Bachelor of Science with honors, University Sydney, Australia, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Sydney, Australia, 1979.
From research fellow to principal research fellow Australian Institute Health and Welfare, Canberra, Australia, 1986—1999. Scientist World Health Organization, Geneva, since 2000.
Life partner Kathleen Louise Strong. Married Megan Joan Shirlow, May 17, 1976 (divorced January 6, 1994). Children: Gwen, Esme Shirlow.