Dr Gizachew Tessema

Dr Gizachew Tessema is a perinatal and reproductive epidemiologist and health care services researcher with research interest that employed advanced statistical analyses, mixed methods research (MMR), and qualitative study. He obtained his PhD in Public Health (2018) from the University of Adelaide and received the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Prior to that, he graduated with MPH (2012) and Bachelor’s degree in Public Health (2009) in Ethiopia. Following his Gro Harlem Brundtland Visiting Fellowship from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in 2020, he has been located in Norway between Jan and Mar 2020 and worked as a visiting scientist at the Centre for Fertility and Health.

Gizachew’s current research work is focusing on a developing a risk predicition model to prevent avoidable adverse perinatal outcomes in Australia. This work expands from his project that aimed to investigate the effect of interpregnancy intervals on adverse perinatal outcomes in high-income countries spanning Australia, Norway, Finland, United States (California), and Canada involving birth registries totaling over 11 million births of more than three decades. He published ≈100 high quality journal articles including a first authored papers in Lancet Global Health, PLoS Medicine, BMJ Global Health, and BJOG. He is also keen to apply advanced data science methods including machine learning.

While he taught reproductive health, health promotion, and maternal and child health courses at the University of Gondar (Ethiopia), he is currently involved in teaching Research methods for Master of Dietetics Unit (statistical analysis component) at Curtin University.