Maxine Whittaker

Maxine Whittaker
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences to Drive Individual Adherence of Prevention and Community Engagement
  • Pacific¬†Case Study Lead

Malaria: Breaking the Cycle:

  • Operational Management: Contrasting Challenges and Opportunities of P. vivax and P. falciparum

Past Core Course:

  • Developing a Plan for Malaria Elimination: SE Asia
  • Communication, Dynamization of Science and Social Media for Malaria Eradication
  • Malaria Elimination in Mesoamerica and South East Asia: Implications for the Field
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Regional Initiatives for Malaria Elimination

Professor Maxine A. Whittaker is Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University, Australia and was previously (2008-2016) the program director of the Australian Initiative on Control and Elimination of Malaria/Pacific Malaria Initiative Support Centre and co-Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network.

Trained as a public health physician and medical anthropologist specializing in global health systems, policies, and programs, Professor Whittaker has worked and lived in several African, Asian, and Pacific countries and her research interests are in fields of operational and health services research and medical anthropology, with a primary focus on infectious diseases including malaria, sexual and reproductive health, health seeking behavior, and quality of care. She has a special interest in the issue of scaling-up pilot programs into policy and practice. Professor Whittaker is co-chair with Professor Marcel Tanner of the Health Systems Panel in the refresh of the Malaria Elimination Research Agenda.