Dr Remo Ostini

PhD (Psychology), Minnesota
Senior Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Health Equity 420602
  • Rural And Remote Health Services 420321
  • Behavioural Epidemiology 420201
  • Social Epidemiology 420210

Research interests

Rural Medical Workforce

Health Literacy

Health Behaviours

Social Determninants of Health

Social Medicine

Psychometric Methods


Remo is Senior Research Fellow at the Rural Clinical School in the Australian National University’s School of Medicine and Psychology. He graduated with a PhD in Psychology (Psychometric methods) and a Graduate minor in bioethics from the University of Minnesota in 2001.

Remo comes to the ANU with 20 years’ experience in measuring human behaviour, with much of that experience in health behaviours. This behavioural focus on health includes research in health literacy that goes beyond the cognitive capacity focus of much of that research to look at how people interact with health information environments to meet their health needs.

His health literacy work is part of a broader thread in his work of addressing health inequality in health contexts. Most recently this work has involved investigating issues associated with rural medical workforce development, including the landmark Building a Rural Physician Workforce project.

Remo’s research typically involves deriving meaning from numbers in health and behavioural contexts, which he does using psychometric methods and multivariate statistics. In past work he has applied these skills to improve understanding of the psychology of morality; medication prescribing; population health needs; and place-based health.


Researcher's projects

In his research fellow role at ANU RCS, Remo will focus on a project that aims to better understand the factors that influence rural medical practice uptake and continuation, particularly in the South-East New South Wales footprint of the RCS. The goal of the project is to move beyond the ‘rural origin plus rural medical training’ narrative that currently dominates the rural workforce distribution narrative. While these two factors have been found to be two of the most important factors supporting rural medical practice, they are only able to address a small part of the rural medical workforce need.

In this project Remo will work with local health systems and doctors to identify whether there is a constellation of factors that work together and build on each other to draw doctors into the rural medical workforce and that work to support them in continuing practice once they are there.


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