Researcher biography

Helen works across a range of projects in both the research and consultancy arms of the Centre for Online Health, Centre for Health Services Research. Her focus is on the effective use of technology to increase access to health interventions (e.g. online psychoeducational tools for carers; telehealth implementation, telemental health and allied health) and increasing health literacy in the community (e.g. dementia knowledge and digital health). She is particularly interested in using health technology to promote quality end-of-life care. Her current projects aim to increase care closer to home for people with dementia and with life-limiting illnesses (e.g. telepalliative care). In 2023, she was awarded a 3-year National Palliative Care Project Grant funding to lead a national palliative care telementoring project - Palliative Care ECHO. Other research includes: evaluation of telepalliative care services (e.g. patient/ carer outcomes and perceptions and staff perceptions); mental health interventions via telehealth and social media and; online psychoeducational support for carers of people with primary brain tumours in order to increase quality of life and mental wellbeing.

Helen coordinates a range of COH consultancy projects.

She is a Registered Psychologist with clinical experience working with a range of issues and diverse populations and has over ten years' experience teaching and facilitating workshops on psychology and health communication.

Featured projects Duration
Palliative Care ECHO
20222026
Persistent pain treatment in correctional facilities
Metro South Health
20172019
Rheumatology "Treat to Target"
20172018
Telepalliative Care and Gold Coast Hospital
Metro South Health
20182019
Telepalliative Care and Queensland Ambulance Service
Metro South Health
20182019
DREAMT
20172020
State-wide Rural and Remote Supportive and Specialist Palliative Care Telehealth Service Evaluation
Queensland Health
20202021
DementiaECHO
Australian Government, Department of Health: Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme Emerging Priorities grant
20202022
BRAINS – Brain cancer rehabilitation, assessment, interventions for survivorship needs
Australian Government, Department of Health, Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
20202022
Telehealth for the delivery of cancer care in Australia: A rapid assessment of telehealth use and barriers and enablers to uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic
Commonwealth Government represented by Cancer Australia
20212022
Goondir Health Virtual Health Service
Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN
20202022