ALSWH Liaison

It is a requirement that an ALSWH Liaison person be involved on every project in order to help with correct use and interpretation of the data.

A Liaison person must be contacted before the EoI is prepared, and must see the completed EoI before it is submitted to the ALSWH.

ALSWH Liaison people are very familiar with ALSWH data as well as the areas of research currently being conducted using the data. Therefore they are able to provide the best advice regarding the feasibility of any prospective projects.

For projects involving survey or substudy data, the responsibility of an ALSWH liaison person is limited to the following:

  • Discussing the EoI application with the potential collaborator/s
  • Providing advice on developing the research plan (including appropriate use of ALSWH data)
  • Maintaining contact with the lead collaborator for the duration of the project
  • Reviewing publications and manuscripts before they are submitted to a journal or editor (the ALSWH Liaison person reserves the right to refer publications to the ALSWH Publications, Substudies and Analyses Committee)

In addition to these liaison responsibilities, the Liaison person's level of involvement with the project must be discussed prior to the project commencing. It is expected that the Liaison person will be included as a collaborator and an author on papers consistent with their contribution to the project - please see the NHMRC guidelines for detail: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018

For projects involving linked data the ALSWH Liaison person must:

  • Have expertise in using linked data
  • Be involved in the project / analysis plan from the beginning
  • Be included in the project as a collaborator and as an author on any publications. This requirement is due to the complexity of the data and ALSWH's responsibilities to the linked data custodians.

 

The ALSWH researchers available to be liaison people, and their research interests, are listed below.

ALSWH Liaison Person

Specific research interests and areas of expertise


Professor Gita Mishra
g.mishra@uq.edu.au
Ph: 07 3346 5224
  • social inequality in health
  • diet
  • weight trajectories
  • chronic diseases (CVD, diabetes, depression) related to reproductive health
  • menarche, hysterectomy, menopause, symptoms, hormone use
  • pregnancy complications and birth outcomes
  • statistical methodology relevant to longitudinal and life course data

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • DVA Repatriation-MBS
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)
  • Pathways in Aged Care
  • DVA Aged Care
  • Australian Cancer Database
  • Admitted Patient Data Collections
  • Perinatal Data Collections
  • Emergency Department Data Collections


  Professor Annette Dobson
  a.dobson@uq.edu.au
  Ph: 07 336 55346

  • tobacco control / smoking
  • statistical methods
  • rural health
  • chronic disease (e.g. cardiovascular disease, depression, musculoskeletal conditions)
  • obesity
  • health services use

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • DVA Repatriation-MBS
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)
  • Pathways in Aged Care
  • DVA Aged Care
  • Admitted Patient Data Collections
  • Perinatal Data Collections


Professor Julie Byles
julie.byles@newcastle.edu.au
Ph: 02 4040 0668

  • ageing including; the role of health services, preventive activities, and treatments in maintaining quality of life for older people, and in determining physical, psychological and social factors associated with optimal physical and mental health of men and women as they age
  • risk determination, assessment, screening and diagnostic tests
  • health care evaluation, and measurement of health outcomes
  • aged care
  • mature-age workforce participation and retirement

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)
  • Pathways in Aged Care
  • DVA Aged Care
  • Australian Cancer Database
  • Admitted Patient Data Collections


  Professor Wendy Brown
  wbrown@uq.edu.au
  Ph: 07 3365 6446

 

  •  physical activity
  •  weight and weight gain
  •  sedentary behaviour
  • health promotion and illness/disease prevention
  • prevention and management of chronic illness

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • DVA Repatriation-MBS
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)


Professor Deborah Loxton
Deborah.Loxton@newcastle.edu.au
Ph: 02 4042 0690

  • reproductive health
  • prenatal and maternal health behaviour
  • sole and young motherhood
  • the health impact of intimate partner violence and other forms of abuse
  • multiple disadvantage and health outcomes

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)
  • Australian Cancer Database
  • Admitted Patient Data Collections
  • Perinatal Data Collections


  Associate Professor Leigh Tooth
  l.tooth@sph.uq.edu.au
  Ph: 07 3346 4691

  • caregiving (predictors of, transitions in, outcomes of)
  • social inequalities research (in particular social mobility, education)
  • mothers and their children’s health
  • comorbidity
  • chronic disease
  • evidence-based practice
  • health service research


Professor Jayne Lucke
J.Lucke@latrobe.edu.au
Ph: 03 9479 8813

  • sexual health
  • reproductive health, particularly contraceptive use
  • patterns of fertility and infertility

 

  Ms Peta Forder
  peta.forder@newcastle.edu.au
  Ph: 02 4042 0676

  • domestic violence and partner abuse
  • adverse experiences and environments during childhood
  • chronic health (particularly diabetes & cardiovascular disease)
  • cancer
  • reproductive and maternal health
  • birth outcomes and prenatal health
  • statistical methods

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • DVA Repatriation-MBS
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)
  • Pathways in Aged Care
  • DVA Aged Care
  • Australian Cancer Database
  • Admitted Patient Data Collections
  • Perinatal Data Collections

 

  Dr Melissa Harris
  melissa.harris@newcastle.edu.au
  Ph: 02 4042 0621

  • Chronic disease and health service use
  • Chronic disease management
  • Role of psychosocial factors (particularly stress and poor mental health) in physical health outcomes for chronic disease (disease onset and quality of life)
  • Patterns and impact of contraceptive use (including birth outcomes)

Expertise in analysing the following linked datasets:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (non-DVA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (all)
  • Australian Cancer Database
  • Admitted Patient Data Collections
  • Perinatal Data Collections