Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Bernadette Ward is a Senior Research Fellow in the CRERRPHC in the School of Rural Health at Monash University Bendigo. Bernadette is leading several projects within the CRERRPHC, including a review of the role of access in health service utilisation and health outcomes, a national survey on access to primary health care in rural and remote Australia, and the supervision and support of the Victorian Research Capacity Building Program participants. She is also working on a Cochrane review examining how changes in out-of-pocket payments influence health service utilisation, and pursuing research in the evaluation of primary health care services and the delivery of alcohol and other drug services in the primary care sector.  Read more...
Dr 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.  Read more...
Dr Sue Kirby is a Senior Research Fellow in the CRERRPHC at the University of Sydney Department of Rural Health in Broken Hill.  She is involved in the Research Capacity Building Program for rural and remote primary health care professionals, and in various rural and remote health service research projects in the Far West of NSW.  In addition, she is developing a review of education, training and supervision models for rural and remote primary health care professionals to evaluate interventions which help in workforce recruitment and retention.   Read more...