David Durrheim is the Director of Health Protection, Hunter New England Health, New South Wales, Australia; Conjoint Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia; and Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He currently chairs the Western Pacific Regional Measles Verification Commission and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) working group on measles and rubella.
He has an established track record in conducting public research that has an operational focus and is translational in nature. His ability to use operational research findings to assist local public health programs to improve their surveillance and service delivery, particularly in challenging under-resourced environments, has resulted in a number of awards and international recognition. He has been instrumental in developing novel surveillance systems to detect and facilitate responses to emerging infectious disease risks. Professor Durrheim is an outspoken advocate for equitable global access to effective public health measures, particularly immunisation.
Professor Durrheim’s research interests include novel infectious disease surveillance methods, control of zoonotic diseases and strategies for reducing inequity in public health service delivery. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications, and has published several scientific monographs and chapters in leading public health texts.