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D'Arcy Holman

E/Prof D'Arcy Holman

Emeritus Professor/Senior Honorary Research Fellow

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The University of Western Australia (M431)
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MB BS W.Aust., LLB Murd., MPH Harv., PhD W.Aust., GradCertLaw Murd., GAICD, FACE, FAFPHM, FPHAA, FAIM
Emeritus Professor Holman retired as UWA's first professor of public health on 30 September 2014, after a career spanning 41 years as an epidemiologist, public health physician and law graduate whose work has spanned leadership positions across the academic, government, community and private sectors. In 1994, he moved from a senior executive post in government to full-time academia as the Foundation Professor of Public Health at The University of Western Australia. He subsequently built a reputation as a researcher who made a difference. Over the years his team at UWA budded off 13 professors from among its PhDs and post-doctoral fellows. In 2006, he received the Sidney Sax Public Health Medal, Australia’s highest professional award for lifetime achievement in his field. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Cancer Council WA Career Achievement Award and a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to medicine in the fields of epidemiology and public health.
Key research
Professor Holman, his research coworkers and students have published extensively in epidemiology, health services research, health program evaluation, and the prevention and treatment of chronic and communicable diseases.
Published well over 500 academic works, including nearing 400 full-length, peer-reviewed journal articles. First authorship per se or first authorship by a supervised student or postdoctoral fellow accounted for 73% of total journal articles.
Citations to mid-2013 numbered around 10,986. Ninety eight works had >30 citations (ie, highly cited by NHMRC criteria), including 21 works with >100 citations. h-index = 57. Mean citations per journal article = 20. Proportion cited at least once = 82%. The citation performance is high given the proportion of the papers that have appeared in Australasian journals so as to maximise Australian policy and practice impacts.
First author of the highest-cited journal article ever to appear in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (see ‘Ten citation classics’ ANZJPH 2008; 32: 105).
For most recent publications and citations see Professor Holman's profile in Google Scholar.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Professor Holman is a public health research strategist and methodologist who has published extensively in high impact journals. Much of his work has been concerned with evaluations of health services delivery, organisation and effectiveness.
Future research
Professor Holman's research interests have moved towards intervention research into cancer control, primary care and improving outcomes in vulnerable groups, as well as a continuation of evaluations of the utilisation and outcomes of health services using data linkage.
Funding received
Awarded some $65 million in competitive research funding as a chief investigator. These include several large NHMRC program grants, many NHMRC project grants and a WA-Based Centre of Excellence grant.
CIA on an extended five-year NHMRC Project Grant ranked in category 7, ‘highest international quality and research performance’, which required every panel member to assign 7/7 independently. Numerous other NHMRC project and program grants, including many NHMRC project grants ranked in category 6.
CIA on Australia’s first and most productive five-year NHMRC Population Health Research Capacity Building Grant of $3.0 million (2003-2007). Its team investigators generated 319 publications, 213 conference papers and 106 further research grants.
CIA on a $2.1 million five-year Centre of Excellence in Science and Innovation awarded by the WA Government. In its first three years (2006-2008), the Centre published 192 peer-reviewed journal articles and attracted $50.6 million in out-of-state research revenue.
CIA on $2.2 million NHMRC Partnership Grant (2011-2014) to conduct a cluster randomised trial of interventions to improve cancer outcomes in rural Australia.
Industrial relevance
Instigated and led the world-class Western Australian Data Linkage System for the first 12 years of its history (1995-2006) – now an international icon in population heath research infrastructure. Brokered and led Australia’s first comprehensive cross-jurisdictional linkage of Commonwealth and State health data: although now overtkaen by more recent developments, this was the first time since federation that more than a decade of government health data for a single Australian state were linked at the individual level to provide a complete picture of health system performance. Established the Family Connections Genealogical Database to support genetic research in 2002. Consultant on establishing the Centre for Health Record Linkage in New South Wales in 2005 and on the recent $20 million NCRIS-funded roll-out of a national network of data linkage facilities, all of which are modeled on the WA system.
Instigator and Chair of an inter-faculty Task Force to develop an undergraduate degree program in Health Science at UWA. Chaired the Health Science Program Committee from 2000.
Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, 1988.
Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 1990.
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, 2000.
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2005.
Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia, 2008.
Honours and awards
Recipient of Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for services to medicine in the fields of epidemiology and public health.
Recipient of the 2013 inaugural Career Achievement Award of the Cancer Council of Western Australia.
Recipient of the Francis Burt Chambers Law Medal for the most outstanding law graduate of Murdoch University in 2011.
Recipient of the Excellent Service to Consumers Award in 2010 from the Health Consumers Council of WA and also in 2010 the inaugural Consumer and Community Participation Award of the Consumer and Community Advisory Council, UWA School of Population Health.
Recipient of the 2006 Sydney Sax Public Health Medal, Australia’s highest professional award for lifetime achievement in delivering public health benefit to the nation.
Recipient of the Centenary Medal of Australia in 2003 for voluntary services to the health system and as President of the Cancer Council of Western Australia.
Recipient of a ministerial Award for Innovation and Best Practice in Health Promotion in 1998, as recognition of the societal value of Holman’s research.
Recipient of the UWA School of Population Health Citizenship Award in 2009 for contributions to the development of the School Community.
Previous positions
Director, Health Promotion Development and Evaluation Program, Departments of Public Health and Management, The University of Western Australia, 1992-1994.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Program Development and Commissioner’s Special Consultant, Health Department of Western Australia, 1988-1991.
Director of Epidemiology, Health Department of Western Australia, 1984-1988.
Medical Officer of Health, Executive Branch, Public Health Department of Western Australia, 1983-1984.
Coordinator, Western Australian Lions Melanoma Research Project, 1980-1982.
Resident Medical Officer, Royal Perth Hospital, 1979.
Health Administration.
Teaching programs have included Leadership and Management of Health Services.
Epidemiology II (advanced unit)
Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data.
Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data.
Current external positions
Permanent Guest Professor, Zhejiang University Medical School.
Honorary Professor, Swansea University, Wales.
Useful links
Centre for Health Services Research:
Western Australian Data Linkage System:
International Health Data Linkage Network:
New and noteworthy
Holman’s commitment to health policy and law reform led him to complete the graduate LLB at Murdoch University with straight distinctions and first class research honours. He won the Freehills Prize in Law 2006 (best academic performance in part 2 units); LexisNexis Prize in Contract Law 2006; LexisNexis Prize in Constitutional Law 2006; Australian Worker’s Union Prize for Excellence in Employment Law 2007; LexisNexis Prize in Torts 2007; Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence 2007; and Deacon’s Prize in Intellectual Property Law 2008; Eldon Prize in Equity 2009; Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence 2009; and Francis Burt Chambers Law Medal for most outstanding graduate of 2011.
Current projects
Moorin RE, Holman CDJ, Bulsara MK, Fox R. Policy translation of an Australian evaluation of computed tomography (CT) Scanning. NHMRC project grant, 2011-2013, $386,299.
Preen D, Roughead L, Saunders C, Kemp A, Bulsara M, Holman CDJ. Endocrine therapies for early breast cancer: health outcomes and policy implications in Australian clinical practice. Cancer Australia, 2011-2013, $466,498.
Holman CDJ, Emery JD, Saunders SM, Walter FM, Moorin RE, Auret KA, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Partnership Intervention Trial to Redress Treatment Delay and Improve Outcomes in Rural Cancer Patients. NHMRC partnership project grant, 2010-2014, $1,215,262.
Holman CDJ, Xie X, Zhang M, Liu Y, Zhao X, Bulsara M. Green tea polyphenols and cancer prevention: use of population controls and biomarkers to elicit causal pathways. NHMRC project grant, 2009-2012, $913,289.
Jorm LR, Roberts C, Preen DB, Simpson J, Moorin R, Haines M, Bambrick H, Holman CDJ. OSPREY: Building capacity for research to improve health services for mothers, babies and children. NHMRC capacity building grant for population health and health services research, 2009-2013, $2,261,542.
Cook A, Weinstein P, Holman CDJ. Consequences of adverse air quality (as an independent node of the Cooperative Research Centre for Asthma and Airways), 2008-9 to 2010-11 triennium. Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre Program, 2008- to 2010-11, $1,367,052.
Emery J, Holman CD, Saunders C, Fritschi L, Auret K, Nowak A, Monterosso L, Preen D, Moorin R, Vaz L, Walter F, Booth P, Mears M, Kirke A, Willix C, Jeffries-Stokes C. Intervention to redress delay and improve outcomes in rural cancer patients. Cancer Council of Western Australia, 2009-2012, $450,000.
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