Alex Brown

Professor, B.Med, MPH, PhD

  • 4168 Citations
  • 31 h-Index

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Professor Alex Brown is an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher. He grew up on the south coast of New South Wales (NSW) with family connections to Nowra, Wreck Bay and Wallaga Lake on the far south coast of NSW.

Alex trained in medicine at the University of Newcastle, before working in hospitals on the central coast on NSW. He subsequently travelled to Israel to complete a Master of Public Health and returned to Australia to begin work in Alice Springs, where he spent 14 years.

Alex first managed the local Centre for Disease Control in Alice Springs, controlling outbreaks of disease, immunisation programs and the surveillance of disease, before starting in research for the Menzies School of Health Research. In 2007 he was appointed to set up a research program in Central Australia with Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, with a focus on heart disease and diabetes in Aboriginal people. During this time, Alex commenced and completed his PhD on depression and heart disease in Aboriginal men.

Over the last 20 years, Alex has established an extensive and unique research program focused on chronic disease in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on outlining and overcoming health disparities. He leads projects encompassing epidemiology, psychosocial determinants of chronic disease, mixed methods health services research in Aboriginal primary care and hospital settings, and randomised controlled trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological chronic disease interventions.

Alex has been involved in policy since he commenced as a doctor. He has been heavily involved in engaging government and lead agencies in setting the agenda in Aboriginal cardiovascular disease management and control and chronic disease policy more broadly. He sits on a range of national committees,and co-chaors the Indigenous Research Health Fund through the MRFF.

In July 2012, Alex joined SAHMRI to lead Aboriginal health research.

In November 2012, Alex was awarded the prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship to further his research into the impacts of psychosocial determinants on cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal communities. He holds an NHMRC Research Fellowship.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Queensland

… → Jun 2010

Masters, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Sep 1998Sep 1999

Bachelor's Degree, University of Newcastle


External positions

Scientific Director, Aboriginal Grand Challenge, Telethon Kids Institute

1 Jan 2020 → …

Professor of Aboriginal Health, University of Adelaide

4 Mar 2019 → …

Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre

12 Nov 2018 → …

Honorary Professor, Department of Diabetes, Monash University

1 Jan 2018 → …


  • Aboriginal health
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Health Services
  • epidemiology

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Research Output

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged under 35 years: a consensus statement

Agostino, J. W., Wong, D., Paige, E., Wade, V., Connell, C., Davey, M. E., Peiris, D. P., Fitzsimmons, D., Burgess, C. P., Mahoney, R., Lonsdale, E., Fernando, P., Malamoo, L., Eades, S., Brown, A., Jennings, G., Lovett, R. W. & Banks, E., 1 May 2020, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 212, 0025729X, p. 422-427 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Community leadership and empowerment are essential for eliminating rheumatic heart disease

Carapetis, J. R. & Brown, A., 1 Aug 2020, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 213, 3, p. 116-117 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Cord blood metabolic markers are strong mediators of the effect of maternal adiposity on fetal growth in pregnancies across the glucose tolerance spectrum: the PANDORA study

Lee, I-L., Barr, E. L. M., Longmore, D., Barzi, F., Brown, A. D. H., Connors, C., Boyle, J. A., Kirkwood, M., Hampton, V., Lynch, M., Lu, Z. X., O'Dea, K., Oats, J., McIntyre, H. D., Zimmet, P., Shaw, J. E., Maple-Brown, L. J. & PANDORA study team, 8 Jan 2020, In : Diabetologia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Critically ill Indigenous Australians and mortality: a complex story

Secombe, P. J., Brown, A., Bailey, M. J. & Pilcher, D., 1 Jul 2020, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 213, 1, p. 13-14 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


  • 4 Oral presentation

Prevalence and Treatment Coverage Rates for Refractive Error among Aboriginal Australians

Jose J. Estevez (Speaker), Natasha Howard (Author), Alex Brown (Author)
27 Feb 2020

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Disparities in breast screening, stage at diagnosis, cancer treatment and the subsequent risk of cancer death: A retrospective, matched cohort of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women with breast cancer

David Banham (Author), David Roder (Author), Marion Eckert (Author), Natasha Howard (Author), Karla Canuto (Author), Sandra Miller (Speaker), Alex brown Brown (Author)
17 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

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Cancer treatment and the risk of cancer death among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal South Australians: Analysis of a matched cohort study

David Banham (Author), David Roder (Author), Dorothy Keefe (Author), Gelareh Farshid (Author), Marion Eckert (Author), Karla Canuto (Speaker), Natasha Howard (Author), Alex Brown (Author)
17 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

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