Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana is the Senior Principal Research Fellow and Research Head at the Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health.  She currently holds an Honorary Associate Professor position at the Australian National University, a Conjoint position at Deakin University.  She also had an Honorary Senior Research Fellow position at the University of Otago, New Zealand (2011-2021). Santosh holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University, and a postgraduate diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago. 

Her publications include2 edited books, 11 book chapters, 65 peer-reviewed articles, 2 letters, 9 working papers/ opinion pieces, 8 research reports.  She has given more than 70 presentations, including many invited seminars. Among the prestigious publishers of her research include key journals such as Demography, Social Science and Medicine, European Journal of Population, International Journal of Epidemiology, BMJ Open, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, PLos One and high-profile university press (e.g., Cambridge) and leading independent academic publisher (e.g., Routledge).

She is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Population Resaerch-the main journal of the Australian Population Association and published by Springer. She is an Associate Editor of Population and Environment and a member of the International Advisory Board of Asian Population Studies. She has reviewed 24 high-impact journals.  She has assessed funding proposals for the Department for International Development, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), The Medical Research Council (South Africa), ARC, NHMRC and reviewed book proposals for Routledge.

Santosh has secured around $9 million in research grants as CI and Co-CI. Her research has been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the US National Institute of Ageing, the Australian Research Council, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellcome Trust, Deakin University, University of Otago. She has provided expert technical and policy advice to various bodies. 


  • Migration and health; Refugee settlement
  • Ageing and health
  • Primary health care
  • Gender
  • Longitudinal methodlogy
  • 2020 to 2022 - Senior Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University (Mt Isa)
  • 2016 to 2019 - Principal Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Principal Research Fellow, Deakin University (Geelong)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University (Geelong)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Senior Research Fellow, University of Otago (Wellington)
  • 2004 to 2007 - Research Fellow, University of Otago (Wellington)
  • 2002 to 2004 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2021 - Vice Chancellor's Excellence of Research award to the research team at the Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health
  • 2018 to 2019 - Endeavour Research Fellowship at at Vienna Institute of Demography and Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford
  • 2012 to 2013 - Early Career Fellowships by the Australian Academy of Science
  • 2009 to 2010 - Senior Research Fellowship by the National University of Singapore

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 65+ research outputs authored by Dr Santosh Jatrana from 2007 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Nurse-led and Aboriginal health worker supported model for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea diagnosis and management in remote Queensland

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years
This project involves trial and evaluation of nurse-led, and Aboriginal health workers (AHWs) supported, integrated model for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) diagnosis and management in Mount Isa. After appropriate training and upskilling, nurses and AHWs will offer diagnosis and management of OSA. Patients with moderate-severe OSA will be managed locally, while atypical/complex patients will be referred to specialists. Validated questionnaires and objective measures will be used to assess treatment effectiveness, waiting time reduction, treatment adherence and feasibility and acceptability of the model. Stakeholder interviews will help in identifying opportunities for improvement and strategies for sustaining and systematising the model over time.
Yaqoot Fatima, Isabelle Skinner, Timothy Skinner, Romola Bucks, Peter Eastwood, Stephanie King, Santosh Jatrana, Abdullah Mamun and Jacinta Marshall (JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, La Trobe University, University of Western Australia, The University of Queensland and Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd)
Sleep apnoea; Service model; diagnosis; Rural health

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Co-Design Sleep Apnoea Awareness and Education Program for First Nations Peoples in Remote Queensland

Indicative Funding
$49,881 over 2 years
In First Nations communities, limited awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and its health impact, shame in seeking care and service access issues are leading to a high burden of undiagnosed / untreated OSA. This project will co-design an OSA education program and train Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) as local champions to offer OSA support services for First Nations peoples. A culturally responsive education program / resources and support service will improve community awareness and understanding of OSA, enable a social environment to discuss OSA without shame and ensure timely uptake of diagnostic / management services. Evaluation will assess program acceptability, effectiveness and identify improvement opportunities.
Yaqoot Fatima, Stephanie King, Santosh Jatrana, Sam May, Timothy Skinner and Romola Bucks (JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd, La Trobe University and University of Western Australia)
Sleep Apnoea; Service Model; Diagnosis; Rural Health

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Humanitarian migrants? pathways to settlement in Australia: A longitudinal study

Indicative Funding
$368,000 over 3 years, in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles ($2,050)
Current evidence suggests that humanitarian migrants settle less successfully than other immigrants both economically and socially. This project aims to examine the causal mechanisms and pathways to economic, sociocultural and political settlement outcomes of humanitarian migrants to Australia. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of humanitarian migrants? settlement by using nationally representative data and cutting-edge longitudinal techniques. Expected outcomes include enhanced research capacity in causal methods, interdisciplinary and institutional collaborations, and evidence-based social policy for humanitarian migrants, significantly benefitting humanitarian migrants directly and society more broadly.
Santosh Jatrana in collaboration with Gilbert Gee (JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health and University of California)
humanitarian migrants; Settlement

Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited - Research Grant

Co-designing and evaluating youth mental health services in remote, Central and NW Qld.

Indicative Funding
$207,800 over 2 years
This project will trial place-based youth (aged 12-25 years) mental health service models in remote Queensland communities. Co-design workshops will be conducted with young people and key stakeholders in North West Queensland (NWQ) and Central West Queensland (CWQ). The workshops will identify and prioritise youth mental health needs, incorporate young people's input in service design, structure and delivery, and co-define service effectiveness indicators. Based on workshop findings, WQPHN will commission appropriate service to offer mental health assessments, referral and clinical service delivery in NWQ. In the final stage, model evaluation will be conducted to improve service delivery and inform future rollout of services.
Yaqoot Fatima, Santosh Jatrana and Sabina Knight (JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health)
Youth mental health; Service model; Co-design; Rural health

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) as Indicators of Victimisation of IPV in Adulthood. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Self-reported discrimination and self-reported health among humanitarian migrants in Australia: A longitudinal investigation (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The Remote Area Safety Project (RASP) Analysing workplace health and safety for Remote Area Nurses in Australia (2022, Masters , Primary Advisor)

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