Dr Bhavya Balasubramanya

Senior Research Officer


Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Community Medicine, St. John’s Medical College Bangalore (India), 2015; Diplomate of National Board (DNB) in Preventive and Social Medicine, National Board of Examination New Delhi (India), 2015; Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH), Royal College of Physicians UK, 2018; Fellowship in General Infectious Diseases, Christian Medical College Vellore (India), 2019; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), JSS Medical College Mysore (India), 2011;


Darwin – Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Dr Balasubramanya is a public health physician with a decade of experience serving remote and rural communities in India. She has been involved in the provision of primary healthcare with a motto of ‘reaching the unreached’.

Her research has stemmed from problems faced in day-to-day practice, be it clinical or social and aims to bridge the gap in knowledge, awareness, and practice. Over the past five years she has worked on translational research with a focus on interventions for diabetes care through ‘patient navigators’ and use of a SmartHealth App. Her post-graduate thesis was on body image perception and nutritional status of school-going adolescents in an urban block, Bangalore, India. Following her training in tropical medicine and infectious diseases, she embarked on projects looking at antimicrobial resistance among uropathogens and was part of the antimicrobial stewardship programme for rural hospitals.

At Menzies, she currently works across the WPCD and Child Health divisions on the following projects – Territory Kidney Care, CKD Consortium, B Part of It NT (Meningococcal B vaccine study) and Pneumococcal vaccine (Timeliness). She is also a Lecturer at the Northern Territory Medical Program (Flinders University).

2021 Menzies Youth Health Summit - Podcast Series Episode 11

  1. Balasubramanya B, Isaac R, Philip S, et al. Task shifting to frontline community health workers for improved diabetes care in low-resource settings in India: a phase II non-randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2020;4:e2020097. doi:10.29392/001c.17609
  2. Poobalan A, Whiteley E, Balsubramanya B, et al. Frontline community health care workers’ intervention for diabetes management in resource limited settings: a qualitative study on perspectives of key stakeholders. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2021;5:e2021046. doi:10.29392/001c.24169
  3. Chu, J., John, R., Balasubramanya, B., Jeyapaul, S., Mohan, V., John, A., Viola, C., K., P., Reji, A., John, S., Rebecca, K., & ., L. (2020). A study on water, sanitation and hygiene practices among the urban slum dwellers of Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 7(7), 2567-2573. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20202978
  4. Pedapudi, AnangamanjariD., Davis, Ryan A., Rosenberg, Priya., Koilpillai, Priya., Balasubramanya, Bhavya., Johnson, Avita., Kumar, Ambuj., Menezes, Lynette. (2020). Overweight and obesity among school-going adolescents in Bengaluru, South India. Indian Journal of Community and Family Medicine, 6, 28. 10.4103/IJCFM.IJCFM_70_19.
  5. Adel Elkady, Prabha Sinha, Soad Ali Zaki Hassan et al (2019). Infections in Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach. Chapter on Malaria in pregnancy by Bhavya Balasubramanya. Cambridge University Press 
  6. Balasubramanya, B., Nisha, C., Johnson, A. (2018). Pre-travel Preparedness of International Students Undertaking Electives in a Medical College in Bengaluru City, South India. International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health, 6(2), 76-80. doi: 10.15171/ijtmgh.2018.14
  7. Balasubramanya B, Nisha C, Ramesh N, Joseph B. (2016) Staff working in ancillary departments at a tertiary care hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India: How healthy are they?. Indian J Occup Environ Med 2016; 20:44-7. Available from: http://www.ijoem.com/text.asp?2016/20/1/44/183844