Research seminars is an opportunities for learning and discussion around various topics related to the key areas of research focus for the Centre.  

Members, students, early career researchers and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.  Details of the seminar venue, presenter/s and topic are announced on this website.


Seminars 2015




Professor David Currow

Palliative and Supportive Services,

Flinders University


“Breathlessness: invisible and deadly”



David Currow is Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services and his research includes clinical trials, population-based planning and codifying the evidence base underpinning palliative care.

He is the principal investigator for the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), and is also co-principal investigator on Caresearch.

David has published more than 380 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is senior associate editor of Journal of Palliative Medicine and on the editorial boards of Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and the Journal of Oncology Practice.


Friday 27th November 2015, 4pm – 5pm


Repatriation General Hospital,

Health Sciences building, rooms 103/105

 Light refreshments provided


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“Advance directives in an e-Health environment: South Australian preferences and Baby Boomer choices”

Sandra L Bradley,

Flinders Health Economics Unit,

Repatriation General Hospital, Flinders University

This presentation will briefly describe results from the PhD thesis of one of the FCCHCR student members, Ms Sandra Bradley.  Sandra’s research looked closely at the use of the online environment to facilitate advance directive completions.  The research encompassed three projects: a systematic literature review on the effectiveness of computer-based, interactive online methods to enhance AD completion rates; a South Australian Health Omnibus Survey (HOS) exploring AD completion, assistance, agency, computer use and preferred means of online AD information by the South Australian population; and a randomised controlled trial of two different online mechanisms (AD education module vs email prompting) to enhance AD completions by SA Baby Boomers (b. 1946-1965).

The information in this presentation provides original detailed knowledge of AD use in South Australia and by Boomers, in particular, as well as their proclivity for using and gaining information on this subject in the online environment.

Friday 25 September 2015, 1 - 2pm

Repatriation General Hospital,

 Health Sciences building, room 106.

Lunch will be provided from 12:30

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 “The Impact of Limited versus Full Sleep Study Testing on Patient Outcomes and Physician Decision Making”

Dr Ching Li Chai-Coetzer,

Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health,

Repatriation General Hospital, Flinders University

Dr Chai-Coetzer will join us and discuss the results of a national study funded by the Australasian Sleep Trials Network and Repat Foundation which has involved patients from seven sleep centres throughout Australia.


Patients suspected of having  (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) OSA usually undergo a full sleep study in a laboratory to confirm the diagnosis, which involves monitoring of sleep stages, breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate and leg movements. Simplified sleep recording devices have been developed with fewer channels which record only breathing patterns and/or oxygen levels overnight, without recording of sleep stages. This study has assessed whether patients who receive treatment from a sleep specialist on the basis of a simplified sleep study recording will do as well, in terms of improvement in symptoms, as patients who have had a full sleep study.

Friday 28 August 2015, 4pm – 5pm

 Repatriation General Hospital,

Health Sciences building, room 103/105.

Light refreshments provided.



“Economic evaluation and aged care:

a systematic review of economic evidence and

residential aged care models ”


Tiffany Easton

PhD candidate, Flinders University


In Australia, residential aged care is a $17.0 billion industry. Given the ageing of the population and the substantial amount of current and projected future funding for residential aged care, evidence is needed to support decision makers in making the best use of available resources to support optimal care models in relation to cost and quality processes & outcomes. However, little is currently known about the comprehensiveness (or otherwise) of the available cost-effectiveness evidence in residential aged care. This presentation will report upon a study aimed to systematically review economic evaluations in residential aged care. The findings indicate that despite the high cost of providing care to older people living in residential aged care, there is a current shortage of robust economic evidence on the impact of alternative service configurations. With an aging population and rapidly increasing rates of dementia in an environment of increasing resource constraints, rigorous economic evaluations of residential aged care models are needed.


Friday 31 July 2015, 4pm – 5pm
Repatriation General Hospital,
Health Sciences building, room 108/09.

Light refreshments provided.

Please RSVP for catering


Adealide Institute for Sleep Health


Integrated Care Management for Patients

with Atrial Fibrillation


Dr Jeroen Hendriks RN, PhD, NFESC

Centre for Hearth Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SAHMRI Adelaide, SA


Dr Hendriks is a registered nurse and Health Scientist who received his PhD in 2013 at Maastricht University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. His doctoral studies focused on developing Integrated Care in terms of specialised Atrial Fibrillation clinics and proving the role of specialised nurses to manage these clinics. In 2015, Dr Hendriks took up the Derek Frewin Lectureship at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital, to join the team of Prof. P. Sanders. Dr Hendriks is the Past President of the National Society for Cardiovascular Nurses in the Netherlands. Also, he is the Communications Officer and Board member of the Council for Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions within the European Society of Cardiology.


Friday, 3rd July 2015, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Room 103/105, Repatriation General Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences Building

(Next to Adelaide Institute For Sleep Health, C block,

Repatriation General Hospital)




Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research

Research Seminar

  “Telehealthas a new model of health care service delivery: a discrete choice experiment to investigate the attitudes and preferences of older people

 Presenter: Julie Ratcliffe,

Professor in Health Economics, Flinders University

The presentation will illustrate how discrete choice experiment methods can facilitate the incorporation of older people’s preferences into optimal models of telehealth service delivery and can be utilised more generally for incorporating patient and consumer preferences into treatment and service innovations across health and aged care.


Friday 29 May 2015, 4pm – 5pm

Conference Room 5.29, Tonsley precinct, Flinders University


Come and join us and take the opportunity to view the Tonsley precinct.

Light refreshments provided.

Please RSVP for catering



Advanced Studies Research:

Information for Clinical, Academic and Professional Staff who are considering to offer a Research Project

Presenter: Professor Neil Piller, Advanced Studies Coordinator, School of Medicine

Thursday 14th May, 3pm – 4pm

Room 103/105 Health Sciences Building, Repatriation General Hospital



 What is Advanced Studies?

• It is a research/scholarship theme integrated across all years of the Flinders MD program.

• It is an opportunity for MD students to undertake supervised research activities (or postgraduate coursework) in Years 2 and 3 of our MD program.

• It offers collaborative research opportunities for our students with clinical, academic and professional staff within and across all sites and discipline areas broadly related to Medicine.


How can you be a part of Advanced Studies Research?

• By offering a research project for a student (or multiple projects);


• By listing your name as a potential research supervisor with details on your broad area of research interest.


A research supervisor will

• Receive $1000 per 4.5 units (a total of $2000 over two years) to assist with project consumables and other costs (such as publication).

• Require the student to undertake a literature review/critique of the area.

• Monitor student progress through regular meetings and provide progress reports.

• Expect the student to present findings in a peer-reviewed setting and encourage the student to publish the research outcomes.


Applications close on June 1, 2015.

The session was recorded for your viewing





  Dr Nikki McCaffrey – Flinders University
  Better informing decision-making with multiple outcomes cost-effectiveness analysis: Case studies in palliative care
Date:               Monday 13th April
Time:              1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue:            SAHMRI Auditorium


Comparing multiple, diverse outcomes with cost-effectiveness analysis is important, yet challenging in areas like palliative care where domains are unamenable to integration with survival. Generic multi-attribute utility values exclude important domains and non-health outcomes, while partial analyses - where outcomes are considered separately, with their joint relationship under uncertainty ignored - lead to incorrect inference regarding preferred strategies. This presentation considers whether decision making can be better informed in complex disease areas such as palliative care with alternative presentation and summary measures, extending methods previously shown to have advantages in multiple strategy comparison. 
Speaker Bio: Dr Nikki McCaffrey is a health economist with a pharmacy background and over ten years’ experience in health technology assessment and health economic analysis in palliative care. She works for Flinders Health Economics Group and the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), a national collaboration of researchers engaged in Phase III studies in palliative care. Dr McCaffrey has been successful as: a researcher, applying qualitative and quantitative approaches in palliative care economic evaluation, outcome measurement, the quality use of medicines, healthy ageing and epidemiology; a health technology evaluator, critiquing applications to the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; and a pharmaceutical adviser, providing guidance to over 40 GPs regarding the cost-effective use of medicines.
Dr McCaffrey is an investigator on competitive research grants totalling more than A$4.3 million. Her original research includes:
− Comparison in cost-disutility space to best inform risk neutral or risk averse decision makers when comparing more than two strategies with multiple outcomes in health technology assessment;
− Outcome measurement in palliative care economic evaluations, including the development of disease specific preference based economic measures;
− Evaluation of community models of palliative care; and
− Development of discrete choice attributes from qualitative data.
Dr McCaffrey is an advisory group member for the Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Planning Advisory Service for Aged Care, a national project funded by the government ($14.95 mill), a research executive member of the South Australian Palliative Care Clinical Network, and a PaCCSC Scientific Committee board member. In 2015, she has been invited to present her research at the Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College, London and the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care in Denmark.




Final PhD presentation

Sandra L Bradley

CareSearch PhD Candidate




FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 2015 3-5PM

Repatriation General Hospital, SPF Hall - All Welcome

RSVP and further enquiries: 

Gail Dooley, by 18 March 2015


Seminars 2014

Researchers are encouraged to register their interest to present at our seminars to be held during 2014.


 Friday 14 March at 4:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building

Dr Billingsley Kaambwa, Flinders Health Economics Group will give a presentation entitled: "Cost-effectiveness of, and willingness to pay for, telemonitoring and self-management in the control of hypertension."


Friday 11 April at 4:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building

Professor Murray Loew, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Sciences and Technology, George Washington University will give a presentation entitled: "Infrared imaging for detection of breast cancer: basis, methods, and prospects."


Friday 16 May at 4:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building

Ms Sandra Bradley, PhD Candidate, CareSearch, Palliative and Support Services will give her PhD Progress Report in a presentation entitled: "Advance Care Planning on an e-Health Environment."


Friday 20 June at 4:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building

Prof Sheila Lennon, Head of Physiotherapy, will give a presentation entitled: "Exercise therapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis: feasibility and clinical relevance ."


Friday 15 August at 4:00pm - Lecture Theatre 1, Rm 5E:311 Flinders Medical Centre 

CareSearch, Palliative and Supportive Services will give a presentation entitled, Systematic Reviews: Lessons Learned


Friday 19 September at 4:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building

Rescheduled to October. Please join us then.


Friday 17 October at 4:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building

Mr Chris McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Silver Chain Group will give a presentation entitled "Patterns of End of Life Care in Australia."


Thursday 27 November at 1:00pm - 2:30pm - RGH Health Sciences/Uni rooms 103 & 105

A Joint invitation from Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research presents "Improving children's sleep: moving from research to policy to practice" by Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock


Friday 12 December, 10:00am - 2:30pm - Function Room, Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park

The Flinders Health Economics Group will lead a Half Day Workshop "Putting the costs back into comparative effectiveness research". 


  Friday 12 December, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Room 1.09 Health Sciences Building.

Professor Jan Abel Olsen, Professor of Health Economics, Institute of Community Medicine, Univesity of Tromsø, Norway presents "The New Norwegian Priority Guidelines: Health Gains, Resource Use, Health Losses".


Everyone is welcome to attend, and non-members of the Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research are also encouraged to add their name to the electronic distribution list for the monthly event.


Please contact Anne Cazneaux, via email  or phone (08) 722 18364 or 0405505833 for further information.