Projects per year
Janet is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. She is a member of the Complexity Science group that uses a complexity lens to approach issues of quality and safety in the delivery of healthcare. Her research interests are around moving research into practice, interdisciplinary relationships and the impact of new technologies on real world practice. She brings both clinical and scientific expertise to these issues each of which provide unique insights.
She originally qualified as a registered general nurse before studying Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. She undertook research into invasive plants and responses of Australian native flora to climate change before returning to nursing in 2001. She worked in a number of health care settings including theatres, community, psychiatric, outpatient services and rehabilitation. Her last clinical role was Clinical Nurse Consultant at Sydney Eye Hospital as the Ophthalmology Community Liaison. In 2014, she moved into health services research, undertaking a PhD at University of New South Wales with Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite. She has been involved in a number of systematic reviews, including co-ordinating team reviews, and constructing recommendations from the findings.
Janet’s research focusses on crucial but sometimes hidden aspects of health delivery: mapping informal collaborative relationships and constructing process maps of work as it is actually done compared to how it is imagined. She used longitudinal social network analyses over five years to evaluate how a new translational research network increased collaborative links across hospital and university silos. Her systematic review of brokerage positions, “Bridges, brokers and boundary spanners” has been highly cited by other health service researchers. As well as social network analysis, Janet also uses the psychosocial theory of behaviour change (using the Theoretical Domains framework) and uses concepts from complexity theory to inform her work on translating research into clincial practice.
Janet is currently working with the Australian Genomic Health Alliance, a nationwide network of clinicians, medical scientists, researchers, and consumers tasked with introducing cost effective and clinically appropriate genomic medicine across Australia. She is co-leading the Implementation Science stream of work engaging teams from across Australia to evaluate, understand and learn from the experience of early adopters. She is also chief investigator of a separate project using a complexity lens to map the genomic community of practice across their 384 members and describe the influences and barriers to mainstream adoption of genomic practice.
Research student supervision
I currently supervise 2 ongoing PhD students: Gul (Macquarie), Ong (SydU) and have successfully co-supervised 2 PhD (Walton, UTas; Pomare, Macquarie) 2 MRes (Pomare, McPherson, Macquarie) and one Honours student (Chan, USyd) to completion. I also mentor another PhD (Mitchell, UNSW) and a medical administration trainee on the Australian College of Health Managers’ Fellowship program (Costantino, SLHD). As a result of these activities I have co-authored with my students, 13 peer-reviewed papers and contributed 19 conference presentations and posters.
I have supervised 4 Summer Research interns since 2016 [Zhu (UNSW), Olekalns (Adelaide U), Wu, Balos (MQ)] providing experience in data collection and analysis. Zhu and Olekalns each contributed and were included as co-authors on papers [both under review].
In 2019 I was awarded HDR SUpervision Associate Fellow from Macquarie University.
Nursing Education, MN, University of Technology Sydney
Award Date: 31 Dec 2009
Ecology, BSc (Hons1), Macquarie University
Award Date: 24 Dec 1999
Active Implementation of Australian Consensus Guidelines for the Effective Delivery of Clinical Services to Patients with Mitochondrial Disorders
1/10/19 → 30/09/21
Hide and seek with hereditary cancer: Improving detection of colorectal cancer patients with a high risk of Lynch syndrome
Taylor, N., Tucker, K., Macrae, F., Gill, A. J., Canfell, K., Pachter, N., Parkinson, B., Solomon, M., Shaw, T., Kench, J. G., Mitchell, G., Williams, R., Lakhani, S., Marfan, H., Debono, D., Long, J., Morris, S., Phan-Thien, K., Wright, C. M. & Potter, M.
30/06/17 → 30/06/21
1/12/16 → …
5/08/16 → …
A dynamic systems view of clinical genomics: a rich picture of the landscape in Australia using a complexity science lensLong, J. C., Gul, H., McPherson, E., Best, S., Augustsson, H., Churruca, K., Ellis, L. A. & Braithwaite, J., 27 Feb 2021, In: BMC Medical Genomics. 14, 1, p. 1-15 15 p., 63.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Complexity science as a frame for understanding the management and delivery of high quality and safer careBraithwaite, J., Ellis, L. A., Churruca, K., Long, J. C., Hibbert, P. & Clay-Williams, R., 2021, Textbook of patient safety and clinical risk management . Donaldson, L., Ricciardi, W., Sheridan, S. & Tartaglia, R. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 375-391 17 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile18 Downloads (Pure)
Context's elusive nature: considering contextual determinants within a precision medicine clinical trialSmith, J., Rapport, F., O'Brien, T. A., Tyrrell, V. J., Mould, E. V. A., Smith, S., Long, J., Gul, H. & Braithwaite, J., 30 Mar 2021.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
Best, S., Long, J. C., McPherson, E., Taylor, N. & Braithwaite, J., 2021, Transforming healthcare with qualitative research. Rapport, F. & Braithwaite, J. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 167-178 12 p. (Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare; vol. 18).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Health practitioners' perceptions of the barriers and enablers to the implementation of reproductive genetic carrier screening: a systematic reviewBest, S., Long, J., Theodorou, T., Hatem, S., Lake, R., Archibald, A., Freeman, L. & Braithwaite, J., May 2021, In: Prenatal Diagnosis. 41, 6, p. 708-719 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Natalie Taylor (Recipient), Long, Janet (Recipient), Deborah Debono (Recipient), S.O. O'Neill (Recipient), Elizabeth Salisbury (Recipient), Elizabeth Eykman (Recipient), Braithwaite, Jeffrey (Recipient) & M. Chin (Recipient), 2016
Avoiding unnecessary hospitalisation for patients with chronic conditions: a systematic review of implementation determinants for hospital avoidance programs24 Sep 2020 → 25 Sep 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Presentation