Quantification of smoking in Australian and international settings
Quantification of benefits of smoking cessation
Viruses and cancer (KSHV/HHV-8, HIV, HPV, Helicobacter pylori)
COVID and smoking
Fields of Research (FoR)Epidemiology, Public health, Epidemiological methods, Public Health and Health Services
A/Prof Freddy Sitas is a Director at Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW. He has a D Phil in Epidemiology from Oxford University, an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MSc (MED) from WITS University, South Africa. He has made a significant contribution in the design and implementation of policy relevant population and clinical infrastructure studies on chronic disease prevention. He has...view more
A/Prof Freddy Sitas is a Director at Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW. He has a D Phil in Epidemiology from Oxford University, an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MSc (MED) from WITS University, South Africa. He has made a significant contribution in the design and implementation of policy relevant population and clinical infrastructure studies on chronic disease prevention. He has worked extensively with cancer, mortality statistics and other large health related datasets. He has led several collaborations and consortiums and has published extensively quantifying the effects of environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking, BMI, alcohol and infection on cancer and premature mortality, and received the Oettlè Memorial Medal for his work in 2014. He is Conjoint Professor at the School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney and Honorary Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney. His current interests include how the primary care sector can become more involved in prevention of chronic disease, quantifying the benefits of smoking cessation after hospitalisation, and quantifying the effects of smoking on infectious respiratory disease.
Membership of external committees
Chair, Efficacy section, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. Smoking cessation after cancer working Group.
Assistant Editor: Cancer Epidemiology, Elsevier Press
Assistant Editor: International Journal of Epidemiology, Oxford University Press
Editorial Board: Infectious Agents and Cancer (Biomed Central)
Member: Chronic Care Network, Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Ministry of Health)
BSc (U. WITS), MSc (Med) (U. WITS), MSc (Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), D.Phil (Epidemiology) (U. Oxford)
George Oettlè Award (2015) for contribution to cancer research
2015 Carnegie Corporation of New York-Witwatersrand University Diaspora Fellow
My Research Activities
Smoking questions on death notification forms - Implementation in Australian Jurisdictions - Analysis of records from South Africa and Tianjin Municipality (MRC South Africa, University of Oxford, CDC Tianjin).
Smoking cessation after cancer; Clinical Oncological Society of Australia policy review and Cancer Epidemiology Supplement (2022)
EVOLVING RISK FACTORS FOR CANCERS IN AFRICAN POPULATIONS: Lifestyle, infection, genetic susceptibility and cancer in South Africa:
development of research capacity and an evidence base for cancer control (MRC South Africa, German Cancer Research Centre, Kings College London, MRC AIDS Virus Research Institute, Uganda, National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa)
Hormone replacement Therapy and high risk cervical lesions (Cancer Council NSW, SPHCM UNSW, SPH USyd)
COVID-19, Lower Respiratory Tract infections and Smoking.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Lifestyle modification in primary care
Quantifying benefits of smoking cessation after cancer / serious hospitalisation
COVID and smoking
infectious respiratory disease and smoking
Melitah Motlhale- PhD - WITS University - Epidemiology of Kaposi Sarcoma in South Africa (completed Dec 2022)
Mwiza Gideon Singini - PhD - WITS University - seroepidemiology of high risk HPV and detection of cervical cancer (competed Dec 2022)
Ellana Yeoh BPH capstone project (competed Dec 2022)
Jiayue (Nicole) Wang MPH (current)