Doctor Steven Trankle

Doctor Steven Trankle

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit - School of Medicine


Dr Trankle has an academic background in Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He has experience with a range of research methodologies and their consonant theoretical approaches. His quantitative research evaluated the predictive and cross-cultural utility of two health belief measures on health behaviour. His PhD research involved a qualitative examination of the end-of-life decisions and practices of physicians, and their subsequent experiences. Focused toward Australian critical/acute and palliative settings, this research identified strategies for better integrating broad-reaching specialised end-of-life care across settings.

Dr Trankle's expertise in areas of mental health and integrated health care has engaged him in research involving a mixed methods analysis of the Partners in Recovery Program in Nepean Blue Mountains using program logic modelling and a qualitative evaluation of the Western Sydney Integrated Care Program. His more recent and current research involves a qualitative evaluation of quality improvement initiatives designed to increase cancer screening rates in the Nepean Blue Mountains region, and mixed methods evaluations of an afterhours telehealth pilot in aged care facilities in Nepean Blue Mountains and a new integrated care program (My Care Partners) in south western Sydney.

Since 2017 Dr Trankle has attracted external research funding of over $870,000. He has published research and presented his work at numerous national and international conferences.  Dr Trankle has also been engaged in psychology-based academic teaching roles including unit coordination at the Western Sydney University (WSU) since 2010. He supervises research students including MBBS Honours and GP registrars. Dr Trankle was a member of the WSU Academic Senate 2018-2021 and currently serves on other WSU committees.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Translational Health Research Institute - THRI (2017)
  • Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care (2021)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (2006)
  • Australian Psychological Society (2013)
  • International Society for Critical Health Psychology (2010)


  • End-of-Life Care
  • Integrated Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Psychology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Medicine


Phone: (02) 4620 3930
Location: 30.3.18

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101193 Health Psychology, 2013
  • 101614 Psychology and Health, 2015
  • 101681 Abnormal Psychology, 2015
  • 17001 Behavioural Science, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Parise, I., Abbott, P. and Trankle, S. (2022), 'Drivers to obesity : a study of the association between time spent commuting daily and obesity in the Nepean Blue Mountains area', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Metusela, C., Cochrane, N., Van Werven, H., Usherwood, T., Ferdousi, S., Messom, R., O'Halloran, D., Fasher, M., Page, A., Trankle, S., Abbott, P., Tannous, K., Peters, K., Meisinger, K. and Reath, J. (2022), 'Developing indicators and measures of high-quality for Australian general practice', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 28, no 3 , pp 215 - 223.
  • Lau, M., Ryan, S., Abbott, P., Tannous, K., Trankle, S., Peters, K., Page, A., Cochrane, N., Usherwood, T. and Reath, J. (2022), 'Protocol for a Delphi consensus study to select indicators of high-quality general practice to achieve Quality Equity and Systems Transformation in Primary Health Care (QUEST-PHC) in Australia', PLoS ONE, vol 17, no 5 .
  • Lewis, E., Harrison, R., Nicholson, M., Hillman, K., Trankle, S., Rangel, S., Stokes, C. and Cardona-Morrell, M. (2021), 'Clinicians' and public acceptability of universal risk-of-death screening for older people in routine clinical practice in Australia : cross-sectional surveys', Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, vol 33, no 4 , pp 1063 - 1070.
  • Trankle, S., Metusela, C. and Reath, J. (2021), 'Undertaking general practice quality improvement to improve cancer screening - a thematic analysis of provider experiences', BMC Family Practice, vol 22, no 1 .
  • Trankle, S., Shanmugam, S., Lewis, E., Nicholson, M., Hillman, K. and Cardona, M. (2020), 'Are we making progress on communication with people who are near the end of life in the Australian health system? : a thematic analysis', Health Communication, vol 35, no 2 , pp 158 - 167.
  • Trankle, S., Usherwood, T., Abbott, P., Roberts, M., Crampton, M., Girgis, C., Riskallah, J., Chang, Y., Saini, J. and Reath, J. (2020), 'Key stakeholder experiences of an integrated healthcare pilot in Australia : a thematic analysis', BMC Health Services Research, vol 20, no 1 .
  • Reath, J., Tan, L., Brooks, M., Burges, J., Lindsay, N., Lo, W., Shakur, S., Trankle, S. and Wong, K. (2020), 'One medical school's experience of sustaining general practice teaching in the time of COVID-19', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol 49, no Suppl. 29 .
  • Trankle, S. and Reath, J. (2019), 'Partners in Recovery : an early phase evaluation of an Australian mental health initiative using program logic and thematic analysis', BMC Health Services Research, vol 19 .
  • Trankle, S., Usherwood, T., Abbott, P., Roberts, M., Crampton, M., Girgis, C., Riskallah, J., Chang, Y., Saini, J. and Reath, J. (2019), 'Integrating health care in Australia : a qualitative evaluation', BMC Health Services Research, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Lewis, E., Cardona-Morrell, M., Ong, K., Trankle, S. and Hillman, K. (2016), 'Evidence still insufficient that advance care documentation leads to engagement of healthcare professionals in end-of-life discussions : a systematic review', Palliative Medicine, vol 30, no 4 , pp 807 - 824.
  • Trankle, S. (2014), 'Is a good death possible in Australian critical and acute settings? : physician experiences with end-of-life care', BMC Palliative Care, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Trankle, S. (2014), 'Decisions that hasten death : double effect and the experiences of physicians in Australia', BMC Medical Ethics, vol 15, no 3 .
  • Trankle, S. (2009), 'Dream manifestations: A paranomal experience?', Australian Journal of Parapsychology, vol 9, no 2 , pp 149 - 164.
  • Trankle, S. and Haw, J. (2009), 'Predicting Australian Health Behaviour from Health Beliefs', Electronic Journal of Applied Psychology, vol 5, no 2 , pp 9 - 17.

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'The Experience of New South Wales Primary Health Networks During the 2021 COVID-19 Outbreak: Challenges and Learnings', Report
  • 2020, 'Quality, Equity and Systems Transformation in Primary Health Care (QUEST PHC): Project Report', Report
  • 2018, 'Evaluation of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) Cancer Screening Program', Report
  • 2017, 'The Western Sydney Integrated Care Program: Qualitative Evaluation', Report
  • 2015, 'The Nepean Blue Mountains Partners in Recovery Evaluation', Report

Current Projects

Title: My Care Partners - Evaluation Partner - SWSPHN
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Ltd
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Steven Trankle and Kathy Tannous
Years: 2021-01-04 - 2025-12-31
ID: P00026954

Previous Projects

Title: Evaluation of After Hours Telehealth Services in Residential Aged Care Facilities [Via Wentworth Healthcare]
  • Department of Health via Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Steven Trankle and Jennifer Reath
Years: 2020-01-01 - 2021-08-31
ID: P00026285
Title: Evaluation of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network Cancer Screening Programs
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath and Steven Trankle
Years: 2017-01-31 - 2018-06-30
ID: P00023939
Title: QUEST- PHC: Developing and testing a tool to measure quality in Australian general practice
  • Digital Health CRC Ltd
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Natalie Cochrane, Steven Trankle, Kathy Tannous, Penny Abbott, Andrew Page, Kath Peters and Phyllis Lau Lau Chan
Years: 2021-01-02 - 2023-08-31
ID: P00026933
Title: The experience of Primary Health Networks during the 2021 COVID-19 outbreak - challenges and learnings
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Phyllis Lau Lau Chan, Steven Trankle, Winston Lo, Jennifer Reath and Penny Abbott
Years: 2022-01-04 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00027685

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