Ms Natasha Noble

Research Assistant

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Natasha is a Research Assistant with the Health Behaviour Research Collaborative in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Natasha has worked as a Research Assistant with this group for over seven years. In 2017, Natasha was awarded a PhD in Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine. Natasha's thesis explored the prevalence and clustering of health risk factors among people attending Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, as well as the feasibility of electronic screening of health risks and the health risk intervention preferences of people attending these services.

Natasha has previously worked across a range of projects including exploring barriers to the delivery of optimal dementia care for General Practitioners and geriatricians, and perceived preparation of patients for breast cancer surgery. Natasha is currently involved in several projects exploring optimal care for pre-diagnostic and early breast cancer and the application of telehealth to support breast cancer surgery patients, and the delivery of dementia care in Indigenous healthcare settings.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • health risk factors
  • health behaviour
  • Indigenous health
  • prevention
  • public health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 10
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 60
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 30

Awards

Award

Year Award
2009 Faculty Medal: Faculty of Science and Information
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle | Australia

Prize

Year Award
2011 Best RHD confirmation presentation award
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Sanson-Fisher RW, Noble NE, Searles AM, Deeming S, Smits RE, Oldmeadow CJ, Bryant J, 'A simple filter model to guide the allocation of healthcare resources for improving the treatment of depression among cancer patients', BMC CANCER, 18 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12885-018-4009-2
Co-authors Andrew Searles, Christopher Oldmeadow, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2018 Olver I, Carey M, Boyes A, Hall A, Noble N, Bryant J, et al., 'The timeliness of patients reporting the side effects of chemotherapy', Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-8 (2018)

© 2018 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature Purpose: To explore the actions cancer patients reported they would take in response to a range of common side effects... [more]

© 2018 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature Purpose: To explore the actions cancer patients reported they would take in response to a range of common side effects of chemotherapy and whether these were considered appropriate based on current guidelines and evidence; and to explore the sociodemographic and cancer-related variables associated with patients selecting the appropriate action (immediate medical attention or reporting) for two potentially life-threatening side effects: fever, and unusual bleeding and bruising. Methods: Four hundred thirty-six medical oncology and haematology patients receiving chemotherapy completed two surveys to provide demographic, disease and treatment characteristics, and details on how they would respond if they experienced a range of specified side effects of chemotherapy (for example, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and skin rash or nail changes). The proportion of patients reporting the appropriate action for each side effect was calculated. Multiple logistic regressions examined the patient demographic and cancer characteristics associated with selecting the appropriate action (seeking immediate medical attention) for two potentially life-threatening side effects of chemotherapy: high fever of 38 °C or more, and unusual bleeding or bruising. Results: Two thirds of patients indicated that they would seek immediate medical attention for high fever (67%), but only 41% would seek immediate attention for bleeding or bruising. Cancer type and time since diagnosis were significantly associated with patients indicating that they would seek immediate medical attention for high fever; while time since diagnosis was the only variable significantly associated with patients reporting that they would seek immediate medical attention for unusual bleeding or bruising. For chronic side effects, like skin rash or nail changes, and tingling or numbness, which usually do not require urgent reporting, only between 12 and 16% would report them immediately. A significant proportion of patients reported that they would ¿do nothing¿ about fatigue or tiredness (24%). By comparison, less than 10% patients reported that they would do nothing for the other side effects investigated. Conclusions: Tools need to be created so that patients better understand the side effects after being treated with chemotherapy and what action they should take.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-018-4225-y
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Allison Boyes
2017 Regan T, Paul C, Ishiguchi P, D Este C, Koller C, Forshaw K, et al., 'Comparison of two sources of clinical audit data to assess the delivery of diabetes care in aboriginal communities', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14101236
Co-authors Kristy Fakes, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste, Christopher Oldmeadow
2016 Carey M, Boyes A, Noble N, Waller A, Inder K, 'Validation of the PHQ-2 against the PHQ-9 for detecting depression in a large sample of Australian general practice patients', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 22 262-266 (2016) [C1]

© La Trobe University 2016. There is increasing interest in the use of brief screening tools to improve detection of depression in the primary care setting. The aim of the present... [more]

© La Trobe University 2016. There is increasing interest in the use of brief screening tools to improve detection of depression in the primary care setting. The aim of the present study was to compare the accuracy of the two-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) against the nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) for detecting depression among general practice patients. A cross-sectional sample of 3626 adults attending 12 Australian general practices was recruited. Participants completed the PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 via a touchscreen computer. Depression was defined as a PHQ-9 score =10. The area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were calculated. The PHQ-2 had good overall accuracy relative to the PHQ-9 for discriminating between cases and non-cases of depression, with an AUC of 0.92 (95% confidence interval 0.90-0.93). The PHQ-2 threshold of =3 was the best balance between sensitivity (91%) and specificity (78%) for detecting possible cases of depression. For clinical use, the optimal threshold was =2, with only 2% of possible cases missed.

DOI 10.1071/PY14149
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Kerry Inder, Amy Waller, Mariko Carey
2016 Paul C, Tzelepis F, Bisquera A, Noble N, Wiggers J, 'Just how high-risk are ongoing smokers? Exploring clusters of health risk behaviours among current and ex-smokers.', Prev Med, 93 70-75 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.09.021
Co-authors Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, John Wiggers
2016 Noble N, Paul C, Sanson-Fisher R, Turon H, Turner N, Conigrave K, 'Ready, set, go: a cross-sectional survey to understand priorities and preferences for multiple health behaviour change in a highly disadvantaged group', BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 16 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1701-2
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Noble N, Paul C, Turon H, Oldmeadow C, 'Which modifiable health risk behaviours are related? A systematic review of the clustering of Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity ('SNAP') health risk factors', Preventive Medicine, 81 16-41 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. Objective: There is a growing body of literature examining the clustering of health risk behaviours, but little consensus about which risk factors can be expe... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. Objective: There is a growing body of literature examining the clustering of health risk behaviours, but little consensus about which risk factors can be expected to cluster for which sub groups of people. This systematic review aimed to examine the international literature on the clustering of smoking, poor nutrition, excess alcohol and physical inactivity (SNAP) health behaviours among adults, including associated socio-demographic variables. Method: A literature search was conducted in May 2014. Studies examining at least two SNAP risk factors, and using a cluster or factor analysis technique, or comparing observed to expected prevalence of risk factor combinations, were included. Results: Fifty-six relevant studies were identified. A majority of studies (81%) reported a 'healthy' cluster characterised by the absence of any SNAP risk factors. More than half of the studies reported a clustering of alcohol with smoking, and half reported clustering of all four SNAP risk factors. The methodological quality of included studies was generally weak to moderate. Males and those with greater social disadvantage showed riskier patterns of behaviours; younger age was less clearly associated with riskier behaviours. Conclusion: Clustering patterns reported here reinforce the need for health promotion interventions to target multiple behaviours, and for such efforts to be specifically designed and accessible for males and those who are socially disadvantaged.

DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.07.003
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 32
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Chris Paul
2015 Noble NE, Paul CL, Turner N, Blunden SV, Oldmeadow C, Turon HE, 'A cross-sectional survey and latent class analysis of the prevalence and clustering of health risk factors among people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service', BMC Public Health, 15 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Noble et al. Background: Indigenous Australians are a socially disadvantaged group who experience significantly poorer health and a higher prevalence of modifiable health b... [more]

© 2015 Noble et al. Background: Indigenous Australians are a socially disadvantaged group who experience significantly poorer health and a higher prevalence of modifiable health behaviours than other Australians. Little is known about the clustering of health risks among Indigenous Australians. The aims of this study were to describe the clustering of key health risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption, and socio-demographics associated with clusters, among a predominantly Aboriginal sample. Methods: Participants (n = 377) attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) in regional/rural New South Wales, Australia, in 2012-2013 completed a self-report touch screen health risk survey. Clusters were identified using latent class analysis. Results: Cluster 1 ('low fruit/vegetable intake, lower risk'; 51 %) consisted of older men and women; Cluster 2 ('risk taking'; 22 %) included younger unemployed males with a high prevalence of smoking, risky alcohol, and illicit drug use. Cluster 3 ('inactive, overweight, depressed'; 28 %) was characterised by younger to mid aged women likely to have experienced emotional or physical violence. Conclusions: If future research identifies similar stable clusters of health behaviours for this population, intervention approaches targeting these clusters of risk factors should be developed and tested for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2015-8
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Chris Paul
2015 Noble N, Paul C, Conigrave K, Lee K, Blunden S, Turon H, et al., 'Does a retrospective seven-day alcohol diary reflect usual alcohol intake for a predominantly disadvantaged Australian aboriginal population', Substance Use and Misuse, 50 308-319 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. Background: Alcohol disproportionately affects socially disadvantaged groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Metho... [more]

© 2015 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. Background: Alcohol disproportionately affects socially disadvantaged groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Methods to assess alcohol intake for disadvantaged communities need to be able to capture variable or episodic drinking. The ability of a seven-day diary to capture typical consumption for a predominantly Aboriginal sample has not been assessed. Objective: One aim of this paper was to examine agreement between a seven-day retrospective diary and 'usual' drinking assessed by a modified version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test question 3 (AUDIT-3m; two questions). Other aims were to describe drinking patterns as reported in the seven-day diary. Method: In 2012, consecutive adults attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service completed a cross-sectional health risk survey on a touch screen laptop (n = 188). Alcohol consumption questions included the retrospective diary and AUDIT-3m. Agreement was assessed using weighted kappa analysis. Results: There was good agreement between the two measures of consumption; however, the AUDIT-3m questions identified more current drinkers. Respondents who were drinkers (54%) tended to consume large amounts per drinking occasion: almost half (46%) of diary completers reported nine or more standard drinks on at least one occasion in the last week. Conclusions: The seven-day diary did not adequately capture variability in alcohol consumption common among this sample. Although the AUDIT-3m appeared acceptable, alternative approaches to assess usual or risky alcohol consumption, such as asking about specific drinking occasions, or allowing participants to respond in non-standard drink sizes, also need to be considered for indigenous and other disadvantaged communities.

DOI 10.3109/10826084.2014.980951
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Patrick Mcelduff, Chris Paul
2015 Carey M, Noble N, Mansfield E, Waller A, Henskens F, Sanson-Fisher R, 'The role of ehealth in optimizing preventive care in the primary care setting', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17 (2015) [C1]

Modifiable health risk behaviors such as smoking, overweight and obesity, risky alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition contribute to a substantial proportion... [more]

Modifiable health risk behaviors such as smoking, overweight and obesity, risky alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition contribute to a substantial proportion of the world's morbidity and mortality burden. General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in identifying and managing modifiable health risk behaviors. However, these are often underdetected and undermanaged in the primary care setting. We describe the potential of eHealth to help patients and GPs to overcome some of the barriers to managing health risk behaviors. In particular, we discuss (1) the role of eHealth in facilitating routine collection of patient-reported data on lifestyle risk factors, and (2) the role of eHealth in improving clinical management of identified risk factors through provision of tailored feedback, point-of-care reminders, tailored educational materials, and referral to online self-management programs. Strategies to harness the capacity of the eHealth medium, including the use of dynamic features and tailoring to help end users engage with, understand, and apply information need to be considered and maximized. Finally, the potential challenges in implementing eHealth solutions in the primary care setting are discussed. In conclusion, there is significant potential for innovative eHealth solutions to make a contribution to improving preventive care in the primary care setting. However, attention to issues such as data security and designing eHealth interfaces that maximize engagement from end users will be important to moving this field forward.

DOI 10.2196/jmir.3817
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Amy Waller, Frans Henskens, Elise Mansfield
2015 Noble N, Paul C, Carey M, Blunden S, Turner N, 'A randomised trial assessing the acceptability and effectiveness of providing generic versus tailored feedback about health risks for a high need primary care sample', BMC Family Practice, 16 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Noble et al. Background: Tailored feedback has been shown to be effective for modifying health risk behaviours and may aid the provision of preventive care by general pract... [more]

© 2015 Noble et al. Background: Tailored feedback has been shown to be effective for modifying health risk behaviours and may aid the provision of preventive care by general practitioners (GPs). However, provision of tailored patient feedback for vulnerable or socially disadvantaged groups is not well explored. The aims of this study were to examine the acceptability and effectiveness of providing generic compared to tailored feedback on self-reported health risk behaviours among a high need sample of people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS). Methods: Participants attending two ACCHSs in regional New South Wales completed a touch screen health risk survey and received either generic or tailored health risk feedback. Participants were asked to complete an exit survey after their appointment. The exit survey asked about feedback acceptability and effectiveness. Self-reported ease of understanding, relevance and whether the generic versus tailored feedback helped patients talk to their GP was compared using Chi-square analysis; The mean number of survey health risks talked about or for which additional actions were undertaken (such as provision of lifestyle advice or referral) was compared using t-tests. Results: Eighty seven participants (36 % consent rate) completed the exit survey. Tailored feedback was rated as more relevant and was more likely to be shown to the participant's GP than generic feedback. There was no difference in the mean number of health risk topics discussed or number of additional actions taken by the GP by type of feedback. Conclusions: Tailored and generic feedback showed no difference in effectiveness, and little difference in acceptability, among this socially disadvantaged population. Completing a health risk survey and receiving any type of feedback may have overwhelmed more subtle differences in outcomes between the generic and the tailored feedback. Future work to rigorously evaluate the longer-term effectiveness of the provision of tailored health risk feedback for Aboriginal Australians, as well as other high need groups, is still needed. Trial Registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ANZCTRN12614001205628. Registered 11 November 2014.

DOI 10.1186/s12875-015-0309-7
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul
2014 Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Carey ML, Noble N, Paul CL, 'Evaluation of Systems-Oriented Public Health Interventions: Alternative Research Designs', ANNUAL REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH, VOL 35, 35 9-27 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182445
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey
2014 Paul CL, Bryant J, Turon H, Brozek I, Noble N, Zucca A, 'A narrative review of the potential for self- tanning products to substitute for solaria use among people seeking a tanned appearance', PHOTODERMATOLOGY PHOTOIMMUNOLOGY & PHOTOMEDICINE, 30 160-166 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/phpp.12103
Co-authors Chris Paul, Alison Zucca
2014 Noble NE, Paul CL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Blunden SV, Stewart JM, Conigrave KM, 'A cross-sectional survey assessing the acceptability and feasibility of self-report electronic data collection about health risks from patients attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service', BMC MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND DECISION MAKING, 14 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6947-14-34
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2012 Carey ML, Noble NE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Mackenzie LJ, 'Identifying psychological morbidity among people with cancer using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale: Time to revisit first principles?', Psycho-Oncology, 21 229-238 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.2057
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Lisa Mackenzie
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Mackenzie L, Noble N, Carey M, Proietto A, Sanson-Fisher R, Walker G, Silcock J, 'Cross-Sectional Survey to Inform the Development of a Telehealth Support Model for Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2017)
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Noble N, Paul C, Turner N, Turon H, Blunden S, 'PREVENTIVE SCREENING FOR CANCER AMONG PEOPLE ATTENDING AN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY CONTROLLED HEALTH SERVICE', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Chris Paul
2013 Noble N, Paul C, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Blunden S, Stewart J, Conigrave K, 'ASSESSING THE ACCEPTABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF SELF-REPORT ELECTRONIC DATA COLLECTION ABOUT HEALTH RISKS FROM PATIENTS ATTENDING AN ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICE', ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2013)
Co-authors Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Noble N, Paul C, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Blunden S, Stewart J, Conigrave K, 'PREVALENCE OF MULTIPLE HEALTH RISK FACTORS AMONG PATIENTS ATTENDING AN ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICE', ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2013)
Co-authors Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $73,814

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20121 grants / $39,324

Multiple substance use, mental health and other health risk behaviours among patients of Aboriginal Medical Services: Patient priorities for change and preferences for models of support. $39,324

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have disproportionately high levels of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use and depression, with these risk factors often occurring alongside additional health risk factors such as overweight/obesity, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. 

This project aimed to obtain an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient perspective about how risk factors might be best addressed holistically by Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs). Patients attending an AMS were asked to complete an iPad touch screen survey while waiting for their appointment. The survey assessed each patient’s health risk behaviours and their preferred approach to addressing their specific health risk profile. Patients were also asked about willingness, priorities and preferences for addressing health risk factors, who should deliver services, and how these services should be coordinated and located.

 Results of this study provide a unique perspective about priorities and processes for the management of multiple health risks among patients of Aboriginal Medical Services.

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team

Prof Christine Paul, L/Prof Rob Sanson-Fisher, A/Prof Mariko Carey, Dr Jamie Bryant, Dr Natasha Noble, Mr Steven Blunden, Prof Kate Conigrave

Scheme MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG & ALCOHOL OFFICE (MHDAO)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2014
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Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
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20111 grants / $34,490

Acceptability and feasibility of providing feedback to ACCHO patients and their GPs about patients’ risky alcohol, tobacco and drug use$34,490

Substance use and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are the main contributors to disproportionately high mortality and morbidity among Indigenous Australians. Risk factors such as alcohol misuse, tobacco use, high body mass and physical inactivity are significant modifiable contributors. Screening for these risk factors among the Indigenous population is poor and delivery of interventions targeting these modifiable risk behaviours is far from complete. This study examines the feasibility and acceptability of electronically collecting and feeding back health risk data to Indigenous patients and their GPs. Electronic self-report patient data would include drug use (alcohol, tobacco and illicit), depression, CVD risk factors and cancer screening.  Whether feedback prompts discussion or action (e.g. screening tests, referral) will also be assessed.  The project will provide data for the development of a larger, multi-faceted intervention to improve management of substance use and CVD risks for Indigenous patients, with the potential to be implemented in ACCHOs across Australia.

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team

Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Kate Conigrave, Dr Jessica Stewart, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mr Steve Blunden, Professor Christine Paul; Dr Natasha Noble

Scheme Drug and Alcohol Council Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N
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Ms Natasha Noble

Position

Research Assistant
Health Behaviour Research Group
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email natasha.noble@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40420652
Fax (02) 40420040

Office

Room HMRI W4 Desk: 099
Building HMRI
Location HMRI Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit New Lampton Heights 2305

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