Barbara Nattabi

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

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

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 with 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 (2015-2020) and a mid-career researcher affiliated with the Centre of Research Excellence – STRengthening systems for InDigenous health care Equity (CRE-STRIDE) (2020-2024).

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 and Associate Director (Student Engagement) and Research Fellow, Africa Research and Engagement Centre (AfREC), University of Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

Unit Coordinator Health Program Evaluation (PUBH5705)

Unit Coordinator Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease (PUBH5761)

School of Population and Global Health 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

Associate Director (Student Engagement) and 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 (PUBH5705)

Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease (PUBH5761)

Health and Society (IMED1004)

Body Systems III (IMED3003)

Body Systems IV (IMED3004)

Integrated Medical Sciences 1 (IMED4443)

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

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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