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Professor Brian Oldenburg

BSc | MPsychol | PhD

Professor Brian Oldenburg

Head: Non-Communicable Diseases and Implementation Science


La Trobe University supervisor

Professor of Public Health and Implementation Science

+61 419 025 692

Professor Brian Oldenburg is the Director of Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH) with La Trobe University at the Alfred Hospital and has a joint position as Professor of Public Health and Implementation Science at La Trobe University and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is also the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Digital Technology to Transform Chronic Diseases, called Connected Health CRE.

Professor Oldenburg is a behavioural medicine and implementation scientist with an interest in the prevention and management of chronic diseases, with a particular focus on cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Brian’s research has also been pivotal in the development and evaluation of mobile health (M-health) interventions and new and emerging technology platforms for the prevention and self-management of chronic diseases.  He has undertaken trials in policy and healthcare settings, work organisations, schools and other community settings, both in many different countries, most recently in Africa and Asia.

He has also undertaken extensive research, training and capacity building programs in South Asian countries, including a US-NIH Grant [Building the Asian Non-Communicable Disease Research Network for Regional Research Capacity — ASCEND Program (NIH D43TW008332)]. This program led to a new capacity building initiative between Australia and India called the ENCORE program with more than 20 early- and mid-careers trainees between these two countries. He has led the establishment of the Implementation Science Training and Capacity Building Program for the Global Alliance for Chronic Conditions (GACD), since the first training program in China in 2014. He also led the writing team for the WHO Monograph on Implementation Science, A practical guide for implementation research to improve the prevention and control of NCDs (World Health Organization, 2016). He continues to act as a senior advisor to the World Health Organization and many other (inter)national NGOs and governments.

Professor Oldenburg currently holds Honorary Professorships with the Public Health Foundation of India, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Beijing Centre for Disease Control, Chinese University of  Hong Kong, Monash University, Australia and University of Cape Town, South Africa.


  • Fellow, National Heart Foundation of Australia (2018)
  • Distinguished International Affiliate, Division 38 (Health Psychology), American Psychological Association, APA (2018)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, International Society for Behavioral Medicine (2014)
  • Invited membership, UK Faculty of Public Health (2010)
  • Awarded Lifetime Fellow Membership of US Society for Behavioral Medicine, SBM (2006)
  • Public Health Recognition Award, Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (2004)
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution, Australian Health Promotion Association (2001)

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