Dr Jason Agostino

FRACGP, MPhilAppEpid, BMed, DCHDr Jason Agostino
Lecturer in general practice, AUGP. Research fellow, NCEPH

Jason is a GP and an epidemiologist who has worked mainly in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.  Since graduating from medicine he has worked in rural Australia with a focus on child health and does clinical work at Gurriny Yealamucka, an Aboriginal community controlled health service in the community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland.

Through his training as an epidemiologist Jason has worked at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) before commencing at the ANU.  Jasons research focuses is on improving prevention of cardiovascular disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and understanding the health needs of ACT's children.  He has an interest in the use of routinely collected data to improve health services and continues to be involved in national reporting through his position on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare's Primary Care Expert Advisory Group.

Area of Professional Interest

  • Primary Health Care
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Community Child Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Preventive Medicine

Current Research Projects

Socioeconomic status and risk of mental illness and behavioural disorders

Using data from the ACT Kindergarten Health Check and mapping technology we assessed the association between the socioeconomic status of the region a child lives to scores in the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.  This research hopes to inform better targeted early intervention services for ACT children.

Ear disease and impact on early learning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have amongst the highest burdens of infective ear disease in the world.  It is assumed that the duration and severity of this ear disease contributes to poorer developmental outcomes but there is a lack of longitudinal data on this topic among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  Using data from Footprints in Time, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, we are exploring the association of parents reports of ear disease in early life and later results in speech and language assessment.

Grants and Projects

Recent publications

  • Sibthorpe, B; Agostino, J; Coates, H; Weeks, S; Lehmann, D,; Wood, M,; Lannigan, F,; McAullay, D., Indicators for continuous quality improvement for otitis media in primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Aust J Prim Health, 2017.
  • Agostino, J; Eastwood, K; Ferguson, J; Kirk, M., The increasing importance of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections. MJA, 2017. 207 (9): 388-393