Honorary Professor Christian Gericke

Honorary Professor

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine


Christian Gericke is Consultant Neurologist and Deputy Executive Director of Medical Services at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Public Health at James Cook University, Specialist Advisor for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and chairs the Far North Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee. He is also a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs which is tasked with advising the Federal Minister of Health in improving cost transparency for patients in the private healthcare sector.

From 2010 to 2012 he was Professor of Public Health and Honorary Consultant Neurologist and Public Health Physician at Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the English South West Peninsula.

From 2006 to 2010 he was Professor of Public Health Policy and Director of the Centre for Health Services Research at the University of Adelaide, with a number of roles for the Australian Commonwealth and State Governments, including as Medical Director for Safety and Quality for the State of Tasmania. He currently directs health systems assessments for New Zealand and Singapore on behalf of the Asia-Pacific and European Observatories on Health Systems and Policies.

From 2003 to 2006 he was Senior Research Fellow /Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Research and Management at Berlin University of Technology. He also has experience working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and acts as a regular advisor to the European Commission, WHO, GIZ and the World Bank. His areas of expertise and research interests are in health systems research and health policy, health services research, and the economic evaluation of health interventions. He initiated and directed a new Masters programme in Health Economics and Policy at the University of Adelaide and is Editorial Board Member of the Australian Health Review, BMC Health Services Research and F1000 Research.

Prof Gericke studied medicine in Berlin, Montpellier and Boston and received an M.D.in neuroscience from the Free University of Berlin. After completing clinical specialist training in neurology in Berlin, Strasbourg and Geneva, he studied tropical medicine at the University of Aix-Marseille, obtained an M.P.H from the University of Cambridge, an M.Sc. in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics/London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, an MBA from Deakin University, and a higher doctorate (Habilitation) in public health from Berlin University of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM), the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American Neurological Association (FANA) and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin). He was a delegate for the health stream of the Australia 2020 Summit convened by the Prime Minister of Australia.

Research Interests

  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Health economics
  • Epilepsy
  • Evidence-based medicine

Research Impacts

Prof Christian Gericke is leading a global advocacy campaign on behalf of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) to reduce the time between diagnosis and a detailed presurgical assessment and therapy for children and adults with pharmacoresistant focal epilepsies.

  1. Gericke C et al. Time is Brain – Early Referral to Epilepsy Surgery Assessment (video file). Commission on Diagnostic Methods, International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) https://www.ilae.org/about-ilae/topical-commissions/commission-on-diagnostic-methods


  • BMd, Free University of Berlin
  • M D research doctorate, Free University of Berlin
  • Diplome d'Universite de Medecine, University d'Aix-Marseille France
  • MSc in Health Policy Planning & Financing (Dist'n), University of London
  • Master of Studies in Public Health, University of Cambridge St Catharine's College
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Quality Manm't, Berlin Chamber of Physicians


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  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Schafer, Thomas, Gericke, Christian A. and Busse, Reinhard (2014). Health services research. In Wolfgang Ahrens and Iris Pigeot (Ed.), Handbook of epidemiology Second edition ed. (pp. 837-902) New York, NY, United States: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-09834-0_38

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor