Belinda O'Sullivan


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Belinda is a post-doc researcher leading international scale research about rural health systems, workforce capacity building, access, quality and distribution.

Belinda did her PhD with the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life Survey (MABEL), applying the large longitudinal panel survey of Australian doctors to research rural outreach service patterns by specialists. She continues to work in the MABEL research team, collaborating between Melbourne University, University Queensland and Monash colleagues to support the rural work stream.

She is the Chief Investigator of the Monash Medical School rural medical workforce tracking study, and has produced substantial new evidence identifying aspects of the Monash rural medical program that work well, to inform program design and attract new funding.

Belinda is the Director of Research and Evaluation in the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner. She played a lead role in consulting and developing the national Taskforce Advice about the Pathway. Belinda led the pathway evaluation framework and continues to research rural pathways.

She recently led a WHO consultancy producing a Checklist for implementing rural pathways for training and supporting health workers in low and middle income countries, with momentum for its application in 2019 as part of tools available within the WHO Academy.

Belinda has been the CI of Education Research Grants about rural GP supervisors and continues to work in partnership with GPSA.

She graduated from the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program at NSW Health in 2002, after completing her MPH (Hons) in the area of tobacco control. Before that, she worked as a physiotherapy clinician at the Austin.

She has nearly twenty years’ experience of developing and implementing workplace-based training and development to produce health workers with the right skills, distributed and working in areas of community need. She led the development and implementation of NSW Health competencies for biostatistics and public health postgraduate training, implemented national training methods for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, supported design and implementation of the Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative and has instituted multiple workforce tracking studies to evaluate progress.

Belinda supervises Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) and PhD students in the Monash University School of Rural Health.

Belinda's 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 → …

Research area keywords

  • 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., Chater, B., Bingham, A., Wynn Jones, J., Worley, P. & Couper, I.

WHO - World Health Organization Switzerland


Project: Research

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

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


Project: Research

Retention of Victorian rural GPs

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


Project: Research

Research Output 2000 2020

Patient specific advice for in-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates

Doherty, Z., Fuzzard, K., Kippen, R., O'Sullivan, B. & Panozzo, L., Feb 2020, In : EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia. 32, 1, p. 174-175 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

Attracting junior doctors to rural centres: A national study of work-life conditions and satisfaction

Lennon, M., O’Sullivan, B., McGrail, M., Russell, D., Suttie, J. & Preddy, J., 17 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Rural Health. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Building general practice training capacity in rural and remote Australia with underserved primary care services: A qualitative investigation

Young, L., Peel, R., O'Sullivan, B. & Reeve, C., 28 May 2019, In : BMC Health Services Research. 19, 1, 10 p., 338.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Factors related to rural general practitioners supervising general practice registrars in Australia: A national cross-sectional study

O'Sullivan, B., Russell, D., McGrail, M., Sampson, M., Warrington, A., Wallace, G., Bentley, M. & Couch, D., Jan 2019, In : Australian Journal of General Practice. 48, 1-2, p. 66-71 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Importance of publishing research varies by doctors' career stage, specialty and location of work

McGrail, M., O'Sullivan, B., Bendotti, H. & Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S., 29 Mar 2019, In : Postgraduate Medical Journal. 95, 1122, p. 198-204 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

The medical workforce in Australia

Belinda O'Sullivan, Matthew Richard McGrail & Deborah Russell


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment