Dr Sarity Dodson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Honorary Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Off-Campus (Home)

Qualifications

Doctor of Psychology, University of Melbourne, 2005
Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 2015

Biography

Dr Dodson is an early career researcher with extensive knowledge and experience in the area of health literacy, self management support, health behaviour change, mental health care, health service management, and the development and implementation of health care services.

She has made a significant contribution to the field in these roles at the policy level, service level and direct client care. She has worked in clinical roles (as a health psychologist) in a variety of settings (private, community health, and sub-acute care), has lead clinical teams and the development and implementation of new services within these settings, has engaged in research activities relating to chronic disease and self-management support, and has worked in the Victorian Government Department of Health supporting implementation of statewide chronic care programs.

Dr Dodson currently consults on a number of projects, contributing expertise relating to intervention design and evaluation, self management support, health literacy, and health behaviour change.

Principle investigator: Optimising engagement with breast screening in Melbourne’s West

Chief investigator: Optimising health literacy and access to cancer care in the Grampians

Associate investigator: The OPHELIA study: OPtimising HEalth LIterAcy in Australia

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Career highlights

Development and launch of the Health Literacy Toolkit for Low-­??? and Middle-­ Income Countries (http://www.searo.who.int/entity/healthpromotion/documents/hl_tookit/en/) and Optimising Health Literacy: Improving Health and Reducing Inequities briefing document.

  • Dodson S,Good S, Osborne RH. Health literacy toolkit for low-­and middle-­income countries. New Delhi: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-­East Asia, 2015.
  • Dodson S, Good S, Osborne RH. Optimizing health literacy: improving health and reducing health inequities. New Delhi: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-­East Asia, 2015.

Research interests

  • Health literacy,
  • Self-management,
  • Chronic disease management,
  • Chronic care reform,
  • Renal disease management,
  • Renal education,
  • Health behaviour change,
  • Health program design,
  • Health program planning and implementation,
  • Health program evaluation,
  • Health psychology,
  • Health service accessibility,
  • Health care participation,
  • Health services research

Affiliations

Member - Australian Psychological Society

Member - Australian College of Health Psychologists

National Executive Committee, College of Health Psychologists

Teaching interests

Anita Trezona

Conceptualising the Health Literate Organisation

The aim of this project is to develop a conceptual framework that describes the characteristics of an organisation that is able to identify and respond to the variable and changing health literacy needs and strengths of individuals and communities. The conceptual framework will inform the development of a suite of tools and resources to support organisations identify their strengths and limitations, potential opportunities for reform, prioritise actions, and plan, implement and evaluate strategies for addressing the health literacy needs of their community.

Supervision: Prof Richard Osborne, Dr Sarity Dodson.

 

Brad Astbury


Sustainability of Health Promotion Pilots: Towards a Middle-Range Theory

The primary objective is to develop a middle range theory (MRT) of program sustainability. The MRT will comprise a realist analysis of mechanisms that contribute to sustainability of pilot health promotion programs, and an explanation of how these mechanisms play out in different contexts and policy domains. The secondary objective is to examine the utility of modifications that will be made to protocols for conducting realist synthesis.


Supervision: Professor Richard Osborne, Professor Gerald Elsworth, Dr Sarity Dodson

Rhonda Garad

Enhancing health literacy for CaLD communities across Victoria

Working with three culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) groups; Chinese, Indian and Somali to develop, in-depth health and sociocultural profiles of each group, make recommendations for the adaption of the HLQ to increase utility in CaLD communities, identify positive deviance behaviours, effective interventions to increase health literacy and re-orient health services to meet the cultural needs of CaLD communities.

Supervision: Prof Richard Osborne, Dr Helen Mavoa, Dr Sarity Dodson.

Knowledge areas

  • Health literacy,
  • Self-management,
  • Chronic disease management,
  • Chronic care reform,
  • Renal disease management,
  • Renal education,
  • Health behaviour change,
  • Health program design,
  • Health program planning and implementation,
  • Health program evaluation,
  • Health psychology,
  • Health service accessibility,
  • Health care participation,
  • Health services research

Research groups

Public Health Innovation, Deakin University

Projects

Principle investigator: Optimising engagement with breast screening in Melbourne’s West

Chief investigator: Optimising health literacy and access to cancer care in the Grampians

Associate investigator: The OPHELIA study: OPtimising HEalth LIterAcy in Australia

Publications

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2016

Development of a conceptual model of cancer caregiver health literacy.

Miss Eva Yuen, Dr Sarity Dodson, Mr Roy Batterham, A/Prof Tess Knight, J Chirgwin, Prof Trish Livingston

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 1-13, European journal of cancer care, London, Eng., C1

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2015

Distribution of health literacy strengths and weaknesses across socio-demographic groups: a cross-sectional survey using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)

Dr Alison Beauchamp, Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Dr Sarity Dodson, Mr Roy Batterham, Prof Gerald Elsworth, Miss Crystal Mcphee, Louise Sparkes, Ms Melanie Hawkins, Prof Richard Osborne

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-13, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Disruptions and obstacles in the lives of emerging adults

Agnes Dodds, Dr Sarity Dodson, Ms Hannah Elizabeth Gitsham, Chau-Hai Nguyen, Jeanette Lawrence

(2014), pp. 101-122, Biographical Ruptures and Their Repair. Cultural Transitions in Development, Charlotte, N.C., B1-1

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2012

Online communities are valued by people with type 1 diabetes for peer support : how well do health professionals understand this?

Kate Gilbert, Dr Sarity Dodson, Marie Gill, Rosemary McKenzie

(2012), Vol. 25, pp. 180-191, Diabetes spectrum, Alexandria, Va., C1

journal
2007

Unemployment, contraceptive behaviour and reproductive outcomes among young Australian women

A/Prof Margaret Kelaher, David Dunt, Dr Sarity Dodson

(2007), Vol. 82, pp. 95-101, Health Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2005

A review of the psychometric properties of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) family of measures

Jane Pirkis, Dr Philip Burgess, Pia Kirk, Dr Sarity Dodson, Mr Tim Coombs, Ms Michelle Williamson

(2005), Vol. 3, pp. 1-12, Health and quality of life outcomes, London, Eng., C1-1

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Assessing the capacity of the health services research community in Australia and New Zealand

Jane Pirkis, Dr Sharon Goldfeld, Stuart Peacock, Dr Sarity Dodson, Marion Haas, Jackie Cumming, Jane Hall, Amohia Boulton

(2005), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

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