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Associate Professor Francis Mitrou is Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Child Health Research, at The University of Western Australia; and Research Program Head of Population Health, and Team Head of the Human Development and Community Wellbeing at Telethon Kids Institute (TKI). He is a designer, contributor to, and user of research datasets that focus on socially and developmentally vulnerable children and families. He has expertise in survey development, linked administrative data, child development, Indigenous human development, mental health, economic evaluation, and the economics of child development.

A/Prof Mitrou is Chief Investigator and UWA Node Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (CE200100025; 2020-27), and Lead Investigator on an NHMRC Synergy Grant (GNT2018970: 2023-28) investigating Aboriginal health trajectories. He has been a Chief Investigator on various other research grants and contracts for government to the value of >$48m across his career (2024). He is currently supported by a Stan Perron Foundation People Fellowship (2024-28).

Holding a Bachelor of Economics (Murdoch University 1993), A/Prof Mitrou has followed a non-traditional, non-PhD research career path. In a 14-year career as an economist with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from 1994-2008, he worked on macro-economic indicators for Commonwealth policy and helped develop, run and report on national economic, health and social surveys. A/Prof Mitrou has worked in academia since 2000, first as an ABS consultant to TKI, then as employee from 2008. He has been associated with The University of Western Australia since 2012.

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 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Program Head Population Health, Telethon Kids Institute

1 Jul 2008 → …

Graduate Economist, Australian Bureau of Statistics

10 Oct 199430 Jun 2008


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