Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Associate Professor Jane Heller

Associate Professor Jane Heller

BSc(Newcastle), BVSc(Syd), DipVetClinStud(Syd), MVetClinStud(Syd), PhD(Glasgow)

Jane worked initially in small animal medicine in private practice and in clinics of the University of Sydney (Camden) and the University of Glasgow, before concentrating on her interests in quantitative epidemiology at the University of Glasgow. Jane has completed a PhD, using simulation modelling in the area of Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in dogs and previous areas of research include the epidemiology of Elapid snake envenomation in dogs and specifically the development of diagnostic tests . Jane's main interest is in infectious disease epidemiology, with particular reference to antimicrobial resistant organisms, and the potential for zoonotic transfer of pathogens between animals and humans. Jane is currently studying towards specialist status within the European College of Veterinary Public Health, in the subspecialty of population medicine.

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Research

(FoR codes: 070704, 111700, 070700)

  • Defining veterinary and medical knowledge, interest and priorities for zoonotic disease and “one health” in Australia
  • Defining the cost of zoonotic disease in Australia
  • Use of Acute Phase Proteins in diagnosis and prognosis of companion animal disease (in collaboration with the University of Glasgow)
  • Establishing standards for prognostication of neoplastic disease (in collaboration with J. Webster, M. Dennis, N. Dervisis)

Teaching

 Teaching within the veterinary science course:

  • Coordination of Population Medicine 4 (5 th year PBL)
  • Coordination of Public Health and Biosecurity 2 (5 th year PBL)

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

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Heller J , Kelly LA, Reid SWJ, Mellor DJ (In Press) Qualitative risk assessment of the acquisition of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pet dogs. Risk Analysis 30(3), 458-472.

Heller J , Armstrong SK, Girvan EK, Reid SWJ, Moodley A, Mellor DJ (2009). Prevalence and distribution of Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) within the environment and staff of a university veterinary clinic. Journal of Small Animal Practice Apr; 50(4) ,168-73.

Rendle DI, Heller J , Hughes KJ, Innocent GT and Durham AE (2009). Stability of common biochemistry analytes in equine blood stored at room temperature.  Equine Veterinary Journal May 41(5) , 428-432.

Draffan D, Clements D, Heller J , Bennett D, Carmichael S (2009)  The role of Computed Tomography in the classification and management of pelvic fractures. Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 22(3) , 190-7.

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