• Since April 2013
    Melbourne University Laureate Professor
    Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement

    Director, Global Burden of Disease Group
    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

    Since April 2013
    Honorary Professor, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia

    Since September 2008
    Affiliate Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, University of Washington, USA.

    Since July 2010 – January 2013
    Professor of Global Health, and Head, School of Population Health,
    University of Queensland, Australia

    Responsible for direction, performance and management of the School comprising over 170 staff, including 100 academics and 70 administrative staff. Major areas of scientific interest include measuring population health, burden of disease estimation, projection methods, improving verbal autopsy tools for cause of death estimation, global descriptive epidemiology, epidemiology of tobacco and alcohol; global comparative risk factor assessment.

    July 2005 – August 2008
    Adjunct Professor of Population and International Health, School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA.

    January 2003 – June 2010
    Professor of Medical Statistics and Population Health, and Head, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia.

    January 2002 - December 2002
    Senior Science Adviser; WHO.
    Duties included: Editor-in-chief of the World Health Report 2002 on Risks to Health; Chief scientific adviser to the Director-General on scientific standards for WHO data and publications and the development of evidence-based guidelines.

    August 1998 - December 2001
    Chief; Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Unit, WHO.
    Responsible for directing and managing WHO’s epidemiology and biostatistics ac   


Member of

  • WHO Expert Committee on NCD Surveillance. WHO Expert Committee on NCD Surveillance 2009 - 2011
  • Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Funding Committee. Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Funding Committee 2007 - 2011


Selected publications



Education and training

  • FAFPHM, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2006
  • PhD, Australian National University 1979
  • MSc, Purdue University 1974
  • BSc (Hons), The University of Western Australia 1973

Awards and honors

  • Peter Wills Medal, Research Australia Awards, 2014
  • Melbourne University Laureate Professor, 2013
  • Foreign Associate Member, Institute of Medicine, US National Academies of Science, 2009
  • Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 2006
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Science, Purdue University, 2001
  • Leverhulme Prize (with Sir Richard Peto), Liverpool School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1998