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Researcher: Elmer, SL (Associate Professor Shandell Elmer)

Fields of Research

Health services and systems
Primary health care
Health promotion
Health and community services
Community child health
Community and primary care
Health equity
Organisational planning and management
Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Clinical sciences
Infectious diseases
Health care administration
Mental health services
Exercise physiology
Higher education
Sociological methodology and research methods
Health policy
Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Primary education
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Educational technology and computing
Preventative health care
Agricultural biotechnology
Social geography
Social determinants of health
Residential client care
Motor control
Architectural design
Aged care nursing
Information systems philosophy, research methods and theory
Health economics
Education assessment and evaluation

Research Objectives

Health education and promotion
Other health
Neonatal and child health
Evaluation of health and support services
Clinical health
Behaviour and health
Community health care
Health policy evaluation
Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
Evaluation of health outcomes
Preventive medicine
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Rural and remote area health
Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
Determinants of health
Mental health services
Human pain management
Provision of health and support services
Health status (incl. wellbeing)
Teaching and instruction technologies
Pacific Peoples community services
Occupational health
Women's and maternal health
Understanding Australia's past
Primary education
Health related to specific ethnic groups
Expanding knowledge in human society
Expanding knowledge in education
Teacher and instructor development
Ability and disability
Expanding knowledge in built environment and design

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'Hello my name is ...' campaign to encourage compassionate healthcare
A health literacy intervention for physiotherapists to improve responsiveness to the health literacy needs of clients; World Congress for Physical Therapy
A systems approach to addressing health literacy
A systems approach to integrating health literacy training into the workplace; Health Literacy: Crossing Disciplines, Bridging Gaps Conference
A Tasmanian framework for benchmarking the achievement of health policy goals for chronic disease ('Connecting Care')
Adapting to rural communities by overseas-born health professionals; National Rural Health Conference
AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit Supports Better Health Communication in Tasmania
An Exercise in Health Literacy: Fostering the Health Literacy of Clients Attending an Exercise Clinic; Sustainable Healthcare Transformation Conference
An integrative review: adherence barriers to a low-salt diet in culturally diverse heart failure adults; Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Another Look at the Culture-Quality-Performance Link; Australian Journal of Primary Health
Application of the optimizing health literacy and access (Ophelia) process in partnership with a refugee community in Australia: Study protocol; Frontiers in Public Health
Associations of health literacy with diabetic foot outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Diabetic Medicine
Attributes and generic competencies required of doctors: findings from a participatory concept mapping study; BMC Health Services Research
Building Community Capacity for Health Literacy: Report on Activities January to June 2016
Capacity building for integrated health care at the local level; The Network: Towards Unity for Health International Conference 2005
Capacity Building for Integrated Health Care at the Local Level; GP & Primary Health Care Conference
Co-designing health literacy responsive schools in Tasmania, Australia; Global Health Literacy Summit 2021
CSIRO ON PRIME Facilitators Performance Bonus $2000: Healthlit4Kids Team
Developing organisational capacity: from quality we learn; First Annual Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania Inc. Conference, ATOD Practice, Integration and Development
Disaster preparedness among health professionals and support staff: what is effective? An integrative literature review; Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Distributive health literacy and medication management: A longitudinal qualitative study with Bhutanese former-refugees in Tasmania; Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Education for complexity: How can complexity theory inform 21st century medical education?; Sustainable Healthcare Transformation Conference
Empowering children, teachers and parents through HealthLit4Kids in schools: parent views of student engagement; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
Evaluating an interprofessional workshop on persistent pain: the role of adult learning and social identity theories; Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching
Evaluation of a Health Literacy Program for Chronic Conditions; Health Literacy Research and Practice
Evaluation of an interprofessional, student co-facilitated community chronic pain management program; Teaching Matters 2018
Evaluation of the Cancer Council Tasmania's Cancer Connect and Cancer Helpline Services Final Report
Evaluation of The Nurse Practitioner Role at the Hobart Women's Health Centre
Exploring the 'everyday philosophies' of generalist primary school teacher delivery of health literacy education; Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education
Finalist: Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award
GP Hospital Integration Demonstration Site Launceston Final Evaluation Report
Health Benchmarking Project Final Report
Health literacy - unlocking the system; Australian Disease Management Association Conference: Chronic Disease Management: Innovation, Adaption, Evolution
Health Literacy and Equity Research Group
Health literacy development is central to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases; BMJ global health
Health Literacy for Kids in Tasmania; Australian Pharmacist
Health Literacy in the Community Sector Project Summary Evaluation Report
Health literacy measurement: embracing diversity in a strengths-based approach to promote health and equity, and avoid epistemic injustice; BMJ global health
Health Literacy of Young Adults (18-25) from the perspective of Emergency Department presentations; Emergency Tasmania Conference 2018
Health literacy studies conducted in Australia: A scoping review; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Health Literacy – Resource Development and Evaluation: (Phase 1 and 2) incorporating the Complementary Evaluation
Health workers and students reminded of the importance of an introduction
HealthLit4Kids Animation: included and informed participants, Alternative Showings: New Technologies - Capacity building & youth engagement for health promotion; IUHPE Conference
HealthLit4Kids Animation: inclusive and informed participants; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
HealthLit4Kids study protocol; Crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes; BMC Public Health
HealthLit4Kids: a pilot program Crossing boundaries for Positive health literacy outcomes; 2nd Education Transforms Symposium
HealthLit4Kids: A primary school program, crossing boundaries for positive health literacy outcomes; CAPHIA Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum in Cairns
HealthLit4Kids: A professional development program to improve teachers’ health literacy knowledge, skills and experience; Global Health Literacy Summit
HealthLit4Kids: Building health literacy from the ground up; 2018 ACHPER Tasmania State Conference
HealthLit4Kids: Building Health Literacy From the School Ground Up; Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education
HealthLit4Kids: Building health literacy from the schoolyard; IUHPE Conference
HealthLit4Kids: Dilemmas associated with student health literacy development in the primary school setting; Health Education Journal
HealthLit4Kids: Empowering health literacy through the arts in HealthLit4Kids: the benefits of arts-based pedagogies for health literacy in primary school-aged children; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
HealthLit4Kids: Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools- Capturing, Curating and Evaluating Health Literacy Artefacts; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
HealthLit4Kids: Responding to a gap in health literacy education; The Health Advocate
How did parents view the impact of the curriculum-based HealthLit4Kids program beyond the classroom?; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Improve Health Literacy Responsiveness; Improve Client Outcomes; at Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference ‘Momentum’
Improving health literacy in Tasmania
Incorporating Explicit Health Literacy Awareness in Health Professional Education; 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion
Influence of health literacy on foot outcomes in diabetes: a systematic review protocol; 7th International symposium on the diabetic foot
Lead Support Coordinator Service (LSCS) Evaluation Report
Learning from Quality; AOQ Qualcon 2012 conference "What does quality mean in the 21st century"
Literacy help for heart patients
Looking at Health Literacy Through a Health Equity Lens; TasCOSS Conference
OPHELIA CVD: A pilot study of optimising health literacy in ‘hard to reach’ men for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. (2016-2018)
Organisational readiness for community participation: the benefits of a socio-cultural approach; GP&PHC Conference
Paths Through the Maze - becoming quality literate; 2012 Quality Forum - Unravelling the quality maze
Perceived barriers to managing medications and solutions to barriers suggested by Bhutanese former refugees and service providers; Journal of Transcultural Nursing
Piloting an interprofessional chronic pain management program: perspectives of health students and community clients; Journal of Interprofessional Care
Review of the Communication and Health Literacy Action Plan
Risk, morality and emotion: social media responses to pregnant women who smoke; Health, Risk and Society
School leaders reflections on their school’s engagement in a program to foster health literacy development; International Journal of Educational Research Open
Society, Culture and Health - An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Society, Culture and Health: An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Society, Culture and Health: An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Starting the journey to becoming a health literate organisation; Sustainable Healthcare Transformation Conference
Sustaining undergraduate inter-professional practice; The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2019 Conference
TasWeekend: Having the courage to ask questions of doctor
Teacher dilemmas associated with student health literacy development in the primary school setting; Global Health Literacy Summit 2021
Teaching school kids to talk health
The Evaluation of a Pilot Project Designed to Guide the Appointment, Assessment and Subsequent Support Provided to Newly Arrived Overseas Trained Doctors at the Launceston General Hospital, Final Report
The Link Between Quality Improvement and Capacity Building; Fourth Annual Primary Health Care Research Education and Development Symposium
Training physiotherapists to be responsive to their clients’ health literacy needs; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Use of Echo360 generated materials and its impact on class attendance; 30th Annual Ascilite Conference
Using Project Evaluation to Build Capacity for Integrated Health Care at Local Levels; Journal of Integrated Care
What is the acceptability of sustainable, continuous quality incentives in primary care in the EQuIP-GP trial?; SAPC ASM 2019 - Exeter
Women's health: a nurse practitioner case study; Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal
‘#Hello my name is….’ co-founder Chris Pointon to speak in Tasmania

Research Projects

An exploration of foundational health literacy education in nursing curriculum in four Australian universities; Federation University Australia (FedUni)
Digital Solutions: Taking HealthLit4Kids from Tasmania to the World; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Evaluation of the Cancer Council Tasmania's Helpline and Cancer Connect Programs; Cancer Council of Tasmania (CCT)
Health literacy interventions to support newly arrived former refugees to manage their medications; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
OPtimising HEalth LiterAcy (OPHELIA): A process to address health literacy for Tasmanians with Chronic Disease; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools - Capturing, Curating and Evaluating Health Literacy Artefacts; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools - Evaluating the HealthLit4Kids pilot study.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Proof of concept: HealthLit4Kids at four diverse Tasmanian schools; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
A systems approach to addressing health literacy
Building Community Capacity for Health Literacy
Complementary Health Literacy Project Evaluation: Strengthening Self Efficacy & Competency For Practitioners (Health Literacy Project)
Evaluation of a pilot program designed to guide the appointment, assessment and subsequent support provided to newly arrived overseas trained doctors at the Launceston General Hospital
Evaluation of the impact of the implementation of the Quality Improvement Council (QIC) Accreditation and Review Program within the Supported Accommodation and Assistance Program (SAAP) organisations
Health Literacy - Consumer Engagement
Health Literacy - Resource Development and Evaluation
Health Literacy - Resource Development and Evaluation Project Phase 2
Health literacy in the community sector
Improve Health Literacy Responsiveness; Improve Client Outcomes
Lead Support Coordinator Service (LSCS) Evaluation
Nurse Practitioner Role Hobart Women's Health Centre
Review of the Communication and Health Literacy Action Plan (CHL)
TAZREACH Promoting Health Through Understanding
GP-Hospital Integration Demonstration Site: Launceston

Research Candidate Supervision

An Investigation of Compassion-Fatigue and Person-Centred Nursing- The Lived Experience of Critical Care Nurses and their Patients in Australia
Best practice emergency and disaster preparedness for health professionals and support staff at St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney
Consumer Centred Approaches to Health Care Needs and Choices For The Older Person
How does clinical risk management improve patient outcomes in an acute care hospital?
Using complexity theory to conceptualise the non-technical skills required of our future doctors and investigate educational methods for developing proficiency in these skills in undergraduate education