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Public Health Authority from 'down under' joins Imperial College


For Immediate Use
13 February 2001

An 'outspoken authority' on public health from Australia has been appointed to the newly established chair of Primary Care Epidemiology at Imperial College.

Professor Konrad Jamrozik 45, from Perth, Australia is a physician with an international standing in the field of tobacco control. Over the past decade he has contributed to a number of Australian national and state government reports on the subject, and as a high profile public health advocate he is willing to take a stand in the media. Last year he tackled the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, on Western Australian radio about inadequate funding for quit-smoking campaigns.

At Imperial, Professor Jamrozik's research will focus on improving the research capacity of primary care in London, building on expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics within Imperial College School of Medicine and its links already established with GP practices in west London.

Prof Konrad Jamrozik
Professor Konrad Jamrozik, new face of Primary Care at Imperial College
He said: "Most of the population gets most of its medical care from GPs and other local health services. It follows that the NHS is looking to primary care to take a prominent role in leading the response to the major health issues that now affect the population. Much of what we are facing is not yet curable, but a lot can already be done to prevent it and to minimise disability in those who are already affected by disease. These are tasks in which primary care excels, and it makes primary care a very exciting place to be."

"It is increasingly apparent that we have to go beyond the individual patient, beyond the individual doctor and beyond the individual practice and primary care team to think about delivery of best possible health care to whole communities.

"This is where my perspective and skills as a public health physician should come into play, designing studies to test new ideas in health care to see if they work, and critically examining local health systems - both primary care and hospital care - to find new opportunities to help protect, maintain and improve the health of the population," he said.

To date he has succeeded in attracting more than AUS6 million (UKP2.3million) in competitive grants and has published over 100 papers in the scientific literature.

Professor Jamrozik is Western Australia's second leading blood donor, with a lifetime tally of more than 400 units. He is also an avid oarsman and cyclist.

For further information please contact:

Professor Konrad Jamrozik
Division of Primary Care and Population Health Sciences
Imperial College School of Medicine
Tel: 020 7594 0813
k.jamrozik@imperial.ac.uk

Judith H. Moore
Assistant Press Officer
Press Office
Imperial College
Tel: 020 7594 6702
j.h.moore@imperial.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

1. Professor Jamrozik took up the position in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health Sciences, based at Charing Cross Hospital, on 1 December 2000.

2. Konrad Jamrozik did his basic medical training in Adelaide and Hobart in Australia and then completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford where he examined various strategies for the promotion of the cessation of smoking in general practice.

He has held lectureships at the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Western Australia where Western Australia where he has been since 1984. He was promoted to Professor of Public Health at University of Western Australia early in 2000.

In addition to a three-month attachment to the World Health Organisation in Geneva in 1999, Professor Jamrozik has held short-term posts at the Harvard Medical School. Professor Jamrozik has been awarded Life Membership of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, the Inaugural President's Award from the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

3. Further reading on Professor Jamrozik's work can be found at these web sites:

http://www.health.gov.au/nhmrc/advice/nhmrc/foreword.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/helthrpt/hstories/hr050896.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/helthrpt/hstories/hr031197.htm

4. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is an independent constituent part of the University of London. Founded in 1907, the College teaches a full range of science, engineering, medical and management disciplines at the highest level. The College is the largest applied science and technology university institution in the UK, with one of the largest annual turnovers (UKP330 million in 1998-99) and research incomes (UKP173 million in 1998-99). Web site at http://www.ic.ac.uk

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