Staff Profile: Megan Smith

Megan SmithDr Megan Smith

Program Manager

Research summary

Megan’s research focuses on optimising and successfully implementing cervical cancer prevention, at the population level and in different population subgroups. She has contributed to a large number of reports to government, including several evaluations that have directly informed policy in Australia, New Zealand and England. She has an MPH and a PhD from the University of Sydney.


PhD, The University of Sydney
MPH, The University of Sydney
BE, The University of Sydney

Grants held

  • Optimising and Successfully Implementing Cervical Cancer Prevention Policies, Early Career Fellowship, NHMRC
  • HPV Testing Modelling, Analysis and Review of NCSP Data (2016-2019), Project Grant, New Zealand Ministry of Health
  • HPV and oropharyngeal cancer in Indigenous Australians, Project Grant, NHMRC
  • Comparative modelling to inform cervical cancer control policies – CISNET Cervix, Program Grant, US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of HPV Vaccination and HPV-Based Cervical Cancer Screening Strategies in China, Project Grant, NHMRC

Key publications

Smith M, Canfell K. Impact of the Australian National Cervical Screening Program in women of different ages. Med J Aust. 2016;205(8):359-64. doi: 10.5694/mja16.00289.

Lew JB*, Simms K,* Smith MA, Hall M, Kang YK, Xu X, Caruana M, Velentzis LS, Bessell T, Saville M, Hammond I and Canfell K. (*Joint first authors)   Primary HPV testing versus cytology-based cervical screening in women in Australia vaccinated for HPV and unvaccinated: effectiveness and economic assessment for the National Cervical Screening Program.  Lancet Public Health 2017; 2:e96-107. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(17)30007-5.

Smith M, Lew JB, Simms K, Canfell K.  Impact of HPV sample self-collection for underscreened women in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program. MJA 2016; 204(5):194e1-e9. doi: 10.5694/mja15.00912.

Smith MA, Gertig D, Hall M, Simms K, Lew JB, Malloy M, Saville M, Canfell K.  Transitioning from cytology-based screening to HPV-based screening at longer intervals: implications for resource use.  BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16(1):147. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1375-9.

Smith M, Liu B, McIntyre P, Menzies R, Dey A, Canfell K.  Fall in genital warts diagnoses in the general and Indigenous Australian population following a national HPV vaccination program: analysis of routinely collected national hospital data.  J Infect Dis 2015; 211(1):91-9. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiu370.


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