Danielle Taylor

Dr Danielle Taylor

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Danielle Taylor is a health geographer at the University of Adelaide, with experience in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for health research. She is an Associate Investigator with the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing, which is an international and interdisciplinary centre based at the University of Adelaide.

She has a PhD in Geography (2014) and a MA in Spatial Information Science (2002), both from The University of Adelaide. Her PhD research investigated temporal trends and spatial patterns in birthweight variation, and in particular, looked at the influence of socio-economic and contextual variables and their association with birthweight. From 2017 to 2020 she held a Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship, which investigated the influence of environmental factors, in particular local measures of accessibility, as enablers or barriers to healthy ageing and indicators of frailty risk. During this time she led the development of the interactive Frailty Web Map, which maps the current and projected future geographical distribution of frailty across Australia.

Her research interests include the application of spatial technology to: health geography; the social and spatial determinants of health; accessibility analysis; ageing; demography; improving strategic service planning and resource allocation. Since commencing work at The University of Adelaide in 1998, with GISCA, the National Key Centre for Social Applications of GIS, she has been involved with many GIS consultancies and research projects, including having a major role in the development of the Accessibility/ Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) and ARIA+, which is the basis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Remoteness Areas Classification. She has also led the development of Metropolitan ARIA (MetroARIA) a metropolitan accessibility index for Australian capital cities.



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - 2021 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2020 THRF Mid-Career Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Place Award Institute of Australian Geographers Australia
    2017 Fellowship The Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellow The University of Adelaide - Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research $420,000
    2004 Award PhD Divisional Scholarship The University of Adelaide
    2003 Award Spatial Research and Development - Student Award South Australian Spatial Sciences Association Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia Masters of Spatial Information Science
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Geography) Honours
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Taylor, D., Lange, J., Laurence, C., Beilby, J., Kitson, A., Barrie, H., & Visvanathan, R. (2021). General practice access in regional and remote Australia for ageing populations. Geographical Research, 59(1), 6-15.
    2021 Martins, B., Taylor, D. S., Barrie, H., Lange, J., Kho, K. S. F., & Visvanathan, R. (2021). Objective and subjective measures of the neighbourhood environment: associations with frailty levels. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 92, 104257-1-104257-7.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Taylor, D., Barrie, H., Lange, J., Thompson, M., Theou, O., & Visvanathan, R. (2019). Geospatial modelling of the prevalence and changing distribution of frailty in Australia – 2011 to 2027. Experimental Gerontology, 123, 57-65.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC3
    2019 Versace, V. L., Coffee, N. T., Franzon, J., Turner, D., Lange, J., Taylor, D., & Clark, R. (2019). Comparison of general and cardiac care-specific indices of spatial access in Australia. PLoS ONE, 14(7), e0219959-1-e0219959-13.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2019 Versace, V. L., Coffee, N. T., Franzon, J., Turner, D., Lange, J., Taylor, D., & Clark, R. (2019). Correction: Comparison of general and cardiac care-specific indices of spatial access in Australia (PLoS ONE (2019) 14(7): e0219959. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219959). PLoS ONE, 14(8), e0221465.
    DOI Scopus1
    2017 Gilligan, J., Reilly, P., Pearce, A., & Taylor, D. (2017). Management of acute traumatic intracranial haematoma in rural and remote areas of Australia. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 87(1-2), 80-85.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS8 Europe PMC3
    2016 Taylor, D. S., & Lange, J. B. (2016). Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems: technical tools for social innovation. Australian Geographer, 47(4), 417-433.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS10
    2009 Beard, J., Lincoln, D., Donoghue, D., Taylor, D., Summerhayes, R., Dunn, T., . . . Morgan, G. (2009). Socioeconomic and maternal determinants of small-for-gestational age births: Patterns of increasing disparity. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 88(5), 575-583.
    DOI Scopus40 WoS38 Europe PMC30
    2009 Heard, A., Coventry, B., Milanowski, B., & Taylor, D. (2009). The geography of melanoma in South Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33(2), 105-108.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2001 Humphreys, J., Jones, J., Jones, M., Hugo, G., Bamford, E., & Taylor, D. (2001). A critical review of rural medical workforce retention in Australia. Australian Health Review, 24(4), 91-102.
    DOI Scopus51 Europe PMC33
    1999 Bamford, E., Dunne, L., Taylor, D., Symon, B., Hugo, G., & Wilkinson, D. (1999). Accessibility to general practitioners in rural South Australia. A case study using geographic information system technology. Medical Journal of Australia, 171(11), 614-616.
    DOI Scopus57 WoS45 Europe PMC28
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Taylor, D., & Lange, J. (2018). Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems: technical tools for social innovation. In N. Klocker, & O. Dun (Eds.), Population, Migration and Settlement in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
    In Memory of Graeme Hugo
    (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Taylor, D. S., Theou, O., Barrie, H. R., Lange, J., & Visvanathan, R. (2018). Developing a spatial socio-environment healthy ageing index. In AAG Conference- 2018 Conference Program, Abstracts and Presentations. Melbourne, Australia: AAG.
    2015 Lange, J., & Taylor, D. (2015). A Metropolitan Accessibility Index for Australian Capital Cities - Metro ARIA. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies: The Spatial Dimensions of Population. The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
    2015 Taylor, D., & Lange, J. (2015). Metro ARIA and Metro ARIA-Health: New accessibility indices for Australian capital cities. In Proceedings of the Institute of Australian Geographers 2015 Conference (pp. 29). Canberra, A.C.T..
    2003 Taylor, D., Bryan, B., Morgan, G., & Beard, J. (2003). Spatial analysis of Ross River virus in the northern rivers area of New South Wales. In B. Lees (Ed.), Proceedings of Spatial Sciences 2003 (pp. CDROM1-CDROM 14). CDROM: AURISA.
    2000 Taylor, D., & Clermont, R. (2000). Mapping Drug Overdoses in Adelaide. In Australian Institute of Criminology Conference on Crime Mapping: Adding Value to Crime Prevention and Control (Adelaide, S.Aust. : 2000). Adelaide, Australia: GISCA.
    2000 Bryan, B., Holliday, D., Bamford, E., Taylor, D., & Wright, C. (2000). Potential applications of Geographic Information Systems in epidemiology. In Proceedings of the International Society for Ecosystem Health. Brisbane, Australia.
    1999 Dunne, L., Bamford, E., & Taylor, D. S. (1999). Quantifying Remoteness - A GIS Approach. In P. A. Whigham (Ed.), SIRC '99: Our Safe Living Environment : the Changing Face of Spatial Systems. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Spatial Information Research Centre.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    1999 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care., & National Key Centre for Social Applications of GIS. (1999). Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA).
    1995 Lesslie, R., Taylor, D., & Maslen, M. (1995). National Wilderness Inventory's Handbook of Procedures, Content and Usage. Australian Government Publishing Service.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2014 Taylor, D. S. (2014). A Geographic Perspective to Understanding Birthweight Variation - Temporal Trends and Spatial Patterns in New South Wales, Australia, 1994 to 2004. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide).
    2002 Taylor, D. S. (2002). Spatial Analysis of Ross River Virus in the Northern Rivers Area of New South Wales. (Master's Thesis, University of Adelaide).
  • Datasets

    Year Citation
    2018 Lange, J. B., Tran, D., & Taylor, D. (2018). Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia Plus (ARIA+) 2016.
    2015 Taylor, D. S., & Lange, J. (2015). Metro ARIA.

2015 - 2016 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund - $28,000 Dr Danielle Taylor, Professor Michael Davies, Professor Vivienne Moore, Associate Professor Geoff Morgan New insight into adverse birth outcomes: Bringing together clinical understanding and spatial, social and environmental context

2015-2020 NHMRC Centre For Research Excellence. $2,301169.40. CI: Visvanathan R, Karnon J, Kitson A, Beilby J, Cameron I, Bell S, Chehade M, Feist H. AI: Taylor D, Morley J, Rockwood K, Cesari M, Theou O,Yu S, Schultz T. Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing.

  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 81334016
  • Email: danielle.taylor@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: RAH - Basil Hetzel Institute, floor G
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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