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Dr Sue Outram is currently the Head of the Discipline of Health Behaviour Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine. She is responsible for managing a large cross disciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program, 6-8 academic staff, casual lecturing staff and 20 conjoint staff and RHD students (up to 20). Dr Outram's academic contribution has previously been demonstrated in leadership in teaching and administration, and is in the early stages of her research career. Her research outputs should be reviewed relative to opportunity. She has worked part time for most of her university tenure (while bearing and raising 3 children) only returning to work full time in 2003. Having gained her PhD in 2002, she is an early career researcher. Despite this late entry to research, Dr Outram has demonstrated her capacity to initiate a large research project, manage and follow it through to publication via her doctoral research. Since completion of her PhD, Dr Outram has collaborated on a number of research projects within the health behaviour discipline (reduction of alcohol related harm), across disciplines (Indigenous, psychiatry, medical education) and across universities (Sydney and Queensland -Vietnam veterans and partners) in the mental health and behavioural science fields. She has published five papers in peer reviewed journals and published a monograph since 2000 (4 since 2004), presented at many conferences and has papers in refereed conference proceedings before 2000. She is PI (1 & 2) on 4 separate competitive grants 2004-2006 for health and wellbeing of partners of Vietnam Veterans totalling $116,000; AI on the $567,000 Vietnam veterans grant, from which peer reviewed papers are now being prepared (2 conference papers from the study delivered last November); an investigator on a successful 2011 NHMRC grant for an epidemiological study of the health children of Vietnam veterans. This will be the only methodologically rigorous study of a longitudinal family cohort of impact of Vietnam war on Australian service personnel.  A large cross institutional project aimed at enhancing the clinical communication skills of mental health clinicians in regards to serious mental illness is currenlty underway with researchers of Universities of Newcastle and Monash and collaborators in the USA, UK and Qatar. Dr Outram has been a named investigator on 8 different Teaching and Learning grants over the past 4 years, (led 4) on diverse topics including peer observation of teaching, experiences of low SES medical students, increasing capacity of academic staff to teach about social disadvantage and inequity. Dr Outram has been awarded Faculty of Health, UoN Vice-Chancellor’s award and citation and 2 national awards.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 21/06/2002
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Sociology), University of New South Wales
  • Registered Nurse, NSW Nurses Registration Board

Research

Research keywords

  • communication skills in psychiatry
  • education and health professional teaching and learning
  • health & wellbeing of Vietnam veterans and families
  • women & mental health

Research expertise

Dr Outram gained her PhD in 2003. Her thesis, titled “An exploration of psychological distress in Australian midlife women.” was a multi-method study analysing a longitudinal cohort of 14,000 Australian women and a detailed substudy of 400 women. Since completion of her PhD, she has collaborated on a number of research projects within the Discipline of Health Behaviour (reduction of alcohol related harm in Aboriginal communities), across disciplines (Indigenous health, psychiatry, medical education) and across universities (Sydney and Queensland – Vietnam veterans, partners and children) in the mental health and behavioural science fields.

A focus of her research has been the health and wellbeing of Australian Vietnam veterans, partners and families. This includes working on an NHMRC epidemiological study of Australian Vietnam veterans with researchers from Sydney and Brisbane; PI on 4 separate grants totalling $139,000 (2004-6) including 2 Rotary Mental Health grants for 2006-7 (with above team plus Partners of Veterans Association) and a 2011 NHMRC grant to investigate the health and wellbeing of offspring of Vietnam Veterans.

Dr Outram has undertaken collaborative research with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the community such as Indigenous, women with mental ill-health, people with schizophrenia and their carers and partners of war veterans suffering from PTSD.

The focus of her most recent research is in improving communication skills in mental health services. A body of work has documented the experiences of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, their carers and mental health professionals in order to develop training and education to improve the communication skills of psychiatrists trainees, psychiatric and other mental health professiona

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified60
111714Mental Health40

Appointments

Assessor, Behavioural Medicine
Royal Australian College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (Australia)
01/01/1996

Awards

Recognition.

2014Public Health Teaching and Learning Award
CAPHIA Council of Public Health Institutions Australia (Australia)
2014 Highly Commended Award for Teaching and Learning for Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Public Health Teaching
2012Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) (Australia) (Australia)
Nominated for a national award for recognition of outstanding contribution to student learning and fostering confidence and competence in pre-service teachers to teach and manage sensitive and controversial issues in schools.
2011Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
University of Newcastle (Australia) (Australia)
For outstanding contribution to student learning and fostering confidence and competence in pre-service teachers to teach and manage sensitive and controversial issues in schools.
2007Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support
University of Newcastle (Australia) (Australia)
University-wide award for recognition of teaching excellence. Only 1 award made each year.
2007Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support in the Faculty of Health
University of Newcastle (Australia) (Australia)
Award given for recognition of teaching excellence in Faculty of Health

Collaboration

Currently collaborating with with researchers from the Universities of Sydney and Queensland on the Vietnam Veterans and Families Study.

The Schizophrenia and Communication Skills Study involves a large collaboration with researchers from the Universities of Newcastle and Monash in Australia, as well as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre New York, Weill Cornell Medical College New York, Hamad Medical College Qatar as well as the Hunter New England Health Service.

Within Newcastle University collaborations with disciplines of Sociology and Education (Faculty of Education and Arts) working on increasing equity and access of school students to elite degrees.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Teaching related: Course co-ordination; postgraduate program coordination.

Discipline Lead. In this capacity I lead a teaching team that has responsibility for 11 undergraduate courses taught to students in a range of faculties and schools; postgraduate courses in Health Promotion and Health Program Evaluation in the Masters in Public Health; input into Bachelor of Medicine program. I manage 8 academic staff, 20 conjoint academic staff, and many casual academic and research staff. Previously Chair Quality in Teaching Committee, for the School of Medicine & Public Health. Member of Executive, School of Medicine & Public Health;

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • grief and bereavement
  • health promotion
  • patient- health professional interactions
  • public health
  • sexuality

Teaching expertise

Dr Outram has initiated, developed and taught innovative curriculum in Departments of Nursing, Allied Health, Education and Medicine in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in over 20 years in the tertiary sector. This has included multidisciplinary teaching; experiential learning; skills based communication skills; a postgraduate suite of programs in women’s health, midwifery, distance education programs in health promotion, and public health for undergraduates. She has a special interest in teaching about loss and grief, sexuality, culture and health, and health equity.

Currently she co-ordinates the Behavioural and Social Sciences input into the Joint Medical program, School of Medicine and Public Health. A major part of this is a 5 year integrated course in clinical consultation skills. Other challenging and rewarding courses that she has initiated and taught are: “Sensitive issues in the primary school curriculum” which aims to prepare student teachers to be able to teach issues such as loss & grief, mental health, sexuality; and a multidisciplinary core course in public health and health promotion for undergraduates in health professions.

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Outram S, Murphy B, Cockburn JD, 'Factors associated with accessing professional help for psychological distress in midlife Australian women', Journal of Mental Health, 13 187-197 (2004) [C1]
2004Outram S, Murphy BM, Cockburn JD, 'The role of GPs in treating psychological distress: a study of midlife Australian women', Family Practice, 21 276-281 (2004) [C1]
2006Outram S, Murphy BM, Cockburn JD, 'Prevalence of and factors associated with midlife women taking medicines for psychological distress', Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 5 1-5 (2006) [C1]
2004Outram S, Schofield M, 'Sociodemographic and Health Related Factors Associated with Poor Mental Health in Midlife Australian Women', Women & Health, 39 97-115 (2004) [C1]

Publications

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

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gilligan C, Outram S, Buchanan H, 'Communicating with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Health Professionals, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 170-185 (2014) [B2]
2014Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, Outram S, Horton G, 'Key Attributes of Patient-Safe Communication', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Health Professionals, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 12-25 (2014) [B2]

Journal article (20 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Outram S, Harris G, Kelly B, Cohen M, Sandhu H, Vamos M, et al., 'Communicating a Schizophrenia Diagnosis to Patients and Families: A Qualitative Study of Mental Health Clinicians', PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, 65 551-554 (2014) [C1]
2014Gilligan C, Outram S, Levett-Jones T, 'Recommendations from recent graduates in medicine, nursing and pharmacy on improving interprofessional education in university programs: a qualitative study.', BMC Med Educ, 14 52 (2014) [C1]
2014Outram S, Harris G, Kelly B, Bylund CL, Cohen M, Landa Y, et al., ''We didn't have a clue': Family caregivers' experiences of the communication of a diagnosis of schizophrenia.', Int J Soc Psychiatry, (2014)
2014Loughland C, Kelly B, Ditton-Phare P, Sandhu H, Vamos M, Outram S, et al., 'Improving Clinician Competency in Communication About Schizophrenia: a Pilot Educational Program for Psychiatry Trainees.', Acad Psychiatry, (2014)
2012Gilligan C, Outram S, 'Culturally and linguistically diverse students in health professional programs: An exploration of concerns and needs', Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, 25 40-47 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Conor Gilligan

2011Gilligan C, Outram S, Rasiah RL, Cooper J, 'Exploring the attitudes of pharmacy students to clinical communications training', Focus on Health Professional Education, 13 25-36 (2011) [C1]
2010O'Toole BI, Outram S, Catts SV, Pierse KR, 'The mental health of partners of Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war and its relation to veteran military service, combat, and PTSD', Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198 841-845 (2010) [C1]
2010O'Toole BI, Catts SV, Outram S, Pierse KR, Cockburn JD, 'Factors associated with civilian mortality in Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war', Military Medicine, 175 88-95 (2010) [C1]
2009O'Toole BI, Catts SV, Outram S, Pierse KR, Cockburn JD, 'The physical and mental health of Australian Vietnam veterans 3 decades after the war and its relation to military service, combat, and post-traumatic stress disorder', American Journal of Epidemiology, 170 318-330 (2009) [C1]
2009Outram S, Hansen V, MacDonell G, Cockburn JD, Adams J, 'Still living in a war zone: Perceived health and wellbeing of partners of Vietnam veterans attending partners' support groups in New South Wales, Australia', Australian Psychologist, 44 128-135 (2009) [C1]
2009Outram S, 'Peer physical examination: Time to revisit? In reply', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 343 (2009) [C3]
2009Outram S, 'In reply', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 343-343 (2009) [C3]
2008Sanson-Fisher RW, Williams N, Outram S, 'Health inequities: The need for action by schools of medicine', Medical Teacher, 30 389-394 (2008) [C1]
2008Outram S, Nair BR, 'Peer physical examination: Time to revisit?', Medical Journal of Australia, 189 274-276 (2008) [C1]
2006Outram S, Murphy BM, Cockburn JD, 'Prevalence of and factors associated with midlife women taking medicines for psychological distress', Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 5 1-5 (2006) [C1]
2006Outram S, 'Communicating in the health and social sciences (Book review)', Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 655-656 (2006) [C3]
2004Outram S, Murphy BM, Cockburn JD, 'The role of GPs in treating psychological distress: a study of midlife Australian women', Family Practice, 21 276-281 (2004) [C1]
2004Outram S, Murphy B, Cockburn JD, 'Factors associated with accessing professional help for psychological distress in midlife Australian women', Journal of Mental Health, 13 187-197 (2004) [C1]
2004Outram S, Schofield M, 'Sociodemographic and Health Related Factors Associated with Poor Mental Health in Midlife Australian Women', Women & Health, 39 97-115 (2004) [C1]
2000Holliday JE, Lowe JM, Outram S, 'Women's experience of myocardial infarction', International Journal of Nursing Practice, 6 (2000)
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Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Kelly B, Outram S, Loughland CM, Harris G, Kelly F, Cohan M, et al., 'Communicating a diagnosis of schizophrenia: Experiences and perceptions of mental health clinicians', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2013) [E3]
2013Outram S, Kelly B, Loughland CM, Harris G, Cohan M, Sandhu H, et al., 'Communicating a diagnosis of schizophrenia: Experiences and perceptions of carers', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2013) [E3]
2013Loughland CM, Kelly B, Outram S, Harris G, Cohan M, Sandhu H, et al., 'Patients' experiences and perceptions of a diagnosis of schizophrenia', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2013) [E3]
2013Loughland C, Outram S, Kelly B, Cohen M, 'COMMUNICATING A DIAGNOSIS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2013) [E3]
2013Cohan M, Sandhu H, Vamos M, Ditton-Phare P, Kelly F, Kelly B, et al., 'Communication skills training in psychiatry: An Australia experience', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2013) [E3]
2010Outram S, Gilligan C, 'Enhancing success of medical students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) in doctor-patient interactions, particularly patient directed counseling and behaviour change competencies', International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2010, Verona, Italy (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Conor Gilligan

2010Cooper J, Gilligan C, Outram S, Rasiah RL, 'Communication skills training in health programs at the University of Newcastle, Australia', International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2010, Verona, Italy (2010) [E3]
2008Stojanovski E, Outram S, 'What is the impact on perceived knowledge, attitudes, and confidence of a unit of study in sexuality in Year 3 medicine and are there demographic differences', ANZAME Conference 2008. Conference Program, Abstracts and Papers, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Findlay NA, Outram S, 'What do rural gaps know about radiation therapy: A gap analysis', 5th ASMMIRT Melbourne 2008: Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
2008Outram S, Stojanovski E, 'Challenges in teaching skills for sexuality related medical consultations with year 3 medical students', ANZAME Conference 2008. Conference Program, Abstracts and Papers, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$1,020,994

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2014 (1 grants)

16th Ottawa Conference/12th Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), Ottawa Canada, 26-30 April 2014$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1400549

2011 (1 grants)

ANZAPHE, Alice Springs, 25 - 29 June 2011$1,475
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,47520112011
GNo:G1100686

2010 (1 grants)

European Association for Communication in Health, Verona, 5 - 8 September 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000552

2009 (1 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

2007 (2 grants)

Australian Vietnam Veterans Health Study$597,000
Funding Body: National Health & Medical Research Council

SchemeRole
Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$597,00020072007
GNo:18094639

Health & Wellbeing of Partners of Vietnam Veterans$59,000
Funding Body: Rotary Mental Health

SchemeRole
Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$59,00020072007
GNo:18090667

2006 (2 grants)

Health & Wellbeing of partners of Vietnam Verans$59,000
Funding Body: Rotary Mental health grant

SchemeRole
Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$59,00020062007
GNo:18090869

Health and well-being of partners of victims of trauma: a vulnerable group in the community $12,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram, Dr Brian O'Toole, Dr Stanley Catts
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020062006
GNo:G0186094

2005 (1 grants)

ANZAME 2005, $690
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$69020052005
GNo:G0185629

2004 (1 grants)

The psychosocial health of partners of Vietnam Veterans: A vulnerable group in Australian society.$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020042004
GNo:G0183484

2001 (1 grants)

4th Australian Women's Health Conference, Adelaide 19-21 February 2001$309
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30920012001
GNo:G0180705

1996 (2 grants)

Multimethod Study to explore the help seeking attitude, beliefs and behaviour of a community sample of women who have a possible psychiatric disorder using...$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019961996
GNo:G0176152

The Seventh Biennial International Congress on Women's Health Issues, Khon Kaen, Thailand, 5-8 November 1996$1,159
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sue Outram
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,15919961996
GNo:G0176624
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.25

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
20142022PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorTeaching Public Health in Australia

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2007PhD (Gender & Health)Principal SupervisorBattling the Black Dog: An Exploration of the Strategies Used by Young Australian Women Coping with Depressive Symptoms
1950PHD Public Health Not Elswr Classi
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorMidaged women and health
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Dr Suzanne (Sue) Outram

Work Phone(02) 40420560
Fax(02) 40420044
Email
PositionsSenior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHealth Behaviour Sciences
Office
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HMRI Building,
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URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/sue-outram