Dr Samantha Colquhoun

Senior Fellow, ASEAN MAE Program, NCEPH
College of Health & Medicine
T: 0412 040 542

Areas of expertise

  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Health Information Systems (Incl. Surveillance) 111711
  • Infectious Diseases 110309
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Pacific Peoples Health 111715
  • Community Child Health 111704

Research interests

  • Emerging diseases
  • Health security
  • Tuberculosis
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Immunisation research and EPI
  • Scabies
  • Health System Stregthening
  • Health workforce 


Samantha is an epidemiologist and international health researcher with over 20 years’ experience in operational and clinical health research in low and middle income countries. Her work has primarily focused the delivery of maternal and child health services to vulnerable populations, the epidemiology and management of rheumatic heart disease in the Pacific, drug-resistant tuberculosis, vaccine delivery  and health system strengthening.

Prior to joining NCEPH  Sam has held roles in programme management and research in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. Sam has worked extensively as a consultant in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. 

Sam joined ANU in March 2019 as a Research Fellow with NCEPH, working on a variety of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response projects. She is currently a Fellow on the ASEAN Scholars program for the Masters of Epidemiology, supervising 3 students from Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Her research  focuses on food safety and infant and child malnutrition and infection in Timor-Leste and emergency health workforce stregthening in the Pacific and South East Asia.



Researcher's projects

Available student projects

Systematic review of malnutrition risk factors in the first 1000 days of life in Timor-Leste

Pacific Islands regional review of Rheumatic Heart Disease in pregnancy

Current student projects

Global review of Tuberculosis in pregnancy clinical guidelines and protocols- Med Student project

Models of care for patients with drug-resistance tuberculosis in low- and middle income countries.- Dr Kudakwashe Chani PhD Scholar

Field emergenct epidemiology health workforce system strengthening- Amy Parry PhD scholar

Investigation of risk factors related to forumula feeding in Timor-Leste- SORT-IT student project Almerio Moniz

Evaluation of meningitis/encephalitis syndrromic surviellence  in Timor-Leste- SORT-IT student project Adelio Miguel


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  02 March 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers