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 poitn of view of those who live it.
- 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
- Qualitative data and methods
- Retirement transitions
- Thematic analysis
- Women's retirement
- Women's time stress
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, all related to issues of ageing well, retirement and time use.
Fields of Research
|110308||Geriatrics And Gerontology||80|
|111700||Public Health And Health Services||10|
- Member - International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)
- Member - Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
- Member - Australasian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
- Member - International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)
- Member - Steering Committee, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
- Member - Qualitative Research Committee, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
- Member - Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)
- Member - Data Management Group, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
|Steering Committee Member|
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (Australia)
“Living longer on less” project, Women’s Health in the North (WHIN), Northcote, Victoria. (Australia)
|Member - Publications, Analyses and Substudies (PSA) Committee|
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (Australia)
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, conducted by Women's Health in the North (WHIN), Victoria, exploring women's retirement finances.
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. 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. Meredith also holds a position as Honorary Secretary for the Australian Association of Gerontology.
- Demography of ageing
- Public health
- Social gerontology
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, NSW AUSTRALIA:
Master of Public Health – Ageing module
Advanced Health Psychology – Gender and Health module
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
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
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Journal article (20 outputs)
|2013||Byles 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]|
|2013||Coles 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]|
|2013||Tavener M, Byles J, Loxton D, 'Expert perceptions of the popular baby boomer image', Australasian Journal on Ageing, (2013)|
|2012||Horner 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]|
|2012||Reid 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]|
|2010||Sibbritt 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]|
|2010||Guest 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]|
|2009||Brown 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]|
|2008||D'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]|
|2006||Attia 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]|
|2006||Schofield 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]|
|2004||Byles 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]|
|2002||Byles 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]|
|2000||Nair BR, Byles JE, Tavener MA, Heinze R, 'Immunisation rates in older veterans and war widows', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 19 136-138 (2000) [C1]|
|2000||Byles 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]|
|1999||Tavener 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]|
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Conference (1 outputs)
|2009||Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, 'Identity construction in baby boomer women', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||2|
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2012 (1 grants)
Ageing and well-being in a globalizing world$405,587
Funding Body: ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO
|Indian-European research networking programme in the social sciences||Investigator|
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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
|Internal departmental funding||Investigator|
|Total Amount||Funding Start||Funding Finish|
|Number of current supervisions||2|
|Total current UoN Masters EFTSL||0.5|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||0.3|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2013||2015||M 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|
|2013||2017||PhD (Gender & Health)||Co-Supervisor||Urban Women's Health Inequalities and Their Determinants in Indonesia|
Dr Meredith Tavener
|Work Phone||(02) 4042 0684|
|Fax||(02) 4042 0044|
Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Level 4, West Wing, Public Health,
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI),
Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights, NSW 2305