Dr Brian O'Toole

BSc PhD MPH
Director, Vietnam Veterans Family Health Study
Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School
Brain & Mind Research Institute

Telephone +61 2 9114 4129
Fax +61 2 9114 4223

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Research interests

Dr O'Toole is the Director of the Australian Vietnam Veterans Family Health Study, which was the first national epidemiological cohort study ever conducted in Australia of the post-war health of war veterans and their families.

His secondary interests lie in the field of psychosis, with a recent study into the treatment effectiveness in first episode psychotic disorder, accumulating a cohort of 451 first episode patients in 3 States (9 Area Health services) and examining short term treatment effectiveness.

Selected grants

2011

  • Intergenerational transmission of PTSD vulnerability: Does PTSD in a parent increase the risk of mental health disorders in their offspring?; O'Toole B, Catts S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2004

  • Australian Vietnam Veterans health study: cohort wave 2; Cockburn J, Catts V, O'Toole B; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2000

  • Predictors of outcome in sexually abused children; Oates R, O'Toole B, Parkinson P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Neil, A., Harris, M., Frost, A., Eadie, K., Evans, R., Crissman, B., McClay, J., Shorey, T. (2013). Best practice in early psychosis intervention for Australian indigenous communities: indigenous worker consultation and service model description. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(3), 249-253. [More Information]
  • Ginn, A., Wiklendt, A., Gidding, H., George, N., O'Driscoll, J., Partridge, S., O'Toole, B., Perri, R., Faoagali, J., Gallagher, J., Iredell, J., et al (2012). The Ecology of Antibiotic Use in the ICU: Homogeneous Prescribing of Cefepime but Not Tazocin Selects for Antibiotic Resistant Infection. PloS One, 7(6), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Catts, S., Frost, A., O'Toole, B., Carr, V., Lewin, T., Neil, A., Harris, M., Evans, R., Crissman, B., Eadie, K. (2011). Clinical Indicators for Routine Use in the Evaluation of Early Psychosis Intervention: Development, Training Support and Inter-Rater Reliability. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(1), 63-75. [More Information]
  • Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Carr, V., Lewin, T., Neil, A., Harris, M., Frost, A., Crissman, B., Eadie, K., Evans, R. (2010). Appraising evidence for intervention effectiveness in early psychosis: conceptual framework and review of evaluation approaches. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(3), 195-219. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, B., Catts, S., Outram, S., Pierse, K., Cockburn, J. (2010). Factors associated with civilian mortality in Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war. Military medicine, 175(2), 88-95. [More Information]
  • Gilbert, G., Cretikos, M., Hueston, L., Doukas, G., O'Toole, B., Dwyer, D. (2010). Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Antibodies in Residents of New South Wales, Australia, after the First Pandemic Wave in the 2009 Southern Hemisphere Winter. PloS One, 5(9), e12562 - 1-e12562 - 6. [More Information]
  • Catts, S., Evans, R., O'Toole, B., Carr, V., Lewin, T., Neil, A., Harris, M., Frost, A., Crissman, B., Eadie, K. (2010). Is a national framework for implementing early psychosis services necessary? Results of a survey of Australian mental health service directors. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 4(1), 25-30. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, B., Outram, S., Catts, S., Pierse, K. (2010). The Mental Health of Partners of Australian Vietnam Veterans Three Decades After the War and Its Relation to Veteran Military Service, Combat, and PTSD. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198(11), 841-845. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, B., Catts, S., Outram, S., Pierse, K., Cockburn, J. (2009). The physical and mental health of Australian Vietnam veterans 3 decades after the war and its relation to military service, combat, and post-traumatic stress disorder. American Journal of Epidemiology, 170(3), 318-330. [More Information]
  • Catts, V., Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Frost, A. (2008). Cancer incidence in patients with schizophrenia and their first-degree relatives - a meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 117(5), 323-336. [More Information]
  • Catts, V., Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Lewin, T. (2008). Reduced risk of cancer in schizophrenia: A role for obstetric complications? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118(3), 251-253.
  • O'Toole, B., Catts, S. (2008). Trauma, PTSD, and physical health: an epidemiological study of Australian Vietnam veterans. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(1), 33-40. [More Information]
  • Catts, S., Carr, V., O'Toole, B., Lewin, T., Harris, M., Neil, A., Evans, R., Schaefer, B., Eadie, K., Frost, A. (2007). Variance components model predicting outcome in a multisite, multilevel study of early psychosis treatment. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33(2), 584-585. [More Information]
  • Jalaludin, B., Leeder, S., O'Toole, B. (2004). Acute Effects Of Urban Ambient Air Pollution On Respiratory Symptoms, Asthma Medication Use, And Doctor Visits For Asthma In A Cohort Of Australian Children. Environmental Research, 95(1), 32-42.
  • Swanston, H., Parkinson, P., Shrimpton, S., O'Toole, B., Oates, R. (2001). Statutory compensation for victims of child sexual assault: examining the efficacy of a discretionary system. International Review of Victimology, 8, 37-62.

2013

  • Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Neil, A., Harris, M., Frost, A., Eadie, K., Evans, R., Crissman, B., McClay, J., Shorey, T. (2013). Best practice in early psychosis intervention for Australian indigenous communities: indigenous worker consultation and service model description. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(3), 249-253. [More Information]

2012

  • Ginn, A., Wiklendt, A., Gidding, H., George, N., O'Driscoll, J., Partridge, S., O'Toole, B., Perri, R., Faoagali, J., Gallagher, J., Iredell, J., et al (2012). The Ecology of Antibiotic Use in the ICU: Homogeneous Prescribing of Cefepime but Not Tazocin Selects for Antibiotic Resistant Infection. PloS One, 7(6), 1-10. [More Information]

2011

  • Catts, S., Frost, A., O'Toole, B., Carr, V., Lewin, T., Neil, A., Harris, M., Evans, R., Crissman, B., Eadie, K. (2011). Clinical Indicators for Routine Use in the Evaluation of Early Psychosis Intervention: Development, Training Support and Inter-Rater Reliability. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(1), 63-75. [More Information]

2010

  • Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Carr, V., Lewin, T., Neil, A., Harris, M., Frost, A., Crissman, B., Eadie, K., Evans, R. (2010). Appraising evidence for intervention effectiveness in early psychosis: conceptual framework and review of evaluation approaches. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(3), 195-219. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, B., Catts, S., Outram, S., Pierse, K., Cockburn, J. (2010). Factors associated with civilian mortality in Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war. Military medicine, 175(2), 88-95. [More Information]
  • Gilbert, G., Cretikos, M., Hueston, L., Doukas, G., O'Toole, B., Dwyer, D. (2010). Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Antibodies in Residents of New South Wales, Australia, after the First Pandemic Wave in the 2009 Southern Hemisphere Winter. PloS One, 5(9), e12562 - 1-e12562 - 6. [More Information]
  • Catts, S., Evans, R., O'Toole, B., Carr, V., Lewin, T., Neil, A., Harris, M., Frost, A., Crissman, B., Eadie, K. (2010). Is a national framework for implementing early psychosis services necessary? Results of a survey of Australian mental health service directors. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 4(1), 25-30. [More Information]
  • O'Toole, B., Outram, S., Catts, S., Pierse, K. (2010). The Mental Health of Partners of Australian Vietnam Veterans Three Decades After the War and Its Relation to Veteran Military Service, Combat, and PTSD. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198(11), 841-845. [More Information]

2009

  • O'Toole, B., Catts, S., Outram, S., Pierse, K., Cockburn, J. (2009). The physical and mental health of Australian Vietnam veterans 3 decades after the war and its relation to military service, combat, and post-traumatic stress disorder. American Journal of Epidemiology, 170(3), 318-330. [More Information]

2008

  • Catts, V., Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Frost, A. (2008). Cancer incidence in patients with schizophrenia and their first-degree relatives - a meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 117(5), 323-336. [More Information]
  • Catts, V., Catts, S., O'Toole, B., Lewin, T. (2008). Reduced risk of cancer in schizophrenia: A role for obstetric complications? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118(3), 251-253.
  • O'Toole, B., Catts, S. (2008). Trauma, PTSD, and physical health: an epidemiological study of Australian Vietnam veterans. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(1), 33-40. [More Information]

2007

  • Catts, S., Carr, V., O'Toole, B., Lewin, T., Harris, M., Neil, A., Evans, R., Schaefer, B., Eadie, K., Frost, A. (2007). Variance components model predicting outcome in a multisite, multilevel study of early psychosis treatment. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33(2), 584-585. [More Information]

2004

  • Jalaludin, B., Leeder, S., O'Toole, B. (2004). Acute Effects Of Urban Ambient Air Pollution On Respiratory Symptoms, Asthma Medication Use, And Doctor Visits For Asthma In A Cohort Of Australian Children. Environmental Research, 95(1), 32-42.

2001

  • Swanston, H., Parkinson, P., Shrimpton, S., O'Toole, B., Oates, R. (2001). Statutory compensation for victims of child sexual assault: examining the efficacy of a discretionary system. International Review of Victimology, 8, 37-62.

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