A/Prof Lisa Bourke

Lisa Bourke holds a Masters from Utah State University and a PhD from Penn State University in Rural Sociology.  She has researched rural communities in Australia and the U.S. for almost 25 years.  Since joining the University of Melbourne in 2000, her research interests have focused on rural health and the wellbeing of young people living in rural communities.  She uses multiple research paradigms and methods to undertake rural research in sociological, public health and multidisciplinary ways. 


The gap between the health needs of rural and regional Victorians and the services they can access is growing wider. Rural health specialists Lisa Bourke and Julian Wright explain the stark realities for patients beyond the city limits.