The Public Health Interventions Research Program carries out multidisciplinary research to improve the health of populations at higher risk of adverse health outcomes in Australia and in low- and middle-income countries.
A key focus of our work is designing, examining and evaluating novel strategies to improve sexual, reproductive and maternal health and to control infectious diseases. Diseases of interest include HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (human papillomavirus, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HTLV-1), tuberculosis, COVID-19, and neglected tropical diseases (scabies, soil transmitted helminths, schistosomiasis and trachoma). Additionally, our research aims to understand the socio-cultural and structural contexts that impact health and well-being, as well as informing the effective implementation of public health actions.
Our multidisciplinary team comprises expertise in public health, epidemiology, social science, implementation research, and empirical bioethics.
Much of our research is co-designed and conducted with community, government and non-government stakeholders and partners to promote dialogue, joint understanding, and new knowledge that informs policy and practice.
We are currently involved in collaborative research projects in Australia and countries of the Pacific, South East Asia and Africa.