Dr Michelle Tan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Resear

Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Health Services)

Michelle is a Research Fellow (Health Services) at the Northside Clinical Unit, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland (UQ) based at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. Her current role is devoted to contributing to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-funded SAFER Hospitals research program to evaluate the safety, quality, and outcomes of hospital care using nationally linked clinical datasets and artificial intelligence (AI). She is also an affiliate Research Fellow at the Department of Health Service and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, UK. Michelle received her PhD in Medicine from The University of Sydney, focused on a longitudinal research for improving a multidisciplinary publicly funded bariatric surgery service provided by three hospitals integrated with a range of adjunct treatments in highly complex adult patients with clinically severe obesity and multiple comorbidities in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to joining UQ, she was a Research Fellow of Monash University and King’s College London, working on a Medical Research Council (MRC)-funded multi-country multimorbidity project, followed by an appointment as a Research Fellow in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore. She was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Policy Research Unit for Older People and Frailty at Newcastle University, UK, working in collaboration with academic and practitioner colleagues at The University of Manchester, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Department of Health and Social Care England. During her PhD, she also worked in several academic roles at The University of Sydney and its affiliated hospital. The positions included Research Officer, Research Administrative Officer, Tutor in Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport, and Clinical Trials Support Administration Assistant.

Research Interests:

Michelle is interested in and can help you with the research areas of health services evaluation and implementation, epidemiology, quantitative research methodologies, biostatistics, multimorbidity, cardiovascular diseases, health policy development, machine learning, healthy ageing, systematic reviews, endocrinology, surgeries, obesity, metabolic diseases, nutrition and dietetics, clinical trials, mental disorders, osteoarthritis, and sleep-disordered breathing.


Higher Degree Research (HDR) students

Doctor of Medicine (MD) students

Professional Memberships:

British Society of Gerontology

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria (ARC NENC) Multimorbidity, Ageing and Frailty Theme

International Health Literacy Association

Endocrine Society of Australia

Australia Diabetes Society

World Obesity Federation

The Association for the Study of Obesity UK

European Association for the Study of Obesity

Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine

Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society

Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society

Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society

Malaysian Diabetes Association

Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity

Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Research Awards:

The European Association for the Study of Obesity Travel Grant Award 2024

The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme 2020

The University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) SEED Grant Award 2019

The Boden Institute Travel Support Scheme (CPC, Sydney School of Medicine, The University of Sydney) 2018

The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme 2018

The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme 2017

Australian Commonwealth Government Research Training Program Scholarships 2017-2020

The University of Sydney’s Sancta Sophia College Entrance Scholarship 2017-2018

The University of Sydney’s Sancta Sophia College Bursary 2017-2018

International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Travel Grant Award for World Diabetes Congress 2011

University Putra Malaysia Graduate Research Fellowship 2010-2011

Nutrition Society of Malaysia Travel Grant Award 2011

International Congress of Nutrition Travel Grant Award 2009

International Congress of Nutrition Distinguished Poster Presenter 2009

20th Intervarsity Biochemistry Conference Best Poster Presenter Award 2009

Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Scholarship 2009-2011


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