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Ross Bailie trained in medicine and spent several years in clinical practice before completing a four year training program in public health and subsequently taking up an academic career in public health. He has worked in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
His work is strongly oriented to using a range of public health research methods to provide evidence for direct application to policy and planning for improved health. Ross is the Scientific Director of the National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care and leads the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded ABCD National Research Partnership on quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care. He is also involved in research on food supply and environmental health and housing in Aboriginal communities.