Professor Jennifer Reath

Professor Jennifer Reath

PETER BRENNAN CHAIR, GP,
School of Medicine

Biography

Jennifer Reath is the Foundation Peter Brennan Chair of General Practice at Western Sydney University. Since her appointment to this role in 2010 she has recruited and led a team that has established a general practice teaching program across all years of the MB BS Program, attracted external research funding of $9.63M (including $6.341M to Western Sydney University), and built an international reputation for research in urban Aboriginal health and new models of health service delivery.

Professor Reath has worked for almost 30 years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health including as a General Practitioner in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in both urban and rural Australia. She continues as a part-time General Practitioner at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation. In recognition of her life long work in this area, Professor Reath was awarded the 2016 Associate Member of the Year by the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

Professor Reath has held a number of intersecting roles across General Practice and Indigenous Health. Prior to her appointment at Western Sydney she was Associate Professor of Indigenous Primary Health Care at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney as well as GP Manager of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit.

Professor Reath is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Faculty (previously Deputy Chair and Chair of the Education Committee). She is also a member of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Board (chairing their Health Care Quality Committee), the GP Advisory Committee of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, and the International Advisory Board of Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal. Until  2017 Professor Reath was a member of Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Reath's areas of research/teaching interest and expertise include Aboriginal health, Women’s health, Health service development and evaluation, Educational policy, Curriculum development and implementation, and Medical education in a third world context.

This information has been contributed by Professor Reath.

Qualifications

  • MMed University of Sydney
  • MBBS University of Queensland

Awards

  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning to the Department of General Practice 2011-10-01

Interests

  • Aboriginal Health
  • Health services development
  • Medical Education
  • Primary health care

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Medicine

Committees

  • Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Contact

Email: J.Reath@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3725
Mobile: 0412586135
Location: 30.3.24
Campbelltown
Website:

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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Abbott, P., Lloyd, J., Joshi, C., Malera-Bandjalan, K., Baldry, E., McEntyre, E., Sherwood, J., Reath, J., Indig, D. and Harris, M. (2018), 'Do programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people leaving prison meet their health and social support needs?', Australian Journal of Rural Health, vol 26, no 1 , pp 6 - 13.
  • Brooker, R., Hu, W., Reath, J. and Abbott, P. (2018), 'Medical student experiences in prison health services and social cognitive career choice : a qualitative study', BMC Medical Education, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Tan, L., Gallego, G., Nguyen, T., Bokey, L. and Reath, J. (2018), 'Perceptions of shared care among survivors of colorectal cancer from non-English-speaking and English-speaking backgrounds : a qualitative study', BMC Family Practice, vol 19 .
  • Lyon, A., Tan, L., Abbott, P., Hu, W. and Reath, J. (2018), '[In Press] Linguistically diverse general practice teaching', The Clinical Teacher, vol 15 .
  • Abbott, P., Brooker, R. and Reath, J. (2018), '[In Press] Managing the hope and worry of housing renewal : supporting well-being in the emerging community', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, .
  • Lloyd, J., McEntyre, E., Baldry, E., Trofimovos, J., Indig, D., Abbott, P., Reath, J., Malera-Bandjalan, K. and Harris, M. (2017), 'Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian former prisoners' patterns of morbidity and risk of hospitalisation', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol 16, no 1 .
  • George, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Dahlen, H., Reath, J., Korda, A., Ng Chok, H., Miranda, C., Villarosa, A. and Johnson, M. (2017), 'Knowledge, attitude and practices of dentists towards oral health care during pregnancy : a cross-sectional survey in New South Wales, Australia', Australian Dental Journal, vol 62, no 3 , pp 301 - 310.
  • Blignault, I., McDonnell, L., Aspinall, D., Yates, R. and Reath, J. (2017), 'Beyond diagnosis and survivorship : findings from a mixed-methods study of a community-based cancer support service', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 23, no 4 , pp 391 - 396.
  • Bar-Zeev, Y., Bovill, M., Bonevski, B., Gruppetta, M., Reath, J., ICAN QUIT in Pregnancy Pilot Group, x. and Gould, G. (2017), 'Assessing and validating an educational resource package for health professionals to improve smoking cessation care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 14, no 10 .
  • Day, R., Frensham, L., Nguyen, A., Baysari, M., Aung, E., Lau, A., Zwar, N., Reath, J., Laba, T., Li, L., McLachlan, A., Runciman, W., Buchbinder, R., Clay-Williams, R., Coiera, E., Braithwaite, J., McNeil, H., Hunter, D., Pile, K. and Westbrook, J. (2017), 'Effectiveness of an electronic patient-centred self-management tool for gout sufferers : a cluster randomised controlled trial protocol', BMJ Open, vol 7, no 10 .
  • Bar-Zeev, Y., Bonevski, B., Bovill, M., Gruppetta, M., Oldmeadow, C., Palazzi, K., Atkins, L., Reath, J. and Gould, G. (2017), 'The Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in Pregnancy Pilot Study protocol : a feasibility step-wedge cluster randomised trial to improve health providers' management of smoking during pregnancy', BMJ Open, vol 7, no 8 .
  • Vaccher, S., Kannangara, D., Baysari, M., Reath, J., Zwar, N., Williams, K. and Day, R. (2016), 'Barriers to care in gout : from prescriber to patient', Journal of Rheumatology, vol 43, no 1 , pp 144 - 149.
  • Reath, J., Abbott, P., Dadich, A., Hosseinzadeh, H., Hu, W., Kang, M., Usherwood, T., Murray, C. and Bourne, C. (2016), 'Evaluation of a sexually transmissible infections education program : lessons for general practice learning', Australian Family Physician, vol 45, no 3 , pp 123 - 128.
  • Abbott, P., Gunasekera, H., Leach, A., Askew, D., Walsh, R., Girosi, F., Lujic, S., Hu, W., Reath, J. and [and fifteen others], .. (2016), 'A multi-centre open-label randomized non-inferiority trial comparing watchful waiting to antibiotic treatment for acute otitus media without perforation in low-risk urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (the WATCH trial) : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol 17 .
  • Watt, K., Abbott, P. and Reath, J. (2016), 'Cross-cultural training of general practitioner registrars : how does it happen?', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 22, no 4 , pp 349 - 353.
  • Watt, K., Abbott, P. and Reath, J. (2016), 'Developing cultural competence in general practitioners : an integrative review of the literature', BMC Family Practice, vol 17, no 1 .
  • George, A., Dahlen, H., Reath, J., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Korda, A., Ng Chok, H., Miranda, C., Villarosa, A. and Johnson, M. (2016), 'What do antenatal care providers understand and do about oral health care during pregnancy : a cross-sectional survey in New South Wales, Australia', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 16 .
  • Lloyd, J., Delaney-Thiele, D., Abbott, P., Baldry, E., McEntyre, E., Reath, J., Indig, D., Sherwood, J. and Harris, M. (2015), 'The role of primary health care services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal Australians transitioning from prison to the community', BMC Family Practice, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Watt, K., Abbott, P. and Reath, J. (2015), 'Cultural competency training of GP registrars : exploring the views of GP supervisors', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Friesen, E., Comino, E., Reath, J., Derrett, A., Johnson, M., Powell Davies, G., Liaw, S. and Kemp, L. (2014), 'Building research capacity in south-west Sydney through a Primary and Community Health Research Unit', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 20, no 1 , pp 4 - 8.
  • Dadich, A., Hosseinzadeh, H., Abbott, P., Hu, W., Usherwood, T., Kang, M., Bourne, C., Murray, C. and Reath, J. (2014), 'Improving sexual healthcare in general practice', British Journal of Healthcare Management, vol 20, no 7 , pp 344 - 349.
  • Abbott, P., Reath, J., Rosenkranz, S., Usherwood, T. and Hu, W. (2014), 'Increasing GP supervisor research skills : enhancing clinical practice and teaching', Australian Family Physician, vol 43, no 5 , pp 327 - 330.
  • Abbott, P., Reath, J., Gordon, E., Dave, D., Harnden, C., Hu, W., Kozianski, E. and Carriage, C. (2014), 'General Practitioner Supervisor assessment and teaching of Registrars consulting with Aboriginal patients : is cultural competence adequately considered?', BMC Medical Education, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Abbott, P., Dave, D., Gordon, E. and Reath, J. (2014), 'What do GPs need to work more effectively with Aboriginal patients? : views of Aboriginal cultural mentors and health workers', Australian Family Physician, vol 43, no 1-2 , pp 58 - 63.
  • Deshmukh, T., Abbott, P. and Reath, J. (2014), ''It's got to be another approach' : an Aboriginal health worker perspective on cardiovascular risk screening and education', Australian Family Physician, vol 43, no 7 , pp 475 - 478.
  • Abbott, P., Rosenkranz, S., Hu, W., Gunasekera, H. and Reath, J. (2014), 'The effect and acceptability of tympanometry and pneumatic otoscopy in general practitioner diagnosis and management of childhood ear disease', BMC Family Practice, vol 15, no 181 .
  • McMahon, C., Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., Reath, J., Hickson, L., Leeder, S., Mitchell, P. and Cowan, R. (2013), 'The need for improved detection and management of adult-onset hearing loss in Australia', International Journal of Otolaryngology, vol 2013, no Article id. 308509 .
  • Abbott, P., Dadich, A., Hosseinzadeh, H., Kang, M., Hu, W., Bourne, C., Murray, C. and Reath, J. (2013), 'Practice nurses and sexual health care : enhancing team care within general practice', Australian Family Physician, vol 42, no 10 , pp 729 - 733.
  • Falster, K., Randall, D., Banks, E., Eades, S., Gunasekera, H., Reath, J. and Jorm, L. (2013), 'Inequalities in ventilation tube insertion procedures between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia : a data linkage study', BMJ Open, vol 3, no 11 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Rosenkranz, S., Abbott, P., Reath, J., Gunasekera, H. and Hu, W. (2012), 'Promoting diagnostic accuracy in general practitioner management of otitis media in children : findings from a multimodal, interactive workshop on tympanometry and pneumatic otoscopy', Quality in Primary Care, vol 20, no 4 , pp 275 - 285.
  • Martin, M. and Reath, J. (2011), 'GP Training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 194, no 11 , pp 67 - 70.
  • Reath, J. and Brown, N. (2010), 'Managing cardiovascular disease in aboriginal and torres strait islander people', Australian Prescriber, vol 33, no 3 , pp 72 - 75.
  • Liu, H., Patel, A., Brown, A., Eades, S., Hayman, N., Jan, S., Ring, I., Stewart, G., Tonkin, A., Weeramanthri, T., Wade, V., Rodgers, A., Usherwood, T., Neal, B., Peiris, D., Burke, H., Reid, C., Cass, A., Reath, J. and Abbott, P. (2010), 'Rationale and design of the Kanyini guidelines adherence with the polypill (Kanyini-GAP) study : a randomised controlled trial of a polypill-based strategy amongst Indigenous and non Indigenous people at high cardiovascular risk', BMC Public Health, vol 10 , pp 458 - 466.
  • Reath, J. and Carey, M. (2008), 'Breast and cervical cancer in indigenous women : overcoming barriers to early detection', Australian Family Physician, vol 37, no 3 , pp 178 - 182.
  • Reath, J. and Doolan, G. (2005), 'Progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training--an evaluation of the implementation of the GPET framework', Australian family physician, vol 34, no 1 , pp 23 - 26.
  • Reath, J. (2005), 'THE RACGP--supporting GPs to work better in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health', Australian family physician, vol 34, no 10 , pp 845 - 847.
  • Reath, J., Curtis, P. and Death, E. (2002), 'A role worthy of support. The general practitioner in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health', Australian family physician, vol 31, no 7 , pp 611 - 615.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Evaluation of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) Cancer Screening Program', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Understanding Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) Transitions in Western Sydney', Research Report
  • 2017, 'The Western Sydney Integrated Care Program: Qualitative Evaluation', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Residents of Airds - During and Beyond Housing Renewal', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Supporting Primary Health Care Providers in Western Sydney Areas of Socio-Economic Disadvantage', Research Report
  • 2015, 'The Nepean Blue Mountains Partners in Recovery Evaluation', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Western Sydney Medicare Local and Western Sydney Local Health District Partnership Evaluation', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education and Cultural Mentoring Capacity', Research Report
  • 2012, 'GP Project: Process and Impact Evaluation', Research Report

Prof Reath has substantial experience in research related to General Practice,Indigenous health, also educational interventions and policy frameworks. Over the past 25 years she has established a national profile including program,guideline and policy development in both clinical and educational areas. She iscurrently leading two multicentre RCTs in Aboriginal ear disease and has led evaluations of health service innovations including in the areas of complex and chronicmental health problems and health services integration.

Prof Reath's Masters of Medicine was based on a rapid assessment community diagnosis model of health needs assessment which was the first phase in the development of a women’s health program on the Pitjantjatjara Lands of South Australia. Prof Reath has also developed and led a multisite pilot of strategies for improving screening for breast and cervical cancer in Aboriginal women. Prof Reath presents regularly at national conferences, has authored a number of peer reviewed publications with others currently in press. She is a regular reviewer for Australian and international medical journals.

This information has been contributed by Professor Reath.

Current Projects

Title: Reducing the Impact of Diabetes and its Complications in the Greater Western Sydney Samoan community
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • WentWest Limited
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Ltd
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-07-26 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00023559
Title: CRE_ICHEAR - Assessing the prevalence of hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 4 years attending an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care service [via Menzies SoHR]
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath
Years: 2018-01-15 - 2020-01-14
ID: P00024706
Title: Patient-centred eHealth approach to improving outcomes for gout sufferers [via UNSW - no funding to UWS]
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath
Years: 2015-08-17 - 2020-09-30
ID: P00022817
Title: A multi-centre randomised controlled trial to compare nasal balloon autoinflation versus no nasal balloon autoinflation for otitis media with effusion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (the INFLATE trial)
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers:
Years: 2017-01-01 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00023308
Title: Peter Brennan Endowment Chair
Funder:
  • Peter Brennan Endowment Chair of General Practice
Western Researchers:
Years: -
ID: P00024479

Previous Projects

Title: Randomised controlled trial of antimicrobial treatment versus watchful waiting for acute otitis media without perforation in low risk Aboriginal children
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Penny Abbott, Federico Girosi and Wendy Hu
Years: 2013-10-01 - 2018-09-30
ID: P00020890
Title: Evaluation of the Western Sydney Medicare Local and Western Sydney Local Health District Partnership Memorandum
Funder:
  • WentWest Limited
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Penelope Burns, Ron Brooker and Penny Abbott
Years: 2013-01-01 - 2014-08-31
ID: P00021528
Title: Development and implementation of evaluation frameworks for Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local activities
Funder:
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath and Ron Brooker
Years: 2013-07-01 - 2015-06-30
ID: P00021692
Title: Evaluation of the Western Sydney Integrated Care Demonstrator Initiative
Funder:
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Penny Abbott and Ron Brooker
Years: 2015-07-01 - 2017-06-30
ID: P00022900
Title: Randomised controlled trial of antimicrobial treatment versus watchful waiting for acute otitis media without perforation in low risk Aboriginal children
Funder:
  • University of Sydney
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Federico Girosi and Wendy Hu
Years: 2016-09-06 - 2017-09-30
ID: P00023731
Title: Oran Park Town Centre Study Proposal
Funder:
  • Landcom
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath
Years: 2011-02-15 - 2012-08-31
ID: P00024500
Title: Oran Park Evaluation Plan
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Medicare Local Ltd
Western Researchers:
Years: 2015-01-06 - 2015-03-13
ID: P00024274
Title: Patient perspectives on shared care following colorectal cancer surgery
Funder:
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Western Researchers: Lawrence Tan, Jennifer Reath and Les Bokey
Years: 2014-07-28 - 2016-01-27
ID: P00022391
Title: Can a rapid access physiotherapy service (RAPS) improve satisfaction and clinical outcomes in acute low back pain?
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Matthew Liston, Jennifer Reath and Lawrence Tan
Years: 2016-03-31 - 2018-03-30
ID: P00022997
Title: Evaluation of Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network Cancer Screening Programs
Funder:
  • Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath and Steven Trankle
Years: 2017-01-31 - 2018-06-30
ID: P00023939
Title: The Healthy Environments and Active Living Study ('HEALStudy')
Funder:
  • Greenfields Development Company Pty Ltd
  • Landcom
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath, Dafna Merom, Gregory Kolt, Anthony Maeder and Andrew Page
Years: 2015-03-12 - 2017-05-30
ID: P00022387
Title: Process and an impact evaluation of resources and training programs developed in the NSW STI Programs Unit General Practice Project
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Health
Western Researchers: Ann Dadich, Jennifer Reath, Wendy Hu and Penny Abbott
Years: 2011-01-11 - 2012-12-30
ID: P00019630
Title: Developing perinatal oral health guidelines for dentists and prenatal care providers in Australia
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Philips Electronics Australia Ltd
  • Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) Ltd
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson, Hannah Dahlen, Jennifer Reath and Andrew Korda
Years: 2013-02-19 - 2014-07-31
ID: P00021176
Title: Supporting Primary Health Care Providers in Western Sydney areas of socioeconomic disadvantage
Funder:
  • Australian National University (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath and Ron Brooker
Years: 2014-04-01 - 2016-03-31
ID: P00022191
Title: Primary Health Care Research and Education Development
Funder:
  • Department of Health (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jennifer Reath
Years: 2011-01-11 - 2011-06-30
ID: P00020049

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Occupational Stress in Medical Students and Doctors
Field of Research:

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