Carol Holden

Dr, PhD, MPH, BSc(Hons)

  • 897 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
1989 …2020

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Dr Carol Holden joined SAHMRI in 2017, as Senior Project Officer to coordinate the state-wide No Australians Dying of Bowel Cancer Intiative and more recently as part of the SAHMRI Research Office to support MRFF application development.

Carol is an experienced project manager with a diverse skill set in research, business administration, education and public health, with a particular interest in knowledge translation. She has a strong record of capacity building, health communication, and collaboration across a range of sectors and co-ordination of multifaceted and complex programs. Completing her PhD (male inferility) under the supervision of Professor Alan Trounson (IVF pioneer), Carol went on to oversee the clinical operations of the NATA-accredited Andrology and Endocrinology laboratories at Monash IVF (Victoria) for 10 years. She subsquently operationalised the vision of Emertius Professor (former Governor) David de Kretser AC for an Australian Centre of Excellence in Male Reproductive Health. In the role as inaugural CEO of Andrology Australia (Monash University, 2000-2015), she was instrumental in putting men's health on the national policy agenda (National Male Health Policy launched in 2010) informed through the coordination of the first national men's health survey (Men in Australia Telephone Survey, MATeS. Holden et al. Lancet, 2005). Her work in men's health was recognised with receipt of the prestigious state-based Victorian Public Health Award, Research Innovation Winner (2005) and SACS Award for Leadership: Executive Leader, Not-for-Profit Sector (2012). Although not holding an academic role, she has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications (almost half as first author) and awarded more than $14M in government/competitive grants over her career.

Key skills include strategic planning, operations and project management, stakeholder liaison and management, grant writing and proposal development, social marketing and health communications (including digital and social media), knowledge translation and exchange, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor's Degree (Honours), King's College London

Masters, La Trobe University

PhD, Monash University

External positions

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


  • Research Translation
  • Men's Health
  • Project Management
  • Public health

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Research Output

A systematic scoping review of determinants of multidisciplinary cancer team access and decision-making in the management of older patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer

Holden, C. A., Poprawski, D., Singhal, N., Buckley, E., Caruso, J., Wichmann, M. W. & Price, T., Jul 2020, In : Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 11, 6, p. 909-916 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Engagement of general practice in an Australian organised bowel cancer screening program: A cross-sectional survey of knowledge and practice

Holden, C. A., Frank, O., Li, M., Manocha, R., Caruso, J., Turnbull, D., Reed, R. L., Miller, C. L., Roder, D. & Olver, I., Jul 2020, In : Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 21, 7, p. 2099-2107 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

From participation to diagnostic assessment: A systematic scoping review of the role of the primary healthcare sector in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Holden, C. A., Frank, O., Cruso, J., Turnbull, D., Reed, R. L., Miller, C. L. & Olver, I., Jun 2020, In : Australian Journal of Primary Health. 26, 3, p. 191-206 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

Improving Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program outcomes through increased participation and cost-effective investment

Worthington, J., Lew, J. B., Feletto, E., Holden, C. A., Worthley, D. L., Miller, C. & Canfell, K., 1 Feb 2020, In : PloS one. 15, 2, e0227899.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Pathways to a cancer-free future: A protocol for modelled evaluations to minimise the future burden of colorectal cancer in Australia

No Australians Dying of Bowel Cancer & Worthley, D., 21 Jun 2020, In : BMJ open. 10, 6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle