Dr Meredith Tavener

Dr Meredith Tavener

Research Fellow

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Honouring their stories

As a social gerontologist, Dr Meredith Tavener's research encompasses identity in older age, women's health across the life course, baby boomers, narrative analysis, and qualitative methodologies.

Meredith Tavener 

Meredith is a Research Fellow of both the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) and the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing (RCGHA), a Priority Research Centre at the University of Newcastle.

ALSWH is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and run in collaboration with the University of Queensland. Over forty-one thousand women agreed to be involved when the study began in 1996.

Generating an evidence base on Australian women's health, including opportunity, lifestyle and time usage, ALSWH collects information on everything related to women's health and wellbeing.

This evidence can then be considered to inform policy, practice, and planning relative to women's health.

As well as containing tick boxes, ALSWH surveys contain space for the participants to write their thoughts. This rich cache of writing, with identifiers removed, can be continually visited and revisited, by researchers looking to investigate different specific topics.

It is the analysis of these written thoughts that Meredith specialises in.

SHARING REALITIES

Meredith researches and publishes on issues such as retirement, time use, and factors for health creation. Employing applied thematic analysis, Meredith interprets the texts against how she believes the writer would operationalise the theoretical meaning.

"I do however, always view their writing through a lens that acknowledges that the women are right, and they have their own reality," she discloses.

Recurring questions in ALSWH surveys concern a range of topics, from education to emotional health, diet, health care access, leisure activities, and key events through to paid and unpaid work.

Sometimes the women's free-text writing is reflective of these questions but not always.

"They will send family photos, and pages of writing," Meredith says.

"It could be feedback on the survey questions. Or they could write about their health, their friends, their partners, their social life, about how they are going on a cruise to celebrate turning 90."

"About their networks or their volunteering, their sore toe, their shopping. You name it, they write about it. And I analyse it."

"Women are just fantastic but that is no surprise to me. I think we are rather magnificent in what we do and what we manage."

MINING DATA TO INFORM POLICY

The study allows Meredith and other researchers to look at the writing in terms of certain characteristics of women, or collect specifics around particular health care conditions.

"Their writing creates an understanding of experience that is not necessarily picked up by clinical criteria," she states.

"They will write what they want to write, what they think is important for us to know, and sometimes they write what no one will hear."

Meredith is currently reviewing 15 years worth of writing by the oldest of the four cohorts involved in the study, women born 1921 to 1926, to gather evidence related to how older women create health.

Exploring the data using the framework of salutogenesis theory, Meredith is looking to further understand the relationship between attitude, resilience and resources and the manifestation of health.

"If a woman is very unwell, but can recognise, and apply resources, coping with everything that comes at her, will she stay closer to the well end of the continuum because she chooses to create a healthier environment?" Meredith asks. 

"And if we can pinpoint how health creation in older women works, how then do we use that to inform medical practice?"

FORENSIC DETAILS

Meredith does not take her responsibility to the participants lightly, obviously feeling a connection to the authors of the material she works with.

"The women write everything, they tell us everything for a reason, they expect somebody to read it," Meredith reflects.

"I smile when one talks about her cat. Or will start crying when a 55 year old woman says, 'I regret my decision not to have children'."

"And I'll think about her that night when I go home, and come back the next day and read a whole other story." 

The level of responsibility Meredith feels to the women in the study also motivates fastidious methods.

"I received a great compliment when somebody said my work is forensic in detail. That is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me," Meredith laughs.

Her rigorous methodology involves identifying her own potential bias in her research.

"I have to keep reflecting on myself and keep revisiting myself, and rechecking the work I have done to make sure I am not bringing bias to the work."

EXERCISING THE BRAIN

Meredith began her academic career in the field of exercise physiology, a background that has been very useful to subsequent study and research.

"I learnt about different population groups in terms of activity and exercise and wellness and risk in the body, including months of pharmacy and anatomy," she recounts.

Next came a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion at the University of Newcastle, with a position at the University soon following.

Whilst Senior Research Coordinator for the Department of Veterans' Affairs Preventative Care Trial, Meredith completed her Research Masters.

A PhD in Community Health and Clinical Epidemiology was Meredith's next project. This work focused on the existence and construct of an Australian baby boomer stereotype, taking a constructivist, mixed methods approach, framed within social gerontology.

"Part of my thesis was numerical and quantitative, and the rest were different ways of looking at qualitative data - newspaper text analysis, interviews and written word analysis," Meredith explains. 

"That is how I really got stuck into qualitative stuff and methodology. I am a real methodology nerd."

A two year Postdoctoral position at the University of Groningen in Holland ensued, working on The Netherlands' Healthy Ageing: Population and Society program, before a return to Newcastle as a Research Fellow in 2012.

FUTURE FOCUS

Meredith is hoping her salutogenesis study will be completed by early 2016. The findings can then be used, among other things, to inform further work with women living with diabetes.

Women and retirement is another area of research Meredith wishes to investigate further.

"We have found that the male model of retirement means very different things to women because they don't stop doing anything anyway, or they dip in and out of this thing called retirement," she discloses.

"There are women's narratives about retirement to explore, whether they said they were retired, or I'm never going to retire, or I retired long ago."

"I would like to investigate how they write about retirement over time."

Also on Meredith's wish list is work looking at livable communities and aged care, an area she is particularly passionate about.

"Anyone who is in aged care should be afforded the dignity to be authentic and to live as well as they can," she insists. 

And her take home message from sharing the lives of so many women?

"Women are a hardy bunch. We are smart and bloody resilient."

Honouring their stories

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Tavener is a social gerontologist, with particular skills in applying qualitative evaluation methods, and specialising in analysis of longitudinal qualitative data to determine how people narrate and assign meaning to key life stages. She is currently using an innovative hybrid system of applied thematic analysis to analyse longitudinal qualitative data for women, using the theoretical framework of salutogenesis to explore how women work to create health. Dr Tavener presented her findings as an invited Plenary Speaker in 2016, at a conference on health practice and policy.Dr Tavener works 0.5FTE as a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA), and the remaining 0.5FTE as the Athena SWAN Fellow for the University of Newcastle, responsible for data synthesis and evaluation across the 2-year SAGE (Science Australia Gender Equity) Pilot addressing gender equity and diversity. 

Dr Tavener has received in excess of $1.5M in funding, published 37 journal articles, one book chapter, and 13 Government reports/submissions, as well as presenting at six international conferences (including two invited symposia) and 27 national conferences. Internationally, Dr Tavener completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in healthy ageing with the University of Groningen (2010-2012, Netherlands), and brokered an exchange agreement for their students to complete an internship at the RCGHA; she is also a Clinical Instructor with the University of Wisconsin, responsible for coordinating visiting pharmacy students. Dr Tavener has two completed PhD students, is primary supervisor for one student and co-supervisor for four more. 

Dr Tavener has successfully managed projects for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (1996-2001) and Department of Defence (2001-2004). She was invited to work with the (then) Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing (February 2012 – present) and promoted to Research Fellow with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH, 2012-2016) where she managed two cohorts of women. In 2015, ALSWH was awarded the CAPHIA Team Award for excellence and innovation in public health research. Dr Tavener is developing a strong reputation for her knowledge of theory and application of innovative qualitative methods. 

Dr Tavener is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Project Grant evaluating the uptake, outcomes, and costs of the Medicare 75+ Health Assessments, an Associate Investigator responsible for qualitative evaluation components on an NHMRC Project Grant assessing arm function after stroke, and Primary Chief Investigator on a NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) grant to explore "liveable communities" through the conceptualisation and pilot testing of a supportive housing checklist for older adults. She served as advisor for Women’s Health in the North (WHIN, Victoria); as qualitative consultant for funding submissions to the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (2014, 2015); provided specialist guidance on qualitative research methodologies and longitudinal qualitative data analysis to colleagues at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University, Victoria; was invited onto the Sax Institute and University of NSW bid working on the conceptual framework and analysis, for the Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs ‘Study Design Framework for the MRCA Rehabilitation Long-Term Study’; asked to provide qualitative evaluation frameworks for Catholic Care Services NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health. 

Dr Tavener reviews for a number of high quality journals, and is a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated and Association for Qualitative Research.

Teaching Expertise

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, NSW AUSTRALIA:

2012 Master of Public Health – Ageing module Advanced Health Psychology – Gender and Health module

2013 – 2016 – tutor for online course Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population

2017 - present - Course Coordinator and tutor for online course Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population

UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS: 

2010 - 2011 Write, Coordinate and Deliver – “Healthy Ageing: A Socio-Demographic Perspective”. Taught as an optional course for Bachelor students at the University of Groningen, the course included topics such as theoretical perspectives, demographic and epidemiologic transitions, the effect of ageing on the individual, and the influence of the individual within their society, constructs of ageing and ageism, giving meaning, and diversity in ageing, the life course, self-determination and self-agency. The course included guest lecturers, a film discussion, paper reviews and grant application assessment.

PROVIDED GUEST LECTURING FOR: 

Theories of Demographic Behaviour Population and Development Methods of Research: Qualitative Text Analysis. Population, Health and Place Qualitative Research Methodologies: In-depth interviewing.

INVITED LECTURE: 16-19 June 2010 – Invited lecture on “Population Transition”, as part of “Gender und Gesundheit” course, at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.

Management and Administrative Expertise

Dr Tavener was a Senior Research Coordinator for the $1.65 million Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Preventive Care Trial” (1996-2001). This position involved the coordination of a four-year randomised controlled trial of health assessments for older people, undertaken in ten different towns in two Australian states. Results from the PCT informed the introduction of Medicare Enhanced Primary Care items in 1999, for Australia-wide annual health assessments for over 75's. This work resulted in four reports being published with chief investigators, and five co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications.

In 2001 Dr Tavener was asked to stay on as Project Manager on the $2.0 million Department of Defence “Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel” (2001-2004), involving a large number of participants throughout Australia. In response to the study findings, the Government instituted a $21 million payment package and continuing health care scheme for ex-deseal/reseal personnel. This work resulted in four books being published with chief investigators, and eight co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications.

During her time living in Perth WA (2009), Dr Tavener managed a LotteryWest funded project “Accommodation options for older gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex individuals”, which involved a state-wide survey explore attitudes, knowledge and practices of retirement and residential aged care providers in WA towards accommodating older gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals. The project resulted in one peer-reviewed journal publication and informed the 2012 Commonwealth of Australia National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Ageing and Aged Care Strategy.

Collaborations

Dr Tavener maintains close ties to colleagues at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and works with their student exchange director for Groningen students to attend the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and complete an Internship. She holds the title of Clinical Instructor with the School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison USA, and supervises visiting intern students for 6 to 8 weeks each during the year. Dr Tavener was invited to participate in an Indian-European Research Networking Programme in the Social Sciences (funding by ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO with ICSSR) grant to examine "Ageing and well-being in a globalizing world" - and was nominated for two 'work packages' together with other team members from India, Netherlands and United Kingdom - (1) Knowledge base on ageing, and (2) Ageing, health and intergenerational care. Dr Tavener was also an Advisor for the "Living longer on less" project in 2013, conducted by Women's Health in the North (WHIN), Victoria, exploring women's retirement finances. She also consults with Catholic Community Services NSW, to facilitate their evidence-base towards reablement care for older adults.

Committee participation

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee (2016 – present)

Athena SWAN data working group (2016 – present)

Athena SWAN Executive Committee (2016 – present) 

Hunter Dementia Alliance (2015 – present)

HMRI Research Register Management Committee (2014 – present)

Postgraduate Education Committee, University of Newcastle NSW (2013 – present)

Steering Committee, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (2012 – 2016)

Data Management Group, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (2012 – 2016)

Qualitative Research Committee, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (2012 – 2015)

Journal reviewer for

The Australasian Journal on Ageing

Oxford Journal of Public Health

Global Health Action

Journal of Youth Studies

Ageing & Society

BMC Women's Health

Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

JAGS

Peer reviewer for University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee

Professional member of

International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)

Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)

Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc. (ACSPRI)



Qualifications

  • PhD (Community Health & Clinical Epidemiology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Ballarat University College - Vic
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), University of Ballarat
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Medical Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Longitudinal narrative analysis
  • Public health
  • Qualitative data and methods
  • Social gerontology
  • Thematic analysis
  • Women's retirement
  • Women's time stress

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
169901 Gender Specific Studies 40
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology 40
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2012 -  Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing
Australia
1/01/2010 - 1/01/2012 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Groningen, Netherlands
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Netherlands
1/05/2009 - 1/10/2009 Project Manager Curtin University
Australia
1/07/2004 - 1/12/2009 Research Academic University of Newcastle
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2001 - 1/07/2004 Project Manager Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Australia
1/10/1996 - 1/11/2001 Senior Research Coordinator Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2015 Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA) 2015 Team Award for excellence and innovation in public health research
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

Distinction

Year Award
2016 Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Australian Association of Gerontology

Recognition

Year Award
2017 Member of consortium that successfully gained admission to the Department of Social Services Research, Evaluation and Data (READ) panel for University of Newcastle
Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA), The University of Newcastle, NSW.

Scholarship

Year Award
2008 Jill Cockburn Public Health Research Scholarship
The University of Newcastle, NSW
2005 University of Newcastle Research Scholarship (UNRS-C)
The University of Newcastle, NSW

Invitations

Distinguished Visitor

Year Title / Rationale
2011 Invited presentation on "Healthy ageing issues: Labour, housing and social consciousness".

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Invited expert on ageing for Q&A symposium "Eyes, body & mind", at the Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society Conference.
2013 PhD confirmation panel for Wilaiwan Pathike "The association between resilience and community health system among rural elderly: Effectiveness of rural community health system to promote successful ageing in Thailand".
2013 Discussing "How can we move policy forward?" at "Rethinking retirement" workshop.
2012 PhD confirmation panel for Tazeen Majeed "Life course impact of chronic diseases on patterns of workforce participation: A gendered approach".

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Sax Institute workshop "Challenges in evaluating policy and programs".

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Presentation at RCGHA Research Methods Workshop, on "A salutogenic analysis of health in older women: Using applied inductive themnatic analysis."
2012 Invited talk on "Appreciate and celebrate all the little things - How women deal with life's ups and downs."
2011 Invited presentation at "Multi-disciplinary workshop on ageing and wellbeing".
2010 Invited presentation to "Health Economics" students, University of Hohenheim, on "The health of Australian baby boomer women: Understanding their ups and downs".
2010 Invited lecture on "Population Transition" as part of "Gender und Gesundheit" course.
2010 Invited presentation to members of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, on analysing written stories.

Grant Reviews

Year Grant Amount
2016 Greaves PhD top-up scholarships
External - EXTE, External - EXTE
$10,000

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EPID6660 Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population
The University of Newcastle
Online facilitator and tutor 1/07/2013 - 30/11/2016
EPID6660 Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population
The University of Newcastle
Online course coordinator and facilitator 3/07/2017 - 30/11/2017
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Publications

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


Book (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 D'Este CA, Byles JE, Attia JR, Brown AM, Second Mortality and Cancer Incidence Report, -, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [A2]
Co-authors John Attia, Julie Byles, Catherine Deste
2004 D'Este CA, Byles JE, Attia JR, Brown AM, Report on the General Health and Medical Study, -, Newcastle, Australia, 463 (2004) [A2]
Co-authors John Attia, Catherine Deste, Julie Byles
2003 D'Este CA, Byles JE, Attia JR, Brown AM, Literature Review Report, -, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [A2]
Co-authors Julie Byles, John Attia, Catherine Deste
2003 D'Este CA, Byles JE, Attia JR, Brown AM, Report on the qualitative interviews, -, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [A2]
Co-authors Julie Byles, John Attia, Catherine Deste
2003 D'Este CA, Byles JE, Attia JR, Brown AM, Interim mortality and cancer incidence report, -, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [A2]
Co-authors John Attia, Catherine Deste, Julie Byles
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Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Byles JE, Tavener M, 'Health of older people', Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK 1408-1424 (2015) [B2]
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Tavener MA, Byles JE, 'Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health', Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, United Kingdom (2015)

Journal article (41 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Christiani Y, Dugdale P, Tavener M, Byles JE, 'The dynamic of non-communicable disease control policy in Indonesia', Australian Health Review, 41 207-213 (2017)

© 2017 AHHA. Objective The aim of the present study was to examine non-communicable disease (NCD) policy formation and implementation in Indonesia. Methods Interviews were conduc... [more]

© 2017 AHHA. Objective The aim of the present study was to examine non-communicable disease (NCD) policy formation and implementation in Indonesia. Methods Interviews were conducted with 13 Indonesian health policy workers. The processes and issues relating to NCD policy formation were mapped, exploring the interactions between policy makers, technical/implementation bodies, alliances across various levels and the mobilisation of non-policy actors. Results Problems in NCD policy formation include insufficient political interest in NCD control, disconnected policies and difficulty in multisectoral coordination. These problems are well illustrated in relation to tobacco control, but also apply to other control efforts. Nevertheless, participants were optimistic that there are plentiful opportunities for improving NCD control policies given growing global attention to NCD, increases in the national health budget and the growing body of Indonesia-relevant NCD-related research. Conclusion Indonesia's success in the creation and implementation of NCD policy will be dependent on high-level governmental leadership, including support from the President, the Health Minister and coordinating ministries. What is known about the topic? The burden of NCD in Indonesia has increased gradually. Nationally, NCD-related mortality accounted for 65% of deaths in 2010. Indonesia is also a country with the highest burden of tobacco smoking in the world. However, the government has not instituted sufficient policy action to tackle NCDs, including tobacco control. What does this paper add? This paper deepens our understanding of current NCD control policy formation in Indonesia, including the possible underlying reason why Indonesia has weak tobacco control policies. It describes the gaps in the current policies, the actors involved in policy formation, the challenges in policy formation and implementation and potential opportunities for improving NCD control. What are the implications for practitioners? An effective NCD control program requires strong collaboration, including between government and health professionals. Health professionals can actively engage in policy formation, for example through knowledge production.

DOI 10.1071/AH15196
Co-authors Julie Byles
2017 Dolja-Gore X, Tavener M, Majeed T, Nair BR, Byles JE, 'Uptake, prevalence and predictors of first-time use for the 75+ Health Assessment Scheme.', Aust J Prim Health, (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/PY16108
Co-authors Xenia Doljagore, Tazeen Majeed, Julie Byles
2017 Majeed T, Forder PM, Tavener M, Kha V, Byles J, 'Work after age 65: A prospective study of Australian men and women', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 36 158-164 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12382
Co-authors Peta Forder, Tazeen Majeed, Julie Byles
2017 Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Health insurance coverage among women in Indonesia's major cities: A multilevel analysis', Health Care for Women International, 38 267-282 (2017)

© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. We examined women's access to health insurance in Indonesia. We analyzed IFLS-4 data of 1,400 adult women residing in four major ci... [more]

© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. We examined women's access to health insurance in Indonesia. We analyzed IFLS-4 data of 1,400 adult women residing in four major cities. Among this population, the health insurance coverage was 24%. Women who were older, involved in paid work, and with higher education had greater access to health insurance (p¿ < .05). We also found there were disparities in the probability of having health insurance across community levels (Median Odds Ratios¿=¿3.40). Given the importance of health insurance for women's health, strategies should be developed to expand health insurance coverage among women in Indonesia, including the disparities across community levels. Such problems might also be encountered in other developing countries with low health insurance coverage.

DOI 10.1080/07399332.2016.1253697
Co-authors Julie Byles
2017 Christiani Y, Tavener M, Byles JE, 'Contextualizing urban living as a determinant of women¿s health in Jakarta, Indonesia', Women and Health, 57 1204-1220 (2017)

© 2017 Taylor &amp; Francis. Big cities can offer great opportunities for women to have a better life. At the same time, however, the physical and social environment in cities ... [more]

© 2017 Taylor & Francis. Big cities can offer great opportunities for women to have a better life. At the same time, however, the physical and social environment in cities can negatively affect their health. We conducted focus groups with 24 women (aged 18¿72 years) living in Jakarta, Indonesia from October to November 2014. Our aim was to elicit women¿s experiences of living in Jakarta, including their health and accessing health care. The most frequent health problems reported by women in this study were hypertension and arthritis. Women often gave priority to their family, particularly their children, over themselves and their own health. Discussants also thought that the city¿s physical and social conditions could affect their health, and that women were more prone to feel stress than men. The results of this study highlight the importance of addressing social determinants of health across the life course, including gender, to improve women¿s health status. Moreover, multi-sectoral collaboration at the municipal and national level is needed for urban planning to create better living conditions for women in the cities.

DOI 10.1080/03630242.2016.1263271
Co-authors Julie Byles
2016 Kennaugh R, Byles J, Tavener M, 'Beyond widowhood: Do prior discovered themes that describe the experiences of older Australian widowed women persist over time?', Women Health, 56 827-842 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03630242.2015.1118731
Co-authors Julie Byles
2016 Tavener MA, Chojenta C, Loxton D, 'Generating qualitative data by design: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health qualitative data collection.', Public Health Research & Practice, 26 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.17061/phrp2631631
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
2016 Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Exploring the implementation of poslansia, Indonesia's community-based health programme for older people', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35 E11-E16 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 AJA Inc. Aim: To explore the implementation of poslansia, a community-based integrated health service implemented across Indonesia to improve the health status of older pe... [more]

© 2016 AJA Inc. Aim: To explore the implementation of poslansia, a community-based integrated health service implemented across Indonesia to improve the health status of older people through health promotion and disease prevention. Methods: Data analysis of 307 poslansia surveyed in the 4th wave of Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS-4). We examined the services provided in the programme, resources and perceived problems. Results: The services provided by poslansia focused mostly on risk factor screening and treatment for minor illness, and less on health promotion activities. Lack of support from community health centres, no permanent place for holding poslansia and lack of participant interest in joining the programme were associated with fewer services provided in the programme (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The findings indicate existing support from the community, community health centres and related institutions for poslansia is not adequate for optimal service function. Health awareness among the older population should also be increased for programme sustainability.

DOI 10.1111/ajag.12305
Co-authors Julie Byles
2016 Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Gender Inequalities in Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Among Indonesian Urban Population.', Asia Pac J Public Health, 28 134-145 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1010539515626265
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2016 Tavener M, Mooney R, Thomson C, Loxton D, 'The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health: Using Focus Groups to Inform Recruitment.', JMIR Res Protoc, 5 e31 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.2196/resprot.5020
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
2016 Otterbach S, Tavener M, Forder P, Powers J, Loxton D, Byles J, 'The effect of motherhood and work on women's time pressure: A cohort analysis using the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF WORK ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, 42 500-509 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.5271/sjweh.3590
Co-authors Julie Byles, Peta Forder, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2016 Christiani Y, Tavener M, Byles JE, Dugdale P, 'Inadequate collaboration: A challenge to reaching global targets for non-communicable disease control and prevention', JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY, 37 114-117 (2016)
DOI 10.1057/jphp.2015.44
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Do women in major cities experience better health? A comparison of chronic conditions and their risk factors between women living in major cities and other cities in Indonesia.', Glob Health Action, 8 28540 (2015)
DOI 10.3402/gha.v8.28540
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Christiani Y, Byles J, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Socioeconomic related inequality in depression among young and middle-adult women in Indonesia¿s major cities.', J Affect Disord, 182 76-81 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2015.04.042
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Vo K, Forder PM, Tavener M, Rodgers B, Banks E, Bauman A, Byles JE, 'Retirement, age, gender and mental health: Findings from the 45 and Up Study', Aging and Mental Health, 19 647-657 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Taylor &amp; Francis. Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 ... [more]

© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 years. Method: Data from 202,584 Australians participating in the large-scale 45 and Up Study was used. Psychological distress was measured by the Kessler psychological distress scale. Associations between different work status and reasons for retirement with psychological distress were assessed for men and women at different ages using logistic regression. Results: Being fully retired or unemployed was associated with the high levels of psychological distress compared to being in paid work for men and women aged 45-64 (p < 0.0001), and for men aged 65-74 years (p = 0.0014). At the age of 75-79 years, there was no difference in psychological distress between different work statuses. Among retirees, retirement due to ill health, being made redundant or caring duty was associated with the high level of psychological dist ress. Conclusion: The association between work and mental health underscores the importance of policies and strategies to encourage and enable people to continue in the workforce after age 55, particularly for men. Important reasons for retirement with worse mental health outcomes include redundancy, ill health and needing to care for family or a friend. These circumstances will affect whether a person can continue working and their risk of poor mental health, and both considerations should be addressed in developing approaches for maintaining older workers or assisting them with their retirement transition.

DOI 10.1080/13607863.2014.962002
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Peta Forder, Julie Byles
2015 Powers J, Tavener M, Graves A, Loxton D, 'Loss to follow-up was used to estimate bias in a longitudinal study: A new approach', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, (2015) [C1]

Objectives: To examine bias arising from loss to follow-up due to lack of contact. Study Design and Setting: The 1973-1978 cohort of Australian Longitudinal Study on Women&apos;s ... [more]

Objectives: To examine bias arising from loss to follow-up due to lack of contact. Study Design and Setting: The 1973-1978 cohort of Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health was first surveyed in 1996 and followed up in 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009. At the 2000 survey, 9,688 women responded (responders), 2,972 could not be contacted, of whom 1,515 responded subsequently (temporary no contact) and 1,457 did not (permanent no contact). Characteristics were compared for these groups at baseline and follow-up in 2003, 2006, or 2009. Relative risk ratios were used to estimate bias. Results: No-contacts were younger, more likely to live in cities, to be less educated and stressed about money than responders. No-contacts were more likely to be in de facto relationships, separated, divorced, or widowed, to have experienced partner violence and be smokers. Compared with temporary no contact, permanent no contact were less educated, less likely to be studying or employed. Despite differences in prevalence estimates, relative odds ratios were close to one and had confidence intervals that included one, indicating little effect of bias. Conclusion: Although various characteristics were related to loss to follow-up, the relative risks estimates did not indicate serious bias due to loss to follow-up in this cohort of young women.

DOI 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.01.010
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2015 Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Do women in major cities experience better health? A comparison of chronic conditions and their risk factors between women living in major cities and other cities in Indonesia', GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION, 8 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3402/gha.v8.28540
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Tavener M, Thijsen A, Hubbard IJ, Francis JL, Grennall C, Levi C, Byles J, 'Acknowledging How Older Australian Women Experience Life After Stroke: How Does the WHO 18-Item Brief ICF Core Set for Stroke Compare?', Health Care Women Int, 36 1311-1326 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/07399332.2015.1055747
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles, Isobel Hubbard, Christopher Levi
2015 Christiani Y, Byles JE, Tavener M, Dugdale P, 'Assessing socioeconomic inequalities of hypertension among women in Indonesia's major cities', Journal of Human Hypertension, 29 683-688 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Although hypertension has been recognized as one of the major public health problems, few studies address economic inequality of hypertension... [more]

© 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Although hypertension has been recognized as one of the major public health problems, few studies address economic inequality of hypertension among urban women in developing countries. To assess this issue, we analysed data for 1400 women from four of Indonesia's major cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bandung. Women were aged =15 years (mean age 35.4 years), and were participants in the 2007/2008 Indonesia Family Life Survey. The prevalence of hypertension measured by digital sphygmomanometer among this population was 31%. Using a multivariable logistic regression model, socioeconomic disadvantage (based on household assets and characteristics) as well as age, body mass index and economic conditions were significantly associated with hypertension (P < 0.05). Applying the Fairlie decomposition model, results showed that 14% of the inequality between less and more economically advantaged groups could be accounted for by the distribution of socioeconomic characteristics. Education was the strongest contributor to inequality, with lower education levels increasing the predicted probability of hypertension among less economically advantaged groups. This work highlights the importance of socioeconomic inequality in the development of hypertension, and particularly the effects of education level.

DOI 10.1038/jhh.2015.8
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Tavener M, Vo K, Byles JE, 'Work and Other Activities in Retirement.', J Am Geriatr Soc, 63 1476-1477 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/jgs.13548
Co-authors Julie Byles
2014 Tavener M, Byles J, Loxton D, 'Expert perceptions of the popular baby boomer image', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 E31-E35 (2014) [C1]

© 2013 ACOTA. Aim: This paper explored how gerontology experts described baby boomers, whether they challenged the popular image, and if they provided alternatives to the popular... [more]

© 2013 ACOTA. Aim: This paper explored how gerontology experts described baby boomers, whether they challenged the popular image, and if they provided alternatives to the popularly reported baby boomer behaviours and characteristics. Methods: Qualitative interviews were conducted with ten experts from different areas across Australia. The interviews were semi-structured and guided by a 'sense-making' approach to explore the baby boomer construct and identify expert narratives that differed from the popularly tendered image. Results: The majority of experts were identified as baby boomers and made use of phrases associated with the popular baby boomer image, such as 'cashed up', 'reinventing retirement' and 'sea change'. Lifestyle and wealth were recognised as staple features of the popular image. To a lesser degree, the experts also recognised alternative characteristics and behaviours, including people with disabilities and those who struggle financially. Conclusions: Experts appeared to identify with the popular baby boomer label, but not necessarily the accompanying stereotypes.

DOI 10.1111/ajag.12087
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2013 Byles J, Tavener M, Robinson I, Parkinson L, Stevenson D, Leigh L, et al., 'Transforming retirement: new definitions of life after work.', Journal of Women & Aging, 25 24-44 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/08952841.2012.717855
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 16
Co-authors L Parkinson, Cassie Curryer Uon, Julie Byles
2013 Coles T, Byles J, Dow B, Tavener M, 'Advances in gerontology research and education: Perspectives from the Australian Association of Gerontology', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32 40-45 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12095
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles
2012 Reid MG, Parkinson L, Gibson RE, Schofield PW, D'Este CA, Attia JR, et al., 'Memory Complaint Questionnaire performed poorly as screening tool: Validation against psychometric tests and affective measures', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 65 199-205 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Julie Byles, Peter Schofield, Catherine Deste, L Parkinson, John Attia
2012 Horner B, McManus A, Comfort J, Freijah R, Lovelock G, Hunter M, Tavener MA, 'How prepared is the retirement and residential aged care sector in Western Australia for older non-heterosexual people?', Quality in Primary Care, 20 263-274 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
2011 Guest M, D'Este CA, Attia JR, Boggess M, Brown A, Tavener M, et al., 'Impairment of color vision in aircraft maintenance workers', International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 84 723-733 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00420-010-0600-9
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors John Attia, Catherine Deste
2011 Guest M, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Boggess MM, Brown AM, Gibson RE, et al., 'Peripheral neuropathy in military aircraft maintenance workers in Australia', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53 381-387 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/jom.0b013e318212226d
Co-authors John Attia, Catherine Deste
2010 Guest M, Boggess M, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Brown A, Gibson RE, et al., 'Hearing impairment in F-111 maintenance workers: The study of health outcomes in aircraft maintenance personnel (SHOAMP) general health and medical study', American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53 1159-1169 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajim.20867
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Catherine Deste, John Attia
2010 Sibbritt DW, Byles JE, Tavener MA, 'Older Australian women's use of dentists: A longitudinal analysis over 6 years', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29 14-20 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00396.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles
2009 Brown A, Gibson RE, Tavener MA, Guest M, D'Este CA, Byles JE, et al., 'Sexual function in F-111 maintenance workers: The study of health outcomes in aircraft maintenance personnel', Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6 1569-1578 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01237.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Julie Byles, Catherine Deste, John Attia
2008 D'Este CA, Attia JR, Brown AM, Gibson RE, Gibberd RW, Tavener MA, et al., 'Cancer incidence and mortality in aircraft maintenance workers', American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51 16-23 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajim.20540
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Catherine Deste, John Attia, Robert Gibberd
2006 Schofield PW, Gibson RE, Tavener MA, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Guest M, et al., 'Neuropsychological health in F-111 aircraft maintenance workers', NeuroToxicology, 27 852-860 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.neuro.2006.02.002
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
Co-authors John Attia, Peter Schofield, Catherine Deste
2006 Attia JR, D'Este CA, Schofield PW, Brown AM, Gibson RE, Tavener MA, et al., 'Mental health in F-111 maintenance workers: the study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP) general health and medical study', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 48 682-691 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/01.jom.0000205985.00559.84
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Peter Schofield, John Attia
2004 Byles JE, Tavener MA, O'Connell RL, Nair BR, Higginbotham HN, Jackson CL, et al., 'Randomised controlled trial of health assessments for older Australian veterans and war widows', Medical Journal of Australia, 181 186-190 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Nick Higginbotham, Julie Byles
2002 Byles JE, Tavener MA, Fitzgerald PE, Nair BR, Higginbotham HN, Jackson C, et al., 'A checklist for comprehensive health assessment for the over 70's', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21 14-20 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Julie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
2000 Byles J, Tavener M, Nair K, 'Client classification and costing in community care - The DVA preventative care trial: Interim findings for older veterans and war widows', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 19 17-18 (2000)
Co-authors Julie Byles
2000 Nair BR, Byles JE, Tavener MA, Heinze R, 'Immunisation rates in older veterans and war widows', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 19 136-138 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Julie Byles
2000 Byles JE, Higginbotham HN, Goodger BG, Tavener MA, Conrad A, Schofield P, Anthony DM, 'Development of a depression scale for veterans and war widows', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 7 256-270 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Nick Higginbotham, Julie Byles, Agatha Conrad, Peter Schofield
1999 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Francis L, McKernon M, 'Too Late for Prevention? The Search for Printed Health Promotion Materials Within the Preventive Care Trial', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 9 198-201 (1999) [C1]
Co-authors Julie Byles
1997 Tavener MA, Hill M, Nowson C, Huggins R, Loesch D, 'Relationship of dietary restraint and activity patterns to body mass index in Melbourne primary and secondary school children: A preliminary study.', Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 54 118-125 (1997)
1993 Tavener MA, Payne W, 'The effect of participation in a "Health in Primary Schools Programme" on the physical fitness of children.', The Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 25 84-88 (1993)
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Conference (35 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hubbard IJ, Tavener M, Thijsen A, Francis L, Grennall C, Levi C, Byles J, 'How do older Australian women experience life after stroke, and how does the WHO 18-item ICF core Set for Stroke compare?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Julie Byles, Isobel Hubbard, Christopher Levi
2014 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Curryer C, Forder P, 'Applying the salutogenic model for better health outcomes in older Australian women.' (2014)
Co-authors Cassie Curryer Uon, Peta Forder, Julie Byles
2013 Tavener MA, 'Teaching students to take a new look at older age.' (2013)
2013 Tavener MA, 'Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, the first three cohorts.' (2013)
2013 Weiss C, Parkinson D, Zara C, Tavener MA, 'Women and superannuation: Planning and paying for old age from a position of disadvantage.' (2013)
2013 Tavener MA, Tooth L, McKenzie S, Lucke J, 'Are women's experiences of caregiving a community of practice?' (2013)
2012 Tavener MA, Byles J, O'Mara A, Loxton D, Chalmers K, 'Change in older women's mental health between 2005 and 2008.' (2012)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2012 Tavener MA, 'I code, therefore I am... aren't I?' (2012)
2012 Tavener MA, Loxton D, Byles JE, 'The price of getting old.' (2012)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2011 Tavener MA, 'The age of thinking.' (2011)
2011 Tavener MA, Elshof H, 'Healthy ageing and population decline.' (2011)
2011 Tavener MA, Loxton D, Byles JE, 'Something's got to give. Exploring qualitative data for evidence of personal economic arguments in health care decision-making.' (2011)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2011 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Swings and roundabouts: How women juggle family life and retirement [poster presentation].' (2011)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2010 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Identity construction in Australian 'baby boomer' women [poster presentation].' (2010)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2009 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Making sense of experts.' (2009)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2009 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Contrasting baby boomer identities through narrative.' (2009)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2009 Byles JE, Tavener MA, Parkinson L, Everingham C, Warner Smith P, Stevenson D, 'All in a day¿s work: Women transform retirement [poster presentation]' (2009)
Co-authors L Parkinson, Julie Byles
2009 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, 'Identity construction in baby boomer women', Australasian Journal on Ageing (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2008 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, Warner Smith P, 'Australian baby boomers. Divergence and convergence of stereotyped characteristics and behaviours.' (2008)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2007 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Making the right impression or lost in translation? Representation of baby boomers in Australian news text.' (2007)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2007 Tavener MA, Everingham C, 'It's retirement Jim, but not as you know it.' (2007)
2007 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Lost in translation: Representation of Australian baby boomers in news text.' (2007)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2006 Tavener MA, 'Your bloomin' lot: An epidemiological portrait of Australian baby boomers.' (2006)
2006 D'Este C, Attia J, Brown A, Schofield P, Tavener M, Gibson R, Horsley K, 'SHOAMP: The study of health outcomes in aircraft maintenance personnel.', NEUROTOXICOLOGY (2006)
Co-authors Catherine Deste, John Attia, Peter Schofield
2004 Tavener MA, Higginbotham N, D'Este C, Byles JE, 'Veteran satisfaction with a preventive care home health assessment.' (2004)
Co-authors Nick Higginbotham, Catherine Deste, Julie Byles
2001 Byles JE, Tavener MA, O'Connell R, Nair K, Higginbotham N, Jackson C, et al., 'The Preventive Care Trial. Results of a 4-year project - the end or just the beginning?' (2001)
2001 Tavener MA, Byles JE, 'A three year randomised controlled trial of home based health assessments for the over 70s.' (2001)
Co-authors Julie Byles
2000 Tavener MA, 'Winding down a randomised controlled trial: Best practice.' (2000)
2000 Tavener MA, 'The role of GPs and other allied professionals in health assessments.' (2000)
2000 Tavener MA, 'Veteran satisfaction within a randomised controlled trial: Interview yield and review of item pool.' (2000)
2000 Tavener MA, 'Progress Report: Milestones achieved to date.' (2000)
1999 Byles J, Tavener MA, O'Connell R, Nair K, Higginbotham N, Jackson C, et al., 'The DVA Preventive Care Trial - interim findings for older veterans and war widows.' (1999)
1998 Tavener MA, 'Aims and progress of the Preventive Care Trial.' (1998)
1998 Byles JE, Tavener MA, Francis L, Goodger B, McKernon M, 'Too late for prevention?' (1998)
Co-authors Julie Byles
1997 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Francis L, McKernon M, 'Too late for prevention?' (1997)
Co-authors Julie Byles
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Report (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 International Longevity Centre Australia, 'Work, Retirement and Health: A brief directory of Australian research', International Longevity Centre, Australia (2015)
2014 Mishra G, Loxton DJ, Anderson A, Hockey R, Powers J, Brown W, et al., 'Health and wellbeing of women aged 18 to 23 in 2013 and 1996: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women¿s Health', Department of Health, 183 (2014)
Co-authors Melissa Harris, Julie Byles, Amy Anderson, Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
2010 GRAI (GLBTI Retirement Association Inc), Tavener MA, '"We don't have any of those people here". Retirement accommodation and aged care issues for non-heterosexual populations.', Lotterywest, 121 (2010)
2007 Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, Jack G, Tavener MA, 'Review of cervical cancer screening in New South Wales.', NSW Cancer Institute, 00 (2007)
2007 Parkinson L, Tavener MA, With Chief Investigators, 'Final report. Work and older people focus group research project.', Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing., 153 (2007)
2006 With Chief Investigators, Byles JE, Tavener MA, 'Final report. An evaluation of the Department of Veterans' Affairs "Cooking for One or Two" cookery skills program.', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 00 (2006)
2005 Tavener MA, 'Retirement focus groups, draft findings. In: Wellbeing of older men in the Hunter project report.', UnitingCare, 00 (2005)
2004 D'Este C, Attia J, Byles JE, Brown A, Smith S, Tavener MA, Scientific Advisory Committee, 'Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel. Volume 4. Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study. Second Report.', Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs, 155 (2004)
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Julie Byles, John Attia
2004 D'Este C, Byles JE, Attia J, Brown A, Smith S, Tavener MA, Scientific Advisory Committee, 'Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel. Volume 2. Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study. Interim Report.', Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs, 105 (2004)
Co-authors Julie Byles, John Attia, Catherine Deste
2003 Byles JE, D'Este C, Attia J, Brown A, Smith S, Scientific Advisory Committee, Tavener MA, 'Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel. Volume 1. Literature Review. Final Report.', Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs, 148 (2003)
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Julie Byles
2003 Adams J, Milne L, Tavener MA, Byles JE, D'Este C, Attia J, et al., 'Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel. Volume 3. Qualitative Interviews. Final Report.', Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs, 88 (2003)
Co-authors John Attia, Catherine Deste
2001 Tavener MA, 'Report for participants. Results from the Department of Veterans' Affairs "Preventive Care Trial".', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 00 (2001)
2000 Byles JE, Heller R, Higginbotham N, Nair, Jackson C, Butler J, et al., 'Preventive Care Trial. Final Interim Report.', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 32 (2000)
Co-authors Nick Higginbotham, Julie Byles
1999 Byles J, Heller R, Higginbotham N, Nair K, Jackson C, Butler J, et al., 'Preventive Care Trial. Second Interim Report.', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 47 (1999)
Co-authors Nick Higginbotham, Julie Byles
1998 byles, Heller R, Higginbotham N, Nair K, Jackson C, Butler J, et al., 'Preventive Care Trial. First Interim Report.', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 19 (1998)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
1997 byles, Heller R, Higginbotham N, Nair K, Jackson C, Butler J, et al., 'Preventive Care Trial. Extra-contractural project report.', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 25 (1997)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
1997 Byles J, Heller R, Higginbotham N, Nair K, Jackson C, Butler J, et al., 'Preventive Care Trial. Establishment Report.', Department of Veterans' Affairs, 29 (1997)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Tavener MA, Your bloomin' lot: An empirical study of the popular baby boomer stereotype., University of Newcastle (2010)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 20
Total funding $1,504,876

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


20176 grants / $878,932

Improving arm function after stroke using task specific training$852,596

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team

Van Vliet P, Carey L, Turton A, McElduff P, Kwakkel G, Searles A, Bernhardt J, Tavener M, Middleton S.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

Liveable housing checklist: Future proofing homes for older adults$22,786

Funding body: NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Meredith Tavener, Professor Julie Byles, Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Liveable Communities Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601168
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Faculty of Health and Medicine ECR Pilot Grant round$1,400

Living beyond expectations: Testing successful and healthy ageing frameworks against real women's ageing experiences.

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Meredith Tavener

Scheme UON Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Top up funding$1,400

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA), The University of Newcastle, NSW.

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA), The University of Newcastle, NSW.
Project Team

Dr Meredith Tavener

Scheme Top up funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Conference Travel Grant$750

To present at the 50th AAG conference “Ageing: The Golden Opportunity”, Perth WA, 8-10 November 2017.

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Project Team

Dr Meredith Tavener

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Top up School of Medicine and Public Health 2017 Professional development Grant$0

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
Project Team

Tavener, M.

Scheme School of Medicine and Public Health 2017 Professional development Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20161 grants / $806

Research Consultancy$806

Funding body: Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT

Funding body Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT
Project Team Doctor Meredith Tavener
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600883
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20153 grants / $206,893

Long term evaluation of uptake, impact and outcomes of the 75+ Health Assessment$204,898

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Doctor Xenia Dolja-Gore, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Professor Kichu Nair, Doctor Meredith Tavener
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400038
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Travel grant to represent Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing at the 48th AAG National Conference as an inaugural "Knowledge Hub", Alice Springs, 4-6 November 2015$1,775

Funding body: Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, The University of Newcastle, NSW

Funding body Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, The University of Newcastle, NSW
Scheme Travel grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Travel grant to attend "Challenges in evaluating policy and programs", Sydney, NSW.$220

Funding body: Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing

Funding body Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20142 grants / $4,400

Visiting Scholar Grant Scheme to bring Dr Steffen Otterbach from Universitat Hohenheim, Germany$3,900

Funding body: Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Scheme Visiting Fellows Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

Travel bursary to present at the 47th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, "50 not out", 26-28 November 2014, Adelaide, SA.$500

Funding body: Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Funding body Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20132 grants / $2,060

Travel grant to attend Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated course "Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Representation".$1,560

Funding body: Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing

Funding body Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Travel grant, invited to attend "Ageing Mind Initiative", The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.$500

Funding body: The University of Queensland

Funding body The University of Queensland
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20121 grants / $405,587

Ageing and well-being in a globalizing world$405,587

The overarching objective of this proposal is to engage a multidisciplinary international network of well-established and early career researchers to address a critically important demographic problems in India at the intersection of two themes within the India-Europe network call: ‘population, ageing and migration’ and ‘health and wellbeing’. Specifically, this research network will use both quantitative and qualitative data to investigate: (i) the living arrangements, lifestyles and intergenerational exchange of care in Indian households within the context of population ageing and migration and (ii) intergenerational effects of wellbeing by disentangling the burden of health vulnerabilities across the life course focusing explicitly on the elderly in comparison with children and adults within households.

Funding body: ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO

Funding body ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO
Project Team

Professor I Hutter

Scheme Indian-European research networking programme in the social sciences
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20112 grants / $4,348

Promoting quality practice. Challenges and practicalities of engaging older adults in research.$3,748

This workshop included presentations and practical forums by internationally renowned scholars in the fields of Ageing and Geography. In keeping with the University of Groningen’s focus on healthy ageing, the workshop is organized for (young) researchers and PhD students who are currently, or planning to, conduct research with older adults on all spatial scale levels. The Workshop is motivated by the need to advance quality research into ageing issues whilst protecting the rights and welfare of elderly research participants.

Funding body: University of Groningen

Funding body University of Groningen
Project Team

B van Hoven

Scheme Internal Departmental Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON N

Travel bursary to present at the 9th Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, "Ageing well together", 23-27 October 2011, Melbourne, Australia.$600

Funding body: Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Funding body Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20092 grants / $1,100

University of Newcastle Research Higher Degree 'grants in aid'$600

Funding body: Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Scheme Grants-in-aid
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Student bursary to present at the 42nd National conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, "Translation and Transformation", 25-27 November 2009, Canberra ACT.$500

Funding body: Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Funding body Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20081 grants / $750

Student bursary to present at the 7th National conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA), “Shaping research landscapes”, 18 November 2008. Fremantle, Western Australia.$750

Funding body: Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Funding body Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Scheme Travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.88

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Discourses and Practices which Surround Mental Health Issues in a Public Hospital Setting. An Exploratory Analysis. PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Impact of Cancer Diagnosis on Lifestyle Behaviours: Utilization of Women's Health Australia (WHA) Data PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Changes in Lifestyle Behaviours and Disease Diagnoses PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Life Stories, Death Stories: Examining the meaning-making and death narratives of Personal Care Attendants and their capacity to connect with the unique death narratives and experiences of people dying in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Sustainability of Children's Support and Care for Elderly Parents in Ghana PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Living with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome during pregnancy: a qualitative exploration of women's experience PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD "It's Not How Old We Are; It's How We Are Old": A Salutogenic Approach to How Older Australian Women Experience Ageing and Respond to Life Stressors PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Urban Women's Health Inequalities and Their Determinants in Indonesia PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 40
Netherlands 5
United States 3
Germany 1
United Kingdom 1
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News

Creating liveable cities for older Australians

May 8, 2017

A team of researchers from the University of Newcastle (UON) has been awarded a Liveable Communities Grant to identify how to best meet the housing needs of an ageing population.

Gender Equity PhD Opportunity

November 3, 2016

PhD opportunity for a business intelligence and data analytics framework for delivering gender equity in the higher education Sector.

Dr Meredith Tavener

Positions

Research Fellow
Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Trial Manager
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email meredith.tavener@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0684
Fax (02) 4042 0044

Office

Room Level 4, West Wing. Public Health
Building Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
Location Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights, NSW 2305

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