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Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Dr Tim Adair is a demographer and Principal Research Fellow in the Global Burden of Disease Group at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. His primary role is with the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative, which is working with Governments of low-to-middle income countries throughout the world to strengthen their civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems and improve the quality of health data available to policymakers.

He leads the Data for Health Initiative's CRVS Fellowship Program ( that builds capacity in both individuals and institutions to enhance the quality, sustainability and policy utility of CRVS systems. He is also active in developing and teaching methods and tools to assess the quality of mortality registration systems and generate key mortality indicators from incomplete data.Dr Adair also makes significant research contributions investigating causes of the recent slowdowns in Australian life expectancy increases and high-income country cardiovascular disease mortality declines. His research with Prof Alan Lopez on these topics has been published in the peer-reviewed literature and also received considerable local and international media attention.He also has extensive experience in population ageing research and teaching, and is subject coordinator of Global Population Ageing within the Master of Ageing program.


  • –present
    Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne


  • 2006 
    Australian National University, PhD