Dr Benjamin Ewald

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Public Health)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Ben Ewald completed his undergraduate training at the University of Newcastle in 1982, the then Family Medicine program training in 1992 and a masters in epidemiology in 1996. He worked as a GP  in Sydney, then for 10 years in Alice Springs. While at Congress, the Aboriginal medical service in Alice he saw for the first time a community health centre that could identify its community, and had a realistic involvement in their public health issues as well as the provision of sick care. In the Central Australian context with such a high disease burden it was glaringly obvious that access to primary care, and basing that care on effective treatments were areas that could benefit from applied epidemiology.

General practice research interests have included a study of the economics of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and the diagnostic accuracy of B Natriuretic Peptide for heart failure. He has also taken part in community wide physical activity research and from 2011 is running an RCT in physical activity promotion. He has a role in public health advocacy on  issues of environments to promote physical activity, and interpreting scholarship on environmental risks to health.

Now a GP in Newcastle, he teaches in the epidemiology masters program at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle and co ordinates the communicable disease epidemiology and research protocol design subjects as well as teaching in the undergraduate medical course.

Current research directions include development of new analytic methods for data from accelerometers for use in physical activity research, bringing objective measurement of physical activity into clinical practice settings, and analysis of health system data to make cycling safer.

 Ben Ewald

Research Expertise
Diagnostic test research in the general practice setting. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring B type natriuretic peptides Diagnostic test meta analysis Clinical epidemiologic methodology. Physical activity and ageing.

Teaching Expertise
Postgraduate epidemiology and research design. Communicable disease epidemiology.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Community Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Medical Science (Epidemiology), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Environmental health
  • General Practice
  • Meta analysis
  • Physical Activity
  • Public Health
  • communicable Disease
  • diagnostic test research
  • epidemiology

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 65
010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified 20
110899 Medical Microbiology not elsewhere classified 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1998 -  General Practitioner Private Practice
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $1,347,992

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20112 grants / $1,218,300

Efficacy of exercise physiologist counselling in primary care patients: a RCT of two pragmatic approaches$896,589

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Erica James, Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G0190295
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Physical Activity and Nutrition: The University of Newcastle's Approach Toward Better Population Health and Education$321,711

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Professor Robin Callister, Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Professor Manohar Garg, Associate Professor Erica James, Professor David Lubans, Professor Philip Morgan
Scheme Priority Research Centre
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100058
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,258

Be Active 09. Seventh national physical activity conference, Brisbane, 14-17 October 2009$1,258

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Ewald
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190438
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $34,712

GPs and Vitamin D deficiency: A survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices$24,615

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Conjoint Professor Bruce Armstrong
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189349
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Pilot project to test recruitment and intervention for physical activity promotion RCT in general practice$10,097

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Ewald
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189265
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $73,722

Accuracy of a new blood test for B Naturietic Peptide in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure in general practice$73,722

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Ewald
Scheme Scholarships - Public Health Postgraduate Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0183994
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20021 grants / $20,000

Accuracy of a new blood test for B Natriuretic Peptide in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure in General practice patients.$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Conjoint Associate Professor Julia Lowe
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181187
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Reducing the Risk of Recurrent Stroke Among High Risk Patients in the Community Through Community Based Support Group Patient Education Compared to Current Patient Education as Part of Multimodal Secondary Prevention Strategies PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2005 PhD Prospective Surveillance of Surgical Site Infections at a Tertiary Hospital in Viet Nam and the Impact of a Bedside Hand Sanitizer Program PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Benjamin Ewald

Position

Senior Lecturer
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Public Health

Contact Details

Email ben.ewald@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0544
Fax (02)

Office

Room HMRI level 4
Building HMRI Building
Location Other

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