Associate Professor Joshua Vogel

Principal Research Fellow


  • Joshua is an Australian medical doctor with a PhD in maternal and perinatal epidemiology. His research work has primarily focused on maternal and perinatal health issues affecting women and families living in resource-constrained settings, particularly on the major causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality.

  • For the past several years, he has co-ordinated and contributed to a number of WHO-led primary research, knowledge synthesis and implementation activities in low- and middle-income country settings. His areas of professional interest are clinical epidemiology, interventional research and systematic reviews.

  • Joshua is currently co-ordinating the WHO ACTION Trials (Antenatal Corticosteroids for Improving Outcomes of Preterm Newborns), two multi-country randomized controlled trials on the efficacy of antenatal corticosteroids in hospitals in low-resource countries. He is also co-ordinating a five-country study on the use of a low-cost Doppler flow assessment device (Umbiflow ®) in low-risk pregnant women. He continues to contribute to the development of WHO maternal and perinatal health recommendations for global use, and also led the updating of the WHO estimates of levels and trends in preterm birth.


  • Associate Professor, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Senior Research Fellow, School of Public and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Women’s and Infant’s Health, University of Western Australia


  • September 2018–present: Principal Research Fellow, Maternal and Child Health Program, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • June 2018–present: Research Consultant and Guideline Methodologist, Department of Reproductive Health and Research Geneva, World Health Organization, Switzerland
  • Feb 2014–June 2018: Technical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health and Research Geneva, World Health Organization, Switzerland,
  • May 2011–Jan 2014: Research Consultant, Department of Reproductive Health and Research Geneva, World Health Organization, Switzerland,
  • Sept 2016–Dec 2016: Visiting Honorary Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya,
  • Jan 2010–April 2011: Junior Medical Officer, West Australian Department of Health


  • PhD Maternal and Perinatal Health: “Poor maternal and neonatal outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: epidemiological analyses of contributing factors.” University of Western Australia
  • MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) 2009, University of Western Australia
  • B.Med.Sci Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) 2009, University of Western Australia


  • 2019: Australian Epidemiological Association Mid-Career Travel Award
  • 2019: Jean Hailes Postdoctoral Travel Fellowship in Women’s Health
  • 2013: Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC) 2013 ‘Young Scientist of the Year’
  • 2011–2014: PhD Scholarship - Australian Postgraduate Award (2011 – 2014)
  • 2011–2014: PhD Scholarship - A & A Saw Scholarship (2011 – 2014)
  • 2009: Joel Carson Memorial Award for Service to the WA Medical Students Society
  • 2008: Convocation, the UWA Graduates Association Prize, in recognition of contribution to formal and informal activities of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia
  • 2008: Jack Bercov Memorial Prize - Possession of qualities of understanding and humanity desirable in a general practitioner and to the aptitude, application and promise demonstrated in General Practice, Ophthalmology, Clinical Skills and Science and Practice of Medicine
  • 2007: Jean Rogerson Undergraduate Studentship in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • 2007: Office of Science and Innovation Research Studentship
  • 2007: Virtual Cancer Centre Scholarship in Oncology

Projects (12)

Current (12)

  • Cost-effectiveness evidence for maternal and perinatal health interventions

  • Cost-effectiveness of antenatal corticosteroids for women at risk of imminent preterm birth in the early preterm period in low resource countries

  • COVID-19 Journey Project

  • Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings

  • HMHB: Quality of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Health Services Study

  • Living guidelines in maternal and perinatal health

  • Mapping of COVID-19-related pregnancy and perinatal research in Australia

  • National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

  • New Target Product Profiles for pre-eclampsia prevention and treatment

  • Rapid review of maternal health recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Stakeholder experiences of father engagement interventions in low- and middle-income countries

  • The Optimise Study: Optimising Isolation, Quarantine and Distancing for COVID-19

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