Dr Sarah Dennis
Grad Assoc Phys (Sheffield) MSc (UCL) PhD (Queen Mary London) Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (University of Sydney)
Associate Professor, Physiotherapy
C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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Lung & Heart Physiotherapy Research Group
Associate Professor Dennis is in the Discipline of Physiotherapy and Associate Professor of Allied Health in South Western Sydney Local Health District. Her research interests are in the prevention, diagnosis and management of chronic conditions, especially chronic respiratory conditions. The focus of this research is in the context of equty and access in primary health care, integration of care across health sectors and health literacy. She also holds a conjoint senior lecturer position at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW.
- Prevention, diagnosis and management of chronic conditions with a focus on primary health care and integration of care across health sectors.
- Management of chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.
- Self-management for chronic conditions.
- Health literacy.
- Health equity and disadvantage.
- Impact and management of multi-morbidity.
- Practice based research networks in primary care including use of practice data for chronic disease management.
Keywords: chronic disease, prevention, chronic disease management, chronic respiratory disease, multi-morbidity, primary health care, integration, health literacy, physiotherapy
Teaching and supervision
- PHTY2060 Preventive Health Unit of Study Co-ordinator
- Research higher degree supervision in the areas of chronic disease prevention and management, including impact of multi-morbidity, integration of care, health literacy
- She is currently supervising or is an associate supervisor for 5 PhD and 2 Masters students at the University of Sydney and 2 PhD students at UNSW. She has previously supervised or been an associate supervisor for 4 Honours, 1 Masters students and 2 PhD students.
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|An examination of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||Sonia CHENG|
|Resilience and total knee replacement||Marie MARCH|
|Perceptions, experiences, compliance and sustainability of high intensity interval aerobic exercise training in early-onset type two diabetes mellitus||Kathryn SKELSEY|
NHMRC GACD grant 1116081: Implementing evidence into practice to improve chronic lung disease management in Indigenous Australians: the Breathe Easy, Walk Easy - Lungs for Life (BE WELL) project. 2016 Alison J, Jenkins C, Maguire G, Jan S, Shaw T, Dennis S, McKeough Z, Lee V.
Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Seeding Grant: The effectiveness and feasibility of a behaviour-change intervention to reduce sedentary time in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A pilot randomised controlled trial.; McKeough Z, Cheng S, Alison J, Stamatakis E, Dennis S.
Evaluation of Integrated Care for COPD. 2016. Dennis S, McKeough Z. Northern Sydney Local Health District.
- Strategies for developing health literate organisations and the impact on equitable access to health care: Systematic literature review
- Health Literacy Among Adult Outpatients of Allied Health at Westmead Hospital: An Observational Survey-Based Study
- Interdisciplinary e-Health Advancement and Research Team (IeHART). Funded by University of Sydney
- Australian Association for Academic Primary Care
- Society for Social Medicine (UK)
- Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK)
- Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Awards and honours
- 2010 AFP best paper award for Jeremy Bunker, Oshana Hermiz, Nicholas Zwar, Sarah M Dennis, Sanjyot Vagholkar, Alan Crockett, et al. Feasibility and efficacy of COPD case finding by practice nurses. Australian Family Physician. 2009;38(10):826-30.
- Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Travelling Fellowship, 2007
Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences
PhD and master's project opportunities
(University of British Columbia)
Dr Sue Mills, "Realist synthesis of self-management interventions for disadvantaged populations with chronic conditions."
- The effectiveness and feasibility of a behaviour-change intervention to reduce sedentary time in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A pilot randomised controlled trial.; McKeough Z, Cheng S, Alison J, Stamatakis E, Dennis S; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Seeding Grant.
- Implementing evidence into practice to improve chronic lung disease management in Indigenous Australians: the "Breathe Easy, Walk Easy-Lungs for Life" (BE WELL) project; Alison J, Jenkins C, Maguire G, Jan S, Shaw T, Dennis S, McKeough Z, Lee V; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/NHMRC/ GACD Request for Applications on the prevention and management of chronic lung disease.
- Interdisciplinary e-Health Advancement and Research Team (IeHART); Togher L, Shaw T, Lam M, Poon S, Campbell A, Dew A, Philip R, McEntee M, Dennis S, Power E, Keep M, Nagarajan S, Amon K, O'Dea B, McKeough Z, Penman M, Lincoln M; University of Sydney/MiniSYRENS.
- e-Health initiatives and health care integration in GP Super Clinics; Liaw S, Taggart J, Tam M, Harris M, Dennis S; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute./Research Support.
- Emerging models of integrated primary health care centres: their impact on access and integration of care and contributing factors; McDonald J, Russell G, Dennis S, Fuller J; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute./Integrated Primary Health Care Centres.
- Towards seamless cancer care: What do GPs in South Western Sydney need to facilitate better integration with cancer services?; Dennis S, Knight A, Delaney J, Girgis A, Vagholkar S, Liaw S; NSW Cancer Institute/Research Innovation Grant.
- The impact of a Rapid Equity Focussed Health Impact Assessment (EFHIA) on local planning for after hours care to better meet the needs of vulnerable populations; Dennis S, Harris E, Wise M, Furler J; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute/BLO Project.
- A rapid review of telephone coaching for chronic disease(s); Dennis S, Harris M, Lloyd J; Sax Institute/Research Support.
- A cluster randomised trial of early intervention for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease by practice nurse-GP teams; Zwar N, Middleton S, Reddel H, vanSchayck C, Crockett A, Dennis S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
Selected publications & creative works