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Brynley Hull is an epidemiologist and data analyst, working in public health research. He is a science graduate of the University of NSW and completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. After gaining experience in occupational health epidemiology, he is now the principal analyst for NCIRS of data from the Australian Immunisation Register. His main interests and expertise are the manipulation and analysis of public health data, immunisation research and spatial epidemiology.
Han Wang is a statistician. She obtained a masters degree in statistics from the University of Sydney, after a primary mathematics degree from Peking University. Her research work involves study design, mathematical modelling and data analysis. She is interested in robust estimation for mixed models, longitudinal analysis, matched case-control studies, multivariate analysis and time series.
Alexandra Hendry joined NCIRS in October 2015 as a Research Officer with the Coverage, Evaluation and Surveillance team. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Sydney and worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of Auckland for a number of years before moving into public health and completing a Graduate Diploma of International Public Health at the University of Sydney. Before joining NCIRS Alexandra worked in a number of public health research positions and has substantial experience in data analysis and using routinely collected data for epidemiological research and evaluation.
Harunor Rashid is a senior research officer at NCIRS and has a conjoint academic appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School. Harunor received his medical qualification from Chittagong University, Bangladesh in 1997, and then undertook paediatric and tropical medicine training in Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and UK, ultimately receiving, in 2009, Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of London. The same year, he also completed the Institute Pasteur Diploma in Vaccinology. He joined NCIRS in June 2011. Harunor is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, Co-opted International Academic Advisor to the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS), Glasgow, UK, and an active member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and serves as its council member of the Migrant and Refugee Health Interest Group. Harunor is particularly interested in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable infections.
Julia joined NCIRS in 2017 as an MAE scholar and from 2019 took on the role of infectious disease epidemiologist, focusing on data linkage and surveillance projects. Julia has a conjoint academic appointment as lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. Julia has significant experience in data analysis, previously working as a data analyst and statistician at Monash Health in Melbourne. Julia has previously completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Epidemiology at The University of Melbourne and completed training in applied epidemiology (MAE) at The Australian National University. Julia has over 5 years’ experience in public health, including international field experience, working in Bangladesh and Samoa. Julia is interested in communicable diseases, particularly vaccine preventable diseases, and their impact on vulnerable populations, both nationally and internationally.
Kaitlyn Vette joined NCIRS in 2019 as an epidemiologist, focusing on immunisation coverage and vaccine preventable disease surveillance. Kaitlyn has extensive experience in public health and epidemiology, having previously worked at the Australian Government Department of Health in communicable disease policy, surveillance and response for more than half a decade. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Immunobiology) and Masters of Health Communication from The University of Sydney. She has also completed a Masters in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) at the Australian National University. Kaitlyn enjoys critically and creatively engaging with complex public health issues and has a passion for maximising analysis and communication of data for public health benefit. She has a particular interest in surveillance and control of vaccine preventable disease and has experience in this space at local, state, national and international levels. She has applied her knowledge during mass gatherings, in field work settings, as a guest lecturer and as a technical expert for the World Health Organization.
Kushani Marshall is a Public Health Physician undertaking further training as a field epidemiologist within the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) training program at the Australian National University. She holds a conjoint academic appointment as Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame. Her interests include health systems strengthening, service delivery and health financing. She holds a Master of Health and International Development and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Kushani has clinical experience in Addiction Medicine and has previously worked as the Public Health Medical Registrar at the Communicable Disease Control Branch in the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing, at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in Canberra. Kushani has also worked as a field epidemiologist within the Emerging Diseases Surveillance and Response team at the World Health Organization in Cambodia and as a consultant to WHO Cambodia strengthening food safety and foodborne disease outbreak response systems. Most recently she worked as the Medical Administration Registrar at Westmead Hospital in the areas of clinical governance, patient safety, health service quality and patient flow.
Caitlin Swift has joined NCIRS as a first year public health registrar. She completed her medical degree and junior doctor residency years in Queensland before moving to New South Wales to complete a Master of Public Health/ Master of International Public Health at UNSW. As part of her studies she completed an internship in the Communicable Diseases Branch of Health Protection NSW where she conducted an epidemiological review of rubella in NSW and assisted the vaccine-preventable diseases team with a range of disease-control activities.
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We acknowledge that the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is on the land of the traditional owners the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, and recognise their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. Together, through research and partnership, we aim to move to a place of equity for all. NCIRS also acknowledges and pays respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our research, staff and community are drawn.