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Distinguished Professor Richard Osborne

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Distinguished Professor in Health Scienc

Biography

Richard Osborne is Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences and Director, Centre for Global Health and Equity. He holds a prestigious NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (2019-23), is an adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), and is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (2021 and 2018 top 1% most influential researcher globally). He holds Honorary Professor positions at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Thammasat University, Thailand. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed papers, has been cited over 47,500 times. He has been awarded over $30m in competitive funding.

Professor Osborne and his team have an exceptional track record in building new methods and tools that are implemented globally to serve Public Health, Healthcare, Digital Health and Policy sectors. These outputs include measurement tools (e.g., HLQ, eHLQ, heiQ, MAPT, CHAT) that enable improvements in health and community services to reduce health inequalities. He led the development of the Ophelia (Optimising Health Literacy and Access) process which is applied in many parts of the world, including within WHO National Health Literacy Demonstration Projects (NHLDPs).

He developed the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) which is one of the most widely used health literacy tools in the world. It is being applied in government-sponsored National Health Surveys, clinical trials, multi-national evaluations, and numerous quality improvement initiatives. He also developed the Influenza Intensity and Impact Questionnaire (FluiiQ; www.fluiiq.com) which is used in global vaccine and antiviral trials for influenza and influenza-like illnesses, including COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

He has completed a wide range of assignments for the WHO. He was the health literacy consultant for the Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases-WG1 (Health Literacy). He is the lead author of the upcoming report, WHO Health Literacy Development for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases which has been classified as a Global Public Health Good.

Other:

  • Established the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Literacy (at Deakin University).
  • Developed, implemented and scaled public waiting list reform for hip & knee replacement surgery in Victoria.
  • Led the development of the NSW Mental Health Commission's state-wide Mental Health Literacy Development Initiative.
  • High impact health literacy projects in cancer screening, social and public housing, digital health, OneHealth in the Mekong, and others.

He has mentored numerous PhD scholars to completion and welcomes applications from scholars and fellows seeking to become public health leaders. Current PhD projects include Health literacy in: Cambodian villages, prisons, among former refugees, and communities of practice. 


Research interests

Health Promotion; Public and Environmental Health; Epidemiology

Fields of Research

  • Health Services And Systems - 420300
  • Public Health - 420600

Publications

Also published as: Osborne, Richard; Osborne, R.; Osborne, R. H.; Osborne, Richard H.
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