Julian Elliott

Clinician researcher leveraging technology for efficiently preparing and maintaining ‘living’ evidence syntheses and guidelines to inform decision-making

(Last updated during their term as a Commissioner - January 2022)

Julian Elliott is one of the world’s leading clinician researchers in the use of technology for evidence synthesis. He is chair of the Australian Living Evidence Consortium, based at Cochrane Australia within Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and until recently was the executive director of the Australian National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. Julian is a distinguished evidence producer, having developed the ‘living evidence’ model – high-quality systematic reviews and guidelines that are updated as soon as new evidence becomes available. This model dramatically improves the currency of high-quality evidence and is now being adopted worldwide, including by the World Health Organization and other major guideline groups. Julian is actively involved in the development of new technologies to improve knowledge translation. He co-founded and is chief executive officer of Covidence, a not-for-profit technology company that provides the most widely used software platform for evidence syntheses globally. In 2017, Julian was the recipient of the Australian Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research. He is an infectious-diseases physician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and worked previously for the Cambodian Ministry of Health and served as a consultant to the WHO, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and the World Bank.


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