Dr Julie Depczynski
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
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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.
- 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
- cancer epidemiology
- health promotion
- health services research
- rural health
- English (Mother)
Fields of Research
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Post Doctoral Research Fellow||University of Newcastle
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
|Post Doctoral Research Fellow||University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/3/2001 - 31/12/2016||
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.
|University of Sydney
Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, School of Rural Health
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Book (2 outputs)
|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 (20 outputs)
Sutton K, Depczynski J, Smith T, Mitchell E, Wakely L, Brown LJ, et al., 'Destinations of nursing and allied health graduates from two Australian universities: A data linkage study to inform rural placement models', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29 191-200 (2021) [C1]
Objective: Combined, nursing and allied health constitute most of the Australian health workforce; yet, little is known about graduate practice destinations. University Department... [more]
Objective: Combined, nursing and allied health constitute most of the Australian health workforce; yet, little is known about graduate practice destinations. University Departments of Rural Health have collaborated on the Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking to investigate graduate entry into rural practice. Design: Data linkage cohort study. Setting: Monash University and the University of Newcastle. Participants: Graduates who completed their degree in 2017 across seven disciplines. Main outcome measure(s): The outcome variable was Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency principal place of practice data. Explanatory variables included discipline, age, gender, location of origin, and number and duration of rural placements. Result: Of 1130 graduates, 51% were nurses, 81% females, 62% under 21¿years at enrolment, 23% of rural origin, 62% had at least one rural student placement, and 23% had over 40 cumulative rural placement days. At the time of their second Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency registration, 18% worked in a ¿Rural principal place of practice.¿ Compared to urban, rural origin graduates had 4.45 times higher odds ratio of ¿Rural principal place of practice.¿ For graduates who had <20 cumulative rural placement days, compared to zero the odds ratio of ¿Rural principal place of practice¿ was the same (odds ratio¿=¿1.10). For those who had 20-40 rural placement days, the odds ratio was 1.93, and for >40 rural placement days, the odds ratio was 4.54). Conclusion: Rural origin and more rural placement days positively influenced graduate rural practice destinations. Outcomes of cumulative placements days may compare to immersive placements.
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', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29 21-33 (2021) [C1]
Objective: Linking enrolment and professional placement data for students' from 2 universities, this study compares characteristics across universities and health disciplines... [more]
Objective: Linking enrolment and professional placement data for students' from 2 universities, this study compares characteristics across universities and health disciplines. The study explores associations between students' location of origin and frequency, duration and type of placements. Design: Retrospective cohort data linkage. Setting: Two Australian universities, Monash University and the University of Newcastle. Participants: Students who completed medical radiation science, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy or physiotherapy at either university between 2 February 2017 and 28 February 2018. Interventions: Location of origin, university and discipline of enrolment. Main outcome measure(s): Main measures were whether graduates had multiple rural placements, number of rural placements and cumulative rural placement days. Location of origin, discipline and university of enrolment were the main explanatory variables. Secondary dependent variables were age, sex, socio-economic indices for location of origin, and available placements. Results: A total of 1,315 students were included, of which 22.1% were of rural origin. The odds of rural origin students undertaking a rural placement was more than 4.5 times greater than for urban origin students. A higher proportion of rural origin students had multiple rural placement (56.0% vs 14.9%), with a higher mean number of rural placement days. Public hospitals were the most common placement type, with fewer in primary care, mental health or aged care. Conclusions: There is a positive association between rural origin and rural placements in nursing and allied health. To help strengthen recruitment and retention of graduates this association could be further exploited, while being inclusive of non-rural students.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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Conference (3 outputs)
Smith A, Sutton K, Beauchamp A, Depczynski J, Mitchell E, Wakely L, et al., 'Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) Study: Destinations of graduates from two Australian universities', Virtual Conference (2021)
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)
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)
Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|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)|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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20191 grants / $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|
|Type Of Funding||C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other|
Number of supervisions
|Commenced||Level of Study||Research Title||Program||Supervisor Type|
|2021||Honours||Nursing and Allied Graduate Outcomes Tracking Study for Occupational Therapy Students||Occupational Therapy, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|