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DR Lucio Naccarella

Positions

  • Health services research evaluation (primary care, public health, health promotion)

Overview

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  • I am health services researcher and evaluator with a focus on four key areas, including: 1) Building evaluation capability within public sector organisations; 2) Evaluating health workforce models of care and development; 3) Evaluating population health, health literacy and community based professional development initiatives; and 4) Researching health care facility design to optimise the health care workforce. I have worked on public sector funded (category 2 and 3) projects, evaluating and building health program evaluation capacity of external organisations (e.g., Diabetes Victoria; Primary Care Partnerships etc) in multiple policy priority areas including: primary care, health promotion, cancer care, population health, health literacy, health workforce models of care and professional development, and more recently on the nexus between health workforce and health care systems design. Since successfully completing my PhD in 2006 on a topic of growing importance - an original empirical study of General Practitioner work-related relationships informed by a network approach, I have been on an upward career trajectory as demonstrated by winning three career development awards (2007 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Linkage & Exchange Travelling Fellowship; 2008 University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Award; and 2010 – 2014 NHMRC Postdoctoral Training Fellowship). I have made a whole of career commitment to an interdisciplinary academic practice as demonstrated by having had multiple strategic joint appointments and consistently working with colleagues from other disciplines. In 2016 I received a University of Melbourne Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative seeding grant to lead an interdisciplinary research team from: the Melbourne School of Design, Swinburne School of Design, Centre for Workplace Leadership; National Ageing Research Institute; and a Residential Aged Care Facility, culminating in a submission of a $1.3m Dementia and Aged Ca   

Publications

Selected publications

Research

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Additional Grant Information

  • As Chief Investigator, and as team member I have won over 70 research and evaluation Category 1, 2 and 3 project grants, including people support (e.g., NHMRC PhD Scholarship, NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellowship) and project support (e.g., grants and tenders) demonstrating my status as a high achieving academic, at a national, state, regional and local level, bringing in over $4m in funding to the University of Melbourne. Multiple research projects have allowed me to really understand the 'needs' of the health care system. Given that my career has focussed on building the capability of the health care system to support evidence-informed health care policy and practice and utilisation focussed evaluation – I have mainly focussed on Category 2 and 3 grants given their focus on instrumental use of evidence (i.e., health program improvement, change, policy and funding decisions). I have extensive engagement within communities – geographically (e.g., Western Metropolitan Region); organisationally (e.g., Victorian Primary Care Partnerships; Community Health Services) and professionally (e.g., General Practice, Australian Practice Nurse Association, Allied Health), and governments (e.g., Victorian Department of Health and Human Services). My extensive links within the primary health care system (e.g., General Practice Victoria, Primary Care Partnerships, Primary Health Networks) and the acute care system (e.g., Monash and Western Health) has also enabled me to conduct priority relevant research (e.g., Designing facilities) and evaluations (e.g., Cancer Survivorship, General Practice Nurses   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • GradDipMHS, University of Melbourne 1997
  • BSc(Hons), Adelaide University 1983

Awards and honors

  • European Healthcare Design Conference Design Research Paper, 2017
  • European Healthcare Design Conference - Highly Commended Design Research Award, 2016
  • Not in List, 2014
  • Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute International Visiting Fellowship Program- Prof Jody Gittell, 2012
  • NHMRC Postdoctoral Australian based Primary Health Care Training Fellowship (2010- 2014) – Workforce Planning in Australian Primary Health Care, 2010
  • The University of Melbourne Knowledge Transfer Visiting Scholar Award. Professor James Buchan, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2009
  • The University of Melbourne, Early Career Researcher Award. Optimising Australia’s primary care workforce reforms via primary care organisations, 2008
  • Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, International Visiting Fellowship. Professor James Buchan, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, 2008
  • The University of Melbourne Knowledge Transfer Visiting Scholar Award. Professor Nicholas Mays, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, 2007
  • Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Linkage & Exchange Travelling Fellowship to the UK., 2007
  • Victorian Department of Human Services Public Health Awards (runner up) Evaluation of the Well for Life Program, 2005
  • NHMRC PhD Postgraduate Primary Health Care Scholarship, 2004

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Supervision

Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • My research focuses on four key areas: 1) Building evaluation capability within public sector organisations; 2) Evaluating health workforce models of care and development; 3) Evaluating population health, health literacy and community based professional development initiatives; and 4) Researching health care facility design to optimise the health care workforce.