About Professor Ross Bailie

Primary Healthcare Services and Systems, Environmental Health and Social Determinants of Health Research with a focus on achieving equity for marginalized or less-advantaged populations

Mixed methods – quantitative epidemiological methods, qualitative methods, systems approaches and participatory action research

Ross Bailie has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1983), a Master of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health and a Doctor of Medicine (Community Health), all from the University of Cape Town. He is a Member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Ross is currently Director of the University Centre for Rural Health (The University of Sydney). Prior to this (2006-16), he was Senior Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director at the Centre for Primary Health Care Systems at Menzies School of Health Research. He was also Senior Advisor at the Lowitja Institute/Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and an ARC Future Fellow at Menzies (2010-15), and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at Menzies (2004-10). Ross is on 7 current NHMRC grants - 3 Project grants, 2 Partnership grants, 2 CREs - and CI on one current ARC grant: total current NHMRC/ARC funding of $9,399,598. He was CI on 15 completed NHMRC and ARC grants: total funding of $17,753,603; CI on 26 non-NHMRC or ARC completed grants: total funding of $4,972,433; and Senior Investigator on 20 completed consultancies: total funding of $21,004,694. He is also named as CI on a newly awarded NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence grant, ‘Strengthening Indigenous healthcare equity (CRE-STRIDE)'. Ross' research has had a major influence on policy and program development nationally and internationally, and been held up as an example of best practice in ethical research. It has directly supported more than 270 Indigenous primary health care (PHC) centres in implementing systematic CQI processes and established the National Centre for CQI in Indigenous PHC as a self-sustaining research translation mechanism. Ross was awarded a Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Charles Darwin University in 2017 in recognition of his distinguished scientific leadership and outstanding contribution to the development of primary health care systems for rural and remote Australians.

Selected publications

1. Laycock, A., Bailie, J., Matthews, V., & Bailie, R. (2019). Using developmental evaluation to support knowledge translation: reflections from a large-scale quality improvement project in Indigenous primary healthcare. Health Research Policy and Systems, 17(1), 70. doi:10.1186/s12961-019-0474-6

2. Lestari, T., Graham, S., van den Boogard, C., Triasih, R., Poespoprodjo, J. R., Ubra, R. R., Bailie.R., . . . Ralph, A. P. (2019). Bridging the knowledge-practice gap in tuberculosis contact management in a high-burden setting: a mixed-methods protocol for a multicenter health system strengthening study. Implementation Science, 14(1), 31. doi:10.1186/s13012-019-0870-x

3. Bailie, J., Laycock, A., Matthews, V., Peiris, D., & Bailie, R. (2019). Emerging evidence of the value of health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the primary healthcare setting. Australian Journal of Primary Health doi:10.1071/py1808

4. Bailie J, Cunningham FC, Bainbridge RG, Bailie R, Passey M, et al Comparing and contrasting ‘innovation platforms' with other forms of professional networks for strengthening primary healthcare systems for Indigenous Australians BMJ Global Health 2018;3:e000683.

5. McCalman, J., Bailie, R., Bainbridge, R., McPhail-Bell, K., Percival, N., Askew, D., ... & Tsey, K. (2018). Continuous Quality Improvement and Comprehensive Primary Health Care: A Systems Framework to Improve Service Quality and Health Outcomes. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 76.

6. Gibson-Helm, M. E., Bailie, J., Matthews, V., Laycock, A. F., Boyle, J. A., & Bailie, R. S. (2018). Identifying evidence-practice gaps and strategies for improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal health care. PLoS ONE, 13(2), e0192262. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192262

7. Bailie R, Bailie J, Larkins S and Broughton E. Editorial: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)-Advancing Understanding of Design, Application, Impact, and Evaluation of CQI Approaches. Frontiers in Public Health 2017;5:306. 
8. Bailie, R, Matthews, V, Larkins, S, Thompson, S, Burgess, P, Weeramanthri, T, Bailie, J, Cunningham, F, Kwedza, R & Clark, L 2017, 'Impact of policy support on uptake of evidence-based continuous quality improvement activities and the quality of care for Indigenous Australians: a comparative case study', {BMJ} Open, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. e016626, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016626

9. Brimblecombe, J, Bailie, R, Boogaard, Cvd, Wood, B, Liberato, S, Ferguson, M, Coveney, J, Jaenke, R & Ritchie, J 2017, 'Feasibility of a novel participatory multi-sector continuous improvement approach to enhance food security in remote Indigenous Australian communities', {SSM} - Population Health, vol. 3, pp. 566--576, doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.06.002 
10. Bailie J, Schierhout G, Laycock A, Kelaher M, Percival N, O'Donoghue L, McNeair T, Bailie R. Determinants of access to chronic illness care - a mixed-methods evaluation of a national multifaceted chronic disease package for Indigenous Australians. BMJ Open, October 2015;5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008103