Dr Rebecca Evans is an Early Career Researcher at the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Rebecca's research interests are in health policy, addressing health inequities, health care workforce and innovative models of health service provision (particularly with underserved populations). Many of these interests are reflected in her PhD project which explored the interface between prevailing health policies and the provision of rural health services.   Rebecca is particularly interested in investigating the influence of government policy on health service provision to produce greater equity in health. 

Rebecca has worked collaboratively with several health organisations (including Queensland Health and Medicare Locals) on projects, research and evaluations.  Many of these projects have investigated service delivery models and health workforce issues.  Rebecca is also active in research supervision, being on the advisory panel for a number of PhD and MBBS Honours students.

As a Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Rural Medicine at the College of Medicine and Dentistry (CMD), Rebecca also teaches into the early years of the MBBS program and some CMD postgraduate courses.  She co-coordinates a first year medicine subject covering behavioural and social sciences relevant to the medical profession and which align with her research interests (e.g. health systems, health policy, teamwork in health care). 

  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MX1010: Introduction to Physician Assistant Studies 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • health policy
  • health care systems
  • health services research
  • health equity
  • rural health services
  • maternity services
  • primary health care
  • health care workforce and training
  • behavioural and social sciences
  • health care systems
  • health policy
  • interdisciplinary health care
  • research methods
  • 2010 to 2017 - Lecturer, College of Medicine & Dentistry
  • 2009 to 2010 - Senior Research Officer, School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • 2006 to 2008 - Research Officer, School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • 2004 to 2006 - Research Assistant, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2010 - Emerging Researcher Award and presentation at the 2nd Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium
  • 2007 - Jill Thistlethwaite, Rebecca Stewart, Rebecca Evans Evidence Into Action Award for "Breast Examination and Pelvic Examination of Asymptomatic Women"
  • 2005 to 2007 - Growing the Smart State PhD Funding Award (Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Rebecca Evans from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Health - Contract Research

National Research Project on Remote Radiology Assessment Service Delivery

Indicative Funding
$350,000 over 3 years
This project will investigate outcomes of the BreastScreen Australia remote radiology assessment trial at sites through9out Australia. Engaging a remote radiologist may assist with overcoming many challenges associated with providing health services in a regional, rural or remote location. This project seeks to ensure that the alternative model of service delivery is appropriate for consumers, evidence-based and safe. Specifically, this project will assess how the new remote radiology model affects: - Patient safety - Patient acceptability - Staff acceptability of new model of service provision - The safe, efficient organisation of BreastScreen services
Sarah Larkins, Rebecca Evans, Robyn Preston, Emily Callander, Sabe Sabesan, Leila Murison, Karen Johnston and Nicole Bates (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Townsville Hospital and Health Service)
rural health services; breast cancer screening; Telehealth; Radiology; Health Workforce

Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited - Contract Research

Diabetes Collaborative Evaluation Project

Indicative Funding
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

Menzies School of Health Research - Ext_Source: NHMRC Grant 1078927 CRE IQI

Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care: Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP)

Indicative Funding
Continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are well-accepted as an effective means for improving quality of care at primary health care (PHC) services. However, there remains significant variation in the quality of care provided between individual services and the degree of response to CQI activities. This sis so despite active and effective CQI networks supported by a number of organisations. Understanding the detail of this variability is vital before quality improvement initiatives in Indigenous PHC can be effectively scaled-up and expanded. We aim to enhance understanding of how quality improvement initiatives in Indigenous PHC can be rolled out on a broader scale, particularly in services that face capacity and resource-based challenges, through I0 building on our understanding of how contextual factors interact to facilitate or limit the success of CQI initiatives; and ii) collaborative development and testing of a toolkit of interventions to address barriers to improvement.
Sarah Larkins, Jacinta Elston, Komla Tsey, Emma McBryde, Kerry Copley, Rebecca Evans and Carly Woods in collaboration with Paul Burgess, Ross Baille, R Wright, V Matthews, S Thompson, Christine Connors and Rachael Ham (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Arts, Society & Education, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Aboriginal Medical Service, NT Department of Health & Community Services, Menzies Research Institute, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Queensland Health, The University of Western Australia and Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
Indigenous Health; Primary Health Care; Quality improvement; Continuous Quality Improvement; Workforce

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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.

  • Evaluating the Processes and Impact of Teletrial Model for Improving Access for Rural and Regional Patients to Novel Therapies (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development and Implementation of a Breast Cancer Care Pathway in Townsville Region - A Study Looking into Feasibility, Governance, Patient Centred Outcomes and Economics (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding the Development of Clinical Reasoning Skills Among Doctors in Training in Northern Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The role of task shifting in Australian Health Care. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • International Approaches to Rural Medical Generalism (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Staff Turnovers of Remote Health Professionals: Impact and Community Perspectives. (PhD , Associate Advisor)
  • Interns' Learning in the 21st Century. (PhD , Associate Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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