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Dr Darshini Ayton is a public health/health services researcher and an NHMRC emerging leader fellow (2021-2025). Dr Ayton has strong expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research, longitudinal cohort datasets, randomised controlled trials and clinical quality registry projects. She has led the design and analysis of innovative qualitative projects in chronic diseases (dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, and infectious diseases), antimicrobial stewardship, health services project planning, implementation and evaluation, patient reported outcomes, intervention acceptability in trials, and patient experiences of health care and disease. Her extensive collaborations with clinicians, multidisciplinary researchers and patients is reflected in her 63 publications and 7.5 million in CI funding. Dr Ayton’s implementation skills have been demonstrated by adopting co-design approaches and mixed methods data collection and analysis to develop, implement and evaluate complex health service interventions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 24 Sep 2013

Master of Public Health, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 21 Dec 2009

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Dec 2005

Research area keywords

  • Dementia
  • Chronic disease
  • Health services
  • Patient experience
  • Consumer and Community Involvement
  • Implementation Science
  • Program planning and evaluation


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