Dr Nicholas Fancourt

Research fellow


PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2016; Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2019; Master of Bioethics and Health Law, University of Otago, 2010; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Otago, 2007; Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours, University of Otago, 2004

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Supervisor for Master and PhD students


Darwin - JMB; Dili, Timor-Leste


Dr Nick Fancourt is an early career researcher, paediatrician and program leader for Menzies’ Child Health Division International Programs.

Nick’s research program is focused on childhood pneumonia. His work aims to understand how basic science, clinical care, and health systems can prevent and treat this disease. He has led major international efforts to improve the chest x-ray diagnosis of pneumonia in research studies.

His current research investigates the intersection between malnutrition, infection, immunology, and respiratory disease. He also works on major initiatives to improve communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance in Timor-Leste.

Nick was has won many awards for his work, including an International Fulbright Science and Technology Award (2011-14), the Thesis Publication Award at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2017), the Trainee Research Award for Excellence from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2017) and the Harry Christian Giese Research into Action Award (2020).

Nick works as a general paediatrician in urban and remote areas of the Northern Territory.

  1. Francis, J.R., Sarmento, N., Draper, A.D.K., Marr, I., Ting, S., Fancourt, N., [...], Yan, J. (2020). Antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in Timor-Leste: building surveillance capacity with a One Health approach. Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 44. 10.33321/cdi.32019.33344.33321. doi:10.33321/cdi.2020.44.1.
  2. Draper, A.D.K., Niha, M.A.V., Monteiro, M., Fancourt, N.S.S., Boyd, R.H., & Francis, J.R. (2019). Integrated disease surveillance and response in Timor-Leste. NT Disease Control Bulletin, 26(3), 20-23.
  3. Mahomed, N., Fancourt, N., de Campo, J., de Campo, M., Akano, A., Cherian, T., [...], Mulholland, K. (2017). Preliminary report from the World Health Organisation Chest Radiography in Epidemiological Studies project. Pediatr Radiol, 47(11), 1399-1404. doi:10.1007/s00247-017-3834-9.
  4. Fancourt, N., Deloria Knoll, M., Baggett, H.C., Brooks, W.A., Feikin, D.R., Hammitt, L.L., [...], O'Brien, K.L. (2017). Chest Radiograph Findings in Childhood Pneumonia Cases From the Multisite PERCH Study. Clin Infect Dis, 64(suppl_3), s262-270. doi:10.1093/cid/cix089.
  5. Fancourt, N., Deloria Knoll, M., Barger-Kamate, B., de Campo, J., de Campo, M., Diallo, M., [...], O’Brien, K. L. (2017). Standardized Interpretation of Chest Radiographs in Cases of Pediatric Pneumonia From the PERCH Study. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 64(suppl_3), S253-S261. doi:10.1093/cid/cix082
  6. Fancourt, N., Turner, N., Asher, M.I., & Dowell, T. (2010). Primary health care funding for children under six years of age in New Zealand: why is this so hard? J Prim Health Care, 2(4), 338-342.