Joseph Doyle


  • Level 2, 85 Commercial Road, Department of Infectious Diseases, The Alfred

    3004 Melbourne


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Personal profile


Joseph is a physician and researcher with a particular interest in the epidemiology, management and prevention of blood borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B).

With a background in clinical medicine, Joseph specialised in infectious diseases at the Alfred where he works as a consultant physician. He completed his MPH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his public health fellowship was undertaken at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Burnet Institute. His PhD at Burnet and Monash School of Population Health was focused on the effectiveness of early hepatitis C treatment.

Joseph is currently undertaking his NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellowship aiming to improve population health and treatment for hepatitis C infection at Burnet and Department of Infectious Diseases at Monash University. He is co-head of Viral Hepatitis Research and the clinical director of the hepatitis C TAP (Treatment and Prevention Study) at Burnet.

Clinical activities

Hepatitis C affects over 230,000 people in Australia. Currently only 1–2% of people with chronic HCV are treated annually. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) has set targets to reduce new HCV infections by 80%, reduce deaths dues to HCV by 65% and eliminate HCV as a public health problem by 2030. With new, effective non-interferon-based treatments it should be possible for Australia to achieve these elimination targets. Key to our success in reducing HCV-related deaths and new infections in Australia will be the upscaling of treatment for all people with chronic HCV infection, including those currently transmitting HCV who are chiefly people you inject drugs. New community-based treatment programs in primary care, drug and alcohol services and community organisations are being rolled out locally. 

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Medicine, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Public Health, MPH, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Political Science, BA (Hons), The University of Melbourne

Medicine, MBBS, The University of Melbourne

External positions

Infectious Diseases Specialist, Alfred Health

Deputy Program Director, Disease Elimination, Burnet Institute

Co-Head, Viral Hepatitis Research, Burnet Institute


  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Public Health
  • Disease Control
  • Disease Prevention
  • Infectious Diseases

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2006 2019

Aiming for the elimination of viral hepatitis in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands and Territories: Where are we now and barriers to meeting World Health Organization targets by 2030

Howell, J., Pedrana, A., Cowie, B. C., Doyle, J., Getehun, A., Ward, J., Gane, E., Cunningham, C., Wallace, J., Lee, A., Malani, J., Thompson, A. & Hellard, M. E., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 34, 1, p. 40-48 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Community-based, point-of-care hepatitis C testing: perspectives and preferences of people who inject drugs

Latham, N. H., Pedrana, A., Doyle, J. S., Howell, J., Williams, B., Higgs, P., Thompson, A. J. & Hellard, M. E., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 26, 7, p. 919-922 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hepatitis B management during immunosuppression for haematological and solid organ malignancies: an Australian consensus statement

Doyle, J., Raggatt, M., Slavin, M., McLachlan, S. A., Strasser, S. I., Sasadeusz, J. J., Howell, J., Hajkowicz, K., Nandurkar, H., Johnston, A., Bak, N. & Thompson, A. J., 3 Jun 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, 10, p. 462-468 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Hepatitis C risk perceptions and attitudes towards reinfection among HIV-diagnosed gay and bisexual men in Melbourne, Australia

Schroeder, S. E., Higgs, P., Winter, R., Brown, G., Pedrana, A., Hellard, M., Doyle, J. & Stoové, M., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of the International AIDS Society. 22, 5, 7 p., e25288.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Improving hepatitis C direct-acting antiviral access and uptake: A role for patient-reported outcomes and lived experience

Goutzamanis, S., Doyle, J., Higgs, P. & Hellard, M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 26, 2, p. 218-223 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review


Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Development Research Grant

Trisha Peel (Recipient) & Joseph Doyle (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)