Our PhD Students and Post Docs

PhD Scholars

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Leslie Dowson, BSc(Hons) MBioethics

Leslie’s main focus is with the Residential Aged Care Facilities stream

Improving care for older people through Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) is Leslie’s goal. Her research expertise include working with clinicians to develop evidence based resources, health service evaluation, and care of people with cognitive impairments. Leslie and her supervisory team plan to improve the care of older people with respiratory tract infections in Australian residential aged care facilities with AMS.

Supervisors: Dr David Kong, A/Prof Rhonda Stuart, A/Prof Caroline Marshall & Dr Deb Friedman

Laura Hardefeldt, BScBVMS Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)

Laura completed her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in 2003 and worked in mixed practice for 2 years before undertaking an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Sydney University, and then a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Laura became a specialist in Large Animal Medicine in 2010 after which she returned to work as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the University of Adelaide. An opportunity to run the Medicine and Intensive Care departments at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital brought her back to private practice. Now, after 2 years setting up a new Equine hospital for the Tarwin Veterinary Group in Leongatha, Laura has taken on a PhD through NCAS and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences in the animal stream. Laura will focus on implementing the VetNAPS and investigating means of advancing antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practices.
Supervisor: Prof Glenn Browning

Jaclyn Baker, B.pharm (hon), Master Public Health, Grad Cert Management

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Jaclyn completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy at Monash University in 2000, and undertook a joint internship at the Alfred Hospital (Bayside Health) and Bristol Myers Squibb in 2001. Since then, Jaclyn has worked in a number of healthcare sectors as a pharmacist including acute health (Barwon Health, Ballarat Health Services), government (Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania) and education (Pharmaceutical Society of Australia).
Her most recent appointment was as Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Quality Use of Medicines and Dispensary) at Ballarat Health Services.
During this time, Jaclyn has developed a strong interest in Quality Use of Medicines, Medication Safety and Education.

Jaclyn’s PhD will focus on effective models for Antimicrobial Stewardship in regional and rural hospitals. This aligns with her goals of improving the quality use of medicines and advocating for better health outcomes for people living in rural/regional areas.

Supervisors: A/Prof Kirsty Buising, Dr David Kong, Prof Karin Thursky & Dr Tom Schulz.

Courtney Ierano, B.pharm (hon)

Courtney is a rurally raised, trained and based clinical pharmacist who completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy with Grade 1 Honours at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga in 2013, and went on to complete her pharmacy internship with Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) via Monash University’s NAPE program in 2014. Courtney then completed her Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice with Monash University in 2015. Courtney continued her experience as a clinical pharmacist at Albury Wodonga Health and Young Health Service (YHS) in NSW, where she developed a keen interest in the speciality of AMS. In 2015, Courtney was appointed as the AMS Pharmacist at AWH  and helped develop their first AMS program, as well as being involved with the AMS program at YHS.

Courtney’s PhD will focus on the acute tertiary stream of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis (SAP), using a mixed methods approach to conceptualise factors contributing to inappropriate SAP rates. It is anticipated that by gaining further insight as to why SAP is inappropriately prescribed, then more specific AMS measures can be developed and implemented to improve this. This aligns with Courtney’s goal of advocating for the evolving profession of AMS and improving the quality use of medicines, thus in turn improving patient health outcomes.

Supervisors: Prof Karin Thursky, Dr Trish Peel & Dr Darshini Ayton

Lesley Hawes: BSc(hons), MPH, MASM

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PhD student, Department of General Practice, Monash University and National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship: Lesley’s main focus is to analyse and support antibiotic stewardship in general practice.

Lesley is an experienced microbiologist who has managed hospital microbiology laboratories, and is a sessional microbiology tutor and laboratory demonstrator to medical students. Lesley has also worked with general practitioners: as state wide coordinator of a general practitioner-led quality and safety program for small rural hospitals and more recently, supporting the teaching and learning of medical students on general practice placements at the University of Melbourne.

Supervisors: Prof Danielle Mazza; Associate Professor Kirsty Buising; Dr Lyle Turner

Post Docs

Kirsten Bailey BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

Kirsten completed her veterinary degree at The University of Queensland in 2000 and worked in mixed veterinary practice in Victoria and the United Kingdom before completing an equine internship at The University of Melbourne. Following her internship, Kirsten worked in equine practice in Victoria and became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine medicine. After 10 years in practice, Kirsten undertook a PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science at The University of Melbourne investigating infectious causes of diarrhoea in Australian foals. In 2015, Kirsten worked as a lecturer in Production Animal Health at The University of Melbourne. Now, as a research fellow, Kirsten will investigate patterns of veterinary usage of antibiotics and explore strategies to improve antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice.



For further information on the projects described above, please direct all inquiries through the NCAS Contact page.