Madhan Balasubramanian

Senior Lecturer in Health Care Management, Business Research Lead & HDR Academic Advisor

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Research Biography

Dr Madhan Balasubramanian is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Aged Care Management at the College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University. He holds an Honorary Senior Lectureship at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, School of Public Health, the University of Sydney. Madhan is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. 

Madhan's interests broadly lie at the intersection of health policy, health systems and health services. He has a public health and health management background, with a focus on the future design and sustainable development of core health system components and developing integrated systems to address the sustainable development goals. He brings an excellent track record, relative to opportunity.

Madhan has specific research interests in and research track record in three core areas of specialisation: health workforce (re)design, health and aged care management and disadvantaged populations

Madhan completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide (2015) and held a prestigious NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship (public health and health services) at the University of Sydney and Kings College London (2017-21). He was also an Endeavour Fellow involved in research on global organisations, based in Geneva (2015-16). Between 2008-09, he completed an Australia-India Council Junior Fellowship based at the School of Population Health, the University of Queensland. Prior to his current role at Flinders, Madhan was a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. 

Publications, funding and projects:

Madhan has published over 35+ scientific research articles. He has won three nationally competitive Australian Government fellowships. Overall, he has received over a million Australian dollars in nationally/internationally competitive fellowships and grants (as CIA), in addition to scholarships and academic prizes.

Madhan has active research projects that he conceptualised and developed across two states in Australia (NSW and SA), and internationally in the United Kingdom and India. He has also worked extensively on national surveys and longitudinal studies and has several ongoing studies on health data science, health management, health services, health workforce and aged care.  His work has shown an upward trajectory of citations (n=600) and projected to triple in the next 3 years.

Research Leadership

Madhan serves as an Editorial Board Member of BMC Health Services Research and Associate Editor for Frontiers in Public Health (Ageing). He has edited special issues for Nature and MDPI journals. He is immediate past President of the Network for Practice-Based Research, and current Board member of the Constitution Committee at the International Association for Dental Research. Madhan was previously SA Branch Councillor of the Australasian College of Health Service Executives. Madhan has served as a panel member of NHMRC investigator and ideas grants for the last 3 yrs. He has been successful in being funded with NHMRC, ARC and other major funders (both nationally and internationally).


Madhan brings experience teaching at four Australian Universities (Universities of Sydney, Adelaide, New England, and Griffith), and two overseas institutions (Kings College London, the United Kingdom and Osmania University, India). He is involved in public health, health services management, health research methods and health policy programs. Madhan has supervised or mentored seven postgraduate students to completion. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Aug 2010Jun 2015

Award Date: 31 Dec 2015

Master, Master of Health Service Management (Honours), Griffith University

Feb 2004Jun 2006

Award Date: 31 Aug 2006

Bachelor, The Tamil Nadu DR MGR Medical University

Mar 1997Jun 2003

Award Date: 15 Aug 2003

External positions

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

10 Jan 2022 → …

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Public Health (Ageing Section) Journal

1 Oct 2021 → …

Editorial Board Member, BMC Health Services Research Journal

1 Jan 2020 → …

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

1 Jan 2016 → …


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Research Areas

  • Business

Supervisory Interests

  • Health services research
  • Healthcare for older people
  • Health management
  • Health policy
  • Health service, public policy, equity and access
  • Health professions
  • Organisation of health workforce


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • health services research
  • health equity
  • health economics
  • ageing
  • health workforce
  • health data science
  • health technologies
  • health administration
  • health policy
  • epidemiology
  • oral health
  • integrated care
  • health professionals
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • social determinants of health
  • inequalities
  • income distribution
  • health economics
  • modelling
  • HA Statistics
  • multilevel analysis
  • operational modelling
  • data science techniques
  • data programming
  • data visualisation
  • R
  • Power BI


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