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Researcher: O'Brien, JA (Dr Jane O'Brien)

Fields of Research

Sub-acute care
Exercise physiology
Epidemiology
Primary health care
Dermatology
Rheumatology and arthritis
Rehabilitation
Physiotherapy
Preventative health care
Community and primary care
Health informatics and information systems
Health and community services
Aged care nursing
Aged health care
Health services and systems
Health counselling
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Endocrinology
People with disability
Occupational and workplace health and safety
Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Health economics
Health promotion
Health care administration
Nursing
Residential client care
Tumour immunology

Research Objectives

Clinical health
Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
Health policy evaluation
Nursing
Behaviour and health
Preventive medicine
Evaluation of health outcomes
Evaluation of health and support services
Health education and promotion
Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
Determinants of health
Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
Disability and functional capacity
Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions

Career Best Publications

A home-based progressive resistance exercise programme for patients with venous leg ulcers: a feasibility study; International Wound Journal
The effectiveness of a four-layer compression bandage system in comparison with Class 3 compression hosiery on healing and quality of life in patients with venous leg ulcers: a randomised controlled trial; International Wound Journal

Research Publications

A health literacy intervention for physiotherapists to improve responsiveness to the health literacy needs of clients; World Congress for Physical Therapy
A home-based progressive resistance exercise programme for patients with venous leg ulcers: a feasibility study; International Wound Journal
A pilot study assessing the feasibility of a home-based progressive resistance exercise program and trend toward healing rates for patients with venous leg ulcers
A Theory-Based Multifactorial Intervention to Increase Lower Limb Exercise and Progress in Healing For Adults with Venous Leg Ulcers; 23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Can activity trackers help adults stay active?; Exercise Sport Science Australia ‘Research to Practice’
Challenges in recruiting clients for exercise and behaviour change interventions while waiting for joint replacement surgery; Research to Practice 2021
Considerations for recommending activity tracker use in older adults: A qualitative analysis; Research to Practice 2021
Consumer-Based Wearable Activity Trackers Increase Physical Activity Participation: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis; JMIR mHealth and uHealth
Designing purposeful health breaks at work; 2018 WorkSafe Conference
Determinants of healthcare utilisation for low back pain: a population-based study in Ethiopia; Health and Social Care in The Community
Effects of activity tracker use with health professional support or telephone counseling on maintenance of physical activity and health outcomes in older adults: Randomized controlled trial; JMIR mHealth and uHealth
Evaluating the effectiveness of a self-management exercise intervention on wound healing, functional ability and health-related quality of life outcomes in adults with venous leg ulcers: a randomised controlled trial; International Wound Journal
Exercise as cardiovascular medicine; Australian Journal of General Practice
Factors associated with physical activity levels in people with venous leg ulcers: A multicentre, prospective, cohort study; International wound journal
Getting physical with diabetes: a realistic approach to encouraging exercise for adults with diabetes; Diabetes & Primary Care Australia
Health care utilisation for low back pain and its predictors: a systematic review and metaanalysis of population based observational studies; PROSPERO
Health Literacy of Young Adults (18-25) from the perspective of Emergency Department presentations; Emergency Tasmania Conference 2018
Health-care utilisation for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based observational studies; Rheumatology International
Hospital admission and associated factors among individuals presenting to healthcare facilities for low back pain in Ethiopia; International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Identifying opportunities to integrate digital professionalism into curriculum: a comparison of social media use by health profession students at an Australian university in 2013 and 2016; Informatics
Improve Health Literacy Responsiveness; Improve Client Outcomes; at Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference ‘Momentum’
Improving physical activity, pain and function in patients waiting for hip and knee arthroplasty by combining targeted exercise training with behaviour change counselling: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial; Trials
Invited speaker: webinar hosted by AAG; It's all about evidenced based wound care ­ prevention and management
Keeping older adults active: Are activity trackers effective?; Research to Practice 2021
Older adults’ experiences of using a wearable activity tracker with health professional feedback over a 12-month randomised controlled trial; Digital Health
Physical activity, sleep, and wound healing in adults with venous leg ulcers: a prospective observational cohort pilot study protocol; OSFPREPRINTS
Prescribed exercise regimen versus usual care and hypochlorous acid wound solution versus placebo for treating venous leg ulcers: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (Factorial4VLU); BMJ Open
Strategies for developing exercise interventions for adults with venous leg ulcers; Wound Seminar A Call to Action: Translating Research to improve chronic wound outcomes
Testing the effectiveness of a self-efficacy based exercise intervention for adults with venous leg ulcers: protocol of a randomised controlled trial; Bmc Dermatology
The benefits of a self-management telephone based intervention for promoting exercise and healing for promoting exercise and healing rate for venous leg ulcer patients
The cost of delivering an Accredited Exercise Physiologist led activity trackerbased intervention; Research to Practice 2021
The development and validation of a measurement instrument to investigate determinants of health care utilisation for low back pain in Ethiopia; PLoS One
The effectiveness of a four-layer compression bandage system in comparison with Class 3 compression hosiery on healing and quality of life in patients with venous leg ulcers: a randomised controlled trial; International Wound Journal
The meaning of exercise to adults with venous leg ulcers; 9th National Australian Wound Management Association Conference
The overlooked aspect of wound management for adults with venous leg ulcers; 4th Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies
The perspectives of adults with venous leg ulcers on exercise: an exploratory study; Journal of Wound Care
Training physiotherapists to be responsive to their clients’ health literacy needs; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Transitional care interventions reduce unplanned hospital readmissions in high-risk older adults; Bmc Health Services Research
Type 2 diabetes and the medicine of exercise
Understanding the relationships between the calf muscle pump, ankle range of motion and healing for adults with venous leg ulcers: a review of the literature; Wound Practice & Research
Using a theoretical approach to identify factors influencing adherence to an exercise program for adults with venous leg ulcers; International Congress of Behavioral Medicine
Using a theoretical approach to identify factors influencing adherence to an exercise programme for adults with venous leg ulcers; Journal of Health Psychology
VaLUE your independence (Venous leg ulcers and Exercise); 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference
Venous Leg Ulcers and Exercise (VaLUE): Theory and Intervention Strategies; 7th Exercise and Sport Science Australia from Research to Practice
What is the effect of exercise on wound healing in patients with venous leg ulcers? A systematic review; International Wound Journal

Research Projects

Exercising Right for Bowel Cancer; Cancer Council of Tasmania (CCT)
Identifying disease specific distress in patients with venous leg ulcers.; Wounds Australia (WAu)
Improving physical activity, pain and function in patients waiting for hip and knee Arthroplasty by combining targeted exercise training with behaviour change counselling.; Clifford Craig Foundation (CCFoundation)
Keeping older adults well at home; determining active components in a community wellness program; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Wound Registry; Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (CRCWMI)
Improve Health Literacy Responsiveness; Improve Client Outcomes
Participation in New Horizon Club: baseline evaluation

Research Candidate Supervision