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Staff members


Sue McAllister

Sue McAllisterLeader

Sue trained as a nurse and worked for a number of years in community health projects in Nepal. After returning to New Zealand in 1997 she completed her Master of Public Health, worked in the Dunedin School of Medicine's AIDS Epidemiology Group, and on a number of different research projects in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.

After completing a PhD at the end of 2012, Sue joined the Centre for International Health (CIH) and worked with the Tuberculosis (TB) Research Group based in Bandung, Indonesia, until June 2016. She is now based once again in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine in Dunedin working part-time in the CIH on TB-related projects, and part-time in the AIDS Epidemiology Group.

Research interests include HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, international health, and socioeconomic and quality of life consequences of illness.

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Hedwig van Asten

SilhouetteResearch Assistant

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Associate Professor Patricia Priest

Epidemiological Advisor to the AIDS Epidemiology GroupPatricia Priest

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Nigel Dickson


Nigel has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS epidemiology since 1990, initially as Senior Research Fellow and then as Director of the AIDS Epidemiology. He has been responsible for the regular collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological information on HIV/AIDS in New Zealand that has been used extensively in the development of public health policy.

Co-director of the New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit.

Co-investigator in GAPSS – the Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Surveys – that have collected information on sexual behaviour among MSM in Auckland on five occasions since 2002.

He has also been studying sexual behaviour and reproductive health in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study since 1990, that this year is completing its age 38 assessment.

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Professor Charlotte Paul


Charlotte Paul trained in medicine, public health, and epidemiology at the University of Otago. She worked in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine from 1981 to 2008 when she retired.

Since 2008 she has continued to work part-time teaching and supervising research students. Her main research fields were initially in the epidemiology and control of women's cancers and contraceptive safety. More recently she has worked on the epidemiology of HIV /AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, on sexual behaviour, and on socioeconomic consequences of chronic illness. She also has a long-standing interest in research ethics.

She is a former Co-Director of the AIDS Epidemiology Group and is now an advisor to the Group.

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