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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 06/06/2005
  • Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours), University of Newcastle, 27/04/1995
  • Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, 06/05/1994

Research

Research keywords

  • Bayesian hierarchical models
  • Clinical indicators
  • Performance indicators
  • Statistical modelling

Research expertise

My primary research focuses on Bayesian hierarchical modeling and its application to foster quality improvement activity in health care, through the creation of improved methods for analysis and reporting of clinical indicator data. This has involved work with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards and Health Services Research Group. This area relates well with my research into 'performance measures', which extends beyond the health care field. My broader interests (incl. publications and consulting) lie with research and applications of Statistics in the fields of health, finance and management and with quality improvement activity in health, industry, business and education.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
010401Applied Statistics60
110399Clinical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified20
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified20

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Editor - Statistical Society of Australia Inc.
  • Editor - Statistical Society of Autralia Inc.

Appointments

Section Chair of Medical Statistics
Statistical Society of Autralia Inc. (Australia)
01/01/2003 - 01/12/2005
Co-Section Chair of Statistical Education
Statistical Society of Autralia Inc. (Australia)
01/01/2007

Awards

Recognition.

2004Faculty of Science and IT's teaching award
Faculty of S&IT, The University of Newcastle (Australia)
2004Peter Reizenstein Prize
International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Australia)
Runner up for the Journal's Peter Reizenstein Prize for best paper published in 2004 - Gibberd Robert, Hancock Stephen, Howley Peter P., Richards Kay (2004) Using indicators to quantify the potential to improve the quality of health care. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 16 (2) 1-7.

Research Award.

2000Conference poster award
Biostatistics Research Group, Edmonton, Alberta, (Canada)
Received cash prize for my poster presentation at the 'Statistics & Health' conference held in Edmonton, Canada in June on my post-graduate research topic, 'Using Hierarchical Models to Report Clinical Indicators'.

Invitations

International Conference Australian Statistics Conference 2014 - Statistics Education
Statistical Society of Australia Inc, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2014
Combined Taiwan Department of Health and Taipei Medical University Conference on national health quality indicators, Taiwan
Taiwan Department of Health and Taipei Medical University, Taiwan (Invited Presenter)
2011
Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan - Experiences south of the equator
Taichung University, Taiwan (Invited Presenter)
2010
Australian Teaching and Learning Council National Forum: Building networks in statistics education
Australian Teaching and Learning Council, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2009
Combined QUT - St Andrew's Medical Institute collaborative industry/academic workshop, Driving excellence in clinical outcomes: methods for monitoring and influencing change workshop
St Andrew's Medical Institute and QUT, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2008
NSW SSAIs Workshop on integrating statistical ideas in mathematics
NSW SSAI, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2008
Australian Statistical Conference 2004
Statistical Society of Australia Inc., Australia (Invited Speaker at International Conference)
2004

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Coordination of courses (on-campus and web-based). Acting Head of Discipline. Membership of School Boards. Coordinator and chair of conference sessions. Associate Editor of International Journal. Section Chair in Statistical Society of Australia Inc. Statistics' Honours and Research Higher Degree Programme Coordinator.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Business Statistics
  • Quality Improvement
  • Research Methods
  • Statistical Education
  • Statistics
  • Total Quality Management

Teaching expertise

I have taught all levels of undergraduate Statistics courses and courses for Master of Statistics and MBA programs, both on-campus and online. My expertise lies with teaching statistical courses (including introductory courses, regression, experimental and questionnaire design, quality improvement courses), particularly to non-statistically minded people. My pet areas are Business Statistics, Business Research Methods and Total Quality Management. I've designed and presented two-day seminars on Continuous Improvement to organisations as well as creating and coordinating the inaugural delivery of the Statistic's Disciplines first online (web-based) course, Total Quality Management.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Howley PP, Gibberd RW, 'Using hierarchical models to analyse clinical indicators: a comparison of the gamma-Poisson and beta-binomial models', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 15 319-329 (2003) [C1]
2004Gibberd RW, Hancock SJ, Howley PP, Richards K, 'Using indicators to quantify the potential to improve the quality of health care', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 16 i37-i43 (2004) [C1]
2004Ivanovic I, Howley PP, 'Examining the forward pricing function of the Australian equity index futures contract', Accounting and Finance, 44 57-73 (2004) [C1]
2003Ivanovic I, Pinder S, Howley PP, 'An Examination of the Australian Wheat Futures Contract', Accounting Research Journal, 16 68-79 (2003) [C1]
2008Howley PP, 'Keeping it real, keeping them interested and keeping it in their minds', Journal of Statistics Education, 16 1-16 (2008) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Howley PP, Gerlach R, Business Statistics in Australia: Methods & Applications, Print National, Gosford, Australia (2006) [A2]

Journal article (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Chuang S, Howley P, 'International comparison of hospital accreditation development', Journal of health quality, 8 54-63 (2014)
2013Chuang S, Howley PP, 'Beyond Root Cause Analysis: An Enriched System Oriented Event Analysis Model for Wide Application', SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, 16 427-438 (2013) [C1]
2013Chuang S, Howley PP, Hancock S, 'Using clinical indicators to facilitate quality improvement via the accreditation process: an adaptive study into the control relationship', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE, 25 277-283 (2013) [C1]
2013Southgate EL, Reynolds RM, Howley PP, 'Professional experience as a wicked problem in initial teacher education', Teaching and Teacher Education, 31 13-22 (2013) [C1]
2008Howley PP, 'Keeping it real, keeping them interested and keeping it in their minds', Journal of Statistics Education, 16 1-16 (2008) [C1]
2004Ivanovic I, Howley PP, 'Examining the forward pricing function of the Australian equity index futures contract', Accounting and Finance, 44 57-73 (2004) [C1]
2004Gibberd RW, Hancock SJ, Howley PP, Richards K, 'Using indicators to quantify the potential to improve the quality of health care', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 16 i37-i43 (2004) [C1]
2003Howley PP, 'Teaching How to Calibrate a Process Using Experimental Design and analysis: The Ballistat', Journal of Statistics Education, 11 On line journal (2003) [C1]
2003Howley PP, Gibberd RW, 'Using hierarchical models to analyse clinical indicators: a comparison of the gamma-Poisson and beta-binomial models', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 15 319-329 (2003) [C1]
2003Ivanovic I, Pinder S, Howley PP, 'An Examination of the Australian Wheat Futures Contract', Accounting Research Journal, 16 68-79 (2003) [C1]
2001Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, Girgis A, Howley P, Schofield M, 'The effect of a community action intervention on adolescent smoking rates in rural Australian Towns: the CART project', Preventive Medicine, 32 332-340 (2001) [C1]
2001Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, McClintock A, Howley P, Gibberd RW, 'Effect of a community action program on adult quit smoking rates in rural Australian towns: the CART project', Preventive Medicine, 32 118-127 (2001) [C1]
2000Bellamy S, Gibberd RW, Hancock L, Howley PP, Kenne, Klar N, et al., 'Analysis of dichotomous outcome data for community intervention studies', Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 9 135-159 (2000) [C1]
1999Ryan TP, Howley PP, 'Control Charts based on medians', The Statistician, 48 1 (1999) [C1]
1999Ryan T, Howley PP, 'Control charts based on medians', JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES D-THE STATISTICIAN, 48 441-442 (1999)
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Howley PP, Chuang S, Hancock SJ, 'Systems theory and clinical indicators: Facilitating quality improvement via the accreditation process', Handbook. Australian Statistical Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2011Howley PP, Chang SW, 'Systems theory and improving healthcare', Proceedings of the 4th Applied Statistics Education and Research Collaboration (ASEARC) Conference, Parramatta, NSW (2011) [E1]
2011Chuang S, Howley PP, Lin S-H, 'Beyond the root cause analysis: The cessation of scabies outbreaks by the application of an Enriched System-Oriented Events Analysis model', Proceedings of the International Society for Quality in Health Care 28th International Conference, Hong Kong (2011) [E3]
2010Howley PP, Hancock SJ, 'Bayesian methods for monitoring clinical indicators', Australian Statistical Conference (ASC2010) - Statistics in the West: Understanding our World. Program and Abstracts, Fremantle, WA (2010) [E3]
2009Howley PP, 'Winning them over', ASEARC: Proceedings of the Third Annual ASEARC Research Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Howley PP, Hancock SJ, Ford MC, 'Monitoring clinical indicators', ASEARC: Proceedings of the Third Annual ASEARC Research Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2006Howley PP, 'Statistics in Education - Keeping It Real, Keeping Them Interested and Keeping it in Their Minds', ASC/NZSA 2006 Statistical Connections: Abstract Book, Auckland, New Zealand (2006) [E3]
2004Howley PP, Gibberd RW, 'Using Hierarchical Models to Analyse Clinical Indicators: A Comparison of the Gamma-Poisson and Beta-Binomial Models', Conference Handbook, Cairns, Qld (2004) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$332,123

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2014 (2 grants)

Inspiring Mathematics and Science in Teacher Education$297,871
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Project Team
Doctor Judy-Anne Osborn, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Doctor Peter Howley, Doctor Andrew Kepert, Doctor Malcolm Roberts
SchemeRole
Commissioned Strategic ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$297,87120142016
GNo:G1301449

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Peter Howley
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1401216

2010 (1 grants)

Using clinical indicators to facilitate quality improvement via the accreditation process: the control relationship$7,492
Funding Body: Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Project Team
Doctor Peter Howley, Ms Sheuwen Chuang
SchemeRole
ASSA International Science Linkages Bilateral ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,49220102010
GNo:G1000737

2006 (1 grants)

Australian Statistical Conference/New Zealand Statistical Association Conference 2006 July 3-6$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Howley
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186545

2004 (2 grants)

Testing the robustness of newly developed reporting and analyses methods for clinical indicator data$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Howley, Conjoint Professor Robert Gibberd
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020042004
GNo:G0183404

ASC2004 Australian Statistical Conference in parallel with IBC2004 XXIInd International Biometric Conference, July 11-16, 2004$920
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Howley
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$92020042004
GNo:G0184164

2003 (2 grants)

Employee Attitude Surveys and Human Resource Strategies: A Survey of Businesses in the Hunter Region$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Peter Howley, Conjoint Professor Kerrie Mengersen
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020032003
GNo:G0182452

International Conference on Health Policy Research: Methodological Issues in Health Services and Outcomes Research$2,340
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Peter Howley
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,34020032003
GNo:G0183723
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.8

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Statistics)Principal SupervisorBayesian Interval Estimation and Performance Measurement
20072011PHD Statistics
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorMeasuring performance in hospitals and tertiary institutions

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Statistics)Co-SupervisorImproved Estimation and Regression Techniques with the Generalised Lambda Distribution
2010M Sc (Statistics) [R]Principal SupervisorStatistical Techniques for Analysing and Reporting on Healthcare
2010PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorThe Role of Quality Gaps in Assessing the Performance of Management Programs
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Dr Peter Howley

Work Phone(02) 4921 5518
Fax(02) 4921 6898
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaStatistics
Office
V226,
Mathematics,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-howley