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Benjamin Jones

DPhil Student of Clinical Medicine

Education

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of New South Wales 2021
  • Master of Health Leadership and Management, University of New South Wales, 2022
  • Bachelor of Medical Studies, University of New South Wales, 2018
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2019

Previous Experience

Ben completed his MD and a Masters of Health Leadership and Management in Sydney, Australia. During this time, he had experience working on strategy and governance with multiple health and education not-for-profit organisations as a non-executive director and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ben is an advocate for the elimination of rheumatic heart disease. His First Nations community in Australia is Murrawarri.

Ben is supported by a Rhodes Scholarship and Nuffield Department of Medicine Prize Studentship to work with the Health Systems Collaborative team.

Ben also works as a research assistant with clinical trials team at the Oxford Pandemic Sciences Institute.

Throughout 2024, Ben will be working as a doctor in Darwin, Australia.

Thesis

Title: The implementation of echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease using task-sharing in remote Indigenous Australian communities.

My thesis is implementation research and explores the translation of a rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening program from research into service delivery. I will use theory-based evaluation approaches such as Theory of Change and a realist evaluation (both recommended in The Australian Government's Indigenous Evaluation Strategy) to understand what implementation strategies assist the integration of a screening program in remote Indigenous Australian communities, under what condition they work and why. I will also explore if this task-sharing model can be utilised as a broader health workforce solution to Australia's rural health workforce challenges. To develop skills in this methodology I did pilot work co-designing a Theory of Change with teams in India and Indonesia. My fieldwork will be in Australia and East-Timor evaluating the NEARER SCAN study.

Ben recently presented the initial findings from this work at the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Washington D.C and the inaugural World Congress for RHD in Abu Dhabi.

Ben tell us about his DPhil, on implementing rheumatic heart disease screening in remote First Nations communities in Australia by training local healthcare workers to use handheld ultrasound devices to take images of the heart.

This trailer for the rheumatic heart disease documentary, Take Heart, speaks about the community-led scanning program Ben is working on for his DPhil.

Ben tells us about his DPhil project, titled 'The implementation of echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease using task-sharing in remote Indigenous Australian communities.​'. This talk was recorded during NDM-CGHR meeting on 4th October 2023

Team: Graduate Students

Address:

Big Data Institute

University of Oxford 
Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery

Old Road Campus

Oxford OX3 7LF

UK