Dr Anne Parkinson

PhD, Griffith University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Experience Team, Our Health in Our Hands, Dept of Health Services Research & Policy, Research School of 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

Consumer engagement and patient experience

Embedding co-design between researchers and consumers anD patients 

Qualitative research methods 

Primary health care

Transition from hospital to general practice





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.

Her PhD presented the findings from a survey she conducted of Australian canola farmers and their perspectives on the introduction of GM food crops, and an analysis of GM regulation to determine how farmers have been involved in GM technology policy making. 

Anne is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), the National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia (NIRRA), and the Asia Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTN).

Researcher's projects

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.




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