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Sarah is an academic infectious diseases physician. She currently holds dual positions as Consultant Physician in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Alfred Hospital (Travel Medicine Clinic) and Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Her research focuses on improving ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases in mobile populations (travellers, immigrants and refugees) and amongst those living in low-resource settings. She conducts research in Australia and overseas, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Sarah graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 2006 and undertook specialist training in infectious diseases in Melbourne and Darwin. She completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine in Peru in 2010 and a Master of Public Health at James Cook University in 2015. In 2016, she enrolled in a PhD in Public Health through Monash University, under the supervision of Professor Karin Leder, Professor Allen Cheng and Professor Andrew Forbes. Her PhD seeks to understand how water and hygiene interventions can be optimised to reduce infectious disease acquisition and improve health in low-resource settings (including India), and has recently been submitted for examination.

Sarah is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), the Asia Pacific Travel Health Society and Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. She is the current Chair of the ISTM’s Digital Communications Committee and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Travel Medicine.

External positions

Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Monash University

1 Feb 2016 → …

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2005 2019

Antiparasitic Agents

Leder, K., McGuinness, S. L. & Weller, P. F., 2019, Manual of Clinical Microbiology. Carroll, K. C., Pfaller, M. A., Landry, M. L., McAdam, A. J., Patel, R., Richter, S. S. & Warnock, D. W. (eds.). 12th ed. Washington DC USA: ASM Press, p. 2645-2668 24 p.

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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
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Citations (Scopus)

Spectrum of illness among returned Australian travellers from Bali, Indonesia: a 5-year retrospective observational study

Sohail, A., McGuinness, S. L., Lightowler, R., Leder, K., Jomon, B., Bain, C. A. & Peleg, A. Y., 1 Jan 2019, In : Internal Medicine Journal. 49, 1, p. 34-40 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Antibiotic resistance and overseas travel: Souvenirs that are not in your suitcase

Turner, D., McGuinness, S. & Leder, K., 1 Sep 2018, In : Medicine Today. 19, 9, p. 56-58 3 p.

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