1994 …2020

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Personal profile


Dr Monique Kilkenny is the Head of the National Stroke Data Linkage Program  and is a Senior Research Fellow [PhD, MPH, Grad Dip Epidemiol/Biostat, B App Sci (MRA)] in the Stroke and Ageing Research Group (STAR) in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Dr Kilkenny is a highly experienced epidemiologist who has worked in research for over 25 years at National and International level.  In 2019, Dr Kilkenny received a Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Enterprise) from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in recognition of her work towards an integrated national data platform for stroke.

Nationally, Dr Kilkenny is a leader and collaborates with other national researchers in the field of stroke using linked data, performance monitoring, quality improvement research and health promotion evaluations. From 2007-2015, she has been responsible for overseeing the analysis and report writing for audit reports for acute and rehabilitation services. During this time she was also responsible for supervising research staff for analysis and write up of reports on the evaluation of the Know your numbers and StrokeSafe Program for the Stroke Foundation. These reports have been used to guide policy directions for improving prevention efforts and quality of care initiatives in hospitals and by Stroke Foundation and State government stroke clinical networks.

Before moving to stroke Dr Kilkenny was involved in epidemiological and health services research at a State/National/International level. Dr Kilkenny started her career working as a Health Information Manager managing a large registry (800,000 births). She was then employed as a Research Fellow and designed the first population-based clinical data on acne, wart, tinea and eczema in schoolchildren ever published in Australia. She then moved to France and played an important scientific role in the feasibility of the International Case-Control Study of mobile phones and head and neck tumours in 14 countries. This study showed it was feasible to conduct an informative study.  

Currently Dr Kilkenny is responsible for leading the analysis of the Stroke123 linked data derived from a highly successful NMHRC Partnership Grant (#1034415). This is the first time that a national linked dataset will be available in Australia to explore the continuum of stroke care (emergency presentations and admissions) including information before and after stroke onset for patients registered in a clinical registry.

Dr Kilkenny is CIB for the PRECISE NHMRC grant (#1141848). In this project, comprehensive linked data from survivors of stroke registered in the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry will be used to provide the first robust evaluation of the effectiveness of these enhanced models of primary care in patients with chronic diseases using stroke as an example.

Dr Kilkenny is CII for the STOPSTROKE NHMRC Synergy grant (#1182071). In this project, her team will investigate health service use among people later hospitalised for stroke.

Career summary: >80 peer-reviewed-publications, 54 government/non-government reports,  manuscript reviewer >20 journals, $9.5 million income (since 2007).

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

2011 → …

Research area keywords

  • stroke
  • Health services research
  • big data
  • analysis

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Research Output

Factors Associated With 90-Day Readmission After Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack: Linked Data From the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry

Kilkenny, M. F., Dalli, L. L., Kim, J., Sundararajan, V., Andrew, N. E., Dewey, H. M., Johnston, T., Alif, S. M., Lindley, R. I., Jude, M., Blacker, D., Gange, N., Grimley, R., Katzenellenbogen, J. M., Thrift, A. G., Lannin, N. A., Cadilhac, D. A. & On behalf of the Stroke123 investigators and AuSCR Consortium, Feb 2020, In : Stroke. 51, 2, p. 571-578 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Carotid endarterectomy: The change in practice over 11years in a stroke centre

Tse, G. T. W., Kilkenny, M. F., Bladin, C., Grigg, M. & Dewey, H. M., 1 Apr 2019, In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 89, 4, p. 314-319 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Chest infection within 30 days of acute stroke, associated factors, survival and the benefits of stroke unit care: Analysis using linked data from the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry

Chapman, C., Cadilhac, D. A., Morgan, P., Kilkenny, M. F., Grimley, R., Sundararajan, V., Purvis, T., Johnston, T., Lannin, N. A., Andrew, N. E. & On behalf of the Stroke123 investigators and AuSCR Consortium, 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Stroke. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Correction: Hospital organizational context and delivery of evidence-based stroke care: A cross-sectional study (Implementation Science (2019) 14 (6) DOI: 10.1186/s13012-018-0849-z)

Andrew, N. E., Middleton, S., Grimley, R., Anderson, C. S., Donnan, G. A., Lannin, N. A., Stroil-Salama, E., Grabsch, B., Kilkenny, M. F., Squires, J. E. & Cadilhac, D. A., 8 Feb 2019, In : Implementation Science. 14, 1, 1 p., 13.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Crohn's & Colitis Australia inflammatory bowel disease audit: measuring the quality of care in Australia

Massuger, W., Moore, G. TC., Andrews, J. M., Kilkenny, M. F., Reyneke, M., Knowles, S., Purcell, L., Alex, G., Buckton, S., Page, A. T., Stocks, N., Cameron, D., Manglaviti, F. & Pavli, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Internal Medicine Journal. 49, 7, p. 859-866 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)