Prof. Richard Osborne
Associate Head Of School (Research)
School of Health & Social Development
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Role and profile
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.
HSH214 Service Design and Delivery
HSH745 Health Program Evaluation
Supervises 4 PhD students and 3 MPH 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.
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