Associate Professor Matthew McGrail

Head Regional Training Hub Research

Rural Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 493 12941


Dr Matthew McGrail is a full-time Senior Research Fellow with the UQ Rural Clinical School, based in Rockhampton. His primary role is Head of Regional Training Hubs Research.

Research Interests

  • Rural Health Workforce
  • Access to health care
  • Health Services Research
  • GIS methodologies in health
  • Health workforce policy / incentives
  • Advanced quantitative methodologies

Research Impacts

Dr McGrail is internationally recognised for his rural medical workforce research. He was a lead investigator on the completed Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care, under which he developed improved measures of healthcare access, notably producing the national Index of Access.

He also remains a lead investigator of the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) longitudinal study of doctors, under which he leads the rural supply and distribution research theme. A key outcome of MABEL was the Modified Monash Model. Whilst employed at Monash University, Matthew was a co-developer with Emeritus Prof John Humphreys of the MMM, which was adopted in 2015 by the federal Department of Health to underpin many of their national rural health workforce incentives and policies.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor