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Professor Alex Brown is the Deputy Director and Program Leader of Aboriginal Research at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide. He is also an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher from New South Wales (NSW) with family connections to Nowra, Wreck Bay and Wallaga Lake on the far south coast of NSW.
Alex began his career in Alice Springs managing the local Centre for Disease Control, controlling outbreaks of disease, immunisation programs and the surveillance of disease, before commencing research for the Menzies School of Health Research. He has established an extensive and unique research program focussed on chronic disease in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on outlining and overcoming health disparities. Alex 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 been involved in engaging government and leading agencies in setting the agenda in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 from 2009-2012.
In addition to his medical training, Alex has a Masters of Public Health; has completed his PhD on, depression and heart disease in Aboriginal men; is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand; and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
In 2012, Alex was awarded the Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship to further his research into the impacts of psychological determinants on cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal communities.