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Belinda undertook her PhD with the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life Survey (MABEL), a large longitudinal panel survey of Australian doctors. Her main research interest is improving population health in rural and remote areas, particularly through developing the rural health workforce.

She is also an active member of the MABEL research team. Belinda is located at Monash Rural Health, Bendigo, Victoria

Belinda's PhD systematically describes rural outreach services by specialist doctors in Australia to inform the use of rural outreach as a health system strategy. Belinda has over ten years' experience in health workforce training and development, program development and evaluation. She is a graduate of the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program at NSW Health. Belinda is working as a research fellow on sustainable rural health workforce, mainly tracking rural practice by medical students based on rural clinical training exposures.

Belinda PhD:

"Rural outreach by specialist doctors in Australia"

Monash University - APA Award


External positions

Rural Health Commissioner's Office, Director of Research and Evaluation

9 Jan 2018 → …


  • Rural health policy
  • Health systems
  • Workforce training and development
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Rural service models including outreach and telehealth
  • Program evaluation
  • Rural Generalists

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Projects 2017 2018

Developing checklist/s for the implementation of the rural pipeline in various contexts

O'Sullivan, B. G., Chater, B., Bingham, A., Wynn Jones, J., Worley, P. & Couper, I.

World Health Organization (WHO)


Project: Research

Supervising GP Registrars - who does and doesn't participate and why?

Warrington, A., Bentley, M., Wallace, G., O'Sullivan, B. G., McGrail, M. R., Russell, D., Burns, J. & Sampson, M.


Project: Research

Retention of Victorian rural GPs

Russell, D., McGrail, M. R., O'Sullivan, B. G., Campbell, D. & Chisholm, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 2000 2018

A review of characteristics and outcomes of Australia's undergraduate medical education rural immersion programs

O'Sullivan, B. G., McGrail, M. R., Russell, D., Chambers, H. & Major, L., 31 Jan 2018, In : Human Resources for Health. 16, 1, 10 p., 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Duration and setting of rural immersion during the medical degree relates to rural work outcomes

O'Sullivan, B., McGrail, M., Russell, D., Walker, J., Chambers, H., Major, L. & Langham, R., 1 Aug 2018, In : Medical Education. 52, 8, p. 803-815 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Accessibility and outcomes from a rural diabetes nurse-educator led self-management program

Roberts, D. P., Ward, B. M., Russell, D. J. & O’Sullivan, B. G., 2017, In : Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 34, 4, p. 26-33 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family effects on the rurality of GP's work location: A longitudinal panel study

McGrail, M. R., Russell, D. J. & O'Sullivan, B. G., 19 Oct 2017, In : Human Resources for Health. 15, 1, 8 p., 75.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Reasons why specialist doctors undertake rural outreach services: An Australian cross-sectional study

O'Sullivan, B. G., McGrail, M. R. & Stoelwinder, J. U., 7 Jan 2017, In : Human Resources for Health. 15, 3, 7 p., s12960.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

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