Clinical Associate Professor Jason Agostino

FRACGP, MPhilAppEpi, BMed, DipChHlth
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, ANU School of Medicine and Psychology
General Practitioner and National Medical Advisor to NACCHO

Jason is a GP and an epidemiologist with a focus on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is the senior medical advisor at NACCHO, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. He also works as a GP at Gurriny Yealamucka, an Aboriginal community controlled health service in the community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland.

At the ANU his research focuses on improving the prevention of chronic diseases for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and understanding new models of primary health care.

He has an interest in developing team-based community health care, and the use of routinely collected data to improve health services. He works with NACCHO on primary healthcare reform, is a member of the MBS Review Advisory Committee (MRAC), the Council for Connected Care and contributes to national reporting as co-chair of the Australian Government's Health Services Data Advisory Group.

He has supported the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector through the COVID-19 pandemic and sits on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Protection Committee and the Guidelines Leadership Group of the National COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce.


  • General Practice

Research interests

  • Primary Health Care111717
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health111701
  • Community Child Health111704
  • Epidemiology111706
  • Preventive Medicine111716
  • Barnes, K, Agostino, J, Ceramidas, D et al. 2022, 'After-hours presentations to community-based primary care in the Australian Capital Territory', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. Published 17 March 2022 (online), pp. A-G.
  • Paige, E, Banks, E, Agostino, J et al. 2022, 'The relationship of socioeconomic factors to the use of preventative cardiovascular disease medications: A prospective Australian cohort study', Preventive Medicine, vol. 154, pp. 1-8.
  • Agostino, J, Ferguson, J, Eastwood, K et al 2017, 'The increasing importance of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 207, no. 9, pp. 388-393pp.
  • Agostino, J, Wong, D, Paige, E et al 2020, 'Cardiovascular disease risk assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged under 35 years: a consensus statement', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 212, no. 9, pp. 422-427.
  • Butler, D, Agostino, J, Paige, E et al. 2022, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks: sociodemographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
  • O'Brien, K, Agostino, J, Ciszek, K et al. 2022, 'Parents' perceptions of their child's weight in children in their first year of primary school: a mixed methods analysis of an Australian cross-sectional (complete enumeration) study', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 46, pp. 992-1001.
  • Thurber, K, Barrett, E, Agostino, J et al. 2021, 'Risk of severe illness from COVID-19 among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: the construct of "vulnerable populations" obscures the root causes of health inequities', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 658-663.
  • Bailey, A, Korda, R, Agostino, J et al. 2021, 'Absolute cardiovascular disease risk score and pharmacotherapy at the time of admission in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome due to coronary artery disease in a single Australian tertiary centre: A cross-sectional study', BMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 2.
  • Sturgiss , E, O'Brien, K, Elmitt, N et al. 2021, 'Obesity management in primary care: systematic review exploring the influence of therapeutic alliance', Family Practice, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 644-653.
  • Greaves, K, Smith, A, Agostino, J et al. 2020, 'Cross-sectional survey describing general practitioners' absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment practices and their relationship to knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about cardiovascular disease risk in Queensland, Australia', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 8.
  • O'Brien, K, Agostino, J, Ciszek, K et al 2020, 'Physical activity and risk of behavioural and mental health disorders in kindergarten children: analysis of a series of cross-sectional complete enumeration (census) surveys', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1-9.
  • Paige, E, O'Donoughue Jenkins, L, Agostino, J et al. 2019, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander absolute cardiovascular risk assessment and management: systematic review of evidence to inform national guidelines', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 30, no. 2.
  • Paige, E, Agostino, J, Phillips, C et al 2019, 'Living Guidelines for Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management', Heart, Lung and Circulation, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 829-832.
  • van der Linden, N, van Gool, K, Gardner, K et al. 2019, 'A systematic review of scabies transmission models and data to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of scabies interventions', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. e0007182-1-18.
  • Sturgiss, E, Agostino, J & Smith, GJD (2019) Conversations about obesity need to be realistic and informed, Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 247-247.
  • Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Agostino, J et al 2018, 'The influence of therapeutic alliance on adult obesity interventions in primary care: A systematic review protocol', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 47, no. 9, pp. 646-649.
  • Strobel, N, McAuley, K, Matthews, V et al 2018, 'Understanding the structure and processes of primary health care for young indigenous children', Journal of Primary Health Care, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1-12.
  • Ju, I, Banks, E, Calabria, B et al 2018, 'General practitioners' perspectives on the prevention of cardiovascular disease: systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies', BMJ Open, vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 1-17pp.
  • Gardner, K, van Gool, K, Van der Linden, N et al. 2018, Evaluation of the One Disease Crusted Scabies Elimination Project.
  • Paige, E, Welsh, J, Agostino, J et al 2018, 'Socioeconomic variation in absolute cardiovascular disease risk and treatment in the Australian population', Preventive Medicine, vol. 114, pp. 217-222pp.
  • Sturgiss, E & Agostino, J 2018, 'Preventive Health Care Should Focus on Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Not Obesity Alone', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 71, no. 7, pp. 815-816pp.
  • Sibthorpe, B, Agostino, J, Coates, H et al 2017, 'Indicators for continuous quality improvement for otitis media in primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
  • Agostino, J, Heazlewood, R & Ruben, A 2012, 'Improving access to primary care in the Cape York Peninsula region', Australian Family Physician, vol. 41, no. 8, pp. 623 - 625.