Dr Remo Ostini

Senior Research Fellow

Rural Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine
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Remo Ostini (PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Rural Clinical School Research Centre.

At the RCS Research Centre he is applying his training and experience in psychometric methods, systematic reviews, population health planning and geographical information systems to research in rural and remote area health. This includes work on training doctors in rural settings; health disparities between urban and rural populations; and indigenous health research.

Prior to commencing at the Rural Clinical School, Remo worked at the Healthy Communities Research Centre at UQ’s former Ipswich Campus and with the West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local. At HCRC he maintained a workplace health screening database for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, investigated healthy spaces for the Ipswich City Council (using GIS), and developed an ongoing program of research in health literacy, which included research on health literacy in community pharmacy settings and the relationship between health literacy and medication adherence. Remo helped WMOML with their population health planning, including work on a comprehensive needs assessment for the West Moreton and South-West Brisbane region and a population health profile for the West Moreton and Darling Downs region.

Remo's health literacy work reflects his interest in the social determinants of health; an important lens through which to understand the health challenges facing rural and indigenous populations.

In addition to these activities he has continued developing and validating measures of people’s health attributes and behaviours. This includes the development of an international measure of HPV knowledge, comparison of three pain measures used in RACFs, and the validation of measures of chronic illness care and diabetes-dependent quality of life.

Early academic work on a feasibility study for an opioid maintenance trail at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (ANU) predated a PhD in psychometric methods with a graduate minor in bioethics at the University of Minnesota. This led to experiences teaching psychological measurement and multivariate statistics at UMN and at the School of Psychology at UQ. Later work at the UQ School of Pharmacy included systematic reviews of prescribing influences, a pharmacoepidemiological study of clopidogrel prescribing, and a post-market review of ezetimibe prescribing.

Research Interests

  • Health Literacy
    Primary care, rural-urban differences, pharmacy, health system navigation, health equity
  • Rural health workforce development
    Internship preparedness, registrar contact for medical students, rural medical career trajectories, rural generalist medicine

Research Impacts

A tool to measure Human Papilloma Virus knowledge, that I worked on with a team from University College London, the University of Indiana and the University of Sydney, has been transalted into Portuguese and French and has been used by researchers in Canada, the United States and Brasil.

The Queensland Times published an article by Brian Bennion (17 September, 2014) on the launch of West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local's Comprehensive Needs Assessment. This was a document that I produced with Luke Passfield.

The WMOML CNA was also mentioned in Hansard (23 October, 2014) during a speech by the Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Newman, on the work being done by the Medicare Local in his electorate.

My early work on the psychology of morality resulted in two newspaper interviews. The Queensland Times (Ipswich) interviewed me on June 16, 2006 for an article, Life in the Fast Lane, on the moral thinking of drivers who fail to wear seat belts or restrain their children safely.

On September 24, 2004, the Courier Mail (Brisbane) interviewed me for feature article by Michael Corkill, Why Didn’t You Stop? on the moral thinking of hit and run drivers.


  • PhD (Psychology), Minn
  • Graduate Diploma Science (Psych), Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Ostini, Remo, Finkelman, Matthew and Nering, Michael (2015). Selecting among polytomous IRT models. Handbook of item response theory models. Applications to typical performance assessment. (pp. 285-304) New York, New York: Routledge.

  • Ostini, Remo (2010). Measuring conceptualizations of morality: Or how to invent a construct and measure it too. The Sage Handbook of Measurement. (pp. 337-351) edited by Geoffrey Walford, Eric Tucker and Madhu Viswanathan. London, U.K.: Sage Publications.

  • Ostini, Remo and Nering, Michael (2010). New perspectives and applications. Handbook of Polytomous Item Response Theory Models. (pp. 3-20) edited by Michael Nering and Remo Ostini. New York, NY, U.S.A.: Taylor & Francis.

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