Professor David Preen

Started at UWA: 2003

Chair in Public Health

Only by bridging the divide between scientists and policy makers does research evidence make
meaningful and real-world impact to the lives of the community.

Professor David Preen

Professor David Preen is the Chair in Public Health at the UWA School of Population and Global Health. He was the Director of the UWA Centre for Health Services Research from 2006 to 2015 and has been involved in conducting public health and health services research using population-based linked data for almost 15 years.

His study areas include:

  • cancer service delivery
  • pharmaco-epidemiology
  • chronic disease management
  • morbidity of marginalised populations
  • methodological advances using medical record linkage

Professor Preen has an established national and international reputation as a leading linked data researcher working at the evidence/policy/practice interface to improve community health and healthcare policy. His research program, combined with a strong evidence policy translation focus, is working to improve health, social and economic outcomes for vulnerable populations.


Professor Preen’s current role as UWA Chair in Public Health aims to bridge the divide between the academic research sector and government and industry. The aim is to increase the uptake of empirical research evidence in policy decision making, thereby enhancing evidence-based policy. Today his research into public health, medicine usage and healthcare delivery is not only helping Western Australian families, but citizens from across Australia and around the globe to live happier and healthier lives.


  • BSc (Hons) UWA, PhD UWA

External positions:

  • Honorary positions at the University of South Australia and the College of Medicine, Swansea University (UK)

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Community and Consumer Participation Award: In recognition of good practice initiatives of consumer and community participation in research, 2015

Editor’s Choice Publication Award - Medical Journal of Australia, 2011

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Peter Reizenstein Prize - International Journal of Quality in Health Care , 2006

Caring for the public's health



NHMRC Project Grant

  • Improving efficiency of surveillance colonoscopy for colorectal cancer prevention.
  • Preen DB, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, O’Leary P, Ee H, Bulsara M, Platell C.


NHMRC Project Grant

  • Health and social consequences of child abuse and neglect: an analysis using South Australian linked data.
  • Segal L, Preen DB, Delfabbro P, Brown D.


Red Nose Foundation

  • The effect of migration and acculturation on risk of stillbirth in Western Australia.
  • Pennell C, Mozooni M, Preen D.


Western Australian Country Health Service

  • Evaluation of the WA Footprints to Better Health Programs.
  • Preen DB

More grants and publications.



Contact Professor David Preen

Professor David Preen is available for supervision of PhD, master’s and honours students for public health, epidemiology and health services research projects.