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Professor Steven McPhail
Professor in Health Services Research
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
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Doctor of Philosphy (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Queensland)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Steve is an internationally renowned health service innovator, health economist, and researcher who leads the health management discipline at the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology.

Specialist Areas of Knowledge: health economics; health services research methodologies; decision making; cost-effectiveness; high value and low value healthcare; patient-reported outcomes; staff capacity building in health services; digital disruption in healthcare; fall prevention and patient safety; frailty; health-related behaviour change interventions; trauma care among vulnerable people; multidisciplinary models of care and the impact of chronic disease and multimorbidity.

Steve’s major focus is working in partnerships with health services to help design, implement and evaluate effective model of care or system changes that improve patient care at low cost, or with cost savings. This includes identification and disinvestment from interventions that provide no benefit, or are potentially harmful to patients.

Steve has received more than $12 million in research funding in the past 10 years, primarily from international and national competitive schemes. He has been fortunate to receive consecutive fellowship support from the NHMRC and MRFF for the duration of his research career to date, for which he is very grateful. He has made research contributions of international significance, publishing more than 150 articles in high-quality peer reviewed journals including the Lancet, JAMA Internal Medicine, Pain, Medical Care, Spinal Cord, Burns, The Gerontologist; PLOS Medicine, J Clinical Epidemiology, among others. His work has been cited in policy-related documents from the World Bank and World Health Organisation. Interventions, patient assessment procedures and clinical care models he has developed or evaluated have led to documented changes in more than 100 health services on 6 continents.

Steve received his PhD in Health Economics from the University of Queensland, and has spent more than a decade working collaboratively in strong multidisciplinary teams that bridge the divide between health service and academic sectors. He is currently the Professor of Health Services Research at Queensland University of Technology, a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Functioning and Health Research, and also leads the Trauma among Vulnerable People Stream of the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners NHMRC Advanced Health Research Translation Centre.

This information has been contributed by Professor Steven McPhail.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.