About us

The focus of our Unit is infectious disease modelling. Major research themes span COVID-19, tuberculosis, emerging infections and a range of other infectious threats. In addition, we develop and maintain our own software to support infectious disease modelling more broadly, in order to open up the field to a broader range of stakeholders.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office, the WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office and the Victorian Department of Health to support the response to COVID-19. Facilitated by the WHO regional offices, we have collaborated with and supported a number of countries across our region, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Myanmar - providing COVID-19 modelling to estimate health system capacity needs and inform pandemic control policy. Building on our relationships across the Western Pacific, in 2022 we commenced a capacity building program to advance infectious disease modelling capacity in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Our pandemic modelling complements our past work supporting countries of our region to fight the huge international burden of tuberculosis (TB). This work has been performed in close collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the WHO.

We collaborate closely with academics from James Cook University, the Burnet Institute, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and many other institutions.

Specific methodologies we employ include mathematics, dynamical systems analysis, software engineering, health economics, statistics, epidemiology and Bayesian inference.

Within the School, we’re closely linked to Biostatistics and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, with extensive overlap in both the methodology and content of the research of these Units.

Head of Unit

Research staff

  • Dr Romain Ragonnet
  • Mr Milinda Abayawardana
  • Dr Pavithra Jayasundara
  • Mr David Shipman
  • Dr Angus Hughes

PhD student

  • Mr Bui Viet Long

Associated staff