Paul Douglas

Dr Paul Douglas

Quality Assurance and Quality Compliance Officer, Health Assessment Programmes, Migration Health Division
Institution: International Organization for Migration
Current Insitution Location: Switzerland

Phone Number: +41 22 717 9 538

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I have led the health programmes related to migration on behalf of the Australian government over the last decade. In this role I have overseen the policy and instructions that support the legislative environment that successfully sees more than 800,000 pre-migration medical examinations, facilitating the very successful integration of migrants and refugees into Australia. Key to this has been the collaboration with other major resettlement countries as well as assisting with advice through WHO on policy and screening recommendations. Current areas of research in the domain of migrant health include:
• analysis of the Department’s immigration health data to inform pre- and post-migration strategies to protect the Australian community from public health risks and improve migrant health outcomes in Australia
• research to identify individual risk factors to determine exposure and susceptibility to Tuberculosis (TB), and the relationship between risk factors and multiple-entry movement
• a comparative analysis of pre and post migration mental health assessment results
• an evaluation on the ‘cascade of care’ from pre migration LTBI screening through to onshore treatment of children in the first 12 months of the Department’s LTBI policy

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
International/Cross-Border Migration
Asylum seekers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Humanitarian entrants/ Refugee resettlement programs (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International students (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Patient mobility across borders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Resident visa holders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Seasonal farm workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Health administration
Health assessment/ medical examination
Health of detainees/ incarceration
Health policy
Immigration health examinations
Labour migration and health
Public Health
Refugee health

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Capacity strengthening through pre-migration tuberculosis screening programmes: IRHWG experiences P Douglas, D.L Posey, D. Zenner, J. Robson, I. Abubakar, G Giovinazzo 2017
A comparative examination of tuberculosis immigration medical screening programs from selected countries with high immigration and low tuberculosis incidence rates Gonzalo G Alvarez, Brian Gushulak, Khaled Abu Rumman, Ekkehardt Altpeter, Daniel Chemtob, Paul Douglas, Connie Erkens, Peter Helbling, Ingrid Hamilton, Jane Jones, Alberto Matteelli, Marie-Claire Paty, Drew L Posey, Daniel Sagebiel, Erika Slump, et al. 2011
Is premigration health screening for tuberculosis worthwhile? Kathleen King, Paul J Douglas, Ken Beath 2011
Immigrant Arrival and Tuberculosis among Large Immigrant -and Refugee- Receiving Countries, 2005-2009 Zachary White, John Painter, Paul Douglas, Ibrahim Abubakar, Howard Njoo, Chris Archibald, Jessica Halverson, John Robson and Drew L. Posey 2017
Effectiveness and safety of bedaquiline-containing regimens in the treatment of MDR- and XDR-TB: a multicentre study Sergey E. Borisov, Keertan Dheda, Martin Enwerem, Rodolfo Romero Leyet, Lia D'Ambrosio, Rosella Centis, Giovanni Sotgiu, Simon Tiberi, Jan-Willem Alffenaar, Andrey Maryandyshev, Evgeny Belilovski, Shashank Ganatra, Alena Skrahina, Onno Akkerman, et al. 2017
Cross-border collaboration for improved tuberculosis prevention and care: policies, tools and experiences M. Dara, G. Sulis, R. Centis, L. D'Ambrosio, G. de Vries, P. Douglas, D. Garcia, N. Jansen, E. Zuroweste, G. B. Migliori 2017
The epidemiology of tuberculosis in children in Australia, 2003-2012 Stephen S. Teo, Ee Laine, Tay, Paul Douglas, Vicki L. Krause, Stephen M. Graham 2015
Towards tuberculosis elimination; an action framework for low-incidence countries K Lönnroth, GB Migliori, I Abubakar, L D'Ambrosio, G de Vries, R Diel, P Douglas, D Falzon, MA Gaudreau, D Goletti, ER González Ochoa, P LoBue, A Matteelli, H Njoo, I Solovic, A Story, T Tayeb, MJ van der Werf, D Weil, JP Zellweger, M Abdel Aziz, et al. 2015
Tuberculosis notifications in Australia, 2012 and 2013 Cindy Toms, Richard Stapledon, Justin, Waring, Paul Douglas and the National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, and the Australian Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory Network 2015
Tuberculosis nNotifications in Australia, 2011 Christina Bareja, Justin Waring, Richard Stapledon, Cindy Toms, Paul Douglas and the National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia 2014
Pediatric tuberculosis immigration screening in high-immigration, low-incidence countries G. G. Alvarez, M. Clark, E. Altpeter, P. Douglas, J. Jones, M-C. Paty, D. L. Posey, D. Chemtob 2010
Refugee health Susan Thomas, Paul Douglas and Mitchell Smith 2010