BVM&S MANZCVS PhD
Dr Brookes is a Senior Lecturer in Population Health and Production at the School of Animal and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, and after spending several years in practice in the UK and Australia, she completed her PhD at The University of Sydney (preparedness for exotic disease incursions for the pig industry in Australia, funded by Australian Pork Limited).
Major postdoctoral projects at Charles Sturt University, The University of Sydney and the University of Wollongong included identification of key risk factors for E. coli O157 transmission in the beef harvest chain (Meat and Livestock Australia), preparedness for a rabies incursion in Papua New Guinea and northern Australia for the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, and characterisation of dog management practices in remote Indigenous communities.
Other projects in which she is involved include investigation of rabies outbreaks in Punjab, India, and a global research collaboration to investigate the use of ensemble modelling for FMD outbreak prediction. As well as core epidemiologic methods, Dr Brookes has expertise in risk assessment and disease modelling.
Dr Brookes has a particular interest in zoonoses and transboundary disease spread. She has on-the-ground emergency animal disease response experience from the 2001 outbreak of FMD in the UK and the 2007 outbreak of equine influenza in Australia. Her current role involves research into emerging infectious diseases and One Health, as well as teaching in the areas of population medicine and veterinary public health.
Dr Brookes is an Associate Editor for the Australian Veterinary Journal and Frontiers in Veterinary Science; Epidemiology and Economics, and is actively involved in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Epidemiology Chapter). As well as this engagement with the wider research community, Dr Brookes regularly talks to primary school classes in the local region about aspects of her research.