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Dr Kerri Viney

BN, MPH, Grad Dip Applied Epi, FHEA, PhD
Sidney Sax Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Epidemiology 111706

Research interests

Dr Kerri Viney's research interests are in tuberculosis (TB) control, including the social determinants of TB, social protection and TB, TB patient costs, the association between TB and diabetes, TB epidemiology and elimination, and patient centred care. She is also interested in public health and research training and capacity building, particularly in low and middle income countries.


Dr Viney is a public health practitioner, consultant and epidemiologist. She is a Sidney Sax Research Fellow (funded by NHMRC) - currently working at the Karolinska Institutet's Department of Public Health Sciences, in Professor Knut Lonnroth's group.

She has a strong professional and research interest in the programmatic management of TB and has worked in TB programmes and services in several countries including in the Pacific, Australia, the United Kingdom, Uganda, Egypt, Cambodia and the Philippines. Originally trained as a Registered Nurse, Kerri has managed TB programmes in Sydney, Australia and in the London Borough of City and Hackney (United Kingdom) where she implemented an innovative model of nurse led case management.

Her research focusses on the programmatic management of TB including the association between TB and diabetes, the role of patient costs in TB prevention and care, social protection and TB, active TB case finding and patient centred TB care. Her focus is on policy relevant research to support the End TB Strategy and global TB elimination efforts.

She is also interested in public health capacity building in low and middle income countries, including operational research training and field epidemiology training programmes.

Dr Viney is a member of the newly formed SPARKS (Social Protection Action Research Knowledge Sharing) network - a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Karolinska Institutet and the World Health Organization.

She is also an appointed member of the Stop TB Partnership's Wave 6 Proposal Review Committee, the World Health Organization's TB patient cost survey taskforce and the Australasian Clinical TB Network (ActNet) - Steering Committee.

Dr Viney chairs the Executive Committee of the Australasian TB Forum - a registered health promotion charity who advocate for TB elimination in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region:

Researcher's projects

1. Co-ordinating health and social care for TB patients in Mozambique, funded by the Swedish Research Council

2. IMPACT TB: Implementing proven community based active case finding interventions in Nepal and Vietnam, funded by the European Union

2. The Australian TB risk factor survey, funded by the TB Centre of Research Excellence

3. The Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands TB patient cost surveys, funded by the Australian National University and the World Health Organization

4. The Papua New Guinea TB patient cost survey, funded by the Australian Respiratory Council, the World Health Organization and the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

5. How can we improve field epidemiology training to strengthen workforce competency in epidemic response?, funded by the Integrated Systems and Epidemic Response Centre of Research Excellence

Available student projects

1. Systematic review and meta analysis on loss to follow up during TB treatment

2. Systematic review on the role of social protection and TB

2. The Solomon Islands TB patient cost survey

4. Time series analysis of TB notifications in Australia and description of historical TB control policies

5. Models of care for patients with drug resistant TB - what works?

Current student projects

1. Implementing active tuberculosis case finding activities in Nepal and Vietnam, PhD (Karolinska Institutet)

2. A comparison of TB rates among foreign born and non-foreign born people in low TB incidence countries, Master of Public Health (Karolinska Institutet)

3. Communicable disease applied epidemiology in Queensland, Master of Philosophy (Australian National University)

4. Comparing stigma among multi-drug resistant and drug susceptible TB patients in Vietnam, Master of Philosophy (The University of Sydney)

5. Epidemiology of TB and MDR-TB in north-west Ethiopia, PhD (Australian National University)


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Updated:  14 November 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers