About

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). 

Teaching
  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MX1010: Introduction to Physician Assistant Studies 1 (Level 1; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • health policy
  • health care systems
  • health services research
  • health equity
  • rural health services
  • maternity services
  • primary health care
  • health care workforce and training
Teaching
  • behavioural and social sciences
  • health care systems
  • health policy
  • interdisciplinary health care
  • research methods
Experience
  • 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
Honours
Awards
  • 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"
Other
  • 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
Publications

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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.

NHMRC - Project Grant -

Women's Action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB): A pragmatic trial of participatory women's groups to improve Indigenous maternal and child health

Indicative Funding
$1,766,215 over 5 years
Summary
There is strong evidence elsewhere that involving community women in decision-making about strategies to improve the health of mothers and babies is a cheap and effective way of improving health. The WOMB study tests whether community women's groups improve the quality of maternal and child health care and outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the cost-effectiveness and mechanism of action.
Investigators
Sarah Larkins, Judy Taylor, Yvonne Cadet-James, Ross Baille, Jane Farmer, N Passey, Catrina Felton-Busch, V Matthews, Emily Callander and Rebecca Evans in collaboration with Priscilla Page, J Kelly, Adrian Esterman, Merrick Zwarenstein, Robyn Preston, Karen Carlisle, Lynore Geia, Elaine Williams and N Turner (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, Menzies School of Health Research, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, University of Adelaide, The University of Western Ontario, College of Healthcare Sciences and NT Department of Health & Community Services)
Keywords
Aboriginal Health; Torres Strait Islander health; Maternal & Child Health; Primary Health Care; Quality Improvement; Participatory women's groups; Community Participation

NHMRC - Partnerships Projects

Implementation of quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care: Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP)

Indicative Funding
$1,129,210 over 3 years
Summary
Despite increased policy attention and funding, not all primary healthcare (PHC) services for Indigenous Australians show the desired improvements in quality of care. Practices which provide PHC services are complex systems and emerging evidence indicates many things affect quality improvement. There remains a knowledge gap regarding what is required for Indigenous PHCs to succeed in improving the quality of their services and, subsequently, health outcomes for their patients. This project will capitalise on emerging research and existing strong partnerships to provide a solid evidence base for interventions to improve quality of priority health services in Indigenous PHC settings.
Investigators
Sarah Larkins, Ross Baille, Jacinta Elston, Paul Burgess, Emma McBryde, Kerry Copley, Rebecca Evans, V Matthews and Karen Carlisle (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Sydney, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, Department of Health (NT), Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Aboriginal Medical Service and Menzies School of Health Research)
Keywords
Learning community; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Primary Health Care; Quality Improvement

Department of Health - Contract Research

National Research Project on Remote Radiology Assessment Service Delivery

Indicative Funding
$350,000 over 3 years
Summary
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
Investigators
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)
Keywords
rural health services; breast cancer screening; Telehealth; Radiology; Health Workforce

Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited - Contract Research

Diabetes Collaborative Evaluation Project

Indicative Funding
$28,860
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
Quality Improvement Approach; Primary Health Care; Diabetes
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Completed
Collaboration

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

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