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Research interests

Health literacy, health inequalities, social epidemiology, health service research, translational research, research capacity building, cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, obesity, longitudinal tracking of rural health workforce


Dr Alison Beauchamp is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Rural Health at Monash University (0.5 EFT) and a Medical Research Future Fund NHMRC Translational Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow at the University of Melbourne (0.5 EFT). She has a clinical background as a Registered Nurse with expertise in cardiac care, including cardiac rehabilitation. Dr Beauchamp completed a NHMRC PhD scholarship at Monash in 2011 with her thesis using epidemiological methods to explore social inequalities in heart disease. Between 2013 and 2015 she was an Australian Research Council post-doctoral Industry Fellow at Deakin University, where she managed the large Optimising Health Literacy (Ophelia) study in which she supported clinicians to implement health literacy interventions.

Dr Beauchamp has published 55 peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. She has been an invited or keynote speaker at 7 international or national conferences, and lead or co-investigator on grants totalling over $3.5 million AUD. She currently co-supervises 2 part-time PhD scholars and has co-supervised 2 PhD and 3 honours students to successful completion.

Areas of research

  1. Health literacy and the equitable provision of health service interventions.
  2. Social epidemiology, including inequalities in cardiac outcomes.
  3. Building research capacity within rural health services.
  4. Longitudinal tracking of nursing and allied health students and graduates.

Supervision interests

A key interest is the co-design and application of health literacy interventions with health services, consumers and practitioners. I am especially interested in the role of health literacy in reducing health inequalities, and aim to develop practical tools that support the application of health literacy within health care, for example, teach-back: http://teachback.org/. Clinical interests related to health literacy include cardiac secondary prevention and rehabilitation, musculoskeletal conditions, and breast cancer screening.

A second area of research is working with health services and practitioners to build capacity in research and evaluation, including the use of implementation science methods to support translation of evidence-based strategies into routine care.

Another area of interest is understanding the factors underlying the maldistribution of nursing and allied health professionals in rural Australia. The Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking (NAHGOT) study is a longitudinal cohort study that follow students for 10 years after graduation. NAHGOT uses data linkage and repeat surveys to identify reasons why graduates end up practicing in rural or metropolitan locations. See: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/srh/research/projects/nahgot

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

4 Apr 2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • health literacy
  • Social epidemiology
  • Health inequalities
  • Health service research
  • Research capacity building
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Chronic disease

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Projects 2007 2019

Research Output 2009 2019

Care coordination can reduce unmet needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness

Isaacs, A., Beauchamp, A., Sutton, K. & Kocaali, N., 9 Aug 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 10, 10 p., 563.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Improving health information to address low health literacy for patients with multimorbidity

Jessup, R. L., Putrik, P. & Beauchamp, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Australian Health Review. 43, 4, p. 481-482 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

The outcomes and cost effectiveness of Australia's Partners in Recovery Initiative

Isaacs, A., Beauchamp, A. & Sutton, K., 2019, p. S14. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Are we there yet? Graduate readiness for practice, assessment and final examinations

Missen, K., McKenna, L. & Beauchamp, A., Apr 2018, In : Collegian. 25, 2, p. 227-230 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review