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

    6009 Perth


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1994 …2022
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Personal profile


Professor David Preen is the Chair in Public Health at the School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (UWA). He was the Director of the UWA Centre for Health Services Research from 2006-2015 and holds honorary positions at the University of South Australia and the College of Medicine, Swansea University (UK). He has been involved with conducting health services research using population-based linked data for over 15 years to study areas including: i) cancer service delivery, ii) pharmaco-epidemiology, iii) chronic disease management, iv) morbidity of marginalised populations, and v) methodological advances using medical record linkage.

Professor Preen has been awarded over 50 competitive research grants as a chief investigator totalling $32.5 million and has published over 200 scientific works, most of which have used whole-population linked administrative health data, He has been awarded prizes at national and international level for his work, including the Peter Reizenstein Prize from the International Journal of Quality in Health Care, the Editor’s Choice Award from the Medical Journal of Australia, and prizes from multiple conferences.

Due to his expertise in linked data research, Prof Preen has been a member >15 national/international committees such as: i) Data Linkage Australia Advisory Board; ii) Sax Institute Board; iii) Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Consortium Advisory Committee, iv) Chair of the Precision Public Health Asia 2018 advisory committee, v) Scientific Committee Chair for the inaugural International Data Linkage Conference; vi) National Youth Cancer Services Research Advisory Committee, vii) NPS MedicineInsight Data Governance Committee, and the viii) Australian Health Review Advisory Committee.  He has been a member of the NHMRC Assigners Academy for the last two years and has been an associate editor or editorial board member for multiple international journals including the International Journal of Population Data Science, Frontiers in Public Health Journal and BMC Health Services Research Journal. He has been involved with teaching linked data analysis courses for the last 10 years, being responsible for coordination of the UWA linked data training curriculum since 2012.

Roles and responsibilities

Chair in Public Health

Previous positions

Deputy Head of School (January 2015 – July 2016)
School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Director; Centre for Health Services Research (December 2006 – May 2016)
School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia

Research Associate/Fellow (January 2002 – December 2006)
Centre for Health Services Research
School of Population Health, UWA

Clinical Research Co-ordinator (July 2001 – December 2002)
General Practice Divisions of Western Australia Ltd (GPDWA)

Lecturer (Part-time; January 2000 – July 2001)
School of Health & Physical Education
University of Notre Dame (Australia)

Curriculum Development Officer (Part-time; January 1999 – December 1999)
School of Health Sciences
Curtin University of Technology

Cardiovascular Physiologist (Part-time; January 1996 – January 1998)
LifeCare Medical Centre (Challenge Stadium, Perth WA)


Professor Preen's primary research interests include: i) pharmaco-epidemiology, ii) cancer services delivery, iii) reproductive health, iv) health of disadvantaged populations (such as criminal offenders), and iv) methodological advances using data linkage.


  • Epidemiological methods
  • Medical record linkage
  • Health services research
  • Delivery of cancer services
  • Medication safety and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Offender health

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Research Output 1994 2019

Age-specific incidence of injury-related hospital contact after release from prison: A prospective data-linkage study

Young, J. T., Borschmann, R., Preen, D. B., Spittal, M. J., Brophy, L., Wang, E. A., Heffernan, E. & Kinner, S. A., 30 Mar 2019, In : Injury Prevention.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Information Storage and Retrieval
Wounds and Injuries
Age Groups

A longitudinal investigation of Western Australian families impacted by parental cancer with adolescent and young adult offspring

Morris, J. N., Zajac, I., Turnbull, D., Preen, D., Patterson, P. & Martini, A., 1 Jun 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 43, 3, p. 261-266 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Adult Children
Young Adult
Social Class

A time-duration measure of continuity of care to optimise utilisation of primary health care: a threshold effects approach among people with diabetes

Ninh Thi Ha, Harris, M., Preen, D., Robinson, S. & Moorin, R., 2 May 2019, In : BMC Health Services Research. 19, 1, 14 p., 276.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Baseline and Post-treatment 18F-Fluorocholine PET/CT Predicts Outcomes in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Following Locoregional Therapy

Wallace, M. C., Sek, K., Francis, R. J., Samuelson, S., Ferguson, J., Tibballs, J., Asad, A., Preen, D. B., MacQuillan, G., Garas, G., Adams, L. A. & Jeffrey, G. P., 22 Aug 2019, In : Digestive Diseases and Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Disease-Free Survival
Hepatitis C

Projects 2001 2022