The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Professor Alex Brown

Professor Alex Brown is the Theme Leader, Indigenous Health, South Australian Health

and Medical Research Institute, based in Adelaide.


He has significant connections across the health system, policy environment and key government and NGO sector, particularly in relation to chronic disease burden and prevention. He sits on a range of national committees, including the Heart Foundation, chairs the Cardiac Society Indigenous Cardiovascular Council and was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council (2009-2012). Over the past five years he has been Principal Investigator on over $5 million of research and has extensive research collaborations with university, academic, primary care, Aboriginal community control services, international partners and Indigenous community partners.


Professor Brown is a Chief Investigator of the CRE to Reduce Inequality of Heart Disease. Professor Brown will lead work within the CRE specifically relating to overcoming disparities in CVD for Indigenous populations.   


  1. Brown AD, Scales U, Beever W, Rickards B, Rowley K, O'Dea K. Exploring the expression of depression and distress in aboriginal men in central Australia: a qualitative study. BMC psychiatry 2012;12:97.
  2. Stewart S, Carrington MJ, Swemmer CH, Anderson C, Kurstjens NP, Amerena J, Brown AD, Burrell LM, de Looze FJ, Harris M, Hung J, Krum H, Nelson M, Schlaich M, Stocks NP, Jennings GL. Effect of intensive structured care on individual blood pressure targets in primary care: multicentre randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2012;345:e7156.
  3. McDonald M, Brown AD, Edwards T, Hope A, Amu, M, Morey F, Currie B, Carapetis J. Apparent Contrasting Rates of Pharyngitis and Pyoderma in Regions where Rheumatic Heart Disease is Highly Prevalent. Heart Lung Circ. 2007 Aug;16(4):254-9.
  4.  Carapetis JR, Brown AD, Wilson NJ, Edwards KN; Rheumatic Fever Guidelines Writing Group. An Australian guideline for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: an abridged outline. Med J Aust. 2007;186(11):581-6.
  5.  Brown AD, Barton DA, Lambert GW. Cardiovascular abnormalities in patients with major depressive disorder: autonomic mechanisms and implications for treatment. CNS Drugs. 2009;23(7):583-602.

  6. Luke JN, Brown AD, O'Neal DN, O'Dea K, Jenkins AJ, Kelaher M, Best JD, Rowley KG. Lipid treatment guidelines and cardiovascular risk for Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Med J Aust. 2009 May 18;190(10):552-6.
  7. Peiris D, Patel A, Cass A, Howard M, Tchan M, Brady J, Devries J, Rickards B, Yarnold D, Hayman N, Brown AD. Cardiovascular disease risk management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in primary health care settings - findings from the Kanyini Audit. MJA 2009; 191 (6):304-309.
  8. Brown AD. Acute coronary syndromes in indigenous australians: opportunities for improving outcomes across the continuum of care. Heart Lung Circ 2010;19(5-6):325-36.
  9. Liu H, Patel A, Brown AD, Eades S, Hayman N, Jan S, et al. Rationale and design of the Kanyini guidelines adherence with the polypill (Kanyini-GAP) study: a randomised controlled trial of a polypill-based strategy amongst indigenous and non indigenous people at high cardiovascular risk. BMC Public Health 2010;10(1):458.
  10. Daniel, M., Lekkas P, Cargo, M. Stankov, I. Brown AD, (2011)."Environmental Risk Conditions and Pathways to Cardiometabolic Diseases in Indigenous Populations." Annu Rev Public Health 32.
  11. McGrady M, Krum H, Carrington MJ, Stewart S, Zeitz C, Lee GA, Marwick TH, Haluska BA, Brown AD (2012). Heart failure, ventricular dysfunction and risk factor prevalence in Australian Aboriginal people: the Heart of the Heart Study. Heart. doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2012-302229.
  12. Brown AD (2012) Addressing cardiovascular inequalities among indigenous Australians. Global Cardiology Science and Practice 2012:2
  13. Rowley, K. G., K. O'Dea, I. Anderson, et al (AB senior author). Lower than expected morbidity and mortality for an Australian Aboriginal population: 10-year follow-up in a decentralised community. Med J Aust 2008;188(5):283-7