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Dr Savage is a researcher working with the Chair in Nursing at Deakin University and Barwon Health. Her role encompasses active research and providing research support to Nursing and Allied Health staff at Barwon Health and Deakin University. Dr Savage’s background is in Psychology, and she has worked as a researcher with several schools in the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences.
Dr Savage has previously conducted research in the areas of factors associated with a range of health behaviours, the development and evaluation of interventions that improve community health, improving the health of unpaid carers, and the link between the built environment and health and wellbeing.
The major focus of Dr Savage’s current research is diabetes care and management by health professionals and self-management by people with diabetes in settings ranging from the community to palliative care. She is particularly interested in the role of people’s beliefs and attitudes in relation to health behaviours.
The Deakin University and Department of Human Services (Barwon-South Western Region) has received the following awards:
• 2004 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellent Contributions – Contributions to the Community
• 2003 Victorian Public Health Awards – Excellence Award for Public Health and Capacity Building
• Associate Member, Australian Psychological Society
• Member, Australian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine
Dr Savage reviews papers submitted to a number of journals.
DHS Public Health ‘Research to Practice’, Melbourne 2006. Improving health outcomes for elderly people in a regional and rural environment.
37th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference: Tackling the Determinants of Health, Sydney 2006. Improving health outcomes for elderly people living in a regional and rural environment.
Best Start Evaluation Forum, DHS, Melbourne, 2006. Local Best Start Evaluation: Rosewall.
Raising Healthy Kids Seminar Program, Geelong 2002. What are parents saying about the barriers facing them to improve their children’s health?
Australian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference, Melbourne, 1998. Older women’s illness representations of breast cancer and the treatment of breast cancer.