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Distinguished Professor of Public Health, University of Technology Sydney

Jon Adams is Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) and Deputy Head of School (Research) at the School of Public Health, UTS. Jon also holds a number of national and international leadership positions/appointments with leading associations such as the PHAA and APHA and he has led work commissioned by a range of Health Ministries/Dept of Health and the World Health Organization amongst others.

Professor Adams is the world-leading public health and health services researcher focused upon self-care, informal health care and traditional, complementary, integrative and indigenous medicine use and practice. Jon was recently identified as the #1 Australian researcher in traditional and complementary medicine (Australian Scientific Report 2020) and he was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship (2019-2020). Jon is one of only a select few Australian academics to have held 3 consecutive competitive Government Research Fellowships (2007-2019) including an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and an ARC Professorial Future Fellowship.

Jon's research program has attracted over $22M in competitive external funding including 16 NHMRC and ARC grants. Jon’s extensive research program, conducted with many industry partners (>$8M in partnership funding), includes focus upon practice-based research networks (PBRNs), implementation science and translation research and mixed methods design. Core features across Jon's research portfolio are collaborative and partnership designs, multidisciplinary research approaches and the ever-important need to ensure impactful knowledge translation and insight for community, professional and industry partners/stakeholders.

Jon currently leads 40 national and international research projects and his work provides practice and policy insights in areas such as chronic illness and care (especially cardiovascular and cardiometabolic diseases including stroke, diabetes and hypertension), healthy ageing, indigenous health, the health of vulnerable communities, CALD communities, rural health and a number of other national and global health challenges.

Jon has authored over 520 peer-reviewed academic publications and is editor of 8 international research books with leading publishing houses (Imperial College Press, Routledge, Ashgate and Palgrave MacMillan). He currently has an H-Index of 56 and a total citation count of 11,513.


  • 2011–present
    Professor, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2000 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD


Fulbright Senior Scholar, Fulbright Commission