Dr Natalie Johnson

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

I am a senior 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 in March 2006. Within a year of that appointment I was awarded an Equity Research Fellowship, and in 2008 received tenure.

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 students in the School of Education, and to a lesser extent, in the School of Health Sciences.

Administrative Expertise
I coordinate undergraduate courses with large numbers of students across 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.

Collaborations
I have established collaborations with a number of national and international experts on a range of innovative projects: • I am collaborating with 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), Prof Jim McCambridge (York University), Prof Patrick McElduff (UoN) and A/Prof 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. • 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 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.


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
  • Physical activity
  • Public health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 1/02/2006 Lecturer

Quality Improvement

University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2007 Equity Research Fellowship
Unknown
1996 Postdoctoral 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Johnson NA, Kypri K, Latter J, McElduff P, Attia J, Saitz R, et al., 'Effect of telephone follow-up on retention and balance in an alcohol intervention trial', Preventive Medicine Reports, 2 746-749 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 The Authors.Objectives: Telephone follow-up is not currently recommended as a strategy to improve retention in randomized trials. The aims of this study were to estimate t... [more]

© 2015 The Authors.Objectives: Telephone follow-up is not currently recommended as a strategy to improve retention in randomized trials. The aims of this study were to estimate the effect of telephone follow-up on retention, identify participant characteristics predictive of questionnaire completion during or after telephone follow-up, and estimate the effect of including participants who provided follow-up data during or after telephone follow-up on balance between randomly allocated groups in a trial estimating the effect of electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention on alcohol consumption in hospital outpatients with hazardous or harmful drinking. Method: Trial participants were followed up 6. months after randomization (June-December 2013) using e-mails containing a hyperlink to a web-based questionnaire when possible and by post otherwise. Telephone follow-up was attempted after two written reminders and participants were invited to complete the questionnaire by telephone when contact was made. Results: Retention before telephone follow-up was 62.1% (520/837) and 82.8% (693/837) afterward: an increase of 20.7% (173/837). Therefore, 55% (95% CI 49%-60%) of the 317 participants who had not responded after two written reminders responded during or after the follow-up telephone call. Age. <. 55. years, a higher AUDIT-C score and provision of a mobile/cell phone number were predictive of questionnaire completion during or after telephone follow-up. Balance between randomly allocated groups was present before and after inclusion of participants who completed the questionnaire during or after telephone follow-up. Conclusion: Telephone follow-up improved retention in this randomized trial without affecting balance between the randomly allocated groups.

DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.08.016
Co-authors Kypros Kypri, Adrian Dunlop, Luke Wolfenden, John Attia, Joanna Latter
2015 Plotnikoff 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 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Plotnikoff et al.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and ... [more]

© 2015 Plotnikoff et al.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.This study examined factors associated with higher sitting time in general, chronic disease, and psychologically-distressed, adult populations (aged =45 years). A series of logistic regression models examined potential socio-demographic and health factors associated with higher sitting (=6hrs/day) in adults from the 45 and Up Study (n = 227,187), including four separate subsamples for analysis comprising those who had ever had heart disease (n = 26,599), cancer (n = 36,381), diabetes (n = 19,550) or psychological distress (n = 48,334). Odds of higher sitting were significantly (p<.01) associated with a number of factors across these groups, with an effect size of ORs=1.5 observed for the high-income =$70,000AUD, employed full-time and severe physical limitations demographics. Identification of key factors associated with higher sitting time in this population-based sample will assist development of broad-based, public health and targeted strategies to reduce sitting-time. In particular, those categorized as being high-income earners, full-time workers, as well as those with severe physical limitations need to be of priority, as higher sitting appears to be substantial across these groups.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0127689
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Erica James, Sarah Costigan, Catherine Deste
2014 Outram 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-authors Sue Outram
2014 Johnson 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]

© 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.Background: Few studies have examined the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use in the hospital outpatient setting. Our aim was to estimate the prevalen... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.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.

DOI 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.08.014
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Adrian Dunlop, Kypros Kypri, Luke Wolfenden, John Attia, Joanna Latter
2014 James 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]
DOI 10.1186/s12875-014-0218-1
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Ben Ewald, Angela Booth, Erica James, Ron Plotnikoff
2013 Johnson 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]
DOI 10.1186/1940-0640-8-14
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors John Attia, Luke Wolfenden, Kypros Kypri, Adrian Dunlop
2013 Johnson 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]
DOI 10.2196/resprot.2697
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors John Attia, Kypros Kypri
2012 Gilligan 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]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Conor Gilligan, Kypros Kypri
2010 Johnson 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]
DOI 10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283304060
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2010 Johnson 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]
DOI 10.1155/2010/541741
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Erica James, Ben Ewald
2010 Johnson 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]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kerry Inder, John Wiggers
2009 Johnson 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]
DOI 10.1097/hjr.0b013e32832e8eba
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
2009 Johnson 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]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kerry Inder, John Wiggers
2004 Johnson 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]
DOI 10.1097/00008483-200405000-00005
Citations Scopus - 24
Co-authors Kerry Inder, John Wiggers
2000 Walker 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]
1998 Lim 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]
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 23
1998 Johnson 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]
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 25
1995 Johnson 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]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 19
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Johnson N, Latter J, Kypri K, 'PREVALENCE OF UNHEALTHY ALCOHOL USE AMONG HOSPITAL OUTPATIENTS', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Joanna Latter, Kypros Kypri
2012 Johnson 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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2012 James 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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Ben Ewald, Erica James, Ron Plotnikoff
2009 Ewald 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 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Ben Ewald, Erica James
2005 Johnson NA, Walker RJ, 'Cardiovascular disease in the Hunter: trends 1995 to 2005', Australasian Epidemiologist (2005)
2002 Nagle A, Fisher J, Wiggers J, Johnson N, Inder K, 'Prevalence of being invited, attending, and completing phase II outpatient cardiac rehabilitation', AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL (2002)
Co-authors Kerry Inder, John Wiggers
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $1,860,511

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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 body Health Administration Corporation
Project Team Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Ms Amanda Brown
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300040
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Natalie Johnson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301088
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor John Saunders, Professor Richard Saitz, Professor John Attia
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100111
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Erica James, Doctor Benjamin Ewald, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G0190295
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20101 grants / $38,330

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$38,330

Funding body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Funding body Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190209
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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 body Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Project Team Doctor Natalie Johnson, Professor Kypros Kypri
Scheme Innovative Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190229
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20072 grants / $28,115

Equity Research Fellowship - teaching relief$23,035

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Natalie Johnson
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186940
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2007 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$5,080

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Natalie Johnson
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187294
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Natalie Johnson
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177631
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Natalie Johnson
Scheme PHRDC Post Training Fellowship (Defunct)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0175561
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.33

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Self-care Behaviours in Ghanaian Adult Type 2 Diabetes Patients: Adherence, Barriers and Health Outcomes.
PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
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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

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

Office

Room W4 - Desk 37
Building HMRI Building
Location New Lambton Heights

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