The R2R team is very excited about our featured partner duo for March – Dr. Natalie Taylor and Dr. Janet Long. Drs. Taylor and Long are investigating the reasons that less than half of NSW bowel cancer patients in Australia are referred for Lynch syndrome screening – a genetic test that helps identify those at higher risk of developing certain forms of cancer. They are specifically looking at the provider behavior, needed changes, and barriers healthcare providers face in referring these patients. Scroll down to read more about their motivations and experiences working on this project!
Dr. Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor is a health psychologist by background, working in health systems research and studying improving healthcare. Natalie has particular expertise in health and organisational behaviour change, human factors, patient safety, and measurement. She completed her PhD at the University of Leeds, UK, in the area of health behaviour change. Natalie's most recent work focused on bringing behaviour change and implementation science concepts together to achieve improvements in NHS clinical contexts, and was undertaken as part of her role as a research fellow at the Bradford Institute for Health Research, UK. As part of this role she also led the development of an intervention to prevent childhood obesity in Bradford, as part of the BIB 1000 project.
Natalie's current role is to contribute to a program of research in implementation science, particularly focused on the AIHI's five year NHMRC program grant: Creating safe, effective systems of care: the translational challenge, conducting research into health systems improvement.
Dr. Janet Long
I am a health services researcher with interests in knowledge translation and social and professional networks. I have a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills including social network analysis, interviewing, focus groups, survey design and administration and analysis of continuous variables. Originally trained as a general registered nurse I have had a wide experience of patient care and management in acute care, theatre, outpatient, mental health, residential and community settings as well as clinical teaching. A career change at one point led to a science degree and research into effects of climate change on Australian native plants and invasive plants. Returning to nursing, my last clinical role was as a CNC at Sydney Hospital / Sydney Eye Hospital.
My PhD, with Jeffrey Braithwaite at UNSW, used social network analysis to evaluate how a new translational research network increased collaborative links across hospital and university silos. Currently I am working with two research groups: one implementing new understandings of best practice into community health services for people with a spinal cord injury, and one with the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) looking at barriers to referrals for people suspected of having Lynch syndrome, a hereditary condition that puts one at high risk of cancer.