PhD, MPHTM, RN
Sara is a Post-Doc Research Fellow with a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities through evidence-based and tailored health service delivery. Her PhD research focused on facilitators to conducting high-quality and culturally-appropriate research focused on strengthening wellbeing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She has research experience working on qualitative designs, evaluations and RCTs.
Her current research is focused treatment of people with co-morbid substance use and mental illness. She is working with linked datasets and health services to explore and enhance existing data collection systems and service delivery. She has an interest in novel approaches to service evaluation, using routinely collected data and pragmatic trial designs.
Sara is a Registered Nurse with clinical experience in renal dialysis units in far north Queensland. She has a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has worked in the Philippines and the Pacific on several programs including communicable disease control and maternal and child health. She has also worked on health promotion programs in Australia.
2008 Awarded the Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarship
2019 CIA - NDARC Seed Funding Application "Early intervention for unhealthy alcohol use among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: using the Grog Survey App"
2019 CID - NDARC Seed Funding Application Optimising retention in Opioid Agonist Therapy: A retrospective evaluation
2018 CID - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program Seed Funding The George Institute
2016 Fellowship - John Chalmers Program Grant Scholarship by The George Institute for Global Health
2016 CIA - Cross Cultural Public Health Research Award The University of Sydney
Farnbach S; Allan J; Wallace R; Aiken A; Shakeshaft A., Formative process evaluation of a guideline-driven process for improving the cultural responsiveness of alcohol and drug treatment services, BMC Health Services Research, vol. 21, 2021; http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06367-7
Farnbach S, Fernando J, Coyte J, Simms M, Hackett ML. “It's hard for me to tell my story” the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male clients at a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre using primary health care. Dec 2020. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.452
Farnbach S, Gee G, Eades AM; Evans J, Fernando J, Hammond B; Simms M; DeMasi K; Hackett ML Process evaluation of the Getting it Right study and acceptability and feasibility of screening for depression with the aPHQ-9. BMC Public Health. 2019 19(1): 1270.
Farnbach S, Gee G, Eades AM, Evans J, Fernando J, Hammond B; Simms M; DeMasi K; Hackett ML 'We're here to listen and help them as well': A qualitative study of staff and patient perceptions about participating in social and emotional wellbeing research at primary healthcare services. BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:294.
Farnbach S, Gee G, Eades AM, Evans J, Fernando J, Hammond B; Simms M; DeMasi K; Hackett ML. What are the resourcing requirements for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research project? Public Health Res Pract. 2019; Online early publication. https://doi.org/10.17061/phrp29341911
The Getting it Right Collaborative Group. Hackett ML & Teixeira-Pinto A (co-primary), Farnbach, S, Glozier N, Skinner T, Askew D, Gee G, Cass A, Brown A. Getting it Right: validating a culturally specific screening tool for depression (aPHQ-9) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Medical Journal of Australia. 2019 https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50212
Santos, JA, McKenzie, B, Trieu, K, Farnbach, S, Johnson, C, Schultz, J, Thow, AM, Snowdon, W, Bell, C and Webster, J, 2019. Contribution of fat, sugar and salt to diets in the Pacific Islands: a systematic review. Public Health Nutrition, 2018 22(10), pp.1858-1871. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3061259
Carcel C, Farnbach S, Essue BM, Li Q, Glozier N, Jan S, Lindley R, Hackett ML. Returning to Unpaid Work after Stroke: The Psychosocial Outcomes in Stroke Cohort Study. Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2019;47(1-2):1-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30654379
Farnbach S, Evans J, Eades AM, Gee G, Fernando J, Hammond B, Simms M, DeMasi K, & Hackett ML. Process evaluation of a primary healthcare validation study of a culturally-adapted depression screening tool for use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Study protocol BMJ Open, 2018 7(11), e017612. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/11/e017612
Whalan S, Farnbach S, Volk L, Gwynn J, Lock M, Trieu K, Brimblecombe J, & Webster J. What do we know about the diets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia? A systematic literature review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2017 41(6), 579-584. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12721
Farnbach S, Eades AM, Gwynne J, Glozier N, Hackett ML. The conduct of Indigenous primary health care research focused on social and emotional wellbeing involving collaborations: A systematic review. Public Health Res Practice. 2018;28(2):e27451704. https://doi.org/10.17061/phrp27451704
Farnbach S, Eades AM, Fernando J, Gwynne J, Glozier N, Hackett ML. The quality of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: a systematic review. Public Health Res Practice. 27(4):e27341700. https://doi.org/10.17061/phrp27341700
Hackett ML, Farnbach S, Glozier N, Skinner T, Teixeira-Pinto A, Askew D, Gee G, Cass A, Brown A. Getting it Right: study protocol to determine the diagnostic accuracy of a culturally-specific measure to screen for depression in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. BMJ Open. 2016;6(12). http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015009
Farnbach S, Eades AM, Hackett M. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-focused primary healthcare social and emotional wellbeing research: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews. 2015;4(189). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-015-0180-
Published conference abstracts
Farnbach S, Foley C, Sara G, Shakeshaft A, Lappin J, Allan J, Courtney R, Farrell M, Dobbins T. Who is accessing both mental health and drug and alcohol services? Mapping the overlap to identify opportunities for improving specialised care Drug and Alcohol Review. 2019;38:S103-S.
Farnbach S, Fernando J, Coyte J, Simms M, Hackett M. "I felt like I didn't get the help I needed" A qualitative study of male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol rehabilitation clients' experiences with attending primary health care. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2019;38:S44-S5.
Wallace R, Allan J, Farnbach S, Shakeshaft A. Development and testing of an audit tool in mainstream drug and alcohol services Drug and Alcohol Review. 2019;38:S103-S.