Stephanie Main



Steph is an epidemiologist currently completing Australia’s Field Epidemiology training program, the Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology), through the Australian National University, placed at Burnet. Her current projects focus on TB among healthcare workers in Yogyakarta Indonesia, TB screening in high incidence settings, and latent TB surveillance in LMICs.

Steph was seconded to the Victorian Department of Health and Human services for the first half of 2020 and worked as an outbreak epidemiologist on the COVID-19 response.

Prior to the specialist training, she was a Research Officer in Burnet’s Health Security Program and International Development discipline, with a specific focus on tuberculosis. She has worked on the RID-TB project, a FIND clinical trial in Port Moresby assessing the diagnostic capacity of a new TB diagnostic tool, innovative TB elimination projects in Indonesia, and Operational Research and Australia Awards training programs.


  • 2020–present: Field Epidemiologist, Burnet Institute
  • 2020: Outbreak Epidemiologist, COVID-19 Incident Management Team, Victorian Department of Health
  • 2017–2020: Research Officer, International Development, Burnet Institute
  • 2017–2019: Communications Officer, The TB Forum
  • 2017: Communications Officer, Global Ideas Forum
  • 2016: Burnet Institute Honours Student
  • 2014–2015: Outreach Worker, WA AIDS Council


  • 2020–present: Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology), The Australian National University
  • 2017: Master of Public Health, Deakin University
  • 2016: Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Melbourne
  • 2014: Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia


  • 2020: Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology) Scholarship (The Australian National University)
  • 2017: First Class Honours (Master of Public Health), Deakin University
  • 2016: First Class Honours (Bachelor of Science), The University of Melbourne

Projects (6)

Current (6)

  • Building a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training for DR-TB in Daru, Papua New Guinea

  • Diagnostic accuracy of Molbio Truenat for diagnosis of TB and rifampicin resistance

  • Major advances in understanding malaria immunity and biology

  • PRIME-TB: Papua New Guinea & Republic of Indonesia for the Micro Elimination of TB

  • RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG

  • Zero TB initiative Yogyakarta

Publications (6)

2021 (2)

2019 (4)

News Articles (9)

2019 (4)

2018 (3)

2017 (2)