Dr Hailay Abrha Gesesew

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (2.26)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Hailay is a Public Health Specialist. His research area of interest is around HIV care. He has also a particular interest in social determinants of health, traditional health practices and One Health approach. In addition, He has methodological expertise in mixed methods approach.

Hailay has substantial experience in performing and managing quantitative and qualitative research projects including: writing proposal, managing a research team (office, fieldwork), recruiting study participants, collecting, synthesizing and analyzing data, and disseminating data through official reports, policy briefs, conferences and peer reviewed publications.

For his quantitative projects, Hailay has used the following designs: cross-sectional, case control, cohort and cluster randomized trial studies; and analyses techniques: descriptive analyses, ANOVA, linear regression, logistic regression (binary, multinomial and complex), cox regression, meta-analysis, non-parametric tests and conjoint analysis, using SPSS, STATA and EpiData.

For his qualitative projects, he has used semi-structured, in-depth interviews and nominal group techniques; and analysed using thematic framework analyses and content analysis, using NVivo software.


2019: PhD in Public Health, Flinders University, Australia

2012: MPH in Epidemiology, Jimma University, Ethiopia

2007: BSc in Public Health, Gondar University, Ethiopia

Honours, awards and grants


2019 College of Medicine and Public Health (Flinders University) 2019 PhD/Postdoctoral Award, Early Career Researcher, declared at the CMPH 2019 End of Year Celebration and Awards, SA Museum, Adelaide, 20 Dec 2019

2019 The 2019 Kerry Kirke best PhD Student in South Australia Award, declared at the 50th anniversary celebration of Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) conference, Adelaide, 17-19 September 2019

2018 The 2018 Fran Baum Equity Scholarship Award, declared at the 2018 South Australia State Population Health Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 01 December 2018

2016 Most Popular Session Award of the 2016 State Population Health Conference (2016 State Population Health Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 22 October 2016)


2020-24: NHMRC Investigator Grant Award on peer educators and UNAIDS 90-90-90 targest in Tigrai, Ethiopia (CIA: $639,750)

2020-21: Flinders University Seeding grant on Mental health among refugees (AI: 24,646)

2020-21: Flinders University Seeding grant on Tinder and gonorrhoea (AI: 24,991)

2020-21: Flinders University Seeding grant onPunching above/below weight (AI: 24,439)

Key responsibilities
  • Research
  • Student supervision
Supervisory interests
Community health
Infectious diseases
Social determinants of health (SDH)