Dr Mary O’Loughlin RN, BN, MPH, PhD, is a public health teaching academic at James Cook University (JCU). Her teaching includes health and the health care system in Australia; health promotion; qualitative and mixed methods research approaches; and program evaluation. In addition, she coordinates the postgraduate public health placement program. 

Mary's PhD project focused on the Health Care Homes model of primary health care, exploring the model implementation from the consumer perspective. Her Master's research project explored the health of Australian hairdressers. In 2023 she joined JCU's Cohort Doctoral Studies Program as a Cohort Mentor.

Mary is the co-convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) primary health care special interest group; and a member of the Consumer Health Forum (CHF) research and data special interest group.

Using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research, Mary has experience in a range of research projects including literature reviews, surveys, large-scale data linkages, interviews and focus groups. Areas of research interest include: consumer health; health service delivery and models of care; occupational epidemiology; oral health and health promotion; program evaluation; and approaches to learning and teaching.

  • HS2405: Health Professional Research 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • HS3401: Health Professional Research 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC2208: Pharmaceutical Public Health and Primary Healthcare for Pharmacists (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • TM5571: Public Health Placement (Level 5; TSV)
  • Consumer perspectives of health services
  • Oral health promotion
  • Public health and prevention
  • Primary health care
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  • 2023 - JCU Digital Learning Initiative Grant, for HS1401 Health and Health Care in Australia
  • 2020 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded to the HS1401 Health and Health Care in Australia team
  • 2020 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded to the HS2406 Health Promotion in Dentistry team
  • 2015 to 2018 - Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) PhD scholarship
  • 2023 - Cohort Mentor (current), JCU Cohort Doctoral Studies Program
  • 2022 to 2023 - Co-convenor (current), Primary Health Care Special Interest Group, Public Health Association of Australia

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Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Exploring the potential for dog assisted interventions in a FNQ hospital rehabilitation setting: a co-design study

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$48,784 over 2 years
There is increasing interest in animal-assisted interventions (AAI) as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention in health care settings. While biological, psychological and social benefits of human animal interactions have been demonstrated, the evidence base for AAI in health care settings is weak, partly due to low participant numbers. Our project involves two parts: 1. A scoping review to report on dog-assisted interventions (DAI) for people undergoing rehabilitation in hospitals. 2. An exploratory case study involving consumers, staff and key informants to identify the perceived benefits and challenges to implementation of DAI.
Sandra Downing, Mary O'Loughlin, Sue Devine, Edward Strivens, Madeleine Downey and Em Bould (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Medicine & Dentistry)

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