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Epidemiologist Emma Quinn to head to Broome.

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July 2018

Epidemiologist Emma Quinn to head to Broome.

Epidemiologist Emma Quinn to head to Broome.

They call it big sky country and Emma Quinn knows it well.

An epidemiologist with our Public Health Unit, Emma grew up in Broken Hill and spent a year with the Royal Flying Doctor Service visiting remote communities.

Now, she’s heading to Broome in far north Western Australia for an eight-week placement with the Kimberley Public Health Service, WA Country Health Services and the Nirrumbuk Corporation.

She’s been awarded $2500 by the Australasian Epidemiological Association to cover her flights and accommodation at the University of Notre Dame in Broome, but her work will be pro bono as she’s taking long service leave from Sydney Local Health District.

“I’m always had an interest in Aboriginal health and this will give me considerable insight into remote health service provision and, particularly, partnerships with Aboriginal people, while sharing my skills in epidemiology and biopreparedness,” she says.

Emma will get the opportunity to advance her skills in field epidemiology through the remote trachoma screening and treatment program; in health service data analysis by looking at factors impacting compliance with prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease and in the policies and practices of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

“I’m really looking forward to the work - and it’s beautiful country, far from Sydney’s winter.”

Emma leaves for Broome on August 4. 

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