UQ School of public health seminar

Dr Louise Wilson & Dr Zhiwei Xu

with an introduction by Professor Gita Mishra


Date: Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Time: 1 – 2pm
Venue: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/8527080343

Women’s use of health services- Three research snapshots from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health: Dr Louise Wilson

Dr Louise Wilson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Diseases (CREWaND) with a focus on women’s use of health services over the lifecourse. Dr Wilson completed a PhD at the University of Queensland in women’s health in 2019. While doing her PhD, she worked part-time at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute doing research on cancer prevention. Prior to this, she had an extensive career in program planning and implementation in the Australian government across the health, aged care, housing and education sectors.

Understanding who is and who isn’t using specific types of health services can provide important information to inform policy-makers, clinicians and consumers. The field is broad, but key questions include whether services are being used by priority groups, whether prevention recommendations are being followed, and whether policy changes have led to desired outcomes? This seminar will briefly summarise three pieces of research that explore these questions using self-report and linked administrative data from participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health:

·  Illicit drug use, alcohol consumption and chlamydia testing in young women.
·  Modifiable factors and dental visits – a comparison of three cohorts of women.
·  Did changing MBS criteria reduce overuse of vitamin D testing?

Impacts of asthma severity, exacerbations and medications use on perinatal outcomes: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis: Dr Zhiwei Xu

Dr Zhiwei Xu is a research fellow in the NHMRC CRE on Women and Non-communicable Disease at the UQ School of Public Health. His current research looks at the association between reproductive factors and chronic diseases in women. In the past 10 years, Zhiwei has conducted research assessing the health impacts of extreme weather events and air pollution, and his work has been cited > 2,300 times.


Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases complicating pregnancy. A 2013 systematic review which included nine studies reported that maternal asthma exacerbations and oral corticosteroids use are associated with low birth weight and preterm delivery. Since then, nine new studies have been published and the findings of some new large-scale studies do not echo the conclusions of the 2013 review.

This presentation, will present the findings of an updated systematic review and meta-analysis on the impacts of asthma severity, exacerbations and medication use on perinatal outcomes.