Associate Professor Grace Joshy

BSc Mathematics (First Class), MSc Biostatistics (First Class), PhD in Medicine (University of Auckland)
Associate Professor; Program Leader for Statistical Methods in Large Scale Epidemiology
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

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




A/Prof Grace Joshy leads the Statistical Methods in Large Scale Epidemiology program of work, including the NHMRC funded project quantifying mortality incorporating multiple causes of death. She has particular interest in causal modelling and cohort studies, in particular survival models. Her current research focuses on chronic diseases, Aboriginal health and health service use.

Her research is fuelled by various collaborative projects, particularly CVD/cancer epidemiology and survivorship research; large body of work on tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarette use with Prof Banks; Aboriginal health projects with Prof Eades, including research through an NHMRC Project Grant on the health of Aboriginal infants and children in Western Australia and another on prevention of dementia in Indigenous Australians;  pharmaco-epidemiology projects, including work through NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing; and Humanitarian Research, including work with international collaboration led by A/Prof Lokuge.

Selected high impact publications include the Global BMI Mortality Collaboration paper (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 >$7 million as a Chief Investigator including an NHMRC Project Grant as CIA (2019-2021), MRFF Primary Health Care Research grant (2021-2024) and NHMRC funded randomised controlled trial on prevention of dementia in Indigenous Australians (2018-22), an NHMRC Project Grant on person-centred outcomes in cancer (2018-21) and another investigating the health of Western Australian Aboriginal infants and children (2015-19) and >$150,000 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.

Researcher's projects   


Bishop K, Balogun S, Eynstone-Hinkins J, Moran L, Martin M, Banks E, Rao C, Joshy G. Analysis of multiple causes of death: a review of methods and practices. Epidemiology 2023 Jan 31. Online ahead of print.

Bishop K, Moreno-Betancur M, Balogun S, Eynstone-Hinkins J, Moran L, Rao C, Banks E, Korda RJ, Gourley M, Joshy G. Quantifying cause-related mortality in Australia incorporating multiple causes: observed patterns, trends, and practical considerations. International J Epidemiology 2022. Aug 19;dyac167. .


         Key presentations:

         -        Joshy G, Eynstone-Hinkins J, Moran L, Balogun S, Bishop K, Moreno-Betancur M. 896Quantifying cause-related mortality incorporating multiple causes: challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2021; 50(Supplement_1): (Symposia, Lead presenting author).

        -        Joshy G, Bishop K, Balogun S, Moreno-Betancur M, Eynstone-Hinkins J, Moran L, Korda R, Rao C, Banks E. Quantification of mortality incorporating multiple causes of death: Application of weighting strategies to Australian data. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2021; 50(Supplement_1): (Presenting Author)

         -        Bishop K, Balogun S, Eynston-Hinkins J, Moran L, Moreno-Betancur M, Korda R, Rao C, Banks E, Joshy G. 923Quantifying multiple causes of death: Observed patterns in Australia, 2006–2017. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2021; 50(Supplement_1): h (senior author)

         -        Balogun S, Bishop K, Eynstone-Hinkins J, Martin M, Moreno-Betancur M, Rao C, Joshy G. 1000Quantifying multiple causes of death: A systematic review and audit of methods and practice. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2021; 50(Supplement_1):

         Key presentations:

          -        Joshy G, Thandrayen J, Koczwara B, Butow P, Laidsaar-Powell R, Rankin N, et al. 424Person-centred outcomes among 22,205 cancer survivors and 244,000 people without cancer: a population-based Australian study. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2021;50(Supplement_1). (Presenting author)

          -        Weber M, Sarich P, Vaneckova P, Wade S, Banks E, Egger S, Ngo P, Joshy G, Goldsbury D, Yap S, Vassallo A, Feletto A, Larksonen A, Grogan P, O'Connell D, Canfell K. 778Risk of 27 cancer types in relation to tobacco smoking: cohort study involving 229,028 Australians. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2021;50(Supplement_1).

Available student projects

Projects using the large scale data. Some examples below:

 - Multiple causes of death and population attributable fractions

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

 - Diabetes and mortality


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)

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

Child Mental Health in Humanitarian Contexts - (PhD)

Past student projects

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

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

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


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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