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."
- Interdisciplinary e-Health Advancement and Research Team (IeHART); Togher L, Shaw T, Lam M, Poon S, Campbell A, Dew A, Lowe R, McEntee M, Dennis S, Power E, Nguyen M, Nagarajan S, Amon K, O'Dea B, McKeough Z, Penman M, Lincoln M; University of Sydney/MiniSYRENS.
- 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.
- 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 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