Gizachew Tessema

Dr Gizachew Tessema


School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Gizachew Tessema has obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide (2018). Prior to that, he completed his bachelor's (2009) and master’s degrees (2012) in Ethiopia. Dr Tessema has a wide range of research experience including, perinatal epidemiology, fertility and family planning, maternal and child health, health services and health systems research, global health, infectious diseases (HIV and malaria), and cancer epidemiology (with a specific emphasis on prostate and cervical cancer). He published close to 50 research articles in several peer-reviewed journals.

In terms of academics, while he taught several public health courses in the University of Gondar in Ethiopia (2009-2015), Dr Tessema tutored Public Health 1A and International Health courses for undergraduate Health and Medical Sciences students in the University of Adelaide.

Dr Gizachew Tessema is a perinatal and reproductive epidemiologist and health care services researcher with research interest that employed advanced statistical analyses, mixed methods research (MMR), and qualitative study. He obtained his PhD in Public Health (2018) from the University of Adelaide and received the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Prior to that, he graduated with MPH (2012) and Bachelor's degree in Public Health (2009) in Ethiopia. Following his Gro Harlem Brundtland Visiting Fellowship from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in 2020, he has been located in Norway between Jan and Mar 2020 and worked as a visiting scientist at the Centre for Fertility and Health.

He has received several honors and awards, including a National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leadership Fellowship (2021-2025), the Charter Hall Research Collaboration Award from the Raine Medical Foundation (2020/21), and Adelaide Scholarship International Award from the University of Adelaide (2015-2018). 

Gizachew's current research work is focusing on a developing a risk predicition model to prevent avoidable adverse perinatal outcomes in Australia. This work expands from his project that aimed to investigate the effect of interpregnancy intervals on adverse perinatal outcomes in high-income countries spanning Australia, Norway, Finland, United States (California), and Canada involving birth registries totaling over 11 million births of more than three decades. His research focus also includes, but not limited to, maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, health services research, and global health. He is also keen to apply advanced data science methods including machine learning. 

While he taught reproductive health, health promotion, and maternal and child health courses at the University of Gondar (Ethiopia), he is currently involved in teaching Research methods for Master of Dietetics Unit (statistical analysis component) at Curtin University. 

  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Fellowship DR Stranks Travelling Fellowship 2016 University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Scholarship Research Abroad Scholarship 2016
    2015 Scholarship Adelaide Scholarship International University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Amharic Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Public and Community Health
    2011 - 2012 University of Gondar Ethiopia MPH (Reproductive and Child Health Speciality)
    2005 - 2009 Hawassa University Ethiopia BSc (Public Health)
  • Research Interests

2021-2025 - National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leaders Fellowship, Australia

2020 - Charter Hall Research Collaboration Award from the Raine Medical Research Foundation, Western Australia, Australia 

2020 - The Gro Harlem Brundtland Visiting Scholarship from the Norwogian Institute of Public Health, Norway - $48,000

2017:  Research Abroad Scholarship

2017: D R Stranks Traveling Fellowship

2015-2018:  Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) Scholarship

2014:  Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Fellowship

2020-2021 - Guest Lecturer for International Health Unit 

2016- Conducted tutorials and marked assignments for Public Health 1A for Public Health students

2016- Conducted tutorials on International Health for Public Health and Medical students

2009-2014- Taught various public health courses (Health Promotion, Reproductive Health, Disaster Prevention and Preparedness) for Health and Medical Sciences students and taught Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Family Planning and Demography for postgraduate 9MPH) students in Ethiopia

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