VIFM Council Member
Professor John McNeil
Nominee of the Council of Monash University
Professor McNeil is Head of Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) at the Alfred Hospital, an appointment he has held since 1986. His principal expertise is in epidemiology and his research activities have typically involved the application of epidemiological methods to problems in clinical medicine and public health. Under his leadership the SPHPM has experienced a sustained period of growth, increasing from 11 staff in 1986 to a current staff complement of over 300 (including 26 Professors).
It contains core ‘methodology platforms’ in epidemiology, biostatistics and data-management which have enabled DEPM to establish itself as one of the major national centers of expertise in clinical trials and clinical registries. Its strength as a research and training environment is reflected by a research income in 2016 of 44 million dollars and 170 doctoral students. The SPHPM is regularly involved in sensitive & urgent public health investigations such the Fiskville firefighters, the Hazelwood mine fire & the cancer clusters amongst Victorian Parliamentarians.
In 2010 he was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to public health.