Dr Madhan Balasubramanian

BDS. MHSM(Hons).PhD. AFCHSM. Faculty of Health Sciences; Faculty of Dentistry; WSLHD – NSW Health
Sidney Sax NHMRC Research Fellow

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The University of Sydney

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University of Adelaide
Kings College London
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Biographical details

Madhan Balasubramanian (MB) brings over 12+ years of teaching and research experience in health services, research methods, operations research, human resources, public health and dentistry. He has a primary degree in dental surgery. MB completed his Masters in Health Service Management (MHSM) with Honours from Griffith University, Australia and Doctor of Philosophy (public health and health services) from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Currently, he holds a prestigious Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Sidney Sax Research Fellowship (public health and health services) at the University of Sydney and Kings College London. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

Teaching:MB was involved in teaching two MHSM courses at Griffith University. Later, he served in a tenure-track position as Lecturer of Hospital Administration in the Apollo Hospitals Group, India. Here, he was heavily involved in course design and delivery. He was also involved in international collaborations and initiated several collaborative projects with Australian and Indian universities. MB has been associated with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (peak body for health executives in Australia and New Zealand) as an Associate Fellow since 2006, and also served as the South Australia Branch Councillor between 2013-17. He also teaches health informatics and health policy courses with the University of New England for Masters in Health Management students. MB has supervised or mentored a dozen of Masters (Research) and PhD students towards completion of their thesis work.

Research and Funding:Just under three years since the completion of his PhD, he has published over 30+ scientific research articles. He has won 3 highly competitive Australian Government National Fellowships (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade fellowship; Endeavour Research Fellowship; Sidney Sax NHMRC fellowship). Overall, he has won over half a million dollars in competitive fellowships and around $100K in scholarships and prizes. MB actively applies for research funding with both state/national organisations (such as NHMRC and ARC) in Australia. He also actively pursues funding opportunities with international organisations. MB has also received a prestigious book contract with Policy Press UK on health professional regulation. He brings active working international collaborations with WHO, and leading universities in the UK, Switzerland, US and India.

MB’s career objective is to continue in an upward trajectory of high impact publications and work cross collaboratively across various health and other related professions. MB’s current NHMRC Sidney Sax fellowship tackles a unique aspect of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in health and currently, he is working in a cross-country project in the UK and Australia.

Research interests

Broadly my research focus falls across 5 main research themes:

A. Migration of health personnel and patients.

B. Interprofessional learning and collaborative practice in health.

C. Improving oral and general health of older people (65+yrs).

D. Leadership and health services management.

E. Research methodologies (surveys, data linkage, mixed methods, qualitative methods).

Teaching and supervision

To date, I hold or have held teaching responsibilities in five institutions:

1. University of Sydney (2017 onwards): research methods and grant writing workshops; dental public health

2. University of New England (2017 onwards): Developing and implementing policy in health care; Information and knowledge management in health care

3. University of Adelaide (2009 to 2016): Dental and Health Science I - Behavioural, Social and Professional aspects of dentistry; Dental and Health Science V - Comunity Dentistry; Dental and Health Science II OH - Fluoride and Fluoridation; Evidence-based dentistry

4. Apollo Hospitals/Osmania University (tenure-track; 2007 to 2008): Medical and Health Sciences; Research Methods; Patient Care Services; Know your hospital practices; Dissertation coordinator.

5. Griffith University (2006): Change management in dynamic health care systems; Health Finance and Project Management; Health Determinants and Strategic Response course.

Current projects

Below is a list of studies, I am or have been involved across each theme (mentioned above):

A Migration of health personnel and patients

1. The first national survey of migrant dentists in Australia (PhD study)

2. Migrant dentist experiences in home countries and Australia (PhD study)
3. Migration ethics (Foreign Affairs and Trade Fellowship study)
4. The age of healthcare migration – international focus (Book contract)
5. Dental and Medical Tourism (small scale study; USyd supported)

B Interprofessional learning (IPL) & collaborative practice (CP) mechanisms in health

1. General health workforce and oral health workforce interface (Sidney Sax Fellowship study)
2. Systematic reviews on IPL and CP (Sidney Sax Fellowship study)
3. CP mechanisms and standards for oral health care among older people (Sidney Sax Fellowship study)

C. Improving oral and general health among older people (65+ yrs)

1. Independently living older people (NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence Study)
2. Older people living in residential care facilities (Sidney Sax Fellowship Study)

D. Leadership and health services management

1. Research culture and capacity study (WSLHD)

2. Health literacy (WSLHD)
3. Role of international organisations in health care (Endeavour Fellowship)
4. Health care workforce study (AIHW; NHMRC supported)

E. Research methodologies

1. Mixed methods – qualitative-quantitative integration
2. National surveys
3. Data linkage; data cleaning; imputations and weighting
4. Statistical analysis
5. Qualitative methods

Associations

2017 Affiliate, Health Systems Global

2014 Member, Australia India Business Council

2013 Member, Health Services Association of Australia and New Zealand

2011 Associate Fellow, Australasian College of Health Service Management

2010 Member, International Association of Dental Research

2010 Life Member, Indian Society of Dental Research

Awards and honours

2017- NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship ($423,768)

2015-16 Endeavour Research Fellowship ($24,500)

2014 Best PhD Presentation Award (scroll of honour and $500)

2013-14 NHMRC Dental Health Services Research PhD Supporting Scholarship ($10,580)

2012 Second Runner-up team in Australian Entrepreneurship Challenge ($2000)

2010-13 PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarship ($85,750)

2008-09 DFAT Australia-India Council Junior Fellowship ($12,000)

2008 Travel Award by Hospitaux Universities of Geneva (CHF 1250)

2007 World Bank Institute Scholarship (EUR 800)

2005 Eberhard Wenzel Scholarship for International Public Health (scroll of honour and $2000)

2004 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (scroll of honour)

2003 Community development awards in oral health care

In the media

Dental tourism:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-25/dental-tourism-overseas-dentist-cost-of-dentistry-thailand-india/10427136

Sidney Sax Fellowship:

https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&ved=0ahUKEwjw6qXhzbjYAhWMopQKHdcRBn4QFghLMAY&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au%2FArticleDocuments%2F1225%2FWSLHD%2520Network%2520News_Vol%25204%2520Issue%25207_Nov-Dec_2017.pdf.aspx&usg=AOvVaw3TxcjdRbZONuIxMHllq-qi

Dentist migration:

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news76862.html

Oral health inequalities and health systems:

http://blogs.nature.com/indigenus/2017/02/nature-india-special-issue-oral-health-inequalities-and-health-systems-in-asia-pacific.html

Themes

E-Health and Health Care Delivery; Disability and Mental Health; Physical Activity, Lifestyle, Ageing and Wellbeing

International links

Switzerland

(FDI World Dental Federation & World Health Organization) Madhan was an Endeavour Fellow of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, based in the FDI World Dental Federation and conducted research on the Roles of Global Organisations on oral health workforce. He also brings good relations with the oral health and workforce team in WHO.

United Kingdom

(Kings College London) Madhan holds a Visiting Research Fellow appointment in Kings College London. This appointment is part of Madhan's NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship, where he will conduct a parallel study on oral health workforce governance in England and Australia. He is based in Kings College London Dental Institute for the first segment of his fellowship work, and works with Professor Jenny Gallagher MBE.

Selected grants

2017

  • Strengthening oral health workforce governance: a qualitative-quantitative investigation of workforce integration approaches in England and Australia; Balasubramanian M, Short S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Early Career Fellowships.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Fox, C., Hewett, S. (2015). Oral health challenges. In H. Benzian, & D. Williams (Eds.), The Challenge of Oral Disease: A Call for Global Action. The Oral Health Atlas, (pp. 71-77). Brighton: FDI World Dental Federation.

Journals

  • Balasubramanian, M., Short, S., Gallagher, J. (2018). Dental professionals for a new century: Transforming dentistry through interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 29(4), 401-403. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Keuskamp, D., Balasubramanian, M., Amarasena, N. (2018). General health and well-being among primary care patients aged 75+ years: Associations with living conditions, oral health and dependency. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(1), E1-E6. [More Information]
  • Keuskamp, D., Amarasena, N., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D. (2018). General health, wellbeing and oral health of patients older than 75 years attending health assessments. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 24(2), 177-182. [More Information]
  • Amarasena, N., Keuskamp, D., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D. (2018). Health behaviours and quality of life in independently living South Australians aged 75+ years. Australian Dental Journal, 63(2), 156-162. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Davda, L., Short, S., Gallagher, J. (2018). Moving from advocacy to activism? The fourth who global forum on human resources for health and implications for dentistry. British Dental Journal, 225(2), 119-122. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Gallagher, J., Short, S., Brennan, D. (2017). Dentist migration in Asia Pacific: problems, priorities and policy recommendations. Nature India. [More Information]
  • Haag, D., Peres, K., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D. (2017). Oral Conditions and Health-Related Quality of Life: A Systematic Review. Journal of Dental Research, 96(8), 864-874. [More Information]
  • Peres, M., Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M. (2017). Oral health inequalities and health systems in Asia-Pacific: A call for action. Nature India, Special Issue(February 2017), S1-S2.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2017). The Life Story Experience of "Migrant Dentists" in Australia: Potential Implications for Health Workforce Governance and International Cooperation. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6(6), 317-326. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, A., Short, S. (2016). 'Newness-struggle-success' continuum: a qualitative examination of the cultural adaptation process experienced by overseas-qualified dentists in Australia. Australian Health Review, 40(2), 168-173. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2016). Development of life story experience (LSE) scales for migrant dentists in Australia: a sequential qualitative-quantitative study. Community Dental Health, 33, 225-231. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2016). Diagnostic services in Australia: service rates and characteristics of patients. Australian Dental Journal, 61(3), 298-303. [More Information]
  • Short, S., Marcus (nee Verma), K., Balasubramanian, M. (2016). Health Workforce Migration in the Asia Pacific: implications for the achievement of sustainable development goals. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 11(3), 58-64.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2016). Job satisfaction among 'migrant dentists' in Australia: implications for dentist migration and workforce policy. Australian Dental Journal, 61(2), 174-182. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2016). Preventive services in Australia by patient and visit characteristics. International Dental Journal, 66(6), 344-349. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2016). Restorative treatment for initial, cavitated and gross coronal carious lesions. Australian Dental Journal, 61(3), 350-356. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, A., Short, S. (2016). The international migration of dentists: directions for research and policy. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 44(4), 301-312. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, J., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2015). Characteristics and practice profiles of migrant dentist groups in Australia: implications for dental workforce policy and planning. International Dental Journal, 65(3), 146-155. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Short, S. (2015). The 'global interconnectedness' of dentist migration: a qualitative study of the life-stories of international dental graduates in Australia. Health Policy and Planning, 30, 442-450. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Watkins, K., Short, S. (2015). The importance of workforce surveillance, research evidence and political advocacy in the context of international migration of dentists. British Dental Journal, 218(6), 329-331. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2015). Treatment of caries in relation to lesion severity: Implications for minimum intervention dentistry. Journal of Dentistry, 43(1), 58-65. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2015). Trends in dental service provision in Australia: 1983-1984 to 2009-2010. International Dental Journal, 65(1), 39-44. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Watkins, K., Short, S. (2014). Overseas-qualified dentists' experiences and perceptions of the Australian Dental Council assessment and examination process: the importance of support structures. Australian Health Review, 38(4), 412-419. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Short, S. (2011). Is the concept of ethics misplaced in the migration of Indian trained dentists to Australia? The need for better international cooperation in dentistry. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 22(6), 866-868. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2011). Practice profiles of male and female dentists in Australia. Australian Dental Journal, 56(1), 97-99. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Short, S. (2011). The Commonwealth as a custodian of dental migratory ethics: views of senior oral health leaders from India and Australia. International Dental Journal, 61(5), 281-286. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, A., Short, S., Chrisopoulos, S., Watkins, K. (2016). The life story experience of 'migrant dentists' in Australia: new agendas for workforce planning, migration policy, and international cooperation. 94th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
  • Short, S., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Watkins, K. (2014). How should we respond to policy challenges posed by the international mobility of dentists? Global Health Migration Symposium, Sydney: The University of Sydney.

Research Reports

  • Balasubramanian, M., Teusner, D. (2011). Dentists, Specialists and Allied Practitioners in Australia: Dental Labour Force Collection, 2006, Cat. no. DEN 202, (pp. 1 - 143). Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

2018

  • Balasubramanian, M., Short, S., Gallagher, J. (2018). Dental professionals for a new century: Transforming dentistry through interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 29(4), 401-403. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Keuskamp, D., Balasubramanian, M., Amarasena, N. (2018). General health and well-being among primary care patients aged 75+ years: Associations with living conditions, oral health and dependency. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(1), E1-E6. [More Information]
  • Keuskamp, D., Amarasena, N., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D. (2018). General health, wellbeing and oral health of patients older than 75 years attending health assessments. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 24(2), 177-182. [More Information]
  • Amarasena, N., Keuskamp, D., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D. (2018). Health behaviours and quality of life in independently living South Australians aged 75+ years. Australian Dental Journal, 63(2), 156-162. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Davda, L., Short, S., Gallagher, J. (2018). Moving from advocacy to activism? The fourth who global forum on human resources for health and implications for dentistry. British Dental Journal, 225(2), 119-122. [More Information]

2017

  • Balasubramanian, M., Gallagher, J., Short, S., Brennan, D. (2017). Dentist migration in Asia Pacific: problems, priorities and policy recommendations. Nature India. [More Information]
  • Haag, D., Peres, K., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D. (2017). Oral Conditions and Health-Related Quality of Life: A Systematic Review. Journal of Dental Research, 96(8), 864-874. [More Information]
  • Peres, M., Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M. (2017). Oral health inequalities and health systems in Asia-Pacific: A call for action. Nature India, Special Issue(February 2017), S1-S2.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2017). The Life Story Experience of "Migrant Dentists" in Australia: Potential Implications for Health Workforce Governance and International Cooperation. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6(6), 317-326. [More Information]

2016

  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, A., Short, S. (2016). 'Newness-struggle-success' continuum: a qualitative examination of the cultural adaptation process experienced by overseas-qualified dentists in Australia. Australian Health Review, 40(2), 168-173. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2016). Development of life story experience (LSE) scales for migrant dentists in Australia: a sequential qualitative-quantitative study. Community Dental Health, 33, 225-231. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2016). Diagnostic services in Australia: service rates and characteristics of patients. Australian Dental Journal, 61(3), 298-303. [More Information]
  • Short, S., Marcus (nee Verma), K., Balasubramanian, M. (2016). Health Workforce Migration in the Asia Pacific: implications for the achievement of sustainable development goals. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 11(3), 58-64.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2016). Job satisfaction among 'migrant dentists' in Australia: implications for dentist migration and workforce policy. Australian Dental Journal, 61(2), 174-182. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2016). Preventive services in Australia by patient and visit characteristics. International Dental Journal, 66(6), 344-349. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2016). Restorative treatment for initial, cavitated and gross coronal carious lesions. Australian Dental Journal, 61(3), 350-356. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, A., Short, S. (2016). The international migration of dentists: directions for research and policy. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 44(4), 301-312. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, A., Short, S., Chrisopoulos, S., Watkins, K. (2016). The life story experience of 'migrant dentists' in Australia: new agendas for workforce planning, migration policy, and international cooperation. 94th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

2015

  • Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, J., Short, S., Watkins, K., Chrisopoulos, S., Brennan, D. (2015). Characteristics and practice profiles of migrant dentist groups in Australia: implications for dental workforce policy and planning. International Dental Journal, 65(3), 146-155. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Fox, C., Hewett, S. (2015). Oral health challenges. In H. Benzian, & D. Williams (Eds.), The Challenge of Oral Disease: A Call for Global Action. The Oral Health Atlas, (pp. 71-77). Brighton: FDI World Dental Federation.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Short, S. (2015). The 'global interconnectedness' of dentist migration: a qualitative study of the life-stories of international dental graduates in Australia. Health Policy and Planning, 30, 442-450. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Watkins, K., Short, S. (2015). The importance of workforce surveillance, research evidence and political advocacy in the context of international migration of dentists. British Dental Journal, 218(6), 329-331. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2015). Treatment of caries in relation to lesion severity: Implications for minimum intervention dentistry. Journal of Dentistry, 43(1), 58-65. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2015). Trends in dental service provision in Australia: 1983-1984 to 2009-2010. International Dental Journal, 65(1), 39-44. [More Information]

2014

  • Short, S., Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Watkins, K. (2014). How should we respond to policy challenges posed by the international mobility of dentists? Global Health Migration Symposium, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Brennan, D., Spencer, J., Watkins, K., Short, S. (2014). Overseas-qualified dentists' experiences and perceptions of the Australian Dental Council assessment and examination process: the importance of support structures. Australian Health Review, 38(4), 412-419. [More Information]

2011

  • Balasubramanian, M., Teusner, D. (2011). Dentists, Specialists and Allied Practitioners in Australia: Dental Labour Force Collection, 2006, Cat. no. DEN 202, (pp. 1 - 143). Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
  • Balasubramanian, M., Short, S. (2011). Is the concept of ethics misplaced in the migration of Indian trained dentists to Australia? The need for better international cooperation in dentistry. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 22(6), 866-868. [More Information]
  • Brennan, D., Balasubramanian, M., Spencer, A. (2011). Practice profiles of male and female dentists in Australia. Australian Dental Journal, 56(1), 97-99. [More Information]
  • Balasubramanian, M., Short, S. (2011). The Commonwealth as a custodian of dental migratory ethics: views of senior oral health leaders from India and Australia. International Dental Journal, 61(5), 281-286. [More Information]

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