Casual Academic

Dr Abela Barongo Mahimbo

May 2018 Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health), UNSW Sydney, Australia


December 2013 Master of Public Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia


December 2013 Master of Health Management, UNSW Sydney, Australia


December 2009 Doctor of Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

Abela Mahimbo is an overseas trained medical doctor, who holds a dual Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Management, and a PhD in Public Health. Her PhD was a health services related research, focused on examining policies and practices in immunisation service delivery for refugees in Australia to inform evidence-based approaches/strategies in improving service delivery for this vulnerable group. She is proficient in infectious diseases prevention and control, qualitative research, implementation science, and health policy analysis. Her main research interests are infectious diseases, immunisation, refugee & migrant health, health promotion, health equity, social determinants of health, health policy evaluation, women's health, and primary health care. She is particularly interested in conducting impactful research that drives policy change. 

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Leask J; Seale H; Williams JH; Kaufman J; Wiley K; Mahimbo A; Clark KK; Danchin MH; Attwell K, 2021, 'Policy considerations for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination from the Collaboration on Social Science and Immunisation', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 215, pp. 499 - 503,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Heywood A; Dyda A; Hu W; Saha A; Mahimbo A; Gidding H; Kefalas B; Seale H; Macintyre CR; Zwar N; Rawlinson W, 2021, 'Seroprevalence of hepatitis B antibodies among international and domestic university students', Journal of Viral Hepatitis, vol. 28, pp. 1400 - 1412,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Zajaczkowski P; Lee R; Fletcher-Lartey SM; Alexander K; Mahimbo A; Stark D; Ellis JT, 2021, 'The controversies surrounding Giardia intestinalis assemblages A and B', Current Research in Parasitology & Vector-Borne Diseases, vol. 1, pp. 100055 - 100055,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Haigh F; Fletcher-Lartey S; Jaques K; Millen E; Calalang C; de Leeuw E; Mahimbo A; Hirono K, 2020, 'The health impacts of transformative infrastructure change: Process matters as much as outcomes', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 85, pp. 106437 - 106437,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lewis ET; Mahimbo A; Linhart C; Williamson M; Morgan M; Hammill K; Hall J; Cardona M, 2020, 'General practitioners' perceptions on the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a risk prediction checklist to support their end-of-life discussions in routine care: A qualitative study', Family Practice, vol. 37, pp. 703 - 710,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Mahimbo A; Seale H; Heywood AE, 2017, 'Immunisation for refugees in Australia: a policy review and analysis across all States and Territories', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, pp. 635 - 640,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Mahimbo A; Seale H; Smith M; Heywood A, 2017, 'Challenges in immunisation service delivery for refugees in Australia: A health system perspective', Vaccine, vol. 35, pp. 5148 - 5155,
    Journal articles | 2016
    MacIntyre CR; Mahimbo A; Moa AM; Barnes M, 2016, 'Influenza vaccine as a coronary intervention for prevention of myocardial infarction', Heart, vol. 102, pp. 1953 - 1956,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Seale H; Kaur R; Mahimbo A; MacIntyre CR; Zwar N; Smith M; Worth H; Heywood AE, 2016, 'Improving the uptake of pre-travel health advice amongst migrant Australians: Exploring the attitudes of primary care providers and migrant community groups', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 16,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Isangula KG; Brownie S; Mahimbo A; Kibona S; Juma A; Mogela D, 2016, 'Blood, donors and dollars: Rethinking financial sustainability of safe blood services in Tanzania', Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 7,
    Journal articles | 2015
    MacIntyre R; Stein A; Harrison C; Britt H; Mahimbo A; Cunningham A, 2015, 'Increasing trends of herpes zoster in Australia', PloS one, vol. 10, pp. e0125025,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Macintyre CR; Stein A; Harrison C; Britt H; Mahimbo A; Cunningham A, 2015, 'Erratum: Increasing trends of herpes zoster in Australia (PLoS ONE (2015) 10:4 (e0125025))', PLoS ONE, vol. 10,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Barnes M; Heywood AE; Mahimbo A; Rahman B; Newall AT; MaCintyre CR, 2015, 'Acute myocardial infarction and influenza: A meta-analysis of case-control studies', Heart, vol. 101, pp. 1738 - 1747,
  • Reports | 2021
    Seale H; Heywood A; Woodland L; Harris-Roxas B; Mahimbo A; Abdi I, 2021, Enhancing and supporting the COVID-19 vaccination program - focusing on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney,
    Reports | 2019
    Harris M; Fatema K; Spooner C; Harris-Roxas B; Mahimbo A; Barr M; Sitas F, 2019, Review of effectiveness of certain healthy lifestyle interventions to reduce alcohol consumption, increase levels of physical activity and healthy eating and reduce overweight and obesity (2014-2019). An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the Cancer Institute NSW, Sax Institute, Sydney
    Reports | 2019
    Sullivan E; Dawson A; Mahimbo A; Assifi A; Vaughan G; Li Z, 2019, Report on the lack of association between early induced abortion and mental health,
    Preprints |
    Seale H; Harris-Roxas B; Heywood A; Abdi I; Mahimbo A; Chauhan A; Woodland L, Speaking COVID-19: Supporting COVID-19 communication and engagement efforts with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities,


GSK Independent Medical Education for the education of Australian Health Care Professionals.

A practical approach to travel immunisation in general practice with a focus on visiting friends and relatives and refugee populations.

Mahimbo A, Heywood A.E, Seale H, Zwar N, Kay M, Bissinger W and Smith M

  • July 2014 Tuition Fee Scholarship (TFS) plus a Research Stipend, an International Research Candidate Scholarship for a doctoral research, UNSW Sydney
  • Sept 2004 Full scholarship for a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • July 2001 Recipient of a Gold Medal for Best Outgoing Student, Shaaban Robert Secondary School (High School), Tanzania

Exploring the impact of a new online educational program for general practitioners focused on migrant and refugee immunisation in Australia (Lead Investigator). 

Member- Women in Research Network (WiRN, UNSW)

Member - Franklin Women: Women working in Health and Medical Research

Member- North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers

Member - Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

Member - NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Population Health Research - Immunisation in understudied and special risk populations

2017- 2018: Phase 1 Undergraduate Medicine Program, UNSW, Australia (Facilitator)

2018: Evidence in Health Care (92568), University of Technology Sydney, Australia (Internal Tutor)

Teaching certifications:

2018: Foundations of University Learning and Teaching

2016: Beginning to Teach for ECRs and HDRs