Associate Professor Lillian Mwanri

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences Building (2.12)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Mwanri has extensive experience in a wide range of public health issues. Her PhD investigated a range of health impacts of micronutrient supplements in anaemic and disadvantaged children in resource poor schools. She has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse migrants in Australia to address various health issues including poor dietary patterns and physical inactivity. Her experience and interest in migration and public health medicine has led to research activity in healthy ageing, adaptation to climate change and other health and social issues in CALD migrants. She has close collaborations with many CALD communities and organisations across Australia and has worked in the government institutions including SA Health. She chairs several committees related to migration, public health and chronic disease including HIV/AIDS. Her interest in Global health resulted in bringing 33 fellows from East Africa to build capacity and enhance the global implementation of Millennium Development Goals to improve maternal health outcomes and child survival.

Qualifications
  1. 1991: Doctor of Medicine (MD): The University of Dar Es Salaam
  2. 1994: Masters of Community Nutrittion (MCN): Queensland University
  3. 2001: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): The University of Adelaide
  4. 2010: Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM): Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
  5. 2014: Graduate Certificate of Education (Higher Education), FLinders university
Honours, awards and grants

2014: Recipient: $143,384 from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through Australian Award Fellowships Office: Capacity Building for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in East Africa. Additional funds to train African Fellows towards implementing the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs 5 and 4) in three East African Countries namely South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Team application: Dr Lillian Mwanri (PhD, FAFPHM) and Dr Julie Robinson (PhD).

2013: Recipient: $16,000 from the Faculty of Health Sciences Competitive Seeding Grants to undertake a research project onHIV status, stigma and discrimination, and health: the experience of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds, South Australia. Team application: Dr Lillian Mwanri (FAFPHM, PHD) and A/Professor Anna Ziersch (PhD).

2013: Recipient: $570,549.00 from AusAID through Australian Award Fellowships: Capacity Building for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in East Africa. Funds to train Fellows towards implementing the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs 5 and 4) in three East African Countries namely South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Team application: Dr Lillian Mwanri (PhD, FAFPHM) and Dr Julie Robinson (PhD).

2012: Recipient: $10,000.00 from the Faculty of Health Sciences Competitive Seeding Grants to undertake research project on Chronic Disease and Ageing in a New Culture: the case of African migrants in Adelaide, South Australia. Team application: Dr Lillian Mwanri and Dr Mariastella Pulvirenti (PhD).

2011: Recipient: $5000.00 from Flinders Prevention Promotion and Primary Health Care Cluster grants to undertake a research project on the health and wellbeing of populations ageing in a new culture: the case of African migrants in Adelaide, South Australia. Team application: Dr Lillian Mwanri and Dr Mariastella Pulvirenti

2011: Recipient:$10,000.00 from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Establishment Grants to undertake research project Exploring Youth Suicide in African Communities in South Australia.

Key responsibilities
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Student Supervision
  • Master of Health and International Development (MHID) Course Coordination and Administration
  • Professional and Community Engagement
Research interests
  • Chronic Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Epidemiology
  • Migration and Public Health
  • Communiable Disease
  • Health Promotion
  • Primary Health Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
Topic coordinator
PHCA9509 Public Health Practice Development
PHCA9505 Primary Health Care Practice in Developing COuntries
Topic lecturer
PHCA9505 Primary Health Care Practice in Developing Countries
PHCA9509 Public Health Practice Development
Supervisory interests
Chronic disease
Communicable disease
Epidemiology
Health promotion
Healthy Ageing
Infectious diseases
Maternal and child health
Migration and public health
Primary health care
Public health and migration
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: HIV/AIDS Mortality in Southwest Ethiopia (1), Women’s Health: The social determinants of reproductive health for former Kurdish refugee women in Australia (1), Comunity knowledge, practices and perceptions about malaria, and acceptability of vector control interceptions in Ghana (1), Assessing Policies and Strategies to Reduce the impact of Health Worker Shortages in Primary Health Care Facilities in Ghana (1)
Associate supervisor: Maternal Mortality Inequality in West Java Province (1), Migrant and refugee health (1), Exercise and physical activity among University Students in Thailand (1), Risk Factors for Emerging Community-Associated Clostridium difficile infection in Western Australia (1), Assessment of anonymous HIV and STI- related Sexual Risk behaviours and Substance Use Among Iranian university students in Tehran (1), Food by prescription in HIV patients in Tigray region Ethiopia: an assessment of outcomes and determinants (1)
Publications

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