Dr Frances Cunningham
Senior research fellow
Doctor of Science (ScD), Johns Hopkins University, 1983; Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1971; Diploma of Education, Queensland University of Technology, 1967.
Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:
Principal Supervisor for PhD
Dr Cunningham is a senior research fellow in the Centre for Primary Health Care Systems, Division of Epidemiology and Health Systems. Formerly a senior health executive, consultant, policy analyst and health services researcher, Frances’ experience includes the public and private health sectors in Australia, the United States and the Pacific.
Her research work with the South Pacific Commission related to HIV/AIDS prevention in the Pacific. She has conducted a broad range of research, consulting and policy projects in the health, community and disability services areas, with a focus on the financing and delivery of services. Her recent research at the University of New South Wales applied network methods to evaluate the effectiveness of state-based, clinical networks.
Frances works with colleagues in the ABCD National Research Partnership at Menzies on continuous quality improvement in primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her research uses qualitative and mixed methods.
She is a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Frances has been a board director for St Vincent’s Private Clinic, The STaR Association, and the ACHSM-NSW.
- Long, J.C., Cunningham, F.C. & Braithwaite, J. (2013). Bridges, brokers and boundary spanners in collaborative networks: a systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 13:158.
- Tang, R., Ranmuthugala, G., & Cunningham, F.C. (2013). Surgical safety checklists: a review. ANZ Journal of Surgery, DOI: 10.1111/ans.12168.
- Nosrati, H., Clay-Williams, R., Cunningham, F., Hillman, K. & Braithwaite, J. (2013). The role of organisational and cultural factors in the implementation of system-wide interventions in acute hospitals to improve patient outcomes: protocol for a systematic literature review. BMJ Open, 3:e002268.
- Long, J.C., Cunningham, F.C., & Braithwaite, J. (2012). Network structure and the key role of key players in a translational cancer research network: a study protocol. BMJ Open, 2:e001434.
- Cunningham, F.C., Ranmuthugala, G., Westbrook, J.I., & Braithwaite, J. (2012). Net benefits: assessing the effectiveness of clinical networks in Australia through qualitative methods. Implementation Science, 7:108.
- Cunningham, F C., Morris, A. & Braithwaite, J. (2012). 'Experimenting with clinical networks: The Australasian experience. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 26(6),685-686.
- Long, J.C., Cunningham, F.C. & Braithwaite, J. (2012). Network structure and the role of key players in a translational cancer research network: a study protocol. BMJ Open, 2:e001434.
- Cunningham, F. C., Ranmuthugala, G., Plumb, J., Georgiou, A., Westbrook, J. I. & Braithwaite, J. (2012), 'Health professional networks as a vector for improving healthcare quality and safety: a systematic review', BMJ Quality & Safety, 21(3), 239-249.
- Ranmuthugala 2011, G., Cunningham, F., Plumb, J., Long, J., Georgiou, A., Westbrook, J.I., et al. ( 2011). A realist evaluation of the role of communities of practice in changing healthcare practice. Implementation Science 6:49.
- Braithwaite, J., Westbrook, J., Ranmuthugala, G., Cunningham, F., Plumb, J., Wiley, J., et al. (2009). The development, design, testing, refinement, simulation and application of an evaluation framework for communities of practice and social-professional networks. BMC Health Services Research, 9:162.
QUEENSLAND health professionals will receive training on how to provide culturally appropriate healthy lifestyle advice to Indigenous people under the Menzies B.strong training program.
The $2.24 million B.Strong initiative will be rolled out over three years by the Menzies School of Health Research to health professionals in Queensland giving culturally-appropriate lifestyle advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
Queensland healthcare workers will undergo training to help them better address the rate of smoking and disease among their Indigenous patients.
QLD Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program.