PROF Brian Oldenburg

PROF Brian Oldenburg


  • Health Policy (CVD, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression)
  • Health System (CVD, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression)
  • Prevention and control of cardio-metabolic conditions (heart disease and mental health co-morbidities) (CVD, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression)
  • Prevention and control of chronic conditions (CVD, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression)
  • Public Health (CVD, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression)
  • Research training and capacity building programs (Knowledge Translation, Implementation Science)



  • Professor Brian Oldenburg is Chair of Non-Communicable Disease Control and Director of the Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. He is a behavioural scientist and an expert in the prevention and control of chronic conditions. Professor Oldenburg's research program focuses on health policy and the prevention and control of cardio-metabolic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, and their mental health co-morbidities. He has extensive experience in research training and capacity building programs in Australia and other countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific and African regions. Professor Oldenburg's work has led the way (inter)nationally in the development and evaluation of the use of new technologies and m-Health interventions to improve health. He has been involved with numerous intervention trials, their evaluation and scale-up in health-care, workplace, organisational, schools and other community settings in Australia and other countries, including Finland, China, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and many other (inter)national NGOs and governments about public health, health systems and health policy issues. Among other career and leadership achievements, he was Associate Dean (Global Health & International Campuses) at Monash University and Regional Director and Secretary, Asian Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, for many years. Professor Oldenburg has produced >300 publications with more than 200 in peer-reviewed journals).   

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Member of

  • UK Faculty of Public Health. Invited Member 2011 -
  • American Public Health Association. Member 2000 -
  • Australian Health Promotion Association. Member 2000 -
  • Public Health Association Australia. Member 2000 -
  • Australian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine. Member 1993 -
  • United States Society of Behavioural Medicine. Member 1987 -


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Additional Grant Information

  • Since 2003 he has received $19M in competitive (inter)national research funding with $12.5M from NHMRC/ARC; he has been a CI on 9 NHMRC Project Grants, 2 NHMRC Strategic Grants, a NHMRC Partnership Grant, a NHMRC CCRE in Aboriginal Health, a NHMRC Global Alliance of Chronic Disease Grant and 2 ARC Linkage Grants. He is also a current recipient of a US NIH Training and Capacity Building Grant.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of New South Wales 1987
  • M.PSYCHOL, University of New South Wales 1983
  • B/SC (HONS), University of New South Wales 1975

Awards and honors

  • NHMRC "Ten of the best research projects, 2011", National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2011
  • Fellowship, United States Society for Behavioural Medicine, 2006
  • Public Health Recognition Award, Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, 2004
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution, Australian Health Promotion Association, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Professor Oldenburg is currently supervising 6 doctoral students and he has graduated an average of 2 doctoral students for each of the last 5 years as well as mentoring more than 10 Research Fellows over this period. He has trained 50 early career, NCD researchers from Asian countries in the last 3 years as part of a US NIH training and capacity building grant.