Dr Natalie Johnson

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

I am a lecturer in the Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences within the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. I qualified from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Education in 1989, postgraduate qualifications in Health Promotion in 1991, and a PhD in 1996. I held an NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1996-2000, and was employed as a part-time lecturer in Quality Improvement in Health Care from 2001-2005 before returning to full-time employment in a combined teaching and research role (60% and 40% respectively) in March 2006. Within a year of that appointment I was awarded an Equity Research Fellowship, and in 2008 received tenure. My doctoral and NHMRC postdoctoral projects were both concerned with exercise behaviour among patients with ischaemic heart disease (IHD). The latter involved the conduct of a randomised controlled trial testing the hypotheses that, in the 12 months following completion of an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, women with IHD randomly allocated to receive an exercise intervention would be statistically significantly more likely to report participating in regular low-to-moderate intensity home exercise and have a higher quality of life score than women with IHD randomly allocated to receive usual care. Results of this trial were published in 2009 and the paper was selected for inclusion on the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro; www.pedro.org.au), produced by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at The George Institute for Global Health. My current research projects include a NHMRC funded trial of exercise promotion among sedentary people visiting their GP (APP613062) and a NHMRC funded trial of electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention for hospital outpatients (APP1023734). I am a chief investigator on the Priority Research Centre in Health Behaviour at the University of Newcastle, and a Research Associate in the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle. Specifically, I have: • Obtained almost $1.5 million in nationally competitive research / fellowship grants from the NHMRC ($1,468 118), and the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation ($31,556), and a further $140,000 in internal grants from the University of Newcastle. • Published ten peer-reviewed scientific papers (six in the past two years); • Delivered more than ten oral presentations and four poster presentations; • Reviewed articles for a wide variety of journals; • Reviewed abstracts for several conferences; • Reviewed grant applications for national and international funding bodies. In addition to above, I have extensive experience in the development and teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate public health courses. I teach numerous public health/ health promotion courses to large cohorts of undergraduate health sciences and pre-service teacher education students, and postgraduate health promotion and quality improvement in health care courses to practising health professionals.

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.

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.

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.

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Social Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Health behaviour
  • Health promotion
  • Health promotion
  • Physical activity
  • Public health

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/01/2012 - 31/07/2012Senior Lecturer - Master of ClinicaUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
23/03/2004 - 2/07/2004LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
10/06/2001 - 31/12/2001Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Population Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2007 - Membership - Australian Health Promotion Association LtdAustralian Health Promotion Association Ltd
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/02/2006Lecturer
Quality Improvement
University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2007Equity Research Fellowship
Unknown
1996Postdoctoral Fellowship
Unknown
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Publications

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


Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Plotnikoff RC, Costigan SA, Short C, Grunseit A, James E, Johnson N, et al., 'Factors associated with higher sitting time in general, chronic disease, and psychologically-distressed, adult populations: findings from the 45 & up study.', PLoS One, 10 e0127689 (2015)
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0127689Author URL
Co-authorsSarah Costigan, Ron Plotnikoff
2014Johnson NA, Kypri K, Latter J, McElduff P, Saunders JB, Saitz R, et al., 'Prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use in hospital outpatients', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144 270-273 (2014)
DOI10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.08.014
Co-authorsJoanna Latter, John Attia, Luke Wolfenden, Kypros Kypri
2014Johnson NA, Kypri K, Latter J, McElduff P, Saunders JB, Saitz R, et al., 'Prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use in hospital outpatients', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144 270-273 (2014) [C1]

Background: Few studies have examined the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use in the hospital outpatient setting. Our aim was to estimate the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use a... [more]

Background: Few studies have examined the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use in the hospital outpatient setting. Our aim was to estimate the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use among patients attending a broad range of outpatient clinics at a large public hospital in Australia. Methods: Adult hospital outpatients were invited to complete the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption questions (AUDIT-C) using an iPad as part of a randomised trial testing the efficacy of alcohol electronic screening and brief intervention. Unhealthy alcohol use was defined as an AUDIT-C score =5 among men and =4 among women. Results: Sixty percent (3616/6070) of invited hospital outpatients consented, of whom 89% (3206/3616) provided information on their alcohol consumption (either reported they had not consumed any alcohol in the last 12 months or completed the AUDIT-C). The prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use was 34.7% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 33.0-36.3%). The prevalence among men aged 18-24 years, 25-39 years, 40-59 years and 60 years and older, was 74.4% (95% CI: 68.4-80.4%), 54.3% (95% CI: 48.7-59.8%), 44.1% (95% CI: 39.9-48.3%), and 27.0% (95% CI: 23.6-30.4%), respectively (43.1% overall; 95% CI: 40.8-45.5%). The prevalence among women aged 18-24 years, 25-39 years, 40-59 years, and 60 years and older, was 48.6% (95% CI: 39.2-58.1%), 36.9% (95% CI: 31.2-42.6%), 25.2% (95% CI: 21.5-29.0%) and 14.5% (95% CI: 11.7-17.3%), respectively (24.9% overall; 95% CI: 22.7-27.1%). Conclusion: A large number of hospital outpatients who are not currently seeking treatment for their drinking could benefit from effective intervention in this setting.

DOI10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.08.014
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsKypros Kypri, Luke Wolfenden, John Attia, Joanna Latter
2014Outram S, Dundas K, Johnson NA, 'The educated citizen: A case study and guide for teaching public health to undergraduates in Australian universities.', Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, 15 32-40 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsSue Outram
2014James EL, Ewald B, Johnson N, Brown W, Stacey FG, Mcelduff P, et al., 'Efficacy of GP referral of insufficiently active patients for expert physical activity counseling: protocol for a pragmatic randomized trial (The NewCOACH trial)', BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 15 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1186/s12875-014-0218-1Author URL
Co-authorsRon Plotnikoff, Erica James, Ben Ewald, Angela Booth
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]
DOI10.1186/1940-0640-8-14Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsLuke Wolfenden, John Attia, Kypros Kypri
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]
DOI10.2196/resprot.2697Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Kypros Kypri
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]
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 12
Co-authorsKypros Kypri, Marita Lynagh, Conor Gilligan
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]
DOI10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283304060
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 10
Co-authorsKerry Inder
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]
DOI10.1155/2010/541741
Co-authorsErica James, Kerry Inder, Ben Ewald
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]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsKerry Inder, John Wiggers
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]
DOI10.1097/hjr.0b013e32832e8eba
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 5
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]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsJohn Wiggers, Kerry Inder
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]
DOI10.1097/00008483-200405000-00005
CitationsScopus - 24
Co-authorsKerry Inder, John Wiggers
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]
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]
CitationsScopus - 29Web of Science - 23
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]
CitationsScopus - 33Web of Science - 25
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]
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 19
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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]
Author URL
Co-authorsJoanna Latter, Kypros Kypri
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-authorsKypros Kypri
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]
Co-authorsErica James, Ron Plotnikoff, Ben Ewald
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-authorsBen 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)
Author URL
Co-authorsKerry Inder, John Wiggers
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$1,860,511

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20132 grants / $34,899

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

Funding bodyHealth Administration Corporation
Project TeamProfessor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Ms Amanda Brown
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300040
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301088
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $359,031

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)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor John Saunders, Professor Richard Saitz, Professor John Attia
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100111
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20111 grants / $896,589

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)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Erica James, Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG0190295
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20101 grants / $38,330

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$38,330

Funding body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Funding bodyFoundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Project TeamDoctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190209
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20092 grants / $279,752

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

Funding bodyFoundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Project TeamDoctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Kypros Kypri
SchemeInnovative Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190229
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20072 grants / $28,115

Equity Research Fellowship - teaching relief$23,035

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0186940
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

2007 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$5,080

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187294
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19981 grants / $2,300

The descriptive epidemiology of cardiac patient participation in post=hospital cardiac rehabilitation in New South Wales$2,300

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Natalie Johnson
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0177631
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19961 grants / $221,495

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)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Natalie Johnson
SchemePHRDC Post Training Fellowship (Defunct)
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0175561
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY
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Dr Natalie Johnson

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Health Behaviour Sciences

Contact Details

Emailnatalie.johnson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 40420552
Fax(02) 40420044

Office

RoomW4 - Desk 37
BuildingHMRI Building
LocationOther

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