I am a Health Services Researcher with experience undertaking research in primary care, tertiary care and workplaces, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Currently I am working on a project focussed on methods used in the evaluation of new pharmaceuticals for the treatment of metastatic cancer. The project aims to explore common methodological issues that arise when determining the cost-effectiveness of these medications. In particular, I am looking at the use of models to predict survival beyond the follow up times observed in clinical trials.
I am also working for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Implementation Science in Oncology which is based at Macquarie University. This work aims to identify cost-effective strategies that can be implemented to enhance oncology care.
Previously, I coordinated a pilot study of the Counterweight Program, which examined the feasibility and acceptability of the Counterweight weight management program to Australian general practices and patients. The project used qualitative methods to explore the experience's of general practice staff and patients with the program, and collected quantitative data on patient's weight outcomes.
I also coordinated the Primary Care Services Improvement Project (PCSIP) which examined the cost-effectiveness of involving practice nurses in the management of patients with obesity, diabetes or depression within general practice. This observational study linked data from patient’s general practice medical records with administrative data (MBS, PBS and SA Health) to evaluate patient’s health outcomes and use of health services.
My research interests include: health services research, survival analysis and extrapolation, weight management in primary care and the analysis of linked data.
Master of Public Health (University of Adelaide)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (University of Adelaide)
Diploma of Information Technology (TAFE SA)
Professor Tony McMichael Memorial Prize (2016) for excellence in the completion of the Master of Public Health (University of Adelaide).
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