Kate Whitford

Research Officer

Kate joined the Kirby Institute in 2015 and completed her Master of Public Health at UNSW Sydney in 2016. Prior to her role as a research officer in the Public Health Interventions Research Group, Kate has worked on the National HIV Registry, Annual Surveillance Reports for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections and the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit. She has worked on a range of publications and reports including: a report looking at the impact of data linkage on Indigenous status completeness in surveillance data; a systematic review of hepatitis B vaccination; an analysis of gonorrhoea trends among Australian women; and a qualitative study investigating HIV testing among female sex workers in Indonesia. Outside of the Kirby Institute she has held roles in GP and hospital settings, and an internship at the Fred Hollows Foundation. Kate is currently working on the NSW Health funded project called 'Talking Story - Learning from Aboriginal young people about sexual health': a qualitative research project exploring prevention of HIV and sexually transmissible infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in NSW. Other projects include: MOST (More Options for STI Testing), an study looking at the impacts of incentives on STI testing rates in remote communities; and STRIVEplus, a study examining the impact of continuous quality improvement in sexual health services on STI testing in Central Australia. 

PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles
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Whitford K; Callander D; Smith LW; Guy R; Kong M; Ward J; Donovan B; McManus H; Bell S; McGregor S; Menon A; Russell D; O'Connor CC, 2020, 'Two Distinct Gonorrhea Trends and Risk Factors among Women in Australia', Sexually Transmitted Diseases, vol. 47, pp. 34 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001086
2020
Whitford K; Callander D; Smith LW; Guy R; Kong M; Ward J; Donovan B; McManus H; Bell S; McGregor S; Menon A; Russell D; OʼConnor CC; ACCESS collaboration , 2020, 'Two Distinct Gonorrhea Trends and Risk Factors Among Women in Australia.', Sex Transm Dis, vol. 47, pp. 34 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001086
2020
Whitford K; Liu B; Micallef J; Yin JK; Macartney K; Damme PV; Kaldor JM, 2018, 'Long-term impact of infant immunization on hepatitis B prevalence: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 96, pp. 484 - 497, http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.17.205153
2018
Haire B; Whitford K; Kaldor JM, 2018, 'Blood donor deferral for men who have sex with men: still room to move', Transfusion, vol. 58, pp. 816 - 822, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/trf.14445
2018
Conference Posters
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Whitford K; Callander D; Watchirs Smith L; Guy R; Kong M; Ward J; Donovan B; McManus H; Bell S; McGregor S; Menon A; Russell D; O'Connor C, 2019, 'Rising gonorrhoea rates among Australian women: Increased testing isn’t the whole story', Perth, Australia, presented at Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Perth, Australia, 16 September 2019 - 18 September 2019
2019
Conference Presentations
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Whitford K; Mitchell E, 2019, 'Talking story with sexuality and gender diverse Aboriginal young people: gaps and opportunities', presented at HARP Forum 2019, Sydney, 16 October 2019 - 17 October 2019
2019
Bell S; Whitford K, 2018, 'Talking story: learning from Aboriginal young people about sexual health', presented at HARP Forum 2018 - Navigating the future, Sydney, 23 October 2018 - 24 October 2018
2018
Whitford K; Liu B; Micallef J; J Kevin Y; Kristine M; Pierre VD; Kaldor J, 'The long-term impact of infant immunisation programs on hepatitis B prevalence', presented at 16th National Immunisation Conference 2018, Adelaide, Australia, 05 June 2018 - 07 June 2018
Whitford K; Mitchell E; Lazuardi E; Rowe E; Anintya I; Wirawan DN; Wisaksana R; Subronto YW; Prameswari HD; Kaldor J; Bell S, 'Social influences on HIV testing among female sex workers in three urban settings in Indonesia', presented at Joint Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conferences, Perth, 16 September 2019 - 19 September 2019