Dr Julie Depczynski

Dr Julie Depczynski

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

University Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary

Biography

Julie Depczynski is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH), based in the Moree Education Centre.  Julie’s clinical background is in nursing, having worked in rural hospital, community health and aged care settings; as well as in small business and community support roles. This experience has have given her a practical insight into both the strengths and needs of people in rural communities. 

Julie’s experience and love of rural health research and health promotion was fostered during her time with the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (ACAHS, University of Sydney).  She worked with ACAHS for fifteen years on a range of health promotion and research projects.  These included farm noise and hearing loss, child safety, health and injury risk factors in farmers and the ageing rural health workforce. Her role involved working with an array of community networks toward translation of research into practice, through resource development and promotion. Julie was awarded her PhD in 2017, for a data linkage study that compared the incidence, mortality, stage of diagnosis, treatment and screening for major cancers; between farm, rural non-farm and urban residents enrolled in the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study. 

Julie currently works on health services research projects related to the rural health workforce and rural cancer outcomes.  She is part of a team of researchers working on the Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking Study (NAHGOT), a collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Monash and Deakin universities.  This project aims to track where nursing and allied health graduates practice their profession over time; and the factors that lead to those decisions.   Julie is also part of the research team working on a North West Cancer Centre data linkage study, looking at factors that affect cancer outcomes of people in the New England North West region.  The research is part of a collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and The University of Sydney.  Julie looks forward to continuing her association with the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health on these and other rural health research projects.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, University of New England
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of New England
  • Master of Nursing, University of New England

Keywords

  • cancer epidemiology
  • health promotion
  • health services research
  • rural health

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Post Doctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Australia
Post Doctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/3/2001 - 31/12/2016 Research Officer

Research - Agricultural health and farm injury prevention

From 2001-2016, I held research and project officer positions at the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, in Moree.  These roles encompassed health promotion, injury prevention and public health research activities toward improving the health and well-being of farming communities; and supporting health services to meet the specific needs of farmers.  Research focused on priority health and injury risk factors in farmers; development and promotion of evidence based resources for the National Child Safety on Farms Program; and research to inform development of a National Farm Noise Injury Prevention Strategy.  

The role required a working knowledge of rural health service delivery and systems; research methodology, epidemiology and biostatistics; project management; and the ability to develop resources and communicate research through both formal and informal means. Fostering research partnerships with health services and other agencies, including farmer networks, was paramount to the translation of research into resources both for farming communities and rural health services; and adoption of better policies and practices at organisational level.

University of Sydney
Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, School of Rural Health
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Depczynski JC, Fragar L, Farm Health and Safety Toolkit for Rural General Practices, Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, Moree (2009)
2008 Depczynski JC, RIPPER II: Growing Kids on Farms. An Education Resource for Primary Schools, Farmsafe Australia, Moree, 80 (2008)

Journal article (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Smith T, Sutton K, Beauchamp A, Depczynski J, Brown L, Fisher K, et al., 'Profile and rural exposure for nursing and allied health students at two Australian Universities: A retrospective cohort study.', Aust J Rural Health, 29 21-33 (2021)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12689
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Karin Fisher, Tony Smith, Leanne Brown
2019 Depczynski JC, Dobbins T, Armstrong B, Lower T, 'Comparative use of cancer therapies in Australian farm, rural nonfarm and urban residents aged 45 years and older', Public Health Research and Practice, 29 (2019)
DOI 10.17061/phrp28341811
Citations Scopus - 1
2018 Depczynski J, Dobbins T, Armstrong B, Lower T, 'Stage of diagnosis of prostate, breast and colorectal cancer in farm residents compared with other rural and urban residents in New South Wales.', Aust J Rural Health, 26 56-62 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12392
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2018 Depczynski J, Depczynski J, Dobbins T, Armstrong B, Lower T, 'Comparison of cancer incidence in Australian farm residents 45 years and over, compared to rural non-farm and urban residents - a data linkage study', BMC Cancer, (2018)
DOI 10.1186/s12885-017-3912-2
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2017 Lower T, Corben P, Massey P, Depczynski J, Brown T, Stanley P, et al., 'Farmers knowledge of Q fever and prevention approaches in New South Wales', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25 306-310 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12346
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors David Durrheim
2014 Depczynski J, Lower T, 'A review of prostate cancer incidence and mortality studies of farmers and non-farmers, 2002-2013.', Cancer Epidemiol, 38 654-662 (2014)
DOI 10.1016/j.canep.2014.09.001
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8
2013 Depczynski J, Herde E, Fragar L, Lower T, 'Safe play areas on farms in New South Wales.', Aust J Rural Health, 21 220-224 (2013)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12048
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2011 Fragar L, Depczynski J, Lower T, 'Mortality patterns of Australian male farmers and farm managers', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 179-184 (2011)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01209.x
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 30
2011 Eather J, Fragar L, Depczynski J, Lower T, 'Patterns of alcohol use for farm and non-farm residents in New South Wales', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 101-102 (2011)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01191.x
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2011 Fragar LJ, Depczynski JC, 'Beyond 50. challenges at work for older nurses and allied health workers in rural Australia: a thematic analysis of focus group discussions', BMC Health Services Research, 11 (2011)
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-11-42
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26
2011 Depczynski J, Challinor K, Fragar L, 'Changes in the Hearing Status and Noise Injury Prevention Practices of Australian Farmers From 1994 to 2008', Journal of Agromedicine, 16 127-142 (2011)
DOI 10.1080/1059924x.2011.554770
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7
2011 Depczynski JC, Challinor K, Fragar L, 'Meeting national targets for preventing noise injury in young farmers (15-24 years)', Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 27 97-106 (2011)
2010 Lower T, Fragar L, Depcynzksi J, Fuller J, Challinor K, Williams W, 'Social network analysis for farmers' hearing services in a rural community', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH, 16 47-51 (2010)
DOI 10.1071/PY09043
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2010 Depczynski JC, Lower T, Fragar L, Challinor K, Mills J, Williams W, 'Improving hearing health for farming families', Rural and Remote Health, 10 (2010)
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2009 Voaklander DC, Franklin RC, Challinor K, Depczynski J, Fragar LJ, 'Hearing screening program impact on noise reduction strategies.', Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 15 119-127 (2009)
DOI 10.13031/2013.26799.
Citations Scopus - 2
2009 Depczynski JC, Fragar L, Hawkins A, Stiller L, 'Safe Play Areas for prevention of children drowning in farm dams', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 34 50-57 (2009)
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2008 Stiller L, Depczynski J, Fragar L, Franklin R, 'An evidence-consultation base for developing child injury prevention priorities for Australian farms', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 19 91-96 (2008)
DOI 10.1071/he08091
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2006 Franklin RC, Depczynski J, Challinor K, Williams W, Fragar LJ, 'Factors affecting farm noise during common agricultural activities.', Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 12 117-125 (2006)
DOI 10.13031/2013.20388
Citations Scopus - 12
2005 Depczynski J, Franklin RC, Challinor K, Williams W, Fragar LJ, 'Farm noise emissions during common agricultural activities.', Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 11 325-334 (2005)
DOI 10.13031/2013.18575
Citations Scopus - 24
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Beauchamp A, Depczynski J, Smith A, Sutton K, Waller S, Woodfield M, 'Methods and preliminary findings of a nursing and allied health tracking study', Virtual Pre-Symposium Session (2020)
Co-authors Tony Smith
2019 Smith A, Waller S, Beauchamp A, Sutton K, Depczynski J, Brown L, et al., 'The Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking Study: Methodology for Large-scale Data Linkage Tony Smith, University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health Australia', Canberra, ACT (2019)
Co-authors Tony Smith, Leanne Brown, Karin Fisher, Luke Wakely

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Depczynski JC, A population-based examination of cancer in New South Wales farm residents compared to rural non-farm and urban residents, University of Sydney (2017)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $91,920

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20191 grants / $91,920

Exploring regional outcomes of Cancer Care $91,920

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Professor Jennifer May, Doctor Julie Depczynski, Doctor Julie Depczynski, Mrs Jennifer Lang, Susan Pendlebury
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G1901390
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 Honours Nursing and Allied Graduate Outcomes Tracking Study for Occupational Therapy Students Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Julie Depczynski

Position

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email julie.depczynski@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 6773 0134

Office

Location Moree Education Centre

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