Dr Vivian Isaac

Academic Status

Flinders Rural Health South Australia

place Flinders Rural Health SA - Renmark
PO Box 852, Renmark 5341, South Australia

Dr Vivian Isaac holds an academic status at Flinders University Rural Health South Australia (FRHSA). His primary research interest is around psychosocial epidemiology - the influence of social factors on cognition, behaviour and health. He has a PhD in Rural Health (University of New South Wales) focused on social-cognitive models in rural health services and rural workforce. Previously, he was a Wellcome Trust Masters Research Fellow and completed MSc Research Methods at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London (2004-2007) and an experienced social worker with tertiary degrees in Social Work (2002). . Dr Isaac contributes to the rural community-engaged medical education program in Renmark, South Australia particularly in regards to mental health clinical education and research.


Doctor of Philosophy (Rural Health), University of NSW, Sydney

Masters in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London

Master of Philosophy (Social Work), Loyola College, Chennai

Masters in Social Work, Loyola College, Chennai

Honours, awards and grants

2021 Evaluation Riverland Academic of Clinical Excellence with PI Schuwirth

2021 Maternal Health Services in Rural, Regional and Remote Australia: Uptake, Barriers and Recommendations. RANCOG J Stephens, C Ryder, Isaac V

2020 Examining regional health inequalities in Australia and social determinants of health. Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant. Joanne Flavel J, Baum F, Cameron D, Isaac V, Freeman T

2019 Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute Collaboration Grant. Isaac V, Wu CY

2017 Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, Research and Innovation Grants. Greenhill J, Mellor P, Isaac V, Strivens E, Hall G

2015 Researcher of the Year Award, Rural Clinical School, University of NSW

2013-2016 PhD International Scholarship, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2004-2007 Wellcome Trust Master Research Fellowship (UK)

Topic lecturer
MMED8304 Health Professions and Society 3A: Advanced Studies
Supervisory interests
Ageing, cognition, memory, subjective well-being
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Health and wellbeing resilience
Healthy Ageing
Medical student rural workforce
Mental health
Primary health care service systems, rural and remote/Indigenous communities
Psychiatry epidemiology
Psychometric analysis
Psychosocial factors, chronic illness
Rural mental health services
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Social cognition and mental health (1), Healthy ageing (1)
Associate supervisor: Falls (1)