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Professor Louisa Jorm

Centre for Big Data Research
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Louisa Jorm is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW. She is an Australian leader in policy-relevant research using linked administrative health data, including hospital inpatient, mortality and Medicare data. She is a high-profile advocate for more and better use of routinely collected health data for research.

From 2007 until November 2014, she was Foundation Professor of Population Health and Director of the Centre for Health Research at the University of Western Sydney, and Principal Scientist and then part-time Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute. Prior to this, she spent more than 15 years in senior positions in public health policy and service roles.

She has demonstrated a career commitment to putting evidence to work in policy and practice and her work has had numerous translational impacts, e.g.: driving changes to reporting of national health performance indicators; supporting the planning of community-based early childhood and aged care services; informing national guidelines for management of acute coronary syndrome in Indigenous people; and shaping national policy regarding access to publicly funded health data for research. 

She has played a leading role in the establishment of major infrastructure and capacity for health big data research in Australia, including the NSW/ACT Centre for Health Record Linkage, the 45 and Up Study and the NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program. She led the development of the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE), a new facility that benefits researchers nationally by providing secure remote access to linked health data. In the last 5 years Professor Jorm has published more than 60 scientific papers, been awarded more than $11M in research funding and given invited plenary presentations at 5 international and 11 national conferences.

She represents the NHMRC on the international Public Health Research Data Forum convened by the Wellcome Trust and chairs the NHMRC’s Data Reference Group. She is a member (appointed by the Minister for Health) of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, from 2010-2015 was a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and from 2013-2015 was a member of the NHMRC Prevention and Community Health Committee. She is a member of the Boards of the NSW Bureau of Health Information and Scientia Clinical Research and of the Australian Burden of Disease Study Expert Advisory Group. She was a Member of the Health Expert Working Group, Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure (2011 and 2008) and was an invited participant in the inaugural meeting of the Australia-US Science and Technology Joint Commission Steering Committee in Washington DC in February 2011. 


Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Public Health and Health Services
Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Health and Support Services
Teaching & Supervision
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ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD

Supervision keywords: 
big data for health
health data linkage
health services research
methods: data analysis
electronic health records
health outcomes
evaluation of hospital services
primary care
aboriginal health
cardiovascular disease
child health
chronic disease