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Research Biography

Alison's work revolves around young people health promotion and harm minimisation. The philosophy underpinning Alison's work is that by involving youth in decisions about their behaviour and life choices, they will feel supported and safe in choices that can impact on the health and their behaviour. Alison works with non-government organisations in Adelaide such as Encounter Youth and St John Ambulance Australia. Alison has authored many publications on Schoolies events and Outdoor Music Festivals as well as other publications on creating safe and supportive environments for young people in health care.
Alison is the President on the board of the Association for the Well-being of Children in Health care a not for profit whcih advocates for the rights of children and young people in health care
Alison has been highly commended for her Schoolies work by receiving a South Australian Safe Communities Award.

Research Interests

  • Health practices and behaviours of the young person at mass gatherings
  • Health practices and behaviours of young people at Schoolies
  • Creating safe and supportive environments for young people at mass gatherings

Current projects

Celebration not Hospitalisation: Reducing the number of young people requiring hospitalisation during Adelaide Schoolies Festivals.

This research stems from an interest in mass gatherings and their impact on health. The 2009 St John Ambulance presentation data identified that 24% of young people presented to on-site care with an alcohol related condition or injury. Fifty percent (50%) of these young people were subsequently transferred and admitted to hospital. This study wishes to identify how young people prepare themselves to minimise or to be free from harm at Schoolies event.
Funded by a Faculty of Health Sciences Seeding Grant:

Identifying the types of patient presentations of Young People at Music Festivals.

By identifying the types of presentations at Music Festival Australia wide health promotion materials can be developed to meet the specific needs of this population. This work will inform both event managers and health workers at the event to assist in creating safe and supportive environments for young people a these events.
Funded by St John Ambulance Australia.

Building the capacity of health professionals understanding to deliver culturally safe sexual health care services to young refugee women in Australia.

Young refugee women are increasingly coming into contact with health care systems due to their previous experience of sexual assault and violence resulting from war, displacement and encampment. Nurses and midwives who are at the forefront of these systems have little evidence to guide their practice when caring for these young women. This project seeks to develop this knowledge base through a cultural-specific examination of young women's sexual histories, identities and needs.
Funded by the Ian Potter Foundation

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Nursing (1)

Supervisory Interests

  • Mass gatherings
  • Adolescent health
  • Paediatrics
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Child safe environments


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