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Professor Richard Osborne is an epidemiologist and health services researcher. His work is characterised by genuine partnership approaches, grounded program development and generating innovation for real world settings. He has worked extensively in chronic disease management across acute, primary and community health. He is a recognised international leader in chronic disease self-management and patient education. He initiated and led the highly successful Victorian Orthopaedic Waiting List (OWL) reform initiative (now called OAHKS), a national quality and monitoring system for chronic disease self-management programs now used in many countries (www.heiq.org.au), and the development of a whole system approach to workplace health promotion. He also leads a health literacy research program including the development of the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ), is a member of the European Union health literacy project team, is developing the Thai Health Literacy Questionnaire, and is developing a health literacy measurement system for school children in Taiwan. He also created the Influenza intensity and impact questionnaire (Flu-iiQ) widely used in multinational trials. He has over 100 peer reviewed papers, chapters and reports, is was formally an Associate Editor of the prestigious international journal Arthritis Care and Research, and has a career research income of over $13 million.
Supervises 4 PhD students and 3 Master of Public Health students
Professor Osborne’s research is multi-disciplinary where he integrates a wide range of techniques from both the quantitative and qualitative fields. With these techniques his Pubic Health research is whole-of-system ensuring that not only the ‘patient perspective’ is captured in depth but the perspectives of health professionals, service managers and policymakers are captured to ensure the quality and impact of his research is maximised. His specific research interests include:
• Chronic disease self-management, including health inequalities, design of self-management support interventions (including web-based) and evaluation
• Health literacy assessment and how it can be used to reduce social inequalities in health
• Systems and processes for embedding healthcare programs into health and community settings (including Knowledge Exchange / Knowledge brokerage)
• Workplace health, including impact of musculoskeletal health on workplace participation
• Questionnaire design and validation, including designing questionnaires to simultaneously serve patients, clinicians, managers and policymakers.
• He is currently involved in the development and validation of many questionnaires including; arthritis burden (OA-Quest), medication education impact (meiQ), health literacy measurement (HeLM), influenza outcomes (Flu-iiQ).
Professor Osborne has extensive international collaborations with colleagues in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and other countries. He is currently working closely with colleagues at Mahidol University and the Thailand Ministry of Health in the development and implementation of a whole-of-system chronic disease management intervention across provinces as well as the development of a new community-wide Thai measure of health literacy. He is an active member of the Health Literacy Survey—European Union (HLS-EU) team and is leading a number of health literacy studies in Australia and internationally.
• 1997-00 NHMRC Public Health Postdoctoral Training Fellowship.
• 2006 International Bone and Joint Decade Fellow (one of two international awards).
• 2006 Allied Health Prize, Melbourne Health Medical Research Week.
• 2006 U21 Solander Fellowship: Advancing arthritis public health research and evidence-informed policy, an Australia-Sweden collaborative.
• 2006-10 NHMRC Population Health Fellowship (Career Development Award) Advancing arthritis public health research and evidence-informed policy in Australia.
• 2010 Arthritis Victoria Inaugural Helen Moran Award.
• 2011 Lorin Prentice Memorial Award for contribution to arthritis research, Arthritis Victoria.
1992- Australasian Epidemiological Association (Founding Member of the Victorian Chapter)
1996- Public Health Association of Australia
2002- Australian Rheumatology Association
2000- International Society of Quality of Life Research
2005- American College of Rheumatology
2006- Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand
2006- International Union of Health Promotion and Education
Professor Osborne is involved in a wide range of Departmental, Faculty and University committees:
• Director, Public Health Innovation
• Director, Population Health Strategic Research Centre
• Executive, School of Health and Social Development
• Member, School Research and Research Training Committee
• Member, Academic Board
He serves on several government and related committees including:
• Deputy Chair, National Musculoskeletal Core Competency Initiative Steering Committee, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
• Member, Expert Group Core Member (Musculoskeletal) Gates Foundation / World Health Organisation Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study.
• Member, Chronic disease prevention and self management reference group, General Practice Victoria.
Professor Osborne is Associate Editor for the prestigious international journal Arthritis Care and Research. He also provides expert reviews for a wide range of local and international peer reviewed scientific journals and funding bodies.
Professor Osborne has convened, or been a member of the organising committee for, a number of international conferences:
• Convener and Chair, Australian Chronic Diseases Self-Management Conference: The Way Forward, Sofitel, Melbourne, July 2007
• Member, Organising committee for the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), Toronto, Canada, October 2007.
• Member, Organising committee (fund raising), Population Health Congress, Brisbane, July 2008
• Convener and Chair, International Congress on Chronic Diseases Self-Management Conference: Innovation and evidence of effectiveness, Melbourne, November 2008.
• Eleventh International Forum on Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Melbourne, March 2011
Professor Osborne is frequently invited to give keynote presentations and workshops:
• Patient centred outcomes by design – the identification and incorporation of patient values into outcomes assessment. American College of Rheumatology, Washington DC, USA, 2006.
• What should an effective whole of system approach to patient education and self-management look like? Insights from Australia. French Prevention Days. French National Institute for Prevention and Health Education. Paris April 2009.
• Beyond the Burden – Developing National Service Improvement Frameworks for musculoskeletal diseases: Global Musculoskeletal Health Initiatives. American College of Rheumatology, Philadelphia, USA 2009.
• How to Ensure Measures of Personal Life Impact are ‘Valid'? Patient Perspective in Outcomes Research Study Group. American College of Rheumatology, 16 – 21 October, Philadelphia, USA.
• Perspectives in Building the World's Best Questionnaire. Eastern Canada Health Outcomes Conference. June 2009, Montreal, QC, Canada.
• The development of the heiQ (Health Education Impact Questionnaire) and application as quality and monitoring system in Australia. 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education. 18-19 July 2009, Japan.
• Health literacy – the fundamental element for self-management support program design and evaluation. International Conference on Support for Self Management of Health, Stirling, Scotland, UK 2010.
• Adding Living to Life: Policy Practice and Prevention of Chronic Conditions- an international perspective on collaboration", Welsh Assembly Government and Public Health, Wales 10-11 Nov 2010