Training a new generation of biostatisticians: A successful consortium model

Judy M. Simpson*, Philip Ryan, John B. Carlin, Lyle Gurrin, Ian Marschner

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In response to the worldwide shortage of biostatisticians, Australia has established a national consortium of eight universities to develop and deliver a Masters program in biostatistics. This article describes our successful innovative multi-institutional training model, which may be of value to other countries. We first present the issues confronting the future of biostatistics in Australia, then relate our experience in establishing a new national consortium-based Masters program, and finally explore the extent to which our initiatives have addressed the current challenges of biostatistics workforce shortages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Statistics Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Biostatistics
  • Collaboration
  • Statistics education
  • Teaching program


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