Affiliation: Public health Department, School of Health Science, Torrens University Australia
Hannah is an academic and health researcher at Torrens University Australia.
Q&A with Hannah
What interested you about patient reported measures research and/or projects?
To ensure the evidence-based practice (EBP) in healthcare system, great inputs from clinician (Expertise & Experience) and researcher (Research evidence) are vital components. The last component of EBP, consumer engagement reflecting their needs and values is a cornerstone of successful and sustainable health services and health outcomes.
Utilising PRMs has offered insights into specific needs and voices among diverse communities, particularly disadvantaged populations such as cultural groups, migrants and refugee, women, children, and aged population. It enhances the confidence in planning, managing, collaborating, and delivering health programs and research projects for these communities.
What is your biggest achievement in relation to patient reported measures research, or the application of research into practice?
I have been working on ‘DRIVE-CALD project’ aiming at improving inequities and accessibility of healthcare among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population. The evidence in ethnic differences in seeking care and lack of cultural competence has been established.
The interactive data map correlating clinical data and population health areas has been created as a tool for detailed investigations. Currently, we are working on participatory project to collect PRMs among CALD groups and clinician to emphasis consumer voices. The outcomes will be translated to a co-design digital health intervention to improve health inequity and accessibility and to empower CALD population.
How do you approach collaboration with consumers, carers and community? Or how do think we can work together to keep making advancements in this space?
Approaching cultural groups is a significant challenge. Cultural competence, trust and connection between researcher and community have been considered carefully, seriously within a research plan. Collaboration with consumer have been organised through existing connections and local communities. We are looking forward to broadening our collaboration to multidisciplinary stakeholder in forms of research partnership, consumer engagement, fundings and implementing the program.
- Email: Hannah.Wechkunanukul@Torrens.edu.au
- View Hanna’s profile, via the Torrens University Australia website.
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