Mrs Suzanne Bain-Donohue

BA in Sports Studies, VCHAM
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 0403022593

Research interests

Rural Health

Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Rural GP Workforce

Medical Education


Suzanne has a background in community development, working in both the private and public domains. She has extensive experience as the executive director of a national disability organisation and, during this time, sat on numerous national and state committees where her input to research on social participation was integral in delivering key reports. In 2016, she completed qualitative research on students’ lived experiences with dyslexia in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) education system. Suzanne currently is based in the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology in the the Indigenous Health Unit.  Previous to this she worked in the College of Health and Medicine as the Manager of HealthANSWERS, a translational research partnership covering the ACT and south-east New South Wales, and as a research officer at the ANU Medical School’s Rural Clinical School with research projects that included rural recruitment and retention, intern experiences in rural locations, GP-VMOs in rural locations and medical education.

Researcher's projects

  • Influence of rural clinical school experience and rural origin on practising in rural communities: Graduate tracking and fields of practise.
  • Evaluation of RJDTIF Cowra Program and Impact on the Training Environment.
  • Developing interconnectedness is critical in retaining rural general practitioners: a qualitative thematic analysis of recently recruited general practitioners to South East New South Wales, Australia.
  • How the training pathways and capacity of rural physicians inform their scope of practice: a qualitative study examining the experiences of Australian and International Medical Graduates in South-East New South Wales, Australia.




Current student projects


Catie Snellgrove: TBD


Grace Harvey: Impact of extreme heat on elderly health in rural Australia

Past student projects


Grace Harvey: Impact of extreme heat on elderly health in rural Australia


Olivia Dill: The Social Determinants and COVID-19 Severity: A Systematic Review of Epidemiological Studies


Molly Barry: What is the correlation between the quality of clinical handover and its accuracy?


Gizelle Cano: When and why did ANUMS rural stream graduates change their intention to practice rurally?

PatricK Holloway: Why do doctors work in rural areas in high-income countries: a qualitative systematic review



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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