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Professor Margaret Hellard

Chief Investigator, EC

Margaret is a Chief Investigator of the EC Partnership. She is the Deputy Director of Programs at the Burnet Institute. For almost two decades Margaret’s work has centred around infectious diseases, preventing their transmission and identifying the impact of these infections in vulnerable populations. A researcher and clinician, her principal research interests are in the epidemiology of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, and improving the management of individuals who already have the infection.

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Doctor Alisa Pedrana

Project Coordinator, EC

Dr Alisa Pedrana is recognised as one of Australia’s emerging public health researchers, with a significant track record in HIV and sexual health research and epidemiology, and the application of information communication technology for health promotion. Her research interests focus on undertaking innovative epidemiological and public health research, and blood-borne virus epidemiology and health promotion with particular interests in mHealth and exploring how to adapt and apply new technologies for health communication and health system strengthening.

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Doctor Peter Higgs

Chief Investigator, EC

Peter has a background in community development and has worked with marginalised populations for over 20 years in Melbourne, Sydney, Vietnam, Indonesia and China. His field based research has been focused on risk and people who inject drugs. Peter is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Public Health at La Trobe University. He maintains involvement in various studies of cohorts of injecting drug users in Melbourne.

Burnet Institute Staff Profile

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Associate Professor Mark Stoové

Head, Data System & Surveillance

Associate Professor Stoové has researched the transmission and impact of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses among key risk populations, primarily people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men, for more than 12 years. His research interests focus on undertaking innovative epidemiological and public health research and disease surveillance, with particular interests in prospective observational studies and the application of record linkage and bio-behavioural data collection to these study designs.

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Professor Paul Dietze

Chief Investigator, EC

Paul is one of Australia’s leading alcohol and other drug epidemiologists with a significant national, and emerging international profile. He is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and a past ARC Future Fellow and VicHealth Public Health Research Fellow. With more than 20 years’ experience and an outstanding track record, his work has established internationally innovative surveillance systems and applied research designs that break new ground in the public health research into alcohol and other drug use and related harms in Australia.

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Doctor Joe Doyle

Research & Evaluation Working Group Head

Joseph is a physician and researcher with a particular interest in the epidemiology, management and prevention of blood borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B). With a background in clinical medicine, Joseph specialised in infectious diseases at the Alfred where he works as a consultant physician. He completed his MPH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his public health fellowship was undertaken at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Burnet Institute. His PhD at Burnet and Monash School of Population Health was focused on the effectiveness of early hepatitis C treatment.

Burnet Institute Staff Profile

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Professor Alex Thompson

Clinical Pathways Working Group Head

Alex is the Director of the Department of Gastroenterology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is a NHMRC Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne (St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne), Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Gastroenterology, Duke University Medical Centre. Prof. Thompson was involved in the discovery of IL28B polymorphism as a predictor of treatment outcome in HCV. His major research interest is the identification of host and viral determinants of the natural history and treatment outcomes of hepatitis B and C viruses.

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Professor Peter Vickerman

Chief Investigator, EC

Peter Vickerman is a Professor in infectious disease modelling at the University of Bristol and has an honorary position at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Originally trained as a mathematician, he has a D.Phil in mathematical epidemiology and 20 years of experience in modelling infectious diseases. He leads a group of infectious disease modellers in Bristol and London in which he supervises seven mathematical modelling researchers and three PhD students.

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Associate Professor Dennis Petrie

Chief Investigator, EC

Dennis is an Associate Professor and an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University. He was previously a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Dundee, UK. He has published extensively on the economics of illicit drugs and alcohol, the longitudinal measurement and evaluation of health inequalities and has been involved in a number of economic evaluations of healthcare interventions.

University of Melbourne Staff Profile

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Professor Emma McBryde

Chief Investigator, EC

Emma McBryde is an infectious diseases physician who did her PhD in mathematics; specifically Mathematical and Statistical modelling of disease transmission in hospitals. Since then, she has moved into modelling infectious diseases of global significance, including influenza, SARS and tuberculosis. Emma has led consultancies for AusAID, DFAT, the Commonwealth Department of Health and participated in Gates funded work on modelling to guide policy in tuberculosis. She is developing work on allocative efficiency for tuberculosis program development in partnership with the Global Fund and the World Bank.

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Professor William Sievert

Chief Investigator, EC

Professor William Sievert is a clinician-scientist with dual appointments at Monash University and Monash Health as the Director of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit. Professor Sievert has a long-term interest in liver disease and directs an active clinical research unit comprising physician-scientists, clinical research nurses and research students. The Clinical Research Unit has been continuously active over ten years and regularly contributes to international trials of new antiviral agents for hepatitis B and C in addition to developing and leading national investigator-initiated studies.

Monash University Profile


Clinical Pathways Working Group

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Professor Alex Thompson

Clinical Pathways Working Group Head

Alex is the Director of the Department of Gastroenterology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is a NHMRC Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne (St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne), Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Gastroenterology, Duke University Medical Centre. Prof. Thompson was involved in the discovery of IL28B polymorphism as a predictor of treatment outcome in HCV. His major research interest is the identification of host and viral determinants of the natural history and treatment outcomes of hepatitis B and C viruses.


Health Promotion Working Group

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Doctor Judy Gold

Head, Health Promotion Working Group

Judy Gold has over 10 years’ experience in research, public health and international development. Her PhD involved developing and evaluating new approaches for sexual health promotion to young people using SMS and social networking sites. After completing her PhD, Judy moved to London where she worked for several international NGOs focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and as a freelance consultant. Judy returned to the Burnet Institute in May 2016, where she is currently working part time to coordinate health promotion activities to increase the number of people who inject drugs accessing Hepatitis C treatment.

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Training & Education Working Group

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Doctor Jacqui Richmond

Head, Training & Education Working Group

Jacqui Richmond commenced working as a hepatology nurse in 1998 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. She completed a MPH (Deakin University) in 2000 and a PhD in 2006 at the University of Melbourne. Jacqui undertook postdoctoral research at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in 2007-2008. Jacqui was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Translation of Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship, commencing in 2015; based between La Trobe University and Melbourne Health. The project aims to address the gap between optimal and current management of chronic hepatitis B through the development and implementation of a nurse-led model of care in a high hepatitis B prevalence area of Melbourne. This service will complement existing services, build capacity in the sector, and specifically target the need for improved screening, follow up and management of this vulnerable group of patients.


Data System & Surveillance Working Group

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Associate Professor Mark Stoové

Head, Data System & Surveillance

Associate Professor Stoové has researched the transmission and impact of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses among key risk populations, primarily people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men, for more than 12 years. His research interests focus on undertaking innovative epidemiological and public health research and disease surveillance, with particular interests in prospective observational studies and the application of record linkage and bio-behavioural data collection to these study designs.

Burnet Institute Profile


Research & Evaluation Working Group

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Doctor Joe Doyle

Research & Evaluation Working Group Head

Joseph is a physician and researcher with a particular interest in the epidemiology, management and prevention of blood borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B). With a background in clinical medicine, Joseph specialised in infectious diseases at the Alfred where he works as a consultant physician. He completed his MPH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his public health fellowship was undertaken at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Burnet Institute. His PhD at Burnet and Monash School of Population Health was focused on the effectiveness of early hepatitis C treatment.

Burnet Institute Staff Profile


Staff

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Doctor Alisa Pedrana

Project Coordinator, EC

Dr Alisa Pedrana is recognised as one of Australia’s emerging public health researchers, with a significant track record in HIV and sexual health research and epidemiology, and the application of information communication technology for health promotion. Her research interests focus on undertaking innovative epidemiological and public health research, and blood-borne virus epidemiology and health promotion with particular interests in mHealth and exploring how to adapt and apply new technologies for health communication and health system strengthening.

Burnet Institute Staff Profile

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Bridget Draper

Research Assistant

Bridget is a Research Assistant working on the EC Partnership project. In 2015, Bridget completed her honours project on the acceptability of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among gay men and transgender women in Myanmar. In 2016, Bridget started working at the Burnet Institute coordinating an evaluation of HIV and STI health promotion campaigns, an evaluation of rapid HIV testing in Adelaide and working on data management for the Prime Study.

Burnet Institute Profile

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Kico Chan

EC Nurse

Kico completed her Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University in 2012. Kico is a registered nurse and has spent a number of years working in the community, including GP clinics, community health centres, NSPs, and 24 hour Supercare pharmacies.

Burnet Institute Profile

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Michael Traeger

Research Assistant

Michael joins Burnet as a research assistant for the ACCESS (Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of STIs and BBVs) project. He has a particular interest in STI and blood-borne virus epidemiology among disadvantaged and high-risk populations, including gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs and young people.

Burnet Institute Profile