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Biography

Sue is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine where she leads the Melbourne GRADE centre and contributes to Cochrane’s program of work on the translation of research into policy. Her role includes producing and facilitating the use of systematic reviews for health policy decision-making. She has led seven systematic reviews, three commissioned by the NHMRC, and co-authored reviews of public health and healthcare improvement interventions. Her research collaborations focus on methods for synthesising evidence in complex reviews and overviews of systematic reviews, findings from which have informed workshops and guidance for systematic review authors. She is a co-investigator on a project to develop GRADE methods for overviews of systematic reviews, and is co-authoring two Cochrane handbook chapters. She is an associate editor of the journal Systematic Reviews, and a member of the NHMRC Health Evidence panel through which she has led eight commissioned methodological reviews of systematic reviews and NHMRC approved guidelines since 2013.

As a postdoctoral fellow on the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research (CIPHER), Sue contributed to the development of measures of research use in policy and the evaluation of a program designed to build capacity for research use in policy agencies. In 2013 Sue was awarded a PhD in public health for research that examined the effects and evaluation of continuous quality improvement (CQI). This research involved development of a conceptual framework for guiding research on CQI in primary care, which was based on systematic review of theory and qualitative research. The framework was accompanied by comprehensive reviews of tools for measuring organisational and team factors thought to influence the success of CQI. Since completing her PhD in 2013, Sue has published 22 research papers and reports to government (18 peer reviewed).

Sue holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Monash University.

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Projects 2014 2021

Research Output 1994 2018

What can we learn from interventions that aim to increase policy-makers' capacity to use research? A realist scoping review

Haynes, A., Rowbotham, S. J., Redman, S., Brennan, S., Williamson, A. & Moore, G., 10 Apr 2018, In : Health Research Policy and Systems. 16, 1, 27 p., 31.

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Development and validation of SEER (Seeking, Engaging with and Evaluating Research): A measure of policymakers' capacity to engage with and use research

Brennan, S. E., McKenzie, J. E., Turner, T., Redman, S., Makkar, S., Williamson, A., Haynes, A. & Green, S. E., 17 Jan 2017, In : Health Research Policy and Systems. 15, 1, 19 p., 1.

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Evidence for a comprehensive approach to Aboriginal tobacco control to maintain the decline in smoking: An overview of reviews among Indigenous peoples

Chamberlain, C., Perlen, S., Brennan, S., Rychetnik, L., Thomas, D., Maddox, R., Alam, N., Banks, E., Wilson, A. & Eades, S., 10 Jul 2017, In : Systematic Reviews. 6, 1, 28 p., 135.

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Overviews of systematic reviews: Great promise, greater challenge

McKenzie, J. & Brennan, S. E., 8 Sep 2017, In : Systematic Reviews. 6, 1, 185.

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Policymakers' experience of a capacity-building intervention designed to increase their use of research: A realist process evaluation

Haynes, A., Brennan, S., Redman, S., Williamson, A., Makkar, S. R., Gallego, G. & Butow, P., 23 Nov 2017, In : Health Research Policy and Systems. 15, 1, 20 p., 99.

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