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I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Health Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS), Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). I am a sociologist with a background in political science and feminist theory. I received a PhD in Public Health from UNSW Australia in 2015. My ethnographic research with two faith-based health services in Papua New Guinea examined how Christian notions of care, sexual morality and transformation are embedded in the practice and discourse of promoting HIV prevention.

I am currently working on a number of mixed-methods projects in the social experience of refractory (drug-resistant) epilepsy treatment and service delivery, collaborating with clinicians and service providers across NSW. Prior to this, I have conducted research in a number of healthcare settings, including breast cancer treatment decision-making, e-learning among medical students and professional training in the aged-care sector.

Research interests

I am a qualitative research specialist, with expertise in critical ethnography, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, participant observation and NVivo thematic analysis. I have an interest in applying sociological theory across a range of health services contexts. My topics of interest include gender and sexuality, health and culture, pastoral power and health inequalities.

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Papua New Guinea Medicine & Life Sciences
Epilepsy Medicine & Life Sciences
HIV Medicine & Life Sciences
Papua-New Guinea Social Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Perioperative Period Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Smoking Cessation Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Outputs 2013 2020

Enhancing quality of life among epilepsy surgery patients: interlinking multiple social and relational determinants

Shih, P., Francis-Auton, E., Nikpour, A., Herkes, G., Bleasel, A. & Rapport, F., 1 Jan 2020, In : Epilepsy and Behavior. 102, p. 1-8 8 p., 106721.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quality of Life
Social Work
Social Support

Resilient healthcare in refractory epilepsy: illuminating successful people-centred care

Shih, P., Rapport, F., Bierbaum, M., Faris, M. & Francis-Auton, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Transforming healthcare with qualitative research. Rapport, F. & Braithwaite, J. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Determinants of health and wellbeing in refractory epilepsy and surgery: the Patient Reported, ImpleMentation sciEnce (PRIME) model

Rapport, F., Shih, P., Faris, M., Nikpour, A., Herkes, G., Bleasel, A., Kerr, M., Clay-Williams, R., Mumford, V. & Braithwaite, J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Epilepsy and Behavior. 92, p. 79-89 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Primary Health Care
Delivery of Health Care
Patient Transfer
Open Access
Organizational Efficiency
Hospital Design and Construction
Private Hospitals

Promoting faster pathways to surgery: a clinical audit of patients with refractory epilepsy

Mumford, V., Rapport, F., Shih, P., Mitchell, R., Bleasel, A., Nikpour, A., Herkes, G., MacRae, A., Bartley, M., Vagholkar, S. & Braithwaite, J., 19 Feb 2019, In : BMC neurology. 19, 1, p. 1-9 9 p., 29.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Clinical Audit
Referral and Consultation
South Australia
New South Wales