College of Medicine and Public Health
I am a Health Services Researcher with experience undertaking research in primary care, tertiary care and aged care settings, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
I have worked within the field of health services research since 2009, and am currently employed as a Research Fellow in the Discipline of Health Economics, working as part of the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability (hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney). My current work is investigating ways to incorporate economic evaluation into the decision making processes for local health services (such as SALHN), with projects focussed on reducing the occurrence of hospital-acquired complications (HACs) such as hypoglycaemia and urinary tract infections.
I have experience in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of health care data, conducting literature reviews including pragmatic and scoping reviews, and in working with local stakeholders and clinical working groups.
Previously I have worked on a project that examined the methods used in cost-effectiveness analyses of new pharmaceuticals for the treatment of metastatic cancer. In particular, I examined the models used to predict survival beyond the follow up times observed in clinical trials.
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 experiences 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.
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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