Laura Ford

BA (American University) MCHMed (ANU)
PhD Candidate


Laura Ford is a PhD Student at the National Centre for Epidemiology. Her PhD aims to better understand the epidemiology of Salmonella in Australia through projects to examine the trends of infection, estimate the costs of illness, and investigate the sources of infection using new typing technologies.


  • Martyn Kirk
  • Kathryn Glass
  • Deborah Williamson


Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Foodborne disease
  • Communicable disease surveillance



  1. Vally H, Glass K, Ford L, Hall G, Kirk MD, Shadbolt C, Veitch MGK, Fullerton KE, Musto J, Becker N. Evaluation of a structured expert elicitation estimating the proportion of illness acquired by foodborne transmission for nine enteric pathogens in Australia. Epidemiology and Infection. 2015.
  2. Ford L, Miller M, Cawthorne A, Fearnley E, Kirk M. Approaches to the surveillance of foodborne disease: a review of the evidence. Foodborne Pathogens and Diseases. 2015;12(12):927-36, doi: 10.1089/fpd.2015.2013.
  3. Chen Y, Ford L, Hall G, Dobbins T, Kirk M. Healthcare utilization and lost productivity due to infectious gastroenteritis, Australia 2008-2009. Epidemiology and Infection. 2015;22:1-6.
  4. Glass K, Fearnley E, Hocking H, Raupach J, Veitch M, Ford L, Kirk MD. Bayesian source attribution of salmonellosis in South Australia. Risk Analysis. 2015:36(3):561-70. doi:10.1111/risa.12444.
  5. Friel S, Hattersley L, Ford L, O’Rourke K. Addressing inequities in healthy eating. Health Promotion International. 2015;30(S2):ii77-ii88. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav073.
  6. Friel S and Ford L. Systems, food security and human health. Food Security. 2015;7:437-51. doi: 10.1007/s12571-015-0433-1.
  7. Ford L, Kirk M, Glass K, Hall G. Sequelae of foodborne illness caused by 5 pathogens, Australia, circa 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2014;20(11):1865-71. doi: 10.3201/eid2011.131316.
  8. Kirk M, Ford L, Glass K, Hall G. Foodborne illness, Australia, circa 2000 and 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2014;20(11);1857-64. doi: 10.3201/eid2011.131315.
  9. Glass K, Ford L, Kirk M. Drivers of uncertainty in estimates of foodborne gastroenteritis incidence. Foodborne Pathogens and Diseases. 2014;11(12):938-44. doi: 10.1089/fpd.2014.1816.
  10. Vally H, Glass K, Ford L, Hall G, Kirk MD, Shadbolt C, Veitch M, Fullerton KE, Musto J, Becker N. The proportion of illness transmitted by food for nine enteric pathogens in Australia: an expert elicitation. Foodborne Pathogens and Diseases. 2014;11(9):727-33