Dr Sarah Dennis
Grad Assoc Phys Sheffield MSc UCL PhD Queen Mary London
Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy
C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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Lung & Heart Physiotherapy Research Group
Dr Dennis is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. Her research interests are in the prevention, diagnosis and management of chronic conditions with a focus on primary health care and integration of care across health sectors. 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, multi-morbidity, primary health care, integration, health literacy, physiotherapy
Teaching and supervision
- PHTY2060 Preventive Health Unit of Study Co-ordinator
- Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator, Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences
- Research higher degree supervision in the areas of chronic disease prevention and management, including impact of multi-morbidity, integration of care
- Using the electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN) to prevent re-admission for type-2 diabetes (funded by HCF)
- A cluster randomised trial of early intervention for COPD by practice nurse - GP teams (NHMRC Project Grant)
- Realist synthesis of self-management interventions for disadvantaged populations with chronic conditions (funded by CIHR)
- A systematic review of the impact of health literacy interventions on obesity outcomes among low SES populations
- A randomised controlled trial of an internet intervention, Healthy.me, to improve asthma management
- Evaluation of a health learner project in a disadvantaged high school
- Qualitative evaluation of the HEAL program
- The impact of a Rapid Equity Focused Health Impact Assessment (EFHIA) on local planning for after hours care to better meet the needs of vulnerable populations (funded by APHCRI)
- Australian Association for Academic Primary Care
- Society for Social Medicine (UK)
- Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK)
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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A rapid review of telephone coaching for chronic disease(s); Dennis S, Harris M, Lloyd J; Sax Institute/Research Support.
- 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 (APHCRI)/BLO Project.
- 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