Dr Melinda Martin-Khan

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine
m.martinkhan@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3176 5677

Overview

Dr. Melinda Martin-Khan has had previous administrative experience as a Chief Excutive Officer (CEO) in aged care services in NSW and Victoria prior to her move to an academic career in translational research with the commencement of a PhD in 2005. She has valuable expertise in healthcare leadership, the development of quality indicators (QIs), and in measuring and reporting organisational quality of care outcomes. Dr. Martin-Khan has experience in the development, measurement, evaluation, and translation into practice of systems for improving the quality of care, patient outcomes, and organisational processes, for people with dementia, and other at-risk populations. Dr. Martin-Khan has an international track record in improving care processes and systems, particularly in telehealth and in the use of QIs. She has developed a set of Outcome QIs that have been incorporated into the interRAI Acute Care Assessment Instrument (for all adult patients at admission), and the interRAI Acute Care (AC) Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment instrument (for all older patients).

Dr. Martin-Khan writes a blog on health and health service research related issues at https://drmelindamartinkhan.science/

Research Interests

  • Measuring quality systems in organisations and individuals
    Measuring quality of care to improve patient outcomes. Developing quality indicators across the health sector for older adults and vulnerable populations. Testing the connection between quality of care, improvements in care practice, and outcomes at an organisational and individual level.
  • Healthcare Leadership
    Working with healthcare organisations to understand issues of quality and safety. Measuring aspects of quality and supporting a process of change management to implement evidence-based medicine to improve patient outcomes.
  • Dementia
    Understanding opportunities to improve access to quality care for people with cognitive impairment, including dementia. Validating the accuracy of diagnosing dementia via videoconferencing and using telehealth to increase access to specialist services in hospital and memory clinics. Increasing the involvement of people with Dementia and their care partners in research through a Patient and Carer Advisory Board as part of the quality of care program of research.
  • Telehealth
    A focus on the evolution of telehealth as an integral component of health care system delivery; and the opportunities to enhance care delivery for patients with Dementia (including cognitive assessment). Dr. Martin-Khan specializes in studies of observer reliability and accuracy.

Research Impacts

Dr. Martin-Khan has developed a set of Outcome QIs that have been incorporated into the interRAI Acute Care Assessment Instrument (for all adult patients at admission), and the interRAI Acute Care (AC) Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment instrument (for all older patients).

Qualifications

  • Master of Health Science, University of South Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Martin-Khan, Melinda, Freeman, Shannon, Adam, Kevin and Betkus, Georgia (2017). The Evolution of Telehealth. Mobile e-Health. (pp. 173-198) edited by Hannah R. Marston, Shannon Freeman and Charles Musselwhite. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-60672-9_8

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Melinda Martin-Khan is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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