Dr Karen Carlisle is a senior researcher at the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University.  With over 18 years of research experience in the UK and Australia, Karen has worked within population health, oral health, education and psychology settings.  She has a particular interest and has published in the areas of community engagement and inter-sectoral collaboration to improve outcomes for the underserved and at risk.

Karen's primary degree is in Applied Psychology and began her career on a research council project examing skill acquisition in laparoscopic surgeons.  She moved across to Education in 1999 and embarked on her PhD examining the experience of coteaching for pre-service science teachers (2003-2008). In addition Karen was part of a team of researchers exploring multi-agency working in Northern Ireland (ESCRC) which contributed to the development of the Shared Education Program aimed at promoting cross denominational school partnerships.

Karen moved to Australia in 2011 and joined Townsville Mackay Medicare Local as a research co-ordinator on the 'Townsville broadband enabled diabetes telehealth randomised controlled trial'.  Karen’s moved on to managing the Rural Engaging Communities in Oral Health (Rural ECOH) project.  Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) this is a multi-institution project, partnering with James Cook University, Northern Australia Primary Health Ltd, La Trobe University, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Dental Health Services Victoria and Murray Primary Health Network.  

Karen's current role is senior researcher on the ABCD Case Studies Project: Quality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: lessons from the best to better the rest (NHMRC).  




  • 2011 to 2016 - Research Co-ordinator, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local (Townsville)
  • 1999 to 2011 - Research Fellow (Education), Queen's University, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • 1998 to 1999 - Research Assistant (Psychology), Queen's University, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - JCU Learning and Teaching Quick Start Grant
  • 2015 - Sessional Teaching Award: Outstanding contribution to teaching and learning. James Cook University

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Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited - Contract Research

Diabetes Collaborative Evaluation Project

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The diabetes collaborative is a Continuous quality Improvement (CQI) approach to change that aims to improve health outcomes for patients diagnosed with Diabetes. It involves the introduction of a team-based, sustainable approach to learning whilst providing a sound understanding and application of quality improvement methodology and skills. This project aims to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the WQPHN diabetes collaborative. Expected outcomes of the equation will be a greater understanding of the process of implementation and any changes within participant health services as a result of the collaborative. Evaluation of the program in the rural and remote context of WQPHN will inform on feasibility and effectiveness of this approach.
Sarah Larkins, Karen Carlisle, Sabina Knight, Rebecca Evans, Robyn Preston and Karen Johnston (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Division of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Quality Improvement Approach; Primary Health Care; Diabetes

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