Research Projects

The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics has many exciting research projects currently in progress or that have been recently completed. The following are some of the projects we have done in the past. The research conducted assists clinicians, health administrators, peer professionals and politicians in their quest for effective health care delivery and promotion; and rational, effective and economically efficient use of health care resources to achieve optimal health care.

For further information on a particular project please click on the project title (if available).

After hours medical care and personal safety needs of urban general practitioners

Dr Malcolm Ireland, Dr Jon Adams, Dr Parker Magin

Arsenic mitigation programs in Bangaladesh (AusAID)

Professor Wayne Smith (Project Director, University of Newcastle), Bruce Caldwell, Geetha Ranmathugala, Kamalini Lokuge, Dr Keith Dear (The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University), Hasnat Milton (NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, Bangladesh), Malcolm Sim (Dept of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University Medical School) and Jack Ng (The National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, University of Queensland)

Assessing the professional support of the Newcastle palliative care services: Examining rural general practitioners' and community nurses' perceptions and experiences

Dr John Cavanagh, (Staff Specialist, Palliative Medicine, Newcastle Mater Hospital), Dr Jon Adams, Dr Lynne Parkinson

Assessment of serum zinc status in women during early pregnancy and dietary factors associated with low zinc status

Dr Michael J Dibley and Dr Andrew Bisits (John Hunter Hospital)

Benefits of home-based low-to-moderate intensity exercise on quality of life in women with ischaemic heart disease

Dr Natalie Johnson, Emeritis Professor Richard Heller (University of Manachester)

Cardiac Rehabilitation Indicator Project (CRIP)

Dr Natalie Johnson, Rhonda Walker, Janet Fisher, Kerry Inder, (Vice President Cardiac Rehabilitation Association of NSW and Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Hunter Area Health Service), Robyn Winton, (Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, HAHS), and Kate Dundas, (Cardiac Liaison Officer, Chronic Disease Management Program)

Changing practice patterns in the management of heart attack

Emeritis Professor Richard Heller (University of Manachester), Dr Lynette Lim (The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University), Associate Professor Catherine D'Este

Conceptions of nourishment during pregnancy among primiparous Australian women of English-speaking backgrounds: Influence of social class and sources of health knowledge

Associate Professor Nick Higginbotham, Professor Linda Connor (School of Education and Arts - Social Sciences), Dr Michael Dibley, Dr Andrew Bisits (John Hunter Hospital)

Department of Veterans' Affairs preventive care trial

Associate Professor Julie Byles, Emeritis Professor Richard Heller (University of Manachester), Associate Professor Nick Higginbotham, Professor Kichu Nair, Associate Professor Claire Jackson (The University of Queensland), Dr Jim Butler (Australian National University)

Development of a health need index

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd

Development of a measure of perceived health-related needs of residents of nursing homes

Dr Lynne Parkinson, Associate Professor Julie Byles, Professor Kichu Nair, Dr Jon Adams, Dr Isabel Higgins

Development of a population based resource allocation formula

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd

Development of clinical indicators for quality improvement

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd

Dynamics of future cancer burden in a population

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd

Effect of the ACE gene polymorphism on survival after myocardial infarction

Dr John Attia, Professor Rodney Scott (John Hunter Hospital), Associate Professor Catherine D'Este

Elective surgery resulting in adverse events in Australian hospitals

Ashley Kable (PhD student), Associate Professor Robert Gibberd

Evaluation of the continence care and resource models project

Associate Professor Julie Byles, Professor Jill Cockburn, Dr Janice Perkins, Dr Pauline Chiarelli, Andrew Hacker, Dr Shirley Schulz, Dr Rosemary Aldrich (NIPH)

Evaluation of the "Perfecting Healthcare Delivery" program

Dr David Sibbritt, Dr Jon Adams, Dr Erica Southgate, Ms Rhonda Walker

Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP)

Associate Professor Catherine D'Este, Dr John Attia, Associate Professor Julie Byles, Dr Anthony Brown (Director Population Health and Planning, Macquaries Area Health Service, Dubbo; Conjoint Associate Professor Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Newcastle), Associate Professor Nick Higginbotham, Dr Jon Adams, Associate Professor Peter Schofield, Professor Michael Hensley, Associate Professor Robert Gibberd, Dr Michael Allen, Dr Chris Levi

The Hunter Outpatient Cardiac Care study

Mrs Janet Fisher, Ms Kerry Inder (John Hunter Hospital), Dr Natalie Johnson, Dr Amanda Nagle (National Heart Foundation), Dr John Wiggers (HCHA)

Impact evaluation of vitamin A and zinc supplementation on maternal and neonatal infections and prematurity

Dr Mohamad Hakimi and Dr Achmad Suryono (Community Health and Nutrition Research Laboratories, University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta), Dr Michael Dibley

Impact of alternative funding methods on the efficiency and equity of hospital care in Australia

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd, Tracey Zander and S. Peacock (Monash University)

Internal collaboration and prospective meta-analysis of clinical trials on the effects of zinc and copper supplements in the treatment of acute diarrhoea in childhood

Dr Michael J. Dibley, Associate Professor Archana Patel, Dr Wan Chaomin, Dr Yang Huiming, Dr Hamam Hadi, Dr Yati Soenarto, Dr K Nathoo, Dr F Chanetsa, Associate Professor Catherine D'Este, Dr Jesse (Berlin)

Improving outcomes for people with cancer: consultation skills training with oncologists

Professor Jill Cockburn (Cancer Council NSW, Cancer Education Research Program and University of Newcastle), Phyllis Butow (University of Sydney), Martin Tattersall (University of Sydney), Dr Afaf Girgis (CERP), Chris Doran (University of NSW)

Intervention to reduce inappropriate use of medicines in elderly people: effect on health outcomes

Professor Jill Cockburn, Associate Professor Julie Byles, Professor David Henry, Associate Professor Paul Glasziou (University of Queensland), Sabrina Pitt (PhD student)

Nord-Trondelag Health Study (HUNT) CAM substudy

Dr Jon Adams, Dr David Sibbritt, Dr Aslak Steinsbekk (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NUST), Professor Roar Johnsen (NUST), Professor Geir Jacoben (NUST)

NSW nurses' descriptions and explanations of their complementary practice: a qualitative study

Dr Jon Adams

Nutritional screening in the elderly

Associate Professor Julie Byles, Dr Lynne Parkinson, Dr Claire Collins (Hunter Area Health), Professor Kichu Nair, Dr Michael Dibley, Associate Professor Catherine D'Este, Dr Barbara Blades, Associate Professor Manohar Garg

Parental exposure to environmental toxins and risk of childhood cancer in their offspring - pilot study

Dr John Attia, Professor Rodney Scott (John Hunter Hospital), Professor John Aitken (University of Newcastle), Dr Frank Alvaro (John Hunter Hospital - Paediatric Oncology), Dr Bruce Armstrong (NSW Cancer Council), Dr Lin Fritschi (University of Western Australia), Dr Patrick FitzGerald, Dr Syed Zakaria (PhD student)

Patient perceptions of breast cancer risks and benefits of herbal treatment in menopause

Dr Usha Parvathy (General Practice), Dr Jon Adams, Dr David Sibbritt

Photography as an aid to early detection of melanoma in older males by general practitioners

Professor Peter Hersey, Dr Scott Menzies, Associate Professor Catherine D'Este, Dr Anthony Plummer

Quality in health care

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd

Randomised controlled trial of tea tree oil for the control of MRSA in the hospital setting

Dr Meredith Caelli (UNSW), Emeritis Professor Richard Heller (University of Manachester), Dr John Attia

Secondary prevention in patients with cardiovascular disease

Associate Professor Catherine D'Este, Dr John Wiggers (HCHA), Dr Libby Campbell (HCHA), Dr Amanda Nagle (National Heart Foundation), Dr Ben Ewald, Alison Koschel (PhD student)

Sleep disturbance and sleeping medication use among older Australian women

Associate Professor Julie Byles, Dr Margaret Harris, Professor Kichu Nair, Dr Gita Mishra

Study of clinical indicators for general practitioners

Associate Professor Robert Gibberd, Emeritis Professor Richard Heller (University of Manachester), Dr David Jeacocke (Newcastle Institute of Public Health), Dr Arn Sprogis (Hunter Urban Division of General Practice)

The accuracy of a blood test measuring BNP in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure

Dr Ben Ewald, Dr Julia Lowe, Dr Bruce Bastian, Dr Phil Tynan

Women's Health Australia: The Australian longitudinal study on women's health

Professor Annette Dobson Study Director, (University of Queensland), Professor Christina Lee (Project Manager), Dr Wendy Brown (University of Queensland), Emeritus Professor Lois Bryson, Associate Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor Justin Kenardy (University of Queensland), Dr Gita Mishra, Associate Professor Margot Schofield (University of New England), Dr Penny Warner-Smith, Dr Anne Young et al

Women's Health Australia Sub-study: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and womens' health

Dr Jon Adams, Dr David Sibbritt, Associate Professor Gary Easthope (University of Tasmania), Dr Anne Young (Research Centre for Gender and Health)

Zinc and copper supplementation in the treatment of acute diarrhoea in children: A randomised controlled trial

Dr Michael Dibley, Associate Professor Archana Patel