DR Alison Beauchamp

DR Alison Beauchamp




  • Dr Alison Beauchamp is a social epidemiologist, with a focus on the equitable provision of health service interventions. A key focus of her research is health literacy. Currently she is a Senior Research Fellow and and Medical Research Future Fund NHMRC Translational Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow with the Department of Medicine-Western Health, University of Melbourne, and the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). Within the TRIP Fellowship, Dr Beauchamp will evaluate a process for implementing a clinical communication method called “teach-back”.
    Alison is also Senior Lecturer in the School of Rural Health at Monash University (0.5 EFT). In this role, she supports local rural health services to build research and knowledge translation capacity among their staff.
    Dr Beauchamp completed a NHMRC PhD scholarship at Monash University in 2011. Her thesis used epidemiological methods to explore social inequalities in heart disease. Prior to this, she was a Registered Nurse with expertise in cardiac care. Between 2013 and 2015 she was an Australian Research Council post-doctoral Industry Fellow at Deakin University, where she managed the large Optimising Health Literacy (Ophelia) study, in which she supported clinicians across nine health services to develop and implement their own health literacy interventions.
    Dr Beauchamp has 60 research outputs, including 36 published articles, and 22 conference presentations. She have been an invited or keynote speaker at 7 international or national conferences, and lead or co-investigator on grants totalling over $2.5 million AUD. She currently co-supervises 2 part-time PhD scholars and has co-supervised 2 PhD and 2 honours students to successful completion.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2018 NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund Translating Research into Practice Fellowship. $179,118. Closing the communication gap in chronic disease. Beauchamp A
    2017 Fred Hollows Foundation $60,000. A framework for development of a standardised, validated needs assessment tool. Beauchamp A, Dodson S, Trezona A, Osborne R.
    Deakin University Whole School Grant $24,320. Offloading the impact of diabetic foot disease: Identifying ways to improve adherence to podiatric treatment in Western Health Service. O’Hara J, Beauchamp A, McIver S, McPhee C, Wildey C, Shih S.
    Victorian Department of Health $40,872. Development of supporting resources for the Conversational Health Literacy Assessment Tool (CHAT) Beauchamp A. Elsworth G, Batterham R, O’Hara J, Osborne R.
    2016 South East Melbourne Primary Health Network $130,000. Health literacy in after hours Beauchamp A, Batterham R, Elsworth G, Osborne R.
    Queensland Department of Health $13,765. Health literacy in the Nurse Navigator Program Beauchamp A
    2015 Health Foundation UK $144,206 Using a health literacy approach to generate improvements for people with long-term conditions” Northumbria healthcare NHS foundation trust
    Victorian Department of Health “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 “Health literacy and Breast Screening responsiveness” $250,000 Beauchamp A, Osborne R. Dodson A,
    Victorian Department of Health “Ophelia Cancer initiative – Grampians region” $168,289 Osborne R, Dodson S, Livingston T, Beauchamp A, Batterham R.
    Remedy Healthcare ‘Understanding health literacy needs of Private Health Consumers” $42,000. Beauchamp A, Dodson S, Osborne R
    2014 Victorian Department of Health “Improving the primary prevention of he   


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2018
  • MPH, Monash University 2006
  • BHSc(Nsg), Central Queensland University 1996

Awards and honors

  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2018