Dr Samantha Rowbotham

Lecturer, Health Policy

Telephone 02 9036 7001

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Biographical details

Dr Samantha Rowbotham, is a Lecturer in Health Policy with Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney and undertakes research with the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.

Samantha obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Manchester where she explored the role of co-speech hand gestures in communicating physical pain experiences. She also holds Bachelor of Science (with Honours) and a Master of Research degrees in Psychology and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. Samantha is a mixed-methods researcher with expertise in a range of methods, including interviews and focus groups, experimental design, systematic reviews, and media analysis.

Samantha is currently involved in a number of projects exploring ways of engaging the public in the science and practice of population health and chronic disease prevention. This work involves exploring novel ways of communicating the benefits of population health interventions to the public, engaging the public in the collection and analysis of data ('citizen science'), and examining public discourse around key issues in population health.

Samantha is also involved in the evaluation of the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, a national collaboration aimed at improving the use of evidence in policy and practice for chronic disease prevention. In addition she continues to work alongside collaborators in the UK and Australia to explore ways of reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing across a range of prescriber groups.

Research interests

Samantha has interests and expertise in various aspects of health communication, from communication at the patient-provider level, through to engagement with the wider public. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and also has expertise in evidence synthesis, experimental approaches and mixed methods research. Her specific areas of interest are around ways of increasing public awareness of and engagement with issues of relevance to health policy and ways of increasing the relevance of evidence for policy and practice. Topics of interest include chronic disease prevention, supporting appropriate antibiotic use, and chronic pain.

Teaching and supervision

Samantha is currently involved in the following courses at the University of Sydney:

  • Master of Health Policy: HPOL5009 - Health Policy Project - Course Coordinator andProject Supervisor
  • Master of Health Policy: HPOL5003 - Analysing Health Policy - Course Coordinator
  • Master of Public Health: PUBH5035 - Capstone in Public Health - Project Supervisor

Samantha has previously been involved in the following courses at the University of Sydney:

  • Doctor of Medicine: MDMP5318 - Population Medicine 3 - Tutor
  • Doctor of Medicine:MDMP5126 - MD Project Development 1 - Tutor

In addition, she has expertise and interests in teaching in a range of areas, including

  • Research Methods
  • Statistics for Social Science
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication

Current projects

Communicating prevention–approaches to prevention framing and story telling (http://preventioncentre.org.au/our-work/research-projects/1738-2/)

AUSPOPS – AUStralian Perceptions of Prevention Survey (http://preventioncentre.org.au/our-work/research-projects/perceptions-of-prevention-what-does-the-australian-community-think/)

Associations

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC;http://preventioncentre.org.au/)

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society

Foundation Member of the Australian Citizen Science Association

International links

United Kingdom

(University of Cardiff) Collaboration with Professor Molly Courtenay on projects exploring the use of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections

Selected grants

2015

  • Employment of Research Fellow Dr Samantha Rowbotham with CI Prof Andrew Wilson for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.; Wilson A, Rowbotham S; The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC)/Research Funding.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Zhuo, A., Labbate, M., Norris, J., Gilbert, G., Ward, M., Bajorek, B., Degeling, C., Rowbotham, S., Dawson, A., Nguyen, K., Hill-Cawthorne, G., Sorrell, T., Govendir, M., Kesson, A., Iredell, J., Dominey-Howes, D. (2018). Opportunities and challenges to improving antibiotic prescribing practices through a One Health approach: results of a comparative survey of doctors, dentists and veterinarians in Australia. BMJ Open, 8, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Courtenay, M., Rowbotham, S., Lim, R., Deslandes, R., Hodson, K., MacLure, K., Peters, S., Stewart, D. (2017). Antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections: A mixed-methods study of patient experiences of non-medical prescriber management. BMJ Open, 7(3), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Duffield, C., Chapman, S., Rowbotham, S., Blay, N. (2017). Nurse-Performed Endoscopy: Implications for the Nursing Profession in Australia. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 18(1), 36-43. [More Information]
  • Grunseit, A., Rowbotham, S., Pescud, M., Indig, D., Wutzke, S. (2016). Beyond fun runs and fruit bowls: An evaluation of the meso-level processes that shaped the Australian Healthy Workers Initiative. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 27(3), 251-258. [More Information]
  • Farmer, A., McSharry, J., Rowbotham, S., McGowan, L., Ricci-Cabello, I., French, D. (2016). Effects of interventions promoting monitoring of medication use and brief messaging on medication adherence for people with Type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized trials. Diabetic Medicine, 33(5), 565-579. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Holler, J., Wearden, A., Lloyd, D. (2016). I see how you feel: Recipients obtain additional information from speakers' gestures about pain. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(8), 1333-1342. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Roche, M., Duffield, C., Friedman, S., Dimitrelis, S. (2016). Regulated and unregulated nurses in the acute hospital setting: Tasks performed, delayed or not completed. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25, 153-162. [More Information]
  • Courtenay, M., Carter, S., Rowbotham, S., Peters, S. (2015). Antibiotic prescribing in primary care: The need for interprofessional collaboration. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(4), 404-405. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Lloyd, D., Holler, J., Wearden, A. (2015). Externalizing the private experience of pain: a role for co-speech gestures in pain communication? Health Communication, 30(1), 70-80. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Holler, J., Lloyd, D., Wearden, A. (2014). Handling pain: the semantic interplay of speech and co-speech hand gestures in the description of pain sensation. Speech Communication, 57, 244-256. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Wardy, A., Lloyd, D., Wearden, A., Holler, J. (2014). Increased pain intensity is associated with greater verbal communication difficulty and increased production of speech and co-speech gestures. PloS One, 9(10), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Noke, M., Rowbotham, S. (2014). Is your health in your hands? Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of a University Outreach event to engage the public in Health Psychology. Health Psychology Update, 23(2), 50-55.
  • Rowbotham, S., Wearden, A., Lloyd, D., Holler, J. (2013). A descriptive analysis of the role of co-speech gestures in the representation of information about pain quality. Health Psychology Update, 22(1), 19-25.
  • Rowbotham, S., Noke, M., Butterworth, R. (2013). Development and delivery of an Outreach training event for postgraduate psychology students. PsyPAG Quarterly, 89, 14-15.
  • Rowbotham, S., Peters, S. (2013). Resisting patient demand for antibiotics. Nursing Times, 109(31/32), 14-15.
  • Rowbotham, S., Chisholm, A., Moschogianis, S., Chew-Graham, C., Cordingley, L., Wearden, A., Peters, S. (2012). Challenges to nurse prescribers of a no-antibiotic prescribing strategy for managing self-limiting respiratory tract infections. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(12), 2622-2632. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Holler, J., Lloyd, D., Wearden, A. (2012). How do we communicate about pain? A systematic analysis of the semantic contribution of co-speech gestures in pain-focused conversations. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 36(1), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S. (2012). International Society for Gesture Studies. PsyPAG Quarterly, 85, 35-36.
  • Peters, S., Rowbotham, S., Chisholm, A., Wearden, A., Moschogianis, S., Cordingley, L., Baker, D., Hyde, C., Chew-Graham, C. (2011). Managing self-limiting respiratory tract infections: a qualitative study of the usefulness of the delayed prescribing strategy. British Journal of General Practice, 61(590), e579-e589. [More Information]
  • Lloyd, D., Coates, A., Knopp, J., Oram, S., Rowbotham, S. (2009). Don't stand so close to me: the effect of auditory input on interpersonal space. Perception, 38(4), 617-620. [More Information]

2018

  • Zhuo, A., Labbate, M., Norris, J., Gilbert, G., Ward, M., Bajorek, B., Degeling, C., Rowbotham, S., Dawson, A., Nguyen, K., Hill-Cawthorne, G., Sorrell, T., Govendir, M., Kesson, A., Iredell, J., Dominey-Howes, D. (2018). Opportunities and challenges to improving antibiotic prescribing practices through a One Health approach: results of a comparative survey of doctors, dentists and veterinarians in Australia. BMJ Open, 8, 1-12. [More Information]

2017

  • Courtenay, M., Rowbotham, S., Lim, R., Deslandes, R., Hodson, K., MacLure, K., Peters, S., Stewart, D. (2017). Antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections: A mixed-methods study of patient experiences of non-medical prescriber management. BMJ Open, 7(3), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Duffield, C., Chapman, S., Rowbotham, S., Blay, N. (2017). Nurse-Performed Endoscopy: Implications for the Nursing Profession in Australia. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 18(1), 36-43. [More Information]

2016

  • Grunseit, A., Rowbotham, S., Pescud, M., Indig, D., Wutzke, S. (2016). Beyond fun runs and fruit bowls: An evaluation of the meso-level processes that shaped the Australian Healthy Workers Initiative. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 27(3), 251-258. [More Information]
  • Farmer, A., McSharry, J., Rowbotham, S., McGowan, L., Ricci-Cabello, I., French, D. (2016). Effects of interventions promoting monitoring of medication use and brief messaging on medication adherence for people with Type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized trials. Diabetic Medicine, 33(5), 565-579. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Holler, J., Wearden, A., Lloyd, D. (2016). I see how you feel: Recipients obtain additional information from speakers' gestures about pain. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(8), 1333-1342. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Roche, M., Duffield, C., Friedman, S., Dimitrelis, S. (2016). Regulated and unregulated nurses in the acute hospital setting: Tasks performed, delayed or not completed. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25, 153-162. [More Information]

2015

  • Courtenay, M., Carter, S., Rowbotham, S., Peters, S. (2015). Antibiotic prescribing in primary care: The need for interprofessional collaboration. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(4), 404-405. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Lloyd, D., Holler, J., Wearden, A. (2015). Externalizing the private experience of pain: a role for co-speech gestures in pain communication? Health Communication, 30(1), 70-80. [More Information]

2014

  • Rowbotham, S., Holler, J., Lloyd, D., Wearden, A. (2014). Handling pain: the semantic interplay of speech and co-speech hand gestures in the description of pain sensation. Speech Communication, 57, 244-256. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Wardy, A., Lloyd, D., Wearden, A., Holler, J. (2014). Increased pain intensity is associated with greater verbal communication difficulty and increased production of speech and co-speech gestures. PloS One, 9(10), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Noke, M., Rowbotham, S. (2014). Is your health in your hands? Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of a University Outreach event to engage the public in Health Psychology. Health Psychology Update, 23(2), 50-55.

2013

  • Rowbotham, S., Wearden, A., Lloyd, D., Holler, J. (2013). A descriptive analysis of the role of co-speech gestures in the representation of information about pain quality. Health Psychology Update, 22(1), 19-25.
  • Rowbotham, S., Noke, M., Butterworth, R. (2013). Development and delivery of an Outreach training event for postgraduate psychology students. PsyPAG Quarterly, 89, 14-15.
  • Rowbotham, S., Peters, S. (2013). Resisting patient demand for antibiotics. Nursing Times, 109(31/32), 14-15.

2012

  • Rowbotham, S., Chisholm, A., Moschogianis, S., Chew-Graham, C., Cordingley, L., Wearden, A., Peters, S. (2012). Challenges to nurse prescribers of a no-antibiotic prescribing strategy for managing self-limiting respiratory tract infections. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(12), 2622-2632. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S., Holler, J., Lloyd, D., Wearden, A. (2012). How do we communicate about pain? A systematic analysis of the semantic contribution of co-speech gestures in pain-focused conversations. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 36(1), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Rowbotham, S. (2012). International Society for Gesture Studies. PsyPAG Quarterly, 85, 35-36.

2011

  • Peters, S., Rowbotham, S., Chisholm, A., Wearden, A., Moschogianis, S., Cordingley, L., Baker, D., Hyde, C., Chew-Graham, C. (2011). Managing self-limiting respiratory tract infections: a qualitative study of the usefulness of the delayed prescribing strategy. British Journal of General Practice, 61(590), e579-e589. [More Information]

2009

  • Lloyd, D., Coates, A., Knopp, J., Oram, S., Rowbotham, S. (2009). Don't stand so close to me: the effect of auditory input on interpersonal space. Perception, 38(4), 617-620. [More Information]

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