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Dr Sandy Reeder (previously Braaf) is a Senior Research Fellow working as a member of the Pre-hospital, Emergency and Trauma group (School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine) and additionally the Brain Recovery and Rehabilitation group (Central Clinical School). She is an Honorary Monash Partners Consumer and Community Engagement Fellow who supports, educates, and implements consumer and community involvement in health research.

Sandy’s research aims to improve long-term recovery after traumatic injury, with a specific focus on supporting people to navigate health information and services to improve their recovery experiences and outcomes. She has expertise in qualitative research, mixed methods, evaluation methods, and consumer engagement in research.

Sandy leads qualitative research programs in trauma recovery across two research groups. In 2014-2018 she was the project manager for the largest longitudinal study of recovery from major trauma undertaken globally. She also leads programs for consumer and community involvement in health research. In 2019-2021 she held a Health Services Research Fellowship in consumer and community engagement at Monash Partners Health Academic Science Centre. Her expertise in qualitative research and consumer engagement has been applied to longitudinal and mixed methods studies, clinical trials, machine learning, intervention development and implementation, and process and outcomes evaluations.

Sandy’s research is fully integrated with policy and practice via a long-standing relationship with key stakeholders in government, industry and community organisations. She has worked on many projects for the Transports Accident Commission (TAC), as well as with the Victorian Department of Health to develop education content on trauma recovery for the Better Health Channel.

Sandy is driven to ensure people recovering from traumatic injury can navigate health, insurer, and disability systems and services to achieve their optimal outcomes.

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Health Sciences, PhD, Examining healthcare professionals’ communication across the perioperative pathway to improve patient safety, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 17 Dec 2012

Education, Master of Training and Development, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 8 Dec 2005

Education, Graduate Diploma of Education and Training: , University of Melbourne

Award Date: 8 Dec 2000

Critical Care Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, Western Health

Award Date: 3 Dec 1996

Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, La Trobe University

Award Date: 18 Dec 1991

Research area keywords

  • Health Communication
  • Health Literacy
  • Trauma
  • Injury
  • Injury outcomes
  • Health Services
  • Injury compensation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Recovery from injury

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