Anne Taylor

Professor Anne Taylor

Head Population Research & Outcome Studies

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

ANNE TAYLOR (BA, MPH, PhD) is an Adjunct Professor in the Discipline of Medicine at The University of Adelaide and has had Senior Management experience at a variety of levels throughout her career in Government. As Head of the Population Research and Outcome Studies (PROS) at the University of Adelaide, she oversaw the development of state and nation- wide population surveys as well as chronic disease and other epidemiological research initiatives. With 30 years’ experience, she is an expert in the design of population survey methodology, and has been closely involved in the establishment of various longitudinal studies including the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS). She has been instrumental in establishing technical standards within Australia on issues related to computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) for chronic disease and risk factor surveillance. Adjunct Professor Taylor has been CI on three NHMRC project grants, an NHMRC partnership grant, an ARC Discovery project, and two ARC linkage projects, with total category 1 research funding of $4.7 million. In addition, she has gained research funds from other agencies such as the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, SA Premier’s Science & Research Fund and the SA Health Services Research and Innovation Program. Anne has authored over 320 peer-reviewed publications, 200 departmental reports, and over 210 peer-reviewed oral presentations, invited oral conference presentations or peer reviewed poster publications. Most of these publications and presentations have primarily been concerned with chronic disease epidemiology and survey methodology. Anne has international active research collaborations with colleagues in USA, Italy and Canada. A sabbatical in 2014 saw her spend three months in Italy progressing the World Alliance of Risk Factor Surveillance. Anne has been an invited speaker at a range of international surveillance conferences and has been on the scientific committee for the past seven bi-annual global risk factor surveillance conferences. She has over the years focused on modular development and standardisation of indicators and has represented the state on national committees addressing the need for standard and comparable approaches to data collection. She is currently a member of the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Advisory Group – a group established to oversee the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare collaboration centre. She is a reviewer for a range of journals (including ANZJPH, HPA, MJA) and has been an associate editor for the BMC Public Health and a special guest editor for AIMS: Public Health.

Anne is a chronic disease epidemiologist with over twenty years experience in the field of chronic disease. She has facilitated major data services and access for policy makers through epidemiological and statistical analysis of large population databases. Anne has been involved in new and innovative research and has expertise in establishing efficacy of different approaches to population studies including: telephone survey methodologies; cohort administration; and risk factor monitoring and surveillance.

A specialist in population surveillance methods, she has substantially contributed to the design of population survey methods. Anne has also managed many large-scale population studies. She has expertise in the population perspective of chronic disease, risk factor monitoring and surveillance of chronic conditions, risk factors and socioeconomic factors, and related policy and interventions.

Anne has over 200 peer reviewed publications, and is Epidemiological Principal Investigator of the North West Adelaide Health study. Anne is currently the primary supervisor of four PhD candidates and co-supervisor of three PhD candidates.


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2023 Adjunct Professor The University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2017 Professor The University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2010 Manager SA Department of Health
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2006 Award Award for best publication by a member between congresses. (2006 & 2009) Australian Menopause Society - -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia MPH
    Flinders University Australia BA
Research Grants / Funding
2015 $20,000 Sleep Health Foundation, Australia
2015 $3,603 Travel grant
2015 $123,087 Testing of National Hospital Patient Experience Questions.  Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
2015 $30,800 CATI survey on public responses to extreme heat warnings – The University of Adelaide
2014 $49,800 Meat & Livestock Australia Human Nutrition Research
2013 $348,000 The significance of psychosocial safety climate, health and happiness for productivity at work. ARC Discovery Grant – DP14010329
2013 $19,459 The University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund
2013 $6,062 Travel grant
2013 $30,244 Pilot Testing of National Core Common Hospital Patient Experience Questions: Day Surgery Patients.  Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
2012 $247,010 Community telephone survey of State Strategic Plan targets. Office of the Executive Committee of Cabinet, Department of Premier and Cabinet
2012 $15,000 Linking nutrition data with death records in the Chinese Jiangsu Nutrition Study. The University of Adelaide (new appointment funding – Zumin Shi)
2012 $8,167 RIGB Equipment Grant, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide
2012 $3,250 Take Action of Pain evaluation. Arthritis Foundation of SA
2012 $54,000 Climate change risks and adaptation survey. Disciple of Public Health, University of Adelaide
2012 $114,000 Survey of Baby Boomers in SA – South Australia Active Ageing Research Committee
2012 $74,360 LINKIN Health Study – recontacting participants. School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, University  of Adelaide
2011 $7,539 RIGB Equipment Grant, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide
2011 $65,000 Australian Workplace Barometer (AWB) – interviewing in Northern Territory, Tasmania and Australia Capital Territory. University of South Australia
2011 - 2013 $251,452 Problems with measuring depression in two recent Australian community studies.  (NHMRC project)
2010 $52,500 Audit of perceptions of arthritis in the community (Arthritis Foundation SA)
2010 $40,000 Effects of Monosodium Glutamate on asthma, diabetes and anemia – a population study using data from Jiangsu Nutrition Study. International Glutamate Technical Committee.
2010 $229,600 Comparison of CATI sampling strategies. (Population Health Division, Dept of Health & Ageing)
2010 - 2013 $290,000 Identifying changeable neighbourhood factors related to risk of chronic disease. (NHMRC Partnership Projects)
2010 - 2013 $1,763,013 Effects of sex steroids, inflammation, environmental and biopsychosocial factors on cardiometabolic disease risk in men (NHMRC Project)
2010 - 2012 $590,000 State, organisational, and team interventions to build psychosocial safety climate using the Australian Workplace Barometer and the StressCafe  (ARC Linkage)
2010 - 2013 $596,894 Linking place to Metabolic Syndrome via behavioural and psychosocial antecedents: Levers for Public Health intervention. (NHMRC-Partnership)
2010 - 2013 $408,578 Mechanisms underlying geographical variations in risk of metabolic syndrome. (NHMRC Project)
2009 - 2013 $641,000 Australia’s baby boomer generation, obesity & work – patterns, causes & implications. (ARC Linkage)
2009 - 2011 $462,625 A novel approach to influencing self-care. Sharing Health Care Initiative (Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing)
2008 - 2012 $424,000 Working wounded or engaged? Australian work conditions and consequences through the lens of the job demands-resource model (ARC Discovery)
2008 - 2010 $455,573 Food & Trust (ARC Discovery)
2007 - 2008 $480,770 The epidemiology of deliberate self injury and its relationship to suicidal behaviours in the Australian community: a nationally representative study (Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing)
2007- 2009 $500,326 Socio-economic status and overweight/obesity: supply of access to (un)healthy food (SA Strategic Health Research Program)
2007 - 2009 $1,518,000 Tracking fitness and health in South Australians (Premier’s Science & Research Fund)
2006 - 2007 $4,872 Ensuring equitable access to the SA Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Recall Register for Vietnamese women. (Australian Diabetes Society Servier National Action Plan Grant)
2006 - 2007 $22,830 SA Adolescent Gamblers Study (Independent Gambling Authority)
2006 - 2007 $47,196 Standardisation of protocols and guidelines for CATI surveillance systems (ABS)
2006 - 2007 $40,471 Mixed mode Food Frequency Questionnaire as adjunct to CATI surveys - pilot (ABS)
2006 $16,000 Epidemiology of Arthritis in SA (Arthritis Foundation)
2006 $128,580 Housing 21 Survey (Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute)
2006 - 2008 $300,000 Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study  (Premier’s Science & Research Fund)
2005 $16,952 Modelling reduction of coronary heart disease risk among people with diabetes. (Australian Diabetes Society – Servier Laboratories)
2004 - 2005 $98,000 National CATI field testing of indicators (asthma, education) – (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
2004 - 2006 $1,360,395 Obesity, health, social disadvantage and environment in Australia: Relationships and policy implications (ARC – Linkage)
2004 - 2006 $450,000 A cohort study of health and ageing in North West Adelaide men (Florey Medical Research Grant)
2004 $280,000 The North West Adelaide Health Cohort Study stage 2 (HSRIP)
2003 - 2004 $49,988 Development of a fracture pathway to improve outcomes following falls and minimize re-fracture rates (Falls Prevention & Harm Minimization Innovations in Practice)
2003 $10,000 Analysis of the education and service needs of people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and/or osteoporosis (SADHS)
2002 - 2005 $472,400 Skill enhancement for health surveillance – Public Health Education and Research Program (PHERP)
2003 - 2004 $98,000 National CATI field testing of risk factors indicators (alcohol, smoking and physical activity) – (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
2003 $30,000 Assessment of current status of food and nutrition monitoring in SA and analysis of BMI trends in the state – (Health Promotion SA)
2002 - 2003 $98,000 National CATI field testing of chronic disease and risk factors indicators – (ABS)
2002 - 2003 $281,450 The North West Adelaide Chronic Disease Research Study – (HSRIP)
2002 - 2003 $45,000 Secondary analyses of existing data sets to describe and explore differences in a range of measures of mental health status between rural and urban South Australians – (Beyond Blue Research Grants)
2002 - 2003 $198,780 National Environmental Time Activity Study – (National Environmental Protection Council)
2001 $10,000 Undertake consultancy and adviser for national CATI Gastroenteritis survey – (OzFoodNet)
2001 $22,900 Educational needs of people with newly diagnosed and established diabetes – (Diabetes Australia Research Trust Grant)
2000 - 2001 $243,000 Joint Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia CATI health survey – (Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care)
2000 - 2001 $36,500 Preliminary study to enhance planning for the National Biomedical Risk Factor Study – (Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care)
2000 $96,200 National survey on influenza immunisation coverage – (Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care)
2000 $36,500 Preliminary studies to enhance the planning for the National Biomedical Risk Factor Study – (Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care)
1999 - 2000 $75,000 Environmental Health Risk Perception Survey – (Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care)
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Great Expectations: Australian Baby Boomer Women, Policy and Older Labour Force Participation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Judith Andrea Lewis
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Diet and Sleep in Australian Middle Aged and Elder Men Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yingting Cao
    2013 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Measuring the health status of informal and family caregivers - how, what and why Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Anne Florence Stacey
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Prescription Medicines, Over-the-Counter Medicines and Complementary and Alternative Medicines Use in Baby Boomers and Older South Australians and their Association with Health Outcomes (as Assessed by Health Services Use and Quality of Life) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Bee Leng Per
    2012 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Parental Body Shape in Mid-life and its Association with Adult Offspring Obesity, Body Shape and Self-perception of Weight Status Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Janet Grant
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Surveillance of Health Status and Health Risk: The Future of Data Collection Using the Telephone in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Eleonora Dal Grande
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Baby Boomers and Generation X in Australia. Health differences and the influence of work and workplace, with a focus on obesity. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rhiannon Megan Pilkington
    2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Depression and its Association with the Psychosocial Factors of Urinary Incontinence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jodie Avery
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Ageing in a Foreign Land: Experiences of European-Born Post War Migrants to Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Constance Michelle Kourbelis
    2005 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Whose Place Is It? Examining the Socio-Spatial Geography of Obesity in Young Adults for an Australian Context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Natasha Howard
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Health and Nutrition Steering Committee The Australian Wine Research Institute -
    2014 - ongoing Member 7th International Global Risk Factor Surveillance Conference – Antigua - -
    2012 - ongoing Member Population Health and Health & Social Policy Pillar SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) -
    2012 - ongoing Member Travel grant review panel University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine -
    2012 - ongoing Member Equipment grant review panel University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine -
    2011 - ongoing Member Research Committee University of Adelaide, School of Medicine -
    2009 - ongoing Member Steering Group World Alliance of Risk Factor Surveillance (WARFS) -
    2006 - ongoing Member Data working group/Steering Committee National Centre for Monitoring Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Conditions -
    2002 - ongoing Chair SA Health Omnibus Committee SA Health -
  • Position: Head Population Research & Outcome Studies
  • Phone: 83131211
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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