D'Arcy Holman

Emeritus Professor, MB BS W.Aust., LLB Murd., MPH Harv., PhD W.Aust., GradCertLaw Murd., GAICD, FACE, FAFPHM, FPHAA, FAIM

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 8311 Citations
  • 48 h-Index
1992 …2018

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Personal profile


Emeritus Professor Holman retired as UWA's first professor of public health on 30 September 2014, after a career spanning 41 years as an epidemiologist, public health physician and law graduate whose work has spanned leadership positions across the academic, government, community and private sectors. In 1994, he moved from a senior executive post in government to full-time academia as the Foundation Professor of Public Health at The University of Western Australia. He subsequently built a reputation as a researcher who made a difference. Over the years his team at UWA budded off 13 professors from among its PhDs and post-doctoral fellows. In 2006, he received the Sidney Sax Public Health Medal, Australia’s highest professional award for lifetime achievement in his field. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Cancer Council WA Career Achievement Award and a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to medicine in the fields of epidemiology and public health.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor Holman is a public health research strategist and methodologist who has published extensively in high impact journals. Much of his work has been concerned with evaluations of health services delivery, organisation and effectiveness.

Future research

Professor Holman's research interests have moved towards intervention research into cancer control, primary care and improving outcomes in vulnerable groups, as well as a continuation of evaluations of the utilisation and outcomes of health services using data linkage.

Funding overview

Awarded some $65 million in competitive research funding as a chief investigator. These include several large NHMRC program grants, many NHMRC project grants and a WA-Based Centre of Excellence grant.
CIA on an extended five-year NHMRC Project Grant ranked in category 7, ‘highest international quality and research performance’, which required every panel member to assign 7/7 independently. Numerous other NHMRC project and program grants, including many NHMRC project grants ranked in category 6.
CIA on Australia’s first and most productive five-year NHMRC Population Health Research Capacity Building Grant of $3.0 million (2003-2007). Its team investigators generated 319 publications, 213 conference papers and 106 further research grants.
CIA on a $2.1 million five-year Centre of Excellence in Science and Innovation awarded by the WA Government. In its first three years (2006-2008), the Centre published 192 peer-reviewed journal articles and attracted $50.6 million in out-of-state research revenue.
CIA on $2.2 million NHMRC Partnership Grant (2011-2014) to conduct a cluster randomised trial of interventions to improve cancer outcomes in rural Australia.

Previous positions

Director, Health Promotion Development and Evaluation Program, Departments of Public Health and Management, The University of Western Australia, 1992-1994.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Program Development and Commissioner’s Special Consultant, Health Department of Western Australia, 1988-1991.
Director of Epidemiology, Health Department of Western Australia, 1984-1988.
Medical Officer of Health, Executive Branch, Public Health Department of Western Australia, 1983-1984.
Coordinator, Western Australian Lions Melanoma Research Project, 1980-1982.
Resident Medical Officer, Royal Perth Hospital, 1979.

Current projects

Moorin RE, Holman CDJ, Bulsara MK, Fox R. Policy translation of an Australian evaluation of computed tomography (CT) Scanning. NHMRC project grant, 2011-2013, $386,299.
Preen D, Roughead L, Saunders C, Kemp A, Bulsara M, Holman CDJ. Endocrine therapies for early breast cancer: health outcomes and policy implications in Australian clinical practice. Cancer Australia, 2011-2013, $466,498.
Holman CDJ, Emery JD, Saunders SM, Walter FM, Moorin RE, Auret KA, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Partnership Intervention Trial to Redress Treatment Delay and Improve Outcomes in Rural Cancer Patients. NHMRC partnership project grant, 2010-2014, $1,215,262.
Holman CDJ, Xie X, Zhang M, Liu Y, Zhao X, Bulsara M. Green tea polyphenols and cancer prevention: use of population controls and biomarkers to elicit causal pathways. NHMRC project grant, 2009-2012, $913,289.
Jorm LR, Roberts C, Preen DB, Simpson J, Moorin R, Haines M, Bambrick H, Holman CDJ. OSPREY: Building capacity for research to improve health services for mothers, babies and children. NHMRC capacity building grant for population health and health services research, 2009-2013, $2,261,542.
Cook A, Weinstein P, Holman CDJ. Consequences of adverse air quality (as an independent node of the Cooperative Research Centre for Asthma and Airways), 2008-9 to 2010-11 triennium. Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre Program, 2008- to 2010-11, $1,367,052.
Emery J, Holman CD, Saunders C, Fritschi L, Auret K, Nowak A, Monterosso L, Preen D, Moorin R, Vaz L, Walter F, Booth P, Mears M, Kirke A, Willix C, Jeffries-Stokes C. Intervention to redress delay and improve outcomes in rural cancer patients. Cancer Council of Western Australia, 2009-2012, $450,000.

Industrial relevance

Instigated and led the world-class Western Australian Data Linkage System for the first 12 years of its history (1995-2006) – now an international icon in population heath research infrastructure. Brokered and led Australia’s first comprehensive cross-jurisdictional linkage of Commonwealth and State health data: although now overtkaen by more recent developments, this was the first time since federation that more than a decade of government health data for a single Australian state were linked at the individual level to provide a complete picture of health system performance. Established the Family Connections Genealogical Database to support genetic research in 2002. Consultant on establishing the Centre for Health Record Linkage in New South Wales in 2005 and on the recent $20 million NCRIS-funded roll-out of a national network of data linkage facilities, all of which are modeled on the WA system.
Instigator and Chair of an inter-faculty Task Force to develop an undergraduate degree program in Health Science at UWA. Chaired the Health Science Program Committee from 2000.

Teaching overview

Health Administration.
Teaching programs have included Leadership and Management of Health Services.
Epidemiology II (advanced unit)
Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data.
Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data.


Professor Holman, his research coworkers and students have published extensively in epidemiology, health services research, health program evaluation, and the prevention and treatment of chronic and communicable diseases.



Research expertise keywords

  • Epidemiological methods
  • Health services research
  • Data and biospecimen law

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Research Output

Find Cancer Early: Evaluation of a community education campaign to increase awareness of cancer signs and symptoms in people in regional Western Australians

Croager, E. J., Gray, V., Pratt, I. S., Slevin, T., Pettigrew, S., D'arcy Holman, C., Bulsara, M. & Emery, J., 8 Feb 2018, In : Frontiers in Public Health. 6, FEB, 22.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • The Effect of Vasectomy Reversal on Prostate Cancer Risk: International Meta-Analysis of 684,660 Vasectomized Men

    Randall, S., Boyd, J., Fuller, E., Brooks, C., Morris, C., Earle, C. C., Ferrante, A., Moorin, R., Semmens, J. & Holman, C. D. A. J., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Urology. 200, 1, p. 121-125 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    The Improving Rural Cancer Outcomes Trial: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention to reduce time to diagnosis in rural cancer patients in Western Australia

    Emery, J., Gray, V., Walter, F., Cheetham, S., Croager, E., Slevin, T., Saunders, C., Threlfall, T., Auret, K., Nowak, A., Geelhoed, E., Bulsara, M. & Holman, C., 19 Sep 2017, In : British Journal of Cancer. 117, 10, p. 1459-1469 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    8 Citations (Scopus)