Dr Grace Joshy

BSc Mathematics (First Class), MSc Biostatistics (First Class), PhD in Medicine (University of Auckland)
Fellow and Program Leader for Statistical Methods in Large Scale Epidemiology, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 02 61250715

Areas of expertise

  • Biostatistics 010402
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health 111701
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

  • Statistical Methods in Large-scale Epidemiology
  • Chronic diseases: Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Cancer
  • Indigenous Health
  • Pharmaco-epidemiology




Dr Grace Joshy is a Fellow within the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice Group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. A biostatistician by training, she is experienced in population health research, and has high level technical expertise in analysing large population based studies and complex linked administrative datasets. She has particular interest in causal modelling and cohort studies, in particular survival models. Her current research focuses on chronic diseases, Aboriginal health, health service use and healthy ageing using the 45 and Up Study and its linked datasets. Publicatrions include work with the Global BMI Mortality Collaboration (Lancet 2016), a landmark study on smoking and mortality in Australia (BMC Medicine 2015) and a commissioned project on the estimation of life expectancy of Australian men by age and health status for the Cancer Council Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation.

She graduated with a PhD in Medicine in 2010 from the University of Auckland. Her PhD thesis, “Linking Existing Databases to Monitor and Improve Diabetes Care”, included a range of research projects including Ethnic Disparities in Causes of Death, Retention of Patients in the “Get Checked” Annual Review Program and Progression of Renal Disease among Indigenous and non-Indigenous People with Diabetes; her distinction in research led to awards including Kudos Hamilton Excellence in Research Award 2009 for Emerging Scientist Finalist and New Zealand Society for Study of Diabetes Professional Development Award 2008.

To date she has attracted >$6.4 million as a Chief Investigator including an NHMRC Project Grant as CIA (2019-2021), $1.2 million as an associate investigator on an NHMRC partnership grant, and >$89,000 in commissioned consulting work for policy agencies. She also plays a major role in mentoring and capacity-building at the ANU through research supervision, postgraduate and short course teaching in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

Available student projects

Projects using the 45 and Up Study and its linked datasets. Some examples below:

 - Diabetes and mortality.

 - Impact of lost to follow-up on estimates of relative risk.

 - Multiple causes of death and population attributable fractions.


Current student projects

Living with Cardiovascular Disease: Quality of Life, Service Use and Costs at End of Life - (PhD)

The change in person-centred outcomes among colorectal cancer survivors - (PhD)

Real-world use and safety of anticoagulants in the Australian population - (PhD)

The role of psychological distress in cardiovascular disease inequalities - (PhD)

Pregnancy and birth outcomes by birth setting in Indonesia - (PhD)

Child Mental Health in Humanitarian Contexts - (PhD)

Past student projects

Cardiovascular disease in East Asian immigrants living in Australia: considerations in
relation to vitamin D deficiency, smoking and acculturation

Is the relationship of diabetes to psychological distress modified by physical functional limitations?

Physical disability and daily care requirements among people with and without diabetes


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