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Biography

Craig Dalton is a public health physician with a MMSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Newcastle and is a graduate of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, Atlanta, Georgia. He completed a Preventive Medicine Fellowship in the Foodborne and Diarrhoeal Disease Branch at CDC in 1995.

He is a public health physician employed with the NSW Government and conjoint senior lecturer in the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. My main experience is in health protection issues - communicable diseases and environmental health. He is director of www.flutracking.net - a national online survey of 16,000 participants every Monday morning in winter to track influenza-like illness.

He is course coordinator for Buddhist and other Contemplative Traditions RELT1022 at the University of Newcastle. He has a great interest in the underlying philosophy of public health and the exploration of eastern concepts of interdependence in developing such a philosophy, to this end I have been piloting a program of Contemplative Practice in Public Health for public health practitioners.

Qualifications

  • Master of Medical Science, University of Newcastle, 27/04/1995
  • Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle, 30/04/1988

Research

Research keywords

  • public health

Research expertise

Craig's research expertise is in areas of applied public health practice. He founded the national influenza-like illness surveillance system Flutracking.net and has expertise in influenza surveillance, foodborne disease epidemiology and environmental health impact assessment.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111700Public Health And Health Services45
111706Epidemiology35
050204Environmental Impact Assessment20

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • contemplative practice
  • public health

Teaching expertise

Craig is the course coordinator for RELT1022 Buddhist and other Contemplative Traditions.

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Publications

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Journal article (37 outputs)

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2013Dalton CB, Carlson SJ, Butler MT, Elvidge E, Durrheim DN, 'Building Influenza Surveillance Pyramids in Near Real Time, Australia', Emerging Infectious Diseases, 19 1863-1865 (2013) [C1]
2013Carlson SJ, Dalton CB, Butler MT, Fejsa J, Elvidge E, Durrheim DN, 'Flutracking weekly online community survey of influenza-like illness annual report 2011 and 2012', Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 37 E398-E406 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2012Hurt AC, Hardie K, Wilson NJ, Deng YM, Osbourn M, Leang SK, et al., 'Characteristics of a widespread community cluster of H275Y Oseltamivir-Resistant A (H1N1)pdm09 influenza in Australia', Journal of Infectious Diseases, 206 148-157 (2012) [C1]
2012Dalton CB, 'Banning retail tobacco sales: Time to start the discussion', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 718-720 (2012) [C3]
2012Dalton CB, 'The media and public health: Complexity, controversy and combat', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 546-547 (2012) [C3]
2011Dalton CB, Merritt TD, Unicomb LE, Kirk MD, Stafford RJ, Lalor K, Ozfoodnet Working Group, 'A national case-control study of risk factors for listeriosis in Australia', Epidemiology and Infection, 139 437-445 (2011) [C1]
2010Eastwood K, Durrheim DN, Merritt T, Massey PD, Huppatz C, Dalton CB, et al., 'Field exercises are useful for improving public health emergency responses', WSPAR: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal, 1 1-7 (2010) [C1]
2010Hope K, Durrheim DN, Barnett D, D'Este CA, Kewley CD, Dalton CB, et al., 'Willingness of frontline health care workers to work during a public health emergency', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 25 39-47 (2010) [C1]
2010Huppatz C, Gawarikar Y, Levi CR, Kelly PM, Williams D, Dalton CB, et al., 'Should there be a standardised approach to the diagnostic workup of suspected adult encephalitis? A case series from Australia', BMC Infectious Diseases, 10 1-6 (2010) [C1]
2010Dawood FS, Hope KG, Durrheim DN, Givney R, Fry AM, Dalton CB, 'Estimating the Disease Burden of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus Infection in Hunter New England, Northern New South Wales, Australia', Plos One, 5 7 (2010) [C1]
2010Carlson SJ, Dalton CB, Durrheim DN, Fesja J, 'Online flutracking survey of influenza-like illness during Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, Australia', Emerging Infectious Diseases, 16 1960-1962 (2010) [C1]
2010Dalton CB, 'Decision aids and screening: Editorial was amoral (Letter)', British Medical Journal, 341 1118 (2010) [C3]
2010Carlson SJ, Durrheim DN, Dalton CB, 'Flutracking provides a measure of field influenza vaccine effectiveness, Australia, 2007-2009', Vaccine, 28 6809-6810 (2010) [C3]
2010Dalton CB, Cretikos MA, Durrheim DN, Seppelt IM, Rawlinson WD, Dwyer DE, 'Comparison of adult patients hospitalised with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza and seasonal influenza during the 'PROTECT' phase of the pandemic response', Medical Journal of Australia, 192 357-358 (2010) [C3]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2009Huppatz C, Durrheim DN, Levi CR, Dalton CB, Williams D, Clements MS, Kelly PM, 'Etiology of encephalitis in Australia, 1990-2007', Emerging Infectious Diseases, 15 1359-1365 (2009) [C1]
2009Dalton CB, Merritt T, Durrheim DN, Munnoch S, Kirk M, 'A structured framework for improving outbreak investigation audits', BMC Public Health, 9 472 (2009) [C1]
2009Parrella A, Dalton CB, Pearce R, Litt JCB, 'ASPREN surveillance system for influenza-like illness: A comparison with FluTracking and the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System', Australian Family Physician, 38 932-936 (2009) [C1]
2009Huppatz C, Kelly PM, Levi CR, Dalton CB, Williams D, Durrheim DN, 'Encephalitis in Australia, 1979-2006: Trends and aetiologies', Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 33 192-197 (2009) [C1]
2009Carlson SJ, Dalton CB, Tuyl FA, Durrheim DN, Fejsa J, Muscatello DJ, et al., 'Flutracking surveillance: Comparing 2007 New South Wales results with laboratory confirmed influenza notifications', Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 33 323-326 (2009) [C1]
2009Dalton CB, Durrheim DN, Fejsa J, Francis JL, Carlson S, Tursan D'Espaignet E, Tuyl FA, 'Flutracking: A weekly Australian community online survey of influenza-like illness in 2006, 2007 and 2008', Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 33 316-322 (2009) [C1]
2009Dawood FS, Dalton CB, Durrheim DN, Hope KG, 'Rates of hospitalisation for acute respiratory illness and the emergence of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus in the Hunter New England Area Health Service', Medical Journal of Australia, 191 573-574 (2009) [C3]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2008Cretikos M, Eastwood K, Dalton CB, Merritt TD, Tuyl FA, Winn L, Durrheim DN, 'Household disaster preparedness and information sources: Rapid cluster survey after a storm in New South Wales, Australia', BMC Public Health, 8 1-9 (2008) [C1]
2008Kirk MD, Mckay I, Hall GV, Dalton CB, Stafford R, Unicomb L, Gregory J, 'Foodborne disease in Australia: The OzFoodNet experience', CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 47 392-400 (2008) [C1]
2008Unicomb LE, Dalton CB, Gilbert GL, Becker NG, Patel MS, 'Age-specific risk factors for sporadic campylobacter infection in regional Australia', Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 5 79-85 (2008) [C1]
2008Huppatz CM, Munnoch SA, Worgan T, Merritt TD, Dalton CB, Kelly PM, Durrheim DN, 'A norovirus outbreak associated with consumption of NSW oysters: Implications for quality assurance systems', Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 32 88-91 (2008) [C2]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2008Dalton CB, Durrheim DN, Conroy MA, 'Likely impact of school and childcare closures on public health workforce during an influenza pandemic: A survey', Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 32 261-262 (2008) [C2]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2008Dalton CB, Cretikos MA, Durrheim DN, 'A food 'lifeboat': Food and nutrition considerations in the event of a pandemic or other catastrophe [Letter]', Medical Journal of Australia, 188 679 (2008) [C3]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2006Willmore A, Sladden T, Bates L, Dalton CB, 'Use of a geographic information system to track smelter-related lead exposures in children: North Lake Macquarie, Australia, 1991-2002', International Journal of Health Geographics, 5 (2006) [C1]
2006Monaghan K, Dalton CB, Durrheim DN, Whyte IM, 'Mercury Incident in a Boarding House: An Integrated Public Health Response in Newcastle, Australia', Environmental Health, 6 72-79 (2006) [C2]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2006Hope K, Durrheim DN, Tursan D'Espaignet E, Dalton CB, 'Syndromic surveillance: is it a useful tool for local outbreak detection? (Editorial)', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 60 374-375 (2006) [C3]

Co-authors: David Durrheim

2005Unicomb LE, Simmons G, Merritt T, Gregory J, Nicol C, Jelfs P, et al., 'Sesame Seed Products Contaminated with Salmonella: Three Outbreaks Associated with Tahini', Epidemiology and Infection, 133 1065-1072 (2005) [C1]
2005Dalton CB, Bates LI, 'Impact of Closure of a Large Lead-Zinc Smelter on Elevated Blood Levels of Children in Adjacent Suburbs, Boolaroo, Australia', Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Environmental Exposure and Health), 85 377-387 (2005) [C3]
2004Dalton CB, Gregory J, Kirk MD, Stafford RJ, Kraa E, Gould D, 'Foodborne disease outbreaks in Australia, 1995-2000', Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 28 211-224 (2004) [C1]
2002Yohannes K, Dalton CB, Halliday L, Unicomb L, Kirk M, 'An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness associated with the consumption of escolar fish', Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 26 441-445 (2002) [C1]
2001Rea MD, Dalton CB, Ebeling PW, Ferguson JK, 'Pertussis death in the Hunter region of New South Wales', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 175 172-173 (2001)
1999Skull SA, Krause V, Roberts LA, Dalton CB, 'Evaluating the potential for opportunistic vaccination in a Northern Territory hospital', JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH, 35 472-475 (1999)
1998Skull SA, Krause V, Dalton CB, MacKenzie B, 'Serotyping delays and implications for public health action: The Northern Territory experience of the 1996 national outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka and a comparison with Western Australia', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 28 660-661 (1998)
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$40,000

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2009 (1 grants)

Weekly online community survey for early detection of seasonal and pandemic influenza and vaccine failure$25,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Craig Dalton, Conjoint Professor David Durrheim, Dr Edouard Tursan D'Espaignet, Associate Professor Heath Kelly
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020092009
GNo:G0189799

2004 (1 grants)

Psychological and social monitoring of Hunter environmental change.$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Nick Higginbotham, Professor Linda Connor, Conjoint Professor Glenn Albrecht, Conjoint Professor Wayne Smith, Doctor Craig Dalton
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020042004
GNo:G0183538
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Dr Craig Dalton

Work Phone(02) 4924 6345
Email
PositionsConjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/craig-dalton