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Dr Karin Fisher

Research Academic

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary

Biography

Karin is a Tamworth-based Research Academic at the University Department of Rural Health, University of Newcastle and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of New England School of Health and Rural Medicine. Her PhD consisted of a mixed methodology that involved quantitative analysis of surveillance data as well as analysis of qualitative individual interviews using grounded theory. The focus of this work was to understand why syphilis is still present in a rural area of New South Wales as well as to explore how an individual’s construction of rurality shapes the way in which he or she accesses health services for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). This work showed the significance of rurality as a marker for affecting health and shaping different experiences, especially the changes in the meanings associated with STIs.

Since Karin’s appointment to the University of Newcastle, she has been involved in a number of research projects. She has authored a number of peer reviewed journal articles and refereed and non-refereed research based national and international conference papers. Karin has also supervised a number of health services staff who have undertaken workplace research as well as PhD students. Her current research interests include primary health care, public health issues and health workforce. Dr Fisher currently holds a small grant from Hunter New England Local Health Network to investigate injecting drug users access to the Needle Syringe Program equipment in rural/remote outlets of HNE Northern region.

Research Expertise

Population Health issues Sexually transmitted infections Health service access Rural workforce issues Difficult to access populations Grounded theory Mixed methods.

Collaborations
As part of my work at the University of Newcastle, I have worked in research teams with members from Hunter New England Local Health Network, University New England, University of Sydney, Flinders University, University Tasmania and University of Adelaide. I also work as part of a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health that includes the disciplines of medicine, radiography, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy, occupational therapy, Indigenous health care, speech pathology and mental health.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New England

Keywords

  • Grounded Theory
  • Health Workforce
  • Primary Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative research
  • Rural Health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 20
160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified 20
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Academic University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2008 - 1/01/2010 Senior Research Officer Hunter New England Local Health Network
Hunter Rural Training
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2004 Acting Director Population Health & Planning, Hunter New England Local Health Network
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/01/2007 Public Health Officer Hunter New England Local Health Network
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Fisher KA, Grotowski M, 'Caring for Patients Who Have Sexually Transmitted Infections: Getting the team on board', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 171-178 (2014) [B1]
2014 Fisher KA, Grotowski M, 'Caring for Patients Who Have Sexually Transmitted Infections: Getting the team on board', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 171-178 (2014) [B1]

Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Croker A, Fisher K, Smith T, 'When students from different professions are co-located: the importance of interprofessional rapport for learning to work together', JOURNAL OF INTERPROFESSIONAL CARE, 29 41-48 (2015)
DOI 10.3109/13561820.2014.937481
Co-authors Tony Smith, Anne Croker
2015 Massey S, Fisher K, Croker A, Smith T, 'Collaboration across the health care and education interface: what is it like for teachers of children with traumatic brain injury?', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH, 21 74-78 (2015)
DOI 10.1071/PY13035
Co-authors Anne Croker, Tony Smith
2013 Fisher KA, Hussain R, 'Informal talk: shaping understandings of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in rural Australia', RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 13 (2013) [C1]
2011 Smith AN, Fisher KA, Keane S, Lincoln M, 'Comparison of the results of two rural allied health workforce surveys in the Hunter New England region of New South Wales: 2005 versus 2008', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 154-159 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01202.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Tony Smith
2011 Keane S, Smith AN, Lincoln M, Fisher KA, 'Survey of the rural allied health workforce in New South Wales to inform recruitment and retention', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 38-44 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2010.01175.x
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Tony Smith
2011 Smith AN, Fisher KA, 'Self-reported competency and continuing education needs of limited licence remote X-ray operators in New South Wales, Australia', Rural and Remote Health, 11 1560 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Tony Smith
2011 Fisher KA, 'The qualitative interview and challenges for clinicians undertaking research: A personal reflection', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17 102-106 (2011) [C1]
2010 Fisher KA, Fraser JD, 'Rural health career pathways: Research themes in recruitment and retention', Australian Health Review, 34 292-296 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/AH09751
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2008 Fisher KA, Hussain R, Jamieson M, Minichiello V, 'Syphilis and disadvantage in rural communities', International Journal of STD & AIDS, 19 215 (2008) [C3]
2004 Fraser JD, Alexander C, Fisher K, 'Hepatitis C education needs of rural general practitioners working in northern New South Wales', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 12 152-156 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1854.2004.00588.x
Citations Scopus - 2
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Conference (25 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fisher KA, Croker A, Smith T, May J, 'Grappling with a shared understanding of 'interprofessional learning': "I know what i mean... but what do we mean"', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Jenny May, Tony Smith, Anne Croker
2015 Fisher KA, Brown L, Smith T, Hudson N, 'Evaluation of a community engagement program: What do rural healthcare students gain from experiential community-engaged learning?', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Tony Smith, Nicky Hudson
2014 Fisher KA, Croker A, May J, Smith T, 'Are we on the same page yet?": Using photo-elicitation for shared understandings within an interpretive research team', N/A, Sydney (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Anne Croker, Tony Smith, Jenny May
2014 Croker AL, Harries-Jones H, Wakely L, Brown L, Little A, Fisher K, 'Preparing students for collaborative healthcare practice: Valuing educators' interdisciplinary rapport', Proceedings of the 2014 Practice-Based Education Summit, Sydney (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Anne Croker, Leanne Brown
2014 Fisher K, Wakely L, Squires K, Shipley L, Wakely K, Brown L, et al., 'A model for enhancing community engagement of undergraduate health professional students on rural placement', The 2014 Muster Global Community Engaged Medical Education, Uluru (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Tony Smith, Nicky Hudson, Kelly Squires, Katrina Wakely, Leanne Brown
2014 Croker AL, Wolfgang R, Leys J, Wakely K, Fisher K, Smith T, et al., 'Students as Individuals in Interprofessional Learning: Should there be an 'I' in 'Team'?', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program, Gold Coast (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith, Katrina Wakely, Anne Croker, Jacqui Leys, Rebecca Wolfgang
2014 Croker AL, Wakely L, Fisher K, 'Interprofessional collaboration as a context for patient-centred care: Compassion or competition', Compassion and Care in a Changing World the 3rd Asia-Pacific Internation Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Anne Croker, Luke Wakely
2013 Croker AL, Fisher K, Smith A, May J, 'Of vacuums and scaffolds: Interprofessional learning on a rural clinical placement', The 2013 Practice-Based Education Summit http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~areport/documents/pbe_summit_2013/Handbook.pdf, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Anne Croker, Tony Smith, Jenny May
2013 Woodley I, Fisher KA, 'University rural health placements: building social capital in a local community', Proceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Conference, Adelaide (2013) [E2]
2013 Croker AL, May J, Fisher K, Smith A, 'A Moving Feast of Opportunities: How do Students in Rural Areas Learn to Work with other Professions?', Handbook & Program of ANZAHPE 2013 - Professional Development of Health Professional Educators, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Anne Croker, Jenny May, Tony Smith
2012 Fisher KA, Anderson D, Nairn K, Smith T, 'Interrupting hepatitis C incidence among injecting drug users in rural areas: A review of the literature', Program and Abstracts. Population Health Congress 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2012 Croker A, Smith AN, Fisher KA, May JA, 'Exploring interprofessional education - Seeing the whole elephant', Symposium Program. Interprofessional Education for Quality Use of Medicines, Newcastle Beach, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith, Anne Croker, Jenny May
2011 Harrison JA, Fisher KA, Webber MT, Vujinov M, 'A snapshot of services for multicultural rural communities in northern NSW for 2007-2010', 2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011 Harrison JA, Fisher KA, Smith AN, 'Migrant access to health care in rural northern NSW: A qualitative study', 2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2011 Fisher KA, Whiting P, '2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts', 2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011 Fisher KA, Smith AN, Keane S, Lowe S, Campbell N, Whitford D, 'Continuing professional development for allied health professionals: A rural perspective', 2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2011 Coates JC, Fisher KA, Smith AN, Shipley LG, 'It is not just physical! Socio-cultural factors and falls experiences in elderly Australian Aboriginals', 2011 PHC Research Conference Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2010 Fisher KA, 'The qualitative interview: Challenges for clinicians undertaking research', 2010 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts, Darwin, NT (2010) [E3]
DOI 10.1071/PY10034
2010 Harrison J, Fisher KA, Smith AN, 'Access to rural health care for new arrivals: A literature review', 2010 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts, Darwin, NT (2010) [E2]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2010 Massey SE, Fisher KA, Croker A, Smith AN, 'Partners in rehabilitation. Health and education collaborating in paediatric brain injury - A literature review', 2010 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts, Darwin, NT (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2010 Fisher KA, Fraser J, Crockett R, 'Entering the health workforce pipeline: Perceptions of rural secondary students', Conference Proceedings 2010, University of Birmingham, UK (2010) [E1]
2009 Fisher KA, 'When no-one wants to talk: Personal reflections on engaging rural communities in a study about sexuality transmitted infections', Proceedings of the 10th National Rural Health Conference, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E1]
2007 Thornberry T, Fisher KA, 'Encouraging increased rural health research participation: Lessons learnt', 2007 Rural Health Research Colloquium. Official Program, Tamworth, NSW (2007) [E3]
2007 Fisher KA, 'When no-one wants to talk: Challenges and triumphs of research in STIs in a rural area', 4th Biennial NSW Primary Health Care Research & Evaluation Conference. Programme and Abstract Book, Bondi Beach (2007) [E3]
2006 Fisher KA, Hussain R, Jamieson M, Minichiello V, 'The Relevance of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Relation to Access to Services in a Rural Area of New South Wale', Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, Armidale, NSW, Australia (2006) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $137,791

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20141 grants / $1,600

TQ2U: Australia - Sydney$1,600

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Karin Fisher
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400513
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $136,191

Investigation of access to the needle syringe program in rural and remote areas of the Hunter New England region$136,191

Funding body: Hunter New England Area Health Service

Funding body Hunter New England Area Health Service
Project Team Doctor Karin Fisher, Associate Professor Anthony Smith
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100867
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 Migrant Populations: Socio-cultural Dynamics and the Explanation for the Risk of HIV/AIDS Transmission in Bangladesh
Medical Science, University of New England
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Karin Fisher

Position

Research Academic
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email karin.fisher@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 67553522
Fax (02) 6761 2355

Office

Room TEC
Building University Department of Rural Health, Tamworth NSW 2340
Location University Department of Rural Health, Tamworth NSW 2340

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