Mr Matthew Soeberg

Research Fellow
Public Health, School of Public Health

D02 - QEII Research Institute for Mothers and Infants
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9114 1646 [Mon] +61 2 8374 5609 [Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri]
F: +61 2 9114 1946

Biographical details

Mr Matthew Soeberg is a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney's Cancer Epidemiology and Services Research (CESR) group. He completed his PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington in 2012. Matthew’s PhD examined trends and inequalities in cancer survival in New Zealand, 1991-2004, using relative survival and excess mortality rate modeling with linked Census and cancer registry data. Prior to completing his doctorate, Matthew worked as a senior advisor in the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s health impact assessment support unit and has also previously worked as a technical officer in the environment and health areas with the World Health Organization.

Research interests

I am a public health researcher with a strong interest in translational cancer research - maximising the relevance of epidemiological research to policy, practice and improved cancer patient outcomes. As part of this translational research approach. I am based primarily at the Cancer Institute New South Wales. I have a particular interest in: epidemiologicalresearch about Australia'smesothelioma epidemic using population-based data; relative survival and excess mortality rate modelling approaches; and the outcomes of patients diagnosed with anal cancer. I enjoy the challenge of making epidemiological research “make sense” in a policy, clinical and patient context.


Public health; Health inequalities; Cancer; Lung diseases; Environmental health

International links

United Kingdom. (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ) I am the scientific contact point for the Cancer Institute New South Wales' contribution to the CONCORD programme, a global cancer survival surveillance research and capacity building programme led by Professor Michel Coleman at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The CONCORD-2 study launched in 2012. It will cover 10 cancers in adults, and childhood leukaemia, with data from 160 or more cancer registries from 50 countries on patients diagnosed during the period 1995-2009 or later..


2014 | 2012 | 2010


  • Linton, A., Pavlakis, N., O'Connell, R., Soeberg, M., Kao, S., Clarke, S., Vardy, J., van Zandwijk, N. (2014), Factors associated with survival in a large series of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma in New South Wales. British Journal of Cancer. 111(9), 1860-1869. [Abstract]


  • Blakely, T., Soeberg, M., Carter, K., Costilla, R., Atkinson, J., Sarfati, D. (2012), Bias in relative survival methods when using incorrect life-tables: lung and bladder cancer by smoking status and ethnicity in New Zealand. International Journal of Cancer. 131(6), E974-E982. [Abstract]
  • Blakely, T., Costilla, R., Soeberg, M. (2012), Cancer excess mortality rates over 2006-2026 for ABC-CBA. Technical Report Number 10. Burden of Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme. New Zealand: Department of Public Health, University of Otago,.
  • Blakely, T., Soeberg, M., Sarfati, D. (2012), Investigating changes over time in socioeconomic gaps in cancer survival: using differences in relative survival versus differences in excess mortality rates can give different answers. Annals of Oncology. , 278-279; author reply 279-80. [Abstract]
  • Soeberg, M., Blakely, T., Sarfati, D., Tobias, M., Costilla, R., Carter, K., Atkinson, J. (2012), Cancer Trends: Trends in cancer survival by ethnic and socioeconomic group, New Zealand 1991-2004. New Zealand: Ministry of Health, New Zealand.
  • Gulis, G., Soeberg, M., Martuzzi, M., Nowacki, J. (2012), Strengthening the implementation of health impact assessment in Latvia. Denmark: World Health Organisation.
  • Harris-Roxas, B., Winkler, M., Vilani, F., Bond, A., Cave, B., Divall, M., Furu, P., Harris, P., Soeberg, M., Wernham, A. (2012), Health impact assessment: the state of the art. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 30(1), 43-52.


  • Carter, K., Blakely, T., Soeberg, M. (2010), Trends in survival and life expectancy by ethnicity, income and smoking in New Zealand: 1980s to 2000s. The New Zealand Medical Journal. 123(1320), 13-24. [Abstract]
  • Soeberg, M. (2010), Four stories from the field: the increasing momentum of health impact assessment in New Zealand. Keeping Up To Date,Health Promotion Forum. 31, 1-4.