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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Project Status
(S)WASH-D for WORMS Completed
A framing and discourse analysis of media and policy reports on Australia's response to the Ebola crisis in 2013–14 Potential
A Revisit to On the Mode of Communication of Cholera by John Snow: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Current
Assessing the risk of Salmonella associated with importation of beef Completed
Assessment of potential risks to human health posed by Cypranid herpesvirus 3 Completed
associations between climate, changes in water quality and water-related disease Current
Burden and costs of gastroenteritis Completed
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) Current
Climate related risk factors for respiratory mortality Potential
Clinical outcomes of Campylobacter in Australia Current
Clostridium difficile: assessing the risks to Australia of an emerging healthcare related pathogen Completed
Conquering schistosomiasis in China – the last mile (QIMR) Current
Critical review of major Australian outbreaks of infectious diseases 1991-2015 Current
Does environmental change drive the spatiotemporal transmission dynamics of Echinococcus spp. in Ningxia, China? Current
Effectiveness of interventions for the prevention and treatment of early childhood lower respiratory tract infections/pneumonia in low income countries Potential
Environmental change and the spread of diseases from animals to humans Current
Evaluation of the outputs of the MAE program: reviewing 25 years of operation Completed
Gastroenteritis and foodborne disease in older adults Completed
Latitudinal gradients in disease Current
Mathematical modelling of a Lassa Virus vaccine Potential
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
Models of care for patients with drug resistant TB - what works? Potential
Preventive therapy for tuberculosis among people with diabetes Potential
Quality and Efficiency in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Current
Supervisory models for outbreak investigation training in FETP in Asia-Pacific Current
Surveillance and control of influenza and other respiratory viruses Current
Surveillance and Monitoring to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis from the Samoan Islands Potential
Systematic review and meta analysis on loss to follow up during TB treatment Potential
Systematic review of Bayesian network decision support tools in clinical medicine and/or public health Potential
Systematic review on the role of social protection and TB Potential
TB in pregnancy and the post partum period Potential
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
The Solomon Islands TB patient cost survey Potential
Time series analysis of TB notifications in Australia and description of historical TB control policies Potential
Tracking outbreaks of foodborne disease internationally through Whole Genome Sequencing Current
Understanding the sources of Campylobacter in Australia Current
Use of Bayseain networks 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
Vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis in travelers Potential
WASH for WORMS Current
Whole genome sequencing in Salmonella surveillance and control Completed
Wind, dust and transport of allergens/pathogens Potential