Dr Meredith Tavener

Dr Meredith Tavener

Research Fellow

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Career Summary

Biography

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. 

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.

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 UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS: 2010 - 2011 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

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).

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Community Health & Clinical Epidemiology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Ballarat University College - Vic
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), University of Ballarat
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Medical Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Longitudinal narrative analysis
  • Public health
  • Qualitative data and methods
  • Social gerontology
  • Thematic analysis
  • Women's retirement
  • Women's time stress

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110308Geriatrics and Gerontology80
111706Epidemiology10
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2015 - 29/02/2016Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Australia
1/05/2012 - 30/08/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia
1/01/2008 - 31/12/2008Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
7/04/2007 - 31/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health
Australia
2/03/2007 - 31/05/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
6/02/2007 - 6/04/2007Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health
Australia
1/09/2006 - 31/12/2006Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health
Australia
1/04/2005 - 31/07/2005Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
27/05/2015 - 27/06/2015Project ManagerCurtin University of Technology
School of Public Health
1/10/2014 - Invited Committee MemberHunter Medical Research Institute Research Register Management Committee
Australia
1/01/2013 - Advisor“Living longer on less” project, Women’s Health in the North (WHIN), Northcote, Victoria.
Australia
1/01/2013 - Membership - International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)
Australia
1/02/2012 - Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing
Australia
1/02/2012 - Committee Member - Publications, Analyses and Substudies (PSA) CommitteeAustralian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
Australia
1/02/2012 - Steering Committee MemberAustralian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
Australia
1/01/2012 - Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing
Australia
1/01/2012 - Committee MemberData Management Group, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
Australia
1/01/2012 - Membership - Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)
Australia
1/01/2012 - Membership - Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
Australia
1/01/2010 - 1/01/2012Postdoctoral ResearcherUniversity of Groningen, Netherlands
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Netherlands
1/01/2006 - Membership - Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Australia
1/01/2006 - Membership - International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)
Australia
1/07/2004 - 1/12/2009Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (23 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Assessing socioeconomic inequalities of hypertension among women in Indonesia's major cities.', J Hum Hypertens, (2015)
DOI10.1038/jhh.2015.8Author URL
Co-authorsJulie Byles
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 and Mental Health, (2014)
DOI10.1080/13607863.2014.962002
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Peta Forder
2014Tavener M, Byles J, Loxton D, 'Expert perceptions of the popular baby boomer image', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 E31-E35 (2014)
DOI10.1111/ajag.12087
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2014Tavener M, Byles J, Loxton D, 'Expert perceptions of the popular baby boomer image', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 E31-E35 (2014) [C1]

Aim: This paper explored how gerontology experts described baby boomers, whether they challenged the popular image, and if they provided alternatives to the popularly reported bab... [more]

Aim: This paper explored how gerontology experts described baby boomers, whether they challenged the popular image, and if they provided alternatives to the popularly reported baby boomer behaviours and characteristics. Methods: Qualitative interviews were conducted with ten experts from different areas across Australia. The interviews were semi-structured and guided by a 'sense-making' approach to explore the baby boomer construct and identify expert narratives that differed from the popularly tendered image. Results: The majority of experts were identified as baby boomers and made use of phrases associated with the popular baby boomer image, such as 'cashed up', 'reinventing retirement' and 'sea change'. Lifestyle and wealth were recognised as staple features of the popular image. To a lesser degree, the experts also recognised alternative characteristics and behaviours, including people with disabilities and those who struggle financially. Conclusions: Experts appeared to identify with the popular baby boomer label, but not necessarily the accompanying stereotypes.

DOI10.1111/ajag.12087
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2013Byles J, Tavener M, Robinson I, Parkinson L, Stevenson D, Leigh L, et al., 'Transforming retirement: new definitions of life after work.', Journal of Women & Aging, 25 24-44 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/08952841.2012.717855Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsJulie Byles, L Parkinson
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]
DOI10.1111/ajag.12095
Co-authorsJulie Byles
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]
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authorsPeter Schofield, Catherine Deste, Julie Byles, John Attia, L Parkinson
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]
CitationsScopus - 2
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]
DOI10.1007/s00420-010-0600-9
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, John Attia, Maya Guest
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]
DOI10.1097/jom.0b013e318212226d
Co-authorsMaya Guest, John Attia, Catherine Deste
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]
DOI10.1002/ajim.20867
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authorsMaya Guest, John Attia, Catherine Deste
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]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00396.x
Co-authorsJulie Byles
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]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01237.x
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsMaya Guest, John Attia, Julie Byles, Catherine Deste
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]
DOI10.1002/ajim.20540
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsMaya Guest, Robert Gibberd, Catherine Deste, John Attia
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]
DOI10.1016/j.neuro.2006.02.002
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 11
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, Maya Guest, Peter Schofield, John Attia
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]
DOI10.1097/01.jom.0000205985.00559.84
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 10
Co-authorsPeter Schofield, Catherine Deste, John Attia
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]
CitationsScopus - 33Web of Science - 27
Co-authorsNick Higginbotham, Julie Byles
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]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
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]
CitationsScopus - 3
Co-authorsJulie 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]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsPeter Schofield, Julie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
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-authorsJulie 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Deborah Loxton
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$609,211

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20151 grants / $199,876

Long term evaluation of uptake, impact and outcomes of the 75+ Health Assessment$199,876

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Julie Byles, Ms Xenia Dolja-Gore, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Professor Kichu Nair, Doctor Meredith Tavener
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1400038
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20121 grants / $405,587

Ageing and well-being in a globalizing world$405,587

The overarching objective of this proposal is to engage a multidisciplinary international network of well-established and early career researchers to address a critically important demographic problems in India at the intersection of two themes within the India-Europe network call: ‘population, ageing and migration’ and ‘health and wellbeing’. Specifically, this research network will use both quantitative and qualitative data to investigate: (i) the living arrangements, lifestyles and intergenerational exchange of care in Indian households within the context of population ageing and migration and (ii) intergenerational effects of wellbeing by disentangling the burden of health vulnerabilities across the life course focusing explicitly on the elderly in comparison with children and adults within households.
Funding body: ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO

Funding bodyANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO
Project Team
SchemeIndian-European research networking programme in the social sciences
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2015
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

20111 grants / $3,748

Promoting quality practice. Challenges and practicalities of engaging older adults in research.$3,748

This workshop included presentations and practical forums by internationally renowned scholars in the fields of Ageing and Geography. In keeping with the University of Groningen’s focus on healthy ageing, the workshop is organized for (young) researchers and PhD students who are currently, or planning to, conduct research with older adults on all spatial scale levels. The Workshop is motivated by the need to advance quality research into ageing issues whilst protecting the rights and welfare of elderly research participants.
Funding body: University of Groningen

Funding bodyUniversity of Groningen
Project Team
SchemeInternal Departmental Funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Non Competitive
Category3IFB
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Taking Time to Listen: A Qualitative Study on Older Widowed and Married Women
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2013Urban Women's Health Inequalities and Their Determinants in Indonesia
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Meredith Tavener

Position

Research Fellow
Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Emailmeredith.tavener@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4042 0684
Fax(02) 4042 0044

Office

RoomLevel 4, West Wing, Public Health
BuildingHunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
LocationLot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights, NSW 2305

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