Caroline van Gemert

Epidemiologist/PhD Candidate


Caroline is an Epidemiologist and PhD Candidate. Her research interests involve the interplay between disease, population and methods. Primary diseases of interest are sexually transmitted infections (STIs, including gonorrhoea, chlamydia, HIV and syphilis) and blood borne viruses (BBVs, including hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus). Populations of interest include disadvantaged, vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who inject drugs. Caroline’s methodological areas of interest include communicable disease surveillance systems and epidemiological surveys. Her current research is primarily concerned with identifying strategies to improve screening rates for STIs and BBVs in general practice, thereby improving surveillance data. Caroline’s research interests extend from Australia to internationally, and she has led several epidemiological studies in the Asia/Pacific region.


  • 2010 – current: Epidemiologist, Burnet Institute
  • 2009 – 2010: Epidemiology Scholar (Field Epidemiology Training Program), Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute and Australian National University
  • 2008: Intern, World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office (Apia, Samoa)
  • 2008: HIV/AIDS Project Officer (Australian Youth Ambassador for Development), Samoa AIDS Foundation (Apia, Samoa)


  • Current: PhD Candidate, Monash University
  • 2010: Master of Applied Epidemiology, Australian National University
  • 2010: Master of Public Health, The University of Melbourne
  • 2006: Graduate Diploma of International Health, Monash University
  • 2002: Bachelor of Health Sciences / Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University


  • 2014: 2015 Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government Department of Education
  • 2014: Sexual Health Society of Victoria Travel Grant
  • 2013: Recipient of the Senior Medical Staff Prize for Clinical Research, Alfred Poster Week
  • 2013: Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship for PhD study
  • 2011: Recipient of Ian Churchill Travel Fellowship
  • 2011: Best poster in its theme at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference
  • 2011: Partial scholarship (registration), International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific
  • 2008: Scholarship for the Masters of Applied Epidemiology (Field Epidemiology Training Program), Australian National University, funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing

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