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Current Work

Martin leads the health technology assessment team in the Centre for Applied Health Economics, 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 and new technology assessment for the Health Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (HealthPACT). 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.  


Expertise Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Evidence based medicine
  • healthcare system

Subject Area Codes

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology

Country Affiliations

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 22 (Other: 22)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Advanced Research Statistics (6003HLS)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Intro to Econ Eval of H/Care (7000MED)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Intro to Econ Eval of H/Care (7000MED)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2015.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship



Dr Martin Downes is a Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University, and has considerable experience in, epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment. 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 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 worked at The University of Nottingham and developed experience in Evidence Based Medicine and health technology assessment working on projects such as a Cochrane systematic review examining animal assisted therapy in mentally ill patient, a systematic review of research methods, and the development of a critical appraisal tool for cross sectional studies.

Education and Training

  • GCertPublicH Graduate Certificate In Public Health, University of Liverpool 2013 - 2015
  • Dip Comp Sc Diploma of Computing Science, Open University 2001 - 2003
  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, University College Dublin 2006 - 2010
  • BVSc Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University College Dublin 1994 - 1999

Professional memberships

  • AEA Memeber, Australasian Epidemiological Association 2015 -
  • IEA Member, International Epidemiological Association 2015 -