WA TTANGO Trial Coordinator SHP Kirby Institute UNSW
Cert HolcStud, MPH, JP (Qual)
Steve Badman started working in Public Health since 1986 when he first went overseas to join an international team (now called IOM) to screen Indo Chinese refugees held in Indonesian and Malaysian detention camps.
On his return he was appointed an Associate Lecturer at the School of Public Health at Curtin University while completing his MPH majoring in Epidemiology/Research Methods and taught students research computing and biostatistics. He then went to work for the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin until being persuaded to join the Indigenous Health Unit at Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition (ACITHN) at the UQ School of Population Health.
While there he was a member of the Indigenous Health Research Committee and joint MPH Curriculum Committee. He also advised medical students and supervised Master of Tropical Health field research projects in Thailand. He then received a travel stipend and spent the summer of 1997 studying at the School for Holocaust Studies (Yad Vashem) in Jerusalem, Israel.
For the past seven years Steve conducted international public health research in Vanuatu involving Malaria, HIV, Chlamydia and also examined more effective ways of collecting and transmitting epidemiological data from isolated island locations using a range of remote area technologies including v-sat and m-health options.
The last four of those years were spent extensively co-planning, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of two different lateral flow POC rapid tests for the detection of Chlamydia T with funding from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the French Government. Cooperation and negotiation with other stakeholders, including AusAID and the Vanuatu Government, was extensive.
His work in Vanuatu also involved a bio-behavioural HIV/STI survey with high risk groups including female sex workers and men who have sex with men. Several publications are pending from this research. Steve speaks fluent Pidgin (or Bislama) English and has travelled extensively across Vanuatu’s archipelago by both plane and small boat while project managing these and other public health research activities.
Steve is now based in Brisbane and is also a Justice of the Peace (Qual).