Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that aims to build evidence about the organisation, delivery, financing and outcomes of health and care services to inform policy and practice
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Zooming in on the delivery of care, Implementation Science is the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine practice in health and social care. What we do matters now more than ever. The Australian Government vision is better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. If we are to realise this vision, Health, social care and aged care services need to evolve to meet new patterns of ill health, demand and opportunities from new treatments and technologies.
Health services research (HSR) studies address the planning, distribution, organisation, provision, quality, effectiveness, efficiency, and outcome of health care services. HSR researchers in the School of Health Sciences are conducting research across a wide variety of clinical areas, to discover new and effective clinical and therapeutic interventions.
Implementation scientists in the School investigate implementation problems (evidence-practice gaps in care). Whether the care gaps involve established practices (such as over-prescribing of antibiotics or over-transfusing of blood products) or new and emerging interventions (such as pre-habilitation for people prior to cancer surgery or empowerment therapies for people with psychosis), changing practice is difficult and often needs support. Implementation researchers also investigate inappropriate variations in care with the aim of reducing health inequalities.
Not all implementation strategies work, so to avoid wasted time and effort, we need to build a theory-informed evidence base to discover effective strategies for closing care gaps. Our vision is to enhance health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and improve health service users’ experience of care.
Meet our researchers in health services research and implementation science
- School of Health Sciences
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Principal Research Fellow, Hearing Loss and Cognition Program | Research areas include comorbidities and biomarkers/predictors of hearing firstname.lastname@example.orgDame Kate Campbell Fellow, Director or Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language | Research areas include child speech and language development and speech email@example.comSenior Lecturer | Research areas include child communication development, stuttering, epidemiological studies, implementation firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas include global audiology: highlighting the need for prioritised public policies and interventions for the delivery of effective ear and hearing care services in low-and middle-income email@example.com
Lecturer | Research areas include nurse wellbeing and critical firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer, Course Coordinator Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing | Research areas include health services research, emergency department utilisation, cancer email@example.comProfessor | Research areas include infant and child health, implementation science, families as partners in firstname.lastname@example.orgProfessor and Head of Department | Research areas include emergency and critical care email@example.com
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Associate Professor and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include ocular diagnostics and therapeutics, tear biomarkers, clinical trials and research firstname.lastname@example.orgOrthoptist, Clinical Vision Research Fellow | Research areas include Digital Health, Childrens Vision, Public Eye Health, Eyecare across the Lifespan, Binocular Vision.email@example.comPostdoctoral Research Fellow and Optometrist | Research interests include inherited retinal diseases, ocular imaging, gene therapy trials, and evidence firstname.lastname@example.orgPostdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow | Research areas include dry eye disease, blue light and ocular health, evidence synthesis and translational email@example.comAssoc. Professor | Research areas include preclinical investigation of vision and the retinal vasculature in healthy ageing; mechanisms of age-related susceptibility to firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer, optometrist and human visual neuroscientist | Research areas include understanding eye and brain changes with healthy and pathological ageing, childhood and adolescent development, vision anomalies in ophthalmic and neurological email@example.comClinical Research Optometrist | Research areas include management of dry eye disease, childhood myopia and developement of myopia control firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Clinical Research Optometrist | Research areas include anterior ocular disease, therapeutic clinical trials and research email@example.com
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, Dame Kate Campbell Senior Research Fellow | Research includes lower limb biomechanics of walking and running, and the clinical and biomechanical effects of foot-based interventions for musculoskeletal firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Professor and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include exercise and physical activity for patients with lung cancer, other cancers, critical illness and respiratory email@example.comLecturer | Research areas include health services research, multi-disciplinary models of allied health care for people with cancer, measurement of physical firstname.lastname@example.orgHonorary | Research areas include Sport and Exercise Medicine, tendinopathy and email@example.comSenior Research Fellow | Research areas include the brain-behaviour nexus during rehabilitation after firstname.lastname@example.orgNHMRC Research Fellow | Research expertise includes anterior cruciate ligament injury and knee osteoarthritis outcomes and email@example.comChair in Physiotherapy at Austin Health | Research areas include sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease, health systems and data research, clinical trials of therapies and care firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer, Post-Doctoral Researcher | Research areas include physical activity after neurological injury, stroke recovery and email@example.comSenior Research Fellow, NHMRC Emerging Leader, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include osteoarthritis. exercise, biomechanics; meta-analyses, clinical firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch areas include improving the health of people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, especially osteoarthritis, implementation science, and increasing access to care, including telerehabilitation and digital email@example.comDeputy Head of Physiotherapy | Research areas include exercise for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, hip & knee osteoarthritis, outcome measurement, firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer | Research focus is on design of models of health service delivery to implement evidence-based practice for osteoarthritis and other chronic email@example.comAssociate Professor | Research expertise in expertise in women’s health, specifically disorders related to the pelvic firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences | Her research interest include infant and child development, early intervention, parent well-being, consumer engagement and implementation email@example.comProfessor of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation | Research areas include neurological gait disorders, running, task-specific strength training and focal spasticity firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas include stroke rehabilitation, balance training, falls prevention, motion-tracking technologies and email@example.comResearch Fellow | Research areas include the impact of developmental therapy and early intervention on brain development and rehabilitation in the newborn period and beyond, and the role parents play in delivering this firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas including paediatrics, disability and inclusive participation in physical email@example.comA/Professor Physiotherapy Western Health | Research interests include rehabilitation and fall prevention in older people and people with neurological firstname.lastname@example.orgRedmond Barry Distinguished Professor, NHMRC Investigator Fellow and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow. Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine | Research focus is on the management of musculoskeletal conditions particularly email@example.com
Research Fellow | Research areas include policy, program and practice implementation to improve the lives of people living with disability, and their families in their firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Professor in Social Work, Director of Learning and Teaching, MSHS | Research areas include impact of criminal justice system, trauma and mental health, alcohol and other drugs, domestic & family violence, children and families across borders and health/mental health in forensic email@example.comProfessor - Direct Practice | Research areas include clarifying, measuring and evaluating the outcomes of social interventions in health and mental health, focusing on the contribution of formal and informal social network firstname.lastname@example.orgCourse Coordinator, MSW | Research areas include navigating complex service systems, disability and the NDIS, social work in the legal and justice systems and the impact of social policy on health and email@example.comAssociate Professor | kNOwVAWdata; safe, ethical and inclusive measurement of violence against women and children with a focus in Asia and the Pacifick.firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch fellow | Specialises in interviews with children and young people about sensitive issues like child sexual abuse and family violence. Interested in research collaborations that benefit the health and social lives of children and young people in Australia and across the email@example.comProfessor | Dedicated to optimising the health of all family members where there is domestic and family firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Doctoral Research Fellow | Research Interests include intervention responses at the intersections between child abuse, domestic violence, mental health and problematic substance use, approaches that promote recovery post-violence and interventions for women who use force in the context of family email@example.com