I have 30 years’ epidemiological research experience and have led and managed several research projects. My work has resulted in close to 50 peer-reviewed articles, reports, book chapters and other publications.
Before moving to Australia in 1998, I worked at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) where I managed injury research projects. Two large studies involved interviews with about 20,000 injured patients seen in metropolitan and rural hospitals in the Western Cape. During my time at the MRC, I progressed from a field worker who interviewed patients in emergency departments to a researcher who managed comprehensive injury data bases and reported on findings.
From 1998 to 2002, I was employed by the Flinders Research Centre for Injury Studies, which incorporates the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Injury Surveillance Unit. I was responsible for the analysis and reporting of national injury mortality and morbidity data for Australia.
Between 2003 and 2006, I was employed as a Senior Advisor and Science Officer at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia. I led the establishment of the National Violent Death Reporting System in 17 states. The data from the system were used in research to inform policy decisions around deaths from violence, especially gun violence.
In 2006, I was appointed as Head of Research at the Flinders Centre for Remote Health (CRH) in Alice Springs. Between 2007 and 2012, I conducted research for my PhD which was part of a five-year National Health and Medical Research Council funded project.
Since completion of my PhD in 2013, I worked at the Torrens Resilience Institute, Flinders University.
PhD, University of Sydney, Australia, 2013
Master of Philosophy (Epidemiology), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1998
Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of South Africa, South Africa, 1995
Bachelor of Nursing, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1988
I was a PhD student on one of the NHMRC’s Ten of the Best Research Projects for 2014 list, Strategic Award to the 1+1=A Healthy Start to Life Project, Chief Investigator: Prof Lesley Barclay, $587,272 (2007-2012)
The Torrens Resilience Institute aims to be a national and international centre of excellence through the development of advanced thinking in the concept of resilience. Our mission is to assist the Federal and State Governments, the emergency services, organisations and civil society enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to prepare for, and respond better to, disruptive challenges.
As Senior Research Fellow, I play a key role in expanding and diversifying the Institute's knowledge and expertise to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans. I conduct research and manage many of the research projects we undertake at the Institute.
My focus is on building stronger and safer communities.
Although I have been employed in research-only positions or non-teaching roles throughout my career, I am interested in teaching and have taken and created opportunities to teach and supervise students:
2019 Tutor, NURS 9123 Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice, Flinders University
2018- Associate Supervisor, PhD, Flinders University
2014-2016 Associate Supervisor, PhD, Flinders University
2013 Supervisor, Masters of Public Health research project, University of Adelaide
2011-2013 Tutor and Assistant to Topic Coordinator, PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology, University of Adelaide
2012 Practical Facilitator, 7104HO Biostatistics Elective, University of Adelaide
2006 Topic Coordinator, CRH Masters of Remote Health Practice Public Health Principles and Practice, Centre for
Remote Health, Alice Springs, Australia
2013 Clinical Mentor, Third Year Midwifery Student, Flinders University
2012 Occasional Tutor, PUB HLTH 2200 Public Health Inquiry II, University of Adelaide
2001-2002 Coordinator and Tutor for the Introductory Epidemiology course for first year medical students,
2014-2017 Presented an occasional Lecture entitled ‘How does evidence from epidemiology support health promotion and primary
health care objectives?’ to more than 200 second-year nursing students over the four years
2015 Presented occasional lecture entitled ‘Disaster Resilience: What is it and can it be measured?
Lessons from the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and Community Resilience Projects?’
Disaster Resilience Course, Torrens Resilience Institute, Adelaide
2015 Presented occasional lecture entitled ‘Observational and experimental research designs?’ to postgraduate nursing
2015 Initiated and organised the Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery Quantitative Research Workshop series for
staff comprising 6 lectures over 12 weeks
2016-2017 Member of the Flinders School of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Scholarship Committee
2015-2016 Member of Steering Committee for the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
Mass Gathering Section
2013-Present Member of WADEM
2015-present Member of Red Cross Australia
2014 Member, Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Grants Committee
1999-Present Member, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
2007 Member, Scientific Committee of 38th Annual Conference of PHAA
2000-2002 Treasurer, Australian Injury Prevention Network
2002 Member, Organising Committee of 34th Annual Conference of PHAA
1999-2001 Executive Member, PHAA (SA Branch)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Australian Journal of Rural Health; 2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster And Emergency Management Conference papers; World Development; BMC Pregnancy and Birth; Australian Journal of Emergency Management; 2016 Australian & New Zealand Disaster And Emergency Management Conference papers, WHO Bulletin; Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal; Evaluation and Program Planning; Health Promotion International, Population Studies; Annals of Emergency Medicine
2017 Organised and ran the Resilience Assessment Workshop, Queensland Government Recovery Forum, 26 October 2017,
Brisbane, Queensland (50 Attendees)
2016 Mentor in the Flinders University Early Career Researcher Mentoring Scheme
2016-17 Mentor for Master of Nursing (Global Health) Capstone: Advancing Research Knowledge to Inform Healthcare Practice
7 May 2015 Presentation: Global Resilience – An explanation Risk Management Institution of Australasia, Adelaide, Australia
2016-2018 Chair, Student Learning Committee, Linden Park Primary School, Adelaide
2014-2017 Member of the Governing Council, Linden Park Primary School, Adelaide, Australia
2014-2018 Member of the Student Learning Committee, Linden Park Primary School, Adelaide
2013-2014 Member of the Marketing and Promotions Committee, Linden Park Primary School
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