One of the Kirby Institute’s preeminent researchers, Professor Lisa Maher, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to medicine in the field of epidemiology, particularly through her research into illicit drug use.
Professor Maher is internationally recognised as a leading researcher in the ethnography and epidemiology of injecting drug use and related harms. Shehas worked in North America, Europe, South-East Asia, Australia and the Pacific, focusing on prevention of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C virus infection in vulnerable populations, including people who inject drugs, female sex workers, people living with HIV, marginalised youth and homeless people.
As head of the Viral Hepatitis Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute, Professor Maher is also responsible for a national program of viral hepatitis surveillance, including Australia’s internationally renowned system for monitoring anti-HIV and anti-HCV prevalence and associated risk behaviour in people who inject drugs. She is also a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW and a National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow.
“Lisa has served as a leader in the field of public health research and education, both in Australia and internationally. She has demonstrated unwavering commitment to her professional roles, making significant contributions to the field of public health and the broader community, and her commitment and contributions to the field have been truly remarkable,” said Kirby Institute Director, Professor David Cooper AO. “I am joined by everyone at the Kirby Institute in congratulating Lisa on this most extraordinary and merited achievement.”
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