BHlthSc (Hon); PhD (enrolled)
Penny O’Brien is a current PhD candidate and qualitative researcher at OPUS. Penny’s PhD explores the impact of osteoarthritis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, a research area which has received little or no attention in Australia to date. As a novel research field, Penny also aims to investigate and evaluate the process of establishing a program of Aboriginal health research in a non-Aboriginal research group. This aspect of the PhD will explore partnership building, capacity building and culturally secure research methods to inform future research professionals initiating Aboriginal health research. Penny is also employed concurrently by the Department of surgery to coordinate qualitative research projects and to develop and facilitate a qualitative research methods training course. Within this position she hopes to contribute to the development of culturally secure arthritis education resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Penny also represents OPUS graduate researchers as an OPUS Executive committee member and is a foundation member of SOMA, the Student Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Association in which she fulfills a community engagement role.
- O’Brien P, Bunzli S, Lin I, Gunatillake T, Bessarab D, Coffin J, Garvey G, Dowsey M, Choong P. (2020). Tackling the burden of osteoarthritis as a health care opportunity in Indigenous communities – A call to action. Journal of Clinical Medicine.
- O’Brien P, Bunzli S, Ayton D, Dowsey M, Gunn J, Manski Nankervis J. (2019) What are the patient factors that impact on decisions to progress to total knee replacement? A qualitative study involving patients with knee osteoarthritis. BMJ Open.
- Bunzli S, O’Brien P, Klem N, Incoll I, Singh J, Davaris M, Choong P, Dowsey M. (2020) Misconceived expectations. Patient reflections on the total knee replacement journey. Musculoskeletal Care.
- Bunzli S, O’Brien P, Ayton D, Dowsey M, Gunn J, Manski Nankervis, J. (2019) Misconceptions and the Acceptance of Evidence-based Nonsurgical Interventions for knee Osteoarthritis. A qualitative study. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
- Gabbe, B, Ayton, D, Pritchard, EK, Tsindos, T, O’Brien, P, King, M, … Hayman, J (2018). The Prevalence of Acquired Brain Injury Among Victims and Perpetrators of Family Violence. Marrackville NSW: Brain Injury Australia.
- Ayton D, O’Brien P, Treml J, Soh S, Morello R, Barker A. (2017) Nurses’ perceptions of preventing falls for patients with dementia in the acute hospital setting. Australasian Journal on Ageing. 36(4):E70-2.DOI:10.1111/ajag.12474.
- O’Brien, P (CIA), Bunzli, S., Dowsey, M., Lin, I. & Choong, P. (2019). St. Vincent’s Health Australia Inclusive Health Fund. The OPUS Community Reference Group for Enhancing Equity, Collaboration and Culturally secure Osteoarthritis Care for Aboriginal Australians. $16,045
- Bunzli, S (CIA)…O’Brien P (AI) (2018). St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Research
- Endowment Fund. Health-related quality of life in Aboriginal Australians with osteoarthritis. Application 88268. $19,992.
- Gunatillake, T (CIA)…O’Brien P (AI) (2019). St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Research Endowment Fund. The ‘in-patient’ study: exploring the knowledge and understanding of osteoarthritis in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients admitted at SVHM. Application 90200. $16,938.
Other key roles
Qualitative Trials Coordinator, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne – coordinates qualitative components of a range of projects
Community Engagement Officer, SOMA (Students’ Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Association)