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Associate Professor John Hall

Associate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health (Public Health)

Career Summary

Biography

John Hall is Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Newcastle.  A Public Health Physician he has extensive experience in Public Health in Australia as well as globally.  He convenes the Masters of Public Health Program.  He has experience in teaching in Global Health, Health Systems and Policy, Primary Health Care, Environmental Health, and Maternal and Child Health.

His research interests are in Health Systems and Policy in resource poor settings.  He has a particular interest in Tuberculosis and TB DOTS and how Health Policy is transferred to and adapted in resource limited countries.  He continues to serve as a member of the WHO Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) for the SEARO and WPRO Regions of WHO. 

Before taking up his current position John Hall was the Director of the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub at UNSW.  Established with a $6mill. grant from the Australian Government the HRH Hub@UNSW is a knowledge Hub for gathering, synthesizing and disseminating knowledge to inform policy with regard to the world crisis in human resources for health to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

John Hall has extensive international experience in Public Health at the National, District and Community levels.  As Principal Medical Officer, Community Health Services in Vanuatu 1990-1992 he was responsible for the day to day technical, financial, human resource and infrastructure needs of the Public Health Programs for the whole country.  This involved responsibility for Communicable Diseases (Malaria/Dengue, HIV/AIDS, TB/Leprosy), Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternal and Child Health (EPI, ARI/CDD, MCH/Family Planning), Health Promotion, and Health Information/Surveillance Systems.  He has worked in Pakistan (1986-1988), South Korea (1981) and the Solomon Islands (1990).

He has undertaken Consultancy work for AusAID, WHO, USAID, ADB and ODA in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Kenya, Congo, and Zimbabwe.

In Australia John Hall has been the Director of the Western New South Wales Public Health Unit from 1992 - 1994.  This involved the delivery of Public Health Programs to the population of Western NSW.  It included management responsibility for Environmental Health, Immunisation Services, HIV/AIDS, Health Information and Surveillance.  He did a lot of work with Lead Poisoning in children in Broken Hill and the Aboriginal communities in Walgett, Bourke and Wilcannia.

Research Expertise
John Halls research interests are: Global Health Health Policy and Health Systems in Resource Poor Settings Health Policy and Health systems with regard to Disease Control Programs (Communicable & Non communicable Diseases), Maternal and Child Health and Ageing.

Teaching Expertise
John Hall convenes the Masters of Public Health Program at the University of Newcastle. He brings a wealth of experience working in Public Health in Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region to his teaching. He coordinates the MPH Courses PUBH6304 Global health (Semester 1) and PUBH6305 Global Health Systems & Policy (Semester 2).

Administrative Expertise
John Hall is the Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the Hunter Medical Research Institute at the University of Newcastle. He is on the School of Medicine and Public Health Executive Committee and the Post Graduate Education Committee.

Collaborations
His research interests are in Health Systems and Policy in resource poor settings. He has a particular interest in Tuberculosis and TB DOTS and how Health Policy is transferred to and adapted in resource limited countries.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of New South Wales
  • Master of Tropical Health, University of Queensland

Keywords

  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • International Health
  • Public Health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2008 - 1/06/2010 Director AusAID Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub The University of New South Wales
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Australia
1/04/2002 - 1/12/2008 Senior Lecturer in International Public Health & MIPH Coordinator University of Sydney
School of Public Health
1/08/1994 - 1/04/2002 Honorary Visiting Fellow & Consultant in International Public Health The University of New South Wales
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Australia
1/11/1992 - 1/08/1994 Director New South Wales Department of Health
Western New South Wales Public Health Unit
Australia
1/07/1990 - 1/07/1993 Principal Medical Officer, Community (Public) Health Services Department of Health, Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (20 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Chinwong S, Patumanond J, Chinwong D, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Reduction in total recurrent cardiovascular events in acute coronary syndrome patients with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal < 70 mg/dL: a real-life cohort in a developing country', THERAPEUTICS AND CLINICAL RISK MANAGEMENT, 12 353-360 (2016)
DOI 10.2147/TCRM.S96016
2015 Xu X, Hall J, Byles J, Shi Z, 'Dietary pattern is associated with obesity in older people in China: Data from China health and nutrition survey (CHNS)', Nutrients, 7 8170-8188 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Background: No studies have been conducted to explore the associations between dietary patterns and obesity among older C... [more]

© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Background: No studies have been conducted to explore the associations between dietary patterns and obesity among older Chinese people, by considering gender and urbanization level differences. Methods: We analyzed data from the 2009 China Health and Nutrition Survey (2745 individuals, aged e 60 years). Dietary data were obtained using 24 h-recall over three consecutive days. Height, Body Weight, and Waist Circumference were measured. Exploratory factor analysis was used to identify dietary patterns. Multinomial and Poisson regression models were used to examine the association between dietary patterns and Body Mass Index (BMI) status/central obesity. Results: The prevalence of general and central obesity was 9.5% and 53.4%. Traditional dietary pattern (high intake of rice, pork and vegetables) was inversely associated with general/central obesity; modern dietary pattern (high intake of fruit, fast food, and processed meat) was positively associated with general/central obesity. The highest quartile of traditional dietary pattern had a lower risk of general/central obesity compared with the lowest quartile, while an inverse picture was found for the modern dietary pattern. These associations were consistent by gender and urbanization levels. Conclusions: Dietary patterns are associated with general/central obesity in older Chinese. This study reinforces the importance of a healthy diet in promoting healthy ageing in China.

DOI 10.3390/nu7095386
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Chinwong D, Patumanond J, Chinwong S, Siriwattana K, Gunaparn S, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol of less than 70 mg/dL is associated with fewer cardiovascular events in acute coronary syndrome patients: A real-life cohort in Thailand', Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 11 659-667 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Chinwong et al.Background: Elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality; however, the L... [more]

© 2015 Chinwong et al.Background: Elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality; however, the LDL-C goal for therapy in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients is controversial and varies among guidelines. This study aimed to assess the effect of reaching an LDL-C goal of <70 mg/dL (<1.8 mmol/L) on first composite cardiovascular outcomes in routine clinical practice in Thailand. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using medical charts and the electronic hospital database of patients diagnosed with ACS and treated with statins at a tertiary care hospital in Thailand between 2009 and 2012. After admission, patients were followed from the date of LDL-C goal assessment until the first event of composite cardiovascular outcomes (nonfatal ACS, nonfatal stroke, or all-cause death). Cox proportional hazard models adjusted for potential confounders were used. Results: Of 405 patients, mean age was 65 years (60% males). Twenty-seven percent of the patients attained an LDL-C goal of<70 mg/dL, 38% had LDL-C between 70 and 99 mg/dL, and 35% had LDL-C =100 mg/dL. Forty-six patients experienced a composite cardiovascular outcome. Compared with patients with an LDL-C =100 mg/dL, patients achieving an LDL-C of <70 mg/dL were associated with a reduced composite cardiovascular outcome (adjusted hazard ratio [HR]=0.42; 95% confidence interval [CI]=0.18¿0.95; P-value=0.037), but patients with an LDL-C between 70 and 99 mg/dL had a lower composite cardiovascular outcome, which was not statistically significant (adjusted HR=0.73; 95% CI=0.37¿1.42; P-value=0.354). Conclusion: ACS patients who received statins and achieved an LDL-C of <70 mg/dL had significantly fewer composite cardiovascular outcomes, confirming ¿the lower the better¿ and the benefit of treating to LDL-C target in ACS patient management.

DOI 10.2147/TCRM.S78745
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2015 Rifat M, Hall J, Oldmeadow C, Husain A, Milton AH, 'Health system delay in treatment of multidrug resistant tuberculosis patients in Bangladesh', BMC Infectious Diseases, (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Rifat et al. Background: Bangladesh is one of the 27 high burden countries for multidrug resistant tuberculosis listed by the World Health Organization. Delay in multidrug... [more]

© 2015 Rifat et al. Background: Bangladesh is one of the 27 high burden countries for multidrug resistant tuberculosis listed by the World Health Organization. Delay in multidrug resistant tuberculosis treatment may allow progression of the disease and affect the attempts to curb transmission of drug resistant tuberculosis. The main objective of this study was to investigate the health system delay in multidrug resistant tuberculosis treatment in Bangladesh and to explore the factors related to the delay. Methods: Information related to the delay was collected as part of a previously conducted case-control study. The current study restricts analysis to patients with multidrug resistant tuberculosis who were diagnosed using rapid diagnostic methods (Xpert MTB/RIF or the line probe assay). Information was collected by face-to-face interviews and through record reviews from all three Government hospitals providing multidrug resistant tuberculosis services, from September 2012 to April 2013. Multivariable regression analysis was performed using Bootstrap variance estimators. Definitions were as follows: Provider delay: time between visiting a provider for first consultation on MDR-TB related symptom to visiting a designated diagnostic centre for testing; Diagnostic delay: time from date of diagnostic sample provided to date of result; Treatment initiation delay: time between the date of diagnosis and date of treatment initiation; Health system delay: time between visiting a provider to start of treatment. Health system delay was derived by adding provider delay, diagnostic delay and treatment initiation delay. Results: The 207 multidrug resistant tuberculosis patients experienced a health system delay of median 7.1 weeks. The health system delay consists of provider delay (median 4 weeks), diagnostic delay (median 5 days) and treatment initiation delay (median 10 days). Health system delay (Coefficient: 37.7; 95 %; CI 15.0-60.4; p 0.003) was associated with the visit to private practitioners for first consultation. Conclusions: Diagnosis time for multidrug resistant tuberculosis was fast using the rapid tests. However, some degree of delay was present in treatment initiation, after diagnosis. The most effective way to reduce health system delay would be through strategies such as engaging private practitioners in multidrug resistant tuberculosis control.

DOI 10.1186/s12879-015-1253-9
Co-authors Milton Hasnat, Christopher Oldmeadow
2015 Chinwong D, Patumanond J, Chinwong S, Siriwattana K, Gunaparn S, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Clinical indicators for recurrent cardiovascular events in acute coronary syndrome patients treated with statins under routine practice in Thailand: An observational study', BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 15 (2015) [C1]

© Chinwong et al. 2015.Background: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients are at very high cardiovascular risk and tend to have recurrent cardiovascular events. The clinical indi... [more]

© Chinwong et al. 2015.Background: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients are at very high cardiovascular risk and tend to have recurrent cardiovascular events. The clinical indicators for subsequent cardiovascular events are limited and need further investigation. This study aimed to explore clinical indicators that were associated with recurrent cardiovascular events following index hospitalization. Methods: The data of patients hospitalized with ACS at a tertiary care hospital in northern Thailand between January 2009 and December 2012 were retrospectively reviewed from medical charts and the electronic hospital database. The patients were classified into three groups based on the frequency of recurrent cardiovascular events (nonfatal ACS, nonfatal stroke, or all-cause death) they suffered: no recurrent events (0), single recurrent event (1), and multiple recurrent events (=2). Ordinal logistic regression was performed to explore the clinical indicators for recurrent cardiovascular events. Results: A total of 405 patients were included; 60 % were male; the average age was 64.9 ± 11.5 years; 40 % underwent coronary revascularization during admission. Overall, 359 (88.6 %) had no recurrent events, 36 (8.9 %) had a single recurrent event, and 10 (2.5 %) had multiple recurrent events. The significant clinical indicators associated with recurrent cardiovascular events were achieving an LDL-C goal of < 70 mg/dL (Adjusted OR = 0.43; 95 % CI = 0.27-0.69, p-value < 0.001), undergoing revascularization during admission (Adjusted OR = 0.44; 95 % CI = 0.24-0.81, p-value = 0.009), being male (Adjusted OR = 1.85; 95 % CI = 1.29-2.66, p-value = 0.001), and decrease estimated glomerular filtration rate (Adjusted OR = 2.46; 95 % CI = 2.21-2.75, p-value < 0.001). Conclusion: The routine clinical practice indicators assessed in ACS patients that were associated with recurrent cardiovascular events were that achieving the LDL-C goal and revascularization are protective factors, while being male and having decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate are risk factors for recurrent cardiovascular events. These clinical indicators should be used for routinely monitoring patients to prevent recurrent cardiovascular events in ACS patients.

DOI 10.1186/s12872-015-0052-y
2015 Xu X, Hall J, Byles J, Shi Z, 'Assessing dietary quality of older Chinese people using the Chinese Diet Balance Index (DBI)', PLoS ONE, 10 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Xu et al.Background/Objectives: Few studies have applied the Chinese Diet Balance Index (DBI) in evaluating dietary quality for Chinese people. The present cross-sectional... [more]

© 2015 Xu et al.Background/Objectives: Few studies have applied the Chinese Diet Balance Index (DBI) in evaluating dietary quality for Chinese people. The present cross-sectional study assessed dietary quality based on DBI for older people, and the associated factors, in four socioeconomically distinct regions in China. Methods: The China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) involves 2745 older Chinese people, aged 60 or over, from four regions (Northeast, East Coast, Central and West) in 2009. Dietary data were obtained by interviews using 24 hour-recall over three consecutive days. Four indicators: Total Score (TS), Lower Bound Score (LBS), Higher Bound Score (HBS) and Diet Quality Distance (DQD) from DBI were calculated for assessing dietary quality in different aspects. Results: 68.9% of older people had different levels of excessive cereals intake. More than 50% of older people had moderate or severe surplus of oil (64.9%) and salt (58.6%). Intake of vegetables and fruit, milk and soybeans, water, and dietary variety were insufficient, especially for milk and soybeans. 80.8%of people had moderate or severe unbalanced diet consumption. The largest differences of DQD scores have been found for people with different education levels and urbanicity levels. People with higher education levels have lower DQD scores (p<0.001), and people living in medium and low urbanicity areas had 2.8 and 8.9 higher DQD scores than their high urbanicity counterparts (p<0.001). Also, significant differences of DQD scores have been found according to gender, marital status, work status and regions (p<0.001). Conclusion: DBI can reveal problems of dietary quality for older Chinese people. Rectifying unbalanced diet intake may lead to prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Dieticians and health care professionals need to increase dissemination and uptake of nutrition education, with interventions targeted at regions of lower socioeconomic status.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0121618
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Xu X, E Byles J, Shi Z, J Hall J, 'Evaluation of older Chinese people's macronutrient intake status: Results from the China Health and Nutrition Survey', British Journal of Nutrition, 113 159-171 (2015) [C1]

Copyright © 2014 The Authors.Little is known about the macronutrient intake status of older Chinese people. The present study evaluated the macronutrient intake status of older C... [more]

Copyright © 2014 The Authors.Little is known about the macronutrient intake status of older Chinese people. The present study evaluated the macronutrient intake status of older Chinese people (aged =A 60 years), investigated whether they had intake levels that met the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), and explored the associations between macronutrient intakes and age groups, sex, education levels, work status, BMI groups, urbanicity levels and four socio-economic regions of China (Northeast, East Coast, Central and Western). Dietary intake data of 2746 older Chinese with complete dietary intake data in the Longitudinal China Health and Nutrition Survey (2009 wave) carried out across four diverse regions were analysed. Dietary intake data were obtained by interviews using 24A h recalls over three consecutive days. The MUFA:SFA ratios were calculated based on the Chinese Food Composition Table. Less than one-third of the older Chinese people included in the present study had intake levels meeting the adequate intake for carbohydrate-energy and fat-energy; less than one-fifth had intake levels meeting the recommended nutrient intake for protein-energy; and more than half of the older people had fat-energy intakes higher than the DRI. There were strong associations between the proportions of energy from the three macronutrients and education levels, urbanicity levels and the four socio-economic regions of China, with older people living in the East Coast region having different patterns of macronutrient-energy intakes when compared with those living in the other three regions. Macronutrient intakes across different urbanicity levels in the four regions revealed considerable geographical variations in dietary patterns, which will affect the risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Clinical interventions and public health policies should recognise these regional differences in dietary patterns.

DOI 10.1017/S0007114514003444
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Rifat M, Hall J, Oldmeadow C, Husain A, Hinderaker SG, Milton AH, 'Factors related to previous tuberculosis treatment of patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Bangladesh', BMJ OPEN, 5 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008273
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Milton Hasnat
2015 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall JJ, Page AN, 'Risk factors for postneonatal, infant, child and under-5 mortality in Nigeria: A pooled cross-sectional analysis', BMJ Open, 5 (2015) [C1]

© 2015, BMJ. All rights reserved.Objectives: To identify common factors associated with post-neonatal, infant, child and under-5 mortality in Nigeria. Design, setting and partici... [more]

© 2015, BMJ. All rights reserved.Objectives: To identify common factors associated with post-neonatal, infant, child and under-5 mortality in Nigeria. Design, setting and participants: A cross-sectional data of three Nigeria Demographic and Health Surveys (NDHS) for the years 2003, 2008 and 2013 were used. A multistage, stratified, cluster random sampling method was used to gather information on 63 844 singleton live-born infants of the most recent birth of a mother within a 5-year period before each survey was examined using cox regression models. Main outcome measures: Postneonatal mortality (death between 1 and 11 months), infant mortality (death between birth and 11 months), child mortality (death between 12 and 59 months) and under-5 mortality (death between birth and 59 months). Results: Multivariable analyses indicated that children born to mothers with no formal education was significantly associated with mortality across all four age ranges (adjusted HR=1.30, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.66 for postneonatal; HR=1.38, 95% CI 1.11 to 1.84 for infant; HR=2.13, 95% CI 1.56 to 2.89 for child; HR=1.19, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.41 for under-5). Other significant factors included living in rural areas (HR=1.48, 95% CI 1.16 to 1.89 for postneonatal; HR=1.23, 95% CI 1.03 to 1.47 for infant; HR=1.52, 95% CI 1.16 to 1.99 for child; HR=1.29, 95% CI 1.11 to 1.50 for under-5), and poor households (HR=2.47, 95% CI 1.76 to 3.47 for postneonatal; HR=1.40, 95% CI 1.10 to 1.78 for infant; HR=1.72, 95% CI 1.19 to 2.49 for child; HR=1.43, 95% CI 1.17 to 1.76 for under-5). Conclusions: This study found that no formal education, poor households and living in rural areas increased the risk of postneonatal, infant, child and under-5 mortality among Nigerian children. Community-based interventions for reducing under-5 deaths are needed and should target children born to mothers of low socioeconomic status.

DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006779
Citations Scopus - 2
2015 Xu X, Hall J, Byles J, Shi Z, 'Do older Chinese people's diets meet the Chinese Food Pagoda guidelines? Results from the China Health and Nutrition Survey 2009', PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 18 3020-3030 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/S1368980015000129
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Chinwong D, Patumanond J, Chinwong S, Siriwattana K, Gunaparn S, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Statin therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome: Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal attainment and effect of statin potency', Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 11 127-136 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Chinwong et al.Background: Elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Current guidelines recomme... [more]

© 2015 Chinwong et al.Background: Elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Current guidelines recommend an LDL-C target of <70 mg/dL (< 1.8 mmol/L) for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, and the first-line treatment to lower lipids is statin therapy. Despite current guidelines and the efficacious k'pid-lowering agents available, about half of patients at very high risk, including ACS patients, fail to achieve their LDL-C goal. This study assessed LDL-C goal attainment according to use of high and low potency statins in routine practice in Thailand. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed by retrieving data from medical records and the electronic hospital database for a tertiary care hospital in Thailand between 2009 and 2011. Included were ACS patients treated with statins at baseline and with follow-up of LDL-C levels. Patients were divided into high or low potency statin users, and the proportion reaching the LDL-C goal of <70 mg/dL was determined. A Cox proportional hazard model was applied to determine the relationship between statin potency and LDL-C goal attainment. Propensity score adjustment was used to control for confounding by indication. Results: Of 396 ACS patients (60% males, mean age 64.3+11.6 years), 229 (58%) were treated with high potency statins and 167 (42%) with low potency statins. A quarter reached their target LDL-C goal (25% for patients on high potency statins and 23% on low potency statins). High potency statins were not associated with increased LDL-C goal attainment (adjusted hazards ratio 1.22, 95% confidence interval 0.79-1.88; P=0.363). Conclusion: There was no significant effect of high potency statins on LDL-C goal attainment. Moreover, this study showed low LDL-C goal attainment for patients on either low or high potency statins. The reasons for the low LDL-C goal attainment rate warrants further investigation.

DOI 10.2147/TCRM.S75608
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2014 Varol N, Fraser IS, Ng CHM, Jaldesa G, Hall J, 'Female genital mutilation/cutting - towards abandonment of a harmful cultural practice', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 54 400-405 (2014) [C2]
DOI 10.1111/ajo.12206
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2014 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall JJ, Page AN, 'The effect of solid fuel use on childhood mortality in Nigeria: evidence from the 2013 cross-sectional household survey', ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, 13 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1476-069X-13-113
Citations Web of Science - 4
2014 Agho KE, Hall J, Ewald B, 'Determinants of the Knowledge of and Attitude towards Tuberculosis in Nigeria', JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION, 32 520-538 (2014) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Ben Ewald
2014 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall J, Page AN, 'The Impact of Water and Sanitation on Childhood Mortality in Nigeria: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys, 2003-2013', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 11 9256-9272 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/ijerph110909256
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Rifat M, Milton AH, Hall J, Oldmeadow C, Islam MA, Husain A, et al., 'Development of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in Bangladesh: A Case-Control Study on Risk Factors', PLOS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0105214
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Milton Hasnat, Christopher Oldmeadow
2014 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall J, Page AN, 'Determinants of neonatal mortality in Nigeria: Evidence from the 2008 demographic and health survey', BMC Public Health, 14 (2014) [C1]

Background: Nigeria continues to have one of the highest rates of neonatal deaths in Africa. This study aimed to identify risk factors associated with neonatal death in Nigeria us... [more]

Background: Nigeria continues to have one of the highest rates of neonatal deaths in Africa. This study aimed to identify risk factors associated with neonatal death in Nigeria using the 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). Methods. Neonatal deaths of all singleton live-born infants between 2003 and 2008 were extracted from the 2008 NDHS. The 2008 NDHS was a multi-stage cluster sample survey of 36,298 households. Of these households, survival information of 27,147 singleton live-borns was obtained, including 996 cases of neonatal mortality. The risk of death was adjusted for confounders relating to individual, household, and community level factors using Cox regression. Results: Multivariable analyses indicated that a higher birth order of newborns with a short birth interval = 2 years (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.19, confidence interval [CI]: 1.68-2.84) and newborns with a higher birth order with a longer birth interval > 2 years (HR = 1.36, CI: 1.05-1.78) were significantly associated with neonatal mortality. Other significant factors that affected neonatal deaths included neonates born to mothers younger than 20 years (HR = 4.07, CI: 2.83-5.86), neonates born to mothers residing in rural areas compared with urban residents (HR = 1.26, CI: 1.03-1.55), male neonates (HR = 1.30, CI: 1.12-1.53), mothers who perceived their neonate's body size to be smaller than the average size (HR = 2.10, CI: 1.77-2.50), and mothers who delivered their neonates by caesarean section (HR = 2.80, CI: 1.84-4.25). Conclusions: Our study suggests that the Nigerian government needs to invest more in the healthcare system to ensure quality care for women and newborns. Community-based intervention is also required and should focus on child spacing, childbearing at a younger age, and poverty eradication programs, particularly in rural areas, to reduce avoidable neonatal deaths in Nigeria. © 2014 Ezeh et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-521
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2013 Hall JJ, Gillespie JA, Rosewell A, Mapira P, 'The Papua New Guinea cholera outbreak: implications for PNG, Australia and the Torres Strait', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 199 576-577 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja13.10516
2012 Asante AD, Negin J, Hall JJ, Dewdney J, Zwi AB, 'Analysis of policy implications and challenges of the Cuban health assistance program related to human resources for health in the Pacific', Human Resources for Health, 10 1-9 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6
2011 Ongugo K, Hall JJ, Attia JR, 'Implementing tuberculosis control in Papua New Guinea: A clash of culture and science?', Journal of Community Health, 36 423-430 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10900-010-9324-8
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6
Co-authors John Attia
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Hasnat MA, Rifat M, Hall J, Oldmeadow C, 'Experience from Research projects on multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Bangladesh.' (2016)
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Milton Hasnat
2015 Hasnat MA, Rifat M, Hall J, Oldmeadow C, Hasnat MA, 'Treatment delay among the tuberculosis patients of Bangladesh', Program Book (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Milton Hasnat

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Byles JE, Curryer CA, Edwards N, Weaver N, D'Este C, Hall J, Kowal P, 'The health of older people in selected countries of the Western Pacific Region.', World Health Organisation, 54 (2014) [R1]
Co-authors Natasha Weaver, Cassie Curryer Uon, Julie Byles, Catherine Deste
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants 6
Total funding $590,574

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20151 grants / $19,466

Updating the Directory of Research on Ageing in Africa$19,466

Funding body: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Funding body United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Doctor Paul Kowal, Associate Professor John Hall, Doctor Masuma Khanam
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501160
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20131 grants / $258,129

Building Health Systems Research Capacity to evaluate and monitor the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.$258,129

Funding body: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)

Funding body AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)
Project Team Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200812
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20122 grants / $57,010

Comparative Study on Health of Older Persons in Selected Countries in the Western Pacific Region$47,010

Funding body: World Health Organisation

Funding body World Health Organisation
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor John Hall, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Doctor Paul Kowal, Professor Hal Kendig, Dr Joel Negin, Dr Nawi Ng
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201053
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Risk factors for MDR-TB in Bangladesh: a population based case-control study.$10,000

Funding body: Australian Respiratory Council

Funding body Australian Respiratory Council
Project Team Doctor Milton Hasnat, Dr Mahfuza Rifat, Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200030
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20102 grants / $255,969

HMRI MRSP Infrastructure Grant (2010-11) Health Behaviour$252,219

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme NSW MRSP Infrastructure Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1100409
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

New Staff Grant - Pacific Island country (PIC) medical graduate career decisions and choices cohort study$3,750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000916
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Economic Evaluation of Stroke Interventions in Selected Hospitals in Australia
PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Multidrug Resistance Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Community Setting of Bangladesh
PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Dietary Intake, Dietary Quality, Dietary Pattern and Non-Communicable Diseases Among Older Chinese Population
PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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Associate Professor John Hall

Position

Associate Professor
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Public Health

Contact Details

Email john.hall@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0561
Fax (02) 4042 0044

Office

Room Room 4110, Level 4 West
Building HMRI Building
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