Dr Julie Bennett

Dr Bennett's research activities currently have a strong focus on group A streptococcal infections, acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Dr Julie Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health based at the University of Otago, Wellington. She has a wide range of public health research interests, with a particular focus on infectious diseases, indoor air quality, housing and health. She is also member of the WHO acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease guideline development group.

Julie is the lead researcher of SKIP RHD, a Trans-Tasman collaboration trialling subcutaneous infusions of benzathine penicillin for prevention of rheumatic heart disease. Julie also leads the “Isolate study” which aims to establish if group A streptococcal isolates detected prior to rheumatic fever differ from those collected on hospital admission.

Julie project manages the “Endgame” project, led by Professor Michael Baker, which aims to develop an optimal strategy for ending rheumatic fever in New Zealand and the “START” study, led by Dr Nikki Moreland that aims to develop and validate biomarkers that may form the basis for a rheumatic fever blood test.