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The Australian National University

Dr Rosemary Korda

BAppSc, MAppSc, GradDipPopHlth, PhD
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

  • Unwarranted variation in health and health care
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Data linkage
  • Health Services Research
  • Environmental exposures


Rosemary Korda is a Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, working in chronic disease epidemiology and health services research. She has extensive experience in the analysis of large-scale complex data, including longitudinal survey data and linked administrative health data. Current research interests include: innovation in use of linked data; inequalities in cardiovascular disease and healthcare; unwarranted variation in care; and health risks of environmental exposures, including asbestos insulation and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In addition to her research, she has a major role in curriculum development and teaching in postgraduate population health courses at the ANU and in supervising higher degree research students. She is currently serving as an Expert Member on the Australian Government's Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC).


Current student projects

· Jennifer Welsh, PhD Candidate. Topic: The role of psychological distress in producing and maintaining inequalities in cardiovascular disease.

· Danielle Butler, PhD Candidate. Topic: Socioeconomic inequalities in health care use, quality of care and outcomes in primary health care. Disentangling individuals, context and location in order to identify avenues for achieving health equity.

· Cecilia Xu, MPhil in Applied Epidemiology: Topic: Unplanned readmissions among medical patients the ACT: Underlying conditions and factors associated with readmission

· Ghada Gleeson, PhD Candidate. Topic: The cost-effectiveness of a new treatment modality for people who sustain mild to moderate whiplash injuries in road traffic accidents.

· Lynne Pezullo, PhD Candidate. Topic: Cost of illness: potential guidelines for best practice methodology and a novel Australian application.



Past student projects

Ellie Paige: Investigation of the relationship between antidepressant use and weight change in Australian adults (PhD, awarded 2015)

Jane Desborough: The Australian Capital Territory Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Study (ACTPESS): A mixed methods study examining the impact of nursing care on the quality of care in Australian general practice (PhD, awarded 2016)

Alexandra Fogg: Urinary Incontinence: The Elephant in the Room. A population-based, cross-sectional study of the relationship between urinary incontinence and socio-demographic and health-related factors in Australian women aged 45 and over (Honours thesis, awarded 2015)



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