I am a pharmacoepidemiologist and leading authority in the conduct of population-based research using routinely collected data. I have led national and international studies leveraging ‘big health data’ to generate real-world evidence on the use, benefits and safety of prescribed medicines.
I am the Professor of Health Systems, Head the Medicines Intelligence Research Program at the School of Population Health and Theme Principal for Health Systems Research, UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health. I also direct the NHMRC Medicines Intelligence Centre of Research Excellence (MI-CRE), a collaborative research program with investigators across nine Australian universities and scientific advisors from six leading international academic institutions. MI-CRE’s primary purpose is to develop a coordinated approach to accelerate real-world evidence development for medicines policy decision makers.
I am a long-standing advocate for the safe and productive use of data to benefit the Australian community, and have published widely on maximising the value data for decision-making in health. I am an active member of a number of peak medicines policy and health data linkage committees and advisory groups including the Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the PBAC (2011- current), Australian Commission for Safety and Quality and Health Care Medication Oversight Committee (2018-current), National Data Advisory Council (2019-current), and Board of the NSW Bureau of Health Information (2021-current). In my decade long tenure as Chair/Deputy Chair of the NSW Population Health Service Research Ethics Committee (2006-2017), I shaped policy around the ethics and governance of health data linkage for research.
Broad Research Areas:
Population Health, Health Services Research, Cancer, Epidemiology, Health Policy
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Member, Health Service Research Association of Australia and New Zealand
Member and Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology
Member, Harvard Club of Australia
Member, Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
Member, National Data Advisory Council
Journal Editorial Boards:
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991557
International Journal of Population Data Science https://ijpds.org/editorial-board
Public Health Research and Practice https://www.phrp.com.au/about-us/editorial-board
Specific Research Keywords:
Pharmacoepidemiology, Population Health, Health Services Research, Cancer, Epidemiology, Health Policy
Health Service Research Association of Australia and New Zealand Distinguished (Lifetime) Investigator Award
UNSW Medicine and Health Award for Higher Degree Research Supervision
Member, Homeward Bound Global Leadership Program for Women in STEMM
Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow