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Associate Professor Ben Harris-Roxas

Centre for Primary Health &Eq
+61 2 9385 1547



Research Interests
My research interests include primary health care, health service planning, integrated care, health equity, and health impact assessment.

Broad Research Areas

  • Integrated care and primary health care
  • Health impact assessment
  • Health service planning and framework development
  • Evaluation
  • Health equity
  • Health promotion

PhD (UNSW), MPASR (Macquarie), BSW (UNSW)

integrated care
primary health care
health services
health planning
health impact assessment
social determinants of health
Research activities: 

Current research projects

  • Data linkage resource for Central and Eastern Sydney Primary and Community Health (based on 45 and Up study)
  • Evaluation of a Local Health District Integrated Care Strategy
  • Community health workers, navigators and peer health workers
  • Carers' information and technology needs
  • Pathways to Preventive Care for People with Severe Mental Illness
  • Raising awareness of the harms of waterpipe smoking
  • Use of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) to tailor care
  • Use of translation apps and websites in health care settings
  • Culturally sensitive service responses to extended family caregiving arrangements
  • After-hours general practice services
  • Health impact assessments of built environment and land use planning projects
  • Emergency Department frequent attenders

N.B. These projects involve other academic and industry investigators.

    Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
    Public Health and Health Services
    Health Promotion
    Assessment and Evaluation
    Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
    Social Program Evaluation
    Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
    Health Inequalities
    Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
    Health and Support Services
    Teaching & Supervision
    I am available to supervise: 
    Areas of supervision: 
    • primary health care and general practice
    • integrated care
    • health impact assessment
    • health service planning
    • partnerships
    Currently supervising: 

    Current research students' topics:

    • Health equity in Sydney’s fastest growing area
    • Models of shared care between primary health care and specialised alcohol and other drug services 
    • Growing Well: Redeveloping Sydney’s housing for health, wellbeing and equity
    • Scalability of a multilevel integrated care initiative between general practice and specialist services

    Supervision keywords: 
    primary health care
    health inequalities
    health impact assessment
    health planning
    chronic disease management
    integrated care
    health services
    model of care
    program evaluation
    community partnerships


    • PHCM9615 Principles and Practice of Primary Health Care

    Contributor to:

    • PHCM9041 Foundations in Public Health & Health Care Systems
    • PHCM9129 Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
    • PHCM9612 Environmental Health
    • PHCM9626 Health Inequalities
    • PHCM9628 Health Impact Assessment
    • ENVS819 Environmental Health (Macquarie)
    Media & Expertise
    Areas of expertise: 

    health services, impact assessment, health equity

    • Chair, Global Working Group on Health Impact Assessment, International Union for Health Promotion and Education
    • Member, Australasian Evaluation Society NSW Committee
    • Editorial Board Member, Environmental Impact Assessment Review
    • Editorial Board Member, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
    • Past Health Section Co-Chair, International Association for Impact Assessment
    • Past Associate Editor, BMC Public Health
    • Invited keynote addresses at conferences in Japan, Korea, Quebec, Sydney Paris, Dunedin and Canada
    • Invited participant at two World Health Organization Consultations on Urban HEART and multisectoral action for health 2012 and 2014
    • Technical support for for the WHO South East Asian Regional Office and the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office
    • Past Steering Committee member for the Sydney Coastal Councils Group’ "Becoming Social" Social Media Project