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Deborah is a Research Fellow at the School of Rural Health, Office of Research in December 2008, with a background of 10 years experience in general practice, predominantly in the private sector in Bendigo. She completed a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology (2011). At the same time she has worked at developing and enhancing practical research skills at the School of Rural Health.

Research interests

1. Rural and remote health worker retention 
2. Rural and remote health workforce 
3. Equitable access to high quality primary care services.

Research area keywords

  • Allied health
  • workforce retention
  • primary health care
  • Rural Health

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2011 2019

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)

Costs and effects of higher turnover of nurses and Aboriginal health practitioners and higher use of short-term nurses in remote Australian primary care services: An observational cohort study

Zhao, Y., Russell, D. J., Guthridge, S., Ramjan, M., Jones, M. P., Humphreys, J. S. & Wakerman, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, 8 p., e023906.

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

Outcomes of a 1-year longitudinal integrated medical clerkship in small rural Victorian communities

Campbell, D. G., McGrail, M. R., O'Sullivan, B. & Russell, D. J., 25 Jun 2019, In : Rural and Remote Health. 19, 2, 9 p., 4987.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Remote health workforce turnover and retention: What are the policy and practice priorities?

Wakerman, J., Humphreys, J., Russell, D., Guthridge, S., Bourke, L., Dunbar, T., Zhao, Y., Ramjan, M., Murakami-Gold, L. & Jones, M. P., 16 Dec 2019, In : Human Resources for Health. 17, 1, 8 p., 99.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Press / Media

The medical workforce in Australia

Belinda O'Sullivan, Matthew Richard McGrail & Deborah Russell


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment