Dr Deborah van Gaans

Research Associate (CareSearch Evidence)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a Social Scientist who analyses social, economic and geographic aspects of accessibility to goods and services. My research translates into improved service efficiency through improving the fit between services and their clients. I have a passion for unravelling the complexities of accessibility to improve equity in access to improve the quality of life for all people and in particular the disadvantaged.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Adelaide, Geography, Environment and Population.

Project: " The Accessibility of Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in Rural and Remote Australia".

Honours, awards and grants

2019 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence People and Community Award.

2018 Geospatial World Excellence Award for Application of Geospatial Technology in Health Services.

2017 Journal of Spatial Science Best Professional Paper Award.

2015 National Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (finalist).

2014 South Australian Spatial Excellence Award Postgraduate Research Award.

2012 South Australian Spatial Excellence Award Community Contribution.

2007 Australian Research Council Postgraduate Award.