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SRW Scholarship 2022

Kate Pennington

Department of Health and Aged Care

Australian National University

PhD title: Planning for an influenza pandemic and responding to a COVID-19 pandemic

Kate is an epidemiologist and has been working at the Department of Health since 2008. Between 2020 and 2021, she worked in the National Incident Centre leading a team of epidemiologists and data analysts to provide rapid and robust epidemiological analyses and advice to support public health response policies to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this, she worked as an epidemiologist on several communicable diseases, including influenza, to support the formulation of responsive and effective public health policies across government.

Through her PhD research Kate aims to define the characteristics that best categorise pandemic threats; identify appropriate interventions to respond to them; and develop a risk-based pandemic planning and response framework that enables agile public health responses to be tailored to evolving pandemic characteristics and contexts.

Associate Professor Kathryn Glass
  • Pennington, K, Bareja, C, Sullivan, S G, Franklin, L J and Raupach J 2016, ‘Editorial – Influenza surveillance in Australia’, Communicable Diseases Intelligence, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 315-316.
  • Sullivan, S G, Franklin, L J, Raupach, J, Pennington, K, Bareja, C, de Kluyver, R & National Influenza Surveillance Committee 2016, ‘A brief overview of influenza surveillance systems in Australia, 2015’, Communicable Diseases Intelligence, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 347-351.
  • Pennington K, Owen R and Mun J 2017, ‘Annual Report of the National Influenza Surveillance Scheme, 2009’, Communicable Diseases Intelligence, Vol. 41, No, 4, pp. 383-454

Andrew Perusco
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Andrew Perusco

Department of Health and Aged Care

The Australian National University

PhD title: Why has Australia failed to implement tobacco endgame policies and what might precipitate policy adoption? Applied policy process research on tobacco endgame policies for Australia

Andrew Perusco is a tobacco control policy and program specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the Commonwealth and NSW public services. Andrew has made significant contributions to tobacco control policy and program implementation, including leading: policy development and program implementation for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program from 2016 to 2020; development of the National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018; national policy approaches for electronic cigarettes; and planning, implementation and evaluation of the seminal Arabic-speakers tobacco control project in southwest Sydney.

Andrew is placed at the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Research, Australian National University and his research is affiliated with the National Health and Medical Research Centre, Centre for Research Excellence in Achieving the Tobacco Endgame. Andrew’s research explores why tobacco endgame measures have not been incorporated into Australia’s tobacco control policies, and what might precipitate adoption.

Dr Raglan Maddox

Eccles, J, Knowlden, S, Rich, D, Perusco, A, Matthews, D, Grootemaat, P & Williams, M 2006, ‘The Clean Air for All Project: Managing nicotine dependence in two mental health units in Sydney South West’. NSW Department of Health, Sydney.

Perusco, A, Poder, N, Millen, E, Hawkshaw,,B, Hua, M 2006, ‘Developing a social marketing campaign on tobacco use for Arabic-speakers in southwest Sydney’. Research and Ethics Conference. Sydney: Liverpool Hospital.

Perusco, A, Rikard-Bell, G, Mohsin, M, Millen, E, Sabry, M, Poder, N, Williams, M, Farag, L, Hua, M, & Guirguis, S 2007, ‘Priorities for tobacco control for Arabic-speakers: key findings from a baseline telephone survey of Arabic-speakers residing in southwest Sydney’. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Vol. 18 No. 2 pp. 121-126.

Carroll, T, Poder, N & Perusco, A 2008, ‘Is concern about waterpipe tobacco warranted?’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 181-182.

Perusco, A, Mohsin, M, Poder,,N, Hua, M, Millen, E, Sabry, M, Williams, M & Guirguis, S 2008, ‘Evaluation of the Arabic tobacco control project Ma’feesh cigara men gheir khosara’. Health Promotion Symposium November 3-4, Sydney: Australian Health Promotion Association.

Ahasan, N, Dunkerley, N, O’Brien, J & Perusco, A 2008, ‘Wesley Mission Sadleir pilot tobacco project: revolutionising smoking norms within a residential drug rehabilitation setting’. Health Promotion Symposium, November 3-4, Sydney: Australian Health Promotion Association.

Poder, N, Perusco, A, Carroll, T, Birkett, J & Kiss, A 2008, ‘Waterpipe smoking in an Arabic-speaking population in Sydney’. Diversity in Health Conference, March 10-12, Sydney.

Perusco, A, Mohsin, M, Poder, N, Hua, M, Millen, E, Sabry, M, Williams, M & Guirguis S 2008, ‘Evaluation of the Arabic tobacco control project Ma’feesh cigara men gheir khosara’. Population Health Congress, July 6-9, Brisbane: Public Health Association Australia.

Perusco, A, Poder, N, Mohsin, M, Rikard-Bell, G, Rissel, C, Williams, M, Hua, M, Millen, E, Sabry, M & Guirguis, S 2010, ‘Evaluation of a comprehensive tobacco control project targeting Arabic-speakers residing in south west Sydney, Australia’. Health Promotion International. Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 153-165.

Gartner, CE, Wright, A, Hefler, M, Perusco, A & Hoek, J 2021, ‘It is time for governments to support retailers in the transition to a smoke-free society’. Med J Aust. Vol. 215, No. 10, pp. 446-448.

Puljević, C, Morphett, K, Hefler, M, Edwards, R et al. 2022, ‘Closing the gaps in tobacco endgame evidence: a scoping review’. Tobacco Control, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 365-375.

Perusco, A Holland, A, Maddox, M, Morphett, K, Heris, C & Gartner, C 2022, ‘Justice in Australian tobacco control?’ Population Health Congress, September 21-23, Adelaide: Public Health Association Australia.

Gartner, C, Perusco, A, Heflter, M, Rooney, T-J & Morphett, K 2022, ‘With a new National Tobacco Strategy under development, let’s block Big Tobacco interference’. Croakey Health Media [Blog], Available at:

Monty Pounder
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Monty Pounder

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian National University

PhD title: Indonesian defence policy in an era of strategic competition

Monty is a Director at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and joined the Australian Public Service in 2011. He has served with DFAT in Jakarta, Baghdad and New York. In Canberra he has worked on international issues in a range of policy and analytical roles, including most recently on initiatives to advance economic ties with India.

Monty’s PhD research examines Indonesia’s approach to defence policy in an era of increased strategic competition.

Associate Professor Marcus Mietzner
The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.