Caroline Brand is currently an Honorary Associate of the Melbourne EpiCentre, University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health and the Department of Rheumatology at Melbourne Health. She is also Adjunct Associated Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne.
She undertook her medical training at Monash University, Melbourne (1973 to 1978), and completed her undergraduate clinical years and then physician basic training program at Prince Henrys Hospital. She completed advanced training in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology at Royal Melbourne Hospital, gaining her fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in December 1984.
Between 1984 and 2008 she was engaged in clinical practice in private practice (until 2000) and public hospital rheumatology clinics (until the end of 2007). She completed a Masters of Public Health at Monash University in 2003.
Since 2002 she has focused on Epidemiology and Health Services Research, initially within the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Service Evaluation Unit (CEHSEU) at Melbourne Health (now the Melbourne EpiCentre), where she was Department Director between 2004 and 2010 and Senior Medical Staff Clinical Epidemiologist between 2010 and 2013. She has also been associated with the Centre for Research Excellence in Patient Safety (CREPS), Monash University since 2007, where she was Associate Director between 2010-2012.
Her research interests are broad; ranging from research into chronic disease management, particularly for people with osteoarthritis to use of measurement to improve quality of care in acute hospital settings and program evaluation of complex health service interventions.
She has been actively engaged in the physician community, taking on leadership roles in the College of Physicians as Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee and has also contributed to the National Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) as Chair, Quality and Safety Committee, Chair Professional Affairs and to the local State ARA branch as President for two years in 2006-7. For the broader community, over the last 15 years she has participated in a number of quality and safety committees within Melbourne Health, for the Victorian Department of Health, for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and as a member of the Victorian Quality Council.