Distinguished Professor Richard Osborne
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 Organisation (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 260 peer-reviewed papers, has been cited over 44,000 times and has an h-index of 59. He has received 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 research outputs include measurement tools (e.g., HLQ, eHLQ, heiQ, MAPT, CHAT) that enable improvements in health and community services to reduce health inequalities. A high-impact research output is the Ophelia (Optimising Health Literacy and Access) process applied in many parts of the world, including within WHO National Health Literacy Demonstration Projects (WHO 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 has been translated to >50 languages and 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 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.
- Established the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Literacy (at Deakin University).
- Development, implementation and embedding of the public waiting list reform for hip & knee replacement surgery across Victoria.
- Built the Health Education Impact Questionnaire (heiQ), a measure of chronic disease self-management programs used globally.
- Leads the development of the NSW Mental Health Commission's state-wide Mental Health Literacy Responsiveness training and education program.
He has mentored numerous PhD scholars to completion and welcomes applications from scholars and fellows seeking to become public health leaders.
Health Promotion; Public and Environmental Health; Biostatistics; Health research design
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
The Epidemiology of Health Literacy in Australia: Applications welcome: The HLQ (Health Literacy Questionnaire) has been applied in the ABS National Health Survey. This PhD involves answering a wide range of research questions related to the epidemiology of diverse groups and the relationships between health literacy and inequality.
Available to supervise honours students.
Fields of Research
- Health Services And Systems - 420300
- Public Health - 420600
Also published as: Osborne, Richard; Osborne, R.; Osborne, R. H.; Osborne, Richard H.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2021: 'To Support GCM/NCD' *; World Health Organisation
- 2021: Community Health workers Extending Care in the Community *; NHMRC Partnership Project
- 2021: COVID-19 HRAR Evaluation and Program Development *; Connect Health and Community Fund Scheme
- 2020: Consumer Education and Awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease *; Crohn's & Colitis Australia
- 2020: WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on health education and health literacy *; World Health Organisation
- 2019: Developing and testing processes and tools to generate connected and live health security knowledge in Mekong Communities *; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Fund Scheme
- 2019: Evaluation of the Action for Healthier Families (AHF) Toolkit implementation in three demonstration sites in Vanuatu *; World Health Organisation
- 2019: Evaluation of the AHF toolkit implementation in three Vanuatu Demonstration Sites *; World Health Organisation
- 2019: How to increase health literacy about NCDs and their risk factors to support the identification of bold recommendations by the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs *; World Health Organisation
- 2019: Irish Heart Foundation - 'WHO IHF National Health Literacy Demonstration Project' *; Irish Heart Foundation
- 2019: Literacy Demonstration Projects on NCDs *; 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
- 2019: Using health literacy to make health systems more inclusive and effective *; NHMRC Research Fellowship
- 2019: Working paper for how to increase health literacy about NCDs and their risk factors *; World Health Organisation
- 2019: Workshop on Health Literacy Country Projects, Moscow, Russian Federation *; World Health Organisation
* Chief Investigator
- 2021-03-09: Convincing people to get the jab - ABC The Signal
- 2021-03-04: Special Health Literacy Seminar - YouTube Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
- 2020-08-09: A coronavirus vaccine is what our hopes are pinned to, but what's the plan if we don't get one? - ABC News
- 2020-05-17: What is Health Literacy - NSW Mental Health Commission
- 2020-04-15: App to track COVID-19 symptoms - ABC AM
- 2020-04-15: Isolation or surveillance - ABC Tripple J Hack
- 2020-04-07: Beat COVID App To Track Cases - Channel 10 News