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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Biographical details

Madhan Balasubramanian (MB) is a NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Fellow (2017-21) with support from the University of Sydney (Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Dentistry) and a conjoint status with the Western Sydney Local Health District. He also holds Visiting Research Fellow appointments with the University of Adelaide and Kings College London.

MBs interests lie in the intersection of health policy, health systems and oral health services. He brings an excellent track record, relative to opportunity. Just under two years since the completion of his Ph.D., he has 26 scientific publications. MB has won three nationally competitive Australian Government fellowships, with the latest being a 4 year prestigious NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship. Overall, he has received half a million Australian dollars in nationally competitive fellowships (as CIA), in addition to scholarships and academic prizes. MB has supervised and mentored seven postgraduate students; peer-reviewed scientific articles (for about 20 journals), actively participated in professional associations (5 organisations) and engages proactively with the community through social media (over 2000 active followers)..

Research interests

MB has expertise in a broad range of health services and health systems work, but brings specific interests in oral health, health workforce, global organisations, health policy and mixed methods research. In general, MB research intersects three broad themes:

1. Health services and health systems (including practice patterns, service provision, health workforce, integerated care). 2. Future trends in health care (including ehealth, electronic health records, innovations) and 3. Methodological issues (including mixed methods, national surveys, data linkage).

Teaching and supervision

To date, MB has held teaching responsibilities in both Australian and overseas Universities. He has taught courses such as Dental Public Health, Evidence Based Dentistry, Fluoride (all three for dental students); Change Management in Dynamic Health Care Systems, Project Management, Health Determinants and Strategic Response, e-health and Research Methods (all for health service management or hospital adminsitration students). MB has experience in teaching both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, and coordinating teaching programs.

Current projects

Fellowships:

1. Strengthening oral health workforce governance: a parallel study in England and Australia | NHMRC fellowship project; and 2. Roles of global organisations in oral health workforce governance and health system strengthening | Endeavour fellowship project

Studies in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD):

3. Building Reserach Culture and Capacity in WSLHD; 4. Health Literacy Study among patients attending WSLHD

Studies in Faculty of Dentistry:

5. Dental Electronic Health Records Study

Other studies:

6. Oral health of older adults (75 and up) in SA (in colloboration with ARCPOH, University of Adelaide); and 7. Migrant dentists study on intentions; and practice patterns (in colloboration with ARCPOH, University of Adelaide).

Associations

Australasian College of Health Service Management; International Association for Dental Research; Public Health Association for Australia; Health Services Association of Australia and New Zealand.

MB is also a honoray staff in the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre.

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 Entreprenership 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 Universites of Geneva (CHF 1250)

2007 World Bank Institute Scholarship (EUR 800)

2005 Eberharld 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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, article in press. [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, article in press. [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

  • 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, article in press. [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, article in press. [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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