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Researcher: Allen, PL (Dr Penny Allen)

Fields of Research

Health services and systems
Primary health care
Health and community services
Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Community child health
Rural and remote health services
Acute care
People with disability
Cancer diagnosis
Health informatics and information systems
Community and primary care
Specialist studies in education
Health care administration
Oral medicine and pathology
Mental health services
Health systems
Higher education
Aged health care
Other education
Health promotion
Gastroenterology and hepatology
Vision science
Obstetrics and gynaecology
Health policy
Nursing workforce
Special needs dentistry
Preventative health care
Ophthalmology and optometry
Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Intensive care
Optical technology

Research Objectives

Clinical health
Treatment of human diseases and conditions
Rural and remote area health
Evaluation of health outcomes
Health policy evaluation
Dental health
Evaluation of health and support services
Health status (incl. wellbeing)
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Health education and promotion
Other education and training
Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
Health inequalities
Learner and learning
Disability and functional capacity
Higher education
Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
Other health
Health related to ageing
Neonatal and child health
Teaching and instruction technologies
Expanding knowledge in human society
Workforce transition and employment
Schools and learning environments
Health related to specific ethnic groups
Preventive medicine

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'It's mostly about the job' - putting the lens on specialist rural retention; Rural and Remote Health
A comparative cohort study of visual outcomes in femtosecond laser-assisted versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery; Ophthalmology
A focused ultrasound curriculum for students in a regional emergency department: Prospective evaluation; Emergency Tasmania 2016
A Marathon More than a Sprint: Determinants of Ophthalmology Trainee Success in RACE; RANZCO’s 53rd Annual Scientific Congress
A prospective cohort study of early postpartum etonogestrel implant (Implanon®) use and its effect on duration of lochia; Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Anterior chamber flare after femtosecond laser–assisted cataract surgery; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Antibiotics administered within 1 hour to adult emergency department patients screened positive for sepsis: a systematic review; European Journal of Emergency Medicine
Are rural Emergency Departments supplementing General Practice; The 2015 International conference on health system innovation
Benefits and challenges to ophthalmology training via the Specialist Training Program; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Evaluation Project: Final Report
Building a local medical workforce in Tasmania: where are international fee-paying medical graduates likely to work?; Rural and Remote Health
Building a medical workforce in Tasmania: a profile of medical student intake; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Building a Rural Ophthalmology Workforce: The Specialist Training Program; Cradle Coast Conference: Celebrating the impact of regional research and education
Changes in the oral health of the children of Dili, Timor Leste, between 2002 and 2014; Rural and Remote Health
Clinical supervisors' perspectives on delivering work integrated learning: A survey study; Nurse Education Today
Combined epiretinal membrane and cataract surgery: visual outcomes; Australian Medical Student Journal
Comparison of the Icare ic100 rebound tonometer and the Goldmann Applanation Tonometer in 1,000 Eyes; Ophthalmic Research
Comparison of the neodymium:YAG rate after femtosecond laser-assisted and phacoemulsification cataract surgery; Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Considerations for training and workforce development to enhance rural and remote ophthalmology practise in Australia: a scoping review; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Cystoid macular edema after femtosecond laser–assisted versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Direct access colonoscopy: impact of intervention on time to colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment in North West Tasmania; Internal Medicine Journal
Distribution and location stability of the Australian ophthalmology workforce: 2014–2019; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Do preventable hospital admissions for oral health-eelated conditions vary by geographical remoteness?; National Rural Health Conference 2019
Does the shortage of diabetes specialists in regional and rural Australia matter? Results from Diabetes MILES-Australia; Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Early intervention for children with an autism spectrum disorder: a rural huband-spokes model and the NDIS; 13th National rural health conference
Early intervention for children with autism: An Australian rural hub and spokes model; Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Early intervention helping children with autism and their families in rural Tasmania
Effect of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery on the corneal endothelium; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Effect of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery on the corneal endothelium: long-term corneal outcomes in a prospective comparative cohort study; The XXXII Congress of the European society of cataract & refractive surgeons
Effect of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents on blood pressure – a cross-sectional analysis; Journal of Hypertension
eReferrals: why are we still faxing?; Australian Journal of General Practice
Escape to the country: lessons from interviews with rural general practice interns; Australian Journal of General Practice
Evaluating engagement with ReThink Autism in Tasmania; International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) 10th Scientific Meeting
Evaluation of intern training in rural primary care settings in Tasmania; Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2018 Conference
Evolution of the Health Record as a Communication Tool to Support Patient Safety; Handbook of Research on Records and Information Management Strategies for Enhanced Knowledge Coordination
Femtosecond laser assisted versus standard phacemulsification in toric intraocular lens insertion; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (LCS) versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery (PCS): a single centre prospective comparative cohort study of surgical outcomes and safety from 4080 cases; The XXXII Congress of the European society of cataract & refractive surgeons
Femtosecond laser–assisted cataract surgery versus standard phacoemulsification cataract surgery: Outcomes and safety in more than 4000 cases at a single center; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Geographical variation in preventable hospital admissions for dental conditions: An Australia‐wide analysis; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Hepatitis C knowledge and beliefs among culturally and linguistically diversedrug users; Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective
How many patients can community matrons successfully case manage?; Journal of Nursing Management
I probably have a closer relationship with my internet provider: experiences of belonging (or not) among mature-aged regional and remote university students; Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice
Impact of case management (Evercare) on frail elderly patients: controlled before and after analysis of quantitative outcome data; British Medical Journal
Impacts of case management for frail elderly people: a qualitative study; Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Implementing the role of the community matron; Nursing Times
Improving case study research in medical education: a systematised review; Medical Education
Incidence and risk factors for hepatitis C seroconversion in injecting drug users in Australia; Addiction
Influencing future regional, rural and remote ophthalmology services: A qualitative report on the impact of the Specialist Training Program (STP); 52nd RANZCO Virtual Congress
Intraocular pressure during femtosecond laser pretreatment: Comparison of glaucomatous eyes and nonglaucomatous eyes; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Intraoperative performance and ultrastructural integrity of human capsulotomies created by the improved precision pulse capsulotomy device; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Intravitreal anti‑VEGF agents and cardiovascular risk: comment; Internal and Emergency Medicine
Intravitreal injections: is there benefit from theatre setting; British Journal of Ophthalmology
Long-term clinical outcomes after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery: results from a multicenter prospective comparative cohort study; The XXXII Congress of the European society of cataract & refractive surgeons
Low acuity and general practice-type presentations to emergency departments: A rural perspective; Emergency Medicine Australasia
Low-acuity presentations to regional emergency departments: What is the issue?; Emergency medicine Australasia
Maternal and neonatal health outcomes following the implementation of an innovative model of nurse practitioner-led care for diabetes in pregnancy; Journal of Advanced Nursing
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery: comparison of iStent with iStent inject in primary open angle glaucoma; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Mobile learning: Transforming healthcare education of undergraduate nurses by building capacity during clinical placement; Sustainable Healthcare Transformation International Conference on Health System Innovation
Mortality benefit of crystalloids administered in 1-6 hours in septic adults in the ED: Systematic review with narrative synthesis; Emergency Medicine Journal
Nurses’ use of mobile devices to access information in health care environments in Australia: a survey of undergraduate students; JMIR mHealth uHealth
Nursing interventions related to cerebral perfusion pressure following an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage; Australasian Journal of Neuroscience
Ophthalmology education in Australian medical schools: a survey of Australian junior medical officers; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Opportunities in oral health policy for Timor-Leste; WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste; Timor Leste Ministry of Health and NGO meeting - Oral Health Care – Timor-Leste – Where to next?
Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste; 2016 Primary Health Care Research Conference
Pain and antisepsis after ocular administration of povidone-iodine versus chlorhexidine; Retina: The Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases
Parental education level and dental caries in school children living in Dili, Timor-Leste; Asia-Pacific journal of public health
Pathways to enhancing the quality of stroke care through national data monitoring systems for hospitals; Medical Journal of Australia
Polypharmacy at a registered aged care facility; RACGP #GP17 Conference 2017
Predictors of success of iStent and iStent inject, when combined with cataract surgery; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Preventable hospital admissions of Australians for oral health-related conditions; 96th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research
Promoting Success in the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination (RACE)
Providing nurse supervisors with a theoretical framework to support student learning during placement-based work integrated learning: a survey study; Australian Journal of Clinical Education
Regional universities and rural clinical schools contribute to rural medical workforce, a cohort study of 2002 to 2013 graduates; Rural and Remote Health
Research knowledge and skills in primary medical training - a cross-sectional audit; AMEE MedEdPublish
Retention of allied health professionals in Tasmania; The Australian Journal of Rural Health
Review of research training offered in Australian and New Zealand medical schools; 17th Ottawa Conference
Risk behaviors and antibody hepatitis B and C prevalence among injecting drug users in south-western Sydney, Australia; Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Risk behaviours and hepatitis C infection among Indo-Chinese initiates to injecting drug use in Sydney, Australia; Addiction Research & Theory
Risk behaviours of young Indo-Chinese injecting drug users in Sydney and Melbourne; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Rural emergency departments supplement general practice care; Medical Journal of Australia
Self-Identity and Risk-Taking in Adolescents; Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective
Severity and duration of pain after colonoscopy and gastroscopy: A cohort study; Journal of Clinical Nursing
Small aperture IC-8 intraocular lens in cataract patients: achieving extended depth of focus through small aperture optics; Eye (Basingstoke)
Specialist Training Program (STP) Evaluation: Ophthalmology
Tasmania Medicare Local Social Determinants of Health Project: Thematic Analysis of Community Proposals
Tasmanian macular hole study: whole population-based incidence of full thickness macular hole; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Teaching bedside ultrasound to medical students; The Clinical Teacher
The association of socioeconomic status and dental caries experience in children in Dili, Timor-Leste; Asia-Pacific journal of public health
The foot-health and mortality of adult patients with diabetes in Northern Tasmania: Findings from an epidemiological study with two-year follow-up; Australian Podiatry Conference 2019
The foot-health and mortality of adult patients with diabetes in regional Australia: Findings from an epidemiological study with two-year follow-up; 8th International symposium on the diabetic foot
The foot-health of adult diabetics in regional Australia: baseline findings from an epidemiological study; Australasia Podiatry Conference 2015
The foot-health of people with diabetes in regional and rural Australia: baseline results from an observational cohort study; Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
The impact of health information management professionals on patient safety: A systematic review; Health Information and Libraries Journal
The prevalence of sexual harassment and bullying amongst general practice registrars at a regional training centre in 2017; Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2018 Conference
The RIPPER Experience: A three-year evaluation of an Australian Interprofessional Rural Health Education Pilot; Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education
The role of early intravenous crystalloid bolus in adult sepsis resuscitation in the emergency department; Orvosi Hetilap
The use of heterochromatic flicker photometry to determine macular pigment optical density in a healthy Australian population; Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Thermal capsulotomy: initial clinical experience, intraoperative performance, safety, and early postoperative outcomes of precision pulse capsulotomy technology; Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
To scope or not to scope? A detailed 10-year review of knee arthroscopy practice at a regional hospital; AOA Annual Scientific Meeting 2020
Transfusion rates with intravenous tranexamic acid in total hip arthroplasty performed using the direct anterior approach; HIP International
Undergraduate nurses' preferred use of mobile devices in healthcare settings; Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Visual outcomes with femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery versus conventional cataract surgery in toric IOL insertion; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Where do ophthalmologists practice and how long do they work there? An analysis using Modified Monash Model rurality classifications; 52nd RANZCO Virtual Congress
Whole population incidences of patients presenting with rhegmatogenous retinal detachments within Tasmania, Australia; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Whole population incidences of patients presenting with rhegmatogenous retinal detachments within Tasmania, Australia; Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Xanthomas seen on capsule endoscopy: What are they saying about your patient’s health?; Australian Medical Student Journal
Young people have their say: What makes a youth-friendly general practice?; Australian Family Physician
‘‘A golden opportunity’’: exploring interprofessional learning and practice in rural clinical settings; Journal of Interprofessional Care

Research Projects

Evaluating Engagement with Rethink Autism in Tasmania; Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania (DHHS)
Assessing the readiness of mainstream childhood education and care centres to provide ASD early intervention
Autism-readiness in mainstream community childcare
Evaluating Care Outcomes of the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ECO-ASELCC)
RANZCO STP evaluation
Social determinants of Health: Bridges Out of Poverty Evaluation
The RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examinations (RACE) Study
Thematic Analysis of Community Submissions for Social Determinants of Health proposals

Research Candidate Supervision

Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhages in Tasmania a Retrospective Cohort Study