Professor Louisa Jorm

Professor Louisa Jorm is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She has spent equal periods (more than 10 years each) in senior leadership roles in government and academia, giving her unique opportunities for translational research impacts.

Professor Jorm is an international leader in health “big data” research and specifically in applying advanced analytic methods to large-scale routinely collected data and linked data, including hospital inpatient, mortality, perinatal and medical and pharmaceutical claims data. She has made major scientific contributions to research in the areas of health system performance, health surveillance, data linkage and Aboriginal health.  

Professor Jorm has played a leading role in the establishment of major infrastructure and capacity for “big data” health research in Australia, including the NSW/ACT Centre for Health Record Linkage, the 45 and Up Study, the NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program and the SURE and ERICA secure data analysis environments. She led the development of the new UNSW Master of Science in Health Data Science, the first such program in the southern hemisphere.

Professor Jorm has published >160 scientific papers and been awarded >$30 million in research grants. She is a high-profile advocate for more and better use of routinely collected health data for research.