Lisa Bourke holds a Masters from Utah State University and a PhD from Penn State University in Rural Sociology. She has researched rural communities in Australia and the U.S. for almost 25 years.
Since joining the University of Melbourne in 2000, her research interests have focused on rural health and the wellbeing of young people living in rural communities. She uses multiple research paradigms and methods to undertake rural research in sociological, public health and multidisciplinary ways.
With colleagues from Monash University, Flinders University and University of South Australia, Lisa has led the development of a conceptual framework of rural and remote health in Australia to understand the factors influencing rural health. This provides an understanding of how macro and local level processes together shape rural health outcomes. Lisa also uses Ken Wilkinson's 'community interactional theory' of rural communities and his focus on strong and weak ties to explain social relations in rural communities. Lisa's projects have included studies of community-driven health services, the needs of specific groups of health consumers and relationships among young people living in small towns. Her current projects focus on utilisation of the conceptual framework she developed for rural and remote health, the role of power in rural and remote health and sexual health among young rural residents.
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The Cost And Health Impact Of Short-Term Health Staffing In Remote And Rural Aboriginal An..
More than just numbers! Perceptions of remote area nurse staffing in Northern Territory Go..
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Remote health workforce turnover and retention: what are the policy and practice priorities?
John Wakerman, John Humphreys, Deborah Russell, Steven Guthridge, Lisa Bourke, Terry Dunbar, Yuejen Zhao, Mark Ramjan, Lorna Murakami-Gold, Michael P Jones
Journal article | 2019 | Human Resources for Health
BACKGROUND: Residents of remote communities in Australia and other geographically large countries have comparatively poorer access..
Chronic ill health in a regional Victoria setting: A 13-year comparison
Kristen Glenister, Lisa Bourke, Daniel Terry, David Simmons
Journal article | 2019 | Australian Journal of Rural Health
OBJECTIVE: High-quality data regarding the prevalence of chronic disease in rural areas are essential in understanding the challen..
Longitudinal study of health, disease and access to care in rural Victoria: the Crossroads-II study: methods
Kristen M Glenister, Lisa Bourke, Leslie Bolitho, Sian Wright, Stuart Roberts, William Kemp, Leigh Rhode, Ravi Bhat, Sonke Tremper, Dianna J Magliano, Mike Morgan, Rodrigo Marino, William Adam, David Simmons
Journal article | 2018 | BMC Public Health
Improving inclusion in rural health services for marginalised community members: Developing a process for change
Christina Malatzky, Olivia Mitchell, Lisa Bourke
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Social Inclusion
Australia’s mainstream health services located in rural contexts are mandated to provide health care to the entire local populatio..
Assessing the Impact and Cost of Short-Term Health Workforce in Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia: A Mixed Methods Study Protocol
John Wakerman, John Humphreys, Lisa Bourke, Terry Dunbar, Michael Jones, Timothy Carey, Steven Guthridge, Deborah Russell, David Lyle, Yuejen Zhao, Lorna Murakami-Gold
Journal article | 2016 | JMIR Research Protocols
Participation in rural community groups and links with psychological well-being and resilience: a cross-sectional community-based study.
Anthony Lyons, Gillian Fletcher, Jane Farmer, Amanda Kenny, Lisa Bourke, Kylie Carra, Emily Bariola
Journal article | 2016 | BMC Psychology
BACKGROUND: Fostering the development of community groups can be an important part of boosting community participation and improvi..
A short-term rural placement can change metropolitan medical students' knowledge of, and attitudes to, rural practice
Julian R Wright, Lisa Bourke, Catherine J Waite, Thom A Holden, Jenni M Goodwin, Anne L Marmo, Maxine L Wilson, Helen E Malcolm, David Pierce
Journal article | 2014 | Medical Journal of Australia
A compulsory experiential and inter-professional rural health subject for undergraduate students.
Siaw-Teng Liaw, Barry McGrath, Graeme Jones, Ursula Russell, Lisa Bourke, Bridget Hsu-Hage
Journal article | 2005 | Rural and Remote Health
CONTEXT: The Australian University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) program aims to improve the rural workforce through improvin..
Developing a conceptual understanding of rural health practice.
Lisa Bourke, Collette Sheridan, Ursula Russell, Graeme Jones, Dawn DeWitt, Siaw-Teng Liaw
Journal article | 2004 | Australian Journal of Rural Health
OBJECTIVE: This study presents a set of concepts underpinning rural practice that could assist teaching health and medical student..
Psychosocial issues resulting from the experience of breast cancer among women in northern Victoria
Journal article | 2004 | Australian Journal of Primary Health
One in 12 Australian women will experience breast cancer. While the focus on physical and clinical issues has improved clinical ca..
Director, University Department Of Rural Health
National Rural Health Alliance
Bachelor of Social Work
Doctor of Philosophy
Pennsylvania State University
Master of Science
Utah State University
Bachelor of Science
University of Western Washington