Sonali Coulter

PhD Candidate
Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections / Queensland University of Technology

Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Australian Hospitals

Sonali has 20 years experience in microbiology, and before commencing PhD studies with the CRE-RHAI was the manager of a busy laboratory at a large tertiary hospital in Brisbane. Sonali’s PhD project examines whether making an investment in antimicrobial stewardship programs is a sound economic decision, and what programs might offer the best value for money. Sonali’s research will also explore how factors external to stewardship programs, such as hospital organisational support pathology lab turnaround times, might affect efficiency. Sonali is supported in her research by supervisors Dr Kate Halton, Dr Jason Roberts, and Professor Nicholas Graves.