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Dr Conor Gilligan

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

I began as a Lecturer in Health Behaviour, in January 2008. My role is a combined teaching and research position involving predominantly face-to-face teaching into, and coordination of Public Health courses and components of the Joint Medical Program. My research work exists as two main arms; one in public health and health behavior change with a focus on adolescent alcohol consumption, and another on the scholarship of teaching and learning with particular focus on interprofessional education and medical communication skills training.

Research Expertise
From 2005 to 2007 I worked full-time on my PhD studies, supported by an Australian Post-Doctoral Award. My PhD studies involved the management of a large randomized controlled trial of an intervention to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to quit smoking during pregnancy. Since then, I have established myself in behavioural science research and in particular, the alcohol field, building an original program of research relating to parental supply of alcohol and adolescent alcohol consumption. This work has led to several national and international research collaborations and projects. I have established cross-disciplinary collaborations in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which has to date, been the subject of a large external grant, and several internal grants. This work is at the forefront of the field of interprofessional education and has the potential to influence curriculum development and policy in health professional education. I am also a member of the Research Centre for Health Professional Education and the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour. I currently supervise two PhD students in the health professional education field.

Teaching Expertise
I am involved with teaching interactional skills (clinical communication) to Medicine and Pharmacy students and have been heavily involved in the development of resources and implementation of curriculum changes to enhance this aspect of the curriculum across these programs. I am also involved with training simulated patients for communication skills teaching and assessment. I also facilitate problem based learning sessions in the Joint Medical Program. In 2011 I was awarded a Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and in 2012 was part of a team awarded an OLT citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Administrative Expertise
I am Phase 1 (years 1 and 2) lead for the Joint Medical Program Bachelor of Medical Science, Doctor of Medicine (MD) program and have had a lead role in the development of the new MD curriculum which began in 2017. As part of this role I am an active member of JMP committees including Admissions, Teaching and Learning, Assessment, and Curriculum Development, as well as working parties associated with each of the MD themes (Health society and the environment, Science and scholarship [including research], clinical practice and professional development).

Collaborations
I collaborate with both national and international researchers, particularly in relation to social issues regarding alcohol consumption and parental supply of alcohol. I have strong link with researchers from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, Edith Cowan University, the Centre for Addictions Research, BC (Canada), Addiction Info (Switzerland), as well as other University of Newcastle researchers. I am a member of several research collaborations in relation to interprofessional education and communication skills training and am leading a collaboration with Tubingen University, Germany on the development of medical identity in medical students. I am also a member of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare and an active member of the policy/practice subgroup within this society. I am a steering group member on the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN).

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Hons), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Communication skills
  • Community-based studies
  • Health behaviour change
  • Indigenous health
  • Interprofessional education
  • Parents and adolescents
  • Public Health
  • Research methodology

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 20
111712 Health Promotion 40
130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy 40

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
1/01/2008 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Professional

Year Award
2016 Faculty Staff Award for ‘MD-JMP Phase 1 Development Team’ for work in curriculum development.
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
2014 2014 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching
Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia
2013 National Research Award for the best research article published in the MJA in 2012
Medical Journal of Australia
2012 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learnin
Office of Learning and Teaching
2011 University of Newcastle Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


(57 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Williams CM, Gilligan C, Regan T, Daly J, et al., 'Real-time video counselling for smoking cessation', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017 (2017)

© 2017 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: The objectives o... [more]

© 2017 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: The objectives of this review are to assess the following, across community, healthcare or other settings. The effectiveness of real-time video counselling delivered individually or to a group for increasing smoking cessation. The effectiveness of real-time video counselling on increasing the number of quit attempts. The effect of real-time video counselling on intervention adherence and duration of consultations. The effect of real-time video counselling on satisfaction, including ease of use. The effect of real-time video counselling on therapeutic alliance. To provide a brief economic commentary of real-time video counselling.

DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD012659
Co-authors Christopher M Williams, Timothy Regan, Flora Tzelepis, John Wiggers, Chris Paul
2016 Wilson AJ, Palmer L, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, Outram S, 'Interprofessional collaborative practice for medication safety: Nursing, pharmacy, and medical graduates¿ experiences and perspectives', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30 649-654 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Medication errors are the second most prevalent cause of adverse patient incidents in Australian hospital settings. Although numerous strategies to add... [more]

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Medication errors are the second most prevalent cause of adverse patient incidents in Australian hospital settings. Although numerous strategies to address this patient safety issue have been implemented, the impact of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) on medication safety has received limited attention. The aim of this article is to report the perspectives and experiences of recently graduated, currently practicing Australian nurses, pharmacists, and doctors in relation to IPCP and medication safety. Sixty-eight graduates from three Australian states participated in focus groups. Thematic analysis of transcripts was conducted using an iterative process. The findings from this study illustrate how knowing about and valuing the skills and responsibilities of other team members and respecting each person¿s unique contribution to the work of the team can lead to more effective communication and collaboration in the context of medication safety. Although collaborative practice is critical to safe medication prescribing, dispensing, and administration, there are recurring and pervasive challenges to its achievement. This study indicated the need for improved preparation of graduates to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in an interprofessional team; and we advocate that deliberate, structured, and meaningful interprofessional clinical education initiatives are required.

DOI 10.1080/13561820.2016.1191450
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amanda Wilson, Tracy Levett-Jones, Lorinda Palmer, Sue Outram
2016 Gilligan C, Wolfenden L, Foxcroft DR, Kingsland M, Williams AJ, Hodder RK, et al., 'Family-based prevention programs for alcohol use in young people', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 (2016)

© 2016 The Cochrane Collaboration. This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows: To assess the effectiveness of universal, selective ... [more]

© 2016 The Cochrane Collaboration. This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows: To assess the effectiveness of universal, selective and indicated family-based prevention programs in preventing alcohol use, or problem drinking, in school-aged children (up to 18 years of age). Specifically, on these outcomes, the review aims: To assess the effectiveness of universal family-based prevention programs for all children up to 18 years ('universal interventions'). To assess the effectiveness of selective family-based prevention programs for children up to 18 years at elevated risk of alcohol use or problem drinking ('selective interventions'). To assess the effectiveness of indicated family-based prevention programs for children up to 18 years currently consuming alcohol ('indicated interventions').

DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD012287
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Luke Wolfenden, John Wiggers
2016 Gilligan C, Ward B, Kippen R, Buykx P, Chapman K, 'Acceptability of alcohol supply to children ? associations with adults', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, (2016)
DOI 10.1071/HE16013
2016 Gilligan C, James EL, Snow P, Outram S, Ward BM, Powell M, et al., 'Interventions for improving medical students' interpersonal communication in medical consultations', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 (2016)

© 2016 The Cochrane Collaboration. This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: To assess the effects of interventions for medical stud... [more]

© 2016 The Cochrane Collaboration. This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: To assess the effects of interventions for medical students that aim to improve interpersonal communication in medical consultations.

DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD012418
Co-authors Timothy Regan, Erica James, Sue Outram, Marita Lynagh
2015 Ward B, Kippen R, Buykx P, Gilligan C, Chapman K, 'Parents' level of support for adults' purchase and consumption of alcohol at primary school events when children are present', Drug and Alcohol Review, 34 202-206 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. Environmental and societal factors are significant determinants of children's initiation to and use of alcoho... [more]

© 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. Environmental and societal factors are significant determinants of children's initiation to and use of alcohol. Schools are important settings for promoting well-being and substantial resources have been devoted to curriculum-based alcohol programs, but the effects of these in reducing the misuse of alcohol have been modest. Adults can and do consume alcohol at school events when students are present, but there is a dearth of evidence about parents' level of support for the practice. The aim of this study was to examine parents' level of support for the purchase and consumption of alcohol at primary school fundraising events when children are present. Methods: Four hundred seventy-nine Australian parents of children aged 0-12 years participated in an online survey. Logistic regression was used to assess the impact of parent characteristics on the level of agreement with parental purchase and consumption of alcohol at school fundraising events when children are present. Results: The majority of parents (60%) disagreed/strongly disagreed with the practice of adults being able to purchase and consume alcohol at school fundraising events when children were present. The 21% of parents who supported the practice were more likely to be daily smokers and/or have higher ( > 6) Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-alcohol consumption scores. Conclusions: Despite the fact that the majority of parents disagree with this practice, published reports suggest that adults' use of alcohol at primary school events is an emerging issue. It is important that school decision-makers are mindful of the financial and educational value of fundraising activities.

DOI 10.1111/dar.12231
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2015 Buykx P, Gilligan C, Ward B, Kippen R, Chapman K, 'Public support for alcohol policies associated with knowledge of cancer risk', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY, 26 371-379 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.08.006
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2015 Everson N, Levett-Jones T, Lapkin S, Pitt V, van der Riet P, Rossiter R, et al., 'Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on nursing students' cultural empathy using a modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale', Journal of Clinical Nursing, (2015) [C1]

Aims and objectives: To determine the effect of immersive 3D cultural simulation on nursing students' empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Background: A... [more]

Aims and objectives: To determine the effect of immersive 3D cultural simulation on nursing students' empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Background: Accelerated globalisation has seen a significant increase in cultural diversity in most regions of the world over the past forty years. Clinical encounters that do not acknowledge cultural factors contribute to adverse patient outcomes and health care inequities for culturally and linguistically diverse people. Cultural empathy is an antecedent to cultural competence. Thus, appropriate educational strategies are needed to enhance nursing students' cultural empathy and the capacity to deliver culturally competent care. Design: A one-group pretest, post-test design was used for this study. The simulation exposed students to an unfolding scene in a hospital ward of a developing county. Methods: A convenience sample of second-year undergraduate nursing students (n = 460) from a semi-metropolitan university in Australia were recruited for the study. Characteristics of the sample were summarised using descriptive statistics. T-tests were performed to analyse the differences between pre- and post simulation empathy scores using an eight item modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale. Results: Students' empathy towards culturally and linguistically diverse patients significantly improved after exposure to the 3D simulation experience. The mean scores for the Perspective Taking and Valuing Affective Empathy subscales also increased significantly postsimulation. Conclusions: The immersive 3D simulation had a positive impact on nursing students' empathy levels in regards to culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Research with other cohorts and in other contexts is required to further explore the impact of this educational approach. Relevance to clinical practice: Immersive cultural simulation experiences offer opportunities to enhance the cultural empathy of nursing students. This may in turn have a positive impact on their cultural competence and consequently the quality of care they provide to culturally and linguistically diverse patients.

DOI 10.1111/jocn.12893
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Pamela Vanderriet, Rachel Rossiter, Donovan Jones, Helen Courtney-Pratt
2015 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, 'Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to examine health professional students' behavioural intentions in relation to medication safety and collaborative practice', Nurse Education Today, 35 935-940 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Background: Safe medication practices depend upon, not only on individual responsibilities, but also effective communication and collaboration between member... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Background: Safe medication practices depend upon, not only on individual responsibilities, but also effective communication and collaboration between members of the medication team. However, measurement of these skills is fraught with conceptual and practical difficulties. Aims: The aims of this study were to explore the utility of a Theory of Planned Behaviour-based questionnaire to predict health professional students' behavioural intentions in relation to medication safety and collaborative practice; and to determine the contribution of attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived control to behavioural intentions. Design: A descriptive cross-sectional survey based upon the Theory of Planned Behaviour was designed and tested. Participants: A convenience sample of 65 undergraduate pharmacy, nursing and medicine students from one semi-metropolitan Australian university were recruited for the study. Methods: Participants' behavioural intentions, attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived control to behavioural intentions in relation to medication safety were measured using an online version of the Theory of Planned Behaviour Medication Safety Questionnaire. Results: The Questionnaire had good internal consistency with a Cronbach's alpha of 0.844. The three predictor variables of attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived control accounted for between 30 and 46% of the variance in behavioural intention; this is a strong prediction in comparison to previous studies using the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Data analysis also indicated that attitude was the most significant predictor of participants' intention to collaborate with other team members to improve medication safety. Conclusion: The results from this study provide preliminary support for the Theory of Planned Behaviour-Medication Safety Questionnaire as a valid instrument for examining health professional students' behavioural intentions in relation to medication safety and collaborative practice.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.018
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2015 Thomson K, Outram S, Gilligan C, Levett-Jones T, 'Interprofessional experiences of recent healthcare graduates: A social psychology perspective on the barriers to effective communication, teamwork, and patient-centred care.', J Interprof Care, 29 634-640 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/13561820.2015.1040873
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Sue Outram, Tracy Levett-Jones
2014 Levett-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]
Co-authors Graeme Horton, Tracy Levett-Jones, Sue Outram
2014 Gilligan 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]
Co-authors Sue Outram
2014 Gilligan C, Kypri K, Bourke J, 'Social networking versus facebook advertising to recruit survey respondents: a quasi-experimental study.', JMIR Research Protocols, 3 1-5 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.2196/resprot.3317
Citations Scopus - 14
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2014 Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, 'The effectiveness of web-based interprofessional learning modules on health professional student¿s behavioural intentions in relation to medication safety: A quasi-experimental study', Focus on Health Professional Education, 16 46-58 (2014)
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2014 Gilligan C, Thompson K, Bourke J, Kypri K, Stockwell T, '"Everybody else is doing it"--norm perceptions among parents of adolescents.', J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 75 908-918 (2014) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2014 Ebert L, Hoffman K, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, '"They have no idea of what we do or what we know": Australian graduates' perceptions of working in a health care team', Nurse Education in Practice, 14 544-550 (2014) [C1]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Globally it has been suggested that interprofessional education can lead to improvements in patient safety as well as increased job satisfaction and understa... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Globally it has been suggested that interprofessional education can lead to improvements in patient safety as well as increased job satisfaction and understanding of professional roles and responsibilities. In many health care facilities staff report being committed to working collaboratively, however their practice does not always reflect their voiced ideologies. The inability to work effectively together can, in some measure, be attributed to a lack of knowledge and respect for others' professional roles, status and boundaries. In this paper, we will report on the findings of an interpretative study undertaken in Australia, focussing specifically on the experiences of new graduate nurses, doctors and pharmacists in relation to 'knowing about' and 'working with' other health care professionals. Findings indicated there was little understanding of the roles of other health professionals and this impacted negatively on communication and collaboration between and within disciplines. Furthermore, most new graduates recall interprofessional education as intermittent, largely optional, non-assessable, and of little value in relation to their roles, responsibilities and practice as graduate health professionals. Interprofessional education needs to be integrated into undergraduate health programs with an underlying philosophy of reciprocity, respect and role valuing, in order to achieve the proposed benefits for staff and patients.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.06.005
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Kerry Hoffman, Lyn Ebert, Tracy Levett-Jones
2014 Gilligan C, Toumbourou JW, Kypri K, McElduff P, 'Factors Associated With Parental Rules for Adolescent Alcohol Use', SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE, 49 145-153 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/10826084.2013.824471
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Kypros Kypri, Patrick Mcelduff
2014 Courtney-Pratt H, Levett-Jones T, Lapkin S, Pitt V, Gilligan C, Van der Riet P, et al., 'Development and psychometric testing of the satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale', Nurse Education in Practice, (2014) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Decreasing the numbers of adverse health events experienced by people from culturally diverse backgrounds rests, in part, on the ability of education provide... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Decreasing the numbers of adverse health events experienced by people from culturally diverse backgrounds rests, in part, on the ability of education providers to provide quality learning experiences that support nursing students in developing cultural competence, an essential professional attribute. This paper reports on the implementation and evaluation of an immersive 3D cultural empathy simulation.The Satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale used in this study was adapted and validated as the first stage of this study. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis were undertaken to investigate the psychometric properties of the scale using two randomly-split sub-samples. Cronbach's Alpha was used to examine internal consistency reliability. Descriptive statistics were used for analysis of mean satisfaction scores and qualitative comments to open-ended questions were analysed and coded.A purposive sample (n=497) of second of nursing students participated in the study. The overall Cronbach's alpha for the scale was 0.95 and each subscale demonstrated high internal consistency: 0.92; 0.92; 0.72 respectively. The mean satisfaction score was 4.64 (SD 0.51) out of a maximum of 5 indicating a high level of participant satisfaction with the simulation. Three factors emerged from qualitative analysis: "Becoming culturally competent", "Learning from the debrief" and "Reflecting on practice".The cultural simulation was highly regarded by students. Psychometric testing of the Satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale demonstrated that it is a reliable instrument. However, there is room for improvement and further testing in other contexts is therefore recommended.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.07.009
Co-authors Rachel Rossiter, Donovan Jones, Pamela Vanderriet, Helen Courtney-Pratt, Tracy Levett-Jones
2014 Gilligan C, Kypri K, 'Recruiting by registered versus standard mail', Epidemiology, 25 317 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000065
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2014 Gilligan 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]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6920-14-52
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Sue Outram
2014 Gilligan C, Thompson K, Kypri K, Bourke J, 'EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT? NORM PERCEPTIONS ABOUT THE SUPPLY OF ALCOHOL AMONG PARENTS OF ADOLESCENTS', ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2013 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, 'A systematic review of the effectiveness of interprofessional education in health professional programs', NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 33 90-102 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.11.006
Citations Scopus - 68Web of Science - 59
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2013 Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Gilligan C, Kavanagh DJ, Baker F, Lewin TJ, 'When does change begin following screening and brief intervention among depressed problem drinkers?', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44 264-270 (2013) [C1]

Brief interventions are effective for problem drinking and reductions are known to occur in association with screening and assessment. The present study sought to assess, among pa... [more]

Brief interventions are effective for problem drinking and reductions are known to occur in association with screening and assessment. The present study sought to assess, among participants (N= 202) in a clinical trial, how much change occurred between baseline assessment and a one-session brief intervention (S1), and the predictors of early change. The primary focus was on changes in the Beck Depression Inventory Fast Screen scores and alcohol consumption (standard drinks per week) prior to random allocation to nine further sessions addressing either depression, alcohol, or both problems. There were large and clinically significant reductions between baseline and S1, with the strongest predictors being baseline scores in the relevant domain and change in the other domain. Client engagement was also predictive of early depression changes. Monitoring progress in both domains from first contact, and provision of empathic care, followed by brief intervention appear to be useful for this high prevalence comorbidity. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.07.009
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin
2013 Thompson K, Gilligan C, 'WHAT DO OTHER PARENTS DO? A CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF THE ROLE OF SOCIAL NORM MISPERCEPTIONS IN PREDICTING PARENTAL SUPPLY OF ALCOHOL TO UNDERAGE ADOLESCENTS', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2013) [E3]
2012 Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, Lapkin S, Hoffman KA, 'Interprofessional education for the quality use of medicines: Designing authentic multimedia learning resources', Nurse Education Today, 32 934-938 (2012) [C2]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Kerry Hoffman, Tracy Levett-Jones
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 - 27Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Kypros Kypri, Natalie Johnson
2012 Eades SJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Wenitong M, Panaretto K, D'Este CA, Gilligan C, Stewart JM, 'An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: A randomised controlled trial', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 42-46 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja11.10858
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Gilligan C, Kypri K, Lubman D, 'Changing parental behaviour to reduce risky drinking among adolescents: Current evidence and future directions', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47 349-354 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/ags022
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2012 Gilligan C, Kuntsche E, Gmel G, 'Adolescent drinking patterns across countries: Associations with alcohol policies', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47 732-737 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/ags083
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18
2012 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A response to: Evidence that community-based prevention reduces adolescent alcohol use: A commentary on Gilligan et al', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 932 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Markham F, Young M, Doran B, 'The relationship between alcohol consumption, gambling behaviour and problem gambling during a single visit to a gambling venue.', Drug Alcohol Rev, 31 770-777 (2012)
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00430.x
2012 Gilligan 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]

Introduction: Cultural diversity among students in tertiary institutions in Australia and globally has increased rapidly in the last decade, and is continuing to do so. Methods: F... [more]

Introduction: Cultural diversity among students in tertiary institutions in Australia and globally has increased rapidly in the last decade, and is continuing to do so. Methods: Focus groups were held at the University of Newcastle, NSW to: (1) examine the specifi c needs of international students in the Master of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Nursing programs in relation to language and cultural considerations and (2) to understand the attitudes of domestic students to the cultural issues faced among their peers. Th e project explored these issues with the intention to inform curricula changes to accommodate the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Results: Th e key themes emerging from international students were: diffi culties in spoken language, diff erences in professional roles and expectations, diff erences in methods of learning, inadequate social interaction outside the classroom and acceptance of diff erences in cultural and religious practices. Th e domestic student views reinforced the comments from international students both in regard to social interaction and in regard to participation in class discussions. Although local students were interested in learning from international students about their culture and religious beliefs, there were limited initiatives from both sides. Discussion: Th ere is a need for tertiary institutions that benefi t economically from increasing the numbers of international students to help them to study and live in a new environment. Assistance needs to go beyond learning the English language to helping students understand its use in a professional context (health terminology and slang used by patients), the nuances of the health professional disciplines in a western society, the approach to study and problem-based learning styles and skills to assist with social interaction. Th e results of the present exploration have led to a series of proposed actions for the University of Newcastle. Th ese recommendations are applicable to any 'Western' teaching institution with a large number of international students from developing countries enrolled in their health programs.

Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Sue Outram
2012 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, 'A cross-sectional survey examining the extent to which interprofessional education is used to teach nursing, pharmacy and medical students in Australian and New Zealand Universities', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26 390-396 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2012 Gilligan C, Kypri K, 'Parent attitudes, family dynamics and adolescent drinking: qualitative study of the Australian parenting guidelines for adolescent alcohol use', BMC Public Health, 12 491 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Kypros Kypri
2012 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Turon HE, 'The organ donation conundrum', Progress in Transplantation, 22 312-316 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.7182/pit2012216
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Gilligan C, Baker FA, Lewin TJ, 'When does change begin following screening and brief intervention among depressed problem drinkers?', Drug and Alcohol Review: Abstracts of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Terry Lewin, Frances Kaylambkin
2011 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones TL, Gilligan C, 'The effectiveness of interprofessional education in university-based health professional programs: A systematic review', Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews, 9 1917-1970 (2011) [C1]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2011 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Anderson AE, D'Este CA, 'Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 659-663 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Anderson
2011 Gilligan 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]
Co-authors Rohan Rasiah, Joyce Cooper, Sue Outram
2011 Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Gilligan C, 'Interprofessional education: Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Helen Bellchambers
2010 Lynagh MC, Gilligan C, Handley T, 'Teaching about, and dealing with, sensitive issues in schools: How confident are pre-service teachers?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1 5-11 (2010) [C1]
Co-authors Marita Lynagh
2010 Lynagh M, Gilligan C, Handley T, 'Teaching about, and dealing with, sensitive issues in schools: How confident are pre-service teachers?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1 5-11 (2010)

Teachers are developing an increasingly active role in the education of students in areas of sensitivity, including issues such as sexuality, mental health, grief and loss and chi... [more]

Teachers are developing an increasingly active role in the education of students in areas of sensitivity, including issues such as sexuality, mental health, grief and loss and child protection. There is a growing expectation for teachers to become competent not only in educating students in these areas but also in recognising and dealing with such matters if and when they arise in the classroom. However, a large proportion of teachers express discomfort in these areas, resulting in negative outcomes for both teachers and students. The current study evaluates the impact of a specifically designed 13-week Unit of work among two different cohorts of pre-service teachers in an Australian university on their confidence in and perceived competence in teaching about, and dealing with, sensitive issues. The 13-week Unit of work was undertaken as part of a Bachelor of Education degree program and addressed relevant content from the New South Wales K-12 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education curriculum and other additional sensitive issues. Training was found to be an effective means of increasing confidence both in teaching and managing sensitive issues in pre-service teachers. Attitudes towards the importance of training remained very positive both before and after the course. A follow-up study is planned to explore the effects of this training after 12 months teaching experience. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

DOI 10.1080/18377122.2010.9730332
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Marita Lynagh
2010 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Appropriate research designs for evaluating community-level alcohol interventions: What next?', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45 481-487 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/agq038
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Wenitong M, Panaretto K, D'Este CA, 'Assessing the accuracy of self-reported smoking status and impact of passive smoke exposure among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women using cotinine biochemical validation', Drug and Alcohol Review, 29 35-40 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00078.x
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones T, Bellchambers H, Gilligan C, 'The effectiveness of interprofessional education in university based health professional programs: A systematic review.', JBI Libr Syst Rev, 8 1-19 (2010)
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Gilligan C, 'Enhancing medication safety through the use of innovative multimedia, interprofessional communication and clinical reasoning', Healthcare Communication Symposium 2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Helen Bellchambers
2010 Cooper 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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Sue Outram, Rohan Rasiah, Joyce Cooper
2010 Outram 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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Sue Outram
2009 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Eades S, Wenitong M, 'Knowledge and attitudes regarding smoking during pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 557-561 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2009 Panaretto KS, Mitchell MR, Anderson L, Gilligan C, Buettner P, Larkins SL, Eades S, 'Tobacco use and measuring nicotine dependence among urban indigenous pregnant women', Medical Journal of Australia, 191 554-557 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15
2009 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, D'Este CA, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Scheman S, 'Identifying pregnant women at risk of poor birth outcomes', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 29 181-187 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/01443610902753713
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Frances Kaylambkin
2007 Bobrovskaya L, Gelain DP, Gilligan C, Dickson PW, Dunkley PR, 'PACAP stimulates the sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40', Cellular Signalling, 19 1141-1149 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.cellsig.2006.12.006
Citations Scopus - 36Web of Science - 36
Co-authors Phil Dickson, Peter Dunkley
2007 Bobrovskaya L, Gilligan C, Bolster EK, Flaherty JJ, Dickson PW, Dunkley PR, 'Sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40: a novel mechanism for maintenance of catecholamine synthesis', Journal of Neurochemistry, 100 479-489 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2006.04213.x
Citations Scopus - 55Web of Science - 55
Co-authors Phil Dickson, Peter Dunkley
2007 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, D'Este CA, 'Antenatal smoking in vulnerable population groups: An area of need', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 27 664-671 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/01443610701667486
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Bobrovskaya L, Gelain D, Gilligan C, Flaherty J, Bolster EK, Dickson PW, Dunkley PR, 'Nicotine and Pacap stimulate the sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40 (Poster)', 7th IBRO 2007 World Congress of Neuroscience Program (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Phil Dickson, Peter Dunkley
2006 Dunkley PR, Bobrovskaya L, Gilligan C, Bolster EK, Flaherty J, Dickson PW, 'Sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at serine 40 is inhibited by the antidepressant imipramine', Proceedings of the Australian Neuroscience Society (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Peter Dunkley, Phil Dickson
2005 Dunkley PR, Bobrovskaya L, Gilligan C, Soster E, Dickson PW, 'Sustained phosphorylation of tyrosine hydroxylase at Ser40', JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Peter Dunkley, Phil Dickson
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 15
Total funding $884,312

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20161 grants / $21,000

Australian Defence Force Annual Alcohol Survey Data Analysis and Reporting$21,000

Funding body: Department of Defence

Funding body Department of Defence
Project Team Professor John Wiggers, Doctor Melanie Kingsland, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600807
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20152 grants / $38,800

Improving parents' skills to reduce adolescent alcohol use$20,000

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor John Wiggers, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Ms Julie Rae
Scheme Research Funds
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500833
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Improving parents skills to reduce adolescent alcohol use$18,800

Funding body: Australian Drug Foundation

Funding body Australian Drug Foundation
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor John Wiggers, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Ms Karen Gillham
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1500866
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20142 grants / $31,690

Adolescent Alcohol Use: Determining Priorities for Parent Interventions.$29,690

Funding body: Healthway: Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation

Funding body Healthway: Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation
Project Team

Johnson, R., Shaw, T. Beatty. S., Thomas, L., Gilligan, C., Kirby, G., McBride, N.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

40th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society for social and epidemiological research on alcohol, Torino, Italy, 9-13 June 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400441
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $2,000

39th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala Uganda, 3 - 7 June 2013$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300437
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $250,431

Increasing rates of organ donor registration: An RCT to determine the differential effectiveness of electronic and interpersonal information interventions.$237,682

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Doctor Heidi Turon, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Doctor Flora Tzelepis
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1100421
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Parental norms regarding adolescent alcohol consumption and supply $12,749

Funding body: Australian Rechabite Foundation

Funding body Australian Rechabite Foundation
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200492
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20112 grants / $218,200

Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students through interprofessional education (IPE)$217,000

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Conjoint Professor Tracy Levett-Jones, Doctor Helen Bellchambers, Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1000934
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

37th Annul Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, Melbourne, 11-15 May 2011$1,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100296
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20102 grants / $39,830

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 Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190209
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

International Conference on communication in health care 2010, Verona, Italy, 5 - 8 September 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000551
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20093 grants / $282,361

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190510
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Exploring the experience and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and exploring domestic student attitudes to culturally diverse student and patient population groups$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190372
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Adolescent Suicide Bereavement in Families: Exploring the Grieving Process and Postvention Among Families in Ghana PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Health Professions Education Research PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Simulation based training and assessment for evaluating pharmacy students' competence in clinical decision making during medication review and supply PhD (Pharmacy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Enhancing Safe Medication Practices: An Interprofessional Education Approach PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Opportunities

PhD opportunity

Medical education - investigation of new curriculum elements in educated citizenry and public health

PHD

School of Medicine and Public Health

20/07/2017 - 31/01/2018

Contact

Doctor Conor Gilligan
University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
conor.gilligan@newcastle.edu.au

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News

PHD Scholarship: Medical Education, the formation over time of a medical identity among medical students - associations with skills and attributes

September 21, 2017

The Faculty of Health and Medicine and School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle has a scholarship opportunity for a research student to study 'medical identity' in medical students enrolled in the UON BMed Sci course.

Dr Conor Gilligan

Position

Senior Lecturer
Discipline of Health Behaviour Science
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Health Behaviour Sciences

Contact Details

Email conor.gilligan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0553

Office

Room Room BB1-03B
Building Bowman Bld
Location Callaghan Campus
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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