Alex Brown


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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 overseas to complete a Master of Public Health and returned to Australia to begin work in Alice Springs, where he spent the last 13 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 this time, 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, including the Heart Foundation, chairs the Cardiac Society Indigenous Cardiovascular Council and was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council (2009-2012).

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.

Education / Academic qualification

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

Sep 1998Sep 1999

Bachelor's Degree, University of Newcastle


PhD, School of Population Health, University of Queensland

… → Jun 2010

External positions

Professorial Academic Status Holder , school of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

Nov 2013Nov 2016

Professor of Population Health and Research Chair, Aboriginal Health , School of Population Health, University of South Australia

2012 → …

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Research Output 2001 2019

Can the Revival of Indigenous Languages Improve the Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People?

Sivak, L., Westhead, S., Richards, E., Atkinson, S., Dare, H., Richards, J., Zuckermann, G., Rosen, A., Gee, G., Wright, M., Brown, N., Ritchie, T., Walsh, M. & Brown, A. 2019 In : TheMHS e-Book of Proceedings.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Emerging diabetes and metabolic conditions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

Titmuss, A., Davis, E. A., Brown, A. & Maple-Brown, L. J. 18 Jan 2019 In : The Medical journal of Australia.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Maternal body mass index, excess gestational weight gain, and diabetes are positively associated with neonatal adiposity in the Pregnancy and Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) study

Longmore, D. K., Barr, E. L. M., Lee, I. L., Barzi, F., Kirkwood, M., Whitbread, C., Hampton, V., Graham, S., Van Dokkum, P., Connors, C., Boyle, J. A., Catalano, P., Brown, A. D. H., O'Dea, K., Oats, J., McIntyre, H. D., Shaw, J. E., Maple-Brown, L. J. & on behalf of the PANDORA study research team 2019 (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric Obesity. e12490

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Pregnancy stress, healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes - The need for early preventative approaches in pregnant Australian Indigenous women: A prospective longitudinal cohort study

Mah, B. L., Pringle, K. G., Weatherall, L., Keogh, L., Schumacher, T., Eades, S., Brown, A., Lumbers, E. R., Roberts, C. T., Diehm, C., Smith, R. & Rae, K. M. 2019 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

2 Citations

Reaching cardiovascular prevention guideline targets with a polypill-based approach: A meta-Analysis of randomised clinical trials

Selak, V. , Webster, R. , Stepien, S. , Bullen, C. , Patel, A. , Thom, S. , Arroll, B. , Bots, M. L. , Brown, A. , Crengle, S. , Dorairaj, P. , Elley, C. R. , Grobbee, D. E. , Harwood, M. , Hillis, G. S. , Laba, T. L. , Neal, B. , Peiris, D. , Rafter, N. , Reid, C. & 5 others Stanton, A., Tonkin, A., Usherwood, T., Wadham, A. & Rodgers, A. 1 Jan 2019 In : Heart. 105, 1, p. 42-48 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle