Dr Gillian Laven

Dr Gillian Laven
 Position Research Coordinator
 Org Unit Adelaide Health Simulation
 Email gillian.laven@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5101
 Location Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building ,   North Terrace
  • 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: medical education; medical selection; public and rural health; global and international health and cultural awareness training

    Current research:

    Medical Graduates Outcomes Evaluation Program is a longitudinal study following University of Adelaide medical graduates from 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, exploring their selection to medicine, their progression through undergraduate years, and into their postgraduate years.

    Current teaching:

    As Academic Coordinator of the Global Health course, Gillian facilitates medical student learning in preparation for working in rural, remote, tropical medicine, Indigenous health and the developing world. The three week course includes understanding the social determinants of health, infectious diseases (tropical and developing world), the importance of working in teams, with cultural sensitivity and working in difficult clinical situations.

    Gillian is also the Academic Coordinator of the Rural Public Health III intensive course. This one week intensive includes an overnight field trip to Port Augusta and Port Pirie, plus online tutorials, seminars, group project work and a grant writing exercise.

    The RPHIII is designed to give students an understanding of the influence of rurality and remoteness on the health of rural Australians. The focus of the course is around policy directions in rural health and models of rural health service delivery and the public health strategies used to reduce the severity of health risks for rural and remote Australians. Students gain an understanding of how rural health professionals and communities are working together to improve the health of their communities.

  • 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 and Transcultural Awareness.


  • 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.



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Entry last updated: Friday, 23 Jun 2017

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