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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor David Preen is the Chair in Public Health at the School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia (UWA). He was the Director of the UWA Centre for Health Services Research from 2006-2016 and holds an honorary academic appointment at the Swansea University (UK). Prof Preen has an established international reputation in the application of epidemiological methods to linked data research and has been involved with conducting public health and health services research using whole-population linked administrative health data for almost 20 years to study areas including: i) cancer service delivery, ii) pharmaco-epidemiology, iii) chronic disease management, iv) health of marginalised populations, and v) methodological advances using data linkage.

Professor Preen has been awarded over 75 competitive research grants as a chief investigator totalling $58.2 million and has published over 321 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 for the best paper published by that journal, Top cited article 2021-2022 from the Australasian Journal of Ageing, Editor’s Choice Award from the Medical Journal of Australia and the Editor’s Clinical Highlights Award from the Journal of Rheumatology. Prof Preen has also received prizes from multiple national and international conferences.

Due to his expertise in linked data research, Prof Preen has been a member >20 national/international committees such as: i) Data Linkage Australia Advisory Board; ii) Sax Institute Board; iii) NHMRC Research Committee; iv) NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee; v) Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Consortium Advisory Committee, iv) Chair of the Precision Public Health Asia advisory committee, v) Scientific Committee Chair for the inaugural International Data Linkage Conference; vi) Chair; Cancer Council of Western Australia Research Committee, vii) NPS MedicineInsight Data Governance Committee, and the viii) Australian Health Review Advisory Committee.  He 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

Deputy Head of School - Research
School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (UWA)

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

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


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