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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 13/12/2010
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours), University of Newcastle, 09/12/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • cancer prevention
  • multiple health behaviours
  • quality of care
  • smoking cessation

Research expertise

Dr Flora Tzelepis is a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle. Her Heart Foundation fellowship work examines the effectiveness of proactive enrolment of TAFE students to existing telephone and online support in reducing smoking, alcohol, nutrition and physical activity health risk behaviours. Flora was awarded her PhD in December 2010 and received the University of Newcastle’s Research Higher Degree Excellence Award for the Faculty of Health for 2010. Her PhD work used a randomised controlled trial with 1,562 smokers to investigate the effectiveness of proactively offering NSW Quitline telephone support on long-term cessation rates. Other research projects Flora has been involved in include, a study that assessed the quit rates of those who declined to participate in a smoking cessation trial, three large-scale community telephone surveys examining the public’s tobacco related knowledge, attitudes and practices (e.g. quitting behaviours, attitudes towards smoke-free cars and public areas) and research examining tobacco smoking policies and programs in Australian drug and alcohol agencies.

Flora has published 42 peer-reviewed research papers and has been awarded two nationally competitive fellowships from the Leukaemia Foundation/Cure Cancer Australia and the National Heart Foundation.

Languages

  • Greek

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified65
170199Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified25
160599Policy And Administration Not Elsewhere Classified10

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Flora has taught 4th year medical students communication skills regarding preparing patients for potentially threatening clinical procedures and obtaining informed consent. She has also taught evaluation designs and measurement and analysis to postgraduate students enroled in a health program evaluation course.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, McElduff P, Knight JJ, 'Proactive telephone counseling for smoking cessation: Meta-analyses by recruitment channel and methodological quality', Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 103 922-941 (2011) [C1]
2011Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Wiggers JH, Walsh RA, Knight JJ, Duncan SL, et al., 'A randomised controlled trial of proactive telephone counselling on cold-called smokers' cessation rates', Tobacco Control, 20 40-46 (2011) [C1]
2013Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers J, Duncan SL, Knight J, 'Predictors of abstinence among smokers recruited actively to quitline support', ADDICTION, 108 181-185 (2013) [C1]
2009Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers JH, Knight JJ, Lecathelinais LC, et al., 'Telephone recruitment into a randomized controlled trial of Quitline support', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37 324-329 (2009) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (43 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Tzelepis F, Rose SK, Sanson-Fisher RW, Clinton-McHarg T, Carey ML, Paul CL, 'Are we missing the Institute of Medicine's mark? A systematic review of patient-reported outcome measures assessing quality of patient-centred cancer care', BMC Cancer, 14 (2014)
2014Hall A, D'Este C, Tzelepis F, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Factors associated with haematological cancer survivors experiencing a high level of unmet need across multiple items of supportive care: a cross-sectional survey study.', Support Care Cancer, 22 2899-2909 (2014)
2014Smits R, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, Henskens F, Paul C, Stevenson W, 'Tailored and integrated Web-based tools for improving psychosocial outcomes of cancer patients: the DoTTI development framework.', J Med Internet Res, 16 e76 (2014)
2014Clinton-Mcharg T, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, Bryant J, Williamson A, 'Anxiety and depression among haematological cancer patients attending treatment centres: Prevalence and predictors', Journal of Affective Disorders, 165 176-181 (2014)
2014Hall A, D'Este C, Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher R, Lynagh M, 'The Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) for haematological cancer survivors: A cross-sectional study assessing the relevance and psychometric properties', BMC Health Services Research, 14 (2014)
2013Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers J, Duncan SL, Knight J, 'Predictors of abstinence among smokers recruited actively to quitline support', ADDICTION, 108 181-185 (2013) [C1]
2013Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Knight J, Wiggers J, 'Who enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of quitline support? Comparison of participants versus nonparticipants.', Nicotine Tob Res, 15 2107-2113 (2013) [C1]
2013Paul CL, McLennan J, Baxendale A, Schnelle B, Rawson J, Turon HE, Tzelepis F, 'Implementation of a personalized workplace smoking cessation programme.', Occup Med (Lond), 63 568-574 (2013) [C1]
2012Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Duncan SL, Walsh RA, Wiggers JH, Knight JJ, 'Increasing the reach of quitlines through active telephone recruitment: Do cold-called smokers differ from quitline callers?', Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14 1488-1493 (2012) [C1]
2012Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Tzelepis F, 'On-line information and support for supporters and carers of haematological cancer patients: Is access an issue?', Supportive Care in Cancer, 20 2687-2695 (2012) [C1]
2012Carey ML, Anderson AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, 'How well are we meeting haematological cancer survivors' preferences for involvement in treatment decision making?', Patient Education and Counseling, 88 87-92 (2012) [C1]
2012Carey ML, Paul CL, Cameron EC, Lynagh MC, Hall AE, Tzelepis F, 'Financial and social impact of supporting a haematological cancer survivor', European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 169-176 (2012) [C1]
2012Walsh RA, Cholowski KM, Tzelepis F, Stojanovski E, 'Smoking prevalence, attitudes, and confidence about tobacco roles among Australian nursing students', Journal of Addictions Nursing, 23 181-190 (2012) [C1]
2012Wolfenden L, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Freund MA, Wiggers JH, Gillham K, 'Acceptability of proactive telephone recruitment to a telephone support service to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and weight loss', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36 295-296 (2012) [C1]
2011Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, McElduff P, Knight JJ, 'Proactive telephone counseling for smoking cessation: Meta-analyses by recruitment channel and methodological quality', Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 103 922-941 (2011) [C1]
2011Walsh RA, Paul CL, Paras LE, Stacey FG, Tzelepis F, 'Workplace-related smoking in New South Wales: Extent of bans, public attitudes and relationships with relapse', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22 85-90 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2011Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Wiggers JH, Walsh RA, Knight JJ, Duncan SL, et al., 'A randomised controlled trial of proactive telephone counselling on cold-called smokers' cessation rates', Tobacco Control, 20 40-46 (2011) [C1]
2009Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers JH, Duncan SL, Knight JJ, 'Active telephone recruitment to quitline services: Are nonvolunteer smokers receptive to cessation support?', Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11 1205-1215 (2009) [C1]
2009Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers JH, Knight JJ, Lecathelinais LC, et al., 'Telephone recruitment into a randomized controlled trial of Quitline support', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37 324-329 (2009) [C1]
2009Walsh RA, Tzelepis F, Stojanovski E, 'Australian superannuation funds and tobacco investments: Issues for DAR readers', Drug and Alcohol Review, 28 445-446 (2009) [C3]
2008Walsh RA, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Stojanovski E, Tang A, 'Is government action out-of-step with public opinion on tobacco control? Results of a New South Wales population survey', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32 482-488 (2008) [C1]
2008Paul CL, Walsh RA, Stacey FG, Tzelepis F, Oakes W, Tang A, 'Smoking in movies in Australia: Who feels over-exposed and what level of regulation will the community accept?', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 19 229-231 (2008) [C1]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2008Walsh RA, Tzelepis F, Stojanovski E, 'Australian pension funds and tobacco investments: promoting ill health and out-of-step with their members', Health Promotion International, 23 35-41 (2008) [C1]
2008Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Parfitt N, Girgis A, 'How to improve adolescents' sun protection behavior? Age and gender issues', American Journal of Health Behavior, 32 387-398 (2008) [C1]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2008Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Walsh RA, Bonevski B, 'Is Australia headed for an epidemic of nicotine replacement therapy addicts?', Medical Journal of Australia, 189 346 (2008) [C3]
2007Walsh RA, Tzelepis F, 'Adolescents and tobacco use: Systematic review of qualitative research methodologies and partial synthesis of findings', Substance Use and Misuse, 42 1269-1321 (2007) [C1]
2007Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Walsh RA, Turner R, 'Pharmacists on the front line in providing support for nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion purchasers', Drug and Alcohol Review, 26 429-433 (2007) [C1]
2006Walsh RA, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Stojanovski E, 'Quit smoking behaviours and intentions and hard-core smoking in New South Wales', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 17 54-60 (2006) [C1]
2006Walsh RA, Cholowski KM, Tzelepis F, 'Surveying university students: variability in ethics committee requirements (Letter)', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30 84-85 (2006) [C3]
2005Walsh RA, Bowman JA, Tzelepis F, Lecathelinais LC, 'Regulation of environmental tobacco smoke by Australian drug treatment agencies', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 276-278 (2005) [C1]
2005Walsh RA, Bowman JA, Tzelepis F, Lecathelinais LC, 'Smoking cessation interventions in Australian drug treatment agencies: a national survey of attitudes and practices', Drug and Alcohol Review, 24 235-244 (2005) [C1]
2005Paul CL, Walsh RA, Tzelepis F, 'A Monetary Incentive Increases Postal Survey Response Rates for Pharmacists', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 59 1099-1101 (2005) [C1]
2004Paul CL, Girgis A, Tzelepis F, Walsh RA, 'Solaria use by minors in Australia: Is there a cause for concern?', ANZ Journal of Public Health, 28 90 (2004) [C3]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2003Girgis A, Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, McElduff P, McKenzie J, 'Australians' use of fake tanning lotions: another piece of the puzzle', Promoting Health, 27 529-532 (2003) [C1]
2003Walsh RA, Tzelepis F, 'Support for smoking restrictions in bars and gaming areas: review of Australian studies', Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 310-322 (2003) [C1]
2003Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Walsh RA, Girgis A, King L, McKenzie J, 'Has the investment in public cancer education delivered observable changes in knowledge over the past 10 years?', Cancer, 97 2931-2939 (2003) [C1]
2003Cockburn JD, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, McElduff P, Byles JE, 'Delay in seeking advice for symptoms that potentially indicate bowel cancer', American Journal of Health Behavior, 27 401-407 (2003) [C1]

Co-authors: Chris Paul, Julie Byles

2003Tzelepis F, Walsh RA, Paul CL, 'Community attitudes towards environmental tobacco smoke in licensed premises: follow-up study after the Sharp case', Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 539-542 (2003) [C1]
2003Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Girgis A, Parfitt N, 'The Slip Slop Slap years: Have they had a lasting impact on todays' adolescents?', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 14 219-221 (2003) [C3]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2002Walsh RA, Tzelepis F, Paul CL, McKenzie J, 'Environmental tobacco smoke in homes, motor vehicles and licensed premises: community attitudes and practices', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 26(6) 536-542 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2002Cockburn JD, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, McElduff P, Byles JE, 'Screening for bowel cancer among NSW adults with varying levels of risk: a community survey', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 26(3) 236-241 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Chris Paul, Julie Byles

2000Walsh RA, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, 'Overwhelming support for smoking bans', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 24 640-641 (2000)
2000Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Rainbird KJ, Tzelepis F, 'Unmet needs: The challenge of caring for people with advanced cancer', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 9 S40-S40 (2000)
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Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Tzelepis F, Rose S, Sanson-Fisher R, Clinton-McHarg T, Carey M, Paul C, 'A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Assessing Quality of Patient-Centred Cancer Care', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2013Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Carey M, Paul C, Clinton-McHarg T, 'Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Quality of Patient-Centred Cancer Care Measure', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2013Hall A, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, D'Este C, 'Unmet Needs: What do Hematological Cancer Survivors Want Help With?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2013Hall A, D'Este C, Tzelepis F, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) for Hematological Cancer Survivors: A Psychometric Assessment', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2012Bonevski B, Shakeshaft A, Paul C, Tzelepis F, Bryant J, Salmon A, Hull P, 'PRESENTATION 2-ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE INTERVENTIONS TO ENHANCE SMOKING CESSATION TREATMENT PROVISION IN THE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT SETTING', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2012) [E3]
2012Bonevski B, Shakeshaft A, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, Bryant JL, Salmon A, Hull P, 'Organisational change interventions to enhance smoking cessation treatment provision in the drug and alcohol treatment setting', Drug and Alcohol Review: Abstracts of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2010Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, McElduff P, Knight JJ, 'Proactive telephone counselling for smoking cessation: meta-analyses of the impact of recruitment channel and methodological quality on efficacy', 12th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe Programme, Bath, UK (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2010Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, McElduff P, Knight JJ, 'Cold calling smokers for proactive telephone counselling: what are their long-term cessation rates?', 12th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe Programme, Bath, UK (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

2007Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Walsh RA, Wiggers JH, Knight JJ, Daly JB, et al., 'Telemarketing smoking cessation: a proactive approach to non-volunteer smokers (Poster)', Oceania Tobacco Control Conference: From Vision to Reality. Programme and Presentations, Auckland (2007) [E3]
2007Paul CL, Walsh RA, Paras L, Tzelepis F, 'NSW smokers' views on the new graphic pack warnings: the motivated and the disaffected (Poster)', Oceania Tobacco Control Conference: From Vision to Reality. Programme and Presentations, Auckland (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: Chris Paul

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$2,217,508

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2014 (3 grants)

Targeted evidence-based support for reducing unhealthy Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Activity behaviours among students in vocational education: a cluster randomised controlled trial$150,000
Funding Body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Project Team
Doctor Flora Tzelepis
SchemeRole
Postdoctoral Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$150,00020142015
GNo:G1300688

Quality of cancer care from the patient perspective: An international comparison study$20,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Mariko Carey, Dr Megumi Uchida, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Ms Alison Zucca, Miss Alix Hall, Miss Lisa Mackenzie
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020142014
GNo:G1400058

The Quit-STAIR: Is a stepped care model cost-effective for increasing smoking cessation success at a community level? $20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Professor John Wiggers, Ms Jenny Knight, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Searles
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020142014
GNo:G1301402

2013 (5 grants)

Cost-effectiveness of a systems change intervention for smoking cessation in drug and alcohol treatment centres$1,060,523
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Professor Michael Farrell, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Dr Allison Salmon, Professor John Strang
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,060,52320132016
GNo:G1200208

Cost-effectiveness of a systems change intervention for smoking cessation in drug and alcohol treatment centres$75,519
Funding Body: Cancer Council NSW

Project Team
Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Dr Peter Kelly
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75,51920132016
GNo:G1300120

The Quit-STAIR: A randomised controlled trial of a proactive stepped approach for maximising uptake of evidence-based smoking cessation support$50,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Professor John Wiggers, Doctor Patrick McElduff, Ms Jenny Knight
SchemeRole
Near MissInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00020132013
GNo:G1300800

The Quit-STAIR: A randomised controlled trial of a proactive stepped approach for maximising uptake of evidence-based smoking cessation support$50,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Professor John Wiggers, Doctor Patrick McElduff
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00020132013
GNo:G1300471

HMRI Leukaemia Travel Award 2012$6,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Flora Tzelepis
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020132013
GNo:G1300506

2012 (3 grants)

Improving cancer treatment systems: An RCT of a consumer action model for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy$249,408
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Ms A Tang, Doctor Mariko Carey, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Ms Kathryn Chapman, Ms Paula Vallentine, Conjoint Professor Christopher Doran, Doctor Patrick McElduff
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$249,40820122014
GNo:G1100618

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

Improving cancer care for lymphoma: patients' perceptions of optimal care$14,207
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Doctor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Ms Alison Zucca
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,20720122012
GNo:G1200212

2011 (2 grants)

Quality of care in blood cancer: Patients perceptions$198,836
Funding Body: Leukaemia Foundation

Project Team
Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
SchemeRole
National Research Program (Postdoctoral Fellowship)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$198,83620112013
GNo:G1100276

Quality of care in blood cancer: Patients' perception about the quality of care they receive$85,333
Funding Body: Cure Cancer Australia Foundation

Project Team
Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
SchemeRole
Postdoctoral FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$85,33320112011
GNo:G1000760
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

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

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorTackling Nicotine Together: An Organisational Change Intervention for Smoking Cessation in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centres
20102014PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorUnmet Needs of Survivors of a Haematological Malignancy: Prevalence, Predictors, and Psychometrics
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Dr Flora Tzelepis

Work Phone(02) 4924 6275
Email
PositionNational Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
1182,
Booth Building,
Wallsend Campus
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/flora-tzelepis