Associate Professor Julia Brotherton


B Med (Hons), MPH (Hons), Grad Dip App Epi, FAFPHM, PhD, GAICD
Medical Director, VCS Population Health
VCS Foundation Limited


Associate Professor Brotherton is a public health physician and epidemiologist. As Medical Director of Population Health at VCS Foundation Limited (formerly Victorian Cytology Service), Julia has substantial expertise and experience in the delivery and evaluation of population-based screening and immunisation programs, and is internationally known for her work on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine impact.  


For over fifteen years, Julia has undertaken research and policy development informing the implementation and evaluation of HPV vaccination and cervical screening programs. She has been a member of multiple advisory committees supporting these programs, and provides regular expert advice and review to international organisations. She is a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Cervical Cancer Elimination. She was a lead investigator in Australian research which demonstrated the world’s first evidence of dramatic declines in both HPV infections and pre-cancerous cervical lesions in young women post- vaccination. She is a chief investigator of both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence TACTICS: Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Julia has 175 publications to date and is passionate about using public health data to undertake policy-relevant research. A current focus in her work is equity and ensuring that programs are inclusive of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, so that no woman is left behind as we strive for elimination of cervical cancer.


Julia is a medical graduate from the University of Newcastle, has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and holds a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine. She is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.