Professor David Sibbritt
World leader in public health and health services research of complementary medicine and integrative healthcare, David Sibbritt, has been appointed as a Professor of Epidemiology at UTS. Professor Sibbritt will contribute to UTS' growing body of research in the area, working closely with Professors Jon Adams, Caroline Homer and Patricia Davidson within the UTS Health Services and Practice research strength.
Professor Sibbritt is a founding member and Deputy Director of NORPHCAM (Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine) which currently has over 190 members worldwide and is a member of the National Executive committee of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Special Interest Group on "Evidence, research and policy in complementary medicine". He is also an Associate Editor and International Editorial Board member on 4 international peer-reviewed journals related to health services research. Professor Sibbritt’s research programme has been at the forefront of promoting a rigorous, critical, empirical evidence base drawing upon mainstream public health and health services research methodology and approaches to help understand the use and practice of complementary medicines and therapies and integrative health care.
Dean of the UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Professor John Daly, said Professor Sibbritt's wealth of knowledge and global collaborations in the area of public health and health services research would be invaluable to UTS.
"David has extensive experience in post-graduate education related to epidemiology, biostatistics and public health. He was the Director of Post-Graduate Studies in the School of Medicine & Public Health as well as the Deputy Director of the internationally regarded Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a keen interest in supervision of research higher degree students, having successfully supervised 11 PhD students to completion and he is currently supervising a further 10 PhD students." Prof. Daly said "He will bring to our Faculty substantial expertise in quantitative research methodology, particularly study design and statistical analyses. To date he has obtained $4 million in research funding, including major grants from the NHMRC and ARC, produced 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, and he has a current H-index of 15."
Professor Sibbritt joins UTS from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle and will commence his appointment on 1 July 2012.