Michael Falster

NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer

Michael Falster is a Biostatistician and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) at UNSW Australia. Michael has over 14 years’ experience working in public health, biostatistics and epidemiological research. Michael has various projects exploring variation in the delivery and quality of health care, including disparities in hospital care between public and private patients, care fragmentation following surgery, and population-level patterns of medicine use. He is currently an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating variation in potentially inappropriate combinations of medicines.

Michael’s work and interests are characterized by finding innovative statistical methods for quantifying and exploring variation in health and health care, such as: multilevel models for deconstructing geographic variation in health inequalities and outcomes; data visualizations exploring temporal patterns of health events; network modelling of communities of health practitioners; spatial methods for identifying and analyzing hospital patient catchments; and data algorithms for characterizing longitudinal patterns of healthcare use (e.g. continuity of care).

Michael has experience in diverse fields such as health services research, cardiovascular care, injury, Aboriginal health, cancer epidemiology and perinatal research, and experience analyzing complex linked data sources including survey, hospital, Medicare, pharmaceutical claims. mortality, perinatal, cancer notification and emergency department data sets. His PhD used linked health data to investigate patient-, geographic and system-level factors influencing variation in 'preventable' hospitalisation. Having a background in health, policy and statistics, Michael is interested in translating complex statistical methods and findings towards a policy audience.

Journal articles
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Hsu B; Falster MO; Schaffer AL; Pearson S; Jorm L; Brieger DB, 2020, 'Antiplatelet therapy within 30 days of percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation', Medical Journal of Australia, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50507
2020
Falster MO; Buckley NA; Brieger D; Pearson S-A, 2020, 'Antihypertensive polytherapy in Australia: prevalence of inappropriate combinations, 2013-2018.', J Hypertens, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HJH.0000000000002408
2020
Schaffer AL; Falster MO; Brieger D; Jorm LR; Wilson A; Hay M; Leeb K; Pearson S; Nasis A, 2019, 'Evidence-Practice Gaps in Postdischarge Initiation With Oral Anticoagulants in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation', Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 8, pp. e014287, http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.119.014287
2019
Falster MO; Leyland AH; Jorm LR, 2019, 'Do hospitals influence geographic variation in admission for preventable hospitalisation? A data linkage study in New South Wales, Australia', BMJ Open, vol. 9, pp. e027639, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027639
2019
Page AT; Falster MO; Litchfield M; Pearson SA; Etherton-Beer C, 2019, 'Polypharmacy among older Australians, 2006–2017: a population-based study', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 211, pp. 71 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50244
2019
Johnson TL; Kaldor J; Falster MO; Sutherland K; Humphries J; Jorm LR; Levesque JF, 2018, 'Predictive risk modelling under different data access scenarios: Who is identified as high risk and for how long?', BMJ Open, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018909
2018
Tran B; Falster M; Jorm L, 2018, 'Claims-based measures of continuity of care have non-linear associations with health: data linkage study', International Journal of Population Data Science, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.23889/ijpds.v3i1.463
2018
Tran B; Straka P; Falster MO; Douglas KA; Britz T; Jorm LR, 2018, 'Overcoming the data drought: Exploring general practice in Australia by network analysis of big data', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 209, pp. 68 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja17.01236
2018
Van Leeuwen MT; Falster MO; Vajdic CM; Crowe PJ; Lujic S; Klaes E; Jorm L; Sedrakyan A, 2018, 'Reoperation after breast-conserving surgery for cancer in Australia: Statewide cohort study of linked hospital data', BMJ Open, vol. 8, pp. e020858, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020858
2018
Falster MO; Jorm LR; Leyland AH, 2018, 'Using Weighted Hospital Service Area Networks to Explore Variation in Preventable Hospitalization', Health Services Research, vol. 53, pp. 3148 - 3169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.12777
2018
Möller H; Falster K; Ivers R; Falster MO; Clapham K; Jorm L, 2017, 'Closing the Aboriginal child injury gap: targets for injury prevention', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, pp. 8 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12591
2017
Möller H; Falster K; Ivers R; Falster M; Randall D; Clapham K; Jorm L, 2016, 'Inequalities in hospitalized unintentional injury between aboriginal and non-aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 106, pp. 899 - 905, http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303022
2016
Tran B; Falster MO; Girosi F; Jorm L, 2016, 'Relationship between use of general practice and healthcare costs at the end of life: A data linkage study in New South Wales, Australia', BMJ Open, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009410
2016
Falster K; Banks E; Lujic S; Falster M; Lynch J; Zwi K; Eades S; Leyland AH; Jorm L, 2016, 'Inequalities in pediatric avoidable hospitalizations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Australia: A population data linkage study', BMC Pediatrics, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12887-016-0706-7
2016
Falster MO; Jorm LR; Leyland AH, 2016, 'Visualising linked health data to explore health events around preventable hospitalisations in NSW Australia', BMJ Open, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012031
2016
Falster MO; Jorm LR; Douglas KA; Blyth FM; Elliott RF; Leyland AH, 2015, 'Sociodemographic and health characteristics, rather than primary care supply, are major drivers of geographic variation in preventable hospitalizations in Australia', Medical Care, vol. 53, pp. 436 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000000342
2015
Vajdic CM; Pour SM; Olivier J; Swart A; O'Connell DL; Falster MO; Meagher NS; Mao L; Grulich AE; Randall DA; Amin J; Burns L; Degenhardt L, 2015, 'The impact of blood-borne viruses on cause-specific mortality among opioid dependent people: An Australian population-based cohort study', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 152, pp. 264 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.03.026
2015
Warren JR; Falster MO; Tran B; Jorm L, 2015, 'Association of continuity of primary care and statin adherence', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140008
2015
Tran B; Falster MO; Douglas K; Blyth F; Jorm LR, 2015, 'Smoking and potentially preventable hospitalisation: The benefit of smoking cessation in older ages', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 150, pp. 85 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.02.028
2015
Larney S; Grebely J; Falster M; Swart A; Amin J; Degenhardt L; Burns L; Vajdic CM, 2015, 'Opioid substitution therapy is associated with increased detection of hepatitis C virus infection: A 15-year observational cohort study', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 148, pp. 213 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.027
2015
Vajdic CM; Marashi Pour S; Olivier J; Swart A; O'Connell DL; Falster MO; Meagher NS; Mao L; Grulich AE; Randall DA; Amin J; Burns L; Degenhardt L, 2015, 'Corrigendum to "The impact of blood-borne viruses on cause-specific mortality among opioid dependent people: An Australian population-based cohort study" [Drug Alcohol Depend. 152C (2015) 264-271] DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.03.026', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 154, pp. 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.024
2015
Tran B; Falster MO; Douglas K; Blyth F; Jorm LR, 2014, 'Health behaviours and potentially preventable hospitalisation: A prospective study of older Australian adults', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0093111
2014
Van Leeuwen MT; Turner JJ; Joske DJ; Falster MO; Srasuebkul P; Meagher NS; Grulich AE; Giles GG; Vajdic CM, 2014, 'Lymphoid neoplasm incidence by WHO subtype in Australia 1982-2006', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 135, pp. 2146 - 2156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.28849
2014
Vajdic CM; Stavrou EP; Ward RL; Falster MO; Pearson SA, 2014, 'Minimal excess risk of cancer and reduced risk of death from cancer in Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs clients: A record linkage study', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 38, pp. 30 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12168
2014
Harrold TC; Randall DA; Falster MO; Lujic S; Jorm LR, 2014, 'The contribution of geography to disparities in preventable hospitalisations between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097892
2014
Falster MO; Randall DA; Lujic S; Ivers R; Leyland AH; Jorm LR, 2013, 'Disentangling the impacts of geography and Aboriginality on serious road transport injuries in New South Wales', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol. 54, pp. 32 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2013.01.015
2013
Warren JR; Falster MO; Fox D; Jorm L, 2013, 'Factors influencing adherence in long-term use of statins', Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, vol. 22, pp. 1298 - 1307, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pds.3526
2013
Van Leeuwen MT; Turner J; Falster M; Meagher N; Joske D; Grulich AE; Giles GG; Vajdic CM, 2013, 'Subtype-specific latitude gradients for lymphoid neoplasm subtypes in Australia support an association with ultraviolet radiation exposure', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 133, pp. 944 - 951, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.28081
2013
Falster M; Roberts C; Ford JB; Kinnear A; Nicholl M, 2012, 'Development of a maternity hospital classification for perinatal research', NSW Public Health Bulletin, vol. 1, pp. 12 - 16
2012
Morris JM; Algert CS; Falster MO; Ford JB; Kinnear A; Nicholl MC; Roberts CL, 2012, 'Trends in planned early birth: A population-based study', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 207, pp. 186.e1 - 186.e8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2012.06.082
2012
Becker N; Falster M; Vajdic CM; De Sanjose S; Martinez-Maza O; Bracci PM; Melbye M; Smedby KE; Engels EA; Turner J; Vineis P; Constantin A; Holly EA; Spinelli JJ; Vecchia CL; Zheng T; Chiu BC-H; Montella M; Cocco P; Maynadie M; Foretova L; Staines A; Brennan P; Severson R; Cerhan JR; Breen EC; Birmann B; Grulich AE, 2012, 'Self-reported history of infections and the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: An InterLymph pooled analysis', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 131, pp. 2342 - 2348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.27438
2012
Grulich AE; Vajdic CM; Falster M; Kane E; Ekstrom SK; Bracci P; De Sanjose S; Becker NG; Turner J; Martinez-Maza O; Melbye M; Engels E; Vineis P; Seniori CA; Holly E; Spinelli J; La Vecchia C; Zheng T; Chiu B; Dal Maso L; Cocco P, 2010, 'Birth order and risk of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma - true association or bias?', American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 172, pp. 621 - 630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwq167
2010
Vajdic CM; Falster M; De Sanjose S; Martinez-Maza O; Becker N; Bracci P; Melbye M; Smedby K; Engels E; Turner J; Vineis P; Costantini A; Holly E; Kane E; Spinelli J; La Vecchia C; Zheng T; Chiu B; Dal Maso L; Cocco P; Maynadie M; Foretova L; Staines A; Brennan P; Davis S; Severson R; Cerhan J; Breen E; Birmann B; Cozen W; Grulich AE, 2009, 'Atopic disease and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: An interlymph pooled analysis', Cancer research, vol. 69, pp. 6482 - 6489, http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-4372
2009
Poynten IM; Millwood I; Falster M; Law MG; Andresen DN; Van Damme L; Kaldor JM, 2009, 'The safety of candidate vaginal microbicides since nonoxynol-9: A systematic review of published studies', AIDS, vol. 23, pp. 1245 - 1254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e32832b4271
2009
Smedby K; Vajdic CM; Falster M; Engels E; Martinez-Maza O; Turner J; Hjalgrim H; Vineis P; Costantini A; Bracci P; Holly E; Willett E; Spinelli J; La Vecchia C; Zheng T; Becker NG; De Sanjose S; Chiu B; Dal Maso L; Cocco P; Maynadie M; Foretova L; Staines A; Brennan P; Davis S; Severson R; Cerhan J; Breen E; Birmann B; Grulich AE; Cozen W, 2008, 'Autoimmune disorders and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes: a pooled analysis within the InterLymph consortium', Blood, vol. 111, pp. 4029 - 4038, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2007-10-119974
2008
Grulich AE; Van Leeuwen MT; Falster M; Vajdic CM, 2007, 'Incidence of cancers in people with HIV/AIDS compared with immunosuppressed transplant recipients: a meta-analysis', Lancet, vol. 370, pp. 59 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61050-2
2007
Reports
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Schaffer A; Falster M; Pearson S; Jorm L; Wilson A; Nasis A; Brieger D, 2018, Delivering better cardiac outcomes: Primary, specialist and hospital care
2018
Conference Abstracts
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Brieger D; Falster M; Schaffer A; Jorm L; Pearson S; Emerson L; Hay M; Nasis A; Wilson A, 2018, 'P2Y12 Inhibitor Therapy is Underutilised in Patients Hospitalised for Acute Myocardial Infarction: Results From a New Population-Level Data Linkage in Australia', in Heart, Lung and Circulation, Elsevier, Brisbane, Australia, presented at Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, Australia
2018
Nasis A; Schaffer A; Falster M; Pearson S; Jorm L; Emerson L; Hay M; Brieger D; Wilson A, 2018, 'Use of Oral Anticoagulants After Hospital Discharge in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Insights From a New Population-Level Linkage in Australia', in Heart, Lung and Circulation, Elsevier, presented at Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
2018
Conference Papers
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Morris J; Roberts C; Falster M, 2012, 'Outcomes of planned birth before the due date', in AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, MOSBY-ELSEVIER, Dallas, TX, pp. S279 - S280, presented at 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting/Pregnancy Meeting of Society-for-Maternal-Fetal-Medicine, Dallas, TX, 06 February 2012 - 11 February 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2011.10.640
2012
Venkateswaran R; Adelstein B; Falster M; Ward R, 2012, 'IS TUMOUR HER-2 STATUS A PROGNOSTIC FACTOR IN GASTRIC AND OESOPHAGEAL CANCERS? A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 59 - 59, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000306960100051&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2012
Falster M; Olivier J; Chong S; Grzebieta R; Watson W, 2009, 'Trends in severe pedestrian injuries among older people in NSW', in 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales, Australia, Sydney, Australia, presented at 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Sydney, Australia, 10 November 2009 - 13 November 2009, http://www.rsconference.com/roadsafety/detail/988
2009
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research by a Higher Degree Research Student, UNSW Sydney 2017
  • Best PhD Student Prize, Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand 2016
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant, 2020 (CIA "Same patient, same care: is our funding of hospitals promoting inequities in care and outcomes?")
  • NHMRC Project Grant, 2019 (CID "Post-surgery care fragmentation: impacts and implications")
  • NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, 2018 (CIA "Using big data to reduce inappropriate medication use")