Rachel Tham


Contact categoryResearcher (past)
Job titleResearch Fellow (Air Pollution and Cognition)
Research instituteMary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
Faculty of Health Sciences

Research outputs

Improving traffic-related air pollution estimates by modelling minor road traffic volumes
Alvarado-Molina, Miguel, Curto, Ariadna, Wheeler, Amanda J., Tham, Rachel, Cerin, Ester, Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark, Vermeulen, Roel and Donaire Gonzalez, David. (2023). Improving traffic-related air pollution estimates by modelling minor road traffic volumes. Environmental Pollution. 338, p. Article 122657. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2023.122657

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Associations between traffic-related air pollution and cognitive function in Australian urban settings : The moderating role of diabetes status
Tham, Rachel, Wheeler, Amanda J., Carver, Alison, Dunstan, David, Donaire-Gonzalez, David, Anstey, Kaarin J., Shaw, Jonathan E., Magliano, Dianna J., Martino, Erika, Barnett, Anthony and Cerin, Ester. (2022). Associations between traffic-related air pollution and cognitive function in Australian urban settings : The moderating role of diabetes status. Toxics. 10(6), p. Article 289. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10060289

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Differences in psychosocial distress among rural and metropolitan health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tham, Rachel, Pascoe, Amy, Willis, Karen, Kay, Margaret and Smallwood, Natasha. (2022). Differences in psychosocial distress among rural and metropolitan health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 30(5), pp. 683-696. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12873

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Vegetation and vehicle emissions around primary schools across urban Australia : Associations with academic performance
Carver, Alison, Alvarado Molina, Miguel, Claesen, Joep L. A., Klabbers, Gonnie, Donaire Gonzalez, David, Tham, Rachel, Cerin, Ester, Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark and Wheeler, Amanda J.. (2022). Vegetation and vehicle emissions around primary schools across urban Australia : Associations with academic performance. Environmental Research. 212(Part B), p. Article 113256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2022.113256

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Outdoor particulate matter exposure and upper respiratory tract infections in children and adolescents : A systematic review and meta-analysis
Ziou, Myriam, Tham, Rachel, Wheeler, Amanda J., Zosky, Graeme R., Stephens, Nicola and Johnston, Fay H.. (2022). Outdoor particulate matter exposure and upper respiratory tract infections in children and adolescents : A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Research. 210, p. Article 112969. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2022.112969

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Urban neighbourhood environments, cardiometabolic health and cognitive function : A national cross-sectional study of middle-aged and older adults in Australia
Cerin, Ester, Barnett, Anthony, Shaw, Jonathan E., Martino, Erika, Knibbs, Luke D., Tham, Rachel, Wheeler, Amanda J. and Anstey, Kaarin J.. (2022). Urban neighbourhood environments, cardiometabolic health and cognitive function : A national cross-sectional study of middle-aged and older adults in Australia. Toxics. 10(1), p. Article 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics10010023

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From urban neighbourhood environments to cognitive health : A cross-sectional analysis of the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviours
Cerin, Ester, Barnett, Anthony, Shaw, Jonathan E., Martino, Erika, Knibbs, Luke D., Tham, Rachel, Wheeler, Amanda J. and Anstey, Kaarin J.. (2021). From urban neighbourhood environments to cognitive health : A cross-sectional analysis of the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviours. BMC Public Health. 21(1), p. Article 2320. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-12375-3

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Parental preconception exposures to outdoor neighbourhood environments and adverse birth outcomes : A protocol for a scoping review and evidence map
Mavoa, Suzanne, Keevers, Daniel, Kane, Stefan C., Wake, Melissa, Tham, Rachel, Lycett, Kate, Wong, Yen Ting and Chong, Katherine. (2021). Parental preconception exposures to outdoor neighbourhood environments and adverse birth outcomes : A protocol for a scoping review and evidence map. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(17), pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18178943

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A systematic review of the evidence of outdoor air pollution on asthma hospital visits in children and adolescents in South Asia - a call for data
Malamardi, Sowmya, Lambert, Katrina A., Batra, Mehak, Tham, Rachel, Padukudru Anand, Mahesh and Erbas, Bircan. (2021). A systematic review of the evidence of outdoor air pollution on asthma hospital visits in children and adolescents in South Asia - a call for data. Wellcome Open Research. 16, p. Article: 174. https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16991.1

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The impact of traffic-related air pollution on child and adolescent academic performance : A systematic review
Stenson, Chloe, Wheeler, Amanda J., Carver, Alison, Donaire-Gonzalez, David, Alvarado-Molina, Miguel, Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark and Tham, Rachel. (2021). The impact of traffic-related air pollution on child and adolescent academic performance : A systematic review. Environment International. 155, p. Article 106696. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106696

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Associations of traffic-related air pollution and greenery with academic outcomes among primary schoolchildren
Wheeler, A., Donaire Gonzalez, D., Alvarado Molina, M., Tham, R., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. and Carver, A.. (2021). Associations of traffic-related air pollution and greenery with academic outcomes among primary schoolchildren. Environmental Research. 35(7), p. 111325. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.111325

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International Mind, Activities and Urban Places (iMAP) study: methods of a cohort study on environmental and lifestyle influences on brain and cognitive health
Ester Cerin, Anthony Barnett, Basile Chaix, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Karen Caeyenberghs, Bin Jalaludin, Takemi Sugiyama, James Sallis, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Michael Y Ni, Govinda Poudel, David Donaire Gonzalez, Rachel Tham, Amanda Wheeler, Luke Knibbs, Linwei Tian, Kai Chan, David Dunstan, Alison Carver and Kaarin Anstey. (2020). International Mind, Activities and Urban Places (iMAP) study: methods of a cohort study on environmental and lifestyle influences on brain and cognitive health. BMJ Open. 10(3), pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036607

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Development of measures of perceived neighborhood environmental attributed influencing, and perceived barriers to engagement in, healthy behaviors for older Chinese immigrants to Australia
Cerin, Ester, Yin, Shiyuan, Choi, Wing K., Ngan, Winsfred, Tham, Rachel and Barnett, Anthony. (2021). Development of measures of perceived neighborhood environmental attributed influencing, and perceived barriers to engagement in, healthy behaviors for older Chinese immigrants to Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(9), pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094531

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Principles for setting air quality guidelines to protect human health in Australia
Zosky, Graeme R., Vander Hoorn, Stephen, Abramson, Michael J., Dwyer, Sophie, Green, Donna, Heyworth, Jane, Jalaludin, Bin B., McCrindle-Fuchs, Jennifer, Tham, Rachel and Marks, Guy B.. (2021). Principles for setting air quality guidelines to protect human health in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia. 214(6), pp. 254-256. https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50964

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The role of traffic-related air pollution on neurodegenerative diseases in older people : An epidemiological perspective
Tham, Rachel and Schikowski, Tamara. (2021). The role of traffic-related air pollution on neurodegenerative diseases in older people : An epidemiological perspective. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 79(3), pp. 949-959. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-200813

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Pattern and causes of oral and maxillofacial injuries presented to a tertiary care public dental hospital in strictly imposed COVID-19 lockdown scenario
Surendra, Gayan, Perera, Irosha, Ranasinghe, Anura, Kumarapeli, Vindya, Tham, Rachel and Wickramaratne, Pujitha. (2021). Pattern and causes of oral and maxillofacial injuries presented to a tertiary care public dental hospital in strictly imposed COVID-19 lockdown scenario. Oral. 1(1), pp. 3-14. https://doi.org/10.3390/oral1010002

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Is short-term exposure to grass pollen adversely associated with lung function and airway inflammation in the community?
Idrose, Nur Sabrina, Tham, Rachel C. A., Lodge, Caroline J., Lowe, Adrian J., Bui, Dinh, Perret, Jennifer L., Vicendese, Don, Newbigin, Edward J., Tang, Mimi L. K., Aldakheel, Fahad M., Waidyatillake, Nilakshi T., Douglass, Jo A., Abramson, Michael J., Walters, Eugene Haydn, Erbas, Bircan and Dharmage, Shyamali C.. (2021). Is short-term exposure to grass pollen adversely associated with lung function and airway inflammation in the community? Allergy. 76(4), pp. 1136-1146. https://doi.org/10.1111/all.14566

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Scoping review to understand the potential for public health impacts of transitioning to lower carbon emission technologies and policies
Tham, Rachel, Morgan, Geoff, Dharmage, Shyamali, Marks, Guy and Cowie, Christine. (2020). Scoping review to understand the potential for public health impacts of transitioning to lower carbon emission technologies and policies. Environmental Research Communications. 2(6), pp. 1-35. https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ab9526

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Rural health systems : Spotlight on equity and access
Ward, Bernadette and Tham, Rachel. (2020). Rural health systems : Spotlight on equity and access. In In Willis, Eileen, Reynolds, Louise and Rudge, Trudy (Ed.). Understanding the Australian health care system pp. 136-154 Elsevier Australia.

Book chapter

Outdoor fungal spores and acute respiratory effects in vulnerable individuals
Tham, Rachel, Erbas, Bircan, Dharmage, Shyamali Chandrika, Tang, Mimi L. K., Aldakheel, Fahad, Lodge, Caroline J., Thomas, Paul S., Taylor, Philip E., Abramson, Michael J. and Lowe, Adrian J.. (2019). Outdoor fungal spores and acute respiratory effects in vulnerable individuals. Environmental Research. 178, pp. 1 - 9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108675

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Association between fire smoke fine particulate matter and asthma-related outcomes: Systematic review and meat-analysis
Arriagada, Nicolas Borchers, Horsley, Joshua A., Palmer, Andrew J., Morgan, Geoffrey G., Tham, Rachel and Johnston, Fay H.. (2019). Association between fire smoke fine particulate matter and asthma-related outcomes: Systematic review and meat-analysis. Environmental Research. 179, pp. 1 - 11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108777

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High ambient levels of grass, weed and other pollen are associated with asthma admissions in children and adolescents: A large 5-year case-crossover study
Shrestha, Som K., Katelaris, C. H., Dharmage, S. C., Burton, Pamela, Vicendese, Don, Tham, Rachel, Abramson, Michael J. and Erbas, B.. (2018). High ambient levels of grass, weed and other pollen are associated with asthma admissions in children and adolescents: A large 5-year case-crossover study. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 48(11), pp. 1421 - 1428. https://doi.org/10.1111/cea.13225

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Outdoor pollen is a trigger of child and adolescent asthma emergency department presentations: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Erbas, Bircan, Jazayeri, Mitra, Lambert, Katrina A., Katelaris, Constance H., Prendergast, Luke A., Tham, Rachel, Parrodi, M.J., Davies, Janet M., Newbigin, Ed J., Abramson, Michael J. and Charmage, Shyamali C.. (2018). Outdoor pollen is a trigger of child and adolescent asthma emergency department presentations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Allergy. 73(8), pp. 1632 - 1641. https://doi.org/10.1111/all.13407

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Air pollution and otitis media in children: A systematic review of literature
Bowatte, Gayan, Tham, Rachel, Perret, Jennifer L., Bloom, Michael S., Dong, Guanghui, Waidyatillake, Nilakshi, Bui, Dinh, Morgan, Geoffrey G., Jalaludin, Bin, Lodge, Caroline J. and Dharmage, Shyamali C.. (2018). Air pollution and otitis media in children: A systematic review of literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(2), pp. 1 - 19. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020257

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Greenspace and atopic sensitization in children and adolescents: A systematic review
Lambert, Katrina A., Bowatte, Gayan, Tham, Rachel, Lodge, Caroline J., Prendergast, Luke A., Heinrich, Joachim, Abramson, Michael J., Dharmage, Shyamali C. and Erbas, Bircan. (2018). Greenspace and atopic sensitization in children and adolescents: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(11), pp. 1 - 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112539

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Associations between outdoor fungal spores and childhood and adolescent asthma hospitalizations
Tham, Rachel, Vicendese, Don, Dharmage, S. C., Hyndman, Rob J., Newbigin, E., Lewis, Emma, O'Sullivan, Molly, Lowe, Adrian J., Taylor, Philip, Bardin, Philip, Tang, Mimi L. K., Abramson, Michael J. and Erbas, B.. (2017). Associations between outdoor fungal spores and childhood and adolescent asthma hospitalizations. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 139(4), pp. 1140 - 1147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2016.06.046

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Effect of season of birth on cord blood IgE and IgE at birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Susanto, Nugrobo Harry, Vicendese, Don, Salim, Agus, Lowe, Adrian J., Dharmage, S. C., Tham, Rachel, Lodge, Caroline, Garden, Frances L., Allen, Katie, Svanes, Cecilie, Heinrich, Joachim, Abramson, Michael J. and Erbas, B.. (2017). Effect of season of birth on cord blood IgE and IgE at birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Research. 157, pp. 198 - 205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.05.026

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Residential greenness and allergic respiratory diseases in children and adolescents - a systematic review and meta-analysis
Lambert, K. A., Bowatte, G., Tham, Rachel, Lodge, C., Prendergast, L., Heinrich, J., Abramson, Michael J., Dharmage, S. C. and Erbas, B.. (2017). Residential greenness and allergic respiratory diseases in children and adolescents - a systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Research. 159, pp. 212 - 221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.002

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The role of outdoor fungi on asthma hospital admissions in children and adolescents: a 5-year time stratified case-crossover analysis
Tham, Rachel, Katelaris, Constance H., Vicendese, Don, Dharmage, Shyamali C., Lowe, Adrian J., Bowatte, Gayan, Taylor, Philip, Burton, Pamela, Abramson, Michael J. and Erbas, B.. (2017). The role of outdoor fungi on asthma hospital admissions in children and adolescents: a 5-year time stratified case-crossover analysis. Environmental Research. 154, pp. 42 - 49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2016.12.016

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The quality of cardiovascular disease prevention in rural primary care
Allenby, Ann, Kinsman, Leigh, Tham, Rachel, Symons, Julie, Jones, Mike and Campbell, Stephen. (2016). The quality of cardiovascular disease prevention in rural primary care. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 24(2), pp. 92 - 98. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12224

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Prevention of cardiovascular disease in rural Australian primary care: an exploratory study of the perspectives of clinicians and high-risk men
Kinsman, Leigh, Tham, Rachel, Symons, Julie, Jones, Mike, Campbell, Stephen and Allenby, Ann. (2016). Prevention of cardiovascular disease in rural Australian primary care: an exploratory study of the perspectives of clinicians and high-risk men. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 22(6), pp. 510 - 516. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY15091

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Oral health-related knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy of Australian rural older adults
Marino, Rodrigo Jose, Hopcraft, Matthew, Ghanim, Aghareed, Tham, Rachel, Khew, Chee-Wah and Stevenson, Christine. (2016). Oral health-related knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy of Australian rural older adults. Gerodontology: an international journal. 33(4), pp. 530 - 538. https://doi.org/10.1111/ger.12202

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Breastfeeding and the risk of dental caries: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Tham, Rachel, Bowatte, G., Dharmage, S. C., Tan, D. J., Lau, M. X.Z., Dai, Xiaochen, Allen, K J. and Lodge, C. J.. (2015). Breastfeeding and the risk of dental caries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Paediatrica. 104(467), pp. 62 - 84. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.13118

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Breastfeeding and asthma and allergies: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Lodge, Caroline J., Tan, D. J., Lau, M. X. Z., Dai, Xiaochen, Tham, Rachel, Lowe, Adrian J., Bowatte, Gayan, Allen, K. J. and Dharmage, Shyamali Chandrika. (2015). Breastfeeding and asthma and allergies: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Paediatrica. 104(467), pp. 38 - 53. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.13132

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Breastfeeding and childhood acute otitis media: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Bowatte, G., Tham, R., Allen, K. J., Tan, D. J., Lau, M. X. Z., Dai, X. and Lodge, C. J.. (2015). Breastfeeding and childhood acute otitis media: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Paediatrica. 104(467), pp. 85 - 95. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.13151

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Reporting dental trauma and its inclusion in an injury surveillance system in Victoria, Australia
Dang, K. M., Day, P. F., Calache, H., Tham, R. and Parashos, P.. (2015). Reporting dental trauma and its inclusion in an injury surveillance system in Victoria, Australia. Australian Dental Journal. 60(1), pp. 88 - 95. https://doi.org/10.1111/adj.12273

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Investing in longitudinal studies of primary healthcare: what can we learn about service performance, sustainability and quality?
Ward, Bernadette M., Buykx, P. F., Tham, Rachel, Kinsman, Leigh and Humphreys, John S.. (2014). Investing in longitudinal studies of primary healthcare: what can we learn about service performance, sustainability and quality? Rural and Remote Health. 14(4), pp. 1 - 6.

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Staff perceptions of primary healthcare service change: Influences on staff satisfaction
Tham, Rachel, Buykx, Penny, Kinsman, Leigh, Ward, Bernadette, Humphreys, John S., Asaid, Adel, Tuohey, Kathy and Jenner, Rohan. (2014). Staff perceptions of primary healthcare service change: Influences on staff satisfaction. Australian Health Review. 38(5), pp. 580 - 583. https://doi.org/10.1071/AH14015

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Outdoor fungi and child asthma health service attendances
Tham, Rachel, Dharmage, Shyamali C., Taylor, Philip E., Katelaris, Constance H., Vicendese, Don, Abramson, Michael J. and Erbas, Bircan. (2014). Outdoor fungi and child asthma health service attendances. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 25(5), pp. 439 - 449. https://doi.org/10.1111/pai.12257

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Pattern and factors associated with utilization of dental services among older adults in rural Victoria
MariƱo, Rodrigo Jose, Khan, A. R., Tham, Rachel, Khew, Chee-Wah and Stevenson, Christine. (2014). Pattern and factors associated with utilization of dental services among older adults in rural Victoria. Australian Dental Journal. 59(4), pp. 504 - 510. https://doi.org/10.1111/adj.12216

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Oral healthcare issues in rural residential aged care services in Victoria, Australia
Tham, Rachel and Hardy, Susan. (2013). Oral healthcare issues in rural residential aged care services in Victoria, Australia. Gerodontology. 30(2), pp. 126-132. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-2358.2012.00652.x

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The role of seasonal grass pollen on childhood asthma emergency department presentations
Erbas, B., Akram, M., Dharmage, S. C., Tham, R., Dennekamp, M., Newbigin, E., Taylor, P., Tang, M. L. K. and Abramson, M. J.. (2012). The role of seasonal grass pollen on childhood asthma emergency department presentations. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 42(5), pp. 799 - 805. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2222.2012.03995.x

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Study protocol : Evaluating the impact of a rural Australian primary health care service on rural health
Tham, Rachel, Humphreys, John S., Kinsman, Leigh, Buykx, Penny, Asaid, Adel and Tuohey, Kathy. (2011). Study protocol : Evaluating the impact of a rural Australian primary health care service on rural health. BMC Health Services Research. 11(1), pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-11-52

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