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Biography

Amanda Wilson has a strong research background having worked in both clinical and public health research for many years. She has worked in a variety of health care environments including general practice, the community and tertiary teaching hospitals. While completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English, Amanda began working part-time in clinical trials on asthma. This led to full-time employment in clinical respiratory research, involving asthma, COPD and sleep disorders. Her position involved trial design, implementation, data collection, analysis, writing and presentation of results. Amanda was a reviewer with the Cochrane Airways Group and developed and co-authored the first comprehensive report on evidence-based asthma management (Australian Asthma Management Plan 2000). She published a number of well cited papers in international and Australian peer-review journals, presented at international conferences, produced several industry reports and co-authored of a chapter in "Understanding Asthma: A Management Companion" edited by Dr Christine Jenkins. In 2000, Amanda joined the Newcastle Institute of Public Health (NIPH) as a Research Officer with a research focus on health services research. She produced several papers and reports including the NHMRC “Using Socioeconomic Evidence in Clinical Practice Guidelines Handbook” and the Clinical Service Framework for Respiratory Disease for NSW Department of Health. As part of her role, she tutored Medical Students at the University of Newcastle. While at NIPH, Amanda co-founded the Media Doctor website (mediadoctor.org.au) with Professor David Henry and has worked on the site as a reviewer and data manager since its inception in 2002. In 2005, Amanda and Professor David Henry were awarded the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for ‘Critical Thinking’ for their work on Media Doctor. During this period (2001 - 2005) Amanda also completed a Master of Creative Arts in writing. She was awarded a full Postgraduate Research Scholarship and began a PhD in the Discipline of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health. Using data from the Media Doctor website, Amanda examined how the media deals with various aspects of health and the impact of the website on the quality of this reporting. Her thesis is one of only a handful worldwide in the area of health reporting and, probably the only one which uses an evidence-based appraisal of the quality of content. In 2010, her thesis “Assessing the Quality of Health News Stories in the Australian Media Using the Media Doctor Website” was examined with no changes required and PhD awarded. Five papers have been published based on her PhD work, all in high quality peer-review journals, including PLoS Medicine, PLoS One and Medical Journal of Australia. Amanda is currently working with A/Prof Kyp Kypri, as a Research Academic using her research and web skills to perform online studies examining methodology and social desirability bias in the area of alcohol. She also continues her work in the area of health literacy and media content with the Media Doctor website.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 26/11/2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 09/05/1992
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 06/05/1994
  • Master of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle, 01/09/2005

Research

Research keywords

  • Health Journalism
  • Health literacy
  • Media
  • Web-based research

Research expertise

My research background involves expertise in both the humanities and health. I have explored the quality of health media in Australia and impact of this information of health literacy. My ongoing research with mediadoctor.org.au will examine ways of improving the quality of medical and scientific information that is transmitted through the media to the general public and the potential of raising health literacy.

I am also exploring the use of web based platforms in health research including the most effective way to employ this medium for participant recruitment, online study data collection and database management. This research involves interventions examining social desirability bias and study methodology in the context of changes in social behaviour such as alcohol use.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified50
110399Clinical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified40
160599Policy And Administration Not Elsewhere Classified10
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Highlighted Publications

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2010Wilson AJ, Bonevski B, Jones AL, Henry DA, 'Deconstructing cancer: What makes a good-quality news story?', Medical Journal of Australia, 193 702-706 (2010) [C1]
2010Wilson AJ, Robertson J, McElduff P, Jones AL, Henry DA, 'Does it matter who writes medical news stories?', PLoS Medicine, 7 1-5 (2010) [C1]
2009Wilson AJ, Bonevski B, Jones AL, Henry D, 'Media reporting of health interventions: Signs of improvement, but major problems persist', PLoS ONE, 4 e4831 (2009) [C1]

Publications

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Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Wilson AJ, Medical Terminology, Tertiary Press, Melbourne, 96 (2001)
2001Wilson AJ, Medical Terminology, Tertiary Press, Melbourne, 96 (2001)
2001Wilson A, The Medical Office, Tertiary Press, Melbourne, 235 (2001)
2001Wilson AJ, Medical Terminology, Tertiary Press, Melbourne, 96 (2001)
2001Wilson AJ, Medical Terminology, Tertiary Press, Melbourne, 96 (2001)
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Journal article (23 outputs)

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2012McCambridge J, Kypri K, Wilson AJ, 'How should debriefing be undertaken in web-based studies? Findings from a randomized controlled trial', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14 e157 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Kypros Kypri

2012Wilson AJ, Robertson J, Ewald BD, Henry D, 'What the public learns about screening and diagnostic tests through the media', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 324-326 (2012) [C2]

Co-authors: Ben Ewald

2011Wilson AJ, Robertson J, 'Health news in the media: A dose of critical thinking is the best treatment', Issues, - 18-22 (2011) [C3]
2011Kypri K, McCambridge J, Wilson AJ, Attia JR, Sheeran P, Bowe S, Vater T, 'Effects of study design and allocation on participant behaviour- ESDA: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial', Trials, 12 42 (2011) [C3]
2010Wilson AJ, Robertson J, McElduff P, Jones AL, Henry DA, 'Does it matter who writes medical news stories?', PLoS Medicine, 7 1-5 (2010) [C1]
2010Wilson AJ, Bonevski B, Jones AL, Henry DA, 'Deconstructing cancer: What makes a good-quality news story?', Medical Journal of Australia, 193 702-706 (2010) [C1]
2009Wilson AJ, Bonevski B, Jones AL, Henry D, 'Media reporting of health interventions: Signs of improvement, but major problems persist', PLoS ONE, 4 e4831 (2009) [C1]
2009Wilson AJ, Kirkwood I, Henry D, Jones AL, 'Medicine in the news', Issues, 33-36 (2009) [C2]
2008Bonevski B, Wilson AJ, Henry DA, 'An analysis of news media coverage of complementary and alternative medicine', PLoS ONE, 3 e2406 (2008) [C1]
2006Aldrich R, Bonevski B, Wilson AJ, 'A case study on determining and responding to health managers' priorities for research to assist health service decision making', Australian Health Review, 30 435-441 (2006) [C1]

Co-authors: Billie Bonevski

2005Smith DE, Wilson AJ, Henry DA, 'Monitoring the quality of medical news reporting: Early experience with media doctor', Medical Journal of Australia, 183 190-193 (2005) [C1]

Co-authors: David Henry

2005Schwitzer G, Mudur G, Henry DA, Wilson AJ, Goozner M, Simbra M, et al., 'What are the roles and responsibilities of the media in disseminating health information?', Plos Medicine, 2 576-582 (2005) [C1]
2005Chiarelli PE, Bower W, Wilson AJ, Attia JR, Sibbritt DW, 'Estimating the prevalence of urinary and faecal incontinence in Australia: systematic review', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 24 19-27 (2005) [C1]
2003Aldrich R, Kemp L, Stewart Williams JA, Harris E, Simpson S, Wilson AJ, et al., 'Using Socioeconomic evidence in clinical practice guidelines', BMJ, 327 1283-1285 (2003) [C1]
2003Chiarelli PE, Bower W, Wilson AJ, Sibbritt DW, Attia JR, 'The prevalence of urinary incontinence in the community: a systematic review', Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, (2003) [C3]
2003Chiarelli PE, Bower W, Wilson AJ, Sibbritt DW, Attia JR, 'The prevalence of faecal incontinence: a systematic review', Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, (2003) [C3]
2002Gibson PG, Coughlan J, Wilson A, Hensley MJ, Abramson M, Bauman A, Walters E, 'Limited (information only) patient education programs for adults with asthma', The Cochrane Library, 2 CD001005 (2002) [C3]
2001Gibson PG, Simpson J, Chalmers AC, Toneguzzi R, Wark PA, Wilson AJ, Hensley MJ, 'Airway Eosinophilia is associated with Wheeze but is uncommon in Children with Persistent Cough and Frequent Chest Colds', American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 164 977-981 (2001) [C1]
2000Gibson PG, Coughlan J, Wilson AJ, Hensley MJ, Abramson M, Bauman A, Walters EH, 'Limited (information only) patient education programs for adults with asthma.', Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), (2000)

Co-authors: Peter Gibson

2000Gibson PG, Coughlan J, Wilson AJ, Abramson M, Bauman A, Hensley MJ, Walters EH, 'Self-management education and regular practitioner review for adults with asthma.', Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online : Update Software), (2000)

Co-authors: Peter Gibson

1999Gibson PG, Wilson AJ, Wlodarczyk JH, Fakes K, Hensley MJ, 'Different patterns of airway inflammation during asthma exacerbation: a controlled dose reduction study.', JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY, 103 S61-S61 (1999)
1996Gibson PG, 'The use of continuous quality improvement methods to implement practice guidelines in asthma', Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice, 16 87-102 (1996)

Co-authors: Peter Gibson

1996Woolley KL, Gibson PG, Carty K, Wilson AJ, Woolley MJ, 'Eosinophil apoptosis and the resolution of airway inflammation in asthma', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, 154 237-243 (1996)
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Review (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Gibson PG, Powell HG, Coughlan J, Wilson AJ, Abramson M, Haywood P, et al., 'Self-Management Education and Regular Practitioner Review for Adults With Asthma', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2004) [D1]
2004Shah S, Wilson AJ, Gibson PG, Coughlan J, 'Long Acting Beta-Agonists Versus Theophylline for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2004) [D1]

Co-authors: Peter Gibson

2004Wark PA, Gibson PG, Wilson AJ, 'Azoles for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis Associated With Asthma', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2004) [D1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Wilson AJ, Assessing the quality of health news stories in the Australian media using the Media Doctor website, University of Newcastle (2010) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$28,702

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2007 (2 grants)

Improving the quality of health news reports in the Australian media$20,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Conjoint Professor David Henry, Doctor Amanda Wilson
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020072007
GNo:G0187253

The quality of health news reports about complementary and alternative medicine in Australian lay media$8,702
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Alison Jones, Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Professor David Henry, Doctor Amanda Wilson
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,70220072007
GNo:G0187836
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Dr Amanda Wilson

Work Phone(02) 49216635
Cell / Mobile Phone0427866688
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHealth Behaviour Sciences
Office
RW235,
Richardson Wing,
Callaghan Campus
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/amanda-wilson