Dr Rowena Forsyth

BA(Hons) PhD GradCertEdu(HighEd)
Lecturer, Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9577

Biographical details

Dr Rowena Forsyth is a health sociologist with expertise in researching and teaching social dimensions of health and qualitative research methodology. Her research focuses on using a sociological perspective along with participative ethnographic methodology to investigate and understand the impact of changing technology and globalisation on patients’ and professionals’ experiences of health care. She is interested in applying innovative qualitative methodology to research the impact of new technologies (e.g. information technology, information held and accessed by patients, mobile information technologies) and new working arrangements (multidisciplinary teams, overseas providers) in health care settings. Her current research explores social and ethical dimensions of medical tourism.

Dr Forsyth's doctoral research was the first project to develop and use the methodology of video ethnography. It investigated the impact of the introduction of computerised information systems to the laboratory testing process in an urban tertiary hospital. It focused on the way that the two professional groups involved in using the system, doctors and scientists, differentially engaged with the technology based on their occupational orientations and the implications of this engagement for their professional relationship. The video ethographic methodology employed and developed by this study included video recorded observational data, field interviews, analysis of documentary material and video recorded reflexive viewing sessions conducted with participants.

As well as the PhD thesis (“Tricky Technology, Troubled Tribes: a Video Ethnographic Study of the Impact of Information Technology on Health Care Professionals’ Practices and Relationships”) this study resulted in a journal special issue on video methodology and journal papers including:

  • Forsyth, R. (2009) ‘Distance versus dialogue: modes of engagement of two professional groups participating in a hospital-based video ethnographic study’, International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, vol. 3, no.3, pp.276-289.
  • Forsyth, R.,Carroll, K. & Reitano, P. (2009) Illuminating everyday realities: the significance of video methods for social science and health research. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, , vol. 3, no.3,pp.214-217.
  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Georgiou, A., Braithwaite, J. & Westbrook, J. (2007), 'Video Research in Health: Visibilizing the Normative and Affective Complexities of Computerizing Care', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 6, no.2, pp.15-30
  • Riley, R., Forsyth, R., Manias, E. & Iedema, R. (2007), 'Whiteboards: Mediating Professional Tensions in Clinical Practice’, Communication and Medicine. Vol 4, no. 2, pp.165-175
  • Iedema, R., Long, D., Forsyth, R. & Lee, B.B. (2006), 'Visibilizing Clinical Work: Video Ethnography in the Contemporary Hospital', Health Sociology Review, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 156-168.

Teaching and supervision

Unit coordinator

HSBH2007 Research Methods in Health

HSBH1007 Health Science and Research

Current projects

Medical Tourism: Australian perspectives and experiences

This project investigates how health consumers experience travelling overseas for medical treatment including dental, orthopaedic and cosmetic surgery procedures. This project uses an online survey and semi-structured in-depth interviews to understand the patients’ journey including their decision making to travel overseas for their procedure(s), their involvement with Australian health practitioners, their use of internet resources and other health information in this process and their experience of health care following their return to Australia.

More information about the study may be found at
https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=T8M839A3HC

Themes

E-Health and Health Care Delivery

Selected grants

2019

  • Ageing Well in Asia Pacific: A study of Centenarians in Singapore and Sydney.; Wilson L, Maulod N, Forsyth R, Hausknecht S, Black D, Chan A, Manap N; Office of Global Engagement/Partnership Collaboration Awards.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C. (2015). Rules of engagement: Journalists' attitudes to industry influence in health news reporting. Journalism, 16(5), 596-614. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Jordens, C. (2015). Views of health journalists, industry employees and news consumers about disclosure and regulation of industry-journalist relationships: An empirical ethical study. Journal of Medical Ethics, 41(3), 252-257. [More Information]
  • Jenkins, M., Ford, J., Todd, A., Forsyth, R., Morris, J., Roberts, C. (2015). Women's views about maternity care: How do women conceptualise the process of continuity? Midwifery, 31(1), 25-30. [More Information]
  • Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Forsyth, R., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2014). Power and Control in Interactions Between Journalists and Health-Related Industries: The View From Industry. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(2), 233-244. [More Information]
  • Jordens, C., Montgomery, K., Forsyth, R. (2013). Trouble in the gap: a bioethical and sociological analysis of informed consent for high-risk medical procedures. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(1), 67-77. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R., Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Chapman, S. (2012). Health Journalists' Perceptions of Their Professional Roles and Responsibilities for Ensuring the Veracity of Reports of Health Research. Journal of Mass Media Ethics: exploring questions of media morality, 27(2), 130-141. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Morrell, B., Bonfiglioli, C., Forsyth, R. (2012). Medicine, the media and political interests. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(12), 768-770. [More Information]
  • Chapman, S., Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Kerridge, I., Stewart, C. (2012). Policies and practices on competing interests of academic staff in Australian universities. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(7), 452-456. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Sweet, M., Jordens, C., Bonfiglioli, C., Forsyth, R. (2012). Widening the debate about conflict of interest: addressing relationships between journalists and the pharmaceutical industry. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(8), 492-495. [More Information]
  • Hirst, J., Tran, T., Do, M., Forsyth, R., Morris, J., Jeffery, H. (2012). Women with gestational diabetes in Vietnam: a qualitative study to determine attitudes and health behaviours. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 12, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R., Scanlan, C., Carter, S., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2011). Decision Making in a Crowded Room: the Relational Significance of Social Roles in Decisions to Proceed with Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation. Qualitative Health Research, 21(9), 1260-1272. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Forsyth, R., Kerridge, I. (2011). Tissue donation to biobanks: a review of sociological studies. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(5), 792-811. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R., Maddock, C., Iedema, R., Lassere, M. (2010). Patient perceptions of carrying their own health information: approaches towards responsibility and playing an active role in their own health - implications for a patient-held health file. Health Expectations, 13(4), 416-426. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R. (2009). Distance versus dialogue: modes of engagement of two professional groups participating in a hospital-based video ethnographic study. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 3(3), 276-289.
  • Forsyth, R. (2009). Distance versus dialogue: Modes of engagement of two professional groups participating in a hospital-based video ethnographic study. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 3(3), 276-289. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R., Carroll, K., Reitano, P. (2009). Illuminating everyday realities: the significance of video methods for social science and health research. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 3, 214-217.
  • Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, M., Travaglia, J., Iedema, R., Mallock, N., Long, D., Nugus, P., Forsyth, R., Jorm, C., Pawsey, M. (2007). Are health systems changing in support of patient safety?: A multi-methods evaluation of education, attitudes and practice. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 20(7), 585-601. [More Information]
  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Georgiou, A., Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, J. (2007). Video Research in Health: Visibilising the Effects of Computerising Clinical Care. Qualitative Research Journal, 6(2), 15-30.
  • Georgiou, A., Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, J., Iedema, R., Ray, S., Forsyth, R., Dimos, A., Germanos, T. (2007). When requests become orders--a formative investigation into the impact of a computerized physician order entry system on a pathology laboratory service. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 76(8), 583-591. [More Information]
  • Georgiou, A., Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, J., Iedema, R., Ray, S., Forsyth, R., Dimos, A., Germanos, T. (2007). When requests become orders-a formative investigation into the impact of computerized physician order entry system on a pathology laboratory service. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 76(8), 583-591. [More Information]
  • Riley, R., Forsyth, R., Manias, E., Iedema, R. (2007). Whiteboards: Mediating professional tensions in clinical practice. Communication and Medicine, 4(2), 165-175. [More Information]
  • Long, D., Forsyth, R., Iedema, R., Carroll, K. (2006). The (im)possibilities of clinical democracy. Health Sociology Review, 15(5), 506-519.
  • Iedema, R., Long, D., Forsyth, R., Lee, B. (2006). Visibilising Clinical Work: Video Ethnography in the Contemporary Hospital. Health Sociology Review, 15(2), 156-168.
  • Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, M., Iedema, R., Mallock, N., Forsyth, R., Zhang, K. (2005). A tale of two hospitals: Assessing cultural landscapes and compositions. Social Science and Medicine, 60(5), 1149-1162. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Forsyth, R., Mooney-Somers, J., Carter, S. (2011). The challenges of adapting a face-o-face intensive qualitative research methodology course for online delivery to graduate level public health students. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Long, D., Carroll, K., Delaney, G., Jacobs, S., Barton, M., Braithwaite, A., Westbrook, J., Lee, B., Kerridge, I. (2005). You have to see it to believe it: Video as a tool for facilitating reflexive health care practice. Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, Sydney.
  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Delaney, G., Jacobs, S., Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, A., Barton, M. (2004). Video ethnography as a methodology for studying the technologization of practice. 11th World Congress on Medical Informatics, Amsterdam, The Nethderlands: IOS Press.

Research Reports

  • Jeon, Y., Forsyth, R. (2016). Quality Domains for the Development of a Consumer Experience Report on Quality of Residential Aged Care, (pp. 1 - 34). Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. [More Information]

2016

  • Jeon, Y., Forsyth, R. (2016). Quality Domains for the Development of a Consumer Experience Report on Quality of Residential Aged Care, (pp. 1 - 34). Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. [More Information]

2015

  • Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C. (2015). Rules of engagement: Journalists' attitudes to industry influence in health news reporting. Journalism, 16(5), 596-614. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Jordens, C. (2015). Views of health journalists, industry employees and news consumers about disclosure and regulation of industry-journalist relationships: An empirical ethical study. Journal of Medical Ethics, 41(3), 252-257. [More Information]
  • Jenkins, M., Ford, J., Todd, A., Forsyth, R., Morris, J., Roberts, C. (2015). Women's views about maternity care: How do women conceptualise the process of continuity? Midwifery, 31(1), 25-30. [More Information]

2014

  • Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Forsyth, R., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2014). Power and Control in Interactions Between Journalists and Health-Related Industries: The View From Industry. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(2), 233-244. [More Information]

2013

  • Jordens, C., Montgomery, K., Forsyth, R. (2013). Trouble in the gap: a bioethical and sociological analysis of informed consent for high-risk medical procedures. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(1), 67-77. [More Information]

2012

  • Forsyth, R., Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Chapman, S. (2012). Health Journalists' Perceptions of Their Professional Roles and Responsibilities for Ensuring the Veracity of Reports of Health Research. Journal of Mass Media Ethics: exploring questions of media morality, 27(2), 130-141. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Morrell, B., Bonfiglioli, C., Forsyth, R. (2012). Medicine, the media and political interests. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(12), 768-770. [More Information]
  • Chapman, S., Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Kerridge, I., Stewart, C. (2012). Policies and practices on competing interests of academic staff in Australian universities. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(7), 452-456. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Sweet, M., Jordens, C., Bonfiglioli, C., Forsyth, R. (2012). Widening the debate about conflict of interest: addressing relationships between journalists and the pharmaceutical industry. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(8), 492-495. [More Information]
  • Hirst, J., Tran, T., Do, M., Forsyth, R., Morris, J., Jeffery, H. (2012). Women with gestational diabetes in Vietnam: a qualitative study to determine attitudes and health behaviours. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 12, 1-10. [More Information]

2011

  • Forsyth, R., Scanlan, C., Carter, S., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2011). Decision Making in a Crowded Room: the Relational Significance of Social Roles in Decisions to Proceed with Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation. Qualitative Health Research, 21(9), 1260-1272. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R., Mooney-Somers, J., Carter, S. (2011). The challenges of adapting a face-o-face intensive qualitative research methodology course for online delivery to graduate level public health students. Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2011: Local Lives/Global Networks (TASA 2011), Newcastle, Australia: University of Newcastle.
  • Lipworth, W., Forsyth, R., Kerridge, I. (2011). Tissue donation to biobanks: a review of sociological studies. Sociology of Health and Illness, 33(5), 792-811. [More Information]

2010

  • Forsyth, R., Maddock, C., Iedema, R., Lassere, M. (2010). Patient perceptions of carrying their own health information: approaches towards responsibility and playing an active role in their own health - implications for a patient-held health file. Health Expectations, 13(4), 416-426. [More Information]

2009

  • Forsyth, R. (2009). Distance versus dialogue: modes of engagement of two professional groups participating in a hospital-based video ethnographic study. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 3(3), 276-289.
  • Forsyth, R. (2009). Distance versus dialogue: Modes of engagement of two professional groups participating in a hospital-based video ethnographic study. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 3(3), 276-289. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, R., Carroll, K., Reitano, P. (2009). Illuminating everyday realities: the significance of video methods for social science and health research. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 3, 214-217.

2007

  • Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, M., Travaglia, J., Iedema, R., Mallock, N., Long, D., Nugus, P., Forsyth, R., Jorm, C., Pawsey, M. (2007). Are health systems changing in support of patient safety?: A multi-methods evaluation of education, attitudes and practice. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 20(7), 585-601. [More Information]
  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Georgiou, A., Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, J. (2007). Video Research in Health: Visibilising the Effects of Computerising Clinical Care. Qualitative Research Journal, 6(2), 15-30.
  • Georgiou, A., Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, J., Iedema, R., Ray, S., Forsyth, R., Dimos, A., Germanos, T. (2007). When requests become orders--a formative investigation into the impact of a computerized physician order entry system on a pathology laboratory service. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 76(8), 583-591. [More Information]
  • Georgiou, A., Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, J., Iedema, R., Ray, S., Forsyth, R., Dimos, A., Germanos, T. (2007). When requests become orders-a formative investigation into the impact of computerized physician order entry system on a pathology laboratory service. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 76(8), 583-591. [More Information]
  • Riley, R., Forsyth, R., Manias, E., Iedema, R. (2007). Whiteboards: Mediating professional tensions in clinical practice. Communication and Medicine, 4(2), 165-175. [More Information]

2006

  • Long, D., Forsyth, R., Iedema, R., Carroll, K. (2006). The (im)possibilities of clinical democracy. Health Sociology Review, 15(5), 506-519.
  • Iedema, R., Long, D., Forsyth, R., Lee, B. (2006). Visibilising Clinical Work: Video Ethnography in the Contemporary Hospital. Health Sociology Review, 15(2), 156-168.

2005

  • Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, M., Iedema, R., Mallock, N., Forsyth, R., Zhang, K. (2005). A tale of two hospitals: Assessing cultural landscapes and compositions. Social Science and Medicine, 60(5), 1149-1162. [More Information]
  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Long, D., Carroll, K., Delaney, G., Jacobs, S., Barton, M., Braithwaite, A., Westbrook, J., Lee, B., Kerridge, I. (2005). You have to see it to believe it: Video as a tool for facilitating reflexive health care practice. Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, Sydney.

2004

  • Iedema, R., Forsyth, R., Delaney, G., Jacobs, S., Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, A., Barton, M. (2004). Video ethnography as a methodology for studying the technologization of practice. 11th World Congress on Medical Informatics, Amsterdam, The Nethderlands: IOS Press.

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