About

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.

Teaching
  • HS1401: Health and Health Care in Australia (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • PC2208: Pharmaceutical Public Health and Primary Healthcare for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Consumer perspectives of health services
  • Oral health promotion
  • Public health and prevention
  • Primary health care
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 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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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Health Care Homes In Cairns

Indicative Funding
$2,990 over 2 years
Summary
This project examines the health care experience of adults living with chronic conditions in Cairns to inform a new model of primary health care, the `Health Care Home? model. The project has a region-specific focus, examining challenges for the implementation of the model of care within the Cairns area. As part of a wider mixed methods project, the qualitative investigation will explore which elements of the Health Care Home model are of value to patients. The results from this investigation will be used to inform a patient-centred approach to health service delivery for people living with chronic conditions in Cairns.
Investigators
Mary O'Loughlin (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Patient experience; Chronic condition; Model of care; Patent Centred Medical Home; Health Care Home; Primary Health Care

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