Conjoint Prof. Wayne Smith
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School of Medicine and Public Health
The University of Newcastle, Australia
- PhD, University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle
- Master of Public Health, University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle
Together with my extensive epidemiological methodological experience, I have substantial experience conducting, analysing, interpreting and publishing on a range of areas of epidemiology. Environmental issues include arsenic, air pollution, disinfection by-products in drinking water, radiofrequency electromagnetic energy, solar ultraviolet radiation, effect of military service, and a range of infectious diseases associated with environmental factors (including listeriosis, tetanus, rabies, diarrhoeal and respiratory episodes).
I also have considerable experience in biostatistics, nutritional and ophthalmic and sensory epidemiology, and cardiovascular disease, along with substantial activities in ageing, in childrens health, indigenous health, diabetes, asthma, physical activity, international health, and research in illicit drug use. In addition I am working in the areas of genetic and molecular epidemiology, and the health consequences of the built and industrial environment.
Fields of Research
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Centres and Groups
Body relevant to professional practice.
- Fellow - Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Advisory Group - Drug Policy Modelling Program
- Member, Executive - Hunter Medical Research Council
- Scientific Committee Member - IHR 45 and up Study
- Director - Newcastle Institute Public Health
- Panel Member - JDF/NHMRC Special Projects in Diabetes
- Panel member Public Health Group
- Director, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and
- PHERP Director, University of Newcastle (2003-2007)
- Director, Newcastle Institute of Public Health (2002-2005)
- Director, The Health and Social Research Project: Risks and Benefits of Arsenic Mitigation Programs in Bangladesh
- Director, Hunter Cohort Project
- Member, Hunter Medical Research Institute Council Executive (2002-2005)
- Member, Institute for Health Research (IHR) Scientific and Program Advisory Committee
- Member, IHR 45 and up Steering Committee
- Member, IHR 45 and up Methods Committee
- Member, NHMRC Panel 5A (2003-2006)
- Member NHMRC Panel 5C 2007
- Member, Review Panel, JDRF/NHMRC Special Program Grants in Type 1 diabetes (2006-7)
- Member, Advisory Group, Drug Policy Modelling Program
- Member, Advisory Group, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand
Postgraduate coursework: I am Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I am responsible for coordinating the entire Graduate Diploma and Masters coursework components, and for convening all the Clinical Epidemiology postgraduate teaching. These courses are offered both on campus and by distance learning. I also teach into five of the courses regularly (Epi A, Epi B, Nutritional Epi, Clinical Epi and Research Protocol Design).
Research Higher Degree Students: I currently co-supervise three PhD students - topics include: Treatment for Anorexia (Mel Hart); Diabetes prevention in indigenous communities (Jo Gwynn); Molecular aspects of dementia (Mark McEvoy);
Undergraduate: I currently teach public health in the Undergraduate Medical program at the University of Newcastle. This involves teaching into years 1,2 and 5 of the Bachelor of Medicine course, and co-ordinating the Longitudinal Task in Year 5.
Previous teaching commitments.
I was program convenor, Graduate Diploma in Public Health program, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), Australian National University, from 1996-2001, and taught Introductory and advanced epidemiology courses. From 1992 to 1994 I taught into both the undergraduate and postgraduate public health programs at the University of Sydney.
Not counting current PhD students, I have co-supervised ten PhD students who have now graduated (Nb: co-supervision mandatory at Centres I have worked at since 1995)
Dr Parker Magin - Skin disease and psychosocial factors
Vicki Flood, Nutritional Epidemiology folate and B12;
Dr Hasnat Milton , Arsenic mitigation in Bangladesh;
Dr Kamalini Lokuge, Diarrhoea in Bangladesh;
Marion Currie, Post-natal Depression.
Dr Leslee Roberts, Randomised controlled trial of infection control interventions on diarrhoea and respiratory infection in child care.
Dr Chris Kelman, Health Outcomes and Implantable Devices: a record-linkage historical cohort study.
Dr Jie Jin Wang, Impact of Sensory Impairment on independent living of older Australians.
Dr Geetha Ranmuthugala, Disinfection by-products in drinking water and bladder micronuclei.
Dr Robyn Lucas, Biomarkers of Social Disadvantage.
I also act as an examiner, having marked 4 PhD and 2 Masters theses for University of Sydney; 1 PhD thesis for Queensland Institute of Technology; 1 PhD thesis for Monash University; 2 Masters theses for Australian National University; 3 PhD and 2 Masters theses for University of Newcastle.