Dr Kylie Bailey

Dr Kylie Bailey

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences)

Tackling substance misuse and mental health with implementation science

Dr Kylie Bailey is investigating the complicated relationship between mental health and addiction. Within a typically under-researched field, she’s determined to break prevailing social stigmas and implement evidence-informed solutions.

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It’s no secret that mental health and substance misuse can have an adverse, symbiotic relationship.

People with mental health disorders, such as depression, can be more likely to use and misuse alcohol and other drugs. Likewise, alcohol and drug use can ignite underlying mental health challenges and fuel further health problems.

But even though comorbidity is common, responding health interventions tend to focus on either alcohol and other drug use or mental health disorders—rarely both.

Through education and research, Dr Kylie Bailey is helping to change this siloed approach to care.

“I’m working to improve mental health and addiction treatments by upskilling healthcare workers, improving policies and interventions, and researching how evidence can be better applied in practice.”

The science of implementation

Kylie has spent many years researching and developing clinical interventions and policies that target substance abuse. More recently, she has shifted her attention to the emerging research area of implementation science.

Kylie uses implementation science to pose a critical question: how can we use evidence to successfully embed new policies and interventions into routine healthcare?

After all, even the best strategies can’t have an impact without practitioner support, patient engagement and the ability to be scaled up from pilot stage to community-wide initiative.

“Implementation science, sometimes called translational research, is the future for health research.

“It will help us to better evaluate treatment effectiveness for patients, and ultimately improve their quality of life.”

Whether she’s developing interventions and policies, or informing better implementation strategies for their success, Kylie’s core mantra remains the same: reduce alcohol and other drug use, improve access to mental health and addiction treatments, and see the whole community benefit.

“Addiction significantly affects the burden of disease and mortality of the individual, their family and their community.

“Along with the emotional impact on families, addiction costs society through unemployment, legal settings, hospital and healthcare costs, as well as the worst-case scenario—death.

“Reducing risks for addiction and shortening the time-frame for addiction duration is important for everyone: the individual, their family and communities.”

From evidence to outcomes

To help turn evidence into action, Kylie is focused on providing the right information to patients and the necessary support for health professionals.

This includes developing plain English e-cards to help share drug and alcohol information with patients, and conducting evidence check rapid reviews for the NSW Ministry of Health (brokered by Sax Institute) into the recruitment and retention of the AOD workforce.

“The opportunity to influence health policies for AOD intervention workers at the state level is exciting!”

Kylie’s work supports improved mental health and addiction outcomes for people across multiple community groups—including PTSD patients and pregnant women.

Among her most recent work includes the development of training modules for general practitioners on the topics of maternal drinking, tobacco use and related gestational weight gain during pregnancy.

“The training involved incredible interdisciplinary collaboration. It brought together the expertise of the University’s Dr Melanie Kingsland, the research staff at Population Health, Hunter Primary Care, Hunter Medical Postgraduate Institute and the Primary Health Networks.”

While these types of impressive collaborations indicate a promising future for the field of mental health and addiction research, Kylie warns there’s still a long way to go.

“We know that significantly more attention and research is needed.

“That’s why I’m passionate about inspiring other health professionals to work in the area of addiction and provide evidence-based treatments for patients.”

Breaking social stigmas

Alongside her research, Kylie is committed to educating current and future health professions on how to respond effectively to mental illness and addiction.

Through education, Kylie hopes to reduce prevailing stigma attached to the issues and support a more empathetic and competent workforce.

“I want to upskill healthcare workers so that they are not judgemental, and they don’t unconsciously stigmatise these two patient groups. Upskilling will also improve the quality of care that they can provide to patients.”

As a senior clinical psychologist, Kylie knows how difficult addiction and mental health can be for everyone involved: individuals, families and communities.

Though she’s recevied awards, peer recognition and funding grants, it’s the personal success stories that give Kylie the most motivation to continue finding new solutions for patients and their families.

“I will never forget the day that a young boy—just seven years old—gave me hand-picked flowers wrapped in foil and a hand-made card thanking me for ‘fixing his mummy’ who had a methamphetamine use disorder. You can’t get any award or recognition that’s better than that.”

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Tackling substance misuse and mental health with implementation science

Dr Kylie Bailey is investigating the complicated relationship between mental health and addiction. Within a typically under-researched field, she’s determined to break prevailing social stigmas and implement evidence-informed solutions.It’s no secret that mental health and substance misuse can have an…

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Kylie Bailey is a senior clinical psychologist, established health researcher and valued senior lecturer with the University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences). Dr Bailey’s research is predominantly concerned with substance misuse and mental health, and their comorbidity. Her work is paving the way for improved health policies, more effective interventions and better implementation of evidence-based treatments into clinical practice.

Dr Bailey has worked in the field of addiction since 1998, initially as a clinical psychologist. After completing her PhD (Psychiatry) in 2014, Dr Bailey pursued a career in academics while continuing to remain actively involved in clinical practice. In her role with the University, Dr Bailey provides research supervision for students, and teaches across the University’s postgraduate courses. This includes teaching the postgraduate Master of Health Science (Alcohol and Other Drugs) program for more than 17 years. In her clinical role, Dr Bailey continues to see patients, provides clinical supervision to staff, and develops and implements staff training as well as health program specific policies.

Dr Bailey has taught research and practice to a wide range of professions, from psychologists to pharmacists, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, naturopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other health practitioners working in the areas of addiction and mental health. Dr Bailey has also supported the development of numerous undergraduate and postgraduate programs, served as program convenor for postgraduate courses, and has extensive experience designing training workshops for clinical psychologists. 

Dr Bailey’s research is focused on producing tangible solutions for addiction and mental health patients. Her research into youth alcohol misuse resulted in the development and publication of a treatment manual addressing drinking in young people. Dr Bailey also developed, managed and evaluated a low-intensity, tele-supported cognitive behaviour therapy program. Her research projects range from developing training modules for general practitioners, to conducting rapid evidence reviews to assess the effectiveness of addiction workforce recruitment and retention.

In 2019, Dr Bailey became the service manager for Hunter Primary Care’s alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and aged care programs. Alongside her research, clinical and teaching roles, Dr Bailey continues to serve on several clinical and education committees.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychiatry), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Comorbidity
  • Mental Health
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychosocial Interventions

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy) 40
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 30
111714 Mental Health 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer

I have been employed to coordinate the Master of Health Science Alcohol and Other Drug programme since 1st of January 2003 - Current.

University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2003 -  Lecturer Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
3/01/2011 -  Snr Clinical Psychologist

Kylie is an experienced senior clinical psychologist and the program manager of the Drug and Alcohol counselling program, at Hunter Primary Care. Kylie co-wrote the funding grant for this new D&A counselling program as well as actively developed this service which uniquely includes care coordination and after care treatments. Kylie also developed MindReach, an innovative low intensity program, which delivers drug and alcohol (with or without mental health comorbidity) treatment to the local community. At Hunter Primary Care, Kylie is also responsible for clinical program development, staff and clinical management, training staff in assessing and treating drug and alcohol and mental health symptoms, as well as staff supervision. 

Kylie has also developed the D&A Mentoring Program for Psychologists at Hunter Primary Care via the D&A Capacity Building Grant  for Primary Care Providers (funded by the Primary Health Network). Kylie also provides the supervision to the psychologists who are enrolled in this program.

https://hunterprimarycare.com.au/

Hunter Primary Care
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 DVC(A) Merit List for Learning and Teaching Excellence
The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

The course employs a problem-based approach to learning. The course focuses on personality-related mental health problems that are frequently encountered in health and welfare settings. There are five modules in this course which include:

  1. Self-injury
  2. The Aggressive Person
  3. The Difficult Personality
  4. Suspicion beyond Reason
  5. Eating Problems
Course Coordinator 1/01/2006 - 31/12/2018
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Alcohol/Drug Use
The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/01/2003 - 31/12/2018
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
The University of Newcastle | Australia
Course Coordinator 1/01/2003 - 31/12/2018
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change
University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/01/2003 - 31/12/2018
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Publications

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


Journal article (35 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Bailey KA, Baker AL, McElduff P, Kay-Lambkin F, Kavanagh DJ, 'Do outcomes of cognitive-behaviour therapy for co-occurring alcohol misuse and depression differ for participants with symptoms of posttraumatic stress?', J Ment Health, 1-8 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/09638237.2019.1581354
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff
2018 Heslop B, Drew A, Stojanovski E, Bailey K, Paul JW, 'Collaboration Vouchers: A Policy to Increase Population Wellbeing', Societies, 8 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/soc8020037
Co-authors Jonathan Paul, Antony Drew, Elizabeth Stojanovski
2018 Heslop B, Bailey K, Paul JW, Stojanovski E, 'The PILAR Model as a Measure of Peer Ratings of Collaboration Viability in Small Groups', Social Sciences, 7 1-14 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/socsci7030049
Co-authors Jonathan Paul, Elizabeth Stojanovski
2018 Heslop B, Stojanovski E, Paul JW, Bailey K, 'PILAR: A Model of Collaboration to Encapsulate Social Psychology', Review of General Psychology, 22 321-333 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1037/gpr0000141
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Jonathan Paul, Elizabeth Stojanovski
2018 Heslop B, Stojanovski E, Iverson S, Paul JW, Bailey K, 'Respondent disengagement from a peer assessment instrument measuring Collaboration Viability', Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 22 95-106 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/22054952.2018.1437676
Co-authors Elizabeth Stojanovski, Jonathan Paul
2017 Bailey KA, Baker AL, McElduff P, Jones MA, Oldmeadow C, Kavanagh DJ, 'Effects of Assault Type on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Coexisting Depression and Alcohol Misuse', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, 6 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/jcm6070072
Co-authors Patrick Mcelduff, Christopher Oldmeadow, Amanda Baker
2016 Bailey KA, Baker AL, McElduff P, Kavanagh DJ, 'The Influence of Parental Emotional Neglect on Assault Victims Seeking Treatment for Depressed Mood and Alcohol Misuse: A Pilot Study', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, 5 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/jcm5100088
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff
2016 Heslop B, Bailey K, Paul JW, Drew AJ, Smith R, 'Collaboration Guidelines to Transform Culture', Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 3 1-25 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Antony Drew, Roger Smith, Jonathan Paul
2013 Bailey K, Higginbotham N, 'How and Why People Change: Foundations of Psychological Therapy', JOURNAL OF PACIFIC RIM PSYCHOLOGY, 7 73-74 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1017/prp.2013.7
Co-authors Nick Higginbotham
2012 Lai JS, Moxey AJ, Nowak G, Vashum KP, Bailey KA, McEvoy MA, 'The efficacy of zinc supplementation in depression: Systematic review of randomised controlled trials', Journal of Affective Disorders, 136 e31-e39 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2011.06.022
Citations Scopus - 86Web of Science - 73
Co-authors Mark Mcevoy
2012 Bailey KA, Webster RA, Baker AL, Kavanagh DJ, 'Exposure to dysfunctional parenting and trauma events and posttraumatic stress profiles among a treatment sample with coexisting depression and alcohol use problems', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 529-537 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Amanda Baker
2011 Bailey K, 'Drugs of Abuse, vol 3, Prevention and Treatment', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, 30 231-231 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00308_4.x
2011 Bailey KA, 'Review: Dog Ear Cafe: How the Mt Theo Program Beat the Curse of Petrol Sniffing', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 449-450 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00334_3.x
2011 Bailey KA, 'Book Review: Drugs of Abuse, Volume I, The International Scene', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 229 (2011) [C3]
2011 Bailey KA, 'Book Review: Drugs of Abuse, Volume III, Prevention and Treatment', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 231 (2011) [C3]
2011 Fleming J, Bailey KA, 'Selective mutism : A case study report', Special Education Perspectives, 18 72-84 (2011) [C3]
2010 Bailey K, Webster R, Baker A, Kavanagh D, 'TRAUMA EVENTS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SEQUALAE', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, 29 3-3 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker
2010 Bailey KA, 'Reducing drug-related harm: What the evidence tells us', Drug and Alcohol Review, 29 346 (2010) [C3]
2009 Magin PJ, Sibbritt DW, Bailey KA, 'The relationship between psychiatric illnesses and skin disease: A longitudinal analysis of young Australian women', Archives of Dermatology, 145 896-902 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1001/archdermatol.2009.155
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Parker Magin
2009 Bailey KA, 'Behavioral case formulation and intervention: A functional analytic approach', Drug and Alcohol Review, 28 577-578 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00114_3.x
2006 Bailey K, 'Assessment of addictive behaviours', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, 25 479-480 (2006)
DOI 10.1080/09595230600883362
2006 Bailey KA, 'Assessment of addictive behaviours (Book review)', Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 479-480 (2006) [C3]
2006 Bailey KA, 'Clinical textbook of addictive disorders, 3rd edn (Book review)', Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 179-179 (2006) [C3]
2006 Bailey KA, 'Relapse prevention: Maintenance strategies in the treatment of addictive behaviors', Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 289-290 (2006) [C3]
2005 Bailey K, 'Psychiatry pearls', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, 24 387-387 (2005)
2005 Bailey KA, 'Helping adolescents at risk: Prevention of multiple problem behaviours (book review)', Drug and Alcohol Review, 24 289-290 (2005) [C3]
2005 Bailey KA, 'Psychiatry pearls (Book review)', Drug and Alcohol Review, 24 387-387 (2005) [C3]
2005 Bailey KA, 'Substance abuse: A comprehensive textbook, 4th edn (Book review)', Drug and Alcohol Review, 24 390-391 (2005) [C3]
2005 Bailey KA, 'Treating drinkers and drug users in the community', Drug and Alcohol Review, 24 569 (2005) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/09595230500337691
2004 Bailey KA, Baker AL, Webster RA, Lewin TJ, 'Pilot randomized controlled trial of a brief alcohol intervention group for adolescents', Drug and Alcohol Review, 23 157-166 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09595230410001704136
Citations Scopus - 45Web of Science - 45
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker
2004 Bailey KA, 'Alcohol and drug problems: A case studies workbook', Drug and Alcohol Review, 23 375-376 (2004) [C3]
2004 Bailey KA, 'Methadone Matters: Evolving Community Methadone Treatment of Opiate Addiction', Drug and Alcohol Review, 23 129-130 (2004) [D2]
2003 Bailey KA, 'Drugs and addictive behaviour: A guide to treatment', Drug and Alcohol Review, 22 379-380 (2003) [C3]
2003 Bailey K, 'Drugs and addictive behaviour: A guide to treatment, 3rd edition', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, 22 379-380 (2003)
DOI 10.1080/0959523031000154599
Heslop B, Stojanovski E, Paul J, Bailey K, 'Are We Collaborating Yet? Employee Assessment of Peer s Perceptions', International Journal of Human Resource Studies, 7 175-175 [C1]
DOI 10.5296/ijhrs.v7i4.11818
Co-authors Elizabeth Stojanovski, Jonathan Paul
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Bailey K, 'Drugs of Abuse, vol 1, The International Scene', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00308_2.x

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Bailey K, Baker AL, McElduff P, Kavanagh D, 'EFFECTS OF ASSAULT ON DEPRESSION AND ALCOHOL CBT TREATMENT OUTCOMES', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff
2011 Bailey KA, Baker AL, Webster RA, Kavanagh D, McElduff P, 'Presentation 3: Depression and alcohol use treatment outcomes among people with and without comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder', Drug and Alcohol Review, Hobart, Australia (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff
2011 Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Mills K, Bailey KA, Thornton L, 'Symposium - Comorbidity: Informing psychosocial interventions', Drug and Alcohol Review, Hobart, Australia (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Bailey KA, Baker AL, 'Manual for Brief Alcohol Intervention Group for Young People', NDARC, 43 (2009) [R1]
Co-authors Amanda Baker
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $146,532

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20191 grants / $30,000

Rapid Review. Workforce recruitment and retention: Alcohol and Other Drug Services$30,000

Funding body: Sax Institute

Funding body Sax Institute
Project Team Doctor Kylie Bailey, Doctor Julia Dray
Scheme Rapid Review
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1901014
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

20172 grants / $98,532

Capacity Building – Practice Nurse Mentoring Program$49,266

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701131
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

Capacity Building – GP Mentoring Program$49,266

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701138
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

20092 grants / $18,000

ERF Teaching Relief - Bailey, K$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Michael Hensley, Doctor Kylie Bailey
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189831
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Alcohol Comorbidity$3,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kylie Bailey
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189352
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Intimate Partner Violence and Recovery Paradigms PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD A Consilience Model of Group Dynamics PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Factors Influencing Risk of Child Abuse to Improve Risk Assessment in Child Protective Services PhD (Psychology - Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters Impact of sexual assault characteristics and childhood maltreatment on adult psychopathology Psychology, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Dr Kylie Bailey

Positions

Senior Lecturer
CCEB
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Senior Research Assistant
CCEB
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Health Behaviour Sciences

Contact Details

Email kylie.bailey@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40420541
Fax (02) 40420044

Office

Building HMRI Building Kookaburra Circuit John Hunter Hospital
Location HMRI Building Level 4, West Wing

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