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Lago, Luise P. Dr

Faculty Member

  • Faculty of Business
  • Senior Research Fellow (Statistics) - Australian Health Services Research Institute

Research Overview


  • Dr Luise Lago is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong (UOW). She is the senior statistician at the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population, a collaboration between UOW and the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). In the last five years, Luise completed her PhD while working as a statistician, published in several high-impact international journals, co-authored books and provided statistical advice and support to researchers from a range of disciplines. Despite a period of career disruption in 2012 for maternity leave and ongoing carer’s responsibilities, she has presented the findings of her work at seminars, conferences, and international meetings and cross-jurisdictional and international technical working groups.

    The statistical work Luise led in the development of the Australian-Refined Diagnosis Related Groups v7.0 classification has been used in delivering over $10 billion of funding to hospitals in Australia, and her classification work in disability funding has been used for over 10 years to fund school leavers with disabilities transitioning to work. Luise was previously the Australian analyst for the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Survey (WMHS) collaborative and presented her findings on the epidemiology of substance use disorders at international meetings of the WMHS collaborators at Harvard Medical School in 2015 and 2016. She provided analysis and feedback to the World Health Organisation on the draft ICD-11 criteria for substance disorders in collaboration with partners at UNSW and University of Tasmania. More recently, Luise was central to the establishment of the Illawarra Health Information Platform, a longitudinal health data repository and data linkage system linking ISLHD hospital and community-based health service data with other public and private data including public pathology and private health insurance. She has fostered collaborations with external agencies such as NSW Ambulance, NSW Pathology, Sonic (private pathology) and the AIHW to facilitate data linkage. She contributed to the establishment of streamlined governance and ethics approvals to facilitate the provision of linked data.

    Luise’s goal is to carry out and support the use of appropriate statistical methods to complex survey data and large administrative health dataset to facilitate high quality and innovative health services and medical research and subsequent research translation. She is currently working on linked and longitudinal data analysis projects in the areas of emergency department frequent attenders, health service utilisation among resident sub-groups such as those living with dementia, mental health, self-harm/suicidality, and substance use. She is currently co-supervising higher degree research students in the areas of dementia outcomes, and side effects of oral anticoagulants.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining the impact of dementia on patterns of hospitalisation: A longitudinal analysis of hospital admissions in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Cappetta, Kara
    Master of Philosophy The Prevalence of Hospitalisations Resulting from Side Effects Associated with Oral Anticoagulants Watts, Kerry

Full Name


  • Luise Lago

Mailing Address


  • Building 234 (iC Enterprise 1)

    Innovation Campus

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Research Overview


  • Dr Luise Lago is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong (UOW). She is the senior statistician at the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population, a collaboration between UOW and the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). In the last five years, Luise completed her PhD while working as a statistician, published in several high-impact international journals, co-authored books and provided statistical advice and support to researchers from a range of disciplines. Despite a period of career disruption in 2012 for maternity leave and ongoing carer’s responsibilities, she has presented the findings of her work at seminars, conferences, and international meetings and cross-jurisdictional and international technical working groups.

    The statistical work Luise led in the development of the Australian-Refined Diagnosis Related Groups v7.0 classification has been used in delivering over $10 billion of funding to hospitals in Australia, and her classification work in disability funding has been used for over 10 years to fund school leavers with disabilities transitioning to work. Luise was previously the Australian analyst for the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Survey (WMHS) collaborative and presented her findings on the epidemiology of substance use disorders at international meetings of the WMHS collaborators at Harvard Medical School in 2015 and 2016. She provided analysis and feedback to the World Health Organisation on the draft ICD-11 criteria for substance disorders in collaboration with partners at UNSW and University of Tasmania. More recently, Luise was central to the establishment of the Illawarra Health Information Platform, a longitudinal health data repository and data linkage system linking ISLHD hospital and community-based health service data with other public and private data including public pathology and private health insurance. She has fostered collaborations with external agencies such as NSW Ambulance, NSW Pathology, Sonic (private pathology) and the AIHW to facilitate data linkage. She contributed to the establishment of streamlined governance and ethics approvals to facilitate the provision of linked data.

    Luise’s goal is to carry out and support the use of appropriate statistical methods to complex survey data and large administrative health dataset to facilitate high quality and innovative health services and medical research and subsequent research translation. She is currently working on linked and longitudinal data analysis projects in the areas of emergency department frequent attenders, health service utilisation among resident sub-groups such as those living with dementia, mental health, self-harm/suicidality, and substance use. She is currently co-supervising higher degree research students in the areas of dementia outcomes, and side effects of oral anticoagulants.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining the impact of dementia on patterns of hospitalisation: A longitudinal analysis of hospital admissions in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Cappetta, Kara
    Master of Philosophy The Prevalence of Hospitalisations Resulting from Side Effects Associated with Oral Anticoagulants Watts, Kerry

Full Name


  • Luise Lago

Mailing Address


  • Building 234 (iC Enterprise 1)

    Innovation Campus

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia