David Lambkin

David Lambkin

Research Interests

  • I am very interested in Bayesian statistics and its application to real-world problems.
  • I would like to help researchers to plan their trials in the early stages, so they can be aware of the strengths and limitations of different methods.
  • I am motivated to find better ways to communicate statistical concepts and results to a more general audience.

Why did you get into research?

I started my career as a design engineer for mining equipment, making specialized components to suit customers’ needs. A common problem that I had was being able to predict when a chosen component would wear out and require maintenance or replacement. It was clear that a more sophisticated approach was required to do this accurately, but I did not have one.
As part of my professional development, I undertook a Graduate Certificate that had a short statistical class, which I found fascinating. The more I learnt, the more interested I became in this side of my work and so decided to change careers and commenced my Masters of Biostatistics.

What would be your ultimate goal for research?

I would like to continue to further my knowledge about statistics, but also learn more about health and medicine, which is still a relatively new field for me. Ultimately, I want to be able to provide researchers with the information and assistance they need to do their work in the best and most efficient ways possible.


David has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) from the University of Newcastle and started his career in the mining industry at Bradken, designing OEM and after-market parts for hydraulic excavators. He stayed in this role for seven years before taking time out of the workforce to raise his children.
During this time, he completed his Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Commercialisation, also from the University of Newcastle, and is currently awaiting grading for his thesis to complete his Masters of Biostatistics (University of Sydney).
David joined the HMRI CReDITSS team in April, 2020 as a statistician.

Future Focus

My future focus is to continue implementing and developing statistical solutions to support researchers in health and medical science.

Specialisted/Technical Skills

  • Statistical packages including Stata, R and SAS
  • Data management
  • Statistical analysis methods


  • Clinical Research, Design and Statistics (HMRI)