Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Dr Mah Laka is an early career researcher in the field of public health. She is a clinical epidemiologist with specific interests in health technology assessment and digital health. Mah Laka has a background in Health Science (Bioinformatics) with First Class Honours and recently a PhD within the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.
Her PhD project titled "The Role of Computer based Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) in Improving Antibiotic Management" focused on the assessment of the feasibility and sustainability of electronic decision support tools for evidence-based decision making.
Her research interests include health technology assessment (HTA), clinical epidemiology, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, digital health and developing methodologies for evaluating medical services or health interventions.
Currently, she is employed as a Research Associate in Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) and involved in evaluating medical services, devices, programs or pharmaceuticals to help policy-makers decide whether they should be publicly funded.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Research Associate University of Adelaide 2019 - 2021 Part-time teaching lecturer University of Adelaide 2017 - 2018 Research Associate National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award School of Public Health Prize School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Award Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize Florey Medical Research Foundation Australia - 2019 Award Northern Communities Health Foundation Prize Northern Communities Health Foundation Australia - 2019 Scholarship Research Travel Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 1500 2019 Scholarship Walter Dorothy & Duncan Trust Grant Walter Dorothy & Duncan Trust Australia -
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Urdu Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 - 2022 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2012 - 2016 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad Pakistan Bachelor of Science
Year Citation 2023 Gao, Y., Laka, M., & Merlin, T. (2023). Is the quality of evidence in health technology assessment deteriorating over time? A case study on cancer drugs in Australia. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 39(1), 9 pages.
2022 Gao, Y., Laka, M., & Merlin, T. (2022). OP20 Is The Quality Of Evidence In Health Technology Assessment Deteriorating Over Time?: A Case Study On Cancer Drugs In Australia. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 38(S1), S9.
2022 Laka, M., Carter, D., & Merlin, T. (2022). OP70 Gaps In The Evaluation Of Clinical Decision Support Software (CDSS): Interviews With Australian Policymakers. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 38(S1), S26.
2022 Laka, M., Carter, D., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2022). Challenges and opportunities in implementing clinical decision support systems (CDSS) at scale: interviews with Australian policymakers. Health Policy and Technology, 11(3), 7 pages.
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2021 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2021). Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing: understanding clinicians. Australian Health Review, 46(1), 21-27.
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2021 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2021). Factors That Impact the Adoption of Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) for Antibiotic Management. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), 1-14.
DOI Scopus21 WoS11 Europe PMC13
2021 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., Carter, D., & Merlin, T. (2021). OP199 From Pilot Studies To System-Wide Innovation: Challenges And Opportunities For Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) Implementation In Australia. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 37(S1), 5-6.
2020 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2020). Can evidence-based decision support tools transform antibiotic management? A systematic review and meta-analyses. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 75(5), 1099-1111.
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2014 Azam, S. S., Abbasi, S. W., Akhtar, A. S., & Mirza, M. L. (2014). Comparative modeling and molecular docking studies of d-Alanine:d-alanine ligase: A target of antibacterial drugs. Medicinal Chemistry Research, 23(9), 4108-4137.
- LAKA, M. A. H., MILAZZO, A., & MERLIN, T. (n.d.). Factors that impact the adoption of clinical decision support systems (CDSS) in healthcare settings for evidence-based decision making.
Year Citation 2022 Laka, M., Carter, D., & Merlin, T. (2022). Gaps in the Evaluation of Clinical Decision Support Software (CDSS): Interviews with Australian Policymakers. In Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Annual Meeting. Utrecht, The Netherlands. 2021 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2021). Challenges and opportunities to appropriate antibiotic prescribing: a survey of clinicians' perceptions in Australia. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Vol. 50 (pp. 2 pages). OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2019 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2019). Sustainable Implementation of Electronic Decision Support Tools for the Evidence-based Management of Antibiotics. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Digital Public Health (pp. 7-8). online: ACM.
Year Citation 2023 Gao, Y., Laka, M., & Merlin, T. (2023). Is The Quality Of Evidence in HTA Deteriorating Over Time?: A Case Study on Cancer Drugs In Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Health Technology Assessment International. 2020 Laka, M., Milazzo, A., & Merlin, T. (2020). Why provision of clinical decision support (CDS) is not enough? Factors influencing the CDS adoption. Poster session presented at the meeting of EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. OXFORD UNIV PRESS.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2022 Morona, J., Mittal, R., Laka, M., Parsons, J., & Schubert, C. (2022). Whole Genome Sequencing for the diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. (MSAC APplication 1675). Canberra, ACT: Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
Date Role Membership Country 2022 - 2022 Member Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Australia 2020 - ongoing Member International Epidemiological Association (IEA) United States 2019 - ongoing Member Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Australia
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