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 study in knowledge translation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care is the developmental evaluation of a dissemination project – ‘Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement’ (the ESP Project). 

Her research goals are to improve health outcomes by understanding how to strengthen the use of evidence in healthcare policy-making and service delivery. 

In Alison’s previous work, she 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 worked in the Menzies team that conducted the Sentinel Sites Evaluation of the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (2010-2013).

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

  1. Laycock AF, Bailie J, Percival NA, Matthews V, Cunningham FC, Harvey G, et al. 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).
  2. Laycock A, Harvey G, Percival N, Cunningham F, Bailie J, Matthews V, et al. 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 [Internet]. 2018; 16(1):[117- pp.]. Available from:
  3. 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):1-3.
  4. Laycock A, Bailie J, Matthews V, Cunningham F, Harvey G, Percival N, Bailie R. (2017) A developmental evaluation to enhance stakeholder engagement in a wide-scale interactive project disseminating quality improvement data: a study protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open 2017; Vol 7, e016341 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016341
  5.  Bailie J, Matthews V, Laycock A, Schultz R, Burgess CP, Peiris D, Larkins S, Bailie R. Improving preventive health care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary care settings. Globalization and Health Vol 13, 13:48 DOI 10.1186/s12992-017-0267-z
  6.  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 healthcare. Front. Public Health. 2016 4:84. doi: 0.3389/fpubh.2016.00084.
  7. Bailie J, Laycock A, Matthews V and Bailie R (2016) 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. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00086. 2016
  8. O’Donoghue, L., Percival, N., Laycock, A., McCalman, A., Armit, C., Tsey, K., Bailie, R., Evaluating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion activities using audit and feedback. Australian Journal of Primary Health 2014; Vol 20, No 2. 
  9. 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; Vol 5, No 11.
  10. Laycock A with Walker D, Harrison N and Brands J.  2011, Researching Indigenous health: a practical Guide for Researchers, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.