Jaclyn Baker, BPharm (Hons), MPH, Grad Cert Management Jaclyn has worked in a number of healthcare sectors as a pharmacist including acute health in regional settings, Government and education.Her previous appointment was as Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Quality Use of Medicines and Dispensary) at Ballarat Health Services.Jaclyn commenced her PhD with NCAS in 2016 and her research will focus on models for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) programs in regional, rural and remote hospitals. By identifying key success factors for AMS programs in this setting, it is hoped that recommendations can be developed that will guide smaller hospitals towards AMS models that make the most of available resources. Supervisors: A/Prof Kirsty Buising, Dr David Kong, Prof Karin Thursky & Dr Tom Schulz.
Leslie Dowson, BSc (Hons), MBioethics Improving care for older people through Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) is Leslie’s goal. Her research expertise include working with clinicians to develop evidence based resources, health service evaluation, and care of people with cognitive impairments. Leslie and her supervisory team plan to improve the care of older people with respiratory tract infections in Australian residential aged care facilities with AMS. Supervisors: Dr David Kong, A/Prof Rhonda Stuart, A/Prof Caroline Marshall & Dr Deb Friedman.
Fiona Gotterson, RN, MN, MACN Through her research, Fiona and her supervisory team are aiming to learn more about the nurse role in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), including nurses’ perceptions and understanding about AMS, the support needed to enable and engage them, and potential models of AMS that are more inclusive of nurses. As part of this, there will be a focus on rural hospitals. Fiona is a registered nurse with extensive experience in paediatric nursing, education, quality improvement, and project management. Since 2010 Fiona has worked with the National Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Program at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), first as a contractor/consultant, and since 2012 as a Senior Project Officer on the antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) project. This role has incorporated, among other aspects, providing advice and developing resources to support hospitals to implement AMS actions for National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3, facilitating workshops and master-class events, and coordination of the Commission’s Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) campaign and the National “One Health” AAW working group. Supervisors: A/Prof Kirsty Buising & Prof Elizabeth Manias.
Laura Hardefeldt, BScBVMS Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal) Laura completed her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in 2003 and worked in mixed practice for 2 years before undertaking an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Sydney University, and then a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison.Laura became a specialist in Large Animal Medicine in 2010 after which she returned to work as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the University of Adelaide. An opportunity to run the Medicine and Intensive Care departments at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital brought her back to private practice. Now, after 2 years setting up a new Equine hospital for the Tarwin Veterinary Group in Leongatha, Laura has taken on a PhD through NCAS and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences in the animal stream. Laura will focus on implementing the VetNAPS and investigating means of advancing antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practices. Supervisor: Prof Glenn Browning.
Lesley Hawes, BSc (Hons), MPH, MASM Lesley’s main focus is to analyse and support antibiotic stewardship in general practice.Lesley is an experienced microbiologist who has managed hospital microbiology laboratories, and is a sessional microbiology tutor and laboratory demonstrator to medical students. Lesley has also worked with general practitioners: as state wide coordinator of a general practitioner-led quality and safety program for small rural hospitals and more recently, supporting the teaching and learning of medical students on general practice placements at the University of Melbourne. Supervisors: Prof Danielle Mazza, A/Prof Kirsty Buising & Dr Lyle Turner.
Courtney Ierano Courtney is a rurally raised, trained and based clinical pharmacist who completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy with Grade 1 Honours at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga in 2013, and went on to complete her pharmacy internship with Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) via Monash University’s NAPE program in 2014. Courtney then completed her Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice with Monash University in 2015. Courtney continued her experience as a clinical pharmacist at Albury Wodonga Health and Young Health Service (YHS) in NSW, where she developed a keen interest in the speciality of AMS. In 2015, Courtney was appointed as the AMS Pharmacist at AWH and helped develop their first AMS program, as well as being involved with the AMS program at YHS.Courtney’s PhD will focus on the acute tertiary stream of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis (SAP), using a mixed methods approach to conceptualise factors contributing to inappropriate SAP rates. It is anticipated that by gaining further insight as to why SAP is inappropriately prescribed, then more specific AMS measures can be developed and implemented to improve this. This aligns with Courtney’s goal of advocating for the evolving profession of AMS and improving the quality use of medicines, thus in turn improving patient health outcomes. Supervisors: Prof Karin Thursky, Dr Trish Peel & Dr Darshini Ayton.
Karen Urbancic, BPharm (Hons), MClinPharm Karen is an experienced clinical pharmacist who has worked in a variety of clinical areas in the public hospital sector, including Haematology/Oncology, Intensive Care and Infectious Diseases. For the past 6 years, she has worked as the Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist at Austin Health in Melbourne, specialising in infections and optimising antimicrobial therapy in immunocompromised patients.Karen’s research will focus on the area of antifungal stewardship in immunocompromised patient groups including solid organ transplant and haematology patients. Her work will involve determining the extent of antifungal stewardship in the Australian context and key metrics for measuring the quality of antifungal use. Karen will also focus on invasive fungal infection and optimising antifungal prescribing within liver transplant units. Supervisors: Prof Monica Slavin, Prof Paul Johnson, Prof Karin Thursky & Dr David Kong.
Sajal Kumar Saha, BPharm (Hons), MPharm, MPH Sajal is a Commonwealth scholar and a registered pharmacist. He has been engaged in teaching and pharmaceutical research as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2011. He completed his public health degree at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom in 2016. His research expertise is in pharmacoepidemiology, drug pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapy, and drug use policy and practice. He is applying his expertise of medicine safety and management to his current PhD research with the department of general practice at Monash University. His PhD research will focus on enhancing GP and community pharmacist (CP) engagement to better improve GPs’ antibiotic prescribing through developing a pragmatic GP-CP collaborative model in the Australian primary care setting. The project will involve: i) a systematic review of what pharmacist-led or pharmacist involved team based interventions are effective in improving GPs’ antibiotic prescribing, ii) a qualitative study to identify barriers and facilitators of GP-CP collaboration in antimicrobial stewardship in Australian primary care, iii) developing an effective GP-CP collaborative intervention model, and iv) piloting the model’s effectiveness in Australia. Supervisors: Prof Danielle Mazza.
Kirsten Bailey, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Equine Medicine) Kirsten completed her veterinary degree at The University of Queensland in 2000 and worked in mixed veterinary practice in Victoria and the United Kingdom before completing an equine internship at The University of Melbourne. Following her internship, Kirsten worked in equine practice in Victoria and became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine medicine. After 10 years in practice, Kirsten undertook a PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science at The University of Melbourne investigating infectious causes of diarrhoea in Australian foals. In 2015, Kirsten worked as a lecturer in Production Animal Health at The University of Melbourne. Now, as a research fellow, Kirsten will investigate patterns of veterinary usage of antibiotics and explore strategies to improve antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice.
Helen Crabb, BVSc, PGDipCGD MVS (Epi), MAHM Helen is a veterinarian with 20 years experience working in the food production animal sectors in both NZ and Australia. Helen has worked in mixed animal practice; the dairy, pig and poultry industries; and as both a district veterinarian in NSW and Victoria, and principal veterinary officer for the OCVO in Victoria. Helen has a particular interest in the epidemiology of pathogen transmission between animals and humans, and her PhD work involved understanding the transmission of Salmonella between poultry and humans using epidemiological and bioinformatics tools. Helen will focus on investigating and understanding the drivers and limitations to antimicrobial stewardship in the intensive livestock sectors, and implementing VetNAPS within these sectors.