School of Public Health and Community Medicine

NCD Key Staff


Richard Taylor, MBBS (Syd), DTM&H (Lon), FRCP (UK), PhD (Syd), FAFPHM

Head Non Communicable Diseases, Professor of Public and International Health

Richard Taylor graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney, trained as a physician and completed the course on Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School. He commenced public health research investigating diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Pacific Island countries, while based at Monash University in Melbourne and was Epidemiologist at the South Pacific Commission (SPC) located in Noumea (New Caledonia) during the 1980s.  He was at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney 1990-2004 and launched the Master of International Public Health (MIPH) at University of Sydney in 2000. He was Professor of International Health at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2005-08, and commenced at University of NSW, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, in 2009. He is currently Professor of Public and International Health, a Coordinator of the Master of International Public Health Program and is involved in several international research studies, including mortality and cause of death, and control of NCD in Pacific Island Countries, and in several national research studies, including Indigenous mortality assessment. He has over 400 publications, many addressing the epidemiological transition and non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemiology and control, particularly cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, in the international context. Richard is the course convenor of the Masters elective course PHCM9786 Global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD): Population Approaches 


Professor Richard Taylor, UNSW


Stephen Morrell, BSc (Syd), BA(Hons) (Syd), PhD (Syd)

Senior Research Fellow

Stephen Morrell has a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics and 24 years experience in public health research. His content expertise is in suicide, cancer and cancer screening. His methodological expertise is in statistical inference and modelling, study design and evaluation of health interventions. In 2011 he received a lifetime award for research into suicide from Suicide Prevention Australia. Stephen currently is employed as a Senior Research Fellow at SPHCM and contributes to biostatistical analyses.


Sophia Lin, BSc(Nutr)(Hons) (Syd), MPH (Syd)

Research Officer

Sophia Lin has been a Research Officer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW since 2011. A trained nutritionist and dietitian with additional public health training, she has previously worked with disadvantaged communities in Australia, including indigenous and non-English speaking populations, to implement health protection and education programs. She also has experience in providing nutrition counselling for a range of population groups, as well as in the field of human resource development, collaborating with multiple Asia-Pacific Ministries of Health and international donors including the World Health Organization, World Bank and Australian Government to assess and address health workforce challenges. Sophia is currently undertaking a PhD in diabetes and risk factor surveillance in the Pacific Islands.


Christine Linhart, BSc (ECU), MIPH (UNSW)

Associate Lecturer

Christine Linhart has worked in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) at UNSW since 2011 and is currently completing her PhD in Cardiovascular Disease Surveillance and Control in the Pacific. Christine specialised as a critical care/emergency registered nurse before completing a Master of International Public Health at UNSW. Since joining Professor Taylor’s team at SPHCM Christine has worked on several non-communicable disease projects in the Pacific and Sri Lanka. Christine is also a co-investigator of the Australian Government funded three-year research project ‘Non-communicable disease risk factors and premature mortality in Pacific Island countries and predictive modelling of effects of inaction and control interventions.’ Christine has completed international consultancies analysing trends in mortality (neonatal, infant, child and adult) and life expectancy in Pacific Island Countries and Territories. In 2012 Christine was awarded the Support for Research Outcomes Prize from SPHCM for outstanding contribution to public health research. Christine is the course coordinator of the Masters elective course PHCM9786 Global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD): Population Approaches, and also a tutor and guest lecturer in the undergraduate course GENM0703 Physical Activity, Exercise and Health.


Christine Linhart


Anh Ngo, MD, MIPH, MPhil, DrPH


Anh Ngo is an Epidemiologist with over 10 years of experience in public health intervention, evaluation, and research in Vietnam, Australia, and internationally. A key foci of his research is to examine interaction between individual and contextual factors on cardiometabolic disease, using a multilevel modelling approach and based on big linked electronic health records datasets.  He also has experience in providing epidemiological advice on population health programming and evaluation to several international organisations and UN agencies, including UNFPA, World Bank and DFID.


Anh Ngo