Dr Kerri Viney

BN, MPH, Grad Dip Applied Epi, FHEA, PhD
Sidney Sax Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 0401 516 686

Areas of expertise

  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Preventive Medicine 111716

Research interests

My research interests are in tuberculosis (TB) elimination, including evidence based policy development (using the GRADE approach), risk factors for TB, TB patient costs, social protection and TB, active TB case finding and patient centred TB care. I also have a strong interest in public health and research training and capacity building, particularly in low and middle income countries.

Biography

I am an international public health research, practitioner and consultant. I'm a current recipient of a Sidney Sax Research Fellow (NHMRC) - working at ANU's Research School of Population Health with an affiliation at the Karolinska Institutet's Department of Public Health Sciences (Professor Knut Lonnroth's group).

I have a strong professional and research interest in TB elimination, and have 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, I've managed TB programmes in Sydney, Australia and in the London Borough of City and Hackney (United Kingdom) where I implemented an innovative model of nurse led case management.

My research focusses on TB elimination including evidence based policy development (using the GRADE approach), risk factors for TB, TB patient costs, social protection and TB, active TB case finding and patient centred TB care. My focus is on policy relevant research to support the End TB Strategy, the Australian TB Strategic Plan and global TB elimination efforts. As a consultant I've worked for WHO, the Pacific Community, the Specialist Health Sevice and the Australian Respiratory Council.

I also have a strong interest in public health capacity building in low and middle income countries, including operational research training and field epidemiology training programmes. In collaboration with staff from The Union and MSF I helped establish the SORT IT operational research training course in the Pacific.

I'm a member of the Stop TB Partnership's Wave 6 Proposal Review Committee, the World Health Organization's TB patient cost survey taskforce, the Australasian Clinical TB Network (ActNet) Steering Committee, the TB Centre of Research Excellence (Australia), the TB Centre (Sweden), the SPARKS network and the TB Alliance Stakeholder Association.

Formerly, I was the Chair of the TB Forum - a registered health promotion charity who advocate for TB elimination in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region: https://tbforum.net/

Researcher's projects

1. Evaluating the Impact of Cash Transfers Plus on Tuberculosis Outcomes in Uganda: the ExaCT TB Study, funded by the Swedish Research Council

2. Development and expansion of the health AND social protection action research & knowledge sharing network (SPARKS), funded by the Swedish Research Council

3. Centre of Research Excellence in tuberculosis control on both sides of our border, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council

4. Combating the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant infectious diseases in Vietnam: the V-RESIST study, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

5. Accelerating the development of evidence-based policy and practice (ADEPPt) in Papua New Guinea, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

6. Social support for tuberculosis patients in Viet Nam: Comparison of the acceptability of social health insurance and cash transfers among drug susceptible TB patients in three cities in Viet Nam, funded by Friends for International TB Relief

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

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

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

10. The Laos TB patient cost surveys, funded by the World Health Organization

11. 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

12. 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. Sickness insurance availability and coverage in low and middle income countries Master of Public Health (Master of Global Health, Karolinska Institutet)

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

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

5. Understanding the association between health literacy and well-being of international students enrolled in tertiary education in the Australian Capital Territory: A preliminary cross-sectional survey (Master of Public Health, Advanced, Australian National University)

Publications

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