School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Dr Lareesa Ryan is an early career researcher in the field of public health focusing on health services research. She holds a Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences (Public Health) with First Class Honours and recently a PhD within the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.
Her doctoral project titled "Addressing the Growing Burden of Concomitant Illnesses in Indonesia” focused on providing evidence on the changing trends of concomitant illnesses in pregnant women across a broad range of diseases. The growth of non-communicable diseases and persistent high rates of infectious diseases being experienced in many Low and Middle Income Countries, including Indonesia, has expanded the disease burden in pregnant women to a greater number of concomitant illnesses in addition to obstetric-related complications (such as haemorrhage). The project also focused on how the health system in Indonesia can be strengthened to provide maternal care for concomitant illnesses. It identified several areas of the health system that need to be strengthened in order to deal with this changing burden including at a system-wide level and at the tertiary level. This project used multi-methods including epidemiology, qualitative research and a medical case note review study to achieve this.
Her research interests include health systems and policy research, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and global health.
Currently, she works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Public Health & is involved in projects with a particular focus on health workforce planning in South Australia and nationally, in the areas of palliative care and junior medical officers.
Date Position Institution name 2019 - 2022 Academic Tutor and Marker The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Scholarship Neville Derrington Hicks PhD Scholarship in Public Health Policy The University of Adelaide Australia - 2020 Research Award Florey Postgraduate Research Conference School of Public Health Prize The University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Scholarship Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Scholarship The DR Stranks Travelling Fellowship The University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health The University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree in Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Public Health) The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)
Year Citation 2022 Ryan, L. M., Mahmood, M. A., Mufiddah, I., Yulianti, M., & Laurence, C. O. (2022). Concomitant illnesses in pregnancy in Indonesia: A health systems analysis at a District level.. PLoS One, 17(12), e0279592.
2021 Ryan, L. M., Mahmood, M. A., & Laurence, C. O. (2021). Incidence of concomitant illnesses in pregnancy in Indonesia: Estimates from 1990–2019, with projections to 2030. The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, 10, 100139.
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Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMD program)
2022, 2023 - Associate Lecturer - Health & Society Domain
Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences Degree
2021 – Tutor - HLTH SC 2105: Reflect. Research. Resolve (RRR) Questions in Health
2019 – Tutor - PUB HLTH 1001: Health and Illness in Populations
2019, 2020 – Academic Marker - PUB HLTH 1004: Human Health and Environment
2020 – Academic Marker - PUB HLTH 3008: Reawakening Health Systems: People Planning and Policy
Master of Public Health (MPH)
2023 - Academic Marker - PUB HLTH 7078: Qualitative Research Methods in Health
2021 – Academic Marker - PUB HLTH 7092: Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change
2021 - Academic Marker - PUB HLTH 7079: MPH Professional Practice Placement
2021 - Academic Marker - PUB HLTH 7096: Making Healthy Public Policy
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Representative School of Public Health Research Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2018 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia International Health SIG Australia
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2019 - ongoing HDR Representative School of Public Health Scientific Community Engagement The University of Adelaide -
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