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Martin Downes

Program Director (EPIC)
Menzies Health Institute - EPIC Health Systems
+61 (0)7 3735 9106 (Work)
N78 1.11, Nathan Campus

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Dr Martin Downes is an Associate Professor in Health Technology Assessment at Griffith University, Queensland and has considerable experience in, epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment. Martin has developed extensive epidemiological and statistical experience working and providing support on numerous projects. Martin completed a PhD in epidemiology in University College Dublin and worked in Mount Sinai School of Medicine on data from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate environmental control patterns among asthmatics. Martin has also worked in collaboration with Cornell University and Lund University on bladder cancer projects. Martin has been in health research since 2006 and has been proactive in creating and completing projects in health research including: prevalence and interactions of pet ownership with general population health and asthma sufferers; the prevalence of and factors associated with suicidal ideation and self-harm in the veterinary profession and evidence based research in therapy of mental illness. Martin has experience in Evidence Based Medicine and health technology assessment. He has worked on a number of research projects including a Cochrane systematic review examining animal assisted therapy in mentally ill patient, a post-market review of medications listed on the PBS (type 2 diabetes medications), a systematic review of research methods, and the development of a critical appraisal tool for cross sectional studies. Martin conducted an evaluation of trialling opt-out participation arrangements for My Health Records for the Commonwealth Department of Health. Martin leads the health technology assessment team in the Centre, with a major focus on evaluation of industry submissions of new technologies for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Medical Benefits Scheme and developing submissions and evaluations for the Medical Services Advisory Committee. Other major projects include; a post-market review of biologicals listed on the PBS for Psoriasis; and assessing the impact of pet ownership on people that are homeless.


  • Member
    EPIC Health Systems2018


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    University College Dublin1994 - 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University College Dublin2006 - 2010
  • Diploma of Computing Science
    Open University2001 - 2003


  • Graduate Certificate In Public Health
    University of Liverpool2013 - 2015