Posted by: Andrew Lavelle; 14 October 2016; 3:25 pm
Dr. Steenkamp is currently employed by the Flinders University Torrens Resilience Institute which aims to assist Australian federal and state governments, emergency services, organizations and civil society enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to prepare for, and respond better to, disruptive challenges. Dr. Steenkamp’s areas of expertise include: epidemiology, public health surveillance, disaster health, mass gatherings, injury, as well as Aboriginal maternal and infant health in remote areas.
She was awarded her PhD in May 2013. Between 2003 and 2006, Dr Steenkamp was employed as a Senior Advisor and Science Officer at the Centers for Disease Control in the US where her work involved leading the establishment of a surveillance system in 17 states. In 2006, she was Head of Research at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. Between 2007 and 2012, she conducted the research for her PhD which fulfilled part of a five-year research project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Dr Steenkamp started her research career as a field worker for the South African Medical Research Council’s National Trauma Research Programme. In 1998, she moved to Australia to take up a position at the Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University.