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

    6009 Perth


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Matthew Knuiman [BSc(Hons),  PhD (Statistics) both from University of Western Australia] is a biostatistician and epidemiologist.  After a 3 year period as a teaching-and-research Assistant Professor in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health in the USA he returned to UWA in 1988 to take up a teaching-and-research position in Biostatistics.  He retired in 2020.

During his academic career at UWA he fostered the development of biostatistics as a discipline through developing and teaching courses in medical statistics and biostatistics, supervising 30 PhD and 20 Master’s candidates to successful completion of their research projects, collaborating widely with medical researchers, delivering seminars and workshops on biostatistics methodology, recruiting and supporting research staff with training in statistics, and representing UWA in biostatistics nationally.

Key UWA leadership administrative roles include Head of Department of Public Health 1998-2002 and Head of the School of Population Health 2008-2011.  Key UWA leadership and coordination roles with teaching and learning include Coordinator of Public Health Postgraduate Coursework Studies (1997), Deputy Director (1995-1996) and Director (1997-1998) of the Western Australian Centre for Public Health and Chair of the Health Science Program Committee (2004-2008). Key research training roles include School Graduate Research Coordinator (2001-2002, 2005, 2007-2008, and 2011), Member of the Faculty Scholarships and Fellowships Committee (2007-2008, 2011), Member of UWA Scholarships Committee (2016-2018), and Member of UWA Board of Graduate Research School (2005- 2008 and 2016-2018).

Most of his career in academia has involved conducting collaborative research in population and clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory diseases, built environment and physical activity, the epidemiology of road injuries, and biostatistical methods in epidemiology. Over his career he has been Chief Investigator on over 50 competitive research project grants (including 25 NHMRC Project grants) and he has over 350 peer-reviewed research publications.  Key research leadership and capacity building projects include the Busselton Health Study 1990-2020, Road Accident Prevention Research Unit 1989 – 1993, Biostatistical Consulting Service 1990 -1995, Survey Research Centre 1996-1997, and Centre for Built Environment and Health 2007-2018.

Key contributions external to UWA include Board Member of the Busselton Population Medical Research Institute 1990-present, Chair of the Research Committee of the WA Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) 1998-2000,  Member of the WA Department of Health Statistical Advisory Panel on complex data linkage applications (2012-2013), Member of the Telethon Kids Institute Researcher Promotions Panel 2014-2017, Member of Quality Enhancement Review Panel for Sydney Public Health Consortium 1999, Member of Independent Review Panel for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia 2004, and Accreditation Committee member for the Statistical Society of Australia 2001-2004.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Biostatistics
  • Busselton Health Study
  • Epidemiology and control of diabetes, vascular disease, respiratory diseases


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