Staff profile - Alison Beauchamp

Dr Alison Beauchamp

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46517 +61 3 924 46517



Alison is an ARC Post-Doctoral Industry (APDI) Research Fellow in the Public Health Innovation Unit at Deakin University. She is currently a CI on the ARC Linkage Grant “Enhancing Health Literacy to optimise health equality across Victorian communities”. Her role is to manage this large project (named Ophelia Victoria), which involves collaborating with 9 healthcare sites throughout Victoria to support them in applying a new approach to intervention development and implementation. In her role as APDI Fellow, Alison aims to strengthen the evidence-base for the determinants of health inequalities, and to develop methods for identifying which types of healthcare interventions contribute to socioeconomic gradients in health outcomes. Alison was a NHMRC scholar in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and was awarded her PhD in 2011. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Alison was a Registered Nurse with an extensive cardiac portfolio. This clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on addressing the challenges associated with implementing new interventions in healthcare settings. She currently co-supervises three PhD students, and has a strong track record relative to opportunity. Her growing international profile is evidenced by invitations to present her work in Australia the UK, the US and Asia.


Knowledge areas

Health literacy

Health inequalities


Chronic Disease

Health Services

Intervention Development



Research interests

Social epidemiology

Health literacy

Health inequalities

Cardiovascular disease


Research grants


  • Victorian Department of Health project-specific funding “Development and Validation of a health literacy tool to support clinical interactions” $65,000   Beauchamp A. Hawkins M, Elsworth G, Batterham R, Dodson S, Osborne R.
  • Victorian Department of Health project-specific funding “Health literacy and Breast Screening responsiveness” $250,000 Dodson A, Beauchamp A, Osborne R.
  • Victorian Department of Health project-specific funding “Ophelia Cancer initiative – Grampians region” $168,289 Osborne R, Dodson S, Livingston T, Beauchamp A, Batterham R.
  • Remedy Healthcare project-specific funding ‘Understanding health literacy needs of Private Health Consumers” $42,000. Beauchamp A, Dodson S, Osborne R


  • Victorian Department of Health project-specific funding “Improving the primary prevention of heart disease in rural & regional populations: A Practice Nurse-led absolute risk assessment clinic; the HeartsFirst pilot study” Rolley J, Driscoll A, Beauchamp A, Halcomb E. $43,000


  • Victorian Department of Health project-specific funding “Improving medication compliance in heart failure patients using a Health literacy framework” Driscoll A, Beauchamp A, Osborne R. $95,603
  • National Heart Foundation project-specific funding “Use of a health literacy framework to evaluate an educational resource for cardiac secondary prevention: a randomised controlled trial” Beauchamp A, Driscoll A, Livingstone T, Osborne R. $22,000


  • Australian Post-Doctoral Industry (APDI) award on ARC linkage grant, “Enhancing Health Literacy to optimise health equality across Victorian communities” Osborne, R, Buchbinder R, Beauchamp A, $1,411,588
  • Research Seeding Grant, University of Ballarat. ”Incorporating foundational health literacy education into nursing curriculum: responding to clinical demand”.  Smith A, Beauchamp A, Elmer S, $10,000
  • National Heart Foundation travel grant, $2000
  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency grant “The impact of obesity prevention policy on social inequalities in obesity”  Peeters A,  Backholer K, Martin J , Magliano D, Woods J, Stevenson C, Beauchamp A, Ball K., $247,340


  • ARC Linkage grant “What will it take to decrease socio-economic inequalities in obesity?” Peeters A, Magliano D, Stevenson C, Martin J, Ball K, Beauchamp A. $223,161


  • Monash University Travel Grant to attend course on health inequalities in Florence, $2115.00


  • National Health and Medical Research Council PhD Scholarship, $84,239.00



  • Gearon E, Backholer K, Stevenson C , Magliano D, Keating C, Ball K , Beauchamp A, Peeters A. Trends in body mass index according to educational attainment. Int J of Obesity, 2015 39:1019-26
  • Boelsen-Robinson T, Peeters A,  Beauchamp A, et al. A systematic review of the effectiveness of whole-of-community interventions by socioeconomic position. Obesity Rev 2015 39:1019-26
  • Beauchamp A, Buchbinder R, Dodson S, et al. Distribution of health literacy strengths and weaknesses across socio-demographic groups: a survey using the HLQ. BMC Pub Health 2015 15:678
  • Missen K, McKenna L, Beauchamp A. Graduate Nurse Program Coordinators' perspectives on graduate nurse programs. In press, March 13th Collegian.
  • Cooper S, Cant R, Bogossian F, Kinsman L, Bucknall T, Beauchamp, A, et al. Patient deterioration education: Evaluation of face-to-face simulation approaches. Clin Sim Nurs, 2015 11: 97-105
  • Missen K, McKenna L, Beauchamp A. Graduate nurse program coordinators’ perceptions of role adaptation experienced by new nursing graduates. J Nurs Ed Practice. 2014, 4; 134-141
  • Batterham R, Buchbinder R, Beauchamp A,et al. The OPtimising HEalth LIterAcy (Ophelia) process: study protocol. BMC Pub Health 2014, 14:694
  • Missen K, McKenna L, Beauchamp A. Satisfaction of newly graduated nurses enrolled in transition-to-practice programmes in their first year of employment:. J Adv Nurs 2014
  • Backholer K, Beauchamp A, et al. A framework for evaluating the socioeconomic health impact of obesity prevention strategies. Am J Pub Hlth 104:43-50
  • Beauchamp A, et al The effect of obesity prevention interventions according to socioeconomic position. Ob rev 2014 15: 541-554
  • Bogossian F, Cooper S, Cant R, Beauchamp A, et al. Undergraduate nursing students' performance in recognising and responding to sudden patient deterioration. NET (2013)
  • Beauchamp A, et al. Attendance at cardiac rehabilitation is associated with lower all-cause mortality after 14 years. Heart 2013 99:620-5.
  • Driscoll A, Beltrame J, Beauchamp A, et al.  Reducing Risk in Coronary Artery Disease. Are Australian Patients in General Practice Achieving Targets? Int Med 2013 43:526-31
  • Cooper S, Beauchamp A, et al. Managing patient deterioration: a protocol  BMC Nurs 2012, 11:18
  • Backholer K, Mannan H, Magliano D, Walls HL, Stevenson C, Beauchamp A, et al Projected socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence of obesity amongst Australian adults. ANZJPH 2012, 36:557–563
  • Beauchamp A, et al   Incidence of cardiovascular risk factors by education level. LLCS 2011 2(3)
  • Driscoll A, Beauchamp A, Suboptimal management of cardiovascular risk factors in coronary heart disease patients. Intern Med  2011 40(10)
  • Harriss L, Ajani A, Hunt D, Shaw J, Beauchamp A, et al Accuracy of national mortality codes in identifying adjudicated cardiovascular deaths. ANZJPH 2011 35:466-76
  • Beauchamp A, et al. Validation of de-identified record linkage to ascertain hospital admissions in a cohort study. BMC Med Res Methodol 2011, 11:42
  • Beauchamp A, et al. Associations between smoking status, lifestyle and lipoprotein subclasses. J Clin Lipid 2010 4:522–530
  • Beauchamp A, et al. Best practice for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease through an equity lens: a review.  EJCPR  2010 17:599–606
  • Beauchamp A, et al. Inequalities in cardiovascular disease mortality: the role of behavioural, physiological and social risk factors. JECH 2010 64:542-548 .

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