Dr Gillian Gorham

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:

Associate Supervisor


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Gillian has more than 30 years' experience in health services with roles spanning nursing, managerial, policy and research. She has academic qualifications in 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 and renal training programs for Aboriginal Health Practitioners and nurses; and educational resources for kidney patients and their families.

Her work and that of the renal program at Menzies, has a strong focus on evidence translation and the implementation of research findings into policy and practice. Gillian has experience in evaluating the costs and benefits of health care programs and an interest in determining cost-effective models of care with a focus on improving service integration, health outcomes and the experiences of individuals.

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

  1. Territory Q | NT Digital Excellence Awards

    Territory Q | NT Digital Excellence Awards


    Community Benefit Award in partnership with DXC Technology - Menzies Territory Kidney Care

  2. ABC News | No solution before NT election for Indigenous dialysis patients desperate to get home

    ABC News | No solution before NT election for Indigenous dialysis patients desperate to get home


    Researcher Gillian Gorham was inspired to study the costs of remote dialysis after witnessing the change in a Groote Eylandt community when a respected elder returned home.

  3. A new action plan to tackle kidney disease

    A new action plan to tackle kidney disease


    The Government has launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Kidney Disease and awarded $3.5 million in funding to organisations to take immediate action.

  4. ABC Life Matters - the gap in Indigenous life expectancy

    ABC Life Matters - the gap in Indigenous life expectancy


    The death this week of the wonderful singer Dr G Yunipingu at the age of just 46 from long-term illness, brings home once again the disparity in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

  1. Gorham, G., Howard, K., Cunningham, J., Barzi, F., Lawton, P., & Cass, A. (2021). Do remote dialysis services really cost more? An economic analysis of hospital and dialysis modality costs associated with dialysis services in urban, rural and remote settings. BMC Health Services Research21(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06612-z
  2. Gorham, G., Howard, K., Zhao, Y., Ahmed, A., Lawton, P., Sajiv, C., Majoni, S. W., Wood, P., Conlon, T., Signal, S., Robinson, S. L., Brown, S., & Cass, A. (2019). Cost of dialysis therapies in rural and remote Australia – a micro-costing analysis. BMC Nephrology20(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-019-1421-z
  3. Gorham, G., Majoni, S. W., Lawton, P., Brown, S., Dube, B., Conlon, T., Sajiv, C., Wood, P., Signal, S., & Cass, A. (2018) Interesting times: Evolution of dialysis in Australia’s Northern Territory (1980-2014). Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 14(3), 108-116.
  4. Gorham, G., Howard, K., Togni, S., Lawton, P., Hughes, J., & Majoni, S., Brown, S., Barnes, S., & Cass, A. (2017). Economic and quality of care evaluation of dialysis service models in remote Australia: protocol for a mixed methods study. BMC Health Services Research17(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2273-5
  5. Tasmania Government. (2009). Tasmania State Plan for Renal Services 2010-2020 — Part One, Two and Three. Hobart: Tasmanian Government.
  6. Jose, M., Livingston, B., McDonald S. & Gorham, G. (2008). Chapter 12: End Stage Kidney Disease Among Indigenous Peoples of Australia and New Zealand. In S. McDonald, L. Excell & B. Livingston (Eds.), The 31st Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry Report, 12-2 – 12-9. Adelaide, South Australia: ANZDATA.
  7. Australian Health Ministers Council. (2006). National Service Guidelines for the Management of Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation in Remote Australia. Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.
  8. Department of Health and Community Services. (2005). Renal Services Strategy 2005-2009 – Aiming for World’s Best Practice. Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.
  9. Coulehan, K., Brown, I., Christie, M., Gorham, G., Lowell, A., Marrnganyin, B., Patel, B. (2005). Sharing the True Stories: Evaluating Strategies to Improve Communication between Health Staff and Aboriginal Patients. Stage 2 Report. Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, 10.
  10. Gorham, G. (2003). Prevention and Treatment Options for Renal Disease in the Northern Territory (with particular reference to the Barkly region). Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical and Aboriginal Health.