- Health systems strengthening
- Rural health workforce
- Socially accountable health professional education
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Primary health care
- Maternal and child health
- Research methods
- General Practice
- Sociology of health care and social determinants of health
- 2008 to present - Senior Lecturer/Assoc Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2007 to present - General Practitioner, Health and Wellbeing North Ward (Townsville)
- 1998 to 2007 - General Practitioner, Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (Townsville)
- Research Disciplines
Dr Sarah Larkins is an academic general practitioner, Associate Professor in General Practice and Rural Medicine and Director of Research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. She has particular skills and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and health services and workforce research. She is also Co-Director of the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening.
Sarah has more than 40 published papers to date and well over $2m in grant funding including two current NHMRC grants, investigating rural community participation in oral health service development and case studies of Indigenous primary health care centres able to improve dramatically in response to CQI activites. She currently supervises 11 students at Doctoral level and 3 Honours students. Methodologically her strengths are in the use of participatory/action research methodologies and mixed methods to design, implement and evaluate new programs or health services.
Sarah's particular focus is on collaborating to improve equity in health care services for underserved populations, particularly rural, remote and Indigenous populations, and on training a health workforce with appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills for this purpose. She is a current Director, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local (TMML) and member of the National Technical Advisory Group for Health Workforce Australia and the World Health Organisation Technical Working Group on Assessment Tools in Health Professional Education.
- 2013 - Office of Learning and Teaching National Program Award. JCU MBBS Program in the category "Widening Participation"
- 2012 - Finalist, Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education International Award – Presented for THEnet on development and piloting of the common evaluation framework
- 2011 - Co-author of Australian Family Physician best research paper for 2011. Cheffins T, Spillman M, Larkins S Heal C (2011) “Recommending vaccination: General practice intervention with new parents” Australian Family Physician 40 (6) 437-439
- 2003 - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Registrar Research Prize
- 2003 - MBBS (Dean's Honour List)
- 1989 - Bachelor of Medical Science Prize, University of Melbourne, BMedSci
- 2009 to 2011 - 2009 Brisbane Initiative – 8 emerging Primary Health Care Research Leaders selected from around the world for 3 year program of mentoring and support with residential periods in Oxford, UK.
- 2003 to 2007 - National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Postgraduate PhD Scholarship
- 2012 - Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors course
- 2004 - FARGP
- 2004 - Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- 2013 - Queensland Representative , Australian Association of Academic Primary Care Executive
- 2012 - Health Workforce Australia, National Technical Advisory Group
- 2003 to 2005 - National Research Advisory Board, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute
- 2013 - "Strength of Mind: 125 years of women in medicine". Invited to be one of 60 women graduates of University of Melbourne Medical School over the last 125 years featured in exhibition and book.
- 2011 - Board Member, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local
- 2008 - PhD
- 2000 - MPH&TM
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Journal Articles
- Sabesan SS, Kelly JM, Evans RJ and Larkins SL (in press) A tele-oncology model replacing face-to-face specialist cancer care: perspectives of patients in North Queensland, Australia. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, pp. 1-5
- Larkins SL, Preston RG, Matte MC, Lindemann IC, Samson R, Tandinco FD, Buso D, Ross SJ, Pálsdóttir B and Neusy A (2013) Measuring social accountability in health professional education: development and international pilot testing of an evaluation framework. Medical Teacher, 35 (1). pp. 32-45
- Taylor J, Braunack-Mayer A, Cargo M, Larkins SL and Preston RG (2013) A role for communities in primary prevention of chronic illness: case studies in regional Australia. Qualitative Health Research, 23 (8). pp. 1103-1113
- Viscomi M, Larkins SL and Sen Gupta TK (2013) Recruitment and retention of general practitioners in rural Canada and Australia: a review of the literature. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 18 (1). pp. 13-23
- Young JL, Larkins SL, Sen Gupta TK, McKenzie SH, Evans RJ, Crowe M and Ware EJ (in press) Rural general practice placements: alignment with the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. Medical Journal of Australia, 199 (11). pp. 787-790
- Cheffins TE, Twomey J, Grant JG and Larkins SL (2012) An evaluation of the self-management support capacity of providers of chronic condition primary care. Australian Journal of Primary Health, pp. 112-115
- Heal CF, Cheffins TE, Larkins SL, Buhrer Skinner M and Spillman ME (2012) Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection: a study of general practice management in northern Queensland. Australian Family Physician, 41 (7). pp. 519-521
- Liley W, Stephens A, Kaltner M, Larkins SL, Franklin R, Tsey K, Stewart RA and Stewart S (2012) Infant abusive head trauma: incidence, outcomes and awareness. Australian Family Physician, 41 (10). pp. 823-826
- Murray RB, Larkins SL, Hanks HA, Ewen S and Prideaux D (2012) Medical schools as agents of change: socially accountable medical education. Medical Journal of Australia, 196 (10). pp. 1-5
- Sabesan SS, Larkins SL, Evans RJ, Varma S, Andrews A, Buttner P, Brennan S and Young M (2012) Telemedicine for rural cancer care in North Queensland: bringing cancer care home. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 (5). pp. 259-264
- Spillman ME, Cheffins TE, Buhrer Skinner M, Heal CF and Larkins SL (2012) Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection: a study on testing in general practice. Australian Family Physician, 41 (10). pp. 811-813
- Taylor J, Braunack-Mayer A, Cargo M, Larkins SL and Preston RG (2012) Community and health sector partnerships for primary prevention in Australia: developing a typology. Current Sociology, 60 (4). pp. 506-521
ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 36 research outputs authored by A/Prof Sarah Larkins from 2003 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding is shown by funding source and project.
NHMRC - Partnerships Projects
Population Health Planning for Rural Medicare Locals: evaluating a community participation method for delivering outcomes
- Indicative Funding
- $209,673 over 3 years (administered by La Trobe University)
- The study, in six communities, will evaluate whether an evidenced based method of rural community participation from the UK translates to assist healthcare planning by Medicare Locals. Medicare Locals must involve local people in designing services to improve health, but lack methods to do this. The focus of the study is oral health, a major issue in rural areas. The study evaluates whether new services are designed and implemented and whether there is a change to health knowledge and behaviours.
- Jane Farmer, Sarah Larkins, Mark Gussy, Amanda Kenny, Felicity Croker, Andrea Silva-Sanigorski, Jacinta Elston and Virginia Dickson-Swift, with the help of Tracy Cheffins, Benedict Keith, Kate Silburn and Judy Taylor (La Trobe University, Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Melbourne, Public Health and Trop Med & Rehab Sciences)
- primary care; health planning; consumer participation; Rural Health; Oral Health; Priority Setting; access to dental care; Workforce Policy; Evaluation Studies
NHMRC - Project Grant
Quality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: lessons from the best to better the rest.
- Indicative Funding
- $598,580 over 3 years
- High performing primary health care (PHC) services are essential to "close the gap" in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. Little previous research has investigated the contextual factors around a particular service that influence the success of quality improvement initiatives. We aim to transfer knowledge about the processes that facilitate the success of quality improvement initiatives in these services whilst building research and evaluation capacity in the services.
- Sarah Larkins, Sandra Thompson, Jacinta Elston, Christine Connors and Komla Tsey, with the help of Dallas Leon, Elizabeth Moore, Jacqueline Ward, Ross Bailie, Ru Kwedza, Tania Patrao and Veronica Matthews (Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Australia, Public Health, Trop Med & Rehab Sciences, Department of Health (NT), Cairns Institute - Fac Arts Educ & SS, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Aboriginal Medical Service, Menzies School of Health Research and Queensland Health)
- Quality improvement; Aboriginal Health; Primary care; Health services research; Chronic diseases
Townsville - Mackay Medicare Local - Tender
Evaluation of TMML after-hours known gaps project on Magnetic Island
- Indicative Funding
- A project team from James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry will complete an evaluation of a project aimed at addressing known gaps in the provision of after-hours medical care on Magnetic Island. Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (TMML), Queensland Health (QH) and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) are partners in this project that comprises a number of interventions aimed at decreasing unnecessary and/or inappropriate after-hours call-outs by the QH medical officer, nurse or QAS officer. The evaluation will consider the effectiveness and appropriateness of these interventions for Magnetic Island residents and health professionals involved.
- Rebecca Evans, Suzanne McKenzie, Sarah Larkins and Karen Johnston (Medicine & Dentistry)
- After-hours; Health Care
Health Workforce Australia - Contract Research
HWA Regional Health Workforce Planning in North Queensland
- Indicative Funding
- $72,000 over 2 years
- In parallel with HWA's aggregate workforce planning methods the proposed research will use a geographically bounded area including a regional centre (Cairns) and two small rural communities in North Queensland (Mareeba and Yarrabah) to develop a demonstration model of primary health workforce planning. The special focus will be on creating a flexible and sustainable rural health workforce plan that responds to community needs. Consideration will be given to successful existing models of care and how technological innovations in health service delivery can be used in a rural and remote context. The work will build on the existing partnerships between Cairns and hinterland Health Services (CHHSD), James Cook University (JCU), the Northern Clinical Training Network (NCTN), Medicare locals, private providers and community organisations.
- Sarah Larkins, Neil Beaton, Jane Mills, Richard Murray, A Panzera and Rebecca Stewart, with the help of Donna Goodman, T Grobbelaar, Geraldine MacCarrick and J Rogers (Medicine & Dentistry, Queensland Health, Nursing and Midwifery and Nutrition)
- Health Workforce; Health services research; Workforce Planning; Health Professional Educators; Rural & Remote Health
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- What do the Birthing Experiences of Three Generations of Mornington Island Women Reveal About their Aspirations Regarding Birthing on Country? (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Is There a Role for L-Arginine Supplementation in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in a North Queensland Community Diabetics Clinic? (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- An investigation of harm reduction approaches to alcohol use in context of chonic disease management (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Investigation of ?menstruation knowledge? and ?attitudes towards menstruation:, and ?feeling of preparation for menarche? among early female adolescents in the rural and urban settings of Melanesian societies of Torres Strait island in Australia and Papua (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Interns' Learning in the 21st Century. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Staff Turnovers of Remote Health Professionals: Impact and Community Perspectives. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Access to care and benefits to cancer patients in rural and remote locations using telemedicine. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Exploring the Effectiveness and Sustainability, of a Systems Approach to Whole of Organisation Quality Management. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Factors Affecting the Development of clinical Reasoning Skills in Junior Doctors. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- How do Contextual Issues Influence Social Accountable Medical Schools? (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Decision Making Processes for the Resuscitation of the Baby at the Verge of Viability. (PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Patient Perceptions Of Their Health Care Professionals: Implications For Innovative And Sustainable Rural Primary Health Care Delivery (2011, PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Shifting the Lens: Indigenous Research into Mainstream Australian Culture. (2011, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Responding to Local Needs: Implementing Research and Evaluation in General Practice in North Queensland. (2013, PhD, Co-Advisor)
- Health Policy and Rural Maternity Care: Four Case Studies in North Queensland (2009, PhD, Associate Advisor)
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.
- 5+ collaborations
- 4 collaborations
- 3 collaborations
- 2 collaborations
- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)