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BSc, DPH, MPH, PhDSenior Research Fellow; HEIRU

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Dr Julie Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health in Wellington. She has a wide range of public health research interests, with a particular focus on infectious diseases, indoor air quality, housing and health. Her research activities currently have a strong focus on group A streptococcal infections, acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Julie is the lead researcher of SCIP RHD, a Trans-Tasman collaboration trialling subcutaneous infusions of benzathine penicillin for prevention of rheumatic heart disease. Julie also leads the “Isolate study” which aims to establish if group A streptococcal isolates detected prior to rheumatic fever differ from those collected on hospital admission. Julie project manages the “Endgame” project, led by Professor Michael Baker, which aims to develop an optimal strategy for ending rheumatic fever in New Zealand and the “START” study, led by Dr Nikki Moreland that aims to develop and validate biomarkers that may form the basis for a rheumatic fever blood test. Julie is a member of Pū Manawa (Rheumatic fever network Aotearoa New Zealand) and the World Health Organization ARF and RHD guideline development group.

Julie is a member of He Kainga Oranga (Housing and Health Research Programme), which was awarded the Rutherford Medal in 2021 and is a founding member of the New Zealand Indoor Air Quality Research Centre.


Lacey, J. A., Bennett, J., James, T. B., Hines, B. S., Chen, T., Lee, D., Sika-Paotonu, D., … Baker, M. G., … Moreland, N. J. (2024). A worldwide population of Streptococcus pyogenes strains circulating among school-aged children in Auckland, New Zealand: A genomic epidemiology analysis. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 24, 100964. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2023.100964

Bennett, J., Anderson, A., Atkinson, J., Best, E., Malcolm, J., McAuliffe, G., Webb, R., & Cannon, J. (2023). Trends in penicillin dispensing during an acute rheumatic fever prevention programme. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1586), 84-93. Retrieved from

Kado, J., Salman, S., Hla, T. K., Enkel, S., Henderson, R., Hand, R. M., … Bennett, J., Anderson, A., … Manning, L. (2023). Subcutaneous infusion of high-dose benzathine penicillin G is safe, tolerable, and suitable for less-frequent dosing for rheumatic heart disease secondary prophylaxis: A phase 1 open-label population pharmacokinetic study. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1128/aac.00962-23

Bennett, J., Macnab, K., & Halley, C. (2023). World Ventil8 Day: How do our buildings measure up? The Briefing, (8 November). Retrieved from

Fyfe, C., Telfar Barnard, L., Howden-Chapman, P., & Bennett, J. (2023). An examination of the growth of Airbnb in New Zealand and its impact on the private rental housing market: 2016–2021. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12375

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