Madhan Balasubramanian

Senior Lecturer

College of Business, Government and Law

place Bedford Park (3.12)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Madhan Balasubramanian is currently 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.

He has specific research interests and a 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 was an Australia-India Council Fellow based at the School of Population Health, the University of Queensland. He completed his Master of Health Service Management with Honours from Griffith University, Australia (2004-06).

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.

Teaching interests

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.

Topic coordinator
HACM9200 Health and Aged Care Systems and Policy
HSMT9008 Major Project in Health Management
Supervisory interests
Health management
Health policy
Health professions
Health service, public policy, equity and access
Health services research
Healthcare for older people
Organisation of health workforce
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Honours (health data science) (1), PhD (public healtth, health policy) (3)
Expert for media contact
Community/Public health
Health management, policy and ethics
Human resources
Strategic planning
Future health workforce
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Media expertise
  • Ageing
  • Community/Public health
  • Health management, policy and ethics
  • Human resources
  • Strategic planning
  • Future health workforce
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Student Projects and Research Opportunities

Madhan welcomes queries on student research and project opportunities, especially in the following three areas: Theme 1- Future health workforce and collaborative care provision; Theme 2 - Aged care services and older people (65+yrs) health; Theme 3 - Health technologies and Health data science. Madhan works intensively on research methodologies (including national surveys, electronic health record analysis; data linkage, prognostic/predictive modelling; pluralistic methods) to provide research/academic outcomes that are in-depth, well planned and executed, clearly written and with high reliability and validity. He brings expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the ability to guide students systematically through their research journey. He has successfully supervised/mentored 7 HDR students to completion. He currently supervisors 3 PhD students (2 University of Sydney; 1 Maastricht University), and 1 Honours student (University of Sydney).

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