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 Senior Lecturer in Health Care Management, and Business Research Lead and HDR Academic Advisor at the College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University. He also holds a Honorary Senior Lecturer position at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, School of Public Health, the University of Sydney, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

Madhan's primary research expertise is in the health workforce, where he bring over 15 years of critically acclaimed research and policy contributions/outputs . 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 health workforce solutions to address UHC and SDGs. He brings an excellent track record, relative to opportunity.

Madhan has published 50+ research outputs, including 32 scientific research articles, 4 commentaries/debates, 3 editorials, 3 systematic reviews, 1 book and 2 commissioned government reports. He has a google scholar h index of 15, and his citations are projected to triple in the next two years.

Madhan has won three nationally competitive Australian Government fellowships, including an Endeavour Fellowship (2016-17) and a prestigious NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship (2017-21). He received over $1.5 million Australian dollars in nationally/internationally competitive 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.


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 (2016). Between 2008-09, he completed an Australia-India Council Fellowship based at the School of Population Health, the University of Queensland. He completed his Masters of Health Service Management with Honours at Griffith University, Australia (2004-05). He has a primary qualification in oral health and completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2003.

Honours, awards and grants

Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards [~ $564,298]

2017- NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship ($423,768)

2015-16 Endeavour Research Fellowship ($24,500)

2013-14 NHMRC Dental Health Services Research PhD Supporting Scholarship ($10,580)

2010-13 PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarship ($85,750)

2008-09 DFAT Australia-India Council Junior Fellowship ($12,000)

2005 Eberhard Wenzel Scholarship for International Public Health (scroll of honour and $2000)

2004 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (scroll of honour)

Grants and consultancies [~ $1.75 million)

2023-24 Balasubramanian M, Jacob R, Khadka J, Shafei AA, Gordon S. Capacity building for health and aged care: networks of influence and leadership. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia Awards Fellowship. $247,761

2023-24 Balasubramanian M, Esmaeili H, Brand V, Shafei AA, Brommeyer M, Alothmany R. Innovations in health and aged care. DFAT Council of Arab Australia Relations. $52,100

2023-24: Balasubramanian M, Bogomolova S, Khadka J, Zhu R, Gordon J, Harris C. Innovative care models for the prevention of dental, vision and hearing conditions among culturally and linguistically diverse older adults availing home care services in Australia: investigating the disease burdern. Flinders Foundation - $25,000

2021-22: V Lin, Carlton AL, Short SD, Balasubramanian, M, Bourgeault I & Leslie K WHO Funding, Grantee, World Health Organisation. Global design, reform and implementation of health regulatory systems - $159,264 USD.

2019-23: Wilson, A, Huckel Schneider, C, Norris, S. Holden A, Balasubramanian M. NSW Health Funding, New South Wales Health. Evaluation of the Primary School Mobile Dental Program - $549,566.

2019-20: Holden A, Leadbeatter D, Balasubramanian, M, Sohn, W. Consumer involvement in the design and delivery of professional competency examinations and assessments - $25,000

2017-21: Balasubramanian, M. Gallagher JE, Short SD. NHMRC. NHMRC Sidney Sax Early Career Research Fellowship. Strengthening health workforce integration - $423,768 [not included in the total for grants; counted in fellowships]

Key responsibilities

Editorial appointments

2020- Editorial Board Member, BMC Health Services Research; Q1 Medicine, Health Policy

2021- Associate Editor, Fronters in Pubic Health (Ageing and Public Health); Q1 Medicine, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Professional appointments

2022 Immediate Past President, Network for Practice-Based Research, International Association for Dental Research. Vice President (2019) President (2020-22); Board Member, Consitution Committee, International Associate for Dental Research

Please visit Research Tab for more information on publications, projects and other outputs. Teaching Tab for teaching responsibilities.

Students, please visit the Research supervision Tab and further information on Student Projects and Research Opportunities. Any queries or further information please direct to

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
HACM9201 Health Law and Ethics
HACM9101 Leadership in Health and Aged Care
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
Principal supervisor: PhD (health care; health services; health management) (2)
Associate supervisor: 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
Integrated care
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Media expertise
  • Ageing
  • Community/Public health
  • Health management, policy and ethics
  • Human resources
  • Strategic planning
  • Future health workforce
  • Integrated care
Further information

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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