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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Derrick Lopez is a Research Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia.  He has been involved with conducting epidemiological studies and health services research with Australian and international researchers using population-level linked data in many areas including cardiovascular disease, pharmacoepidemiology, healthy ageing and frailty, and rural health.  He also has experience in conducting randomised controlled trials and qualitative studies.

Current projects

  • Cost effectiveness of extending the Phase 3 community pulmonary rehabilitation program beyond the recommended 10 weeks
  • Services provided and outcomes for patients suspected of experiencing a heart attack or stroke and transported by the Royal Flying Doctor Services (RFDS) to hospitals across Western Australia
  • Is the incidence of heart attack still decreasing in Australia? Developing reliable methods for monitoring trends in myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease

Roles and responsibilities

Professional Services

  • Provide epidemiological expertise for the Australian Urban Health Indicators (AusUrb-HI) project (2021-present)

  • Peer reviewer for Health Research Council of New Zealand (2021)

  • Member of the Methods Portfolio of the Medicines Intelligence Centre for Research Excellence (2021-present)

  • Organising committee for the 2021 Medicines Intelligence CRE Annual Research Symposium and Policy Forum

  • Member National Stroke Data Linkage Interest Group (2018-present)

  • Organising committee for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Epidemiological Association

  • Abstract reviewer for various national and international conferences (e.g. International Population Data Linkage Network conference)

  • Receive many requests to review papers for various journals (eg. BMJ Open, Public Health Research and Practice, Australasian Journal on Ageing)

  • Examined Honours and Masters dissertations

Teaching overview

2014-present: Involved in teaching the "Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data" and "Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data" at UWA.

Previous positions

  1. Research Associate, Western Australian Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Edith Cowan University (2008-09)
  2. Research Associate, Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing, The University of Western Australia (2009-11)
  3. Research Fellow, Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, The University of Western Australia (2012-14)

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

Research expertise keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • Health services research
  • Primary healthcare research
  • Health and ageing
  • Frailty
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Data linkage
  • Administrative data
  • Data analysis
  • Cohort studies
  • Qualitative research
  • Randomised controlled trials


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