My research interests bridge the local with the global. I am a passionate North Queenslander who has the privilege of working with like-minded global partners. I believe all tropical communities deserve the most appropriate, accessible and affordable health systems.  Since 2009 I have been an active member of the Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet), a global collaboration of health professional schools aspiring to be socially accountable. I am a member of the Scientific Committee of the  World Summit on Social Accountability; ‘Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health’ (to be held in Tunis in 2017).

Prior to commencing employment at JCU in 2005, I worked for the Australian government and NGOs in Australia, South-East Asia and the UK. I enjoy working with communities and community-based organisations on participatory research and evaluation projects.

I am an inter-disciplinary researcher (traveller) with a background in anthropology, health promotion and global health. I welcome enquires from honours and postgraduate students from any College who aspire to solve the wicked problems of our health and social systems.

  • MD6110: Advanced Clinical Medicine (Honours) Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6130: Advanced Clinical Medicine (Honours) Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • The Training for Health Equity Network (a collaboration of 13 health professional schools aspiring to be socially accountable)
  • Participatory evaluation and research for communities and the community sector
  • Socially accountable health professional schools
  • Community and health sector partnerships
  • Research, teaching and service leaning partnerships between community and social service organisations and medical schools.
  • Health promoting schools and links with health professional education
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Health Promotion
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project and program planning for community and health services
  • 2011 to 2014 - PhD Student, School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2014 - Lecturer, School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Officer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Research Officer, Rural Health Research Unit, School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
  • 2017 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2011 to 2014 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship
  • 2011 to 2014 - School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2011-2014 Top-up Scholarship
  • 2017 to 2018 - Towards Unity for Health Conference Scientific Committee
  • 2017 - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award - Selection Committee
  • 2016 to 2017 - Taskforce Chair, Integrating Medicine and Public Health, The Network, Towards Unity for Health
  • 2016 to 2017 - Scientific Committee of the World Summit on Social Accountability.

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.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 44+ research outputs authored by Dr Robyn Preston from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Department of Health and Ageing - Pharmacy Trial Program

Integrated Practice Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Indicative Funding
$1,040,046 over 2 years (administered by Pharmaceutical Society of Australia)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a much higher burden of disease due to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Many deaths from these illnesses can be prevented if patients are better supported to take their medicines and prescribing quality is improved. This trial will explore if including a practice pharmacist in the primary health care team within Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs) leads to improvements in the quality of care that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive. Our trial will tell us if prescribing by doctors is improved, if patients are more likely to take their medicines, and if indicators of their health are improving over time.
Sophie Couzos, Rhondda Jones, Emily Callander, Erik Biros, Deb Smith, Michelle Bellingan, Beverley Glass, Priscilla Page, Donald Whaleboat, Robyn Preston, Nicole Bates, Douglas Boyle, Vicki Slinko, Roderick Wright, Nadia Lusis, Elizabeth Moore and Katie Panaretto (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Academy, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, University of Melbourne, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd)
Aboriginal Health; integrated health care; continuing quality improvement; Primary Health Care; practice pharmacist; community based participatory research

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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.

  • Exploring the Social and Economic Impact of a Rural Medical School on a Small Community (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Enhancing Current International Human Research Ethics Guidelines by Including Indigenous Principles of Human Research Ethics. The Cases of the Pacific Island Nations of Fiji and Tonga (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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

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