Madhan Balasubramanian

Dr Madhan Balasubramanian

Visiting Research Fellow

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Madhan Balasubramanian is a NHMRC Sidney Sax Research Fellow based at the University of Sydney ( He holds Visiting Research Fellow Appointments at the University of Adelaide and Kings College London.

Madhan Balasubramanian (MB) is a NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Fellow (2017-21) with support from the University of Sydney (Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Dentistry) and a conjoint status with the Western Sydney Local Health District. He also holds Visiting Research Fellow appointments with the University of Adelaide and Kings College London.

MBs interests lie in the intersection of health policy, health systems and oral health services. He brings an excellent track record, relative to opportunity. Just under two years since the completion of his Ph.D., he has 26 scientific publications. MB has won three nationally competitive Australian Government fellowships, with the latest being a 4 year prestigious NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship. Overall, he has received half a million Australian dollars in nationally competitive fellowships (as CIA), in addition to scholarships and academic prizes. MB has supervised and mentored seven postgraduate students; peer-reviewed scientific articles (for about 20 journals), actively participated in professional associations (5 organisations) and engages proactively with the community through social media (over 2000 active followers)..

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Visiting Research Fellow Kings College London
    2017 NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellow The University of Sydney
    2017 Postdoctoral Research Officer University of Sydney
    2017 Lecturer (Casual) Health Services Management University of New England
    2017 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 Honorary Associate University of Sydney
    2015 - 2016 Endeavour Fellow FDI World Dental Federation
    2014 - 2016 Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2017 South Australian Branch Councillor Australasian College of Health Services Management
    2013 Founder and Director The mirrorNprobe project
    2010 - 2011 International Student Representative University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2014 Research Officer University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 Australia-India Council Fellow of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade University of Queensland
    2008 - 2008 Project Director Apollo Hospitals Group
    2006 - 2008 Lecturer in Health Services and Hospital Management Osmania University
    2006 - 2008 Research and Development Coordinator Apollo Hospitals Group
    2005 - 2006 Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant Griffith University
    2004 - 2004 Work Experience Candidate Queensland Health
    2004 - 2004 Volunteer Research Assistant Australian Red Cross
    2003 - 2004 Dental Surgeon Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Charitable Dispensary
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Fellowship NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship National Health and Medical Research Council Australia $423,768.00
    2015 Fellowship Endeavour Research Fellowship Australian Government Department of Education Switzerland 24,500
    2014 Award Best PhD Presentation Award School of Dentistry, the University of Adelaide Australia $500
    2013 Scholarship Dental Health Services Research PhD Supporting Scholarship NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence in Health Services Research Australia $10,580
    2012 Award Second Runnerup Team in the Australian Entrepreurship Challenge University of Adelaide Australia $2000
    2010 Scholarship PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia $85,750
    2008 Fellowship Australia-India Council Fellowship Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia $12,000
    2008 Award Travel Award Hospitaux Universities de Geneva
    2008 Award Travel Award Apollo Hospitals Group India
    2007 Award World Bank Insitute Scholarship World Bank Institute
    2005 Scholarship Eberharld Wenzel Scholarship for International Public Health Griffith University Australia
    2004 Distinction Academic Excellence Award Griffith University Australia
    2002 Award Community Service Award - Oral Health The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University India
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write and understand spoken
    Hindi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Kannada Can speak and understand spoken
    Tamil Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Telugu Can understand spoken
    Urdu Can understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy by Publication (Health Services; Health Policy; Dentistry)
    2004 - 2006 Griffith University Australia Master of Health Service Management with Honours
    1997 - 2003 The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University India Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Research Interests

Madhan has won three highly competitive Australian Government Fellowships: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Fellowship, Department of Education and Training’s Endeavour Research Fellowship, and a National Health and Medical Research Council Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship.  

I hold or have held teaching responsibilities in three major institutions. In the University of Adelaide, I have tutored Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health (all years) in four courses: Behavioural, Social and Professional Aspects of Dentistry, Community Dentistry, Evidence Based Dentistry and Fluoride. I have also conveyed and lectured four courses for Masters of Health Care Management and Hospital Administration students (Griffith University and Apollo Hospitals Group), including Introduction to Public Health, Research Methods and International Comparisons of Health Systems. I bring demonstrated ability to coordinate, convene such courses and assess students.

  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2013 - ongoing Council Australasian College of Health Service Management (SA Branch) ACHSM SA Branch Council Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Health Services Association of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Australia India Business Council Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member International Association for Dental Research Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Australasian College of Health Service Management Australia

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