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Schutze, Heike Dr

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer - UNSW Sydney 2016 -
  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer - Graduate School of Medicine 2020 -

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Heike Schütze is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Australia and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include health services research and translational research; developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to improve health and social outcomes; health inequities, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, indigenous peoples and other minority populations; and educational interventions. Her teaching expertise in is public health, chronic disease management, research methods, evidence-based practice and cultural awareness/safety. 

    She has recently been awarded over Million $2.5 accross three grants to improve recovery and resilience in two regional areas in rural NSW following the 2019-2020 Black Summer Bushfires. Other research projects she is currently working on include exploring the feasibility, safety and impact of transferring cancer patients with low risk of reoccurrence to continuing care to general practice and alternative models of care for primary care patients who present in the emergency department. Her previous research assessed the application of a novel research method as a quality improvement tool to improve the acceptability and quality of care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the primary healthcare setting, Equity Focused Health Impact Assessments, a number of NHMRC-funded randomised control trials on chronic disease prevention, and general practitioner education. In the teaching and learning space, Heike’s research is currently evaluating two higher education interventions she developed: a for-credit subject to improve the transition to university, and supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students in Academic Integrity.

    In addition to her primary health care research and research evaluation experience, Heike has extensive experience in data collection techniques, particularly in qualitative research techniques. She has co-ordinated the data collection for significant Government (both State and Commonwealth) and private projects, examples of which include 36,000 telephone interviews per annum and 5000 multilingual interviews. Heike also spent time living with disadvantaged communities in Asia and Africa, which led to her interest in health equity for Indigenous, minority and marginalised populations. 

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Presentations


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Follow-up of impact of an intervention in general practice to improve the acceptability and appropriateness of care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Impact of emergency department presentations that can be dealt with in general practice

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Parents Attitudes towards Preventing Cervical Cancer through Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Wijayanti, Kurnia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Capacity of Public Health Lecturers in Indonesia's Medical Faculties to Contribute in the Preparation of Socially Responsive Physicians Abdul Kadir, Nurhira
    Doctor of Philosophy Efficacy, Acceptability, Feasibility and Level of Person-centred Care of a Radiation Oncology Follow-up Model of Care in General Practice Sandell, Tiffany
    Doctor of Philosophy A band aid over a gaping wound: An exploration of wellbeing in Australian surgical trainees Balhatchet, Belinda

Outreach Overview


  • Editorial Board - Int J Env Res and Pub Hth

Education And Training


  • B.Sc. in Biomedical Science, University of Technology, Sydney, Faculty of Medicine
  • M.P.H. in Public Health, Univeristy of Sydney, School of Public Health
  • Ph.D. in Public health, UNSW, Public health and community medicine, An evaluation of the development, implementation, feasibility and impact of a tailored intervention to improve the quality of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples attending urban general practice

Teaching Overview


  • Heike's teaching has a focus on public health (chronic disease, health inequalities, Indigenous health, cultural competency), health research methods, and essential academic skills.

Keywords


  • social determinants of health

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Indigenous health
  • academic skills
  • chronic disease
  • health equity
  • health inequalities
  • primary health care
  • public health
  • recovery and resilience
  • research methods

Full Name


  • Dr Heike Schutze

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Heike Schütze is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Australia and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include health services research and translational research; developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to improve health and social outcomes; health inequities, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, indigenous peoples and other minority populations; and educational interventions. Her teaching expertise in is public health, chronic disease management, research methods, evidence-based practice and cultural awareness/safety. 

    She has recently been awarded over Million $2.5 accross three grants to improve recovery and resilience in two regional areas in rural NSW following the 2019-2020 Black Summer Bushfires. Other research projects she is currently working on include exploring the feasibility, safety and impact of transferring cancer patients with low risk of reoccurrence to continuing care to general practice and alternative models of care for primary care patients who present in the emergency department. Her previous research assessed the application of a novel research method as a quality improvement tool to improve the acceptability and quality of care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the primary healthcare setting, Equity Focused Health Impact Assessments, a number of NHMRC-funded randomised control trials on chronic disease prevention, and general practitioner education. In the teaching and learning space, Heike’s research is currently evaluating two higher education interventions she developed: a for-credit subject to improve the transition to university, and supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students in Academic Integrity.

    In addition to her primary health care research and research evaluation experience, Heike has extensive experience in data collection techniques, particularly in qualitative research techniques. She has co-ordinated the data collection for significant Government (both State and Commonwealth) and private projects, examples of which include 36,000 telephone interviews per annum and 5000 multilingual interviews. Heike also spent time living with disadvantaged communities in Asia and Africa, which led to her interest in health equity for Indigenous, minority and marginalised populations. 

Selected Publications


Presentations


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Follow-up of impact of an intervention in general practice to improve the acceptability and appropriateness of care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Impact of emergency department presentations that can be dealt with in general practice

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Parents Attitudes towards Preventing Cervical Cancer through Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Wijayanti, Kurnia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Capacity of Public Health Lecturers in Indonesia's Medical Faculties to Contribute in the Preparation of Socially Responsive Physicians Abdul Kadir, Nurhira
    Doctor of Philosophy Efficacy, Acceptability, Feasibility and Level of Person-centred Care of a Radiation Oncology Follow-up Model of Care in General Practice Sandell, Tiffany
    Doctor of Philosophy A band aid over a gaping wound: An exploration of wellbeing in Australian surgical trainees Balhatchet, Belinda

Outreach Overview


  • Editorial Board - Int J Env Res and Pub Hth

Education And Training


  • B.Sc. in Biomedical Science, University of Technology, Sydney, Faculty of Medicine
  • M.P.H. in Public Health, Univeristy of Sydney, School of Public Health
  • Ph.D. in Public health, UNSW, Public health and community medicine, An evaluation of the development, implementation, feasibility and impact of a tailored intervention to improve the quality of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples attending urban general practice

Teaching Overview


  • Heike's teaching has a focus on public health (chronic disease, health inequalities, Indigenous health, cultural competency), health research methods, and essential academic skills.

Keywords


  • social determinants of health

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Indigenous health
  • academic skills
  • chronic disease
  • health equity
  • health inequalities
  • primary health care
  • public health
  • recovery and resilience
  • research methods

Full Name


  • Dr Heike Schutze