Mary O’Loughlin RN, BN, MPH is a public health teaching academic at James Cook University. She currently teaches into a range of public health subjects including Health and Health Care in Australia and Health Promotion in Dentistry. Her previous teaching has included epidemiology, occupational epidemiology and public health program evaluation.

Mary is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Nursing (with Distinction). In 2010 she completed her studies for a Master of Public Health (by research), investigating the health of Australian hairdressers.

Currently, Mary is a PhD candidate in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Her PhD project focuses on the Health Care Homes model of primary health care, exploring the model implementation from the consumer perspective.

Mary uses quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research. She has experience in a range of research projects including 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; children and young people in out-of-home care; and approaches to learning and teaching.

  • HS1401: Health and Health Care in Australia (Level 1; TSV)
  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • PC2208: Pharmaceutical Public Health and Primary Healthcare for Pharmacists (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Consumer perspectives of health services
  • Oral health promotion
  • Public health and prevention
  • Primary health care
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  • 2020 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded to the HS2406 Health Promotion in Dentistry team
  • 2020 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded to the HS1401 Health and Health Care in Australia team
  • 2015 to 2018 - Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) PhD scholarship

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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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