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Louise is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. She is a co-lead of the Complex Systems Research Stream that uses a complexity lens to approach issues of quality and safety in the delivery of healthcare. Her specific research interests are mental health services and systems, implementation science and learning health systems.

Louise was originally qualified as a registered Psychologist, starting her career in clinical roles, with a particular focus on youth mental health. In 2007, Louise moved into a Research Fellow position at the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney, where she worked for close to ten years (until 2016). During this time, Louise established her research career, leading numerous innovative mental health projects on the use of cutting edge technology to improve mental health and wellbeing in young people. She also coordinated the collection and analysis of large health-related data sets, produced influential publications, and liaised with industry, government and not-for-profit partners.


In 2016, Louise moved into health services research at Macquarie University with Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite. Here, Louise’s research focuses on the application of complexity science and implementation science to healthcare. Over the past three years, Louise has attracted $492,056 (as CI) in research funding to extend her work by leveraging implementation and complexity science to facilitate uptake, adherence and impact; including evaluating the implementation of the Lifespan suicide prevention initiative and examining the translation of genomics medicine into routine care through a complexity lens. She has also undertaken work for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Sax Institute.  

Louise has published 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, presented her work at more than 20 international conferences, and received several prizes for her research. Dr Ellis’ peer-reviewed journals have received more than 2,000 citations and her current h-index is 20 (Google Scholar, November 2019).

Education/Academic qualification

BPsych(Hons), Macquarie University

PhD (Psychology), University of Western Sydney

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Projects 2017 2022

Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation Science in Oncology (CRE-ISO)

Braithwaite, J., Ward, R., Currow, D., Delaney, G., Kefford, R., Olver, I., Karnon, J., Crowe, P., Liauw, W., Westbrook, J., Meiser, B., Tieman, J., Verspoor, K., Ellis, L., Krishnasamy, M., Ayliff, N., Hawkins, N., Hibbert, P., Farnsworth, R. & Clay-Williams, R.


Project: Other

Research Outputs 2002 2019

A cross-sectional study investigating the associations of person-organisation and person-group fit with staff outcomes in mental healthcare

Herkes, J., Ellis, L. A., Churruca, K. & Braithwaite, J., 24 Sep 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 9, p. 1-7 7 p., e030669.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cross-Sectional Studies
Delivery of Health Care
Organizational Culture

A revised model of uncertainty in complex healthcare settings: a scoping review

Pomare, C., Churruca, K., Ellis, L. A., Long, J. C. & Braithwaite, J., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 25, 2, p. 176-182 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Delivery of Health Care
Empirical Research
Quality of Health Care

Assessing the appropriateness of the management of upper respiratory tract infection in Australian children: a population-based sample survey

Long, J. C., Williams, H. M., Jani, S., Arnolda, G., Ting, H. P., Molloy, C. J., Hibbert, P. D., Churruca, K., Ellis, L. A. & Braithwaite, J., 14 May 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 5, p. 1-7 7 p., e026915.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Respiratory Tract Infections
Practice Guidelines
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Assessing the quality of care for paediatric depression and anxiety in Australia: a population-based sample survey

Ellis, L. A., Wiles, L. K., Selig, R., Churruca, K., Lingam, R., Long, J. C., Molloy, C. J., Arnolda, G., Ting, H. P., Hibbert, P., Dowton, S. B., Braithwaite, J. & CareTrack Kids Investigative Team, 1 Oct 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 53, 10, p. 1013-1025 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quality of Health Care

Building a learning community of Australian clinical genomics: a social network study of the Australian Genomic Health Alliance

Long, J. C., Pomare, C., Best, S., Boughtwood, T., North, K., Ellis, L. A., Churruca, K. & Braithwaite, J., 22 Feb 2019, In : BMC Medicine. 17, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., 44.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Insurance Pools
Social Support
Decision Making