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Fiona completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at The University of Waterloo in Canada and was awarded her PhD, entitled “Wastewater reuse – modelling the human health risks with various reuse applications”, in 2015 from The University of Melbourne. She spent the last 3 years working as a Research Fellow at Turning Point using administrative data to assess service use amongst alcohol and other drug treatment seekers and to develop a patient characterisation model to assist with system and service planning.


Fiona is a Research Fellow in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Fiona’s areas of interest include risk analysis and modelling related to human exposure to alternative water sources including recycled water and she has assessed case studies in Australia, Africa and Antarctica. Fiona is a member of the International Water Association, the editorial board for the journal Microbial Risk Analysis, and reviews for a number of relevant journals.


  • Modelling
  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment
  • Waterborne Disease
  • Public Health
  • Water Recycling
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Alternative Water Sources

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Research Output 2005 2019

Performance of riverbank filtration under hydrogeologic conditions along the upper Krishna River in southern India

Boving, T. B., Patil, K., D'Souza, F., Barker, S. F., McGuinness, S. L., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, M., Forbes, A. B. & Leder, K., 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 1, 17 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Cost of gastroenteritis in Australia: A healthcare perspective

Barker, S. F., Zomer, E., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, M., Gibney, K., Liew, D. & Leder, K., 1 Apr 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 4, 16 p., e0195759.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Alcohol, drug and related health and wellbeing issues among young people completing an online screen

Barker, S. F., Manning, V., Best, D. W., Savic, M. & Lubman, D. I., 2017, In : Australasian Psychiatry. 25, 2, p. 130-134 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Endotoxin health risk associated with high pressure cleaning using reclaimed water

Barker, S. F., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, M. I., Keywood, M. & Leder, K., Apr 2017, In : Microbial Risk Analysis. 5, p. 65-70

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Highly Commended Research Poster and Oral Presentation

Fiona Barker (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship

Fiona Barker (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Post-graduate publishing award

Fiona Barker (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Travelling Scholarship

Fiona Barker (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Microbial Risk Analysis (Journal)

Fiona Barker (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility