Ms Fiona Robards

Clinical Senior Lecturer
General Practice, Westmead Clinical School

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Biographical details

A psychologist with four Masters degrees — in Psychology, Art Therapy, Management and Public Health— Fiona is a PhD candidate and Senior Research Officer with the ACCESS 3 study exploring the ways young people access, navigate and experience health services. She also teaches Medical and Public Health students at the University of Sydney and UNSW Medical Schools.

Research interests

Fiona is passionate about solution-focused and other strength-based approaches. She is the author of 'What makes you happy?' a positive psychology guide to mental health, happiness and wellbeing, released in six countries.

Teaching and supervision

Adolescent health and development; public health; health promotion; mental health; sexual health; capacity building; policy and advocacy.

Current projects

The ACCESS 3 study explores the ways young people access, navigate and experience health services in NSW. ACCESS 3 follows seminal research studies, ACCESS 1 and 2, studies which led to the Youth Health Better Practice Framework and formed the basis of the NSW Youth Health Policy. Since these studies were published, there have been significant changes to the way young people access healthcare. ACCESS 3 will focus on the ways young people from marginalised backgrounds navigate and experience the health system and translate findings into policy-relevant recommendations.

Associations

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Robards, F. (2014). What Makes you happy?. Wollombi: Exisle Publishing (Australia).
  • Chown, P., Kang, M., Robards, F., Hearne, S., Funston, L., Sanders, J. (2014). Youth Health Resource Kit: An Essential Guide for Workers. Sydney, Australia: NSW Kids and Families.
  • Campbell, A., Robards, F. (2013). Using technologies safely and effectively to promote young people's wellbeing: A better practice guide for services. Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Book Chapters

  • Robards, F., Campbell, A. (2013). Communicating Electronically with Adolescents. In Kate Steinbeck, Michael Kohn (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine: A Guide for Health Professionals Who Work with Adolescents and Young Adults. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Robards, F., Campbell, A. (2013). Communicating Electronically with Adolescents. In Kate Steinbeck, Michael Kohn (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine: A Guide for Health Professionals Who Work with Adolescents and Young Adults. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Bennett, D., Robards, F. (2013). What is adolescence and who are adolescents? In M Kang, S Rachel Skinner, L A Sanci and S M Sawyer (Eds.), Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine, (pp. 3-19). Melbourne: IP Communications.
  • Robards, F. (2009). Are we failing our young people? Analysing gaps in policy. In Bennet, D; Towns, S; Elliot, E; Merrick, J. (Eds.), Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective, (pp. 255-263). United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Journals

  • Dadich, A., Jarrett, C., Robards, F., Bennett, D. (2015). How professional identity shapes youth healthcare. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 29(3), 317-342. [More Information]
  • Dadich, A., Jarrett, C., Robards, F., Bennett, D. (2014). Enhancing Youth Health in Primary Care: Lessons Learned From General Practitioners. Health Communication, 29(6), 619-628. [More Information]
  • Jarrett, C., Ann, D., Robards, F., Bennett, D. (2011). 'Adolescence is difficult, some kids are difficult': general practitioner perceptions of working with young people. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17(1), 54-59. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Robards, F. (2014). What makes you happy? Happiness for individuals, the community and planet. 15th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast: Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.

Research Reports

  • Robards, F. (2014). Youth Health Resource Kit: An Essential Guide for Workers | 2.4 Using Technology, (pp. 47 - 52). Australia: NSW Kids and Families.
  • Robards, F. (2014). Youth Health Resource Kit: An Essential Guide for Workers | 3.12 Healthy Lifestyles, (pp. 189 - 193). Australia: NSW Kids and Families.
  • Robards, F. (2009). Increasing the resilience of young people at risk: a literature review, (pp. 4 - 29). New South Wales, Australia: NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Centre for Clinical Governance Research, University of New South Wales.

2015

  • Dadich, A., Jarrett, C., Robards, F., Bennett, D. (2015). How professional identity shapes youth healthcare. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 29(3), 317-342. [More Information]

2014

  • Dadich, A., Jarrett, C., Robards, F., Bennett, D. (2014). Enhancing Youth Health in Primary Care: Lessons Learned From General Practitioners. Health Communication, 29(6), 619-628. [More Information]
  • Robards, F. (2014). What Makes you happy?. Wollombi: Exisle Publishing (Australia).
  • Robards, F. (2014). What makes you happy? Happiness for individuals, the community and planet. 15th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast: Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
  • Chown, P., Kang, M., Robards, F., Hearne, S., Funston, L., Sanders, J. (2014). Youth Health Resource Kit: An Essential Guide for Workers. Sydney, Australia: NSW Kids and Families.
  • Robards, F. (2014). Youth Health Resource Kit: An Essential Guide for Workers | 2.4 Using Technology, (pp. 47 - 52). Australia: NSW Kids and Families.
  • Robards, F. (2014). Youth Health Resource Kit: An Essential Guide for Workers | 3.12 Healthy Lifestyles, (pp. 189 - 193). Australia: NSW Kids and Families.

2013

  • Robards, F., Campbell, A. (2013). Communicating Electronically with Adolescents. In Kate Steinbeck, Michael Kohn (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine: A Guide for Health Professionals Who Work with Adolescents and Young Adults. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Robards, F., Campbell, A. (2013). Communicating Electronically with Adolescents. In Kate Steinbeck, Michael Kohn (Eds.), A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine: A Guide for Health Professionals Who Work with Adolescents and Young Adults. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Campbell, A., Robards, F. (2013). Using technologies safely and effectively to promote young people's wellbeing: A better practice guide for services. Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.
  • Bennett, D., Robards, F. (2013). What is adolescence and who are adolescents? In M Kang, S Rachel Skinner, L A Sanci and S M Sawyer (Eds.), Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine, (pp. 3-19). Melbourne: IP Communications.

2011

  • Jarrett, C., Ann, D., Robards, F., Bennett, D. (2011). 'Adolescence is difficult, some kids are difficult': general practitioner perceptions of working with young people. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17(1), 54-59. [More Information]

2009

  • Robards, F. (2009). Are we failing our young people? Analysing gaps in policy. In Bennet, D; Towns, S; Elliot, E; Merrick, J. (Eds.), Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective, (pp. 255-263). United States: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Robards, F. (2009). Increasing the resilience of young people at risk: a literature review, (pp. 4 - 29). New South Wales, Australia: NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Centre for Clinical Governance Research, University of New South Wales.

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