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Associate Professor John Hall

Associate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health (Public Health)

Career Summary

Biography

John Hall is Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Newcastle.  A Public Health Physician he has extensive experience in Public Health in Australia as well as globally.  He convenes the Masters of Public Health Program.  He has experience in teaching in Global Health, Health Systems and Policy, Primary Health Care, Environmental Health, and Maternal and Child Health.

His research interests are in Health Systems and Policy in resource poor settings.  He has a particular interest in Tuberculosis and TB DOTS and how Health Policy is transferred to and adapted in resource limited countries.  He continues to serve as a member of the WHO Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) for the SEARO and WPRO Regions of WHO. 

Before taking up his current position John Hall was the Director of the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub at UNSW.  Established with a $6mill. grant from the Australian Government the HRH Hub@UNSW is a knowledge Hub for gathering, synthesizing and disseminating knowledge to inform policy with regard to the world crisis in human resources for health to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

John Hall has extensive international experience in Public Health at the National, District and Community levels.  As Principal Medical Officer, Community Health Services in Vanuatu 1990-1992 he was responsible for the day to day technical, financial, human resource and infrastructure needs of the Public Health Programs for the whole country.  This involved responsibility for Communicable Diseases (Malaria/Dengue, HIV/AIDS, TB/Leprosy), Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternal and Child Health (EPI, ARI/CDD, MCH/Family Planning), Health Promotion, and Health Information/Surveillance Systems.  He has worked in Pakistan (1986-1988), South Korea (1981) and the Solomon Islands (1990).

He has undertaken Consultancy work for AusAID, WHO, USAID, ADB and ODA in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Kenya, Congo, and Zimbabwe.

In Australia John Hall has been the Director of the Western New South Wales Public Health Unit from 1992 - 1994.  This involved the delivery of Public Health Programs to the population of Western NSW.  It included management responsibility for Environmental Health, Immunisation Services, HIV/AIDS, Health Information and Surveillance.  He did a lot of work with Lead Poisoning in children in Broken Hill and the Aboriginal communities in Walgett, Bourke and Wilcannia.

Research Expertise
John Halls research interests are: Global Health Health Policy and Health Systems in Resource Poor Settings Health Policy and Health systems with regard to Disease Control Programs (Communicable & Non communicable Diseases), Maternal and Child Health and Ageing.

Teaching Expertise
John Hall convenes the Masters of Public Health Program at the University of Newcastle. He brings a wealth of experience working in Public Health in Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region to his teaching. He coordinates the MPH Courses PUBH6304 Global health (Semester 1) and PUBH6305 Global Health Systems & Policy (Semester 2).

Administrative Expertise
John Hall is the Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the Hunter Medical Research Institute at the University of Newcastle. He is on the School of Medicine and Public Health Executive Committee and the Post Graduate Education Committee.

Collaborations
His research interests are in Health Systems and Policy in resource poor settings. He has a particular interest in Tuberculosis and TB DOTS and how Health Policy is transferred to and adapted in resource limited countries.

Qualifications

  • Master of Tropical Health, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • International Health
  • Public Health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2008 - 1/06/2010 Director AusAID Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub The University of New South Wales
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Australia
1/04/2002 - 1/12/2008 Senior Lecturer in International Public Health & MIPH Coordinator University of Sydney
School of Public Health
1/08/1994 - 1/04/2002 Honorary Visiting Fellow & Consultant in International Public Health The University of New South Wales
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Australia
1/11/1992 - 1/08/1994 Director New South Wales Department of Health
Western New South Wales Public Health Unit
Australia
1/07/1990 - 1/07/1993 Principal Medical Officer, Community (Public) Health Services Department of Health, Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Xu X, Byles JE, Shi Z, Hall JJ, 'Evaluation of older Chinese people's macronutrient intake status: results from the China Health and Nutrition Survey', BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION, 113 159-171 (2015)
DOI 10.1017/S0007114514003444
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Xu X, Hall J, Byles J, Shi Z, 'Assessing dietary quality of older Chinese people using the Chinese Diet Balance Index (DBI)', PLoS ONE, 10 (2015)

Background/Objectives: Few studies have applied the Chinese Diet Balance Index (DBI) in evaluating dietary quality for Chinese people. The present cross-sectional study assessed d... [more]

Background/Objectives: Few studies have applied the Chinese Diet Balance Index (DBI) in evaluating dietary quality for Chinese people. The present cross-sectional study assessed dietary quality based on DBI for older people, and the associated factors, in four socioeconomically distinct regions in China. Methods: The China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) involves 2745 older Chinese people, aged 60 or over, from four regions (Northeast, East Coast, Central and West) in 2009. Dietary data were obtained by interviews using 24 hour-recall over three consecutive days. Four indicators: Total Score (TS), Lower Bound Score (LBS), Higher Bound Score (HBS) and Diet Quality Distance (DQD) from DBI were calculated for assessing dietary quality in different aspects. Results: 68.9% of older people had different levels of excessive cereals intake. More than 50% of older people had moderate or severe surplus of oil (64.9%) and salt (58.6%). Intake of vegetables and fruit, milk and soybeans, water, and dietary variety were insufficient, especially for milk and soybeans. 80.8%of people had moderate or severe unbalanced diet consumption. The largest differences of DQD scores have been found for people with different education levels and urbanicity levels. People with higher education levels have lower DQD scores (p<0.001), and people living in medium and low urbanicity areas had 2.8 and 8.9 higher DQD scores than their high urbanicity counterparts (p<0.001). Also, significant differences of DQD scores have been found according to gender, marital status, work status and regions (p<0.001). Conclusion: DBI can reveal problems of dietary quality for older Chinese people. Rectifying unbalanced diet intake may lead to prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Dieticians and health care professionals need to increase dissemination and uptake of nutrition education, with interventions targeted at regions of lower socioeconomic status.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0121618
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Chinwong D, Patumanond J, Chinwong S, Siriwattana K, Gunaparn S, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Statin therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome: low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal attainment and effect of statin potency', THERAPEUTICS AND CLINICAL RISK MANAGEMENT, 11 127-136 (2015)
DOI 10.2147/TCRM.S75608
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2015 Chinwong D, Patumanond J, Chinwong S, Siriwattana K, Gunaparn S, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Clinical indicators for recurrent cardiovascular events in acute coronary syndrome patients treated with statins under routine practice in Thailand: an observational study', BMC CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS, 15 (2015)
DOI 10.1186/s12872-015-0052-y
2015 Chinwong D, Patumanond J, Chinwong S, Siriwattana K, Gunaparn S, Hall JJ, Phrommintikul A, 'Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol of less than 70 mg/dL is associated with fewer cardiovascular events in acute coronary syndrome patients: a real-life cohort in Thailand', Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 11 659-667 (2015)
DOI 10.2147/TCRM.S78745
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Varol N, Fraser IS, Ng CHM, Jaldesa G, Hall J, 'Female genital mutilation/cutting - towards abandonment of a harmful cultural practice', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 54 400-405 (2014) [C2]
DOI 10.1111/ajo.12206
2014 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall JJ, Page AN, 'The effect of solid fuel use on childhood mortality in Nigeria: evidence from the 2013 cross-sectional household survey', ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, 13 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1476-069X-13-113
2014 Agho KE, Hall J, Ewald B, 'Determinants of the Knowledge of and Attitude towards Tuberculosis in Nigeria', JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION, 32 520-538 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Ben Ewald
2014 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall J, Page AN, 'The Impact of Water and Sanitation on Childhood Mortality in Nigeria: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys, 2003-2013', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 11 9256-9272 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/ijerph110909256
2014 Rifat M, Milton AH, Hall J, Oldmeadow C, Islam MA, Husain A, et al., 'Development of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis in Bangladesh: A Case-Control Study on Risk Factors', PLOS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0105214
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Milton Hasnat, Christopher Oldmeadow
2014 Ezeh OK, Agho KE, Dibley MJ, Hall J, Page AN, 'Determinants of neonatal mortality in Nigeria: Evidence from the 2008 demographic and health survey', BMC Public Health, 14 (2014) [C1]

Background: Nigeria continues to have one of the highest rates of neonatal deaths in Africa. This study aimed to identify risk factors associated with neonatal death in Nigeria us... [more]

Background: Nigeria continues to have one of the highest rates of neonatal deaths in Africa. This study aimed to identify risk factors associated with neonatal death in Nigeria using the 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). Methods. Neonatal deaths of all singleton live-born infants between 2003 and 2008 were extracted from the 2008 NDHS. The 2008 NDHS was a multi-stage cluster sample survey of 36,298 households. Of these households, survival information of 27,147 singleton live-borns was obtained, including 996 cases of neonatal mortality. The risk of death was adjusted for confounders relating to individual, household, and community level factors using Cox regression. Results: Multivariable analyses indicated that a higher birth order of newborns with a short birth interval = 2 years (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.19, confidence interval [CI]: 1.68-2.84) and newborns with a higher birth order with a longer birth interval > 2 years (HR = 1.36, CI: 1.05-1.78) were significantly associated with neonatal mortality. Other significant factors that affected neonatal deaths included neonates born to mothers younger than 20 years (HR = 4.07, CI: 2.83-5.86), neonates born to mothers residing in rural areas compared with urban residents (HR = 1.26, CI: 1.03-1.55), male neonates (HR = 1.30, CI: 1.12-1.53), mothers who perceived their neonate's body size to be smaller than the average size (HR = 2.10, CI: 1.77-2.50), and mothers who delivered their neonates by caesarean section (HR = 2.80, CI: 1.84-4.25). Conclusions: Our study suggests that the Nigerian government needs to invest more in the healthcare system to ensure quality care for women and newborns. Community-based intervention is also required and should focus on child spacing, childbearing at a younger age, and poverty eradication programs, particularly in rural areas, to reduce avoidable neonatal deaths in Nigeria. © 2014 Ezeh et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-521
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2013 Hall JJ, Gillespie JA, Rosewell A, Mapira P, 'The Papua New Guinea cholera outbreak: implications for PNG, Australia and the Torres Strait', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 199 576-577 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja13.10516
2012 Asante AD, Negin J, Hall JJ, Dewdney J, Zwi AB, 'Analysis of policy implications and challenges of the Cuban health assistance program related to human resources for health in the Pacific', Human Resources for Health, 10 1-9 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6
2011 Ongugo K, Hall JJ, Attia JR, 'Implementing tuberculosis control in Papua New Guinea: A clash of culture and science?', Journal of Community Health, 36 423-430 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10900-010-9324-8
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5
Co-authors John Attia
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Byles JE, Curryer CA, Edwards N, Weaver N, D'Este C, Hall J, Kowal P, 'The health of older people in selected countries of the Western Pacific Region.', World Health Organisation, 54 (2014) [R1]
Co-authors Natasha Weaver, Catherine Deste, Julie Byles
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $1,142,211

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20131 grants / $258,129

Building Health Systems Research Capacity to evaluate and monitor the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.$258,129

Funding body: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)

Funding body AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)
Project Team Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200812
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20122 grants / $57,010

Comparative Study on Health of Older Persons in Selected Countries in the Western Pacific Region$47,010

Funding body: World Health Organisation

Funding body World Health Organisation
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor John Hall, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Doctor Paul Kowal, Professor Hal Kendig, Dr Joel Negin, Dr Nawi Ng
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201053
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Risk factors for MDR-TB in Bangladesh: a population based case-control study.$10,000

Funding body: Australian Respiratory Council

Funding body Australian Respiratory Council
Project Team Doctor Milton Hasnat, Dr Mahfuza Rifat, Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200030
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20111 grants / $571,103

Chronic Care Service Enhancements Program: Evaluation Project$571,103

Funding body: NSW Health

Funding body NSW Health
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Mariko Carey, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Associate Professor John Hall, Conjoint Professor Christopher Doran
Scheme Consultancy/Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100894
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20102 grants / $255,969

HMRI MRSP Infrastructure Grant (2010-11) Health Behaviour$252,219

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme NSW MRSP Infrastructure Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1100409
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

New Staff Grant - Pacific Island country (PIC) medical graduate career decisions and choices cohort study$3,750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor John Hall
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000916
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.9

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Dietary Intake, Dietary Quality, Dietary Pattern and Nutrition - Related Non-Communicable Diseases (NR-NCDs) Among Older Chinese Population
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Economic Evaluation of Stroke Interventions in Selected Hospitals in Australia
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Multidrug Resistance Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Community Setting of Bangladesh
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor John Hall

Position

Associate Professor
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Public Health

Contact Details

Email john.hall@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0561
Fax (02) 4042 0044

Office

Room Room 4110, Level 4 West
Building HMRI Building
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