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Professor Alex Brown is the Deputy Director and also Program Leader, Aboriginal Research, at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, based in Adelaide. He is an Aboriginal doctor and researcher with extensive skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research in rural and remote communities. He received his PhD in 2010, and in addition to his medical training has a Masters of Public Health, is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and an honorary fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
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. He has significant connections across the health system, policy environment and key government and non-government organisation (NGO) sectors, particularly in relation to chronic disease burden and prevention. 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).
Over the past five years he has been principal investigator on over $5 million of research projects and has extensive research collaborations with university, academic, primary care, Aboriginal community control services, international partners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community partners.