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Colleen Cheek

Research Fellow

Room 215, Rural Clinical School, RCS NW Hospitals Campus, Burnie

+61 3 6430 5922 (phone)

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Colleen.Cheek@utas.edu.au

Colleen is a senior research fellow at the Rural Clinical School in the Faculty of Health. Colleen has interests in rural health, health workforce, services and the way online programs can augment existing services and empower consumers.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • Master of Information Systems, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2013 Thesis: Playing with Conventions; Healthcare via Computer Games
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics, University of Melbourne, Australia. 2006
  • Bachelor of Science, Massey University, New Zealand. 2000
  • Perioperative Nursing, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia. 1990
  • Registered Nurse, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand. 1985

Biography

Colleen worked as a registered nurse for 15 years, in primary, secondary, and tertiary, public and private organisations in New Zealand, England, and Australia, predominantly in perioperative nursing following post basic qualification from the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1990. She completed a Bachelor of Science with Massey University in New Zealand, and spent 5 years in the mining industry in outback Western Australia. Colleen came to the Rural Clinical School in 2009 to undertake eHealth projects, and completed a Masters of Information Systems with the University of Tasmania. Having lived most of her life in country towns and cities in New Zealand and Australia, Colleen combines her love and lived experience of rural life with research to promote better health outcomes for rural people, at community, practitioner and health service level.

Research Themes

Colleen's research aligns to three of the University's research themes:  Better Health; Creativity, Culture and Society; and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Her research interests include health workforce and health service delivery in the rural context, building the capacity of clinicians to undertake rural research, and understanding how online interventions can help people pursue the best health care strategies for themselves and their families.

Colleen is a current PhD candidate with the University of Tasmania. Her research will examine how research knowledge and skills can be taught and assessed in undergraduate medical education, with a particular focus on supporting students in rural regions.

Administrative expertise

Colleen is an experienced project manager.  At the RCS Colleen has managed the Cradle Coast Electronic Health Information Exchange Project ($1.2 million), and the 2011 national lead eHealth site Cradle Coast Connected Care (4C) Project ($3.4 million), and has also coordinated large research projects – a 2012 population survey of a remote Tasmanian site, King Island, and the January 2013 National Bushfire CRC post fire survey in South East Tasmania.

In her nursing career Colleen managed perioperative units in rural and metropolitan hospitals.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

 Colleen has tutored casually in the UTAS eHealth courses.

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Expertise

  • Rural health workforce
  • Health services
  • Online health interventions

Collaboration

Colleen collaborates with local clinicians and health services to develop and deliver research projects. Together with Rural Clinical School colleagues Penny Allen and Miranda Stephens, Colleen has a collaboration with the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre to evaluate early learning intervention for children with autism. Colleen is also part of an international collaboration: COMETS – Collaboration On Maximising the Impact of Etherapy and Serious games.

Current projects

Colleen's current projects include a cohort study of internship locations among international medical graduates from the University of Tasmania, and examining the engagement and utility of an online program for teachers and parents of children with Autism in Tasmania.

Colleen is also supporting medical students to conduct research into youth friendly health services, analysis of the utility of hospital discharge summaries within primary care and an investigation into anti-psychotic use in aged-care facilities.

Research Fields

  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Health Informatics (080702)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Care for Disabled (111703)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)

Research Impact

  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Palliative Care (920211)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Disability and Functional Capacity (920403)
  • Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services (890301)
  • Diagnostic Methods (920203)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)

Publications

Colleen's publications are focussed on progressing the rural health agenda: health service evaluation and the rural health workforce, with an emphasis on improving health outcomes for people living in rural areas. Ongoing themes include the utility of online programs to augment service delivery particularly in rural areas, Health services in rural areas and the Rural Clinical School's role in expanding a medical workforce for rural and regional Australia.

Total publications

25

Journal Article

(9 outputs)
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2015Allen P, Cheek C, Foster S, Ruigrok M, Wilson D, et al., 'Low acuity and general practice-type presentations to emergency departments: A rural perspective', Emergency Medicine Australasia, 27, (2) pp. 113-118. ISSN 1742-6723 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.12366 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Allen P; Foster S; Wilson D; Shires L

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2015Allen PL, Cheek C, Ruigrok M, 'Rural emergency departments supplement general practice care', Medical Journal of Australia, 202, (1) pp. ii-iii. ISSN 0025-729X (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Co-authors: Allen PL

2015Cheek CG, Allen P, Shires L, Parry D, Ruigrok M, 'Low-acuity presentations to regional emergency departments: What is the issue?', Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA ISSN 1742-6731 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.12526 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Allen P; Shires L

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2015Cheek CG, Fleming T, Lucassen MFG, Bridgman H, Stasiak K, et al., 'Integrating health behaviour theory and design elements in serious games', JMIR Mental Health, 2, (2) pp. 1-21. ISSN 2368-7959 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/mental.4133 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bridgman H; Orpin P

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2015Shires L, Allen P, Cheek C, Wilson D, 'Regional universities and rural clinical schools contribute to rural medical workforce, a cohort study of 2002 to 2013 graduates', Rural and Remote Health, 15 Article 3219. ISSN 1445-6354 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Shires L; Allen P; Wilson D

2014Cheek CG, Bridgman H, Fleming T, Cummings E, Ellis L, et al., 'Views of young people in rural Australia on SPARX, a fantasy world developed for New Zealand youth with depression', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2, (1) Article e3. ISSN 1438-8871 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/games.3183 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Bridgman H; Cummings E; Ellis L

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2014Cheek CG, Skinner TC, Ellis IK, 'Measuring the environmental cost of health-related travel from rural and remote Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, 200, (5) pp. 260-261. ISSN 0025-729X (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.5694/mja13.00185 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ellis IK

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2014Fleming TM, Cheek C, Merry SN, Thabrew H, Bridgman H, et al., 'Serious games for the treatment or prevention of depression: a systematic review', Revista de Psicopatologia y Psicologia Clinica, 19, (3) pp. 227-242. ISSN 1136-5420 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5944/rppc.vol.19.num.3.2014.13904 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bridgman H

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2013Ellis I, Cheek C, Jaffray L, Skinner TC, 'Making a case for telehealth: measuring the carbon cost of health-related travel', Rural and Remote Health, 13, (2723) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1445-6354 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Ellis I; Jaffray L

Conference Publication

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Bridgman H, Cheek CG, Cross K, ''We need to know what's out there!': The use of social networking analysis to describe referral pathways for youth with mental health problems in rural Tasmania', International Mental Health Congress 2015, 28-30 April, 2015, Lille, France (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H; Cross K

2015Ellis L, Cheek C, Turner P, 'Thinking out loud and e-Health for coordinated care - lessons from user requirements gathering in the 4C project', Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 02-04 December, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-10. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Ellis L; Turner P

2015Stephens M, Fordyce K, Cheek C, Minchin A, Allen P, 'Early intervention for children with an autism spectrum disorder: a rural huband-spokes model and the NDIS', Handbook of the 13th National rural health conference, 24-27 May, Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory, pp. 234. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stephens M; Allen P

2015Wilson D, Allen P, Cheek C, Shires L, Foster S, et al., 'Are rural Emergency Departments supplementing General Practice', Program of the 2015 International conference on health system innovation, 18-20 March, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, pp. 1. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wilson D; Allen P; Shires L; Foster S; Ruigrok M

2014Bridgman H, Cheek CG, 'Community Service Mapping for Young People Referred for Mental Health and/or Behavioural Problems in North West Tasmania - Preliminary Findings', ARHEN Rural Research Symposium, Sept 16, 2014, University Department of Rural Health North Coast (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H

2013Bridgman H, Cheek CG, Fleming t, 'Rural Tasmanian Youth views on a C-CBT program originally developed for New Zealand Youth', Strategic Alliances: Facing the Challenges Together - Proceedings of the 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference, 14-15 October 2013, Geelong, Victoria, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H

2013Cheek CG, 'End-of-life care: Care plans via the cloud', Digital health service delivery - the future is now! Proceedings of the 2013 HIC, 15-18 July 2013, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-2. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Skinner T, Ellis I, Cheek C, Jaffray L, 'The cost of health related travel from a remote community', From the cradle to the grave - Challenges facing remote service provision across the life span continuum - 2013 CRANAplus Conference Presentations, 25th-28th September 2013, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, pp. 1-14. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ellis I; Jaffray L

2012Cummings E, Cheek C, van der Ploeg W, Orpin P, Behrens H, et al., 'The Cradle Coast personally controlled electronic health record evaluation research plan', Studies in Health Technology and Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information, 30 July- 2 August 2012, Sydney, pp. 14-19. ISBN 9781614990772 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-078-9-14 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cummings E; van der Ploeg W; Orpin P; Behrens H; Condon S; Jaffray L; Ellis I; Brogan R; Skinner T

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Cheek CG, 'Gaming for Recovery', Drive with Damien Brown, ABC Northern Tasmania, Australia, 23 Oct 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Cheek CG, 'Gaming a Path To Happiness on the North West Coast', Drive, ABC Northern Tasmania, Tasmania, 26 July 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Cheek CG, 'Create an Avatar to battle the blues', Research to Reality, University of Tasmania, Australia, September 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Cheek CG, 'Mental health boost via online plans', The Examiner, Fairfax regional media, Launceston, Tasmania, 23 Nov 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Stacey J, Cheek CG, Skinner TC, 'Preliminary Report on the January 2013 Fires in the South-Eastern Tasmania Research Project', Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, Australia, 1, pp. 1-50. (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Skinner TC

2012Cheek CG, 'Cradle Coast model emphasises dignity of end of life care', Pulse IT, Pulse+IT magazine Pty. Ltd., Australia, 26, pp. 48-49. (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Cheek CG, Rineisen B, Walker G, 'Fast connections through iPads and the NBN', Pulse IT, Pulse+IT magazine Pty. Ltd., Australia, 1, 32, pp. 40-41. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$3,651,444

Projects

Evaluating Engagement with Rethink Autism in Tasmania (2015 - 2017)$60,000
Description
Rethink Autism is a web-based program developed in the USA for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The implementation of Rethink Autism is part of the Tasmanian Governments commitment to invest in additional support for students with ASD. The program is based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) a teaching methodology widely used and recognised for people with ASD.The Rethink Program will provide online professional learning for parents and educators, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) builder, student progress tracking to provide data for future planning, online activities for students, and behaviour support.
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($60,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cheek CG; Woodroffe JJ; Allen PL; Stephens MJ; King AC
Period
2015 - 2017
Evaluating Care Outcomes of the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ECO-ASELCC) (2014)$61,997
Description
Assist ASELCC to define two research projects one individual Burnie ASELCC project, and one collaborative project, based on the data collected within the Child and Family Outcomes Strategy (CFOS) database.
Funding
Burnie City Council ($61,997)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shires SE; Cheek CG; Allen PL; Stephens MJ
Year
2014
The prevalence of asthma in 6 to 8 year old children in rural Tasmania (2013)$31,804
Description
This study aims to determine the prevalence of asthma in children in North West Tasmania. It will assist in identifying risk factors and informing appropriate provision of health services.
Funding
Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust ($31,804)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Weber HC; Wilson D; Shires SE; Cheek CG
Year
2013
Cradle Coast Connected Care (4C) (2011)$3,497,643
Funding
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing ($3,497,643)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
National E-Health Transition Authority Ltd
Research Team
Cheek CG; Skinner T
Year
2011