Kathleen Falster

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kathleen Falster is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW's School of Population Health, where she convenes a postgraduate elective titled 'Advanced Epidemiology'. Her research uses linked, cross-sectoral population and cohort study data to investigate child health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal children and children who enter the child protection system.

Dr Falster and colleagues were recently awarded an NHMRC grant to undertake a multi-jurisdictional electronic cohort (e-cohort) study of child maltreatment in Australia. In recent years, she has been a Chief Investigator and the Study Director of the NHMRC-funded 'Seeding Success' study that set out to identify factors that promote positive early childhood health and development in Aboriginal children. During her NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, Dr Falster collaborated with the Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) study where she led or supervised research investigating health inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in NSW, including potentially avoidable hospitalisations, the receipt of surgical procedures for middle ear disease, and hospitalisations for unintentional injuries. Dr Falster also collaborates with the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) at the Sax Institute, contributing to research on injuries, asthma, ear health and hospitalisations in urban Aboriginal children. 

Dr Falster's interest and expertise lie in the use of epidemiological methods, including cohort and data linkage studies, and the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations.

publications

Journal articles
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Hanly M; Falster K; Banks E; Lynch J; Chambers GM; Brownell M; Dillon A; Eades S; Jorm L, 2020, 'Role of maternal age at birth in child development among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children in their first school year: a population-based cohort study', The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, vol. 4, pp. 46 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30334-7
2020
Williamson A; Gibberd A; Hanly MJ; Banks E; Eades S; Clapham K; Falster K, 2019, 'Social and emotional developmental vulnerability at age five in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales: A population data linkage study', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 18, pp. 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-019-1019-x
2019
Hanly M; Edwards B; Goldfeld S; Craven RG; Mooney J; Jorm L; Falster K, 2019, 'School starting age and child development in a state-wide, population-level cohort of children in their first year of school in New South Wales, Australia', Early Childhood Research Quarterly, vol. 48, pp. 325 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2019.01.008
2019
Hanly M; Falster K; Chambers G; Lynch J; Banks E; Homaira N; Brownell M; Eades S; Jorm L, 2018, 'Gestational Age and Child Development at Age Five in a Population-Based Cohort of Australian Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Children', Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, vol. 32, pp. 114 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ppe.12426
2018
Williamson A; Skinner A; Falster K; Clapham K; Eades SJ; Banks E, 2018, 'Mental health-related emergency department presentations and hospital admissions in a cohort of urban Aboriginal children and adolescents in New South Wales, Australia: Findings from SEARCH', BMJ Open, vol. 8, pp. e023544, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023544
2018
Falster K; Hanly M; Banks E; Lynch J; Brownell M; Chambers GM; Eades S; Jorm L, 2018, 'Maternal age and offspring developmental vulnerability at age five: A population-based cohort study of Australian children', PLoS Medicine, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002558
2018
Gunasekera H; Miller HM; Burgess L; Chando S; Sheriff SL; Tsembis JD; Kong KM; Coates HLC; Curotta J; Falster K; McIntyre PB; Banks E; Peter NJ; Craig JC, 2018, 'Agreement between diagnoses of otitis media by audiologists and otolaryngologists in Aboriginal Australian children', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 209, pp. 29 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja18.00249
2018
Thurber K; Burgess L; Falster K; Banks E; Möller H; Ivers R; Cowell C; Isaac V; Kalucy D; Fernando P; Woodall C; Clapham K, 2018, 'Relation of child, caregiver, and environmental characteristics to childhood injury in an urban Aboriginal cohort in New South Wales, Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 42, pp. 157 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12747
2018
Möller H; Falster K; Ivers R; Clapham K; Harvey L; Jorm L, 2018, 'High rates of hospitalised burn injury in Indigenous children living in remote areas: a population data linkage study', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 42, pp. 108 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12729
2018
Möller H; Harvey L; Falster K; Ivers R; Clapham KF; Jorm L, 2017, 'Indigenous and non-indigenous Australian children hospitalised for burn injuries: A population data linkage study', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 206, pp. 392 - 397, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja16.00213
2017
Falster K; Jorgensen M; Hanly M; Banks E; Brownell M; Eades S; Craven R; Goldfeld S; Randall D; Jorm L, 2017, 'Data Resource Profile: Seeding Success: A crosssectoral data resource for early childhood health and development research in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children', International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 46, pp. 1365 - 1366j, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyx051
2017
Möller H; Falster K; Ivers R; Falster MO; Clapham K; Jorm L, 2017, 'Closing the Aboriginal child injury gap: targets for injury prevention', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, pp. 8 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12591
2017
Falster K; Banks E; Lujic S; Falster M; Lynch J; Zwi K; Eades S; Leyland AH; Jorm L, 2016, 'Inequalities in pediatric avoidable hospitalizations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Australia: A population data linkage study', BMC Pediatrics, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12887-016-0706-7
2016
Möller H; Falster K; Ivers R; Falster M; Randall D; Clapham K; Jorm L, 2016, 'Inequalities in hospitalized unintentional injury between aboriginal and non-aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 106, pp. 899 - 905, http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303022
2016
Falster K; Jorm L; Eades S; Lynch J; Banks E; Brownell M; Craven R; Einarsdóttir K; Randall D; Goldfeld S; Leyland A; Best E; Chilvers M, 2015, 'What factors contribute to positive early childhood health and development in Australian Aboriginal children? Protocol for a population-based cohort study using linked administrative data (The Seeding Success Study)', BMJ Open, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007898
2015
Möller H; Falster K; Ivers R; Jorm L, 2015, 'Inequalities in unintentional injuries between indigenous and non-indigenous children: A systematic review', Injury Prevention, vol. 21, pp. e144 - e152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041133
2015
Falster K; Randall D; Banks E; Eades S; Gunasekera H; Reath J; Jorm L, 2013, 'Inequalities in ventilation tube insertion procedures between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia: A data linkage study', BMJ Open, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003807
2013
Wand HC; Falster K; Wilson DP; Law MG; Maher L, 2012, 'Disproportionate impact of combination antiretroviral therapy on AIDS incidence in Australia: Results from a modified back-projection model', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 16, pp. 360 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-011-9969-z
2012
Falster KA; Wand HC; Donovan BJ; Anderson JS; Nolan D; Watson K; Watson J; Law MG, 2010, 'Hospitalizations in a cohort of HIV patients in Australia, 1999-2007', AIDS, vol. 24, pp. 1329 - 1339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e328339e245
2010
Falster K; Kaldor J; Maher L, 2009, 'Hepatitis C virus acquisition among injecting drug users: A cohort analysis of a national repeated cross-sectional survey of needle and syringe program attendees in Australia, 1995-2004', Journal of Urban Health - Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, vol. 86, pp. 106 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11524-008-9330-7
2009
Falster K; Choi JY; Donovan B; Duncombe C; Mulhall B; Sowden D; Zhou J; Law MG, 2009, 'AIDS-related and non-AIDS-related mortality in the Asia-Pacific region in the era of combination antiretroviral treatment', AIDS, vol. 23, pp. 2323 - 2336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e328331910c
2009
Kumar B; Selmer R; Lindman A; Tverdal A; Falster KA; Meyer H, 2009, 'Ethnic differences in SCORE cardiovascular risk in Oslo, Norway', European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, vol. 16, pp. 229 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283294b07
2009
Egger S; Petoumenos K; Kamarulzaman A; Hoy JF; Sungkanuparph S; Chuah J; Falster KA; Zhou J; Law MG, 2009, 'Long term patterns in CD4 response are determined by an interaction between baseline CD4 cell count, viral load and time: The Asia Pacific HIV Observational Database (APHOD)', JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 50, pp. 513 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e31819906d3
2009
Choi JY; Donovan BJ; Duncombe CJ; Mulhall BP; Sowden D; Zhou J; Law MG; Falster K, 2009, 'AIDS-related and non-AIDS-related mortality in the Asia-Pacific region in the era of combination antiretroviral treatment.', AIDS, vol. 23, pp. 2323 - 2336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e32833
2009
Falster KA; Petoumenos K; Chuah J; Mijch AM; Mulhall BP; Kelly M; Cooper DA, 2009, 'Poor baseline immune function predicts an incomplete immune response to combination antiretroviral treatment despite sustained viral suppression.', JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 50, pp. 307 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181945ed4
2009
Falster KA; Gelgor L; Shaik A; Zablotska Manos I; Prestage G; Grierson J; Thorpe R; Pitts M; Anderson JS; Chuah J; Mulhall BP; Petoumenos K; Kelleher AD; Law MG, 2008, 'Trends in antiretroviral treatment use and treatment response in three Australian states in the first decade of combination antiretroviral treatment', Sexual Health, vol. 5, pp. 141 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH07082
2008
Monforte A; Abrams D; Pradier C; Weber R; Reiss P; Bonnet F; Kirk O; Law MG; de Witt S; Friis-Moller N; Phillips AN; Sabin C; Lundgren JD, 2008, 'HIV-induced immunodeficiency and mortality from AIDS-defining and non-AIDS-defining malignancies.', AIDS, vol. 22, pp. 2143 - 2153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e3283112b77
2008
Glenday K; Kumar BN; Tverdal A; Meyer HE, 2006, 'Cardiovascular disease risk factors among five major ethnic groups in Oslo, Norway: The Oslo Immigrant Health Study', European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 13, pp. 348 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.hjr.0000214616.14361.51
2006
Reports
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Falster KA; Hanly M, 2017, Early life pathways into child protection and child development outcomes at age five: Findings from a population-based data linkage study (The Seeding Success Study), Department of Family and Community Services
2017
Moeller H; Hanly M; Jorm L; Falster KA, 2017, Emergency department visits and hospital admissions for injury in children who participated in the Brighter Futures program: a population-based data linkage study, NSW Health
2017
Hanly M; Falster KA, 2017, Early life health, development and pathways into child protection for children placed in residential care: Findings from a population-based data linkage study (The Seeding Success Study), Department of Family and Community Services
2017
Falster K; Law MG, 2007, Australian HIV Observational Database Annual Report 2007
2007
Falster K; Law MG; Petoumenos K, 2006, Australian HIV Observational Database Annual Report 2006
2006
Thein H; White B; Warning J; Glenday K; Philips T, 2006, Validation of hepatitis C virus antibody detection in saliva: final report
2006
Glenday K; Li J; Maher L, 2006, Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey National Data Report 2001-2005
2006
Conference Presentations
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Falster K; Hanly M; Banks E; Lynch J; Brownell M; Eades S; Jorm L, 2017, 'Maternal age at childbirth and development outcomes at age five: a population data linkage study', presented at Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) 24th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia, 28 September 2017 - 30 August 2017
2017
Falster K; Hanly M; Banks E; Lynch J; Brownell M; Eades S; Jorm L, 2016, 'Maternal age at childbirth and development outcomes at age five in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children: a population data linkage study', presented at Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra, Australia, 14 September 2016 - 16 September 2016
2016
Falster K; Hanly M; Jorgensen M; Homaira N; Jorm L, 2016, 'The Seeding Success study: identifying factors that contribute to positive early childhood health and development in Aboriginal children', presented at 14th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: Research to Results: Using evidence to improve outcomes for families, Melbourne, Australia, 06 July 2016 - 08 July 2016
2016
Falster K; Jorm L; Eades S; Lynch J; Banks E; Brownell M; Craven R; Einarsdottir K; Randall D, 2015, 'The Seeding Success study: protocol for a population-based cohort study using linked administrative data', presented at The Australian Early Development Census Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 18 February 2015 - 20 February 2015
2015
Falster K; Lujic S; Banks E; Lynch J; Eades S; Jorm L, 2014, 'Inequalities in potentially preventable hospitalisation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia', presented at International Health Data Linkage Conference, Vancouver, Canada, -
2014
Falster K, 2012, 'Rates of surgical intervention for otitis media in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales', presented at Population Health Congress, Adelaide, Australia, -
2012
Falster K; Randall D; Banks E; Eades S; McNamara B; Gunasekera H; Bambrick H; Reath J; Einarsdottir K; Jorm L, 2011, 'Rates of surgical intervention for otitis media in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales', presented at Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH) 3rd Aboriginal Health Research Conference, Sydney, Australia, -
2011
Falster K; Wand H; Donovan B; Anderson J; Nolan D; Watson K; Watson J; Law MG, 2009, 'Rates and predictors of hospital admissions among patients with HIV infection in New South Wales and Western Australia: The Australian HIV Observational Database Hospital Linkage Study', presented at Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference (21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Society HIV of Medicine), Brisbane, Australia, -
2009
Falster K; Choi JY; Donovan B; Duncombe C; Mulhall B; Sowden D; Zhou J; Law MG, 2009, 'AIDS and non-AIDS related mortality in the Asia Pacific region in the era of combination antiretroviral treatment', presented at 5th International AIDS Society Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, -
2009
Glenday K; Petoumenos K; Chuah J; Mijch A; Mulhall B; Kelly M; Cooper DA, 2007, 'Predictors of poor immune response to highly active antiretroviral therapy in patients with a sustained virological response: The Australian HIV Observational Database 1999-2006', presented at 4th International AIDS Society Conference, Sydney, Australia, -
2007
Glenday K; Li J; Thein H; Shourie S; White B; Maher L, 2006, 'A decade of HCV antibody prevalence and risk behaviour surveillance among injecting drug users: The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey', presented at 5th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Sydney, Australia, -
2006
Glenday K; Maher L, 2005, 'Antibody HIV and HCV prevalence among Indo-Chinese injecting drug users in the National Needle and Syringe Program Survey', presented at 17th Annual Conference for the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine, Tasmania, Australia, -
2005
Glenday K; Kumar BN; Meyer HE; Tverdal A, 2005, 'Differences in cardiovascular risk factors and their associations with BMI among five immigrant groups in Oslo, Norway', presented at th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications, Chennai, India, -
2005
Conference Abstracts
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Hanly M; Falster K; Craven R; Jorm L, 2017, 'Social and geographical inequalities in school starting age in Australia: a population data linkage study', in International Journal of Population Data Science, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, presented at International Population Data Linkage Network Conference, Swansea, Wales, 24 August 2016 - 26 August 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.23889/ijpds.v1i1.120
2017
Falster K; Hanly M; Banks E; Lynch J; Jorgensen M; Brownell M; Jorm L, 2017, 'Maternal age and child development outcomes at age five in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children: a population data linkage study', in International Journal of Population Data Science, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, presented at International Population Data Linkage Network Conference, Swansea, Wales, 24 August 2016 - 26 August 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.23889/ijpds.v1i1.109
2017
Meyer HE; Kumar BN; Glenday K; Tverdal A, 2004, 'Total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol in five immigrant groups in Oslo, Norway', in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, OXFORD UNIV PRESS, Vol. 14, pp. 110 - 110, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000227034700326&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2004
Book Chapters
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Falster KA; Petoumenos K; Law MG; Cooper DA, 2008, 'Country review: Australia.', in Zuniga JM; Whiteside A; Ghaziani A; Bartlett JG (ed.), A Decade of HAART: The Development and Global Impact of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy., Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 85 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225859.003.0006
2008
Conference Posters
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Glenday K; Li L; Thein H; Shourie S; White B; Maher L, 2006, 'A decade of HCV antibody prevalence and risk behaviour surveillance among injecting drug users: The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey', Vancouver, Canada, presented at 17th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, Vancouver, Canada, -
2006