- Health systems strengthening
- Rural health workforce
- Socially accountable health professional education
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Primary health care
- Maternal and child health
- Research methods
- General Practice
- Sociology of health care and social determinants of health
- 2014 to present - Associate Dean, Research, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2012 to present - Director of Research and Postgraduate Education, School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2011 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2007 to present - General Practitioner, Health and Wellbeing North Ward (Townsville)
- 2010 to 2012 - School of Medicine and Dentistry Honours coordinator, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 2008 to 2010 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
- 1998 to 2007 - General Practitioner, Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (Townsville)
- Research Disciplines
Dr Sarah Larkins is an academic general practitioner and Associate Dean, Research in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. Sarah has particular skills and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and health services and workforce research and is an internationally recognised expert in social accountability in health professional education. Sarah is also Co-Director of the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, a centre of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine.
To date, Sarah has around 80 published peer-reviewed journal articles with an h-index of 18, and well over $5m in grant funding. This includes two current NHMRC grants, investigating rural community participation in oral health service development and variations in quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care centres. Sarah is also Chief Investigator D on an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care. She currently supervises 15 students at HDR level (13 internal and 2 external) and 3 Honours students.
Sarah's particular focus is on collaborating to improve equity in health care services for underserved populations, particularly rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical populations, and on training a health workforce with appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills for this purpose. She is a current Director, Northern Australian Primary Health and member of the World Health Organisation Technical Working Group on Health Workforce Education Assessment Tools and past member of the National Technical Advisory Group for Health Workforce Australia.
- 2013 - Office of Learning and Teaching National Program Award. JCU MBBS Program in the category "Widening Participation"
- 2012 - Finalist, Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education International Award – Presented for THEnet on development and piloting of the common evaluation framework
- 2011 - Co-author of Australian Family Physician best research paper for 2011. Cheffins T, Spillman M, Larkins S Heal C (2011) “Recommending vaccination: General practice intervention with new parents” Australian Family Physician 40 (6) 437-439
- 2003 - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Registrar Research Prize
- 2003 - MBBS (Dean's Honour List)
- 1989 - Bachelor of Medical Science Prize, University of Melbourne, BMedSci
- 2009 to 2011 - 2009 Brisbane Initiative – 8 emerging Primary Health Care Research Leaders selected from around the world for 3 year program of mentoring and support with residential periods in Oxford, UK.
- 2003 to 2007 - National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Postgraduate PhD Scholarship
- 2012 - Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors course
- 2004 - FARGP
- 2004 - Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- 2013 - Queensland Representative , Australian Association of Academic Primary Care Executive
- 2012 - Health Workforce Australia, National Technical Advisory Group
- 2003 to 2005 - National Research Advisory Board, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute
- 2013 - "Strength of Mind: 125 years of women in medicine". Invited to be one of 60 women graduates of University of Melbourne Medical School over the last 125 years featured in exhibition and book.
- 2011 - Board Member, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local
- 2008 - PhD
- 2000 - MPH&TM
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
- Bailie C, Matthews V, Bailie J, Burgess P, Copley K, Kennedy C, Moore L, Larkins S, Thompson S and Bailie R (2016) Determinants and gaps in preventive care delivery for Indigenous Australians: a cross-sectional analysis. Frontiers in Public Health, 4. pp. 1-11
- Crinall B, Boyle J, Gibson-Helm M, Esler D, Larkins S and Bailie R (in press) Cardiovascular disease risk in young Indigenous Australians: a snapshot of current preventive health care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, pp. 1-7
- Evans R, Larkins S, Cheffins T, Fleming R, Johnston K and Tennant M (in press) Mapping access to health services as a strategy for planning: access to primary care for older people in regional Queensland. Australian Journal of Primary Health,
- Glasson N, Crossland L and Larkins S (2016) An innovative Australian outreach model of diabetic retinopathy screening in remote communities. Journal of Diabetes Research, 2016. pp. 1-10
- Jeyaruban A, Soden M and Larkins S (2016) Prevalence of comorbidities and management of gout in a tropical city in Australia. Rheumatology International, 36 (12). pp. 1753-1758
- Jeyaruban A, Soden M and Larkins S (2016) General practitioners' perspectives on the management of gout: a qualitative study. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 92 (1092). pp. 603-607
- Jhaveri D, Larkins S, Kelly J and Sabesan S (2016) Remote chemotherapy supervision model for rural cancer care: perspectives of health professionals. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25 (1). pp. 1-6
- Larkins S, Woods C, Matthews V, Thompson S, Schierhout G, Mitropoulos M, Patrao T, Panzera A and Bailie R (2016) Responses of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health-care services to continuous quality improvement initiatives. Frontiers in Public Health, 3. pp. 1-9
- Panzera A, Murray R, Stewart R, Mills J, Beaton N and Larkins S (2016) Regional health workforce planning through action research: lessons for commissioning health services from a case study in Far North Queensland. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 22 (1). pp. 63-68
- Preston R, Larkins S, Taylor J and Judd J (2016) Building blocks for social accountability: a conceptual framework to guide medical schools. BMC Medical Education, 16. pp. 1-10
- Preston R, Larkins S, Taylor J and Judd J (in press) From personal to global: understandings of social accountability from stakeholders at four medical schools. Medical Teacher, pp. 1-8
- Sharma D, Vangaveti V and Larkins S (2016) Geographical access to radiation therapy in North Queensland: a retrospective analysis of patient travel to radiation therapy before and after the opening of an additional radiotherapy facility. Rural and Remote Health, 16. pp. 1-10
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 80+ research outputs authored by Prof Sarah Larkins from 1990 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Menzies School of Health Research - Ext_Source: NHMRC Grant 1078927 CRE IQI
Quality Improvement in Indifenous 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
NHMRC - Partnerships Projects
Population Health Planning for Rural Medicare Locals: evaluating a community participation method for delivering outcomes
- Indicative Funding
- $209,673 over 3 years (administered by La Trobe University)
- The study, in six communities, will evaluate whether an evidenced based method of rural community participation from the UK translates to assist healthcare planning by Medicare Locals. Medicare Locals must involve local people in designing services to improve health, but lack methods to do this. The focus of the study is oral health, a major issue in rural areas. The study evaluates whether new services are designed and implemented and whether there is a change to health knowledge and behaviours.
- Jane Farmer, Sarah Larkins, Mark Gussy, Amanda Kenny, Felicity Croker, Andrea Silva-Sanigorski, Jacinta Elston and Virginia Dickson-Swift in collaboration with Tracy Cheffins, Benedict Keith, Kate Silburn and Judy Taylor (La Trobe University, College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Melbourne, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
- primary care; health planning; consumer participation; Rural Health; Oral Health; Priority Setting; access to dental care; Workforce Policy; Evaluation Studies
NHMRC - Project Grant
ABCD Case Studies Project: Quality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: lessons from the best to better the rest.
- Indicative Funding
- $598,580 over 3 years
- High performing primary health care (PHC) services are essential to "close the gap" in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. Little previous research has investigated the contextual factors around a particular service that influence the success of quality improvement initiatives. We aim to transfer knowledge about the processes that facilitate the success of quality improvement initiatives in these services whilst building research and evaluation capacity in the services.
- Sarah Larkins, Sandra Thompson, Jacinta Elston, Christine Connors and Komla Tsey in collaboration with Dallas Leon, Elizabeth Moore, Jacqueline Ward, Ross Bailie, Ru Kwedza, Tania Patrao and Veronica Matthews (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Australia, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Department of Health (NT), Cairns Institute, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Aboriginal Medical Service, Menzies School of Health Research and Queensland Health)
- Quality improvement; Aboriginal Health; Primary care; Health services research; Chronic diseases
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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.
- Factors Affecting the Development of clinical Reasoning Skills in Junior Doctors. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- The role of Academic Health Science Centres in driving translational research to improve the health of underserved populations worldwide (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Fathers who watch their spouses give birth.....are they at risk of developing PTSD?? (PhD, Advsor Mentor)
- An exploration of the academic and early career professional practice for James Cook University medical students who have experienced academic difficulty (PhD, Advsor Mentor)
- Birthing on Mornington Island: Culture, Identity and our Aspirations for the Future. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Health System Capacity to Provide Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Papua New Guinea. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- An investigation of harm reduction approaches to alcohol use in context of chonic disease management (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Exploring the Effectiveness and Sustainability, of a Systems Approach to Whole of Organisation Quality Management. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- View of Older Residents in Rural Australia and Their Social Networks on Their Planned Approach to Healthy Ageing in Place: A Series of Case Studies. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Interns' Learning in the 21st Century. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Ultrasound Assessment of the Perineal Body (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- What InfluencesThe Provision Of Care To Periviable Babies In North Queensland And What Are The Consequences Of The Provision Of This Care. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Effect of Topical Sodium Thiosulphate on Healing of Chronic Foot Ulcers in Patients with Diabetic Foot Syndrome: A Prospective, Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Pilot Study. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Staff Turnovers of Remote Health Professionals: Impact and Community Perspectives. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Investigating dementia in Fiji: access to dementia care for sufferers, caregivers and service providers (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- What is the economic and social impacts of Monash University, School of Rural Health - Bairnsdale, on the East Gippsland Community - Victoria (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Shifting the Lens: Indigenous Research into Mainstream Australian Culture. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Is There a Role for L-Arginine Supplementation in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in a North Queensland Community Diabetics Clinic? (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Access to care and benefits for cancer patients in rural and remote locations using telemedicine (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- How do contextual issues influence socially accountable medical schools? (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Responding to local needs: implementing research and evaluation in general practice in North Queensland (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Perceptions of the roles and skills of primary health care professionals: implications for innovative and sustainable rural primary health care delivery (2011, PhD, Associate Advisor)
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.
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- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)