Ms Rebecca Madill

Ms Rebecca Madill

PhD Student

Exploring thespatial distribution and impact of access to health care services acrossMelbourne's north and west metropolitan region (NWMR)

Growth areas in Melbourne's northwest are among the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, with some populations expected to more than double over the next 20 years. The increase in population will place substantial demand on health services in the growth areas, access to which is a key social determinant of health. This research aims to examine equity in access to health services in Melbourne's NWMR. To do this, we will: use spatial measures of the built environment, area-level disadvantage and transport data to explore distribution of and access to health services; test a new social and health infrastructure planning tool to investigate current and future health service provision and needs; interview policy makers, health care providers and patients about planning and accessing health services; and use a case study to examine the lived experience of chronic disease patients who access health services in Melbourne's NWMR. 

Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science with Honours in 2004. After working as a nurse for several years, Rebecca developed a keen interest in population health and completed her Masters of Public Health in 2011. In 2012 Rebecca commenced her PhD with the McCaughey Unit and is currently working part time. 

Supervisors

  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director of McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.
  • Dr. Hannah Badland, Senior Research Fellow, McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Contact: r.madill@student.unimelb.edu.au