Dr Anjali Haikerwal
BSc, MBBS, MPH
Phone: +61 3 99030221
Anjali Haikerwal is a doctoral student at MonCOEH. Her PhD is based on investigating the health impacts (cardiac and respiratory) of bushfire smoke in the community and is supported through a Bushfire CRC postgraduate scholarship. The results from this study will provide evidence based information to health professionals and policy makers of the measures required to reduce the public health impact of air pollution from bushfire smoke and most importantly will allow for targeted advice to the members of the community exposed to bushfire smoke.
Anjali migrated to Australia in 1994 after completing her medical training in India. She then worked as a physician for few years and later completed her Masters of Public Health Degree from Monash University in 2001. She was later appointed as a research coordinator at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute working on a Victorian Public Health Funded project on sociocultural impact of childhood obesity in migrant community. Since then she has been working as a research fellow in both clinical and public health research areas including diabetes, obesity, arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Her work in the area of osteoporosis and the risk of vitamin D deficiency in the community was nominated for the Premier's excellence health care award in 2010.
Her special interest lies in the areas of chronic disease, environmental health and evidence based medicine.