Dr Michael

Dr Michael Taylor

Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Public Health

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BPharm(Hons) LLB(Hons) GradDipLegalPrac MSc PhD



Area of study

Health Administration
Health Policy
Public Health

Brief profile

Dr Taylor is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in public health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University.

Dr Taylor is currently conducting a number of research projects focused on the design and regulation of the Medicare system, and Medicare's capacity to support chronic disease management.  Dr Taylor is a registered pharmacist and a past Director of Darebin Community Health Ltd.

Teaching units

PHE5LAE - Health Law and Ethics (postgraduate)

PHE3LMH - Law and Management in Health (undergraduate)

Recent publications

Academic journals

A Synnot, S Hill, M Summers and MJ Taylor “Comparing Face-to-Face and Online Qualitative Research With People With Multiple Sclerosis” Qualitative Health Research (accepted, Jul 2013).

H Swerissen and MJ Taylor, “Public Health for an Ageing Society” In: Caring for Older Australians [4thed] (commissioned peer reviewed book chapter; accepted, May 2013)  

D Edvardsson, K Sjögren, M Lindqvist, K Edvardsson, MJ Taylor, PO Sandman. ‘The Person-centred Climate Questionnaire (PCQ-S): establishing reliability and cut-offs in a residential aged care sample.’ Journal of Nursing Management (accepted, May 2013)  

MJ Taylor, D Horey, C Livingstone, SP Chan and H Swerissen “General practitioners and consultation drift: the effects of supply-side changes and reforms on service delivery patterns” Australian Health Review (accepted Nov 2012; E-pub ahead of print, May 2013)  

MJ Taylor, D Edvardsson, D Horey, D Fetherstonhaugh, R Nay and H Swerissen (2012) “General practitioner consultation provision pattern in residential aged care facilities: 1998–2011” Australasian Journal on Ageing doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00647.x [Epub ahead of print]

MJ Taylor (2012) “Regulatory influences on general practitioner service delivery in residential aged care” Australasian Journal on Ageing 31:128-9.

R Ryan, S Hill, D Lowe, K Allen, MJ Taylor and C Mead (2011) “Notification and Support for People Exposed to the Risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) through Medical Treatment (Iatrogenically)” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011(3): CD007578 [CDSR].

MJ Taylor, D Horey, C Livingstone and H Swerissen (2010) “Decline with a Capital D: Long-term Changes in GP Consultation Patterns Across Australia.” Medical Journal of Australia 193: 80-83 [PubMed].

MJ Taylor and H Swerissen (2010) “Medicare and Chronic Disease Management: Integrated Care as an Exceptional Circumstance?” Australian Health Review 34: 152–161 [PubMed].

H Swerissen and MJ Taylor (2008) “Reforming Funding for Chronic Illness: Medicare CDM.” Australian Health Review 32: 76-84 [PubMed].

Parliamentary submissions and government consultations

M Taylor, Submission to the Inquiry into the National Health Reform Amendment (National Health Performance Authority) Bill 2011, Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Parliament of Australia (April 2011) [Submission] [Report]. 

M Taylor, D Featherstonhaugh, J Warburton, Y Wells and R Nay, Submission to the Inquiry on Caring for Older Australians, Productivity Commission (March 2011)  [Submission] [Transcript] [Additional Advice to Inquiry].

M Taylor, S Hill and R Nay, Submission on the Governance and Functions of Medicare Locals, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (November 2010).

M Taylor and D Horey, Submission to the Inquiry into the National Health and Hospitals Network Bill 2010, Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Parliament of Australia (August 2010) [Submission] [Report].

M Taylor, Submission to the Inquiry into Council of Australian Government Reforms relating to Health and Hospitals, Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, Parliament of Australia (May 2010) [Submission] [Report].

H Swerissen and MJ Taylor, System Reform and Development for Chronic Disease Management, National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (May 2008) [NHHRC]. 

Conference symposia, presentations and posters

E Helis, H Colquhoun, A Mayhew, D Lowe, M Taylor, S Hill, D Belanger, J Worswick, J Grimshaw, “Working with knowledge users to improve evidence-based medicine prescribing and use: Key informant interviews and the process of developing an international training collaboration.” The 2013 Cochrane Colloquium, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 19-23 September 2013 [accepted presentation].  

D Lowe, M Taylor, R Ryan, S Hill, “Applicability of consumer quality use of medicine interventions to people with multimorbidity.” 2013 Primary Health Care Research Conference, Sydney, 10-12 July 2013 [poster].  

H Colquhoun, E Helis, A Mayhew, D Belanger, J Worswick, K Sullivan, M Taylor, D Lowe, S Hill and J Grimshaw, “Improving Evidence-based Prescribing: engaging knowledge users in developing and implementing training for a database of interventions.” 2013 CADTH Symposium, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health, 5-7 May 2013.  

D Lowe, M Taylor and S Hill, “Using Rx for change: An overview of evidence-based quality use of medicines interventions targeting consumers with asthma background.” Tackling Asthma in Australia 2013, Asthma Australia, 19-20 March 2013.  

D Lowe, M Taylor and S Hill, “At risk: communication vulnerabilities in working-age Australians with musculoskeletal conditions.” Communicating Health Symposium, The University of Melbourne, 4 Dec 2012.

A Synnot, M Summers, M Taylor and S Hill, “Using an online forum to reach consumer voices and broaden participation in research” Social Participation: Knowledge, Policy and Practice, La Trobe Institute for Social Participation, 28 Nov 2011.

MJ Taylor, D Horey, C Livingstone, R Nay and H Swerissen, “Today's Medicare, tomorrow's world: the impact of population ageing on Medicare's chronic disease management and mental health care programs” 2011 Primary Health Care Research Conference, Primary Health Care Research & Information Service, 14 July 2011 [PHCRIS symposium].

MJ Taylor, “Differential Consumption of Medicare: Jurisdictional Differences in Medicare utilisation” Dangerous Consumptions VII, VicHealth/Monash University/The University of Melbourne, 26 November 2009.

MJ Taylor, “Models of Chronic Disease Funding and MBS Arrangements” Queensland Divisions’ Forum on Funding Models in Primary Care, General Practice Queensland, 10 October 2008 [GPQ].


M Taylor, "Australian census: big Australia or small, we’re getting older – and the elderly need help" The Conversation, 21 June 2012

R Nay, M Baird and M Taylor, "Caring for elderly Australians: experts respond" The Conversation, 9 August 2011

M Taylor and C Livingstone, “Health care is not just another commodity” The National Times, 26 March 2010.

C Livingstone and M Taylor, "How the rich get well - and enjoy subsidies" The Age, 24 February 2010, p 15.

Research projects

Research projects include:

  • GP consultation patterns: effects of system reforms on clinical service delivery.
  • Primary health care system performance: “stress testing” of the current primary health care system to determine system integrity in light of ageing and other pressures.
  • Aged care: system dynamics influencing basic and enhanced primary care services in residential aged care facilities, with a focus on administrative structure.
  • Effects of administrative burden on health care delivery: continuation of GP consultation research; analysis of local-area delivery patterns to determine the influence of administrative complexity on primary health care provision and GP engagement with chronic disease management programs.