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Penny Allen

Research Fellow

Room 215 (Level 1), Rural Clinical School Building, RCS NW Hospitals Campus, Burnie

+61 3 6430 5922 (phone)

Penny is employed as a Research Fellow with the Rural Clinical School, University of Tasmania. Penny has interest in health service evaluation, rural health and epidemiology.

Career summary


  • PhD, University College London, United Kingdom, 2010, Prospective study of ovarian cancer symptoms


Penny joined the University of Tasmania after completing a PhD at University College London. Prior to embarking on PhD research Penny was employed by the University of Manchester on a large health service evaluation. Prior to moving to the UK, Penny worked at the University of New South Wales on a prospective study of hepatitis C transmission and several smaller projects centred around risk behaviours in young people.

Research Themes

Penny's work is aligned with the University's theme of Better Health. Her research has a distinctly rural focus, which supports local health services and the local population. Penny's research also supports the Rural Clinical School to demonstrate its effectiveness in delivering a rural medical workforce.

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  • Health service evaluation
  • Rural health workforce
  • Rural population health


Penny collaborates with local clinicians and health services to develop and deliver research projects. Together with Rural Clinical School colleagues Colleen Cheek and Miranda Stephens, Penny has collaborated with the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre to evaluate an early learning intervention for children with autism. Penny also has an ongoing collaboration with the Tasmanian Eye Institute to investigate eye health in Tasmania and outcomes following surgery.

Research Fields

  • Ophthalmology (111301)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Podiatry (110318)
  • Care for Disabled (111703)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Surgery (110323)
  • Vision Science (111303)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (130399)
  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Dentistry (110599)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (111402)
  • Endocrinology (110306)
  • Cancer Diagnosis (111202)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Architecture (120199)

Research Impact

  • Surgical Methods and Procedures (920118)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders (920107)
  • Infectious Diseases (920109)
  • Diabetes (920104)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Disability and Functional Capacity (920403)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Dental Health (920402)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Reproductive System and Disorders (920114)
  • Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups (920503)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) (920199)
  • School/Institution (930499)
  • Nervous System and Disorders (920111)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)
  • Health (929999)


Dr Penny Allen's publications are focussed on health service evaluation and the rural health workforce, with an emphasis on improving health outcomes for people living in rural areas. Ongoing themes include patient outcomes following surgical procedures, rural population health, emergency care provision in rural areas and the Rural Clinical School's role in providing a medical workforce for rural and regional Australia.

Total publications


Journal Article

(41 outputs)
2016Babo Soares L, Bettiol SS, Dalla-Fontana IJ, Allen P, Crocombe LA, 'Opportunities in oral health policy for Timor-Leste', WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health, 5, (2) pp. 164-173. ISSN 2224-3151 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Bettiol SS; Crocombe LA

2016Babo Soares LF, Allen P, Bettiol SS, Crocombe L, 'The Association of Socioeconomic Status and Dental Caries Experience in Children in Dili, Timor-Leste', Asia-Pacific journal of public health ISSN 1010-5395 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1010539516667783 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bettiol SS; Crocombe L


2016Darian-Smith E, Howie AR, Allen PL, Vote BJ, 'Tasmanian macular hole study: whole population-based incidence of full thickness macular hole', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology pp. 1-5. ISSN 1442-9071 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ceo.12801 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Darian-Smith E; Howie AR; Vote BJ


2016Ewe SY, Abell RG, Oakley CL, Lim CH, Allen PL, et al., 'A Comparative Cohort Study of Visual Outcomes in Femtosecond Laser-Assisted versus Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery', Ophthalmology, 123, (1) pp. 178-82. ISSN 0161-6420 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.09.026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3


2016Howie AR, Darian-Smith E, Allen PL, Vote BJT, 'Whole population incidences of patients presenting with rhegmatogenous retinal detachments within Tasmania, Australia', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology pp. 144-146. ISSN 1442-6404 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Co-authors: Howie AR; Darian-Smith E; Vote BJT

2016Oakley CL, Allen PL, Ewe SY, Vote J, 'Femtosecond laser assisted vs standard phacemulsification in toric intraocular lens insertion', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology ISSN 1442-6404 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/ceo.12797 [eCite] [Details]


2016Stephens M, Allen P, Fordyce K, Minchin A, Cheek C, 'Early intervention for children with autism: An Australian rural hub and spokes model', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities pp. 1-14. ISSN 2329-7018 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2016.1152501 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Stephens M; Cheek C


2016Cheek C, Allen P, Shires L, Parry D, Ruigrok M, 'Low-acuity presentations to regional emergency departments: What is the issue?', Emergency medicine Australasia, 28, (2) pp. 145-152. ISSN 1742-6731 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Cheek C; Shires L


2015Howie AR, Darian-Smith E, Allen PL, Vote BJ, 'Whole population incidences of patients presenting with rhegmatogenous retinal detachments within Tasmania, Australia', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, (Online First) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1442-9071 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Co-authors: Howie AR; Darian-Smith E

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]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Cheek C; Foster S; Wilson D; Shires L


2015Abell RG, Darian-Smith E, Kan JB, Allen PL, Ewe SY, et al., 'Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery versus standard phacoemulsification cataract surgery: Outcomes and safety in more than 4000 cases at a single center', Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 41 pp. 47-52. ISSN 0886-3350 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2014.06.025 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17


2015Darian-Smith E, Howie A, Abell RG, Kerr N, Allen PL, et al., 'Intraocular pressure during femtosecond laser pretreatment: Comparison of glaucomatous eyes and nonglaucomatous eyes', Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 41, (2) pp. 272-277. ISSN 0886-3350 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2014.10.026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Darian-Smith E; Vote BJ


2015Dobromilsky KC, Allen PL, Raymond SH, Maindiratta B, 'A prospective cohort study of early postpartum etonogestrel implant (Implanon®) use and its effect on duration of lochia', Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care pp. 1-8. ISSN 1471-1893 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101081 [eCite] [Details]


2015Ewe SYP, Oakley CL, Abell RG, Allen PL, Vote BJ, 'Cystoid macular edema after femtosecond laser-assisted versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery', Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 41, (11) pp. 2373-2378. ISSN 0886-3350 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2015.04.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


2015Allen P, Shaw E, Jong A, Behrens H, Skinner I, 'Severity and duration of pain after colonoscopy and gastroscopy: A cohort study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, (13-14) pp. 1895-1903. ISSN 0962-1067 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12817 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Behrens H; Skinner I


2015Mather C, Cummings E, Allen P, 'Undergraduate nurses' preferred use of mobile devices in healthcare settings', Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 208 pp. 264-268. ISSN 0926-9630 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-488-6-264 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Mather C; Cummings E


2015Mather CA, McKay A, Allen P, 'Clinical supervisors' perspectives on delivering work integrated learning: A survey study', Nurse Education Today, 35, (4) pp. 625-631. ISSN 0260-6917 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.12.021 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Mather CA; McKay A


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, (3) Article 3219. ISSN 1445-6354 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Shires L; Cheek C; Wilson D

2015Spencer J, Woodroffe J, Cross M, Allen P, ' A golden opportunity'': exploring interprofessional learning and practice in rural clinical settings', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29, (4) pp. 389-391. ISSN 1356-1820 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2014.970250 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Spencer J; Woodroffe J; Cross M


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: Cheek C

2014Abell RG, Hewitt AW, Andric M, Allen PL, Verma N, 'The use of heterochromatic flicker photometry to determine macular pigment optical density in a healthy Australian population', Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 252, (3) pp. 417-421. ISSN 1435-702X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00417-013-2554-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2014Abell RG, Kerr NM, Howie AR, Mustaffa Kamal MAA, Allen PL, et al., 'Effect of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery on the corneal endothelium', Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 40, (11) pp. 1777-1783. ISSN 0886-3350 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2014.05.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12


2014Howie A, Abell RG, Darian-Smith E, Allen PL, McCartney PJ, et al., 'Ophthalmology education in Australian medical schools: a survey of Australian junior medical officers', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology pp. 1-8. ISSN 1442-9071 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/ceo.12323 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Darian-Smith E


2014Mather C, Cummings E, Allen P, 'Nurses' use of mobile devices to access information in health care environments in Australia: a survey of undergraduate students', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2, (4) Article e56. ISSN 1438-8871 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.3467 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Mather C; Cummings E


2014Mather C, Cummings E, Allen P, 'Nurses' use of mobile devices to access information in health care environments in Australia: A survey of undergraduate students', JMIR mHealth uHealth, 2, (4) Article e56. ISSN 2291-5222 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.3467 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Mather C; Cummings E


2014Nichols LJ, Smith Lindsay, Allen PL, 'Pathways to enhancing the quality of stroke care through national data monitoring systems for hospitals', Medical Journal of Australia, 200, (7) pp. 392-393. ISSN 0025-729X (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.5694/mja13.00148 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Nichols LJ; Smith Lindsay


2013Abell RG, Allen PL, Vote BJT, 'Anterior chamber flare after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery', Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 39, (9) pp. 1321-1326. ISSN 0886-3350 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2013.06.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Vote BJT


2013Murfet GO, Allen P, Hingston TJ, 'Maternal and neonatal health outcomes following the implementation of an innovative model of nurse practitioner-led care for diabetes in pregnancy', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70, (5) pp. 1150-1163. ISSN 1365-2648 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jan.12277 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2013Nichols L, Smith L, Allen P, Ellis I, 'Nursing interventions related to cerebral perfusion pressure following an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 23, (2) pp. 8-17. ISSN 1032-335X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Nichols L; Smith L; Ellis I

2013Skinner T, Allen P, Peach E, Browne JL, Pouwer F, et al., 'Does the shortage of diabetes specialists in regional and rural Australia matter? Results from Diabetes MILES-Australia', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 100, (2) pp. 222-229. ISSN 0168-8227 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2013.03.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Skinner T


2013Bond A, Barnett T, Lowe S, Allen P, 'Retention of allied health professionals in Tasmania', The Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21, (4) pp. 236-237. ISSN 1440-1584 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12039 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barnett T; Lowe S


2012Abell RG, Kerr NM, Allen P, Vote BJ, 'Intravitreal injections: is there benefit from theatre setting', British Journal of Ophthalmology, 96, (12) pp. 1474-1478. ISSN 0007-1161 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2012-302030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 24


2012Woodroffe JJ, Spencer J, Rooney KF, Le Q, Allen PL, 'The RIPPER Experience: A three-year evaluation of an Australian Interprofessional Rural Health Education Pilot', Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 2, (2) pp. 230-247. ISSN 1916-7342 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Woodroffe JJ; Spencer J; Rooney KF; Le Q

2009Sheaff R, Boaden R, Sargent P, Pickard S, Gravelle H, et al., 'Impacts of case management for frail elderly people: a qualitative study', Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 14, (2) pp. 88-95. ISSN 1355-8196 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1258/jhsrp.2008.007142 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 14


2008Sargent PL, Boaden R, Roland M, 'How many patients can community matrons successfully case manage?', Journal of Nursing Management, 16, (1) pp. 38-46. ISSN 0966-0429 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2934.2007.00785.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 10


2007Gravelle H, Dusheiko M, Sheaff R, Sargent PL, Boaden R, et al., 'Impact of case management (Evercare) on frail elderly patients: controlled before and after analysis of quantitative outcome data', British Medical Journal, 334, (7583) pp. 31-34. ISSN 0959-8146 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39020.413310.55 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 108


2006Maher L, Jalaludin B, Chant KG, Jayasuriya R, Sladden T, et al., 'Incidence and risk factors for hepatitis C seroconversion in injecting drug users in Australia', Addiction, 101, (10) pp. 1499-1508. ISSN 1360-0443 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2006.01543.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 137Web of Science - 131


2006Sargent PL, Boaden R, 'Implementing the role of the community matron', Nursing Times, 102, (13) ISSN 0954-7762 (2006) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2004Maher L, Chant K, Jalaludin B, Sargent PL, 'Risk behaviors and antibody hepatitis B and C prevalence among injecting drug users in south-western Sydney, Australia', Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 19, (10) pp. 1114-1120. ISSN 1440-1746 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2004.03438.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 66Web of Science - 59


2002Maher L, Sargent PL, 'Risk behaviours and hepatitis C infection among Indo-Chinese initiates to injecting drug use in Sydney, Australia', Addiction Research & Theory, 10, (6) pp. 535-544. ISSN 1606-6359 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1606635021000032393 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2001Maher L, Sargent P, Higgs P, Crofts N, Kelsall J, et al., 'Risk behaviours of young Indo-Chinese injecting drug users in Sydney and Melbourne', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25, (1) pp. 50-54. ISSN 1326-0200 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2001.tb00550.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 36


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2011Allen PL, Maher L, 'Hepatitis C knowledge and beliefs among culturally and linguistically diversedrug users', Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science, Quynh Le (ed), Australia, pp. 16. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(9 outputs)
2016Cheek C, Hays R, Allen P, Hemmings L, Walker J, 'Review of research training offered in Australian and New Zealand medical schools', Proceedings of 17th Ottawa Conference, 19-23 March 2016, Perth, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Cheek C; Hays R; Hemmings L

2016Crocombe LA, Babo Soares L, Bettiol SS, Dalla-Fontana I, Allen PL, 'Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste', 2016 Primary Health Care Research Conference, 8-9 June, 2016, Canberra, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Crocombe LA; Bettiol SS

2015Mather CA, Cummings EA, Allen PL, 'Mobile learning: Transforming healthcare education of undergraduate nurses by building capacity during clinical placement', Sustainable Healthcare Transformation International Conference on Health System Innovation, 18- 20 March 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Mather CA; Cummings EA

2015Perrin B, Allen P, Skinner I, Gardner M, Chappell A, et al., 'The foot-health of adult diabetics in regional Australia: baseline findings from an epidemiological study', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 6-8 May, Queensland, Australia, pp. 1-2. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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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; Cheek C

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; Cheek C; Shires L; Foster S; Ruigrok M

2014Vote B, Ewe S, Abell R, Allen P, Kerr N, et al., 'Long-term clinical outcomes after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery: results from a multicenter prospective comparative cohort study', Abstracts of The XXXII Congress of the European society of cataract & refractive surgeons, 13-17 September, London, UK, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Vote B; Davies P

2014Vote B, Ewe S, Abell R, Darian-Smith E, Kan J, et al., 'Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (LCS) versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery (PCS): a single centre prospective comparative cohort study of surgical outcomes and safety from 4080 cases', Abstracts of The XXXII Congress of the European society of cataract & refractive surgeons, 13-17 September, London, UK, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Vote B; Darian-Smith E

2014Vote B, Ewe S, Kerr N, Howie A, Mustaffa Kamal M, et al., 'Effect of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery on the corneal endothelium: long-term corneal outcomes in a prospective comparative cohort study', Abstracts of The XXXII Congress of the European society of cataract & refractive surgeons, 13-17 September, London, UK, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Vote B

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2014Auckland S, Woodroffe J, Allen P, 'Tasmania Medicare Local Social Determinants of Health Project: Thematic Analysis of Community Proposals', University of Tasmania (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Auckland S; Woodroffe J

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Social determinants of Health: Bridges Out of Poverty Evaluation (2015 - 2016)$50,000
The Social Determinants of Health: Bridges Out of Poverty Evaluation is part of the workforce capacity building strategy for the Social Determinants of Health project. Specifically the evaluation relates to the roll out of seven Bridges Out of Poverty workshops across Tasmania.Bridges Out of Poverty workshops analyse poverty through the lens of class. The workshops targeted practitioners in health, community and education sectors to provide them with an understanding of intergenerational poverty and its impacts on families and individuals. The workshops provide practical tools and approaches designed to optimise outcomes for clients and thereby improve both health equity, health access and health service delivery. In May 2013 Primary Health Tasmania commissioned Social Solutions to deliver seven workshops across Tasmania. Almost 1000 participants have attended the workshops since May 2013. Whilst feedback has been received from participants from five of the workshops, the information provided through the brief feedback forms was limited and was inconclusive in determining the extent to which the workshops were able to develop and support workforce and community capacity to address the Social Determinants of Health in Tasmania. To this end Primary Health Tasmania have commissioned an evaluation aimed at assessing the process, impact and outcomes of the Bridges out of Poverty Workshops specifically in relation to improving:Understanding of the cultural issues impacting on povertyThe capability of practitioners who support people impacted by intergenerational povertyService delivery aimed at supporting people impacted by intergenerational poverty. The evaluation will be conducted over 6 months concluding at the end of March 2016. The evaluation will adopt a mixed methodology approach incorporating elements of both the Most Significant Change and thematic analysis approaches.
Primary Health Tasmania ($50,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Auckland SRJ; Murray SL; Jackson EE; Allen PL; Tipping R; Goodes K
2015 - 2016
Evaluating Engagement with Rethink Autism in Tasmania (2015 - 2017)$60,000
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.
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($60,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cheek CG; Woodroffe JJ; Allen PL; Stephens MJ; King AC
2015 - 2017
Evaluating Care Outcomes of the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ECO-ASELCC) (2014)$61,997
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.
Burnie City Council ($61,997)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shires SE; Cheek CG; Allen PL; Stephens MJ
Thematic Analysis of Community Submissions for Social Determinants of Health proposals (2014)$8,955
This project is targeted at improving the health of Tasmanians through addressing the social determinants of health including social disadvantage, transport, housing, health literacy, food security and education. The analysis will provide a valuable insight, from a community perspective, of how the project proponents perceive the social determinants of health interact with, and upon, not only the health but also the social, economic and environmental fabric of their respective communities. Importantly, the thematic analysis will help identify key enablers and drivers within the respective target CoP communities which may be seen as levers for supporting future funding initiatives. The thematic analysis will involve a desktop study comprising two distinct components, a statistical analysis of the data as documented against a set a predetermined measures and a narrative analysis.
Tasmania Medicare Local ($8,955)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Auckland SRJ; Woodroffe JJ; Allen PL

Research Supervision

Penny supervises PhD candidates within the Rural Clinical School and Centre for Rural Health. Whilst these PhDs cover a range of disciplines, each candidate's research has an implicit focus on rural health.




PhDDeveloping a rural vertically integrated research training program for medical students and junior doctors2015
PhDOral/Dental Health Survey2015