I want to help prevent and alleviate suffering in the poorest, sickest, most vulnerable and discriminated people.
I have over 7 years' experience in statistics applied to public health / medical research and 4 years in clinical psychiatry.
I have researched areas of poverty, Aboriginal health, communicable diseases (influenza-oseltamivir prophylaxis, Tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections), mental health, addictions, crime, cancer, heart disease, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, health and well-being, health education, aged care and for children with disabilities.
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, generating and simulating data, multiple imputation for analysis with missing data and an overview of Machine Learning
Causal Inference: Directed Acyclic Graphs, Propensity Scores, Inverse Probability Treatment Weights, Regression Discontinuity, Differences in Differences, Instrumental Variables, Mendelian Randomisation
Rotations: Rural and Indigenous Health, HIV, Public Health Unit (Communicable Disease and Environmental Health), Childhood Disability, Addiction and Pharmacoepi (TGA)
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 | PRINCE 2 : Foundations and Practitioners | Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certified as of 2022 Oct
Conference Presentations: National Rural Health (Oral) | Asia Pacific Heart Failure (2 Posters) 2008 | RACP 2016 (Oral: Gerry Murphy Prize) |Australian Public Health 2019 (Oral)
University of Sydney, NHMRC Clinical Trial Centre
Risk and Treatment Factors of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip
MBBS BMedSc First Class Honours in Biostatistics
University of Melbourne
to December 2010
A Pharmacological mechanism for the Clinical Benefits of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors: Analyses of randomised controlled trials
Western Sydney University
Since May 2022
Predictors and outcomes of change in socio-economic position over time.
Mortality of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome with or without out of home care
Supervising Clinicians and Research Students as a Medical Statistician
Medical Advisor (Pharmacoepidemiology)
Therapeutic Goods Administration
to April 2022
Approving and Regulating Medical Devices
Senior Public Health Medicine Registrar in Communicable Diseases (Sydney COVID Lockdown)
Liverpool Public Health Unit
to September 2021
Leading the external communications team for answering questions from the public regarding the Sydney COVID Lockdown
Leading a team in the management of Adverse Effects following Immunisation for COVID
Contributing to the containment of a COVID outbreak in Lockdown
As an Investigator, designing and overseeing a real world implementation RCT of Co-designed Universal Micro-messaging Health Education Videos for Breastfeeding in Rural Mothers in South Africa.
Research Fellow in BIostatistics
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (WHO Collaborating Research Centre), UNSW
to December 2020
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
RCT Evaluating Health Education Videos for Breastfeeding delivered by "Mentor Mothers" for Poor Mothers in South Africa. In collaboration with Stanford University and Heidelberg University
Public Health Biostatistician
to January 2020
Assessing the effectiveness of oseltamivir prophylaxis in preventing Influenza outbreaks in Aged Care Facilities.
Estimating Childhood Disability in Southwest 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
North Shore Psychiatry Training Network
to October 2018
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.
Completed 3 year Education Program in Psychiatry at the Brain and Mind Research Institute
Completed the Opioid Substitution Treatment Accreditation Course
Medical Advisor (Pharmacoepidemiology)
Therapeutic Goods Administration
to September 2016
Systematic Review, Meta Analysis and Safety Filter
The Albion Centre - (WHO Collaborating Research Centre)
to July 2016
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
Completed the HIV Prescriber Course
Research Fellow in Biostatistics
Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, University of Western Australia
to January 2016
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
Top End Mental Health Services
to November 2014
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 (Biostatistics and Pharmacoepidemiology)
NCEPH, ANU and TGA
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.
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
to January 2012
Public Health / Research / Mental Health / Clinical
Addressing Public Concern in Disasters (COVID Lockdown)
Outbreak Management including COVID
Caring for Aboriginal patients with addiction and mental illness and providing support for their families
Environmental Health Risk Assessments
HIV Treatment s100
Article Writing and Oral Presentation of Research
Advanced Statistical Analysis and Research Methods
Expert Programmer in R and Stata
Completion of a three-year formal education program in psychiatry (Brain and Mind Institute, University of Sydney)
Opioid Substitution Therapy s100
Clinical History Taking esp. Mental Health
Prescribing Mental Health Medication
Major Works: 18 Publications in PubMed | 513 Google scholar citations
Leonard E, Kwinda Z, Baernighausen T, Dronavalli M, Adam M, Pillay Y. Optimizing knowledge and behavioral intention of women and their partners in the perinatal period in South Africa: a randomized control trial study protocol in the Tshwane district, Gauteng province, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2022;22(1):1224 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/35725421
Wetherell L, K athurusinghe S, Dior U, et al. POMMS: Pre-operative misoprostol in myomectomy surgery: A randomised controlled pilot study. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2022; 276: 98-101. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35853272/
Adam M, Johnston J, Job N, Dronavalli M, Le Roux I, et al. (2021) Evaluation of a community-based mobile video breastfeeding intervention in Khayelitsha, South Africa: The Philani MOVIE cluster-randomized controlled trial. PLOS Medicine 18(9): e1003744. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003744
Farnbach S, Economidis G, Aiken A, Dronavalli M, Shakeshaft A. A randomised stepped-wedge evaluation of the impact of a guideline-driven process for improving the cultural competence of non-Aboriginal drug and alcohol treatment services.: NDARC, UNSW; 2020. (CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT REPORT, Available on Request)
Dronavalli M, Lord H, Alexander K, Boonwaat L, Pal N, Fletcher-Lartey SM. Effectiveness of Oseltamivir Prophylaxis in Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. 2020 Apr. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7310780/
Fletcher-Lartey, S.; Dronavalli, M.; Alexander, K.; Ghosh, S.; Boonwaat, L.; Thomas, J.; Robinson, A.; Patel, Z.; Forssman, B.; Pal, N. Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae in Australia and New Zealand: A Meta-analysis and Systematic Review. Antibiotics 2019, 8, 191 https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)30855-9/fulltext
Vilalta A, Sahuquillo J, Merino MA, Poca MA, Garnacho A, Martinez-Valverde T, et al. Normobaric hyperoxia in traumatic brain injury: does brain metabolic state influence the response to hyperoxic challenge? J Neurotrauma. 2011;28(7):1139-48. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc3136740/
Sheffield LJ, Irving P, Gupta A, Byron K, Macrae FA, Phillimore H, et al. Thiopurine methyltransferase and thiopurine metabolite testing in patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are taking thiopurine drugs. Pharmacogenomics. 2009;10(7):1091-9. https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/pgs.09.60