Dr Sara Farnbach
Lecturer

Dr Sara Farnbach

PhD, MPHTM, RN

Medicine & Health
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

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, embedding evaluations into service delivery and RCTs.

Her current research is focused improving health service delivery to meet the needs of people with substance use problems. 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.

 

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Talbot B; Farnbach S; Tong A; Chadban S; Sen S; Garvey V; Gallagher M; Knight J, 2022, 'Patient and Clinician Perspectives on the use of Remote Patient Monitoring in Peritoneal Dialysis', Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, vol. 9, pp. 20543581221084499, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/20543581221084499
    Journal articles | 2022
    Trudgett S; Griffiths K; Farnbach S; Shakeshaft A, 2022, 'A framework for operationalising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data sovereignty in Australia: Results of a systematic literature review of published studies', eClinicalMedicine, vol. 45, pp. 101302 - 101302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101302
    Journal articles | 2021
    Farnbach S; Allan J; Wallace R; Aiken A; Shakeshaft A, 2021, '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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06367-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    Farnbach S; Fernando J; Coyte J; Simms M; Hackett ML, 2021, '“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', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 32, pp. 87 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.452
    Journal articles | 2020
    Farnbach S; Gee G; Eades AM; Evans JR; Fernando J; Hammond B; Simms M; DeMasi K; Glozier N; Hackett ML; Teixeira-Pinto A; Skinner T; Askew D; Cass A; Brown A, 2020, 'What are the resourcing requirements for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research project?', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/PHRP29341911
    Journal articles | 2019
    Carcel C; Farnbach S; Essue BM; Li Q; Glozier N; Jan S; Lindley R; Hackett ML, 2019, 'Returning to Unpaid Work after Stroke: The Psychosocial Outcomes in Stroke Cohort Study', Cerebrovascular Diseases, vol. 47, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000496399
    Journal articles | 2019
    Farnbach S; Gee G; Eades AM; Evans JR; Fernando J; Hammond B; Simms M; Demasi K; Glozier N; Brown A; Hackett ML; Teixeira-Pinto A; Skinner T; Askew D; Cass A, 2019, 'Process evaluation of the Getting it Right study and acceptability and feasibility of screening for depression with the aPHQ-9', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, pp. 1270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7569-4
    Journal articles | 2019
    Farnbach S; Gee G; Eades AM; Evans JR; Fernando J; Hammond B; Simms M; Demasi K; Hackett ML; Teixeira-Pinto A; Glozier N; Skinner T; Askew D; Cass A; Brown A, 2019, ''We're here to listen and help them as well': A qualitative study of staff and Indigenous patient perceptions about participating in social and emotional wellbeing research at primary healthcare services', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 19, pp. 294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12888-019-2263-8
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hackett ML; Teixeira-Pinto A; Farnbach S; Glozier N; Skinner T; Askew DA; Gee G; Cass A; Brown A, 2019, 'Getting it Right: validating a culturally specific screening tool for depression (aPHQ-9) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 211, pp. 24 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50212
    Journal articles | 2019
    Santos JA; Mckenzie B; Trieu K; Farnbach S; Johnson C; Schultz J; Thow AM; Snowdon W; Bell C; Webster J, 2019, 'Contribution of fat, sugar and salt to diets in the Pacific Islands: a systematic review', Public Health Nutrition, vol. 22, pp. 1858 - 1871, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980018003609
    Journal articles | 2018
    Farnbach S; Eades AM; Gwynn JD; Glozier N; Hackett ML, 2018, 'The Conduct of Australian Indigenous Primary Health Care Research Focusing on Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Systematic Review', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp27451704
    Journal articles | 2017
    Farnbach S; Eades AM; Fernando JK; Gwynn JD; Glozier N; Hackett ML, 2017, 'The quality of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: A systematic review', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp27341700
    Journal articles | 2017
    Farnbach S; Evans J; Eades AM; Gee G; Fernando J; Hammond B; Simms M; Demasi K; Hackett M, 2017, '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, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017612
    Journal articles | 2017
    Whalan S; Farnbach S; Volk L; Gwynn J; Lock M; Trieu K; Brimblecombe J; Webster J, 2017, '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, vol. 41, pp. 579 - 584, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12721
    Journal articles | 2016
    Hackett ML; Farnbach S; Glozier N; Skinner T; Teixeira-Pinto A; Askew D; Gee G; Cass A; Brown A, 2016, '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, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015009
    Journal articles | 2015
    Farnbach S; Eades AM; Hackett ML, 2015, 'Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-focused primary healthcare social and emotional wellbeing research: A systematic review protocol', Systematic Reviews, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13643-015-0180-6
    Journal articles |
    Farnbach S; Fernando J; Coyte J; Simms M; Hackett M, '“I Tried to Get Help About My Addiction but He Just Gave Me Tablets:” Male Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Clients’ Experiences and Preferences Speaking About Substance Use in Primary Care', , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-929770/v2
  • Conference Papers | 2021
    Gibbs D; Doyle M; Stockings E; Larney S; Shakeshaft A; Farnbach S, 2021, 'THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING RELEASED FROM JAIL: A CASE STUDY', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S73 - S74, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200183&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Reports | 2020
    Farnbach S; Economidis G; Aiken A; Mithilesh D; Shakeshaft A, 2020, A randomised stepped-wedge evaluation of the impact of a guideline-driven process for improving the cultural competence of non-Aboriginal drug and alcohol treatment services., NDARC, Sydney
    Reports | 2020
    Shakeshaft A; Economidis G; D'Este C; Oldmeadow C; Dam Anh T; Nalukwago S; Jopson W; Farnbach S, 2020, The application of Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) and Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) to NSW: an early evaluation of processes, outcomes and economics., NDARC, Sydney
    Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Farnbach S; Fernando J; Coyte J; Simms M; Hackett M, 2019, '"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', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 38, pp. S44 - S45, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100112&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Farnbach S; Foley C; Sara G; Shakeshaft A; Lappin J; Allan J; Courtney RJ; Farrell M; Dobbins T, 2019, 'WHO IS ACCESSING BOTH MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES? MAPPING THE OVERLAP TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVING SPECIALISED CARE', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 38, pp. S45 - S45, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100115&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Wallace R; Allan J; Farnbach S; Shakeshaft A, 2019, 'DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF AN AUDIT TOOL IN MAINSTREAM DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, Vol. 38, pp. S103 - S103, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000494890100260&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Preprints |
    Farnbach S; Allan J; Wallace R; Aiken A; Shakeshaft A, Evaluating the Implementation and Feasibility of a Guideline-Driven Process for Improving the Cultural Responsiveness of Non-Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-131259/v1
    Preprints |
    Farnbach S; Fernando J; Coyte J; Simms M; Hackett M, “I Tried to Get Help About my Addiction but he Just gave me Tablets:” Male Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Clients’ Experiences and Preferences Speaking about Substance use in Primary Care, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-929770/v1

2022 CIA - South West Sydney Primary Health Network Tender "Evaluation of Psychoeducation Modules for Drug and Alcohol Support Service Summary"

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

2008 Awarded the Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarship

Publications

Talbot B, Farnbach S; Tong A, Chadban S, Sen S, Garvey V, Galligher M, Knight J. Patient and clinician perspectives on the use of remote patient monitoring in peritoneal dialysis, Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and disease, vol 9, 2022; https://doi.org/10.1177/20543581221084499

Trudgett S; Griffiths K; Farnbach S; Shakeshaft A, 2022, 'A framework for operationalising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data sovereignty in Australia: Results of a systematic literature review of published studies', eClinicalMedicine, vol. 45, pp. 101302 - 101302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101302

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.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7569-4

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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-019-2263-8

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, SGlozier 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 SVolk 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.