In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
A researcher at Burnet Insitute, Julie is also a General Practitioner. Her particular interests include communicable diseases, primary health care, public health and the health of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Julie completed her Master of Applied Epidemiology through her placement at the Communicable Diseases Unit at the Department of Health Victoria. She then evaluated the hepatitis C knowledge of Victorian General Practitioners following an education program in 2006.
In collaboration with Monash University Julie recently completed a study to determine the hepatitis B knowledge and preventive practices of the Chinese community. She is currently working with Cancer Council Victoria and VIDRL to develop a clinical tool which will support general practice to identify people at risk of chronic hepatitis B.
Julie is an Advanced Trainee of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She is also a member of both the National Hepatitis B Virus Curriculum Reference Committee and the Victorian Viral Hepatitis Clinical Advisory Group.