PROF Brian Oldenburg

PROF Brian Oldenburg


  • Health Policy and Systems
  • Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science
  • Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases
  • Public Health
  • Research Training and Capacity Building
  • mHealth and NCD Self Management



  • Professor Brian Oldenburg (B.Sc, MPsychol, PhD) is Chair of the Non-Communicable Disease Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; he is also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Implementation Research and Prevention and Control of NCD’s. His research program focuses on how to reduce chronic disease risk and how to improve health care delivery and chronic disease self-management for people with chronic conditions. His research outputs have been widely adapted and tailored to the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, including Indigenous Australians. Over the least 5 years he has also been at the forefront globally of developing new technology platforms and mHealth interventions to improve chronic disease outcomes in both high income and developing countries. His research program is very active in India, China and other countries in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. He is very well networked with program implementers, public health researchers and policy-makers throughout South Asia and China. He has undertaken recent work for WHO related to NCDs in developing countries, for example, he was the senior author of a WHO monograph, “A practical guide for implementation research to improve the prevention & control of NCDs”. He has almost 300 peer reviewed papers and has presented at over 65 conferences in the last 5 years, including many invited plenaries at international conferences. He is the co-chair of the Prevention Group for the Lancet Commission on Policy and System Approaches to Reduce the Global Burden of Diabetes-related Morbidity. Professor Oldenburg currently also serves on International Advisory Boards for research trials being undertaken in China, South Asian countries and Finland. He has led the establishment of the Implementation Science Training Program for the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and has delivered training programs in more than 10 countries over the last 5 years. He is a co   


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 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Professor Oldenburg has received significant competitive grant funds in the last 5 years from NHMRC, ARC, NHMRC (GACD) and US National Institutes of Health. He recently led a NHMRC Partnership Grant (2013-18) ID. 1057411 investigating the scalability of an automated mHealth intervention (My Diabetes Coach) for people with diabetes. He is the lead investigator on two recently completed NHMRC project grants investigating: (1) Interrelationships between negative emotions and biomarkers for heart disease (ADVENT Study) ID. 1021294; (2) A scalable intervention program for diabetes prevention in India (Randomised evaluation of the Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program, KDPP) ID. 1005324. KDPP has recently been scaled up for delivery to 25,000 communities – population of 300,000 people - in partnership with the Kerala government. He was also CIB on a recent NHMRC GACD grant ID. 1040030 to improve hypertension outcomes in rural India. He was the PI on a recent US NIH Fogarty grant to train 50 early career researchers in South Asian countries in the prevention and control of chronic NCDs in their own countries (Building the Asian Non-Communicable Disease Research Network for Regional Research Capacity – NIH D43TW008332). He is a co-investigator on two current NHMRC project grants: (1) the scale up of Mental Health First Aid in China and Sri Lanka (2018-22) ID. 1142395; and (2) evaluation of a new digital health program to improve heart disease outcomes with CI Maddison (2018-20) ID. 1144331. He is also the PI on two new NHMRC Project Grants to improve chronic disease outcomes in India (2019-22) ID. 1160283 and (2019-24) ID. (ID. APP1169766).   


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 HDR students and mentoring 8 other mid-career researchers.