Associate Professor Linda Selvey has joined the School of Public Health as a Teaching and Research Academic.  She is a health physician and her main research area is infectious disease. Her research interests are diverse including: climate change; Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause severe diarrhea in vulnerable people; sexual health; blood borne viruses and antimicrobial resistance.

Associate Professor Selvey used to work for Queensland Health, starting there as Director of Communicable Diseases Branch in December 1996 and in 2005,  then promoted to Executive Director, Population Health Queensland. She remained in this position until moving to Sydney where she took up the position of CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. She then moved to Perth to join her partner and worked at Curtin University, School of Public Health, before joining The University of Queensland.

Associate Professor Selvey is currently undertaking research on a common and debilitating gut infection. This study is being undertaken in partnership with the School of Public Health at Curtin University. 

The study is seeking up to 200 volunteers, over 50 years old, to provide stool samples and complete a brief questionnaire to understand how common Clostridium difficile is in the community. Clostridium difficile is an infection of the gut that can cause severe diarrhoea and even death, especially among elderly people and people with cancers and other illnesses.

By participating, you can help us find out some preliminary information about how common the bug is in the community and some possible ways that people might get this bug.

For more information or to participate, please contact Associate Professor Linda Selvey: Ph: +61 7 3365 5281| Mobile: 0412 072168 | Email: