Ms Fiona Robards

BSc MA MAATh MPH MHA
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Senior Research Officer, PhD candidate

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Biographical details

Fiona Robards is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice Westmead, University of Sydney. Trained in psychology, health service management and public health, and with 25 years’ experience in the health sector, Fiona is currently completing a PhD on How marginalised young people navigate the Australian healthcare system.

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Research interests

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

Teaching and supervision

Fiona teaches Medical and Public Health students at the University of Sydney and UNSW Medical Schools in public health and adolescent health.She is a Course Coordinator in the Masters of Sexual and Reproductive Health at The University of Sydney.

Thesis work

Thesis title: How marginalised young people navigate the Australian healthcare system

Supervisors: Lena SANCI, Carmen HUCKEL SCHNEIDER , Melissa KANG , Timothy USHERWOOD

Thesis abstract:

This research program will examine in depth and breadth the ways in which Australian young people access, navigate and experience the healthcare system. This will be the first research program of its kind to explore young people’s access across all parts of the health system and will use quantitative and qualitative methods. In depth, longitudinal, qualitative research will focus exclusively on marginalised young people, also the first time in Australian research. The research will also increase understanding about the help-seeking barriers and enablers for young people accessing and navigating the healthcare system within the digital age.

Using a publication by thesis model, the outcomes will be a series of publications outlining policy relevant findings. The publications and research findings will be of particular significance to the youth healthcare sector and health policy makers.

Current projects

TheAccess 3study isexploring the ways marginalised young people access, navigate and experience health services in the digital age. The study was funded by NSW Health to inform policy.

Recent journal publications:

Fiona Robards, Melissa Kang, Tim Usherwood, Lena Sanci,Online First February 2018. Journal of Adolescent Health,How marginalized young people access, engage with, and navigate health-care systems in the digital age: Systematic review


Fiona Robards, Melissa Kang, Kate Tolley, Catherine Hawke, Lena Sanci, Tim Usherwood,Online First. February 2018. Health Education Journal
Marginalised young people’s healthcare journeys: Professionals’ perspectives

Associations

Member of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health

ORCHID ID 000-0003-4088-0172

Awards and honours

University of SydneyPostgraduate Award (UPA)

Fiona is the author of 'What makes you happy?' a positive psychology guide to mental health, happiness and wellbeing, released in six countries.

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. (2016). Access to Quality Mental Health Services. CRC25: Australian Child Rights Progress Report, (pp. 64-65). The Australian Child Rights Taskforce.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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

  • Kang, M., Robards, F., Sanci, L., Steinbeck, K., Jan, S., Hawke, C., Kong, M., Usherwood, T. (2017). Access 3 project protocol: Young people and health system navigation in the digital age: A multifaceted, mixed methods study. BMJ Open, 7(8), 1-9. [More Information]
  • 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.

2017

  • Kang, M., Robards, F., Sanci, L., Steinbeck, K., Jan, S., Hawke, C., Kong, M., Usherwood, T. (2017). Access 3 project protocol: Young people and health system navigation in the digital age: A multifaceted, mixed methods study. BMJ Open, 7(8), 1-9. [More Information]

2016

  • Robards, F. (2016). Access to Quality Mental Health Services. CRC25: Australian Child Rights Progress Report, (pp. 64-65). The Australian Child Rights Taskforce.

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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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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