Associate Professor Gillian Gorham

Wellbeing & Preventable Chronic Diseases (WPCD) Division Lead; Head Renal Health Program


PhD, Charles Darwin University 2021; Master of Health Administration, University of New South Wales, 2005; Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Flinders University, 2000; Diploma in Teaching (Sec.), Western Australia College of Advanced Education, 1987; Registered Nurse, Royal Adelaide Hospital, 1979.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Gillian has more than 30 years' experience in health services with roles spanning nursing, managerial, policy and research.  Her academic qualifications include teaching, health service management and a PhD.

Gillian has worked at the local and national level to develop strategic documents for the delivery of renal services; curriculum for renal training programs for Aboriginal Health Practitioners and nurses; and educational resources for kidney patients and their families. She has developed innovative and creative solutions for renal health service delivery in the context of remote Indigenous health. Many of these were a ‘first’ for Australia including developing the training package and training the first Aboriginal Health Practitioner in dialysis, designing the first relocatable dialysis facility for community-based dialysis and designing and implementing a mobile dialysis bus for remote community respite dialysis. She currently leads the development of TKC, an innovative digital decision support tool that for the first time consolidates patient level data from government and partnering non-government health services to support the delivery of integrated care for people with complex chronic diseases. 

Gillian’s work and that of the renal program at Menzies, has a strong focus on evidence translation and consumer engagement in the implementation of research findings. She has a keen interest in evaluating models of care to identify ways to improve service integration, health outcomes and the experiences of individuals with multi-morbidity.

Publications include government reports, strategic plans and peer reviewed manuscripts.