Dr Adam Thomas Craig
Senior Lecturer

Dr Adam Thomas Craig

PhD in Epidemiology (UNSW)

Masters of Public Health (USyd)

Graduate NSW Public Health Officers Training Program

Bachelor of Science (CSU)

medicine-health
Sch of Public Health & Com Med

Hello, my name is Adam Craig. I started at UNSW in 2017. I come to the university with 16 years of field epidemiology experience, the last nine of which have been spent working in Asia and the Pacific Islands. After completing my undergraduate science degree, I moved to Alice Springs to take up a position with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. This role provided me with the opportunity to travel to some of the most remote parts of Australia and work with some fantastic people – both community members and health professionals. It was in this job that I was first exposed to the principles of public health, and to social development and justice. Subsequently, I moved to Sydney where I completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney; my public health training as part of the NSW Health Public Health Officer Training Program; and later a PhD in epidemiology at the University of New South Wales. 

In 2009, on the wave of activity surrounding the 2009 influenza pandemic, I was fortunate enough to find a role as an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s regional office in Manila, supporting the organisation and national governments in the region to upscale emergency surveillance and response systems in response to the threat. This experience provided the foundation for almost a decade of international work with agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Bank, the WHO, Abt Associates, the United Nations Development Program, the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and directly with a number of national governments.

Since 2006, I have worked on issues related to early warning surveillance system design in the Pacific Islands, most closely with folk from Honiara (Solomon Islands), Port Vila (Vanuatu), Suva (Fiji) and Tarawa (Kiribati).

My research interests relate to surveillance system design and health system strengthening, with a focus on small island developing state contexts. I bring a passion for finding solutions to the development, resourcing, and systems challenges that inhibit the delivery of public health programs to populations of developing nations.

Phone
+61 (0)2 9385 2241
Location
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW., 2052, Australia

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Zheng A; Govindasamy LS; Thomas J; Branley J; Craig AT; Douglas M, 2021, 'Lessons from a successful public health response to COVID-19 in a New South Wales residential aged care facility, 2020', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 45, pp. 13 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.13077
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Kama N; Fafale G; Bugoro H, 2021, 'Citizen science as a tool for arboviral vector surveillance in a resourced-constrained setting: results of a pilot study in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2019', BMC Public Health, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10493-6
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Heywood AE; Worth H, 2020, 'Measles epidemic in Samoa and other Pacific islands', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 20, pp. 273 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30053-0
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Manu S; Viga R; Joshua C; Sio A, 2020, 'A severe diarrhea outbreak in a remote Pacific island community, Anuta Island, Solomon Islands, April–June 2019', Rural and Remote Health, vol. 20, pp. 5787 - 5787, http://dx.doi.org/10.22605/RRH5787
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Kaldor J; Schierhout G; Rosewell AE, 2020, 'Surveillance strategies for the detection of disease outbreaks in the Pacific islands: meta-analysis of published literature, 2010–2019', Tropical Medicine and International Health, vol. 25, pp. 906 - 918, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13448
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Heywood AE; Hall J, 2020, 'Risk of COVID-19 importation to the Pacific islands through global air travel', Epidemiology and Infection, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268820000710
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Worth H, 2020, 'Samoan measles crisis is diverting resources from non-communicable diseases', The BMJ, vol. 368, pp. m5 - m5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m5
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Worth H, 2019, 'Measles: Samoa declares emergency as cases continue to spike worldwide [correspondence]', BMJ: British Medical Journal, vol. 367, pp. l6767 - l6767, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6767
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Hall JJ; Ambang T; Asante A; Mapira P; Craig A; Schuele E; Pervaz Iqbal M, 2019, 'Poliomyelitis outbreak in Papua New Guinea: health system and health security implications for PNG and Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 211, pp. 161 - 162.e1, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50283
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Sio AR, 2019, 'The Value of Joint External Evaluation as a Tool for Country-level Health Security Monitoring', Health Security, vol. 17, pp. 166 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/hs.2018.0130
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Joshua CA; Sio AR; Teobasi B; Dofai A; Dalipanda T; Hardie K; Kaldor J; Kolbe A, 2018, 'Enhanced surveillance during a public health emergency in a resource-limited setting: Experience from a large dengue outbreak in Solomon Islands, 2016-17', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198487
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Joshua C; Sio A; Lauri M; Kaldor J; Rosewell A; Schierhout G, 2018, 'Towards effective outbreak detection: a qualitative study to identify factors affecting nurses’ early warning surveillance practice in Solomon Islands', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 18, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3508-9
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Joshua CA; Sio AR; Donoghoe M; Betz-Stablein B; Bainivalu N; Dalipanda T; Kaldor J; Rosewell AE; Schierhout G, 2018, 'Epidemic surveillance in a low resource setting: Lessons from an evaluation of the Solomon Islands syndromic surveillance system, 2017', BMC Public Health, vol. 18, pp. 1395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6295-7
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Butler MT; Pastore R; Paterson BJ; Durrheim DN, 2017, 'Acute flaccid paralysis incidence and zika virus surveillance, pacific Islands', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 95, pp. 69 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.16.171892
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Kama M; Samo M; Vaai S; Matanaicake J; Joshua C; Kolbe A; Durrheim DN; Paterson BJ; Biaukula V; Nilles EJ, 2016, 'Early warning epidemic surveillance in the Pacific island nations: an evaluation of the Pacific syndromic surveillance system', Tropical Medicine and International Health, vol. 21, pp. 917 - 927, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tmi.12711
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Paterson BJ; Durrheim DN, 2016, 'Commentary: Zika Virus: The Latest Newcomer', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01028
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Ronsse A; Hardie K; Pavlin BI; Biaukula V; Nilles EJ, 2015, 'Risk posed by the Ebola epidemic to the Pacific islands: findings of a recent World Health Organization assessment', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 6, pp. 45 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2015.6.1.009
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Rafai E; Samo M; Oritaimae A; Samse L; Nilles E, 2015, 'Short report: 2014 Pacific meeting on implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 6, pp. 92 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/wpsar.v6i2.343
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Tabunga T; Utiera M; Tekoaua R; Tibwe T; Tira T; Toatu T; Duituturaga SEL; Nilles E; Craig A, 2014, 'Response to a large rotavirus outbreak on South Tarawa, Kiribati, 2013', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 5, pp. 9 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2013.4.4.006
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Kool J; Nilles E, 2013, 'The Pacific experience: supporting small island countries and territories to meet their 2012 International Health Regulations (2005) commitments', Western Pacific surveillance and response journal : WPSAR, vol. 4, pp. 14 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.5365/WPSAR.2012.3.4.007
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Musto JA; Carroll TF; Roberts-Witteveen AR; McCarthy RA; Wang Q, 2013, 'An investigation of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to contaminated eggs on the Central Coast of NSW, 2008', New South Wales public health bulletin, vol. 24, pp. 99 - 101
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Communicable Diseases Branch, Health Protection NSW , 2013, 'Communicable Diseases Report, NSW, January-March 2013.', N S W Public Health Bull, vol. 24, pp. 96 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB13011
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Kasai T; Li A; Otsu S; Khut QY, 2010, 'Getting back to basics during a public health emergency: A framework to prepare and respond to infectious disease public health emergencies', Public Health, vol. 124, pp. 10 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2009.11.011
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Mannes T; Gupta L; Craig A; Rosewell A; McGuinness CA; Musto J; Shadbolt C; Biffin B, 2010, 'A large point-source outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 9 linked to a bakery in Sydney, March 2007.', Communicable diseases intelligence, vol. 34, pp. 41 - 48
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Spokes PJ; Marich AJN; Musto JA; Ward KA; Craig AT; McAnulty JM, 2009, 'Investigation of equine influenza transmission in NSW: walk, wind or wing?', New South Wales public health bulletin, vol. 20, pp. 152 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/nb08025
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Spokes PJ; Marich AJN; Musto JA; Ward KA; Craig AT; McAnulty JM, 2009, 'Investigation of equine influenza transmission in NSW: walk, wind or wing?', New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, vol. 20, pp. 152 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/nb08025
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Mannes TF; Gupta L, 2009, 'Audit of post-exposure treatment to prevent lyssavirus infection in Sydney South West Area Health Service, 2005-2007.', New South Wales public health bulletin, vol. 20, pp. 86 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/nb07124
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Mannes T; Gupta L; Craig A; Rosewell A; Aimers-McGuiness C; Musto J; Wang Q, 2008, 'A large point-source outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium Phage Type 9 in Sydney, Australia, March 2007', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol. 12, pp. E450 - E450, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2008.05.1191
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Hall G; Russell R, 2007, 'Climate change and infectious diseases', New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, vol. 18, pp. 243 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/nb07092
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Armstrong PK, 2007, 'Exercise Paton: a simulation exercise to test New South Wales Emergency Departments' response to pandemic influenza.', Communicable diseases intelligence, vol. 31, pp. 310 - 313
  • Reports | 2017
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Schierhout G; Glesson L; Craig A; Wettenhall I, 2017, Evaluating a decade of Australia's efforts to combat pandemics and emerging infectious diseases in Asia and the pacific: are health systems stronger?, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, http://dfat.gov.au/aid/how-we-measure-performance/ode/strategic-evaluations/Documents/ode-peid-evaluation-final-report.pdf
    Reports | 2017
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Schierhout G; Craig A, 2017, How can health system capacity to detect and respond to emerging and infectious diseases be strengthened in the Pacific Islands?: Lessons from Australia’s past investments under two Pandemic and Emerging Infectious Disease Strategies: 2006 2015, DFAT, Canberra
    Reports | 2015
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A, 2015, Pacific Meeting on Implementation of the International Health Regulations (‎2005)‎, 24-26 November 2014, Denarau, Fiji, WHO, Manila, Philippines, https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/246426/RS-2014-GE-45-FJI-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
  • Theses / Dissertations | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A, 2020, Enhancing outbreak early warning surveillance in resource-limited Pacific island countries and territories
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A, 2020, 'Life in the time of COVID-19', presented at Biology, Earth & Environmental, Investigating Science, 2020, Online, 27 November 2020 - 28 November 2020
    Conference Posters | 2019
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Joshua C; Sio A; Teobasi B; Dofai A; Dalipanda T; Hardie K; Kaldor J; Kolbe A, 2019, 'Enhanced surveillance during a public health emergency in a resource-limited setting: Experience from a large dengue outbreak in Solomon Islands, 2016-17', Sydney, presented at Global Health Security 2019, Sydney, 18 June 2019 - 20 June 2019
    Conference Posters | 2019
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Kama M; Samo M; Saine V; Matanaicake J; Joshua C; Kolbe A; Durrheim D; Paterson B; Biaukula V; Nilles E, 2019, 'Is the Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System performing? An evaluation of the system and its contribution to health security in the region', Sydney, presented at Global Health Security 2019, Sydney, 18 June 2019 - 20 June 2019
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; Joshua C; Sio A; Lauri M; Kaldor J; Rosewell A; Schierhout G, 2019, 'Towards effective outbreak detection: a qualitative study to identify factors affecting nurses’ early warning surveillance practice in Solomon Islands', in Towards effective outbreak detection: a qualitative study to identify factors affecting nurses’ early warning surveillance practice in Solomon Islands, Syndey, presented at Global Health Security 2019, Syndey, 18 June 2019 - 20 June 2019
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig A; joshua C; Sio A; Lauri M, 2018, 'Towards effective outbreak detection in Solomon Islands', presented at 19TH SOUTH PACIFIC NURSES FORUM, Rarotonga, Cook islands, 15 October 2018 - 18 October 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Joshua C; Sio A; Lauri M; Kaldor J, 2017, 'A qualitative study to identify factors affecting nurses’ early warning surveillance practice in Solomon Islands', presented at Solomon Islands Research Symposium, Honiara, 01 November 2017 - 02 November 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Joshua C; Sio R; Dofai A, 2017, 'Enhanced surveillance response to the 2016-17 dengue outbreak', presented at Solomon Islands Research Symposium, Honiara, 01 November 2017 - 02 November 2017
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Adam Thomas Craig
    Craig AT; Kama M; Samo M; Vaai S; Matanaicake J; Joshua C, 2014, 'Findings of an evaluation of the Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System', presented at Pacific Meeting on Implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005), Denarau, Fiji, December 2014., 01 November 2014 - 03 November 2014

Awards

UNSW Medicine and Health/School of Population Health's Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, 2020.

French Embassy in Australia / Australian Social Science Academy research fellow, 2021.

Grants

A primary investigator on an Australian Government Department of Health-funded program to monitor the social, health and economic impacts of change to Australia's Kava importation law.

A primary investigator of a WHO Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies grant to explore the use of digital health to support the achievement of universal health care in the Pacific islands.

A primary investigator on a DFAT Indo-Pacific Centre for Regional Health Security research grant that aims to build capacity for evidence-based and sustainable vector surveillance and control in the Pacific islands.

A primary investigator of a WHO Research on Diseases of Poverty grant investigating the feasibility of citizen science-based surveillance methods for mosquito surveillance in Solomon Islands.

 

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