Dr Bridgette McNamara is a Senior Research Fellow in the Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit, Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Awarded her PhD in 2009, her postdoctoral research has examined the determinants of health and wellbeing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the life-course using total population linked health and administrative data and large cohort data.
Bridgette has a PhD in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (2009) examining the morphology and pathology in the kidneys of Senegalese African and African Americans, and a Masters of Public Health in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.
Her research has involved the establishment of a number of epidemiological studies in the the areas of fetal growth and perinatal health outcomes, social and emotional wellbeing and physical functioning in older Aboriginal people and in child health outcomes.
Dr McNamara is currently leading the Aboriginal child health research project Defying the Odds, investigating the impacts of family and community health and social risk factors and culturally-secure service availability on morbidity and mortality among Aboriginal children in WA in the first five years of life.
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Predicting And Preventing Child Removals And Optimising The Child Protection System For Ab..
Maternal fetal programming of birthweight among Australian Aboriginal infants: a populatio..
‘Defying The Odds’: Exploring The Impact Of Perinatal Outcomes, Maternal Social And Health..
Factors relating to high psychological distress in Indigenous Australians and their contri..
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Predicting And Preventing Child Removals And Optimising The Child Protection System For Aboriginal Children In Partnership With Aboriginal Communities And Health Services
Aboriginal children are over-represented in out-of-home care and at every stage of the child protection process. This study will examine I) ..
‘Defying The Odds’: Exploring The Impact Of Perinatal Outcomes, Maternal Social And Health Outcomes And Level Of Culturally Appropriate Service Availability On The Health Of Western Australian Aboriginal Infants And Children
A healthy start to life is essential for life-long health. Currently, Aboriginal children have greater rates of death and hospitalisation th..
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'Next Generation Youth Well-being Study:' understanding the health and social well-being trajectories of Australian Aboriginal adolescents aged 10-24 years: study protocol
Lina Gubhaju, Emily Banks, James Ward, Catherine D'Este, Rebecca Ivers, Robert Roseby, Peter Azzopardi, Anna Williamson, Catherine Chamberlain, Bette Liu, Cheri Hotu, Jacqueline Boyle, Bridgette McNamara, Sandra J Eades, Ricky Mentha, Roxanne Highfold, Jodi Lennox, Danielle Woods, Bronwyn Silver, Elizabeth Hillmann, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | BMJ Open
Factors relating to high psychological distress in Indigenous Australians and their contribution to Indigenous-non-Indigenous disparities
Bridgette J McNamara, Emily Banks, Lina Gubhaju, Grace Joshy, Anna Williamson, Beverley Raphael, Sandra Eades
Journal article | 2018 | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Exploring factors impacting early childhood health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities: protocol for a population-based cohort study using data linkage (the 'Defying the Odds' study)
Bridgette McNamara, Lina Gubhaju, Louisa Jorm, David Preen, Jocelyn Jones, Grace Joshy, Carrington Shepherd, Daniel McAullay, Sandra Eades
Journal article | 2018 | BMJ Open
Trends in maternal and newborn health characteristics and obstetric interventions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers in Western Australia from 1986 to 2009
Ibrahima Diouf, Lina Gubhaju, Catherine Chamberlain, Bridgette Mcnamara, Grace Joshy, Jeremy Oats, Fiona Stanley, Sandra Eades
Journal article | 2016 | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Measuring psychological distress in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians: a comparison of the K-10 and K-5
Bridgette J McNamara, Emily Banks, Lina Gubhaju, Anna Williamson, Grace Joshy, Beverley Raphael, Sandra J Eades
Journal article | 2014 | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Design-based stereological methods for estimating numbers of glomerular podocytes.
Victor G Puelles, Rebecca N Douglas-Denton, Luise Cullen-McEwen, Bridgette J McNamara, Firuz Salih, Jinhua Li, Michael D Hughson, Wendy E Hoy, Jens R Nyengaard, John F Bertram
Journal article | 2014 | Annals of Anatomy - Anatomischer Anzeiger
The podocyte depletion hypothesis has emerged as a unifying concept in glomerular pathology. According to this hypothesis podocyte..
Diabetes in pregnancy among indigenous women in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States: a systematic review of the evidence for screening in early pregnancy
Catherine Chamberlain, Bridgette McNamara, Emily D Williams, Daniel Yore, Brian Oldenburg, Jeremy Oats, Sandra Eades
Journal article | 2013 | Diabetes-Metabolism Research and Reviews
Early life influences on cardio-metabolic disease risk in aboriginal populations-what is the evidence? A systematic review of longitudinal and case-control studies
Bridgette J McNamara, Lina Gubhaju, Catherine Chamberlain, Fiona Stanley, Sandra J Eades
Journal article | 2012 | International Journal of Epidemiology
Diabetes in pregnancy among indigenous women in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States: a method for systematic review of studies with different designs
Catherine Chamberlain, Daniel Yore, Hang Li, Emily Williams, Brian Oldenburg, Jeremy Oats, Bridgette McNamara, Sandra Eades
Journal article | 2011 | BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Distribution of Volumes of Individual Glomeruli in Kidneys at Autopsy: Association with Physical and Clinical Characteristics and with Ethnic Group
Wendy E Hoy, Michael D Hughson, Boucar Diouf, Monika Zimanyi, Terence Samuel, Bridgette J McNamara, Rebecca N Douglas-Denton, Libby Holden, Susan A Mott, John F Bertram
Journal article | 2011 | American Journal of Nephrology
A comparison of nephron number, glomerular volume and kidney weight in Senegalese Africans and African Americans.
Bridgette J McNamara, Boucar Diouf, Rebecca N Douglas-Denton, Michael D Hughson, Wendy E Hoy, John F Bertram
Journal article | 2010 | Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
BACKGROUND: Low nephron number is determined in utero and is a proposed risk for essential hypertension. Glomerular volume is inve..
Associations between age, body size and nephron number with individual glomerular volumes in urban West African males.
Bridgette J McNamara, Boucar Diouf, Michael D Hughson, Wendy E Hoy, John F Bertram
Journal article | 2009 | Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
BACKGROUND: Glomerulomegaly has been associated with an increased risk of renal disease. Few reports have investigated the heterog..
Renal pathology, glomerular number and volume in a West African urban community.
Bridgette J McNamara, Boucar Diouf, Michael D Hughson, Rebecca N Douglas-Denton, Wendy E Hoy, John F Bertram
Journal article | 2008 | Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
BACKGROUND: Low glomerular number and large glomerular volume are hypothesized to be risk factors for hypertensive renal disease i..
Does nephron number matter in the development of kidney disease?
Rebecca N Douglas-Denton, Bridgette J McNamara, Wendy E Hoy, Michael D Hughson, John F Bertram
Journal article | 2006 | Ethnicity & disease
The total number of nephrons in normal human kidneys varies over a 10-fold range. This variation in total nephron number leads us ..
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Senior Research Fellow
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Masters of Public Health
Anatomy and Developmental Biology
Arts/Science with Honours degree