Dr Laila Khawar
Research Fellow

Dr Laila Khawar


Medicine & Health
The Kirby Institute


Laila is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW and has been working in the public health and epidemiological research sector for over 13 years. Her PhD work focused on developing new methods to track progress toward elimination of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in Australia, including mother to child transmission of HIV. Her research on mother-to-child transmission of HIV identified some important gaps in the antenatal testing data on STIs in Australia. Currently, she is working on developing new surveillance systems to determine national antenatal testing coverage for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B. In addition, she has been involved in a range of public health / epidemiological projects, including annual surveillance reports on transfusion transmissible infections in Australia.

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Teutsch SM; Nunez CA; Morris A; Eslick GD; Berkhout A; Novakovic D; Brotherton JM; McGregor S; Khawar L; Khandaker G; Booy R; Jones CA; Rawlinson W; Thorley BR; Elliott EJ, 2022, 'Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) Annual Surveillance Report 2021.', Commun Dis Intell (2018), vol. 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.33321/cdi.2022.46.66
    Journal articles | 2021
    Chow EPF; Carter A; Vickers T; Fairley CK; McNulty A; Guy RJ; Regan DG; Grulich AE; Callander D; Khawar L; Machalek DA; Donovan B, 2021, 'Effect on genital warts in Australian female and heterosexual male individuals after introduction of the national human papillomavirus gender-neutral vaccination programme: an analysis of national sentinel surveillance data from 2004–18', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 21, pp. 1747 - 1756, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(21)00071-2
    Journal articles | 2021
    Khawar L; McManus H; Vickers T; Chow EPF; Fairley CK; Donovan B; Machalek DA; Regan DG; Grulich AE; Guy RJ; McGregor S, 2021, 'Genital warts trends in Australian and overseas-born people in Australia: A cross-sectional trend analysis to measure progress towards control and elimination', The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, vol. 16, pp. 100251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100251
    Journal articles | 2020
    Khawar L; Machalek DA; Regan DG; Donovan B; McGregor S; Guy RJ, 2020, 'Defining elimination of genital warts—a modified delphi study', Vaccines, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8020316
    Journal articles | 2014
    McKetin R; Copeland J; Norberg MM; Bruno R; Hides L; Khawar L, 2014, 'The effect of the ecstasy 'come-down' on the diagnosis of ecstasy dependence', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 139, pp. 26 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.02.697
    Journal articles | 2014
    Norberg M; Khawar L; Copeland J; Olivier J, 2014, 'Efficacy of brief treatment for ecstasy use', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 140, pp. e162 - e163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.02.458
    Journal articles | 2014
    Norberg MM; Hides L; Olivier J; Khawar L; McKetin R; Copeland J, 2014, 'Brief Interventions to Reduce Ecstasy Use: A Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial', Behavior Therapy, vol. 45, pp. 745 - 759, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2014.05.006
    Journal articles | 2013
    McKetin R; Copeland J; Norberg MM; Bruno R; Khawar L; Hides L, 2013, 'SHOULD WITHDRAWAL BE INCLUDED IN A DIAGNOSIS OF ECSTASY DEPENDENCE?', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, vol. 32, pp. 51 - 51, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000326649400159&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
  • Preprints | 2022
    Gray RT; Camara H; Khawar L; Grulich A; Guy R; McGregor S; Medland N, 2022, National trends in rates of undiagnosed HIV in key populations in Australia: a retrospective observational analysis from 2008 to 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.09.23.22280259
    Reports | 2016
    Khawar L; Seed C; McGregor S; Guy R, 2016, Australian Blood Donors Surveillance Report 2016, https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/kirby/report/SERP_2016-Australian-Blood-Donors-Surveillance-Report_0.pdf
    Reports | 2015
    Seed C; Khawar L; McGregor S; Guy R, 2015, Transfusion-transmissible infections in Australia: 2015 Surveillance Report., The Kirby Institute, UNSW and The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Sydney, Australia

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