Role: Medical Epidemiologist
Partner: Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control
Period: Nov 2019 - Nov 2020
Stefanie's work at the Fiji CCDC seeks to strengthen national disease surveillance systems, particularly for Dengue Fever, Typhoid, and Leptospirosis. Stefanie's arrival in Fiji coincided with a measles outbreak in the Pacific, so her expertise in survey design, data analysis, and research management was also sought to assess vaccination coverage and manage the outbreak response. Finally, throughout the year as an Australian Volunteer, Stefanie aims to enhance the monitoring and surveillance capacity of medical field staff across Fiji, highlighting the importance of adhering to key epidemiological and good data management principles. Stefanie completed her PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology in 2019, with a focus on HIV prevention. Prior to her PhD, Stefanie completed an Advanced Science degree majoring in Pharmacology, with First-class Honours in Clinical Pharmacology.
The Health Security Corps deploys experts through the Australian Volunteers Program to build capacity for the prevention, detection and control of infectious disease across the Indo-Pacific.