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The Australian National University

Dr Jason Agostino

FRACGP, MPhilAppEpid, BMed, DCH
Lecturer in general practice, AUGP. Research fellow, NCEPH
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 02 61745592

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health 111701
  • Community Child Health 111704
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Preventive Medicine 111716


Jason is a GP and an epidemiologist who has worked mainly in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.  Since graduating from medicine he has worked in rural Australia with a focus on child health and does clinical work at Gurriny Yealamucka, an Aboriginal community controlled heatlh service in the community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland.

Through his training as an epidemiologist Jason has worked at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) before coming to the ANU.  At the ANU his research focuses on improving prevention of cardiovascular disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and understanding the health needs of ACT's children.  He has an interest in the use of routinely collected data to improve health services and continues to be involved in national reporting through his position on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare's Primary Care Expert Advisory Group.

Current student projects

Socioeconomic status and risk of mental illness and behavioural disorders

Using data from the ACT Kindergarten Health Check and mapping technology we assessed the association between the socioeconomic status of the region a child lives to scores in the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.  This research hopes to inform better targeted early intervention services for ACT children.

Ear disease and impact on early learning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chidren

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have amongst the highest burdens of infective ear disease in the world.  It is assumed that the duration and severity of this ear disease contributes to poorer developmental outcomes but there is a lack of longitudinal data on this topic among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  Using data from Footprints in Time, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, we are exploring the association of parents reports of ear disease in early life and later results in speech and language assessment.

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  19 December 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers