Dr Gillian Laven

Dr Gillian Laven
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Gillian Laven is a Bachelor of Health Science graduate from the University of Adelaide, majoring in Public Health and Psychology and completed her PhD in 2008. Her thesis - The Australian Rural Background Study: a national study of 2414 general practitioners to determine the association between rural background and location of medical practice - explored the association between where general practitioners and their spouse/partners grew up, underwent their medical education and training and where they chose to practice.

    Her research interests are: use of video in Observed Structured Clinical Examinations; beside ultrasound use by undergraduate medical students; medical selection; public and rural health; global and international health and cultural awareness training.


  • Qualifications

    2012 Graduate Certificate Education (Higher Education), the University of Adelaide

    2008 Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences), the University of South Australia

    1998 Bachelor of Health Sciences, the University of Adelaide


  • Awards & Achievements

    Faculty of Health Sciences International Conference Award 2010

  • Teaching Interests

    Simulation Education, Public Health; Global Health; Critical Appraisal; Transcultural Awareness; Ethics; Communication Skills; Global and Public Health.


  • Publications

    Laven G, Newbury J. Global Health Education for Medical Undergraduates. Rural and Remote Health 2011;11 (online)(2011):1705.

    O'Keefe M, Laven G, Burgess T. Student non-completion of an undergraduate degree: wrong program selection or part of a career plan? Higher Education Research & Development. 2011;30(2):165 - 177.

    Hoggan B, Laven G, Newbury J, Laurence C, Ryan V, Baillie S, Baker F. Rural students entry into a medical course: a South Australian rural high school perspective. Rural and Remote Health. 2009;9: 1223, (Online):1-10.

    Laven G, Wilkinson D, Beilby J, McElroy H. Empiric validation of the Rural Australian Medical Undergraduate Scholarship 'rural background' criterion. Australian Journal of Health 2005;13:137-141.

    Clark S, Burgess T, Laven G, Bull M, Marker J, Browne E. Developing and evaluating the GriefLink website: Processes, protocols, dilemmas and lessons learned. Death Studies 2004;28(10):955-970.

    Crockett A. Laven G, Beilby J. and Stocks N., COPD-X Checklist: Diagnosis and Management of COPD. The Australian Lung Foundation & the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2004.

    Laven GA, Beilby JJ, Wilkinson D, McElroy H. Factors associated with rural practice among Australian-trained general practitioners. The Medical Journal of Australia 2003;179:75-79.

    Wilkinson D, Laven G, Pratt N, Beilby J. Impact of undergraduate and postgraduate rural training, and medical school entry criteria on rural practice among Australian general practitioners: national study of 2414 doctors. Medical Education 2003;37:809-814.

    Laven G, Wilkinson D. Rural doctors and rural backgrounds: How strong is the evidence? A systematic review. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2003;11:277-284.

    Wilkinson DW, Beilby JB, Thompson DJ, Laven G, Chamberlain NL, Laurence COM. Associations between rural background and where South Australian general practitioners work. Medical Journal of Australia 2000;173(3):137-40.


  • Community Engagement

    Member of the GriefLink Management Committee. GriefLink is a web based information resource for people who are experienceing loss, who are bereaved and grieving, carers, friends, colleagues and health and welfare workers.



    Community member of Country Health SA Gawler District Health Advisory Council 2014-2017.



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Entry last updated: Monday, 14 May 2018