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Personal profile


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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Research Output

Retention strategies and interventions for health workers in rural and remote areas: A systematic review protocol

Hines, S., Wakerman, J., Carey, T. A., Russell, D. & Humphreys, J., Jan 2020, In : The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 18, 1, p. 87-96 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

‘It’s so rich, you know, what they could be experiencing’: rural places for general practitioner learning

Couch, D., O’Sullivan, B., Russell, D. & McGrail, M., 2 Jan 2020, In : Health Sociology Review. 29, 1, p. 76-91 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-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., Dec 2019, In : The Australian Journal of Rural Health. 27, 6, p. 482-488 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Press / Media

The medical workforce in Australia

Belinda O'Sullivan, Matthew Richard McGrail & Deborah Russell


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment