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Dr Martha Sinclair is a Senior Research Fellow in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit, and holds a PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology. She has been involved in public health research on water related diseases since 1995. Areas of interest include health risks associated with conventional water supplies and with use of alternative water sources such as rainwater, greywater and recycled water. Some of this research is conducted in affiliation with Water Research Australia (WRA); a not-for-profit national research organisation in which Monash University is a member. Martha is the chief writer and editor of the WRA newsletter Health Stream, and has also served on national committees responsible for developing water quality guidelines.

Prior to becoming involved in water-related research, Martha provided support to the Head of Department, Professor John McNeil, for contract and consulting work in public health. In this capacity she carried out a number of projects including the planning and establishment of large community-based clinical trials, risk assessments and cost-effectiveness evaluations.  Her laboratory research experience prior to joining DEPM in 1991 focused on the genetic and molecular analysis of clinical and environmental isolates of the bacterial genus Pseudomonas and their use in biotechnology applications.

Research area keywords

  • Alternative Water Sources
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Infectious Diseases/Agents
  • Water Recycling
  • Public Health
  • Water quality
  • Waterborne Disease
  • Health Risk Assessment

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Research Output

A stepped wedge cluster-randomized trial assessing the impact of a riverbank filtration intervention to improve access to safe water on health in rural India

McGuinness, S. L., O'Toole, J., Forbes, A. B., Boving, T. B., Patil, K., D'Souza, F., Gaonkar, C. A., Giriyan, A., Barker, S. F., Cheng, A. C., Sinclair, M. & Leder, K., Jan 2020, In : The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 102, 3, p. 497-506 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

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. 11, 1, 17 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

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
7 Citations (Scopus)

Burden of disease attributed to waterborne transmission of selected enteric pathogens, Australia, 2010

Gibney, K. B., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, M. & Leder, K., 2017, In : The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 96, 6, p. 1400-1403 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)