Michael Hunter

Dr, Director, BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre

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

    6009 Perth


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Roles and responsibilities

Director, BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre:

Based in Busselton, he oversees all operational aspects of the BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre including community engagement and recruitment strategies, staff, project and protocol management, data collection, collation and quality control processes. As Director of a small, regional, independent research facility with limited access to resources and financial support enjoyed by larger institutions, Dr Hunter by necessity has taken on substantial multi-faceted administrative and management roles in addition to his research activities. This has ensured the successful continuous running of the Busselton survey centre since 2005, resulting in ongoing engagement with the Busselton community and promotion of the Busselton Health Study resource for multi-disciplinary collaborative research opportunities.  

Current projects

The Busselton Covid19 Effects Study (BCES): 2023

The Busselton Respiratory Study (BRS): 2019-2023

The Busselton Baby Boomer Study (BBBS): 2016-2022

The Busselton Healthy Ageing Study (BHAS): 2010-2015



Funding overview

2023/2024 Charlies Foundation for Research Discovery Grant Scheme: The efficacy of oscillometry to detect upper airway disorders (CI Team)

2023/2024 Charlies Foundation for Research Discovery Grant Scheme: DXA visceral adipose tissue for predicting accelerated biological ageing in middle-aged australians (AI Team)

2022 MRFF Cardiovascular Health Mission: Investigating genetic and lifestyle determinants of abdominal aortic calcification, and their relationship with cardiovascular disease (AI Team)

2021/22 Charlies Foundation Mid-Range Funding Program: Tracking of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in middle-aged Australians and associations with bone, cardiometabolic, cognitive and respiratory health. (AI Team) 

WA Department of Health/WAHTN COVID-19 Research Grants Program 2020:  Mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and relationship to multimorbidity in a regional cohort of Baby-boomers (CI Team)

NHMRC Project Grant APP1163649 2019-2023:  Phenotypes of airway disease in the general population (AI, grant manager delegate)

Commonwealth Government 2018-2021: Busselton Population Baby Boomers Longitudinal Study Phase 2 (CI Team)

WA Department of Health 2019: The Busselton Healthy Ageing Study (CI Team)

WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation 2019-2022: Busselton Population Medical Research Institute – Busselton Health Study (CI Team)   

NSFC-NHMRC Joint Project 2016-2020: N-glycan profiling as a risk stratification biomarker for type 2 diabetes. Professor Wei Wang, Professor Qiang Zeng, Dr Michael Hunter, Associate Professor Youxin Wang, Professor Chunlin Li, Professor Alan Bittles, Professor Xiuhua Guo, Associate Professor Manshu Song. (CI Team)

NHMRC Project Grant 2011, 'Obstructive Sleep Apnoea & Depression' CIs: Clinical Professor David Hillman, Winthrop Professor Sergio Starkstein, Professor Romola Bucks, Professor Alan James, Winthrop Professor Matthew Knuiman, Dr Michael Hunter, Dr Nigel McArdle (CI Team)

NHMRC Equipment Grant 2011, 'Compumedics Somte PSG and Resmed S9 Autoset CPAP Devices' CIs: Dr Alan James, Clinical Professor Arthur Musk, Winthrop Professor Matthew Knuiman, Dr Michael Hunter, Dr Jennie Hui (CI Team)

NHMRC Equipment Grant 2009 ‘GE Lunar Prodigy Densitometer & Welch Allyn PC Based Resting Electrocardiograph ECG', CIs: Clinical Professor Arthur Musk, Dr Alan James, Winthrop Professor Matthew Knuiman, Winthrop Professor Joseph Hung, Professor Lyle Palmer (Grant principal author and named Early Career Investigator - Dr Michael Hunter)

City of Busselton Shire Community Grants Schemes (2009-2016) - The Busselton Health Study (Grant principal author)

Travel Grant, Clinical Staff Education Fund, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - 2007


Epidemiology, Busselton Health Study

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

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular Biology & Genetics, PhD (Distinction), Molecular investigations of the CMT4D gene N-myc Downstream-Regulated Gene 1 (NDRG1), The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 15 Sept 2006

Molecular Genetics, BSc Hons (First Class), (First Class Hons.) Molecular investigations into the GALK1 gene in galactokinase deficiency, Edith Cowan University


Award Date: 31 Dec 2000

BSc. Human Biology, Edith Cowan University


External positions

Director, BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre, Busselton Population Medical Research Institute

1 May 2005 → …


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