Local research initiatives at SRH

Dubbo Mobile Phone Study


  • Globesity is the global epidemic of obesity described by the World Health Organisation as one of the most blatantly visible, yet most neglected, public health problems that threatens to overwhelm both developed and less developed countries.
  • In Australia more than half of all adults or 7.4 million people aged 18 years and over were either overweight or obese in 2004-5. In 2005, NSW a greater proportion of males (57.5%) than females (42.3%) were classified as overweight or obese. Even in the group aged 16-24 years, young adult males (YAMs) were significantly more overweight or obese (31.4%) than females (21.6%). However YAMs consult general practitioners less often, use Medicare services at less than half the rate of young adult females.
  • In Australia mobile phone services in operation reached 19.76 million in 2005-6 and the short message service (SMS) messages sent during that year totalled 10.205 billion. Mobile phones and SMS technology can be successfully utilized in Australian hospitals and general practice settings for improving healthcare.
  • We want to determine if SMS health messages and prompts can have a role in the control of overweight and obesity in Dubbo YAMs.
  • Phase I completed - paper accepted for publication

Hospital readmission study

  • Hospital readmission rates have been reported to be rising but there is little published Australian data, and no comprehensive studies undertaken at a local hospital level.
  • During the summer of 2005 there were anecdotal concerns that readmission rates of the Dubbo Base Hospital were increasing with one possible reason being premature discharges as a result of an increasing number of patients requiring acute admission and a decreasing number of hospital beds available.
  • We analysed the long term trends of unplanned readmissions at DBH during the ten year period from 1996 to 2005 to determine any associations with the length of hospital stay, total bed numbers and other demographic and clinical variables.
  • Paper published in Australian Health Review.


Bibliometrics is a type of research method used in library and information science. It utilizes quantitative analysis and statistics to describe patterns of publication within a given field or body of literature. We have used PubMed as the source of biomedical knowledgebase in our bibliometric research which extends from general practice to health economics.

  • The research publications from worldwide General Practice
  • Australian Health Informatics
  • Rural health publications Australia compared with USA and Canada
  • How increased health and medical research expenditure in Australia effects the PubMed publications
  • Research publications in Australian General Practice