Dr Anne Parkinson is a sociologist with a wide range of interests including health, environment, and rural and regional issues. Her PhD presented the findings from a survey she conducted of Australian canola farmers and their perspectives on the introduction of GM food crops, an anlysis of GM regulation and stakeholder engagement. Anne previously worked at the Heart Research Centre (Melbourne), which carries out social and behavioural research into cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
Anne joined APHCRI in 2012 to examine nurse-led primary health care interventions, models of care and services and since then has developed a growing interest in primary health care and primary health care organisations.
Anne also managed the later stages of the Australian arm of the international Quality and Costs in Primary Care in Europe (QUALICOPC) study to evaluate primary care systems in 35 countries including three non-European countries - Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is hoped the data will provide a baseline for comparison across countries over time. The survey of both GPs and their patients was carried out between March 2012 and April 2013. Initial data analysis has begun and further information can be found at https://www.nivel.nl/en/qualicopc
Her current focus is on patient experience measurement and the introduction of standardised measures that cover key dimensions of primary health care and their introduction into the primary health care system.
Anne is a member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), the National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia (NIRRA), and the Asia Pacific Science, technology and Society Network (APSTN).
- Primary health care and regionally based primary health care organisations
- Biotechnology: social aspects of GM foods and their acceptance by farmers and consumers and their regulation
- Environmental issues and public involvement in policy development
- Public participation and local governance
- Rural and regional issues