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Dr Elizabeth Barr

B Pod, La Trobe University | Grad Dip Pod, La Trobe University | MPH, University of New South Wales | PhD, Monash University

Elizabeth holds appointments at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University. Elizabeth is a senior epidemiologist within the DIABETES across the LIFECOURSE: Northern Australian Partnership. Her PhD (Monash University) work provided the first Australian national data on the cardiovascular and mortality risks associated with diabetes and intermediate hyperglycaemia, with findings providing an important rationale for developing diabetes prevention programs. Elizabeth’s work also contributed to international consortiums: The Emerging Risk Factor Collaboration, headed by a Cambridge University group; and specifically, as a means of validating the Globorisk international cardiovascular risk score.

Elizabeth received the 2021 Australian Diabetes Society Jeff Flack Diabetes Data Award for development of epidemiological data systems for chronic conditions. Elizabeth established the Cardiovascular Risk in IndigenouS People (CRISP) study, a collaboration of five epidemiological studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, a key translational project, and collaborates on the NHMRC funded projects: The eGFR3 study and the Pregnancy And Neonatal Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDROA) studies.

Elizabeth works in partnership with several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stakeholders to embed community support and priorities within research and translation strategies to improve the lives of people with diabetes, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Elizabeth is committed to capacity building in public health and epidemiology and provides mentorship to research staff and students.


  • Member of the Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Guidelines update: Indigenous Health Expert Subgroup
  • Member of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) special interest group: Diabetes in Indigenous populations
  • National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017–2018)
  • NHMRC postdoctoral training fellowship (2012–2016)
  • NHMRC Australian Research Training Fellowship (2012–2016)


  • Australian Diabetes Society Jeff Flack Diabetes Data Award (2021)
  • Doctoral Thesis Excellence in 2009 from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (2009)
  • Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for excellence in a PhD thesis at Monash University (2009)
  • Baker Institute senior PhD Student award/Paul Korner Medal for outstanding achievement (2009)
  • The National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division), top ranked postgraduate scholarship in Victoria (2005)

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