Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Associate Professor Jane Heller

Associate Professor Jane Heller

BSc(hons), BVSc, DVetClinStud, MVetClinStud, PhD, MANZCVS, Dipl.ECVPH

Jane graduated with a BSc from the University of Newcastle and a BVSc(hons) from the University of Sydney. After completing an internship and Masters at the University of Sydney, she moved to the University of Glasgow, where she worked as a research fellow whilst completing a PhD and specialist training in Veterinary Public Health (in the subspecialty of Population Medicine).

In 2009 Jane took up a faculty position at Charles Sturt University. Jane is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the chapters of Veterinary Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health and has acted as examiner for the College on numerous occasions within the Epidemiology Chapter.

Jane is an editorial board member for Scientific Reports and reviews regularly for numerous journals. She has published over 60 research articles and is active in research.

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Research

Jane’s main area of research is in infectious disease epidemiology, with particular reference to antimicrobial resistant organisms, and the potential for zoonotic transfer of pathogens between animals and humans. She has projects in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, MRSA, antimicrobial stewardship, Q fever and brucellosis. She is particularly interested in using a One Health approach to drive antimicrobial stewardship in regional environments.

Teaching

Jane teaches Epidemiology, Public Health, Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine and One Health at an undergraduate level and has a strong interest in student wellness. She is the Phase 2 discipline lead in the Veterinary Science degree and is responsible for the Problem Based Learning component of the veterinary curriculum.

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  • Infectious disease control
  • Zoonoses and “One Health”
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Companion animal epidemiology

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Read more on CSU Research Output (CRO)

Publications from 2014:

  1. Sellens E, Norris JM, Dhand NK, Heller J, Hayes L, Gidding HF, Willaby H, Wood N, Bosward KL. Willingness of veterinarians in Australia to recommend Q fever vaccination in veterinary personnel: Implications for workplace health and safety compliance. PLoS One. 2018 Jun 1;13(6):e0198421.
  2. Sahibzada S, Hernández-Jover M, Jordan D, Thomson PC, Heller J. Emergence of highly prevalent CA-MRSA ST93 as an occupational risk in people working on a pig farm in Australia. PLoS One. 2018 May 2;13(5):e0195510.
  3. Hardefeldt L, Nielsen T, Crabb H, Gilkerson J, Squires R, Heller J, Sharp C, Cobbold R, Norris J, Browning G. Veterinary Students' Knowledge and Perceptions About Antimicrobial Stewardship and Biosecurity-A National Survey. Antibiotics (Basel). 2018 Apr 18;7(2).
  4. Taylor K, Durrheim D, Massey PD, Hughes K, Heller J, Jones B. An atypical case of typical pneumonia. Aust J Gen Pract. 2018 Mar;47(3):119-121.
  5. McConnel CS, McNeil AA, Hadrich JC, Lombard JE, Heller J, Garry FB. A comparison of a novel time-based summary measure of dairy cow health against cumulative disease frequency. Ir Vet J. 2018 Mar 2;71:7.
  6. Arif S, Heller J, Hernandez-Jover M, McGill DM, Thomson PC. Evaluation of three serological tests for diagnosis of bovine brucellosis in smallholder farms in Pakistan by estimating sensitivity and specificity using Bayesian latent class analysis. Prev Vet Med. 2018 Jan 1;149:21-28. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2017.11.002.
  7. Owens CS, Hilbert BJ, Hughes KJ, Heller J, Nielsen S, Trope GD (2018) A survey of equine castration techniques, preferences and outcomes among Australian veterinarians. Aust Vet J. Jan;96(1-2):39-45. doi: 10.1111/avj.12656.
  8. Taylor KA, Durrheim D, Heller J, O’Rourke B, Hope K, Merritt T, Freeman P, Chicken C, Carrick J, Branley J, Massey P (2018) Equine chlamydiosis – An emerging infectious disease requiring a one health surveillance approach. Zoonoses and Public Health. Feb;65(1):218-221. doi: 10.1111/zph.12391.
  9. Ahlstrom C, Muellner P, Lammers G, Jones, M, Octavia S, Lan R and Heller J (2017) Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O157 Shedding Dynamics in and Australian Beef Herd. Front. Vet. Sci. 4:200.doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00200

  10. Sahibzada S, Abraham S, Coombs GW, Pang S, Hernández-Jover M, Jordan D, Heller J  (2017)Transmission of highly virulent community-associated MRSA ST93 and livestock-associated MRSA ST398 between humans and pigs in Australia Sci Rep 13;7(1):5273
  11. McConnel CS, McNeil AA, Hadrich, JC, Lombard JE, Franklyn GB, Heller J (2017) Dairy cow disability weights. Prev Vet Med. Aug 1;143:1 – 10
  12. Arif S, Thomson PC, Hernandez-Jover M, McGill DM, Warriach HM, Heller J (2017) Knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) relating to brucellosis in smallholder farmers in Pakistan. PLOS ONE. Mar 16; 12(3):e0173365
  13. Chan J, Doyle B, Branley J, Sheppeard V, Viney K, Quinn H, Janover O, McCready M, Gabor M, Sangster N, Heller J (2017) An outbreak of psittacosis at a veterinary school demonstrating a novel source of transmission. One Health.Feb 24; 3:29-33
  14. Hyams J, Raidal S, Hayes L, Heller J (2017) Demographic and preliminary employment data of the first two graduate cohorts from a rural veterinary school. Aust Vet J. Apr; 95(4):91 – 100
  15. Jelocnik M, Branley J, Heller J, Raidal S, Aldersn S, Galea F Gabor M, Polkinghorne A (2017) Multilocus sequence typing identifies an avian-like Chlamydia psittaci strain involved in equine placentitis and associated with subsequent human psittacosis. Emerg Microbes Infect. 15; 6(2):e7.
  16. Jones M, Octavia S, Lammers G, Heller J, Lan R (2017) Population and evolutionary dynamics of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli O157 in a beef herd: A longitudinal study. Environ Microbiol. May; 19(5):1836-1844.
  17. Shapiro AJ, Norris, J, Bosward KL, Heller J (2017) Q fever (Coxiella burnetii) knowledge and attitude of Australian cat breeders and their husbandry practices. Zoonoses and Public Health. Jun;64(4):252 – 261
  18. Lammers GAC, Jordan D, McConnel CS, Heller J (2016) Daily shedding dynamics of E.coli O157 in an Australian grass-fed beef herd. Epidemiology and infection. Oct; 144(14):2948 – 2955.
  19. Hicks A, Golland D, Heller J, Malik R, Combs M (2016) Epidemiological investigation of grass seed foreign body-related disease in dogs of the Riverina District of rural Australia. Aust Vet J 94(3): 67-75.
  20. Shapiro AJ, Norris JM, Heller J, Brown G, Malik R, Bosward KL (2016) Seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii in Australian dogs. Zoonoses Public Health Sep; 63(6):458 – 66 doi:10.1111/zph.12250
  21. Sellens E, Norris J, Dhand NK, Heller J, Hayes L, Gidding HF, Willaby H, Wood N, Bosward K (2016) Q fever knowledge, attitudes and vaccination status of Australia’s veterinary workforce in 2014. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146819
  22. Brookes VJ, Jordan D, Davis S, Ward MP, Heller J (2015) Saltelli global sensitivity analysis and simulation modelling to identify intervention strategies to reduce the prevalence of Eschericia coli O157 contaminated beef carcases. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0146016 dio: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146016

  23. Heller J (2015) Epidemiological and statistical considerations for interpreting and communicating oncology clinical trials. The Veterinary Journal. 205(2): 233–7
  24. Lammers GAC, McConnel CS, Jordan, D, Ayton, MS, Morris, S, Patterson, EI, Ward, MP, Heller J (2015) Synchronization of E.coli O157 shedding in a grass-fed beef herd – a longitudinal study. Epidemiology and Infection 143(15): 3244-55
  25. Sparrow T, Heller J, Farrell M (2015) In vitro assessment of aiming bias in the frontal plane during orthopaedic drilling procedures. Veterinary Record.176(16): 412
  26. Shapiro AJ, Bosward KL, Heller J, Norris JM (2015) Seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii in domesticated and feral cats in eastern Australia. Vet Microbiol. 177(1-2): 154 – 161
  27. Willsallen H, Heller J, Kark L, Hilbert BJ (2015) In Vitro Mechanical Testing of Braided Polyurethane Elastic Fiber and Braided Polyester for Equine Laryngoplasty. Vet Surg 44(2): 223 – 230

  28. Armstrong, SK, Woodgate RG, Gough S, Heller J, Sangster NC, Hughes KJ (2014) The efficacy of ivermectin, pyrantel and fenbendazole against Parascaris equorum infection in foals on farms in Australia. Vet Parasitol. 205: 575 - 580
  29. Farrell M, Heller J, Solano M, Fitzpatrick N, Sparrow T, Kowaleski M (2014) Does radiographic arthrosis correlate with cartilage pathology in Labrador retrievers affected by medial coronoid process disease? Vet Surg 43: 155-165
  30. Rendle DI, Litchfield E, Heller J, Hughes KJ (2014) Investigation of rhythms of secretion and repeatability of plasma adrenocorticotrophic hormone concentrations in healthy horses and horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction. Equine Vet Journal, 46(1):113-7

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