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Biography

I began as a Lecturer in Health Behaviour, in January 2008. My role is a combined teaching and research position involving predominantly face-to-face teaching into, and coordination of Public Health courses and components of the Joint Medical Program. My research work exists as two main arms; one in public health and health behavior change with a focus on adolescent alcohol consumption, and another on the scholarship of teaching and learning with particular focus on interprofessional education.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 13/06/2008
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Hons), University of Newcastle, 26/11/2004
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle, 15/12/2003

Research

Research keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Community-based studies
  • Indigenous health
  • Interprofessional education
  • Parents and adolescents
  • Research methodology

Research expertise

From 2005 to 2007 I worked full-time on my PhD studies, supported by an Australian Post-Doctoral Award. My PhD studies involved the management of a large randomized controlled trial of an intervention to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to quit smoking during pregnancy.

Since then, I have established myself in behavioural science research and in particular, the alcohol field, building an original program of research relating to parental supply of alcohol and adolescent alcohol consumption. This work has led to several national and international research collaborations and projects.

I have established cross-disciplinary collaborations in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which has to date, been the subject of a large external grant, and two internal grants. This work is at the forefront of the field of interprofessional education and has the potential to influence curriculum development and policy in health professional education.

I am also a member of the Research Centre for Health Professional Education and the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111712Health Promotion40
130209Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy40
111701Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health20

Collaboration

I collaborate with both national and international researchers, particularly in relation to social issues regarding alcohol consumption and parental supply of alcohol. I have strong link with researchers from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, Edith Cowan University, the Centre for Addictions Research, BC (Canada), Addiction Info (Switzerland), as well as other University of Newcastle researchers.

I am a member of several research collaborations in relation to interprofessional education and communication skills training.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I am a member of Academic Senate, and have previously held positions on the Faculty of Health Board, and the Teaching and Learning Committee, as well as associated working parties. I have also actively contributed as a member of the 'Academic experience' working party as part of my Academic Senate role.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Communication skills
  • Health behaviour change
  • Interprofessional education
  • Public Health

Teaching expertise

I am involved with teaching interactional skills (clinical communication) to Medicine and Pharmacy students and have been heavily involved in the development of resources and implementation of curriculum changes to enhance this aspect of the syllabus across these programs. I am also involved with training simulated patients for communication skills teaching and assessment.

I also facilitate problem based learning sessions in the Joint Medical Program, and teach into and coordinate courses in the PDHPE Education Program - dealing with the Public Health and Personal Development components of the syllabus.

In 2011 I was awarded a Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and in 2012 was part of a team awarded an OLT citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

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Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gilligan C, Outram S, Buchanan H, 'Communicating with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Health Professionals, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 170-185 (2014) [B2]
2014Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, Outram S, Horton G, 'Key Attributes of Patient-Safe Communication', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Health Professionals, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 12-25 (2014) [B2]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

Journal article (31 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gilligan C, Outram S, Levett-Jones T, 'Recommendations from recent graduates in medicine, nursing and pharmacy on improving interprofessional education in university programs: a qualitative study.', BMC Med Educ, 14 52 (2014) [C1]
2014Gilligan C, Kypri K, Bourke J, 'Social networking versus facebook advertising to recruit survey respondents: a quasi-experimental study.', JMIR Res Protoc, 3 e48 (2014)
2014Gilligan C, Toumbourou JW, Kypri K, McElduff P, 'Factors Associated With Parental Rules for Adolescent Alcohol Use', SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE, 49 145-153 (2014)
2014Gilligan C, Kypri K, 'Recruiting by registered versus standard mail.', Epidemiology, 25 317 (2014)
2014Ebert L, Hoffman K, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, '"They have no idea of what we do or what we know": Australian graduates' perceptions of working in a health care team', Nurse Education in Practice, (2014)
2014Buykx P, Gilligan C, Ward B, Kippen R, Chapman K, 'Public support for alcohol policies associated with knowledge of cancer risk.', Int J Drug Policy, (2014)
2013Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Lewin TJ, Gilligan C, Kavanagh DJ, Baker F, 'When does change begin following screening and brief intervention among depressed problem drinkers?', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44 264-270 (2013) [C1]
2013Lapkin S, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, 'A systematic review of the effectiveness of interprofessional education in health professional programs', NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 33 90-102 (2013) [C1]
2012Gilligan C, Kypri K, 'Parent attitudes, family dynamics and adolescent drinking: qualitative study of the Australian parenting guidelines for adolescent alcohol use', BMC Public Health, 12 491 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Kypros Kypri

2012Gilligan C, Kuntsche E, Gmel G, 'Adolescent drinking patterns across countries: Associations with alcohol policies', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47 732-737 (2012) [C1]
2012Lapkin S, Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, 'A cross-sectional survey examining the extent to which interprofessional education is used to teach nursing, pharmacy and medical students in Australian and New Zealand Universities', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26 390-396 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2012Gilligan C, Kypri K, Johnson NA, Lynagh MC, Love S, 'Parental supply of alcohol and adolescent risky drinking', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 754-762 (2012) [C1]
2012Gilligan C, Kypri K, Lubman D, 'Changing parental behaviour to reduce risky drinking among adolescents: Current evidence and future directions', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47 349-354 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Kypros Kypri

2012Gilligan C, Outram S, 'Culturally and linguistically diverse students in health professional programs: An exploration of concerns and needs', Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, 25 40-47 (2012) [C1]
2012Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Turon HE, 'The organ donation conundrum', Progress in Transplantation, 22 312-316 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Rob Sanson-Fisher

2012Eades SJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Wenitong M, Panaretto K, D'Este CA, Gilligan C, Stewart JM, 'An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: A randomised controlled trial', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 42-46 (2012) [C1]
2012Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, Lapkin S, Hoffman KA, 'Interprofessional education for the quality use of medicines: Designing authentic multimedia learning resources', Nurse Education Today, 32 934-938 (2012) [C2]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2012Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A response to: Evidence that community-based prevention reduces adolescent alcohol use: A commentary on Gilligan et al', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 932 (2012) [C3]

Co-authors: Rob Sanson-Fisher

2012Gilligan C, Outram S, 'Culturally and linguistically diverse students in health professional programs: an exploration of concerns and needs.', Education for health (Abingdon, England), 25 40-47 (2012)
2011Gilligan C, Outram S, Rasiah RL, Cooper J, 'Exploring the attitudes of pharmacy students to clinical communications training', Focus on Health Professional Education, 13 25-36 (2011) [C1]
2011Lapkin S, Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, 'The effectiveness of interprofessional education in university-based health professional programs: A systematic review', Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews, 9 1917-1970 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2011Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Anderson AE, D'Este CA, 'Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 659-663 (2011) [C1]
2010Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Appropriate research designs for evaluating community-level alcohol interventions: What next?', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45 481-487 (2010) [C1]
2010Lynagh MC, Gilligan C, Handley T, 'Teaching about, and dealing with, sensitive issues in schools: How confident are pre-service teachers?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1 5-11 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Marita Lynagh

2010Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Wenitong M, Panaretto K, D'Este CA, 'Assessing the accuracy of self-reported smoking status and impact of passive smoke exposure among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women using cotinine biochemical validation', Drug and Alcohol Review, 29 35-40 (2010) [C1]
2009Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Eades S, Wenitong M, 'Knowledge and attitudes regarding smoking during pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 557-561 (2009) [C1]
2009Panaretto KS, Mitchell MR, Anderson L, Gilligan C, Buettner P, Larkins SL, Eades S, 'Tobacco use and measuring nicotine dependence among urban indigenous pregnant women', Medical Journal of Australia, 191 554-557 (2009) [C1]
2009Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, D'Este CA, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Scheman S, 'Identifying pregnant women at risk of poor birth outcomes', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 29 181-187 (2009) [C1]
2007Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, D'Este CA, 'Antenatal smoking in vulnerable population groups: An area of need', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 27 664-671 (2007) [C1]
2007Bobrovskaya L, Gilligan C, Bolster EK, Flaherty JJ, Dickson PW, Dunkley PR, 'Sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40: a novel mechanism for maintenance of catecholamine synthesis', Journal of Neurochemistry, 100 479-489 (2007) [C1]
2007Bobrovskaya L, Gelain DP, Gilligan C, Dickson PW, Dunkley PR, 'PACAP stimulates the sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40', Cellular Signalling, 19 1141-1149 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gilligan C, Thompson K, Kypri K, Bourke J, 'EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT? NORM PERCEPTIONS ABOUT THE SUPPLY OF ALCOHOL AMONG PARENTS OF ADOLESCENTS', ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH, Bellevue, WA (2014) [E3]
2013Thompson K, Gilligan C, 'WHAT DO OTHER PARENTS DO? A CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF THE ROLE OF SOCIAL NORM MISPERCEPTIONS IN PREDICTING PARENTAL SUPPLY OF ALCOHOL TO UNDERAGE ADOLESCENTS', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2013) [E3]
2012Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Gilligan C, Baker FA, Lewin TJ, 'When does change begin following screening and brief intervention among depressed problem drinkers?', Drug and Alcohol Review: Abstracts of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2011Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Gilligan C, 'Interprofessional education: Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts, Prato, Tuscany (2011) [E3]
2010Cooper J, Gilligan C, Outram S, Rasiah RL, 'Communication skills training in health programs at the University of Newcastle, Australia', International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2010, Verona, Italy (2010) [E3]
2010Outram S, Gilligan C, 'Enhancing success of medical students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) in doctor-patient interactions, particularly patient directed counseling and behaviour change competencies', International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2010, Verona, Italy (2010) [E3]
2010Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Gilligan C, 'Enhancing medication safety through the use of innovative multimedia, interprofessional communication and clinical reasoning', Healthcare Communication Symposium 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2007Bobrovskaya L, Gelain D, Gilligan C, Flaherty J, Bolster EK, Dickson PW, Dunkley PR, 'Nicotine and Pacap stimulate the sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40 (Poster)', 7th IBRO 2007 World Congress of Neuroscience Program, Melbourne (2007) [E3]
2006Dunkley PR, Bobrovskaya L, Gilligan C, Bolster EK, Flaherty J, Dickson PW, 'Sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40 is inhibited by the antidepressant imipramine', Proceedings of the Australian Neuroscience Society, Sydney, NSW (2006) [E3]
2005Dunkley PR, Bobrovskaya L, Gilligan C, Soster E, Dickson PW, 'Sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at Ser40', JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA (2005) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$794,822

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2014 (1 grants)

40th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society for social and epidemiological research on alcohol, Torino, Italy, 9-13 June 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1400441

2013 (1 grants)

39th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala Uganda, 3 - 7 June 2013$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020132013
GNo:G1300437

2012 (2 grants)

Increasing rates of organ donor registration: An RCT to determine the differential effectiveness of electronic and interpersonal information interventions.$237,682
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Doctor Heidi Turon, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Doctor Flora Tzelepis
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$237,68220122013
GNo:G1100421

Parental norms regarding adolescent alcohol consumption and supply $12,749
Funding Body: Australian Rechabite Foundation

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,74920122012
GNo:G1200492

2011 (2 grants)

Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students through interprofessional education (IPE)$217,000
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Professor Tracy Levett-Jones, Doctor Helen Bellchambers, Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$217,00020112012
GNo:G1000934

37th Annul Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, Melbourne, 11-15 May 2011$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020112011
GNo:G1100296

2010 (2 grants)

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$38,330
Funding Body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$38,33020102010
GNo:G0190209

International Conference on communication in health care 2010, Verona, Italy, 5 - 8 September 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000551

2009 (3 grants)

Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC)$267,361
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Professor John Wiggers, Conjoint Professor Alison Jones, Conjoint Professor David Durrheim, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Associate Professor Erica James, Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Bell, Doctor Allison Boyes, Professor Kypros Kypri, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor John Attia, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Frank Tuyl, Ms Lyn Francis, Ms Megan Freund, Dr Claire Johnson, Doctor Josephine Gwynn, Associate Professor Jennifer Bowman, Doctor Sue Outram, Doctor Marita Lynagh, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Doctor Edouard Tursan D'Espaignet, Doctor Libby Campbell
SchemeRole
Priority Research CentreInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$267,36120092012
GNo:G0189877

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020092009
GNo:G0190510

Exploring the experience and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and exploring domestic student attitudes to culturally diverse student and patient population groups$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0190372
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorEnhancing Safe Medication Practices: An Interprofessional Education Approach
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Dr Conor Gilligan

Work Phone(02) 4042 0553
Fax(02) 4042 0044
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Discipline of Health Behaviour Science
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHealth Behaviour Sciences
Office
Level 4 West, Desk 038,
HMRI Bld,
John Hunter Hospital campus
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/conor-gilligan