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