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Career Summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 20/09/1996
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Newcastle, 18/05/1990
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Social Science, University of Newcastle, 02/05/1992

Research

Research keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Health behaviour
  • Health promotion
  • Physical activity

Research expertise

I am a Chief Investigator in the Priority Research Centre in Health Behaviour at the University of Newcastle, and an Associate Investigator in the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle. My PhD, postdoctoral research and Equity Research Fellowship projects all related to the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. My current NHMRC funded research projects relate to the promotion of physical activity among insufficiently active adults attending general practices in the local area and the reduction of hazardous drinking among hospital outpatients.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111700Public Health And Health Services100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Health Promotion Association Ltd

Awards

Research Award.

2007Equity Research Fellowship
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Award of this University of Newcastle Equity Research Fellowship (ERF) in 2007, is formal recognition of the impact that sustained insecure employment in the tertiary sector between 2001 and 2005 and carer responsibilities has had on my research output.
1996Postdoctoral Fellowship
NHMRC (Australia)
These fellowships are highly competitive.

Collaboration

I have established collaborations with a number of national and international experts on a range of innovative projects:

• I am collaborating with A/Prof Kyp Kypri (UoN), Prof John B. Saunders (Sydney University), Prof Richard Saitz (Boston University), Prof John Attia (UoN & JHH), A/Prof Adrian Dunlop (Director Drug & Alcohol Services, HNE LHD), Prof Christopher Doran (UoN), Dr Jim McCambridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Dr Patrick McElduff (UoN) and Dr Luke Wolfenden (HNE HLD) on a randomised controlled trial designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of e-SBI for outpatients who screen positive for hazardous drinking. Please see the quote from A/Prof Kypri at the bottom of the page.

• I am collaborating with A/Prof Erica James, Prof Ron Plotnikoff, Dr Ben Ewald and Prof Wendy Brown (UQ) on a trial testing the efficacy of two physical activity counselling strategies on physical activity behaviour over a 12-month period amongst insufficiently active adults attending general practices in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas of NSW. I will be leading the secondary analyses to determine whether participants who increase their physical activity: (a) improve their quality of life and (b) make other positive lifestyle changes (for example, quit smoking or eat more fruit and vegetables).

• I am collaborating with Jo Gwynn, Nicole Turner, Prof Ron Plotnikoff, and A/Prof Erica James on a novel project designed to identify the barriers and facilitators of physical activity in rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. In summary, young people will be asked to take photographs that represent the physical activities they enjoy as well as the barriers and facilitators to such activity outside of school and to discuss their photos and provide feedback via focus group discussions.

• I am collaborating with Camille Short, A/Prof Erica James and Professor Ron Plotnikoff on a secondary analysis of the 45 and up data. I am leading the CVD component of this project designed to establish if chronic disease status is associated with prolonged sitting behavior among 45 and up participants and explore the factors associated with prolonged sitting behavior in the three largest chronic disease groups (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes) in Australia if there is an association.

• I collaborated with A/Prof Shakeshaft, Prof Paul Haber, Prof Kate Conigrave, Dr Dennis Petrie, Dr Alys Havard, Ms Bianca Calabria, Dr Tim Slade, and Professor Christopher Doran on a NHMRC Project Grant application, submitted in the current round. If the application is successful, I will be conducting a study designed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of tailored, postal feedback to GPs in reducing inpatient hospital admissions for alcohol dependence in 2013.

In addition, I am collaborating with Dr Sue Outram and/or Kate Dundas on several teaching and learning projects. We received a Teaching & Learning Project Grant in 2012 to develop an e learning video resource to assist academics to manage challenges which arise when teaching about social disadvantage. We are also evaluating of the use of GlassBoard, a private social network, to determine whether it promotes connectedness between academic staff and students and between peers.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I coordinate undergraduate courses with large numbers of students in both semesters every year and sit on the associated education and examination committees. In addition to this, I:

  • am the Human Research Ethics Peer Review Representative in the School of Medicine and Public Health;
  • am a member of the Fellowship's Working Group in the PRC in Health Behaviour (I was the Chair in 2009);
  • interview applicants for the BMed program annually.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Public health

Teaching expertise

Between 1998 and 2005, I coordinated and taught postgraduate courses in Quality Improvement in Health Care to distance education postgraduate students via Blackboard, which included an initial substantial revision of one of the courses and updates as required after that time. I currently coordinate and teach courses in health, public health and health promotion to undergraduate students in the School of Education, and to a lesser extent, to students in the School of Health Sciences.

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Johnson NA, Lim LLY, Bowe SJ, 'Multicenter randomized controlled trial of a home walking intervention after outpatient cardiac rehabilitation on health-related quality of life in women', European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 16 633-637 (2009) [C1]
1998Johnson NA, Heller RF, 'Prediction of Patient Non-Adherence with Home-Based Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation: The role of Perceived Barriers and Perceived Benefits', Preventive Medicine, 27 56-64 (1998) [C1]

Publications

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

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Journal article (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Johnson NA, Kypri K, Attia J, 'Development of an electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention program for hospital outpatients with unhealthy alcohol use.', JMIR Res Protoc, 2 e36 (2013) [C1]
2013Johnson NA, Kypri K, Saunders JB, Saitz R, Attia J, Dunlop A, et al., 'The hospital outpatient alcohol project (HOAP): protocol for an individually randomized, parallel-group superiority trial of electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention versus screening alone for unhealthy alcohol use.', Addict Sci Clin Pract, 8 14 (2013) [C3]
2012Gilligan C, Kypri K, Johnson NA, Lynagh MC, Love S, 'Parental supply of alcohol and adolescent risky drinking', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 754-762 (2012) [C1]
2010Johnson NA, Inder KJ, Bowe SJ, 'Trends in referral to outpatient cardiac rehabilitation in the Hunter Region of Australia, 2002-2007', European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 17 77-82 (2010) [C1]
2010Johnson NA, Inder KJ, Ewald BD, James EL, Bowe SJ, 'Association between participation in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and self-reported receipt of lifestyle advice from a healthcare provider: Results of a population based cross-sectional survey', Rehabilitation Research and Practice, Article 541741 (2010) [C1]
2010Johnson NA, Inder KJ, Nagle AL, Wiggers JH, 'Attendance at outpatient cardiac rehabilitation: Is it enhanced by specialist nurse referral?', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27 31-37 (2010) [C1]
2009Johnson NA, Lim LLY, Bowe SJ, 'Multicenter randomized controlled trial of a home walking intervention after outpatient cardiac rehabilitation on health-related quality of life in women', European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 16 633-637 (2009) [C1]
2009Johnson NA, Inder KJ, Nagle AL, Wiggers JH, 'Secondary prevention among cardiac patients not referred to cardiac rehabilitation', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 161 (2009) [C3]
2004Johnson NA, Fisher JD, Nagle AL, Inder KJ, Wiggers JH, 'Factors Associated With Referral to Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Services', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 24 165-170 (2004) [C1]
2000Walker RJ, Johnson NA, Heller RF, 'Postgraduate courses in quality improvement: Achievements and future directions', Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice, 20 33-35 (2000) [C3]
1998Johnson NA, Heller RF, 'Prediction of Patient Non-Adherence with Home-Based Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation: The role of Perceived Barriers and Perceived Benefits', Preventive Medicine, 27 56-64 (1998) [C1]
1998Lim L, Johnson NA, O'Connell RL, Heller RF, 'Quality of life and later health outcomes in patients with suspected heart attack', Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(5) 540-546 (1998) [C1]
1995Johnson NA, Boyle CA, Heller RF, 'Leisure-time physical activity and other health behaviours: Are they related?', Australian Journal of Public Health, 19 69-75 (1995) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Johnson N, Latter J, Kypri K, 'PREVALENCE OF UNHEALTHY ALCOHOL USE AMONG HOSPITAL OUTPATIENTS', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2013) [E3]
2012James EL, Ewald BD, Johnson NA, Brown W, Stacey FG, Plotnikoff RC, 'Efficacy of referral for physical activity counseling: Protocol for an RCT to compare face-to-face and telephone counselling', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012Johnson NA, Kypri K, 'The Hospital Outpatients Alcohol Project: Developmental research for a large randomised controlled trial', Drug and Alcohol Review: Abstracts of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Kypros Kypri

2009Ewald BD, James EL, Johnson NA, Paras LE, 'Efficacy of exercise physiologist counselling in primary care patients: A pilot study to determine feasibility and acceptability', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Ben Ewald, Erica James

2005Johnson NA, Walker RJ, 'Cardiovascular disease in the Hunter: trends 1995 to 2005', Australasian Epidemiologist, Newcastle (2005)
2002Nagle A, Fisher J, Wiggers J, Johnson N, Inder K, 'Prevalence of being invited, attending, and completing phase II outpatient cardiac rehabilitation', AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL, WASHINGTON, D.C. (2002)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$1,860,511

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2013 (2 grants)

Does electronic screening and brief intervention (e-SBI) increase uptake of referrals for further specialist care among non-treatment seeking hospital outpatients identified as possibly alcohol depend$34,011
Funding Body: Health Administration Corporation

Project Team
Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Ms Amanda Brown
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$34,01120132014
GNo:G1300040

APSAD (Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs) Scientific Conference 2013, Brisbane Australia, 24-27 November 2013$888
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$88820132013
GNo:G1301088

2012 (1 grants)

Double blind randomised controlled trial of electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention (e-SBI) for hospital outpatients$359,031
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor John Saunders, Professor Richard Saitz, Professor John Attia
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$359,03120122015
GNo:G1100111

2011 (1 grants)

Efficacy of exercise physiologist counselling in primary care patients: a RCT of two pragmatic approaches$896,589
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Erica James, Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$896,58920112013
GNo:G0190295

2010 (1 grants)

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$38,330
Funding Body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$38,33020102010
GNo:G0190209

2009 (2 grants)

Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC)$267,361
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Professor John Wiggers, Conjoint Professor Alison Jones, Conjoint Professor David Durrheim, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Associate Professor Erica James, Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Bell, Doctor Allison Boyes, Professor Kypros Kypri, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor John Attia, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Frank Tuyl, Ms Lyn Francis, Ms Megan Freund, Dr Claire Johnson, Doctor Josephine Gwynn, Associate Professor Jennifer Bowman, Doctor Sue Outram, Doctor Marita Lynagh, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Doctor Edouard Tursan D'Espaignet, Doctor Libby Campbell
SchemeRole
Priority Research CentreInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$267,36120092012
GNo:G0189877

Modification and piloting of a web-based electronic screening and brief intervention (e-SBI) to reduce unhealthy drinking among hospital outpatients$12,391
Funding Body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Project Team
Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Kypros Kypri
SchemeRole
Innovative Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,39120092009
GNo:G0190229

2007 (2 grants)

Equity Research Fellowship - teaching relief$23,035
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$23,03520072007
GNo:G0186940

2007 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$5,080
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,08020072007
GNo:G0187294

1998 (1 grants)

The descriptive epidemiology of cardiac patient participation in post=hospital cardiac rehabilitation in New South Wales$2,300
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,30019981998
GNo:G0177631

1996 (1 grants)

Benefit of home-based low-to-moderate intensity exercise on quality of life in women with ischaemic heart disease$221,495
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeRole
PHRDC Post Training Fellowship (Defunct)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$221,49519962000
GNo:G0175561
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr Natalie Johnson

Work Phone(02) 40420552
Fax(02) 40420044
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHealth Behaviour Sciences
Office
W4 - Desk 37,
HMRI Building,
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URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/natalie-johnson