Susan Thomas Bio

Dr Susan Thomas  
Doctorate  in Applied Public Health
Centre for Remote Health, a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University
Role in Organisation Senior Research Fellow
Research  Interests
  1. Primary Health Care
  2. Aboriginal Health
  3. Social Determinants of Health
  4. Child Health
Brief Bio  Susan Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow in the CRERRPHC in the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs.

Susan is leading several projects relating to resource allocation and workforce distribution in rural and remote primary health care. Currently she is leading a Delphi investigation on what core primary health care services should be available in rural and remote communities. Susan is also working to identify exemplary cost effective primary health care services from which workforce, infrastructure and cost benchmarks can be developed.

Previously, Susan worked as a Public Health Officer trainee with the Ministry of Health, NSW in a range of public health settings involving children, Aboriginal people, refugees and people in remote areas. Her Doctorate of Applied Public Health is entitled “Collaborating to improve access to primary health care for vulnerable populations”.
Susan has a nursing background and worked in a variety of primary health care settings, as well as with Medecins Sans Frontieres as a Field Coordinator in Africa for three years.

5 recent publications 
(over last 5 years)
  1. Thomas, S., Boreland, F. & Lyle, D. (In Press). Improving participation by Aboriginal children in blood lead screening services in Broken Hill, NSW, New South Wales Public Health Bulletin.
  2. Thomas. S.L., Kalsi, H. & Graham, S. (2012). Bug Breakfast in the Bulletin: Sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, New South Wales Public Health Bulletin,  23(4):  92.
  3. Thomas, S., Douglas, P. & Smith, M. (2010). Bug Breakfast in the Bulletin: Refugee health, New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, 21(4): 101 – 102.
  4. Thomas, S.L., Muscatello, D.J., Middleton, P.M., & Zheng, W. (2011). Characteristics of fall-related injuries attended by an ambulance in Sydney, Australia: a surveillance summary, New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, 22(4): 49 – 54.