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Matthew is a full-time Senior Research Fellow of the School of Rural Health, based at Churchill campus, and he leads the workforce research collaboration within MRH. He is a nationally recognised research leader in the field of rural health, particularly in rural medical workforce supply and distribution and health services policy, and development of methodologies relating measures of access to health care (for which he completed his PhD in 2008).

He is a Chief Investigator of the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics, which conducts the MABEL study (Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life), where he leads the Rural workforce supply, distribution and mobility research theme. He was also Chief Investigator of the recently completed Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care program, where he led research of improved measures of healthcare access, notably producing the national Index of Access.

Matthew was a co-developer, with Emeritus Prof John Humphreys, of the Modified Monash Model which was adopted in 2015 by the federal Department of Health to underpin many of their rural health workforce incentives and policies.

Research interests

  • Rural Health Workforce
  • Access to health care
  • Health Services Research
  • GIS methodologies in health
  • Health workforce policy / incentives
  • Advanced quantitative methodologies

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Projects 2011 2019

Gippsland Survivorship Program: Improving care coordination, service delivery and health outcomes for people with cancer and carers

Iddawela, M., Ristevski, E., Joshi, S., Kuyumcian, A., Wright, T., Jayasuriya, N., Wood, E., Wood, M., Roscoe, D., Hamilton, V., Shearer, M., Proposch, A., Bogart, M., De Gooyer, S. & McGrail, M.


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 1999 2019

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., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Postgraduate Medical Journal. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Campbell, D., McGrail, M., O'Sullivan, B. & Russell, D., 2 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Rural and Remote Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Outreach specialists' use of video consultations in rural Victoria: a cross-sectional survey

O'Sullivan, B., Rann, H. & McGrail, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Rural and Remote Health. 19, 1, 5 p., 4544.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Reviewing reliance on overseas-trained doctors in rural Australia and planning for self-sufficiency: Applying 10 years' MABEL evidence

O'Sullivan, B., Russell, D. J., McGrail, M. R. & Scott, A., 22 Jan 2019, In : Human Resources for Health. 17, 1, 9 p., 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Press / Media

The medical workforce in Australia

Belinda O'Sullivan, Matthew McGrail & Deborah Russell


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment