Barbara Nattabi

Dr, GradDip MSc Lond., MBCH Mak., PhD Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Barbara Nattabi is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Population and Global Health. Previously she worked at the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (2010-2019), where she was a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2014-2018). Barbara is medical doctor, public health researcher and educator with over two decades of clinical, infectious disease, public health research and teaching experience in post conflict Northern Uganda and Australia.

Barbara’s current research focuses on sexually transmissible infections, health services reform and quality improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary sexual health care services and is an Associate Investigator NHMRC Partnership Grant: Integration and expansion of a sentinel surveillance system to improve infectious disease outcomes for Indigenous Australians (the ATLAS network (2022-2026). She is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC Grant: Roads to the Future: Infrastructure and the New Development in Africa. Barbara has won several awards and has been awarded fellowships and grants worth $4.4 million, of which $3.4 million is Category 1 funding (NHMRC and ARC).

Barbara’s other interests include COVID-19, HIV epidemiological, clinical and social research, family and domestic violence, sexual and reproductive health among vulnerable populations, especially young people, social determinants of health, impact of stigma and discrimination on health behaviour and outcomes, mixed methods research, refugee and migrant health, rural health education and impact of roads and other major infrastructure on public health.

Barbara has significant experience in curriculum development, mentoring and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and student supervision. Due to her excellent teaching, she has been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award (Individual teaching) and nominated for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She is the unit coordinator of the Health Program Evaluation and Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease units at the School of Population and Global Health and guest lectures into several other MPH and undergraduate units at the School as well as the Medical School. Barbara is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Barbara also makes significant contributions to her School, University and local community; she sits on several School committees, is a committee member of the UWA –Women in Science Community of Practice and regularly holds talks with local migrant communities. She has peer reviewed for over 13 journals and also NHMRC grants. Due to her expertise in public health and infectious diseases and significantly strong public health communication skills, she has been invited over 30 times to provide expert commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic for local, national and international media. She has also been invited to sit on expert panels conducted by the UWA Public Policy Institute and been asked to contribute to UWA COVID-19 Expert Series.

Roles and responsibilities

Unit Coordinator, Health Program Evaluation (PUBH5705)

Unit Coordinator, Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease (PUBH5761)

Lecturer, War on Pandemics (PUBHM001)

Future research

Focus on HIV, COVID-19, sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, and health systems reform to control STI transmission

Research interests

COVID-19 and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood Borne Viruses including HIV

Primary health care

Health services research

Quality improvement of primary health care

Rural health services

Rural health education

Industrial relevance

International AIDS Society

UWA Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)

UWA Academic Staff Consultative Committee

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

UWA Women in Science Community of Practice

VaxPol Lab, University of Western Australia

African Professionals of Australia (APA)

Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF)

Community of Practice for Action on HIV and Mobility (CoPAHM)

WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) Interest Group

Teaching overview

Health Program Evaluation (PUBH5705)

Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease (PUBH5761)

War on Pandemics (PUBHM001)

Epidemiology 1 (PUBH4403)

Integrated Medical Systems (IMED3111)

Integrated Medical Systems (IMED3112)

Health and Illness in Human Populations (PUBH1101)

Foundations of Global Health (PUBH1102)

Current projects

Vokes R, Spencer R, Woldeyes Y, Nattabi B, Adusei-Asante K. (2023-2026) Roads to the Future: Infrastructure and the New Development in Africa.

Nattabi B. (2021-2022). Bridging the gap in quality of care: System oriented approaches for the control of sexually transmissible infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Lopez, D., Nattabi, B., & Jenkins, S. (2019-2021). Process evaluation: Real-world data to evaluate the implementation of a randomised control community pulmonary rehabilitation trial for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Thompson, S. C., Moran, M., Fisher, C., Martin, K., Nattabi, B., & Fordham, H. (2019). Conversations for Change: accelerating efforts to prevent family violence

Nattabi B, Gudka S, Ward J, Rumbold A. Quality improvement interventions for improving the detection and management of curable sexually transmitted infections in primary care – Cochrane Review.

Nattabi B, Rumbold A, Matthews V, Gibson-Helm M, Boyle J, Larkins S, et al. Determining factors associated with sexually transmissible infection and blood borne virus screening in pregnancy at Indigenous primary health centres

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses
  • Quality improvement of primary health care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Health services research
  • Research translation
  • HIV
  • Civil conflict and health
  • International health
  • Health program evaluation


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