M E Hellard

Summary

Affiliation: Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. pmc Measuring the accuracy of self-reported height and weight in a community-based sample of young people
    Anna L Bowring
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
    BMC Med Res Methodol 12:175. 2012
  2. pmc Introduction of a sexual health practice nurse is associated with increased STI testing of men who have sex with men in primary care
    Anthony F Snow
    Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Infect Dis 13:298. 2013
  3. ncbi request reprint Modelling antiviral treatment to prevent hepatitis C infection among people who inject drugs in Victoria, Australia
    Margaret E Hellard
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Med J Aust 196:638-41. 2012
  4. pmc A systematic examination of the use of online social networking sites for sexual health promotion
    Judy Gold
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Public Health 11:583. 2011
  5. pmc The Australian national binge drinking campaign: campaign recognition among young people at a music festival who report risky drinking
    Caroline van Gemert
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
    BMC Public Health 11:482. 2011
  6. pmc Home-based chlamydia testing of young people attending a music festival--who will pee and post?
    Rachel Sacks-Davis
    Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    BMC Public Health 10:376. 2010
  7. pmc Incentive payments to general practitioners aimed at increasing opportunistic testing of young women for chlamydia: a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial
    Jade E Bilardi
    Sexual Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
    BMC Public Health 10:70. 2010
  8. pmc What's in a message? Delivering sexual health promotion to young people in Australia via text messaging
    Judy Gold
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Public Health 10:792. 2010
  9. pmc Sex and sport: chlamydia screening in rural sporting clubs
    Fabian Y S Kong
    Centre for Population Health, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
    BMC Infect Dis 9:73. 2009
  10. ncbi request reprint HIV in prison: what are the risks and what can be done?
    M E Hellard
    Epidemiology and Social Research Program, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
    Sex Health 1:107-13. 2004

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  1. pmc Measuring the accuracy of self-reported height and weight in a community-based sample of young people
    Anna L Bowring
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
    BMC Med Res Methodol 12:175. 2012
    ..We aim to: 1) Determine whether survey participants are able and willing to self-report height and weight; 2) Assess the accuracy of self-reported compared to measured anthropometric data in a community-based sample of young people...
  2. pmc Introduction of a sexual health practice nurse is associated with increased STI testing of men who have sex with men in primary care
    Anthony F Snow
    Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Infect Dis 13:298. 2013
    ..The study objective was to investigate the effect of the introduction of a sexual health practice nurse on HIV and STI testing in a general practice that specialized in gay men's health...
  3. ncbi request reprint Modelling antiviral treatment to prevent hepatitis C infection among people who inject drugs in Victoria, Australia
    Margaret E Hellard
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Med J Aust 196:638-41. 2012
    ..To develop a mathematical model to project the potential impact of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment on HCV infection prevalence among people who inject drugs (PWID)...
  4. pmc A systematic examination of the use of online social networking sites for sexual health promotion
    Judy Gold
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Public Health 11:583. 2011
    ..The aim of this paper is to examine the extent to which SNSs are currently being used for sexual health promotion and describe the breadth of these activities...
  5. pmc The Australian national binge drinking campaign: campaign recognition among young people at a music festival who report risky drinking
    Caroline van Gemert
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
    BMC Public Health 11:482. 2011
    ....
  6. pmc Home-based chlamydia testing of young people attending a music festival--who will pee and post?
    Rachel Sacks-Davis
    Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    BMC Public Health 10:376. 2010
    ..Home-based chlamydia testing has been piloted in several countries to increase testing rates, but uptake has been low. We aimed to identify predictors of uptake of home-based chlamydia testing to inform future testing programs...
  7. pmc Incentive payments to general practitioners aimed at increasing opportunistic testing of young women for chlamydia: a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial
    Jade E Bilardi
    Sexual Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
    BMC Public Health 10:70. 2010
    ..The aim of this pilot study was to determine if offering general practitioners (GP) a small incentive payment per test would increase chlamydia testing in women aged 16 to 24 years, attending general practice...
  8. pmc What's in a message? Delivering sexual health promotion to young people in Australia via text messaging
    Judy Gold
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    BMC Public Health 10:792. 2010
    ....
  9. pmc Sex and sport: chlamydia screening in rural sporting clubs
    Fabian Y S Kong
    Centre for Population Health, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
    BMC Infect Dis 9:73. 2009
    ....
  10. ncbi request reprint HIV in prison: what are the risks and what can be done?
    M E Hellard
    Epidemiology and Social Research Program, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
    Sex Health 1:107-13. 2004
    ..Public health policy must involve all sections of the community, including prison inmates, if we are to reduce transmission of HIV and other BBVs...
  11. ncbi request reprint The prevalence and risk behaviours associated with the transmission of blood-borne viruses among ethnic-Vietnamese injecting drug users
    Margaret E Hellard
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, GPO Box 2284, Melbourne, Victoria 3001
    Aust N Z J Public Health 30:519-25. 2006
    ..To measure the prevalence and determinants of blood-borne virus (BBV) transmission in ethnic Vietnamese injecting drug users (IDUs)...
  12. ncbi request reprint Tattooing in prisons--not such a pretty picture
    Margaret E Hellard
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Am J Infect Control 35:477-80. 2007
    ..It occurs in a setting where a high proportion of people are already infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other BBVs...
  13. doi request reprint Impact of text and email messaging on the sexual health of young people: a randomised controlled trial
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Population Health, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Australia
    J Epidemiol Community Health 66:69-74. 2012
    ..To carry out a randomised controlled trial on the effect of a new method of health promotion-email and mobile phone text messages (short messaging service (SMS))-on young people's sexual health...
  14. doi request reprint Hepatitis C treatment for injection drug users: a review of the available evidence
    Margaret Hellard
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
    Clin Infect Dis 49:561-73. 2009
    ..g., enrollment in drug treatment, the requirement of a period of abstinence from injection drug use, or the establishment of multidisciplinary treatment programs)...
  15. ncbi request reprint Surveillance of STI risk behaviour among young people attending a music festival in Australia, 2005-08
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Population Health, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Victoria, Australia
    Aust N Z J Public Health 33:482-4. 2009
    ..Surveillance of risk behaviours and testing among a variety of populations in different settings is required. We monitored self-reported sexual behaviour among music festival attendees...
  16. ncbi request reprint Impact of an education campaign on management in pregnancy of women infected with a blood-borne virus
    Michelle L Giles
    Department of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Royal Women s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria
    Med J Aust 184:389-92. 2006
    ....
  17. doi request reprint Sex and sport: sexual risk behaviour in young people in rural and regional Victoria
    Fabian Y S Kong
    Centre for Population Health, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
    Sex Health 7:205-11. 2010
    ..To determine the prevalence of chlamydia and understand sexual risk behaviour in 16-29 year olds in rural Victoria through a chlamydia testing program undertaken at local sporting clubs...
  18. ncbi request reprint An outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in an urban swimming pool: why are such outbreaks difficult to detect?
    M E Hellard
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria
    Aust N Z J Public Health 24:272-5. 2000
    ..To describe an outbreak of Cryptosporidium gastroenteritis in a swimming pool in Melbourne in early 1998 that was not detected through routine surveillance, and discuss difficulties in identifying such outbreaks...
  19. pmc The prevalence and the risk behaviours associated with the transmission of hepatitis C virus in Australian correctional facilities
    M E Hellard
    Epidemiology and Social Research Program, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Epidemiol Infect 132:409-15. 2004
    ..Injecting drugs whilst in prison during this incarceration was also a risk factor for HCV. Our results show prisoners who injected drugs outside of prison continue to inject in prison but in a less safe manner...
  20. doi request reprint A cross-sectional survey of young people attending a music festival: associations between drug use and musical preference
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 27:439-41. 2008
    ..We aimed to determine prevalences of illicit drug use in this population and associations between preferences for different music genres and recent use of particular illicit drugs...
  21. ncbi request reprint HIV diagnoses in Australia: diverging epidemics within a low-prevalence country
    Rebecca J Guy
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Med J Aust 187:437-40. 2007
    ..To describe recent trends in the diagnosis of HIV infection in Australia...
  22. doi request reprint Buprenorphine injection in Melbourne, Australia--an update
    Campbell K Aitken
    Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 27:197-9. 2008
    ..To investigate the prevalence and associations of buprenorphine injection among a field-recruited cohort of injecting drug users...
  23. pmc Methods used to maintain a high level of participant involvement in a clinical trial
    M E Hellard
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    J Epidemiol Community Health 55:348-51. 2001
    ..To describe the strategies adopted to maintain high level participation throughout a community based clinical trial, and the reasons given by participants for why they participated in the study...
  24. pmc A randomized, blinded, controlled trial investigating the gastrointestinal health effects of drinking water quality
    M E Hellard
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Environ Health Perspect 109:773-8. 2001
    ..We found no evidence of waterborne disease in Melbourne. The application of this methodology to other water supplies will provide a better understanding of the relationship between human health and water quality...
  25. ncbi request reprint Characteristics of HIV diagnoses in Australia, 1993-2006
    Rebecca J Guy
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, VIC 3181, Australia
    Sex Health 5:91-6. 2008
    ..To describe recent trends in the diagnosis of HIV infection in Australia...
  26. ncbi request reprint Variable uptake of recommended interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Australia, 1982-2005
    Michelle L Giles
    Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Med J Aust 189:151-4. 2008
    ..To analyse the uptake of interventions known to reduce the risk of perinatal HIV transmission among Australian women with HIV infection (who knew their HIV status before delivery), and identify predictors of uptake...
  27. doi request reprint Randomised controlled trial of paper, online and SMS diaries for collecting sexual behaviour information from young people
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
    J Epidemiol Community Health 64:885-9. 2010
    ..The correlation between behaviour reported in all three types of diaries and data collected in a retrospective questionnaire was also determined...
  28. doi request reprint Surveillance of drug use among young people attending a music festival in Australia, 2005-2008
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Population Health, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 29:150-6. 2010
    ..In order to monitor trends in illicit drug use among youth, surveillance of drug use behaviours among a variety of populations in different settings is required. We monitored drug use among music festival attendees...
  29. ncbi request reprint Improving HIV surveillance in Victoria: the role of the "detuned" enzyme immunoassay
    Rebecca J Guy
    Epidemiology and Social Research Unit, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
    J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 38:495-9. 2005
    ..Incident infections provide important information for targeting prevention strategies and the opportunity to interrupt ongoing viral transmission...
  30. doi request reprint The "work" of women when considering and using interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV
    Michelle L Giles
    The Alfred Hospital, Infectious Diseases Unit, Melbourne, Australia
    AIDS Care 21:1230-7. 2009
    ..Even in circumstances where access to and acceptance of interventions are high, women continue to engage in this work even after they have a made a decision about a particular intervention...
  31. ncbi request reprint Australian general practitioner chlamydia testing rates among young people
    Fabian Y S Kong
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Med J Aust 194:249-52. 2011
    ..To describe the proportion of 16-29-year-olds tested for chlamydia by Australian general practitioners in a 12-month period...
  32. ncbi request reprint The changing age distribution of men who have sex with men diagnosed with HIV in Victoria
    Carol El-Hayek
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Med J Aust 193:655-8. 2010
    ..To describe recent trends among men who have sex with men (MSM) in age at diagnosis of HIV in Victoria...
  33. doi request reprint SMS STI: a review of the uses of mobile phone text messaging in sexual health
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Int J STD AIDS 19:287-90. 2008
    ..As SMS is likely to become more and more commonly used for sexual health purposes, evaluation of its benefits and effectiveness is essential...
  34. ncbi request reprint The evidence for a change in antenatal HIV screening policy in Australia
    Michelle L Giles
    Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Med J Aust 185:217-20. 2006
    ..A universal antenatal HIV screening program meets many of the Wilson and Jungner criteria for population-based screening programs. This should be considered in the current review of Australia's HIV testing policy...
  35. ncbi request reprint A profile of HIV testing in Victoria, 1984 to 2004
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, GPO Box 2284, Melbourne, 3001
    Commun Dis Intell Q Rep 30:366-72. 2006
    ..To provide a better understanding of the impact of testing on the HIV epidemiology, especially among MSM, linked HIV sentinel surveillance has been implemented in Victoria...
  36. ncbi request reprint HIV and pregnancy in Australia
    Michelle L Giles
    Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 44:197-204. 2004
    ..The current review examines the best available scientific evidence and current guidelines for optimal management of HIV-infected women contemplating pregnancy in Australia...
  37. ncbi request reprint What are the barriers to offering HIV testing in an antenatal setting? A national study of obstetricians
    Michelle L Giles
    Department of Medicine Monash University, and Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
    AIDS 21:1601-6. 2007
    ..To investigate factors that influence the antenatal screening practice of obstetricians and identify barriers to the implementation of universal antenatal HIV screening...
  38. ncbi request reprint Recruitment and follow-up of injecting drug users in the setting of early hepatitis C treatment: insights from the ATAHC study
    Oanh K Nguyen
    Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
    Int J Drug Policy 18:447-51. 2007
    ....
  39. ncbi request reprint A new surveillance system for monitoring HIV infection in Victoria, Australia
    Rebecca Guy
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia
    Sex Health 4:195-9. 2007
    ..To establish a new mechanism for monitoring patterns of HIV infection, in the context of a sustained increase in HIV diagnosis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Victoria...
  40. ncbi request reprint Sexual-risk behaviour, self-perceived risk and knowledge of sexually transmissible infections among young Australians attending a music festival
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
    Sex Health 4:51-6. 2007
    ..We conducted a survey of behaviour, knowledge and perceptions of STI risk among young people attending a longstanding annual music festival called the Big Day Out...
  41. doi request reprint Establishing a linked sentinel surveillance system for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections: methods, system attributes and early findings
    Jane L Goller
    Burnet Institute, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia
    Sex Health 7:425-33. 2010
    ..To describe the attributes and key findings from implementation of a new blood-borne virus (BBV) and sexually transmissible infection (STI) sentinel surveillance system based on routine testing at clinical sites in Victoria, Australia...
  42. doi request reprint A randomised controlled trial using mobile advertising to promote safer sex and sun safety to young people
    J Gold
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia
    Health Educ Res 26:782-94. 2011
    ..Challenges experienced with project implementation and evaluation should be considered as new technological approaches to health promotion continue to be expanded...
  43. doi request reprint Limits to relying on expert information: the Delphi technique in a study of ethnic Vietnamese injection drug users in Melbourne, Australia
    Oanh K Nguyen
    Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Soc Work Public Health 24:371-9. 2009
    ....
  44. pmc Dietary intake and domestic food preparation and handling as risk factors for gastroenteritis: a case-control study
    T Z Mitakakis
    Comparative Research Centre Water Quality and Treatment, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
    Epidemiol Infect 132:601-6. 2004
    ..44-2.05, P< or = 001). Although food-handling and storage practices are considered important, we were unable to detect an association in this study...
  45. ncbi request reprint Cost of community gastroenteritis
    Margaret E Hellard
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    J Gastroenterol Hepatol 18:322-8. 2003
    ..In the present study, we estimated the rate of endemic gastroenteritis, the number of visits to the local doctor, use of medication, and the cost of gastroenteritis in Australia...
  46. ncbi request reprint Incidence and characteristics of endemic Norwalk-like virus-associated gastroenteritis
    John A Marshall
    Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    J Med Virol 69:568-78. 2003
    ..NLV G1 seasonality was significantly different from that of NLV G2. Seven major NLV clusters were identified by phylogenetic analysis...
  47. pmc The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute
    Megan S C Lim
    Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Research, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, GPO Box 2284, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001, Australia
    BMJ 331:1498-500. 2005
    ..To determine the overall rate of loss of workplace teaspoons and whether attrition and displacement are correlated with the relative value of the teaspoons or type of tearoom...
  48. ncbi request reprint Pathogens causing community gastroenteritis in Australia
    Martha I Sinclair
    Cooperative Research Center for Water Quality and Treatment, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    J Gastroenterol Hepatol 20:1685-90. 2005
    ..We aimed to identify the pathogens responsible for community gastroenteritis and to examine the associated symptoms...
  49. pmc Escherichia coli and community-acquired gastroenteritis, Melbourne, Australia
    Roy M Robins-Browne
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
    Emerg Infect Dis 10:1797-805. 2004
    ..Apart from the surface protein, intimin, no virulence determinant or phenotype was uniformly present in atypical EPEC strains. This study shows that atypical EPEC are an important cause of gastroenteritis in Melbourne...
  50. ncbi request reprint Cambodian-born individuals diagnosed with HIV in Victoria: epidemiological findings and health service implications
    Darshini R Ayton
    Sex Health 4:209. 2007
  51. ncbi request reprint Sustained increase in infectious syphilis notifications in Victoria
    Rebecca J Guy
    Med J Aust 183:218. 2005
  52. ncbi request reprint An audit of obstetricians' management of women potentially infected with blood-borne viruses
    Michelle L Giles
    Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Royal Women s Hospital, 132 Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria 3050, Australia
    Med J Aust 180:328-32. 2004
    ..To assess obstetricians' current antenatal screening practices for blood-borne viruses (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV) and how they manage pregnant women infected with a blood-borne virus...
  53. ncbi request reprint Food safety in family homes in Melbourne, Australia
    Teresa Z Mitakakis
    Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne 3004, Australia
    J Food Prot 67:818-22. 2004
    ..2%, and chicken was thawed using unsafe means by 76.3% of respondents. People preparing food in the home need to be reminded of the increased risk of disease that can arise from poor food handling practices...
  54. ncbi request reprint A community-based study of respiratory episodes in Melbourne, Australia
    Karin Leder
    Central and Eastern Clinical School, Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    Aust N Z J Public Health 27:399-404. 2003
    ..To provide recent data regarding the epidemiology of community-based respiratory infections in Australia...
  55. ncbi request reprint Chlamydia trachomatis prevalence in heterosexual men in Melbourne: a community-based study
    Amanda J Wade
    Sex Health 4:137-8. 2007
    ..5%, 95% CI 2.76-21.27). There was a high prevalence of C. trachomatis in our study participants, highlighting the importance of including men in chlamydia response programs...