Alex is an Adjunct Research Fellow within the College of Medicine and Dentistry at JCU. Within the broad field of health policy and systems research, Alex is a leading contributor to studies on public health systems and workforce in northern Australia, and research impact within health service settings. Alex has led or been a key member of consultancies with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the World Health Organization. Alex's PhD was on the role of academic health centres in improving population health, using four case studies in Australia and England, which involved time spent in England as a Visiting Academic at Oxford University.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Alex held a range of project, policy and management roles at James Cook University, including with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the State of the Tropics Project and the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. Alex's undergraduate and postgraduate background is in development studies, public policy and management, and public health. Her background in the Kimberley and northern Queensland has shaped her focus on improving outcomes for rural and remote communities across northern Australia.

  • Research impact
  • Knowledge mobilisation
  • Public policy
  • Health systems
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 to 2020 - (Co-Investigator) Townsville Hospital and Health Service Study, Education and Research Trust Account project grant - $49,239 - Evaluating research investment and impact at THHS
  • 2018 to 2019 - (Co-Investigator) Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide grant - $8000 - How do academic health centres enact their translational role? A scoping study
  • 2018 to 2019 - (Primary Investigator) Australia and New Zealand School of Government - $10,000 - A scoping review of the factors influencing the development of the clinical academic workforce in Australia and New Zealand
  • 2017 - (Co-Investigator) Research Consultancy - USD50,000 - WHO Myanmar, Development of Health Workforce Strategy 2018-2021
  • 2015 - (Award recipient) Global Voices Policy and Research Fellowship (World Bank and IMF 2015 Annual Meetings), Peru

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr Alex Edelman from 2014 onwards.

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CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Projects

Integrating Health Care Planning for Health and Prosperity in North Queensland.

Indicative Funding
$750,000 over 3 years, in partnership with Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited ($330,000)
Improving health and prosperity across Northern Australia is constrained by planning silos and limited creativity in models-of-care. North Queensland (NQ) has a unique opportunity to unite health industry partners and improve efficiencies and effectiveness in service delivery. Building on findings from our Health Situational Analysis we will co-create integrated systems for mapping population need, health services and workforce, prioritising areas for action. This work brings together key public and private health system partners across North Queensland, including Hospital and Health Services, Primary Health Networks and the Community Controlled Health Sector to take a regional approach to strengthening the integration of care and place-based planning of workforce and service implementation in North Queensland. The organizational recognition of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre (TAAHC) streamlines these relationships. We will work with all TAAHC partners, plus QAIHC and WQPHN to take a regional approach in NQ, whilst working with expert technical reference group members from NT and WA to ensure shared learning across the north. Then, working closely with service providers and consumers we will facilitate place-based planning and design, implement and evaluate new models-of-care that will optimise health and economic outcomes, consumer and workforce satisfaction.
Sarah Larkins, Stephanie Topp, Alex Edelman, Nishila Moodley, Edward Strivens and Maxine Whittaker (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service)
place -based planning; Rural Health Services; Health Workforce; integrated care; rural and remote; Health Equity

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