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Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana

Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana

Position: Principal Research Fellow in Demographic and Social Research
Phone: +61 3 522 78855
Campus: F


Research interests:

Investigating the dynamics of migration and health in Australia: A Longitudinal study (Sole Investigator)

Using multiple rounds of panel data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) and longitudinal techniques, this ARC funded project will address the following key research areas which are central to our understanding of migration and health:

- Determining the healthy immigrant effect
- Determine the health services utilisation behaviour and health of migrants
- Acculturation of health behaviour and their causal association with the dynamics of subsequent health status
- Examine whether social networks and support has a direct effect on health, or mediates and/or modifies the impact of migration and acculturation on health

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council

Life and living in advanced age: the cohort study (LiLAC study) (Co-Investigator)

An Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) funded longitudinal study of the oldest old (85+) to learn what contributes to a long and healthy life in New Zealand. This study aims to investigate what factors predict successful advanced ageing for older Maori and non-Maori, what pathways do those in advanced age take, what is the relative importance of health, frailty, cultural, social and economic factors (and others) to relevant outcomes and the health status of those in advanced age?

SoFIE (Survey of Family, Income and Employment) - Primary Care (Principle Investigator)

Another HRC funded longitudinal study of 20,000 adults that aims to investigate the associations and causal pathways between sociodemographic characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, socio-economic position, and region) and primary care attributes (e.g. affiliation with a primary care provider, access and continuity (PCAAC)) in New Zealand.

Making Connections: Migrants, social capital and growing regional communities (Co-Investigator)

This research pilot project investigates the demographic trends, and the self-identified social and cultural capital, of those who have migrated to Geelong in the last five years. The project focuses on migrants who cluster in community and social groups based on, for example, shared leisure interests, shared cultural backgrounds, or occupation.

Read the working paper here (#32).

University recorded publications

Researcher output profile for Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana

Brief Biography

Santosh is a demographer and social epidemiologist with particular research interest in the field of primary health care, ageing and health, migrant health, and infant and child mortality. Santosh obtained her PhD in Demography from the Australian National University, M.Phil in Population Studies and M.A. in Geography with specialization in Population Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Santosh also holds a postgraduate diploma in Public Health (DPH) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Santosh joined Deakin University in February 2011 after working in the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington where she led a longitudinal research project on Primary Health Care in New Zealand. Santosh has won many competitive research grants and published numerous academic papers and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and books. She is currently involved in the following research projects/areas:

Primary health care: Santosh is the Principal Investigator of a longitudinal project that studies associations and causal pathways between sociodemographic characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, socio-economic position, and region) and primary care attributes (e.g. affiliation with a primary care provider, access and continuity (PCAAC)). This project is part of the Health Inequalities Research Programme (HIRP), University of Otago.

Ageing and health: Santosh has an extensive research background in ageing and health. Santosh is an affiliate of the Comparative Study of Aging and Health in Asia, which is funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), and a member of Aging in Developing Countries Network which is also funded by NIA. She is a co-investigator on two Health Research Council (HRC) funded projects: a cohort study of 85+ and a longitudinal study of the oldest old in NZ. She also led research on older people from the New Zealand Census-Mortality Study (NZCMS) where she has explored socioeconomic, ethnic and gender inequalities among older people.

Migration and Health: Santosh is the lead editor of the book entitled 'Migration and Health in Asia' published by Routledge Publishers, UK and was one of the guest editors of a special issues of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal on Migration and Health in Asia. She is the principal investigator in a University of Otago funded research project on Asian Immigrant Mortality. Santosh is a founding member and has had a major role in the establishment of the Wellington Regional Asian Health Alliance (WRAHA) trust.

Santosh was awarded a prestigious early career fellowship award in 2012

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