Dr Nishila Moodley is a Public Health physician and lecturer at the College of Medicine and Dentistry. She co-ordinates and teaches into the MBBS3 program, specifically Prevention and Addiction Studies (semester 1) and Global Public Health (semester 2). These subjects integrate epidemiology and screening practices into clinical public health.

She is also a health systems researcher with experience in health economics, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Nishila’s research interest include health inequities, vulnerable populations, health system strengthening and communicable diseases. Many of these interests are reflected in her PhD when she worked as a clinical HIV researcher in South Africa and evaluated the economic and health impacts of the roll-out of antiretroviral medications and potential HIV vaccine effects in vulnerable populations. She has recently been involved in quantifying preventable hospital expenditure in Northern Australia for the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA). Nishila is active in research supervision, being involved in clinical research and PhD supervision.

  • Health inequities Vulnerable populations Health system strengthening Communicable diseases
  • Epidemiology Global Public Health Clinical Public Health
  • 2019 to 2020 - Medical lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Scientist, The Aurum Institute (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Fogarty PhD scholar, Perinatal HIV Research Unit (Soweto, South Africa)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - HIV Vaccine Trial Network Special Achievement Award (Seattle, USA)
  • 2012 to 2016 - SHAPe ESI scholarship (South Africa / HVTN AIDS Vaccine Early Stage Investigator) through the NIH Fogarty Programme
  • 2012 to 2015 - South African Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) scholarship for PhD Studies

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CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Projects

Integrating Health Care Planning for Health and Prosperity in North Queensland.

Indicative Funding
$750,000 over 3 years, in partnership with Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited ($330,000)
Improving health and prosperity across Northern Australia is constrained by planning silos and limited creativity in models-of-care. North Queensland (NQ) has a unique opportunity to unite health industry partners and improve efficiencies and effectiveness in service delivery. Building on findings from our Health Situational Analysis we will co-create integrated systems for mapping population need, health services and workforce, prioritising areas for action. This work brings together key public and private health system partners across North Queensland, including Hospital and Health Services, Primary Health Networks and the Community Controlled Health Sector to take a regional approach to strengthening the integration of care and place-based planning of workforce and service implementation in North Queensland. The organizational recognition of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre (TAAHC) streamlines these relationships. We will work with all TAAHC partners, plus QAIHC and WQPHN to take a regional approach in NQ, whilst working with expert technical reference group members from NT and WA to ensure shared learning across the north. Then, working closely with service providers and consumers we will facilitate place-based planning and design, implement and evaluate new models-of-care that will optimise health and economic outcomes, consumer and workforce satisfaction.
Sarah Larkins, Stephanie Topp, Alex Edelman, Nishila Moodley, Edward Strivens and Maxine Whittaker (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service)
place -based planning; Rural Health Services; Health Workforce; integrated care; rural and remote; Health Equity

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) - Consultancy 2

Proposed development of revised framework for operational and implementation research in health and disease control programmes.

Indicative Funding
$51,762 over 1 year
The overall goal of the QAIHC Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project is to improve Sexually transmissible infection (STI) and blood borne virus (BBVs) services in QAIHC Member Services and to work towards reducing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positive notifications. To help achieve this, support is provided for Member Services to implement models of care aimed to increase client engagement, education opportunities, as well as improve screening, notification and treatment rates. Tools, resources and support are provided to participant health services to implement sexual health and wellbeing activities that are culturally safe, led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and tailored to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander model of care. The aim of this work is to evaluate the implementation, impact and outcomes of the QAIHC Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project.
Karen Carlisle, Rebecca Evans, Sarah Larkins, Alice Cairns, Shaun Solomon, Kris Vine, Talah Laurie and Nishila Moodley (College of Medicine & Dentistry and JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health)
Sexual Health; Atsi Health; Quality improvement

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Can an Implementation Science Framework Enable Emergency Clinicians at a Major Referral Emergency Department in North Queensland to De-implement Low-value Care in Adult Patients? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development and Implementation of a Breast Cancer Care Pathway in Townsville Region - A Study Looking into Feasibility, Governance, Patient Centred Outcomes and Economics (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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