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Associate Professor Roy Batterham


Associate Professor Roy Batterham is a recognized leader in research and intervention development for health literacy, especially in community settings. Roy also has an equivalent appointment at Thammasat University Thailand. Roy was one of the leaders in the creation of the first ever World Health Collaborating Center for Health Literacy and is the Technical Director of the Center.

In addition to his academic background Roy has considerable experience as a service provider and manager in the health sector and as a Principle in a health services research consulting company. A physiotherapist, program evaluator and global health researcher Roy Batterham has been the leading methodological thinker behind the development of tools and approaches that are now having a global impact, most notably the Ophelia process, which has been applied in more than 16 countries (Australia, Phillipines, Thailand, Egypt, China, Brunei, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, France, South Africa, Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland) and is now being adopted within a major WHO international program (recommended within a WHO Action Network across the 55 countries in the EU region).
For the Thailand Ministry of Health, Roy initated and led the development of the Information and Support for Health Actions Questionnaire (ISHAQ) a health literacy measurement tool for communal cultures. Roy also had a principal methodological role in the development of measurement tools that are now widely used around the world including the HLQ, eHLQ and heiQ.Roy has conducted more than 40 evaluations including high impact evaluations such as an evaluation of the beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence for Research on Depression and Related Disorders, the implementation of the Disability Services Act, Victoria and evaluation of the Hospital Complaints System for the Kingdom of Thailand. As a principal in an evaluation and research consulting company he also conducted other high impact consultancies such as undertaking multi-stakeholder consultations to guide the development of the University of Melbourne’s, Melbourne model medical program. Roy frequently successfully competed against multiple universities to win major evaluation and consulting contracts. More recently he co-led the stakeholder consultations for the revision of the Health Statutes of the Kingdom of Thailand.Roy has published 24 peer reviewed journal articles and two book chapters and more than 80 conference presentations including eight invited keynote addresses. He has also been the leader of numerous conference workshops on a diverse range of issues. His papers are approaching 1000 citations.

Research interests

Health literacy; Health program evaluation; Intervention and implementation research; Consumer enablement; Participatory research

Fields of Research

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


Also published as: Batterham, Roy; Batterham, R.; Batterham, R. W.; Batterham, Roy W.; Batterham, Roy William
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Evaluation of the Action for Healthier Families (AHF) Toolkit implementation in three demonstration sites in Vanuatu *; World Health Organisation
  • 2019: Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) Health Literacy for Gippsland Region Integrated Cancer Services *; Department of Health and Human Services Fund Scheme
  • 2019: Production, Delivery, and Evaluation of a Health Literacy Approach and Materials (RFP) *; Mental Health Commission of NSW

* Chief Investigator

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