Doctor 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Publications (100)

2018 (15)

2017 (17)

2016 (17)

2015 (16)

2014 (23)

2013 (10)

2012 (2)

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