Dr Anne Parkinson

PhD, Griffith University
Research Fellow, Health Experience Team, Our Health in Our Hands, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 02 6125 1908

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Sociology 1608

Research interests

Patient centred care

Patient and public involvement in research

Patient experience of health care

Qualitative research methods 

Primary health care






Dr Anne Parkinson is a sociologist and has worked at ANU since mid-2012, first with the Australian Primary Health Care Institute (APHCRI) until its closure in 2015 and later with the Department of Health Services Research and Policy (DHSR&P), which is part of the ANU's Research School of Population Health (RSPH). She also completed a six-month part time placement working as a Policy and Research Officer for the Consumers Health Forum of Australia in 2016 to broaden her experience.

Anne is currently working within the ANU's multidisciplinary Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH) project as a member of the Health Experience Team. OHIOH aims to investigate and demonstrate how personalised medicine can address major global health challenges focussing on type-I diabetes (T1D) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Central to the project is embedding the perspectives and experiences of people living with T1D and MS, including their families and carers, from research inception to implementation across every level of the project facilitated by the Health Experience Team, which was formed for this purpose.


Researcher's projects


Under the umbrella of the Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH) project, the Health Experience Team is working with people with MS and also people with Type-1 Diabetes including their families and carers. We have a number of foundational reviews underway about the experiencces of people with these conditions. We are also enaging with people about their views on the use of personal health data, preferred characteristics of wearable devices, and how best to facilitate communication between scientists and people with MS. We are learning so much from talking with people with these conditions who live in the ACT and NSW who are generous with their time and insights.

In addition we have people with Type-1 Diabetes and MS on our research teams to embed their perspectives across all aspects of the research from initial planning to authoring publications.


A qualitative study of the health care experiences (incl telehealth) of young people with Type-1 Diabetes living in the ACT during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A qualitative study of the health care experiences (incl telehealth) of people with MS living in the ACT duirng the COVID-19 pandemice

Development of resources to support and enhance patients' health care journeys across the continuum of care from hospitalisation to transition to home and general practice. 

A qualitative pilot study to identify gaps in provision of primary health care to Indigenous offenders on release from prison.

As part of the Commonwealth's Healthy Ageing Grants, working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia to conduct an evaluation of a national primary health care initiative to train 6,000 GPs and 2,500 Practice Nurses (PNs) about early diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice. The evaluation included surveying and interviewing stakeholders - GPs, Nursess, Primary Health Networks, Alzheimer’s Australia support staff, carers of people with dementia, and people with dementia.

Evaluating an ACT Primary Health Network childhood obesity prevention program.

Nurse-led primary care interventions: A literature review to identify acceptable and effective models (commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing).

QUALICOPC-AUSTRALIA: The Australian arm of an international comparative study of primary health care systems.

The efficiency and effectiveness of primary health care and primary health care organisations: What is the evidence? (commissioned by the Australian Medicare Local Alliance).

Environmental scan of patient experience surveys used in primary health care (commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care).

An interim evaluation of the Implementation Adviser role, ACT Medicare Local commissioned by APHCRI programs.




Projects and Grants

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