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Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Lisa Maher is Head of the Viral Hepatitis Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Burnet Institute.

With three decades of international experience in harm reduction and the prevention of infectious disease in key populations, Professor Maher has extensive expertise in surveillance, design and evaluation of public health interventions, and service delivery. She has worked with and for drug users, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations in North America, Asia, Australia, and The Pacific.

A Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Professor Maher has over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Reducing the Harms of Drug Use in Australia and the Asia/Pacific Region and the NHMRC’s Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship (Public Health) for the highest ranked female applicant. In 2015, Professor Maher was awarded the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine in the field of epidemiology.


Order of Australia