Alison Laycock

PhD Candidate


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Northern Territory University, 1998; Bachelor of Education, SA College of the Arts and Education, 1980; Diploma of Teaching, SA College of the Arts and Education, 1979


Brisbane and Adelaide


Alison is a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Primary Health Care Systems, Division of Epidemiology and Health Systems. Her recently completed study is the developmental evaluation of a knowledge translation project in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care quality improvement – ‘Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement’ (the ESP Project). 

Alison’s research goals are to improve health outcomes by understanding how to strengthen the use of evidence in healthcare policy-making and service delivery. Her research and professional interests include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care; continuous quality improvement; knowledge translation; collaborative and applied research; evaluation; purposeful stakeholder engagement; data-driven policy and system change.

In her previous work in the health and education sectors, Alison developed practical evidence-based resources and training materials for the research and primary health care workforce, most recently in research practice, health promotion and continuous quality improvement. She was a member of the award-winning Menzies team that conducted the Sentinel Sites Evaluation of the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (2010-2013).

Alison’s research has been supported by a NHMRC Postgraduate Award scholarship and the Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement.

  1. Laycock A, Bailie J, Matthews V and Bailie R. Using developmental evaluation to support knowledge translation: reflections from a large-scale quality improvement project in Indigenous primary health care. Health Research Policy & Systems 2019; 17(70).
  2.  Laycock A, Bailie J, Percival N, Matthews V, Cunningham F, Harvey G, Copley K, Patel L, Bailie R. Wide-Scale Continuous Quality Improvement: A Study of Stakeholders' Use of Quality of Care Reports at Various System Levels, and Factors Mediating Use. Front Public Health. 2019; 6:378.  
  3. Bailie, J., Laycock, A., Matthews, V., Peiris, D. and Bailie, R., Emerging evidence of the value of health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the primary care setting. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2019; 25, 1-5
  4.  Laycock A, Harvey G, Percival N, Cunningham F, Bailie J, Matthews V, Copley K, Patel L., Bailie R. Application of the i-PARIHS framework for enhancing understanding of interactive dissemination to achieve wide-scale improvement in Indigenous primary healthcare. Health Research Policy & Systems 2018; 16(1).
  5.  Bailie, J., Cunningham, F. C., Bainbridge, R. G., Passey, M. E., Laycock, A. F., Bailie, R., Peiris, D. Comparing and contrasting ‘innovation platforms’ with other forms of professional networks for strengthening primary healthcare systems for Indigenous Australians. BMJ Global Health, 2018; 3(3)
  6.  Bailie, J., Matthews, V., Laycock, A., Connors, C., Bailie, R. Rigorous follow-up systems for abnormal results are essential to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2018; 24(1), p.1
  7. Laycock A, Bailie J, Matthews V, Cunningham F, Harvey G, Percival N, Bailie R. A developmental evaluation to enhance stakeholder engagement in a wide-scale interactive project disseminating quality improvement data: study protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open 2017; 7: e016341.
  8. Bailie, J., Matthews, V., Laycock, A., Schultz, R., Burgess, C., Peiris, D., Larkins, S., Bailie, R. Improving preventive health care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary care settings. Global and Health, 2017; 13(1), 48
  9. Laycock A, Bailie J, Matthews V, Bailie R. Interactive Dissemination: Engaging Stakeholders in the Use of Aggregated Quality Improvement Data for System-Wide Change in Australian Indigenous Primary Health Care. Front. Public Health. 2016; 4:84.
  10.  Bailie J, Laycock A, Matthews V, Bailie R. System-Level Action Required for Wide-Scale Improvement in Quality of Primary Health Care: Synthesis of Feedback from an Interactive Process to Promote Dissemination and Use of Aggregated Quality of Care Data. Front. Public Health. 2016; 4:86.
  11. Bailie, J., Schierhout, G., Laycock, A., Kelaher, M., Percival, N., O'Donoghue, L., McNeair, T., Bailie, R. Determinants of access to chronic illness care: a mixed-methods evaluation of a national multifaceted chronic disease package for Indigenous Australians. BMJ Open, 2015; 5(11), p.e008103
  12.  Bailie, J., Schierhout, G., Kelaher, M., Laycock, A., Percival, N., O’Donoghue, L., McNeair, T., Chakraborty, A., Beacham, B., Bailie, R. Follow-up of Indigenous specific health assessments – a social ecological analysis. Medical Journal of Australia, 2014; 200: 653-657
  13. Laycock A with Walker D, Harrison N, and Brands J. 2011, Researching Indigenous health: a practical guide for researchers, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.
  14. Laycock A with Walker D, Harrison N and Brands J. 2009, Supporting Indigenous Researchers: a practical guide for supervisors, Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, Darwin.