David Gonzalez-Chica

Dr David Gonzalez-Chica

Senior Lecturer / Research Manager

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


I am a medical doctor and paediatrician, with almost 20 years of clinical experience, and a senior epidemiologist with 10 years of international experience in the design, implementation and analysis of quantitative studies (cohorts, cross-sectional studies, randomized controlled trials). For five years in Brazil, I worked as an Assistant Professor (2010-2015), where I was responsible for the development, coordination and teaching of five separate courses in the area of biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods targeting postgraduate students. I began working as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Discipline of General Practice in 2015 (full-time fixed-term position). Two years later, as part of a competitive process, I won a continuing position with the same group (half-time). With the intention of broadening my professional networks and research activities in a range of Australian primary health settings, I applied for and was selected, to a position as Head of Research (Level C) and member of the Executive Committee at the Adelaide Rural Clinical School in 2018.

Date Title Institution Source of Data
Current projects
2019 - Pregnancy-related aeromedical retrievals by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS): Determinants and trends over time Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) and Department of Rural Health (University of South Australia Royal Flying Doctors Service
2019 - Coverage of influenza, pneumococcus, and herpes zoster immunisation amongst patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions and use of reminders to improve vaccination rates in Australian general practice Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / PFIZER Independent Grants Program ($200,000.00) Doctor Control Panel Program - General Practice
2019 - Increasing immunisation in general practice invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old whose chronic conditions put them at higher risk of and from these infections Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant ($56,859.00) Doctor Control Panel Program - General Practice
2019 -

General Practice management of physical and psychological trauma resulting from road traffic accidents, 2011-18

Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / MAIC / RACGP Foundation Research Grant ($99,189.00) National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2018 -

Integrated Primary Health Care Services (IPHCS) Program Evaluation

Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) and Department of Rural Health (University of South Australia Country SA Primary Health Networks
2017 - Influenza like illness surveillance and influenza vaccination effectiveness estimation using NPS MedicineWise data: A pilot study Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2016 - Preventing obesity in childhood and adolescence: weight and height screening in Australian general practice Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2016 - Cardiovascular disease in adults: primary and secondary prevention in Australian general practice Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2015 -

Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and improving the quality of life through preventive recommendations and reduction of socioeconomic disparities in South Australia

Discipline of General Practice Spring 2015 and 2017 Health Omnibus Survey
2013 - Abdominal obesity and diet as determinants of cardiovascular risk and metabolic alterations in adults from southern Brazil – EpiFloripa longitudinal study (Cohort study) Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) EpiFloripa Adults Cohort Study
2013 - Health conditions, lifestyle habits, screening and prevention of cancer, and cardiovascular disease in the elderly: a population-based longitudinal study in Florianópolis, Brazil, 2013Epi-Idoso study (Cohort study) Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) Epi-Idoso Cohort Study

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Head of Research - Adelaide Rural Clinical School University of Adelaide
    2015 Senior Lecturer - Discipline of General Practice University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2015 Assistant Professor Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
    2010 - 2015 Consultant Rio Grande University Foundation
    2009 - 2010 Fellow Federal University of Pelotas
    2005 - 2010 Fellow, Wellcome Trust Foundation Federal University of Pelotas
    2003 - 2005 Medical Doctor, Chief of Health Centre Municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Northern Communities Health Foundation Prize - 2019 Florey HDR Conference The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Best conference abstracts at the XVI Latin American Congress of Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Therapy and Metabolism Latin American Federation of Nutritional Therapy, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Mexico
    2017 Award Best conference abstracts at the XVII Brazilian Congress of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Brazilian Association for the Study of Obesity and metabolic Syndrom (ABESO) Brazil
    2015 Recognition Scientific Research Productivity Fellow Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil
    2010 Award Brazilian Best PhD Thesis in Public Health area Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) Brazil $70000.00
    2009 Award Best conference abstract at the 6th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (Dohad) International Epidemiology Association Chile
    2006 Award Best presentation in the 11th World Congress in Public Health World Federation of Public Health Associations Brazil
    2001 Award Award for the Best Graduated student in the School of Medicine, Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador Ecuador
    1997 Distinction Best undergraduate fellow student School of Medicine, Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil Ecuador
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Portuguese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 - 2008 Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem (SENAC), Brazil Brazil Specialist in Professional Education
    2007 - 2009 Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil PhD in Epidemiology. Concentration area: Lifecourse Epidemiology
    2005 - 2006 Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil MSc in Epidemiology
    2002 - 2019 Instituto de Salud Carlos III Spain Specialist in Infectious Paediatric Diseases
    1994 - 2001 Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, Guayaquil Ecuador MD
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2009 - 2010 Postdoc in Body Composition Analysis Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil
    2007 - 2008 Specialist in Adult Professional Education & Training National Service for Professional Learning, SENAC Brazil
    2002 - 2003 Specialist in Infectious Paediatric Diseases Instituto de Salud Carlos III Spain
  • Research Interests

Date Project Title. Role Funding Body Amount
2019-2021 Coverage of influenza, pneumococcus, and herpes zoster immunisation amongst patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions and use of reminders to improve vaccination rates in Australian general practice CIB PFIZER Independent Grants Program ($200,000.00) $200,000
2019-2020 Increasing immunisation in general practice invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old whose chronic conditions put them at higher risk of and from these infections CIB RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant $56,859.00
2019-2021 General Practice management of physical and psychological trauma resulting from road traffic accidents, 2011-18 CIC MAIC / RACGP Foundation Research Grant $99,189.00
2014 - 2015 Prevalence of anemia and vitamin A deficiency in pre-school age children in southern Brazil: A population-based study (Survey) CIB Brazilian Ministry of Health (General Coordination of Food and Nutrition) and Inter-American Development Bank $100,000
2014 - 2015 Detection and characterization of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Brazilian children and adolescents (Survey) Co-Investigator Genzyme Brazil $200,000
2013 - Abdominal obesity and diet as determinants of cardiovascular risk and metabolic alterations in adults from southern Brazil – EpiFloripa longitudinal study (Cohort study) CIA CAPES and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil $200,000
2013 - Health conditions, lifestyle habits, screening and prevention of cancer, and cardiovascular disease in the elderly: a population-based longitudinal study in Florianópolis, Brazil, 2013Epi-Idoso study (Cohort study) Co-Investigator CAPES and CNPq, Brazil and  Ministry of Health $35,000
2011 - 2013 Oral health status and general health conditions in adults: population-based longitudinal study in Florianópolis, EpiFloripa II (Cohort study) CIC CAPES and CNPq, Brazil $60,000
2011 - 2013 Construction and validation of a food frequency questionnaire for use in adults (Validation study). CIA Federal University of Santa Catarina $2,000
2011 - 2013 Prevalence Study of Obesity among Children and Adolescents in Florianópolis, SC (EPOCA Study): third data collection 2012 (Panel study) Co-investigator CAPES and CNPq, Brazil $60,000
2010 - 2013 Use of organic foods and products from family farms for school feeding in Brazil: evaluation of the National Program for School Feeding (PNAE) (Survey) CIA National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE), Brazil $100,000
2009 - 2010 2010 Rio Grande Perinatal Study: reevaluating policies of pregnancy and childbirth assistance in southern Brazil (Survey) Co-Investigator CNPq, Brazil $15,000
2005 - 2014 The health and nutrition transition in three Brazilian cohorts (1982, 1993 and 2004): impact of socioeconomic, behavioural, healthcare and biological factors on the life course (Cohort study) Associated Investigator Wellcome Trust Foundation $3,000,000
The University of Adelaide - Australia
  • Lecturer: Investigating Health and Disease in Populations (level II course); Epidemiology in Action (level III course)
  • Tutor and OSCE examiner: 5th year Geriatric and General Practice Placement - Management of patients with chronic diseases that are commonly seen in general practice
  • Lecturer: Paediatric emergencies in general practice (5th years students)

 

Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil

Undergraduate degree (Nutrition course)

  • Life-course, growth and development from pregnancy to adolescence
  • Nutrition epidemiology
  • Dietary requirements for individuals and collectivities
  • Nutrition evaluation

Postgraduate degree (Post Graduate Program in Nutrition)

  • Biostatistics and nutrition
  • Methods and techniques in nutrition epidemiology
  • Methods in data collection and data analysis
  • Analysis and discussion of research projects

Postgraduate degree (Post Graduate Program in Public Health)

  • Intermediate biostatistics: regression models
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Improving Preventive Management of Cardiovascular Disease and their Risk Factors: Evidence from Australia and China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mingyue Zheng
    2018 Co-Supervisor Patterns, Predictors and Outcomes of Prescribed Psychotropic Drug Use in Australian Children and Adolescents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Julie Marie Klau
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Developing Clinical Teacher's Self-efficacy in Australian General Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Lawrie McArthur
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care Australia
    2019 - ongoing Representative Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Brazilian Epidemiology Association
    2005 - ongoing Member International Epidemiology Association
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Consulting Editor PLoS ONE Plos ONE United Kingdom
  • Position: Senior Lecturer / Research Manager
  • Phone: 83131631
  • Email: david.gonzalez@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Room: N1 13.03
  • Org Unit: General Practice

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