Dr Wei Du



Dr Wei Du is an epidemiologist and biostatistician. He participates in a number of research programs running in Australia and China, which are centred on the injury and disability prevention and control. His strength mainly lies in novel study design and robust statistical application, as well as research to practice translation in both high and low income regions.

He is currently investigating variation in and factors associated with service use, cost, and outcomes; and novel and robust techniques in their application to pattern recognition.


Research interests

  • Service use and outcome in vulnerable populations
  • Applied statistics and machine learning
  • Healthcare quality and efficiency
  • Injury and disability
  • Psychosocial wellbeing
  • Science-policy-practice interface
  • Research translation


  • Li N, Zhang L, Du W, Pang L, Guo C, Chen G, Zheng X. Prevalence of dementia associated disability among Chinese older adults: results from a national sample survey. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Article in press, 2014).
  • Liu L, Du W, Pang L, Chen G, Zheng X. Incidence of road traffic disabilities trending upwards in transitional China: a retrospective analysis from 1980 to 2005 BMJ Open 2014 May 15;4(5):e004297.
  • Du W, Yang J, Powis B, Zheng X, Ozanne-Smith J, Bilston L, Wu M. Understanding on-road practices of electric bike riders: an observational study in a developed city of China. Accident Analysis and Prevention 2013 October; Volume 59: 319-26.
  • Li N, Du W, Chen G, Song X, Zheng X. Mental health service use among Chinese adults with mental disabilities: a national survey. Psychiatric Service, 2013 Jul 1;64(7):638-44.
  • Zheng X, Chen G, Song X, Liu J, Yan L, Du W, Pang L, Zhang L, Wu J, Zhang B, Zhang J. Twenty-year trends in the prevalence of disability in China. WHO Bulletin 2011;89(11): 788-797
  • Du W, Finch C, Hayen A, Bilston L, Brown J, Hatfield J. Relative benefits of population-level interventions targeting specific restraint use behaviours in child car passengers. Pediatrics 2010; 125 (2): 304-312.
  • Du W, Hayen A, Bilston L, Hatfield J, Finch C, Brown J. The association between different restraint use and rear-seated child passenger fatalities: a matched cohort study. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 2008;162(11):1085-1089.


Dr Du teaches various components in Biostatistics (POPH8101) and Analysis of Public Health Data (POPH8313)


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