Claire Nightingale



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Claire undertook her honours and PhD studies on HIV molecular epidemiology in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific at the Burnet Institute and Monash University. In her subsequent post-doctoral position as the Laboratory team leader in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Claire expanded her research interests to include sexual and reproductive health in rural settings, co-leading formative work informing the introduction and scale up of novel cervical cancer screening technologies programs, and research on point of care diagnostics to improve the health of pregnant women. Returning to Australia, Claire was part of the implementation team for Victoria’s first community-led point of care HIV diagnostic service for gay and men who have sex with men, working with community and regulatory partners to lead the development and implementation of training modules for point of care testing, laboratory and quality control systems.

Claire has spent over three years in Myanmar working in research development, laboratory and health system strengthening and program evaluation. Claire worked with the Myanmar National AIDS Program, US-CDC and WHO to develop the HIV viral load scale up plan, and advised on the development of the National Strategic Plan for viral hepatitis, ensuring community delivered treatment would be supported. Claire was also involved in the inception and implementation of formative studies on the acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis in Myanmar and using radio as a medium to improve maternal and child health knowledge.

Claire comes to the School of Rural Health to focus on the development of community, government and industry research partnerships to enhance the school’s responsiveness to the health research needs of communities in rural Australia.

Research area keywords

  • International Health, Sexual Health, Intervention Research, Implementation Science, Laboratory systems

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Research Output

Understanding aboriginal peoples' cultural and family connections can help inform the development of culturally appropriate cancer survivorship models of care

Ristevski, E., Thompson, S., Kingaby, S., Nightingale, C. & Iddawela, M., 13 Jan 2020, In : JCO Global Oncology. 2020, 6, p. 124-132 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Type-Specific Human Papillomavirus Prevalence, Incident Cases, Persistence, and Associated Pregnancy Outcomes among HIV-Infected Women in Kenya

Vyankandondera, J., Wambua, S., Irungu, E., Mandaliya, K., Temmerman, M., Ryan, C., Mohamed, Y., Vanden Broeck, D., Verhelst, R., Chersich, M. F. & Luchters, S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 46, 8, p. 532-539 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)

Acceptability of Peer-Delivered HIV Testing and Counselling Among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women (TW) in Myanmar

Veronese, V., Oo, Z. M., Thein, Z. W., Aung, P. P., Draper, B. L., Hughes, C., Ryan, C., Pedrana, A. & Stoové, M., Aug 2018, In : AIDS and Behavior. 22, 8, p. 2426-2434 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)

Acceptability of testing for anorectal sexually transmitted infections and self-collected anal swabs in female sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender women in Papua New Guinea

Bell, S., Wapling, J., Ase, S., Boli-Neo, R., Vallely, A. J., Kaldor, J. M., Nightingale, C. E. & Kelly-Hanku, A., 20 Jun 2018, In : BMC Public Health. 18, 1, 7 p., 776.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)