Australia Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness (WAIVE) Study to look at the impact of influenza illness in young children in terms of medication use, health-care use, and child and parent absenteeism.  

I started advanced training in public health medicine in 2016 and my current role is as public health registrar at Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania. In this role I am working within several areas including health improvement, environmental health, and communicable disease protection. I have a strong interest in communicable disease control, outbreak management, and immunisation and feel that the MAE will help me develop skills and knowledge in field epidemiology.