Dr Kathleen O'Brien

Lecturer, Academic Unit of General Practice
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Statistics 0104

Research interests

  • General Practice / Primary Health Care
  • Social determinants of health
  • Children’s health
  • Preventive health



Kathleen is a general practitioner and lecturer with the ANU Medical School’s Academic Unit of General Practice. Prior to commencing medical school, Kathleen worked as a statistician and data analyst. Her interest in academia was sparked by a desire to bring together her statistical experience with her work as a general practitioner, as well as enthusiasm for the importance of primary health care research.


Current student projects

Screen time as a health determinant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten children in the ACT

This project analyses data from the 2019 Kindergarten Health Check, a survey of all children in their first year of full-time primary education in the ACT. The 2019 survey introduced questions exploring children's screen time habits. This project aims to identify associations between Kindergarten children's screen time habits and key health outcomes, including any variation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their non-Indigenous peers.

Digital health use in general practice patients living in urban and rural areas

Digital health is a rapidly increasing area of healthcare delivery. This project is part of a larger exploratory mixed-methods study investigating digital health use by patients with socioeconomic disadvantage and chronic disease This project aims to understand the differences in the use of digital health between patients from urban and regional areas.

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