About Stephanie M. Topp, MPH, MPhil (Oxon)
Stephanie M Topp is currently a PhD candidate in the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne Australia, where her dissertation is i) exploring the characteristics of primary healthcare service-delivery systems in Zambia, ii) examining where and why differences occur between de jure (assumed) and de facto (actual) systems, and iii) with what implications for strengthening health systems at the service delivery level. Stephanie has lived and worked in Zambia for five years. She was formerly the Integration Program Manager at the Centre of Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). In this role she was responsible for the development, implementation and research efforts related to the integration of stand-alone HIV care and treatment services into routine outpatient services in primary healthcare facilities across four Zambian provinces. She successfully developed, piloted and promoted a model of integrated HIV service delivery and is now acting as a consultant supporting a Ministry led scale-up of the model.
Steph trained originally in political science and modern history. She holds a dual Masters in International Public Health (University of Sydney) and International Development Studies (Oxford University, Rhodes Scholar). Prior to living in Zambia, Steph was the Think Tank Coordinator at the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership in Northern Queensland, working directly under lawyer and academic Noel Pearson. Her job encompassed development of and advocacy for social and economic policy reform related to health, welfare, housing and employment issues of remote and rural Indigenous Australian communities. Her eclectic training has resulted in a strong belief in multidisciplinary approaches and a professional focus on the intersection between research, policy development and implementation.
Role(s) / Profession(s)
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia - CIDRZ
Website: http://www.cidrz.org/ Type: Non-Governmental Organization Country: United States About: Focused on turning the tide in the battle against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Africa, doctors, researchers and health care practitioners at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) have been bringing both short and long term solutions in the field since 2001. Clinical Care is given to patients, using the highest quality services and practices; Research is conducted using international standards, but always informed by local practice; Training is ongoing, increasing the level of knowledge and understanding of both African and expatriate doctors, as well as researchers and health workers. CIDRZ focuses on HIV/AIDS treatment and research, maternal-child health care and studies, and cervical cancer, malaria and tuberculosis practice, remaining rooted in local community health care while becoming resource for infectious disease understanding and breakthroughs.
University of Melbourne
Website: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ Type: Academic Institution Country: Australia About: The University of Melbourne is a public university located in Melbourne, Victoria.
Jean Pierre Nyemazi's comment is a good reminder that M&E, and data collection more generally, cannot be cordoned off from the rest of the health system. Institutionalistion of good data collection practices for example, suggests more than the introduction of efficient mechanisms (ie mechanistic processes) but also behavioural and managerial ...
Stephanie M. Topp, MPH, MPhil (Oxon) replied to "Directly observed antiretroviral therapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials" in the [ARCHIVED] Adherence & Retention community.
Thanks all for the discussion. The centre for Infectious DIsease Research in Zambia is also starting to examine current practice / thoughts about adherence. One area that interests us is thinking about the relative role of clinicians/counselors in the clinics, in a)stressing adherence b) identifying behaviours / behavioural risk factors ...
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