Associate Professor Tom Briffa

Started at UWA: 2007

International pioneer in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

Associate Professor Tom Briffa is a health services researcher, focusing on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and its application in medical practice. As Director of the Centre for Health Services Research and Head of UWA’s Cardiovascular Research Group, Associate Professor Briffa’s studies cover clinical practice, randomised trials and primary research publications.

Working alongside a global network of health professionals, Associate Professor Briffa was a founding member of state, national and international associations for the prevention of cardiac disease. He continues to hold numerous honorary positions with peak health agencies. His research within health services focuses on the linkage of health data.

He is currently working on:

  • monitoring coronary artery disease
  • managing Indigenous coronary heart disease
  • studying coronary artery revascularisation
  • looking at the epidemiology of atherothrombotic disease
  • various cardiovascular risk factor cohort studies

Associate Professor Briffa also teaches general and clinical epidemiology for undergraduate and postgraduate public health programs in the School of Population and Global Health, and is Director of the Centre for Health Services Research.

Associate Professor Briffa teaches the following units:

He is also available as a PhD, master’s and honours supervisor in topics related to health services research.

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Alan Goble Oration invited presentation at the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association annual scientific meeting, 2017

Chief investigator on an NHMRC Centre Research Excellence for Better Cardiovascular Outcomes, 2015

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Inaugural recipient of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Re-search Scholarship for non-medical graduates, 1998



National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership

  • Quality improvement in primary care to prevent hospitalisations and improve effectiveness and efficiency of care for people living with heart disease

Health Department of WA

  • West Australian cardiac outcomes registry: does routine stratification for competing risks at the time of diagnosis of acute

Health Department of WA

  • Risk adjusted 30 day and 1 year outcome following an acute coronary syndrome: The West Australian Acute Coronary Syndrome Outcome Registry


National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Is highly-sensitive troponin testing advancing clinical practice, improving outcomes and cost-effective in the evaluation and management of chest pain in the Emergency Department?
  • Sanfilippo, F, Nedkoff, L, Knuiman, M. & Briffa, T.

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Improving rapid decision-making in the face of uncertainty: a randomised trial of a 1-hour troponin protocol in suspected acute coronary syndromes
  • Briffa, T, Cullen, L, Chew, D, Knuiman, M, 


National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Cardiovascular outcomes improvement

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