Dr Alex Rosewell

Senior Lecturer, program lead for ‘vaccines for international health and outbreaks’.

Alex is a graduate of the Australian Field Epidemiology Training program, the MAE at ANU, and completed his PhD on "Strengthening Disease Surveillance in Papua New Guinea" at UNSW, while working in the Emerging Diseases Surveillance and Response Team in WHO. He has extensive experience in infectious diseases outbreak control including cholera, ebola, shigellosis, measles, influenza, meningococcal disease, hepatitis E, pertussis and turtle meat poisoning. He has substantial field experience with WHO/PAHO in Papua New Guinea, Haiti, Nicaragua, India, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Philippines etc.

He is passionate about health equity and believes Austraila should play a more prominent and coordinated role in providing public health technical support during international health crises. He is currently the administrator of the ARM network for Australian outbreak response www.arm.org.au and the UNSW focal person for the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN),and is actively involved in outbreak response and risk assessment through GOARN http://www.who.int/csr/outbreaknetwork/en/ 

He reviews articles for journals such as Epidemiology and Infection, BMC Infectious Diseases and the Wesern Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal.

Alex's research interests include: operational research for improving control of outbreak prone diseases, particularly vaccine preventable diseases, as well as information and communication technology for improving health information systems.



Journal articles

Saha A;Rosewell A;Hayen A;MacIntyre CR;Qadri F, 2017, 'Improving immunization approaches to cholera', Expert Review of Vaccines, vol. 16, pp. 235 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14760584.2017.1249470

Stehling-Ariza T;Rosewell A;Moiba SA;Yorpie BB;Ndomaina KD;Jimissa KS;Leidman E;Rijken DJ;Basler C;Wood J;Manso D, 2016, 'The impact of active surveillance and health education on an Ebola virus disease cluster - Kono District, Sierra Leone, 2014-2015', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-016-1941-0

Rosewell A;Effler P;Yapa C;Telfer B;Musto J;MacIntyre R, 2016, 'Ebola outbreak in west Africa: Considerations for strengthening Australia’s international health emergency response: It is time for a common vision and strategy for deploying australian expertise to i', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 204, pp. 258 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mjal6.00018

Yapa CM;Furlong C;Rosewell A;Ward KA;Adamson S;Shadbolt C;Kok J;Tracy SL;Bowden S;Smedley EJ;Ferson MJ;Sheppeard V;McAnulty JM, 2016, 'First reported outbreak of locally acquired hepatitis E virus infection in Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 204, pp. 274.e1 - 274.e6, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja15.00955

Spokes PJ;Rosewell AE;Stephens AS;McAnulty JM, 2014, 'A state-wide information campaign during a pertussis epidemic in New South Wales, 2010', Communicable diseases intelligence quarterly report, vol. 38, pp. E201 - E207

Najjar Z;Hope K;Clark P;Nguyen O;Rosewell A;Conaty S, 2014, 'Sustained outbreak of measles in New South Wales, 2012: risks for measles elimination in Australia', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 5, pp. 14 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2013.4.4.002

Quinn E;Massey P;Rosewell A;Smith M;Durrheim D, 2014, 'Improving ethnocultural data to inform public health responses to communicable diseases in Australia', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2014.5.1.011

Rosewell A;Spokes P;Gilmour R, 2014, 'New South Wales annual vaccine-preventable disease report, 2012', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 5, pp. 15 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2014.5.2.004

Horwood PF;Karl S;Mueller I;Jonduo MH;Pavlin BI;Dagina R;Ropa B;Bieb S;Rosewell A;Umezaki M;Siba PM;Greenhill AR, 2014, 'Spatio-temporal epidemiology of the cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea, 2009-2011', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-14-449

Murhekar M;Dutta S;Ropa B;Dagina R;Posanai E;Rosewell A, 2013, 'Vibrio cholerae antimicrobial drug resistance, Papua New Guinea, 2009-2011', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 4, pp. 60 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2013.4.2.002

Dagina R;Murhekar M;Rosewell A;Pavlin BI, 2013, 'Event-based surveillance in Papua New Guinea: strengthening an International Health Regulations (2005) core capacity', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 4, pp. 19 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2013.4.2.001

Rosewell A;Bieb S;Clark G;Miller G;MacIntyre R;Zwi A, 2013, 'Human resources for health: lessons from the cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 4, pp. 9 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2013.4.2.006

Rosewell A;Clark G;Mabong P;Ropa B;Posanai E;Man NW Y;Dutta SR;Wickramasinghe W;Qi L;Ng JC;Mola G;Zwi AB;MacIntyre CR, 2013, 'Concurrent outbreaks of cholera and peripheral neuropathy associated with high mortality among persons internally displaced by a volcanic eruption.', PloS one, vol. 8

Hall JJ;Gillespie JA;Rosewell A;Mapira P, 2013, 'The Papua New Guinea cholera outbreak: Implications for PNG, Australia and the Torres Strait', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 199, pp. 576 - 577, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja13.10516

Rosewell A;Ropa B;Randall H;Dagina R;Hurim S;Bieb S;Datta S;Ramamurthy S;Mola G;Zwi AB;Ray P;MacIntyre CR, 2013, 'Mobile phone-based syndromic surveillance system, Papua New Guinea', Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 19, pp. 1811 - 1818, http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1911.121843

Greenhill A;Rosewell A;Kas M;Manning L;Latorre L;Siba P;Horwood P, 2012, 'Improved laboratory capacity is required to respond better to future cholera outbreaks in Papua New Guinea.', Western Pac Surveill Response J, vol. 3, pp. 30 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2011.2.4.016

Rosewell A;Reinten-Reynolds T;Spokes PJ, 2012, 'EpiReview: Measles in NSW, 2002-2011.', New South Wales public health bulletin, vol. 23, pp. 201 - 207

Rosewell A;Spokes PJ;Gilmour RE, 2012, 'NSW Annual vaccine-preventable disease report, 2011.', New South Wales public health bulletin, vol. 23, pp. 171 - 178

Booy R;Lindley RI;Dwyer DE;Yin JK;Heron LG;Moffatt CR M;Chiu CK;Rosewell AE;Dean AS;Dobbins T;Philp DJ;Gao Z;MacIntyre CR, 2012, 'Treating and Preventing Influenza in Aged Care Facilities: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial', PLoS ONE, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0046509

Rosewell A;Addy B;Komnapi L;Makanda F;Ropa B;Posanai E;Dutta S;Mola G;Man WN;Zwi A;MacIntyre CR, 2012, 'Cholera risk factors, Papua New Guinea, 2010', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-12-287


Mission statement

To reduce the immunisation gap between adults and children through research, teaching and advocacy, with a special focus on the elderly, high risk and vulnerable populations.

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