Barbara Nattabi

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 293 Citations
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Personal profile


Dr Barbara Nattabi is a Lecturer at the School of Population and Global Health. Previously she worked at the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (2010-2019). Between 2014 and 2018, she was a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow. Barbara is medical doctor, public health researcher and educator with over seven years’ experience working rural disadvantaged and marginalized populations in post conflict Northern Uganda and over eight years working experience in rural Australia.

Barbara’s current research focuses on health services reform and quality improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services, particularly quality improvement of primary health care sexual health services. She is currently a chief investigator on the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses and a postgraduate affiliate of the Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement.

Barbara’s other interests include HIV epidemiological, clinical and social research, 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 and rural health education. Barbara has significant experience in curriculum development, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students and student supervision. She is the unit coordinator of Health Program Evaluation unit and the Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease unit at the School of Population and Global Health. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University.

Roles and responsibilities

Unit Coordinator Health Program Evaluation (RMED4403)

Unit Coordinator Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease (PUBH5761)

SPGH MD and Medical Sciences Lead

Future research

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

Research interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood Borne Viruses

Primary health care

Health services research

Quality improvement of primary health care

Rural health services

Rural health education

Industrial relevance

Member, Australasian Epidemiological Association

Research Fellow, Africa Research and Engagement Centre (AfREC), University of Western Australia

Member, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF)

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

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

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

Teaching overview

Health Program Evaluation (RMED4403)

Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease (PUBH5761)

Health and Society (IMED1004)

Body Systems III (IMED3003)

Body Systems IV (IMED3004)

Current projects

Lopez, D., Nattabi, B., & Jenkins, S. (2019-2020). 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


  • 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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Education Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2019

Service Level Factors Associated with Cervical Screening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Centres in Australia

Diaz, A., Vo, B., Baade, P. D., Matthews, V., Nattabi, B., Bailie, J., Whop, L. J., Bailie, R. & Garvey, G., Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 19, 12 p., 3630.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

An integrative review of rural and remote nursing graduate programmes and experiences of nursing graduates

Fowler, A. C., Twigg, D., Jacob, E. & Nattabi, B., Mar 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 5-6, p. e753-e766

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Rural Nursing
4 Citations (Scopus)

Social and emotional wellbeing screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within primary health care services: A series of missed opportunities?

Langham, E., McCalman, J., Matthews, V., Bainbridge, R., Nattabi, B., Kinchin, I. & Bailie, R., Jul 2017, In : Frontiers in Public Health. 5, 9 p., 159.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Services
Primary Health Care
Practice Guidelines
Referral and Consultation
Guideline Adherence
6 Citations (Scopus)
233 Downloads (Pure)

Wide variation in sexually transmitted infection testing and counselling at Aboriginal primary health care centres in Australia: analysis of longitudinal continuous quality improvement data

Nattabi, B., Matthews, V., Bailie, J., Rumbold, A., Scrimgeour, D., Schierhout, G., Ward, J., Guy, R., Kaldor, J., Thompson, S. & Bailie, R., 15 Feb 2017, In : BMC Infectious Diseases. 17, 1, p. 1-13 148.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Quality Improvement
Primary Health Care
Odds Ratio
2 Citations (Scopus)
202 Downloads (Pure)

Gaining a 'proper sense' of what happens out there: an 'Academic Bush Camp' to promote rural placements for students

Page, A., Hamilton, S., Hall, M., Fitzgerald, K., Warner, W., Nattabi, B. & Thompson, S., Feb 2016, In : Australian Journal of Rural Health. 24, 1, p. 41-47 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rural Health Services
Problem-Based Learning