I started my career as a registered nurse, working in critical care. I went on to complete a masters of International Public Health and completed the Public Health Officer training program with NSW Health in 2011. I have worked for the past 5 years in public health and communicable diseases control as an epidemiologist, most recently in health informatics for NSW Health, on the North Coast of NSW.

From 2012-2013 I worked in PNG for Abt JTA, as a Health Institution Systems Specialist, from which my interest in Health Systems Strengthening developed.

Through completing my PhD I aim to further develop my skills and knowledge of health system strengthening particularly in relation to health finance, health service delivery, drug procurement and health information systems.  

PhD topic:

Assessing the impact of public financing on health systems the PNG borderlands regions and the implications for public health surveillance and health care delivery within the PNG


  • Professor Mark Moran
  • Associate Professor Linda Selvey
  • Jane Thomason 


  • Research Interests
    • Health System strengthening
    • Communicable disease epidemiology
    • Borderlands and Public Health implications
    • Health equity  
    • Gender equity 
  • Publications
    • Corner H, McCarthy K, Hazelton B. Bug Breakfast in the Bulletin: Rotavirus. NSW Public Health Bulletin 2011;
    • Corner H, Couldwell D, Bourne C. Bug Breakfast in the Bulletin: Syphilis. NSW Public Health Bulletin 2009; 20 (7&8): 130-131
    • Corner H, Rissel C, Smith B, Forero R, Olatunbosun-Alakija A, Phongsavan P, et al. Sexual health behaviours among Pacific Island youth in Vanuatu, Tonga and the Federated States of Micronesia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 2005; 16(2): 144-150.

Staff Details


PhD Candidate

  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Sydney
  • Master of International Public Health (honors), University of Sydney
  • NSW Public Health Officer Training Program, NSW Health