Damien John Jolley MSc(Stat), MSc(Epidemiol), BSc(Hons), DipEd, AStat
Damien Jolley was born in Melbourne on 23 March 1954. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1976 with a combined Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Diploma of Education. After a short period teaching mathematics, he moved to Papua New Guinea with Australian Volunteers International and began his epidemiological studies. Five years later, he returned to Melbourne and completed a Master of Science in statistics while working as a statistician at the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria.
Damien was one of the first recipients of a VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship in 1989. He was then appointed Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he gained a Master of Science in epidemiology with distinction in 1991.
He moved into academia in 1995, initially as a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in its Department of Public Health, to pursue his passion for medical research, statistical analysis and lecturing. In 1999, he joined the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science at Deakin University, where he was appointed Associate Professor then Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning).