School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Caroline Laurence is a health services researcher and is currently the Head of the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.
She is a recognised expert in the area of health workforce planning, particularly for the primary care sector. Her research has contributed to a greater understanding of the workforce pipeline in Australia including career decision making, workforce maldistribution, retention issues, changing workforce profiles and workforce policy analysis.
In 2012, she was a recipient of the highly competitive and prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and she has used this funding to develop for the first time in Australia, a needs-based approach to planning the GP workforce in South Australia. This research has now been extended to Western Australia, Australia and the practice nurse workforce.
She has more than 55 publications and a Scopus H-Index of 14 (Scopus) and 17 (Google Scholar). In 2011 she was awarded the AAAPC Travelling Fellowship and was a visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne Department of Primary Care. She has received the General Practice Education Training Regional Training Provider Staff Excellence Award in 2005, The Wyeth/Medical Journal of Australia Award for the best research article published in 2009, the 2009 Sir Richard Stawell Memorial Prize and the Australian Association for Academic General Practice Most Distinguished Paper Award (2010).
She has generated more than $15m in research funding through competitive schemes and contract research and has strong track record in working with industry partners, resulting in funding of more than $12m.
- Health workforce planning
- Health workforce policy analysis
- Access to health services
- Primary care
Current research projects in the areas of:
- Understanding career pathways of AGPT program graduates
- Estimating the future requirements of the health workforce
- Embedding cost and benefits in health workforce planning models
- Health care provision in developing countries
The Health Workforce Planning Group offers a number of research opportunities for students at a variety of levels including PhD, MPhil, Honours, MPH Coursework Thesis and Dissertation, MClinSci and Summer Vacation Scholarships. Details of the projects that are available for students in the health workforce planning can be found in the School of Public Health Student Research Project Handbook. The link to the Handbook is provided below.
For details on projects available please view the following booklet: School of Public Health Student Projects
Date Position Institution name 2018 Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2016 Head of School University of Adelaide 2015 - 2016 Interim Head of School University of Adelaide 2015 - 2015 Deputy Head of School University of Adelaide 2013 - 2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2002 - 2013 Research and Development Manager Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program 2000 - 2012 Research Fellow Universtiy of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2015 Award School of Public Health Academic Leadership Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Award Faculty of Health Sciences International Conference Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2011 Award School of Population Health & Clinical Practice Best Early Career Research Publication University of Adelaide Australia — 2011 Award AAAGP Most Distinguished Paper Award Australian Association for Academic General Practice — — 2011 Fellowship AAAPC Travelling Fellowship Australian Association for Academic Primary Care Australia — 2009 Award Wyeth/Medical Journal of Australia Award Medical Journal of Australia Australia — 2009 Award Sir Richard Stawell Memorial Prize — Australia — 2007 Achievement ARI Pty Ltd Bonus Funding University of Adelaide Australia — 2005 Award Regional Training Provider Staff Excellence Award General Practice Education and Training Ltd Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title — University of Adelaide Australia PhD — Flinders University Australia Masters of Health Service Management — University of Adelaide Australia BA — University of Adelaide Australia BA(Hons)
Year Citation 2014 Powell, K. J., Stocks, N., Gill, G., May, E., Laurence, C., & Aylward, P. (2014). Is integration an add-on or a new way of working for health professionals in co-located medical practices?. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE Vol. 14 (pp. 2 pages). UBIQUITY PRESS LTD.
Year Citation 2017 Gill, G. F., Stocks, N., Powell, K., Laurence, C., Aylward, P., & May, E. (2017). Supports and hindrances to the integration of co-located services in multiple models of primary health care delivery Integration in co-located primary health care services. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE. UBIQUITY PRESS LTD.
2014 Laurence, C., Lorimer, M., Chittleborough, C., Parrella, A., & Karnon, J. (2014). Developing and testing a needs-based approach to determining the future level of service by family practitioners in South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of 42nd North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting. New York. 2013 Laurence, C., Karnon, J., Lorimer, M., & Chittleborough, C. (2013). Linking population health need to level of GP services: one part of a needs-based model of planning the GP workforce. Poster session presented at the meeting of 8th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. Wellington, NZ.
Competitive Research Funding
National Competitive Schemes
|2016||Customising pathways to self-management support for people with osteoarthritis||Hoon E, Frank O, Gill T, Hill C Laurence CO||The Arthritis Australia and State/Territory Affiliate Translational Grant, Arthritis Australia National Research Program||$40,000|
|2012-2013||Developing a needs-based simulation model for planning the general practice workforce||Laurence CO, Karnon J||HWA Strategic Research Program||$79,990|
|2012-2015||Planning the primary care workforces: developing and implementing a needs-based approach (DE120101502)||Laurence CO||ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award||$375,000|
|2011-2012||Turning evidence into practice: implementing and evaluating models of teaching in general practice to maximise benefits for all participants||Laurence CO||Education Integration Project, GPET||$242,000|
|2011-2013||Increasing the rural medical workforce: investigating personal traits to enhance our understanding and improve training for rural registrars||Eley DS, Laurence CO, Wilkinson D, Walters LK, Cloninger CR, Young JL, Kitchener SJ, Black LE||ARC Linkage Grant||$116,272|
|2008-2009||Enhancing the quality use of pathology for GP Trainees||Laurence CO, Glastonbury B||Quality Use of Pathology Program, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing||$170,000|
|2006-2007||Pre-vocational General Practice Placement Program (1 grant)||Laurence CO, Black L||Royal Australian College of General Practitioners||$213,000|
|2004-2007||Pre-vocational General Practice Placement Program (3 grants)||Laurence CO, Black L||Royal Australian College of General Practitioners||$643,200|
|2004-2007||Pre-vocational General Practice Placement Program (2 grants)||Laurence CO, Black L||Royal Australian College of General Practitioners||$423,600|
|2003||Point-of-care testing for the management of atrial fibrillation in general practice||Howell C, Laurence CO, Holton C||RACGP Cardiovascular Research Grant in General Practice||$20,000|
|2003||Management of acute myocardial infarction by GPs in a rural setting||Ponte L, Baig Z, Laurence CO, Beilby J||RACGP Cardiovascular Research Grant in General Practice||$25,000|
|2002||Improving the integration of asthma management in a rural setting||Beilby JB,Laurence CO||Asthma Innovative Management Project, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing||$60,000|
|2002||From medical student to GP Supervisor: establishing a framework for vertical integration in a rural area through a clinical teaching program||Laurence CO||Innovation grant, General Practice Education and Training Inc||$95,000|
|2002||Bridging the gap: online tutorials for Registrars and Supervisors||Laurence CO||Innovation grant, General Practice Education and Training Inc||$60,000|
State Competitive and Intramural Schemes eg UoA interdisciplinary grants
|2006||Australian Trained International Medical Students||Laurence COM, Laven G, Turnbull D, Fleming J, Elliott T||PHC RED||$12,500|
|2003-2004||Piloting a practice based research co-ordinator||Laurence CO||PHC RED||$30,000|
Contract Research Funding
|2019||GP Graduate Tracking Study - Phase 3||Laurence CO||GPEx, WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)||$61,458|
|2018||GP Graduate Tracking Study - Phase 1 & 2||Laurence CO||Northern Territory General Practice Education Inc.||$26,490|
|2017-18||GP Graduate Tracking Study - Phase 2||Laurence CO||GPEx, Murray City Country Coast GP Training, Eastern Victoria GP Training, General Practice Training Tasmania||$20,748|
|2017||GP Graduate Tracking Study - Phase 1||Laurence CO||WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET), GPEx, Murray City Country Coast GP Training, Eastern Victoria GP Training, General Practice Training Tasmania||$32,500|
|2015||Estimating the general practitioner workforce in Western Australia – Additional analysis||Laurence CO||WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)||$12,715|
|2015||Forecasting the general practitioner workforce in Western Australia||Laurence CO||WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)||$86,049|
|2011||General practice recruitment implications of the variation in AGPT applications from Australian medical schools||Young D, Spike N, Temple-Smith M, Naccarella L, Laurence C, Bingham A||GPET Tender||$75,000|
|2010||Rural and remote GP workforce participation and medical practice composition in South Australia. Analysis of RDWA 2009 GP and rural practice survey.||Laurence CO||Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA)||$84,000|
|2009-2010||Sustainable teaching in general practice in Western Australia||Laurence CO||WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)||$120,000|
|2008-2011||National Health Workforce Planning and Research Collaboration - Joint Submission: Australian Health Workforce Institute (University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Price Waterhouse Coopers and University of Adelaide||National Health Workforce Taskforce||$4.5M|
|2007-2008||The feasibility of establishing a state-wide system to track medical graduates in South Australia Phase 1||Laurence CO||Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA)||$45,000|
|2007-2008||Partner perceptions of the attractiveness of rural communities (PpARC): an exploration of the concerns of the families of GP Registrars in participating in a rural placement||Laurence COM, Black L||Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA)||$60,000|
|2009-2012||Playford North GP Super Clinic||Taylor G, Laurence C, Kettler L, Beilby J||GP Super Clinics Program, Department of Health and Ageing||$7.5M|
|2007-2009||Provision of vocational training services - Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program Tender||Black L, Laurence CO||General Practice Education and Training Inc||$12M|
|2006-2007||Unsuccessful applicants to the medical school at the University of Adelaide||Laurence COM, Turnbull D, Stocks N, Robertson J||Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA)||$39,000|
|2006-2007||What do new GP graduates deem important in their selection of a rural practice in South Australia? A stocktake of views from recently recruited or soon to be recruited rural GPs||Laurence CO, Stocks N||Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA)||$34,000|
|2004-2007||Year 12 Medical Intention Project||Jones A, Newbury J, Laurence CO, Laven G, Baillie S||Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing||$147,000|
|2003||Characteristics and career determinants of Interns in South Australian in 2003||Laurence CO, Black L, Sumner K||Department of Human Services||$30,000|
|2005||Trial Manager/Evaluator, Point of Care Trial in a general practice setting||Beilby J, Laurence CO, Worley P, Shephard M, Tideman P, Tirimacco R||Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing||$3.8M|
|2002||Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program Tender||Beilby J, Wilkinson D, Laurence CO||General Practice Education and Training Inc||$1.17M|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor Improving Maternal Health Outcomes for Women with Concomitant Illnesses in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lareesa Marie Ryan 2018 Co-Supervisor Strengthening Viral Hepatitis Management in Aboriginal Health Services Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Michael Larkin 2018 Principal Supervisor Tobacco Smoking and mental Illness Among Young People in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kimberley Amanda Martin 2018 Principal Supervisor Community Health Workers Program in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs): Scope and Evalutation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shagufta Perveen
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Quality of Care in Family Planning Services in Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Gizachew Assefa Tessema 2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Setting Basic Standards in a Developing Ambulance Service: A qualitative description of the impact of the Intermediate Ambulance Care course on prehospital care practice in Penang, Malaysia Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Mr Matt Perry 2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Collaborative prescribing within the opioid substitution treatment program in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Phi Le 2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The regulation of non-invasive medical devices in Australia: a case study of breast cancer imaging devices marketed direct-to-consumer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Thomas Dion Vreugdenburg 2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Medical Students’ Motivations for Studying Medicine: Changes and Relationship with Altruistic Attitudes, Expectations, and Experiences of Learning at University Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Maoyi Xu
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2017 - ongoing Board Member Adelaide Unicare Pty Ltd University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2016 - 2020 Member MBS Review Taskforce General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee Department of Health Australia 2016 - ongoing Chair Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Admissions Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - 2017 Member University of Adelaide Negotiating Team, Enterprise Bargaining 2017. University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing Advisory Board Member ARCPOH Expert Advisory Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Member Faculty Executive Team, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Chair School Executive Committe, School of Public Health University of Adelaide Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Academic Promotions Level B&C Faculty of Health Sciences Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2014 - 2014 Chair Program Management Committee, School of Population Health University of Adelaide — 2013 - 2015 Chair AOGP Research Committee Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program Australia 2013 - 2014 Member Faculty Program Approval Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2013 - 2013 Member Advisory Committee, Feasibility of Intern Training for Community Health Project University of Melbourne Australia 2012 - 2013 Member ReCenT Research Management Committee Valley to Coast GP Training Program Australia 2012 - ongoing Member NHMRC Postdoctoral Reference Group National Health & Medical Research Council — 2012 - ongoing Member Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank Australian Academy of Sciences Australia 2012 - 2014 Member HWA Technical Advisory Group Health Workforce Australia Australia 2009 - 2014 Chair Learning and Teaching Committee, School of Population Health University of Adelaide Australia 2009 - 2013 Member Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2014 - ongoing Member North American Primary Care Research Group United States 2013 - ongoing Member Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand Australia 2012 - ongoing Member Association of Medical Educators in Europe United Kingdom 2010 - ongoing Member Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Australia 2004 - ongoing Member Australian Association for Academic General Practice Australia
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