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Dr Helen Kelsall is an experienced researcher, a public health physician / epidemiologist and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM), Monash University.

Helen Kelsall graduated in medicine through Monash University in 1983. She subsequently worked in general medical practice in Melbourne until completing specialist public health medicine training 1994-1996 through the work based Victorian Public Health Training Scheme and a Master of Public Health (MPH), Monash University. She attained Fellowship Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RACP, 1996, and continued to work in the field of public health medicine whilst in the Department of Human Services.

Helen joined the SPHPM in April 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow working on the Australian Gulf War Veterans' Health Study. She was awarded an NHMRC Public Health PhD Scholarship and completed her PhD on the respiratory and neurological health, symptoms, medical conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome in Australian Gulf War veterans, for which she was awarded the 2005 Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. In 2005 Helen was awarded an NHMRC Public Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-09) and gained experience at The Cancer Council Victoria in cancer epidemiology, on the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study, and on record linkages, before returning to Monash University.

Dr Helen Kelsall is lead or co- investigator on several research projects in the fields of public health and occupational and environmental health, military and veterans' health and epidemiological research. Current and recently completed collaborative research includes:

  • study of long term outcomes of work injury for Victorian workers – identifying factors that contribute to outcomes and opportunities to improve outcomes;
  • Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme assessing the physical and mental health and social wellbeing of current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel;
  • 3.5 year longitudinal study of the physical, psychological health and social health and wellbeing, mortality and cancer incidence, in the Australian Gulf War veteran cohort that we first studied 10 years ago;
  • series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of psychological disorder, multisymptom disorder and chronic fatigue in Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan veterans; and
  • US and Australia Joint research effort to understand differences/similarities between military deployment contexts, health impacts, and veterans’ health care systems between Australia and the US for post-1990 deployments.

Awards include the 2014 and 2015 Australasian Military Medicine Association (AMMA) Patron’s Prize for best peer review publication by a Member of the Association, the AEA Mid-Career International Travel Award for international conference travel and the 2014 SPHPM Research Excellence Award for Mid Career Researcher best published paper.

Helen is actively involved in public health education and training and in professional engagement. Within SPHPM, her educational roles include Course Coordinator, Master of Public Health and Unit coordinator, Introductory and challenges in public health unit within the MPH.

Helen is also a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Ethics Committee. She is a member of the Editorial Board and a Sub-Editor for the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health. She has held Committee positions in the AFPHM, RACP on the Victorian Committee, Continuing Professional Development Committee, and Scientific Committees for the Conference of AFOEM and AFPHM 2007 and 2006-08 Defence Health & AMMA Conferences. She has supervised three PhD candidates and one DPH to completion and several international visiting academics in their study programs. Helen has mentored Research and AFPHM Fellows.

Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Physical and mental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterans and military health

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Projects 2000 2019

Research Output 1999 2017

Cohort Profile: The Australian Gulf War Veterans' Health Study cohort

Ilkin, J. F., Kelsall, H., McKenzie, D. P., Gwini, S. M., Forbes, A. B., Glass, D. C., McFarlane, A. C., Clarke, D., Wright, B., Del Monaco, A. & Sim, M. R. 1 Feb 2017 In : International Journal of Epidemiology. 46, 1, 31

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Epidemiological Differences between Localized and Nonlocalized Low Back Pain

Coggon, D. , Ntani, G. , Walker-Bone, K. , Palmer, K. T. , Felli, V. E. , Harari, R. , Barrero, L. H. , Felknor, S. A. , Gimeno, D. , Cattrell, A. , Vargas-Prada, S. , Bonzini, M. , Solidaki, E. , Merisalu, E. , Habib, R. , Sadeghian, F. , Kadir, M. , Warnakulasuriya, S. S. , Matsudaira, K. , Nyantumbu, B. & 3 others Sim, M. R., Kelsall, H. L. & Urquhart, D. M. 15 May 2017 In : Spine. 42, 10, p. 740-747 8 p.

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Classification of neck/shoulder pain in epidemiological research: A comparison of personal and occupational characteristics, disability, and prognosis among 12,195 workers from 18 countries

Sarquis, L. M. , Coggon, D. , Ntani, G. , Walker-Bone, K. , Palmer, K. T. , Felli, V. E. , Harari, R. , Barrero, L. H. , Felknor, S. A. , Gimeno, D. , Cattrell, A. , Vargas-Prada, S. , Bonzini, M. , Solidaki, E. , Merisalu, E. , Habib, R. , Sadeghian, F. , Kadir, M. , Warnakulasuriya, S. S. P. , Matsudaira, K. & 37 others Nyantumbu, B., Sim, M. R., Harcombe, H., Cox, K., Marziale, M. H., Harari, F., Freire, R., Harari, N., Monroy, M. V., Quintana, L. A., Rojas, M., Harris, E. C., Serra, C., Martinez, J. M., Delclos, G., Benavides, F. G., Carugno, M., Ferrario, M. M., Pesatori, A. C., Chatzi, L., Bitsios, P., Kogevinas, M., Oha, K., Freimann, T., Sadeghian, A., Peiris-John, R. J., Sathiakumar, N., Wickremasinghe, R. A., Yoshimura, N., Kelsall, H. L., Hoe, V. C. W., Urquhart, D. M., Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A. & Salazar Vega, E. J. 1 May 2016 In : PAIN. 157, 5, p. 1028-1036 9 p.

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Descriptive Epidemiology of Somatising Tendency: Findings from the CUPID Study

Vargas-Prada, S. , Coggon, D. , Ntani, G. , Walker-Bone, K. , Palmer, K. T. , Felli, V. E. , Harari, R. , Barrero, L. H. , Felknor, S. A. , Gimeno, D. , Cattrell, A. , Bonzini, M. , Solidaki, E. , Merisalu, E. , Habib, R. , Sadeghian, F. , Masood Kadir, M. , Warnakulasuriya, S. S. P. , Matsudaira, K. , Nyantumbu, B. & 37 others Sim, M. R., Harcombe, H., Cox, K., Sarquis, L. M., Marziale, M. H., Harari, F., Freire, R., Harari, N., Monroy, M. V., Quintana, L. A., Rojas, M., Clare Harris, E., Serra, C., Miguel Martinez, J., Delclos, G., Benavides, F. G., Carugno, M., Ferrario, M. M., Pesatori, A. C., Chatzi, L., Bitsios, P., Kogevinas, M., Oha, K., Freimann, T., Sadeghian, A., Peiris-John, R. J., Sathiakumar, N., Rajitha Wickremasinghe, A., Yoshimura, N., Kelsall, H. L., Hoe, V. C. W., Urquhart, D. M., Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A. & Salazar Vega, E. J. 1 Apr 2016 In : PLoS ONE. 11, 4, 17 p., e0153748

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Major depression and depressive symptoms in Australian Gulf War veterans 20 years after the Gulf War

Ikin, J. F., McKenzie, D. P., Gwini, S. M., Kelsall, H. L., Creamer, M., McFarlane, A. C., Clarke, D. M., Wright, B. & Sim, M. 1 Jan 2016 In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 189, p. 77-84 8 p.

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