Alison Beauchamp


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Optimising engagement in cardiac secondary prevention: a health literacy approach. This project aims to establish a cohort study of patients with AMI to determine the association between health literacy and cardiac outcomes. The PhD project will focus on health literacy among CaLD populations in Melbourne. A full-time scholarship is available.


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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 and Graduate Research Coordinator in the School of Rural Health at Monash University. She has a clinical background as a Registered Nurse with expertise in cardiac care, including cardiac rehabilitation. Alison is currently a NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow (commenced 2021), with this grant exploring the role of health literacy in cardiac secondary prevention. She completed a NHMRC PhD scholarship at Monash in 2011 with her thesis using epidemiological methods to explore social inequalities in heart disease. She has previously held an Australian Research Council post-doctoral Industry Fellowship at Deakin University, where she managed the large Optimising Health Literacy (Ophelia) study in which she supported clinicians to implement health literacy interventions. In 2018, Alison was awarded a Medical Research Future Fund NHMRC Translational Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow at the University of Melbourne to implement health literacy communication approaches in clinical settings.

Alison has published over 70 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 $5 million AUD. She currently supervises 5 PhD scholars and has co-supervised 2 PhD and 4 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: 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:

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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