Dr Madhan Balasubramanian

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

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The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Madhan Balasubramanian is a NHMRC Sidney Sax Research Fellow(2017-21). He brings anexcellent track record, relative to opportunity. His research interests lie in the intersection of health policy, health systems and health services. Less than a year since the conferral of his PhD, he already has 22 publications(15 as first author; 17 original research articles). 9 of the 17 original research articles were in international journals. Among his most significant outputs to date has been a publication in Health Policy and Planning (ranked 4/71 in health policy and services), and another in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (the premier population oral health journal).An important achievement of his work is translation to policy/practice, with some of his research outputs influencing new practice both in Australia and internationally. Hebrings proven expertise in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of large-scale population surveys, and also has proven expertise in qualitative research (such as focus groups and in-depth interviews).

Research interests

1. Health systems and health services research

2. E-health and EHR innovations

3. Oral health of populations

4. Interdisciplinary collaborations and workforce integration approaches

5. Health policy and health management research

6. Health workforce

Awards and honours

2017 NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship
2015 Endeavour Research Fellowship Australian Government Department of Education & Training
2014 Best PhD Presentation Award School of Dentistry, the University of Adelaide
2013 Dental Health Services Research PhD Supporting Scholarship NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence in Health Services Research
2012 Second Runnerup Team in the Australian Entrepreurship Challenge University of Adelaide
2010 PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarship University of Adelaide
2008 Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Research Fellowship
2008 Travel Award Hospitaux Universities de Geneva
2008 Travel Award Apollo Hospitals Group
2007 World Bank Insitute Scholarship World Bank Institute
2005 Eberharld Wenzel Scholarship for International Public Health Griffith University
2004 Academic Excellence Award Griffith University
2002 Community Service Award - Oral Health The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University

Selected grants

2017

  • Strengthening oral health workforce governance: a qualitative-quantitative investigation of workforce integration approaches in England and Australia; Balasubramanian M; 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., 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.

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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