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Dr. Mithilesh Dronavalli

Senior Public Health Medicine Registrar & Statistician

Employed Available
I am interested in preventing and alleviating suffering in the sickest, poorest, and most vulnerable people through health promotion, protection, and research.

Apart from my final oral exam, I have completed all my training time and assessments in Public Health Medicine by the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

My social research for vulnerable groups is in the areas of Aboriginal health, mental health, addictions, crime, cancer, heart disease, smoking cessation, communicable diseases, health and well-being, sexual health, HIV, aged care and for children with disability.
Interests

Life Interests

  • Overcoming social disadvantage
  • Leadership, Teaching, Mentoring and Inspiring
  • Discovering and evaluating interventions for social harms and disease
  • Keeping my community healthy and Safe
  • Table Tennis , Technology , Thinking , Carnatic Music
Experiences

Research Fellow

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (WHO Collaborating Research Centre), UNSW
Since January 2020
Sydney
  • Investigating the role of Social Disadvantage in Criminal Trajectories of those using Drugs as the index offence.
  • Evaluation of an Aboriginal Cultural Competency Program for non-Aboriginal Drug Rehabs
  • Supervising an Aboriginal PhD Student in research for a Continuous Quality Improvement of Aboriginal Residential Drug Rehabs

Public Health Medicine Registrar

Liverpool Hospital
Since February 2019
Sydney
  • Assessing the effectiveness of oseltamivir prophylaxis in preventing Influenza outbreaks in Aged Care Facilities.
  • Estimating Childhood Disability in South West Sydney and advocating a state-wide Child Disability Register
  • Outbreak Control (eg Measles; Gastro in a school, child care or aged care facility; Influenza in an Aged Care Facility)
  • Educating district aged care facility managers ad nursing staff on managing and preventing the spread of influenza outbreaks in a one day teaching session
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessments (PFAS, M12 noise and vibration, Establish Surveillance for Lead Notification with a high-risk Lead Battery Manufacturer, Mercury in Fish)
  • Speeding up the management of Syphilis notification through automating repetitive data entry tasks using R and Adobe Optical Character Recognition for data extraction and processing.
  • Teaching and upskilling staff in research methods and assisting the Medical Epidemiologist in reporting and surveillance work (Annual STI report | Published Meta-Analysis of Gonorrhoea prevalence and antibiotic resistance for studies in the past 30 years in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Assessing the need for screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection for refugee children under 2 years

Psychiatry Registrar

North Shore Psychiatry Training Network
September 2016 to October 2018
Sydney
  • Worked in a high turn over Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre attached to an Emergency Department.
  • Worked in Addiction Dual Diagnosis, Old Age Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry.

Public Health Medicine Registrar

Therapeutic Goods Administration
July 2016 to September 2016
Canberra
  • Systematic Review, Meta Analysis and Safety Filter

Public Health Medicine Registrar

The Albion Centre - (WHO Collaborating Research Centre)
February 2016 to July 2016
Sydney
  • HIV research and gaining exposure to HIV medicine as well as training and enabling staff in research methods.
  • HIV Complexity - Described the increasing burden of comorbidities in patients with HIV, where care needs a multi-disciplinary team approach. Used directed acyclic graphs.
  • HIV Smoking Audit - Predicting which patients will benefit most from a smoking cessation intervention

Research Fellow

Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, University of Western Australia
November 2014 to January 2016
Geraldton
  • Systematic Review as the first author to assess measurement tools of general health and wellbeing.
  • Commissioned review of Sexual Health Services in Western Australia by the Department of Health in a team.
  • Designed and Delivered Seminars: 1. Understanding and Evaluating Advanced Quantitative Methods 2. Use of Social Media for Public Health
  • Co-ordinating principal investigator on a complex GP Audit of patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome after discharge from hospital
  • National Finalist for Gerry Murphy Prize at RACP Congress

Psychiatry Registrar

Top End Mental Health Services
January 2014 to November 2014
Darwin
  • Worked in Psychiatry treating Aboriginal People with mental illness from remote areas.
  • Took the history and mental state of patients and liaised with the multidisciplinary team. Prescribed medication, performed on-call duties, did ECT under supervision
  • Taught Medical students about psychiatry regularly by teaching them psychiatric theory and interview skills

Research Fellow Pharmacoepidemiology

NCEPH, ANU and TGA
July 2012 to December 2012
  • Developed a Quantitative Data Analysis Plan for the 45 and Up study in the pharmacoepidemiology field.
  • Investigated a New Indication for a cholesterol-lowering agent.

Psychiatry Registrar

Cumberland Hospital
January 2012 to June 2012
  • Worked empathically under pressure, Treated quite severe mental illness
  • Caring for mentally ill patients under consultant psychiatrist supervision
    o Elicit History and Mental State to adjust medication. o Communicate with the multidisciplinary team and family+carers of the patient. o Clozapine and Outpatient Clinics

Medical Internship

Westmead Hospital
January 2011 to January 2012
Education

Training in Public Health Medicine

Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Since November 2014
Rotations: Rural and Indigenous Health, HIV, Pharmacoepi (TGA), Public Health Unit (Communicable Disease and Environmental Health), Childhood Disability, Addiction

Coursework: Environmental Health Risk Assessments | Framing Indigenous Health| Health Promotion| Health Policy| Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease| Qualitative Research Methods| Environmental Health Risk Assessments | Introduction to teaching and supervision | Grant Writing

Conference Presentations: National Rural Health (Oral) | Asia Pacific Heart Failure (2 Posters) 2008 | RACP 2016 (Oral: Gerry Murphy Prize) |Australian Public Health 2019 (Oral)

MPhil(Epidemiology)

University of Sydney, NHMRC CTC

September 2011

Masters of Biostatistics and Ongoing Learning

Monash University

January 2007 to June 2008
Biostatistics: Generalised Linear Models, Survival Analysis, Longitudinal and Correlated Data (including multi-level modelling), Advanced R, Stata, Meta-regression, Study Design, Sample Size Calculation, Logic, Variable Selection , Data Linkage, Clinical Trial Design, Probability & Statistical Inference, Pharmacoepidemiology and an overview of Machine Learning

Causal Inference: Directed Acyclic Graphs, Propensity Scores, Inverse Probability Treatment Weights, Differences in Differences, Instrumental Variables, Mendelian Randomisation

MBBS BMedSc First class Honours in Biostatistics

University of Melbourne

2010
Skills

Public Health & Research

  • Co-ordinating Epidemiological Research Projects
  • Academic Writing and Presentations
  • Advanced Biostatistics and Clinical Research Skills
  • HIV s100/Hep C prescriber
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment & Outbreak Management
  • General Medical Registration

Mental Health

  • Eliciting a detailed history with empathy and understanding, Writing a detailed mental state
  • Prescribing psychotropic medication and carrying out ECT under supervision
  • Passed OTAC Opioid Substitution Treatment Accreditation Course
  • Experience in Inpatient/ Aboriginal/ Addiction/ Old Age/ Child Psychiatry
  • 3 year psychiatry Formal education program BMRI

+15 publications +350 citations Google Scholar Link:

Volunteering

  • Vice-President of the Sydney Northern Districts Table Tennis Association (Did Draw:64 teams 14 clubs, running the website)