Staff Profile


Career Summary


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 - 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.


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


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 and has expertise in influenza surveillance, foodborne disease epidemiology and environmental health impact assessment.


  • English

Fields of Research

111700Public Health And Health Services45
050204Environmental Impact Assessment20


Teaching keywords

  • contemplative practice
  • public health

Teaching expertise

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



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Journal article (57 outputs)

2014Dalton C, Wilson S, 'Removing incongruence - or Academic assimilation?', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 8 248-249 (2014) [C3]
2014Cashman P, Moberley S, Dalton C, Stephenson J, Elvidge E, Butler M, Durrheim DN, 'Vaxtracker: Active on-line surveillance for adverse events following inactivated influenza vaccine in children', Vaccine, 32 5503-5508 (2014)
2014Cashman P, Moberley S, Dalton C, Stephenson J, Elvidge E, Butler M, Durrheim DN, 'Vaxtracker: Active on-line surveillance for adverse events following inactivated influenza vaccine in children.', Vaccine, 32 5503-5508 (2014)
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]


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, 'The media and public health: Complexity, controversy and combat', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 546-547 (2012) [C3]
2012Dalton CB, 'Banning retail tobacco sales: Time to start the discussion', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 718-720 (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]
2011Dalton CB, Carlson SJ, Butler MT, Feisa J, Elvidge E, Durrheim DN, 'Flutracking weekly online community survey of influenza-like illness annual report, 2010.', Communicable diseases intelligence, 35 288-293 (2011) [C2]


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]
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]
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]
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]
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]


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, 'Decision aids and screening: Editorial was amoral (Letter)', British Medical Journal, 341 1118 (2010) [C3]
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]
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, 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]


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]
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]
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]


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]


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]


2008Unicomb LE, O'Reilly LC, Kirk MD, Stafford RJ, Smith HV, Becker NG, et al., 'Risk factors for infection with Campylobacter jejuni flaA genotypes', Epidemiology and Infection, 136 1480-1491 (2008)
2007Djordjevic SP, Unicomb LE, Adamson PJ, Mickan L, Rios R, Adamson P, et al., 'Clonal complexes of Campylobacter jejuni identified by multilocus sequence typing are reliably predicted by restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses of the flaA gene', Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 45 102-108 (2007)
2007Mickan L, Doyle R, Valcanis M, Dingle KE, Unicomb L, Lanser J, et al., 'Multilocus sequence typing of Campylobacter jejuni isolates from New South Wales, Australia', Journal of Applied Microbiology, 102 144-152 (2007)
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]


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]


2006Dalton CB, 'Business continuity management and pandemic influenza.', New South Wales public health bulletin, 17 138-141 (2006)
2006O'Reilly LC, Inglis TJJ, Unicomb L, Adamson P, Cheung K, Dalton C, et al., 'Australian multicentre comparison of subtyping methods for the investigation of Campylobacter infection', Epidemiology and Infection, 134 768-779 (2006)
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]
2004Dalton C, 'Foodborne disease surveillance in NSW: moving towards performance standards.', New South Wales public health bulletin, 15 2-5 (2004)
2003Sharma H, Unicomb L, Forbes W, Djordjevic S, Valcanis M, Dalton C, Ferguson J, 'Antibiotic resistance in Campylobacter jejuni isolated from humans in the Hunter Region, New South Wales.', Commun Dis Intell Q Rep, 27 Suppl S80-S88 (2003)
2003Unicomb L, Bird P, Dalton C, 'Outbreak of Salmonella Potsdam associated with salad dressing at a restaurant.', Communicable diseases intelligence, 27 508-512 (2003)
2003Bennett CM, Dalton C, Beers-Deeble M, Milazzo A, Kraa E, Davos D, et al., 'Fresh garlic: a possible vehicle for Salmonella Virchow', EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, 131 1041-1048 (2003)
2003Dalton C, Bird P, 'Risk assessment for the consumption of fish with elevated selenium levels.', N S W Public Health Bull, 14 174-176 (2003)
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)
2000Voetsch AC, Dalton CB, Crerar SK, 'Enhanced surveillance for foodborne disease in the Hunter - A model for national surveillance in Australia?', FOOD AUSTRALIA, 52 97-99 (2000)
2000Dalton C, Emerton D, Buckoke C, Finlay R, Engler T, Shann F, Aaby P, 'Unexpected beneficial effects of measles immunisation (multiple letters)', British Medical Journal, 320 938-940 (2000)
2000Dalton C, 'Unexpected beneficial effects of measles immunisation - Measles vaccination may be marker for other health seeking behaviours', BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 320 938-938 (2000)
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)
1999Dalton CB, Mintz ED, Wells JG, Bopp CA, Tauxe RV, 'Outbreaks of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infection in American adults: a clinical and epidemiologic profile', EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, 123 9-16 (1999)
1998Scheil W, Cameron S, Dalton C, Murray C, Wilson D, 'A South Australian Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak investigation using a database to select controls', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 22 536-539 (1998)
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)
1997Dalton C, 'Commentary. An outbreak of Norwalk virus gastroenteritis following consumption of oysters.', Communicable diseases intelligence, 21 321-322 (1997)
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Grants and Funding


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
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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
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Craig Dalton

Work Phone(02) 4924 6345
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
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308