Mr. Roy Batterham is the Senior Research Adviser of the Faculty of Economics, Dhurakij Pundit University. He has also been a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University Health Systems Improvement Unit (formerly Public Health Innovation) since January 2010, and one of the primary developers of each of the unit’s health literacy measurement tools. He was the primary designer of the Ophelia process.
Roy has considerable experience as a service provider and manager in the health sector and as a Principle in a health services research consulting company. His accomplishments include:
Over forty evaluations of health programs conducted, ranging from small local enhancements through to the evaluation of the Disability Act across the state of the Victoria and evaluation of a major research funding program
Primary author (>80% authorship) on successful grant and tender applications totalling over $9 million for a range of research and service delivery programs
Published 17 peer referred journal articles and presented in more than 80 conferences including eight invited keynote presentations
Conducted a wide range of service design and development activities including developing community health profiles and health plans and re-designing regional primary care services
Conducted consultation processes for a wide range of purposes including re-design of the University of Melbourne Medical course
Developed innovative educational and training models including an award winning training program for GPs on problem gambling (Victorian Public Health Award – Innovation) and a suite of small group learning materials for GPs on cancer management (this was later adopted by the University of Melbourne undergraduate medical program)
Developed or substantially modified a range of research methods that have since been widely and successfully used for a wide range of research purposes (e.g. the methods developed by Roy underpin, directly or indirectly, nearly half of Professor Osborne’s publications)
Joint project leader for the development of the Information and Support for Health Actions Questionnaire (ISHAQ), a health literacy tool for communal cultures developed in Thailand
Consultant to several national projects and evaluations in Thailand, including consultations to revise the Health Constitution for the Kingdom of Thailand.
Roy has a reputation as an innovator in research methods, in evaluation design, in educational design and in health system design. He has an unusual combination of strengths that have allowed him to achieve a very high level of success in designing methods and evaluation designs to meet a wide range of challenging situations. On the one-hand Roy has an extensive knowledge of epistemology, philosophy of science and the history of methods. He is aware of most major trends and debates in methodological development and the principles on which these were based. This provides an excellent basis for designing research methods and designs based on these principles rather than following standard templates and fashions. On the other-hand he has always worked directly with service providers on real-world service development issues. His greatest strength is his ability to consistently and effectively link theory to practice.
Roy has a background in physiotherapy and program evaluation. He graduated from The University of Melbourne with a M.Ed. (Evaluation) in 1995 and has since worked in academic, private consulting and health service sectors.