Contribute to multidisciplinary research including diagnostics, spatial mapping, health systems, social science and health economics to control tropical diseases in Australia’s neighbours: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Why your role matters
Reporting to Associate Professor Susana Vaz Nery, this Research Fellow role is based in the Public Health Interventions Program, in the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Research Group, to support the coordination of studies taking place in several countries in the Pacific region.
Our goal is to improve programs to control neglected tropical diseases, diseases of poverty common in Australia’s neighbours: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Our partners are supporting the Ministries of Health in these countries to implement integrated programs to better control these diseases. Our multidisciplinary research will use improved diagnostics, spatial mapping, health systems, social science and health economics to evaluate this integrated approach to disease control.
Our research across the three countries will be conducted under four broad themes. (1) We will investigate improved diagnostic methods, to make it easier to integrate prevalence surveys across diseases to determine where MDA is most needed, and how effective it has been. (2) We will use geospatial mapping techniques, to ensure that countries have a clear picture of co-endemicity across multiple diseases and can therefore target interventions more effectively to those in need. (3) We will undertake stakeholder research with health system managers and community members, to find out how best to ensure the feasibility and acceptability of the integrated approach. (4) We will carry out health economic analyses to assess costs and cost-effectiveness of integration
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Who you are
You have a PhD in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or a similar relevant field and/or relevant work experience and can demonstrate your experience in quantitative research with a focus on infectious diseases, including in communities in the Asia-Pacific Region.
To apply: If contributing to eliminating infectious diseases is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to Skills and Experience via jobs@unsw.
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The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 5 October 2021.