Researcher biography

Susan has worked in scientific and health research since 1995, over 25 years. She was first employed as a research officer and project manager at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, working on a renal disease study on the Tiwi Islands, a position she held for 3 years. Further study into statistics, a MPH, and a PhD enabled her to extend her research skills into statistical analyses, taking on projects on a wide range of topics in infectious diseases (including sexual health and Hep c), social issues (substance misuse and homelessness) and mosquito borne diseases.

Since leaving the NT and moving to Cairns in 2011, Susan was initially based at the Cairns Institute (JCU), was later employed as the Epidemiologist with the NQ-Primary Health Network and most recently worked with Apunipima Cape York Health Council as Manager of Planning and compliance, prior to this position UQ Poche.

She is now coordinating the IMPACT-STI project, which aims to eliminate curable STIs in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders within the Cairns region. The study is funded by an NHMRC Ideas grant, lead by CI Professor James Ward. Susan is based in Cairns with Jasmine Wasiu.