About

Alex is a Research Fellow within the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences based in Townsville, and is a member of the Anton Breinl Centre for Health Systems Strengthening. 

Within the broad field of health policy and systems research, Alex is a leading contributor to current/recent studies on research impact within a regional Hospital and Health Service (via a role in Queensland Health), and health service delivery and workforce in northern Australia (a project funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia). Alex also contributes to research programs on community health worker roles and communicable diseases policy and governance, and has led or been a key member of consultancies with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the World Health Organisation. Alex's PhD is on the role of academic health centres in improving population health, using four case studies in Australia and England, which involved time spent in the UK 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.

Interests
Research
  • Research impact
  • Knowledge mobilisation
  • Public policy
  • Health systems
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 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 - (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
  • 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
  • 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
Publications

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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)
Summary
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.
Investigators
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 & Hinterland Health Service District)
Keywords
place -based planning; Rural Health Services; Health Workforce; integrated care; rural and remote; Health Equity

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government Limited - Writing a Review

A scoping review of the factors affecting the development of the clinical academic workforce in Australia and New Zealand

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
Summary
This scoping review will analyse the empirical evidence base relating to medical, nursing, allied health and other health professional cli8nical academic workforce development in Australia and New Zealand.
Investigators
Alex Edelman (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Literature Review; Australia; clinical academic; New Zealand; Health Workforce
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  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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