Stephen Vander Hoorn
(03) 8344 6995


I joined the Statistical Consulting Centre in late 2010. My primary interests lie in the area of biostatistics but I have worked extensively in the fields of both epidemiology and population health. I have been a co-investigator on a number of studies carried out in Australasia as well as with researchers internationally and led by the Harvard University.

I recently worked on the statistical analysis for the 14th report of Health Watch – a study of the health of workers in the petroleum industry in Australia, focusing on mortality and cancer incidence, that has been running for over 30 years. Some other examples of my consulting work include the development of interactive online Victorian Heart Maps for the Heart Foundation. I have also worked with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on ways of assessing risk exposure in the shipping industry. I have a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science from the University of Auckland.

I am a member of the Statistical Society of Australia and an Accredited Statistician (AStat).


From time-to-time I have supported the teaching of short courses run by the Statistical Consulting Centre such as Statistics for Research Workers.


I have been working on developing new methodologies for modelling of disease outcomes and combining this with development of software applications that can be used for risk assessment and research prioritisation. I have also continued my involvement with the Global Burden of Disease project. This work has been ongoing for fifteen years and has involved spending considerable time at both the Harvard School of Public Health as well as the World Health Organization. The main achievement from this work would be my contribution as the Principal Statistical Coordinator in the World Health Report 2002 and I have continued to be involved in this international collaboration.


Vander Hoorn S, Knapp S: A multi-layered risk exposure assessment approach for the shipping industry. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 2015, in print

DJ, Howard M, Fiore J, Vander Hoorn S, O'Donoghue F, Westlake J, Smith A, Beer F, Mathers S, Talman P: Identifying who will benefit from non-invasive ventilation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neurone disease in a clinical cohort: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 9(31055) 2015

Emily Chuanmei You, David Robert Dunt, Vanessa White, Stephen Vander Hoorn, Colleen Doyle: Risk of death or hospital admission among community-dwelling older adults living with dementia in Australia.. BMC Geriatrics 06/2014; 14(1):71.

Pikli Batabyal, Stephen Vander Hoorn, Christopher Christophi, Mehrdad Nikfarjam: Association of Diabetes Mellitus and Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: A Meta-Analysis of 88 Studies. Annals of Surgical Oncology 03/2014;

Hugh E J Senior, Matthew Parsons, Ngaire Kerse, Mei-Hua Chen, Stephen Jacobs, Stephen Vander Hoorn, Craig S Anderson: Promoting independence in frail older people: a randomised controlled trial of a restorative care service in New Zealand.. Age and Ageing 03/2014;

Linda Denehy, Elizabeth H Skinner, Lara Edbrooke, Kimberley Haines, Stephen Warrillow, Graeme Hawthorne, Karla Gough, Steven Vander Hoorn, Meg E Morris, Sue Berney: Exercise rehabilitation for patients with critical illness: a randomized controlled trial with 12 months follow up.. Critical care (London, England) 07/2013; 17(4):R156.

Gitanjali M. Singh, Goodarz Danaei, Farshad Farzadfar, Gretchen A. Stevens, Mark Woodward, David Wormser, Stephen Kaptoge, Gary Whitlock, Qing Qiao, Sarah Lewington, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Stephen Vander Hoorn, Carlene M. M. Lawes, Mohammed K. Ali, Dariush Mozaffarian, Majid Ezzati, Giacomo Ruotolo: The Age-Specific Quantitative Effects of Metabolic Risk Factors on Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes: A Pooled Analysis. PLoS ONE 07/2013; 8(7):65174-.

Milne R, Vander Hoorn S. (2010).   Burden and Cost of Hospital Admissions and Cost to Government of Pediatric Pneumococcal Disease and Non-typable Haemophilus Influenzae Otitis Media in New Zealand, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy , 8(5) , 281-300.

Johnston V, Walker N, Thomas DP, Glover M, Chang A, Bullen C, Morris P, Brown N, Vander Hoorn S, Borland R, Segan C, Trenholme A, Mason T, Fenton D, and Ellis K (2010).  A randomized controlled trial of a family-centred tobacco control program about environmental tobacco smoke to reduce respiratory illness in Indigenous infants, BMC Public Health , 10(114) , 1-10.

Maddison R, Foley L, Ni Mhurchu C, Jull A, Jiang Y, Prapavessis H, Rodgers A, Vander Hoorn S, Hohepa M, Schaaf D. (2009) Feasibility, design and conduct of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial to reduce overweight and obesity in children: The electronic games to aid motivation to exercise (eGAME) study.  BMC Public Health 2009, 9(146) , 1-9

Maddison R., Vander Hoorn S, Jiang Y, Exeter D (2009).  Perceived versus actual distance to local physical activity facilities: does it really matter? Journal of Physical Activity & Health , 7(3) :323-32

Selak V, Rafter N, Parag V, Tomlin A, Vander Hoorn S, Dovey S, Rodgers A. (2009) Cardiovascular treatment gaps: closing, but slowly, NZMJ , 122, No 1293

Maddison R, Jiang Y, Vander Hoorn S, Ni Mhurchu C, Lawes CMM, Rodgers A. (2009), Estimating energy expenditure using the RT3 tri-axial accelerometer, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport , Volume 80, Number 2 , pp. 249-256(8)

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