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

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

Professor of Aboriginal Health, University of Adelaide

4 Mar 2019 → …

Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre

12 Nov 2018 → …


  • R Medicine (General)
  • Aboriginal health
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes
  • Biopsychosocial
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Health Services
  • epidemiology

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Research Output 2001 2020

A scoping review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion programs focused on modifying chronic disease risk factors

Canuto, K. J., Aromataris, E., Burgess, T., Davy, C., McKivett, A., Schwartzkopff, K., Canuto, K., Tufanaru, C., Lockwood, C. & Brown, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Birth outcomes in women with gestational diabetes managed by lifestyle modification alone: The PANDORA study

On behalf of PANDORA Study research team, 1 Nov 2019, In : Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 157, 107876.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2019 2019

  • 2 Oral presentation

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

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation