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Meredith Tavener is a qualified Exercise Physiologist, who completed further studies in health promotion (Graduate Diploma), and epidemiology (Research Masters) before completing her PhD. Her first appointment with the University of Newcastle (Australia) was as Senior Research Coordinator for the $1.65 million Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Preventive Care Trial” (1996-2001). This position involved the coordination of a four-year randomised controlled trial of health assessments for older people, undertaken in ten different towns in two Australian states. She also provided assistance to two PhD students who were working on the project, and completed her Research Masters.

In 2001 Meredith was then asked to stay on as Project Manager on the $2.0 million Department of Defence “Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel” (2001-2004), involving a large number of participants throughout Australia. Meredith moved to the Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing in August 2004 as a Research Academic, and was involved in a number of different projects before beginning full time PhD studies in 2005. Her work explored the existence and construct of an Australian baby boomer stereotype, taking a constructivist, mixed methods approach, framed within social gerontology.

During 2010 and 2011 Meredith took up a two-year Postdoctoral position at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) to help develop their new healthy ageing focus (the €4.2 million Healthy Ageing: Population and Society program).

In 2012 Meredith was invited to return to the Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing to take up a Research Fellow position with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Her expertise lies in understanding women's lived experiences surrounding retirement and time use from the point of view of those who live it. 

Qualifications

  • PhD (Community Health & Clinical Epidemiology), University of Newcastle, 12/07/2010
  • Master of Medical Science, University of Newcastle, 30/06/2004
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, University of Newcastle, 26/04/1996
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), University of Ballarat, 27/03/1991
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Ballarat University College - Vic, 31/12/1989

Research

Research keywords

  • Qualitative data and methods
  • Retirement transitions
  • Thematic analysis
  • Women's retirement
  • Women's time stress

Research expertise

Meredith's recent work has explored the existence and construct of an Australian baby boomer stereotype, taking a constructivist, mixed methods approach, framed within social gerontology. During 2010 and 2011 Meredith took up a two-year Postdoctoral position at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) to help develop their new healthy ageing focus (the €4.2 million HAPS program). Her interests and areas of expertise include: social gerontology, healthy ageing, identity in older age, baby boomers and narrative analysis. She has lectured in demography, healthy ageing, qualitative methods and public health, and is currently working on a number of complementary research projects related to retirement and time use.

Meredith was invited to co-author a chapter on "Health of Older People" for the Oxford Textbook of Public Health, currently in press (2014). And was also an invited panel participant to discuss “How can we move policy forward” at a workshop on “Rethinking retirement: Actively capturing the vitality for self and society.” University of Queensland Business School, Brisbane, Queensland in 2013.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110308Geriatrics And Gerontology80
111706Epidemiology10
111700Public Health And Health Services10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)
  • Member - Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
  • Member - Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
  • Member - International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)
  • Member - Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)

Appointments

Steering Committee Member
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (Australia)
01/02/2012
Advisor
“Living longer on less” project, Women’s Health in the North (WHIN), Northcote, Victoria. (Australia)
01/01/2013
Committee Member - Publications, Analyses and Substudies (PSA) Committee
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (Australia)
01/02/2012
Committee Member
Data Management Group, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (Australia)
01/01/2012
Invited Committee Member
Hunter Medical Research Institute Research Register Management Committee (Australia)
01/10/2014

Collaboration

Meredith maintains close ties to colleagues at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and is working with their student exchange director, for Groningen students to attend the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and complete an Internship.

Meredith was invited to participate in an Indian-European Research Networking Programme in the Social Sciences (funding by ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO with ICSSR) grant to examine "Ageing and well-being in a globalizing world". She is a member of two 'work packages' together with other team members from India, Netherlands and United Kingdom – (1) Knowledge base on ageing, and (2) Ageing, health and intergenerational care.

She also was an Advisor for the "Living longer on less" project in 2013, conducted by Women's Health in the North (WHIN), Victoria, exploring women's retirement finances.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Meredith was a Senior Research Coordinator for the $1.65 million Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Preventive Care Trial” (1996-2001). This position involved the coordination of a four-year randomised controlled trial of health assessments for older people, undertaken in ten different towns in two Australian states. This work resulted in four reports being published with chief investigators:

  • Establishment Report, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Steering Committee, June 1997.
  • First Interim Report, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Steering Committee, June 1998.
  • Second Interim Report, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Steering Committee, June 1999.
  • Final Interim Report, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Steering Committee, June 2000.

And also five co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications.

In 2001 Meredith was asked to stay on as Project Manager on the $2.0 million Department of Defence “Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel” (2001-2004), involving a large number of participants throughout Australia. This work resulted in four reports being published with chief investigators:

  • Phase I - Literature Review. Final Report. For the Department of Defence Scientific Advisory Committee. July 2003.
  • Phase 2a – Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study. Interim Report. For the Department of Defence Scientific Advisory Committee. July 2003.
  • Phase 2b – Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study. Second Report. For the Department of Defence Scientific Advisory Committee. April 2004.
  • Phase 3 – Report on the General Health and Medical Study. For the Department of Defence Scientific Advisory Committee. September 2004.

And also eight co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications.

Meredith has also held the position of Honorary Secretary for the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG).

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Demography of ageing
  • Public health
  • Social gerontology

Teaching expertise

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, NSW AUSTRALIA:

2012

Master of Public Health – Ageing module

Advanced Health Psychology – Gender and Health module

2013 - 2014

Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population

Including development / update of course modules:

Byles J, Parkinson L, Nair K, Kucera B, Tavener M. et al. A multi-media on-line short course prepared for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Public Health Education Research Program. November 2014. ISBN 0-9757622-2-2

Includes:

  • Ageing and the Body ISBN 0-9757622-3-0
  • Perspectives on Ageing ISBN 0-9757622-4-9
  • Diversity in Ageing ISBN 0-9757622-5-7
  • Needs, Priorities and Choices ISBN 0-9757622-6-5
  • Healthy Ageing ISBN 0-9757622-7-3
  • Issues and Options in Service Delivery ISBN 0-9757622-8-1
  • Responses to an Ageing Population ISBN 0-9757622-9-X
  • Participation and Self-Determination ISBN 0-9757623-0-3
  • The Social Context of Ageing ISBN 0-9757622-1-1

2010 - 2011 UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS:

Write, Coordinate and Deliver – “Healthy Ageing: A Socio-Demographic Perspective”.

Taught as an optional 8-week course for Bachelor students at the University of Groningen, the course includes topics such as theoretical perspectives, demographic and epidemiologic transitions, the effect of ageing on the individual, and the influence of the individual within their society, constructs of ageing and ageism, giving meaning, and diversity in ageing, the life course, self determination and self agency. The course includes guest lecturers, a film discussion, paper reviews and grant application assessment.

PROVIDED GUEST LECTURING FOR:

Theories of Demographic Behaviour

Population and Development

Methods of Research: Qualitative Text Analysis

Population, Health and Place

Qualitative Research Methodologies: In-depth interviewing

INVITED LECTURE:

16-19 June 2010 – Invited lecture on “Population Transition”, as part of “Gender und Gesundheit” course, at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Vo K, Forder PM, Tavener M, Rodgers B, Banks E, Bauman A, Byles JE, 'Retirement, age, gender and mental health: findings from the 45 and Up Study.', Aging Ment Health, 1-11 (2014)
2013Tavener M, Byles J, Loxton D, 'Expert perceptions of the popular baby boomer image', Australasian Journal on Ageing, (2013)
2013Byles J, Tavener M, Robinson I, Parkinson L, Warner Smith P, Stevenson D, et al., 'Transforming retirement: new definitions of life after work.', Journal of Women & Aging, 25 24-44 (2013) [C1]
2004Byles JE, Tavener MA, O'Connell RL, Nair BR, Higginbotham HN, Jackson CL, et al., 'Randomised controlled trial of health assessments for older Australian veterans and war widows', Medical Journal of Australia, 181 186-190 (2004) [C1]
2008D'Este CA, Attia JR, Brown AM, Gibson RE, Gibberd RW, Tavener MA, et al., 'Cancer incidence and mortality in aircraft maintenance workers', American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51 16-23 (2008) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (21 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Vo K, Forder PM, Tavener M, Rodgers B, Banks E, Bauman A, Byles JE, 'Retirement, age, gender and mental health: findings from the 45 and Up Study.', Aging Ment Health, 1-11 (2014)
2013Coles T, Byles J, Dow B, Tavener M, 'Advances in gerontology research and education: Perspectives from the Australian Association of Gerontology', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32 40-45 (2013) [C1]
2013Byles J, Tavener M, Robinson I, Parkinson L, Warner Smith P, Stevenson D, et al., 'Transforming retirement: new definitions of life after work.', Journal of Women & Aging, 25 24-44 (2013) [C1]
2013Tavener M, Byles J, Loxton D, 'Expert perceptions of the popular baby boomer image', Australasian Journal on Ageing, (2013)
2012Horner B, McManus A, Comfort J, Freijah R, Lovelock G, Hunter M, Tavener MA, 'How prepared is the retirement and residential aged care sector in Western Australia for older non-heterosexual people?', Quality in Primary Care, 20 263-274 (2012) [C1]
2012Reid MG, Parkinson L, Gibson RE, Schofield PW, D'Este CA, Attia JR, et al., 'Memory Complaint Questionnaire performed poorly as screening tool: Validation against psychometric tests and affective measures', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 65 199-205 (2012) [C1]
2011Guest M, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Boggess MM, Brown AM, Gibson RE, et al., 'Peripheral neuropathy in military aircraft maintenance workers in Australia', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53 381-387 (2011) [C1]
2011Guest M, D'Este CA, Attia JR, Boggess M, Brown A, Tavener M, et al., 'Impairment of color vision in aircraft maintenance workers', International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 84 723-733 (2011) [C1]
2010Sibbritt DW, Byles JE, Tavener MA, 'Older Australian women's use of dentists: A longitudinal analysis over 6 years', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29 14-20 (2010) [C1]
2010Guest M, Boggess M, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Brown A, Gibson RE, et al., 'Hearing impairment in F-111 maintenance workers: The study of health outcomes in aircraft maintenance personnel (SHOAMP) general health and medical study', American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53 1159-1169 (2010) [C1]
2009Brown A, Gibson RE, Tavener MA, Guest M, D'Este CA, Byles JE, et al., 'Sexual function in F-111 maintenance workers: The study of health outcomes in aircraft maintenance personnel', Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6 1569-1578 (2009) [C1]
2008D'Este CA, Attia JR, Brown AM, Gibson RE, Gibberd RW, Tavener MA, et al., 'Cancer incidence and mortality in aircraft maintenance workers', American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51 16-23 (2008) [C1]
2006Attia JR, D'Este CA, Schofield PW, Brown AM, Gibson RE, Tavener MA, et al., 'Mental health in F-111 maintenance workers: the study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP) general health and medical study', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 48 682-691 (2006) [C1]
2006Schofield PW, Gibson RE, Tavener MA, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Guest M, et al., 'Neuropsychological health in F-111 aircraft maintenance workers', NeuroToxicology, 27 852-860 (2006) [C1]
2004Byles JE, Tavener MA, O'Connell RL, Nair BR, Higginbotham HN, Jackson CL, et al., 'Randomised controlled trial of health assessments for older Australian veterans and war widows', Medical Journal of Australia, 181 186-190 (2004) [C1]
2002Byles JE, Tavener MA, Fitzgerald PE, Nair BR, Higginbotham HN, Jackson C, et al., 'A checklist for comprehensive health assessment for the over 70's', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21 14-20 (2002) [C1]
2000Nair BR, Byles JE, Tavener MA, Heinze R, 'Immunisation rates in older veterans and war widows', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 19 136-138 (2000) [C1]

Co-authors: Julie Byles

2000Byles JE, Higginbotham HN, Goodger BG, Tavener MA, Conrad A, Schofield P, Anthony DM, 'Development of a depression scale for veterans and war widows', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 7 256-270 (2000) [C1]
1999Tavener MA, Byles JE, Francis L, McKernon M, 'Too Late for Prevention? The Search for Printed Health Promotion Materials Within the Preventive Care Trial', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 9 198-201 (1999) [C1]

Co-authors: Julie Byles

1997Tavener MA, Hill M, Nowson C, Huggins R, Loesch D, 'Relationship of dietary restraint and activity patterns to body mass index in Melbourne primary and secondary school children: A preliminary study.', Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 54 118-125 (1997)
1993Tavener MA, Payne W, 'The effect of participation in a "Health in Primary Schools Programme" on the physical fitness of children.', The Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 25 84-88 (1993)
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Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, 'Identity construction in baby boomer women', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$409,335

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2012 (1 grants)

Ageing and well-being in a globalizing world$405,587
Funding Body: ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO

SchemeRole
Indian-European research networking programme in the social sciencesInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$405,58720122015
GNo:183138827

2011 (1 grants)

Promoting quality practice. Challenges and practicalities of engaging older adults in research.$3,748
Funding Body: Department of Economic Geography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen

SchemeRole
Internal departmental fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,74820112011
GNo:183138839
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.3

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
20132015M Philosophy (ComMed&ClinEpid)Co-Supervisor"Taking Time to Listen": A Qualitative Study of the Oldest Cohort of Women in the ALSWH Who Stated They Were Widows on the Initial Survey in 1996 and Have Made a Comment in at Least One Other Survey Since
20132017PhD (Gender & Health)Co-SupervisorUrban Women's Health Inequalities and Their Determinants in Indonesia
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Dr Meredith Tavener

Work Phone(02) 4042 0684
Fax(02) 4042 0044
Email
PositionResearch Fellow
Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
Level 4, West Wing, Public Health,
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI),
Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights, NSW 2305
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/meredith-tavener
Linkhttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Meredith_Tavener2?ev=hdr_xprf