Dr Susan Webster is an Honorary Research Fellow (2014-2019) in the Department of General Practice. In 2015 she was also awarded a Victorian Parliamentary Library Fellowship.
Her critical research interests are in health services policies and systems relating to children and young people whose health and development can be at risk as a consequence of maltreatment or neglect.
These interests encompass both the history of political decision making in Australian jurisdictions about health services for children who are taken into protective care as well as contemporary health service system design. Her three key goals are to foster and participate in new research in this field, to encourage and support relevant research higher degree studies and to provide input into policy and implementation related to new practice initiatives.
Susan held a Primary Health Care Research & Evaluation (PHCRED) Fellowship at the University of Melbourne in 2007. She was awarded a Master of Primary Health Care (Research) degree in 2009 with a study of general practitioner willingness and readiness to undertake comprehensive health assessments for children in Out-of-Home Care in Victoria (Webster SM & Temple-Smith MJ 2010)
In 2014 Susan completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Her thesis "Fostering Health: An Australian health policy and systems study of health assessment for children and young people in Out-of-Home Care" was among those considered for the Chancellor's Prize for Excellence at the University of Melbourne.
Susan's earlier career spanned 35 years in Commonwealth and Victorian government and community service organisations working across diverse areas in employment, equal opportunity, youth welfare, justice and health. She was appointed in 1987 as an inaugural Member of the Victorian Guardianship & Administration Board within the Victorian Justice Department, serving on the Board for more than 10 years. Susan joined the newly formed General Practice Victoria in 1998 and was a senior staff member until 2008 when she decided to pursue further research higher degree study.
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Children and young people in out-of-home care: canaries in the coal mine of healthcare com..
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The impact of primary care on emergency department presentation and hospital admission with pneumonia: a case-control study of preschool-aged children
Diane P Emery, Tania Milne, Catherine A Gilchrist, Megan J Gibbons, Elizabeth Robinson, Gregor D Coster, Christopher B Forrest, Anthony Harnden, David Mant, Cameron C Grant
Journal article | 2015 | npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Effect of an Enhanced Medical Home on Serious Illness and Cost of Care Among High-Risk Children With Chronic Illness A Randomized Clinical Trial
Ricardo A Mosquera, Elenir BC Avritscher, Cheryl L Samuels, Tomika S Harris, Claudia Pedroza, Patricia Evans, Fernando Navarro, Susan H Wootton, Susan Pacheco, Guy Clifton, Shade Moody, Luisa Franzini, John Zupancic, Jon E Tyson
Journal article | 2014 | JAMA
Prevalence and Predictors of Return Visits to Pediatric Emergency Departments
Ayobami T Akenroye, Cary W Thurm, Mark I Neuman, Elizabeth R Alpern, Geetanjali Srivastava, Sandra P Spencer, Harold K Simon, Javier Tejedor-Sojo, Craig H Gosdin, Elizabeth Brennan, Laura M Gottlieb, James C Gay, Richard E McClead, Samir S Shah, Anne M Stack
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Hospital Medicine
Use of emergency departments and primary care visits for asthma related conditions in the 3 years following an asthma education program
Katherine Gaudreau, Henrik Stryhn, Carolyn Sanford, Connie Cheverie, Janette Conklin, Judy Hansen, Mitchell Zelman, Carol McClure
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Asthma
Use of alarm features in referral of febrile children to the emergency department: an observational study
Yvette van Ierland, Gijs Elshout, Henritte A Moll, Ruud G Nijman, Yvonne Vergouwe, Johan van der Lei, Marjolein Y Berger, Rianne Oostenbrink
Journal article | 2014 | British Journal of General Practice
Information needs of parents for acute childhood illness: determining 'what, how, where and when' of safety netting using a qualitative exploration with parents and clinicians
Caroline HD Jones, Sarah Neill, Monica Lakhanpaul, Damian Roland, Hayley Singlehurst-Mooney, Matthew Thompson
Journal article | 2014 | BMJ Open
Impact on quality of life by improving asthma control medication in patients with persistent asthma in a paediatric emergency department
Javier Benito-Fernandez, Elisa Mojica-Munoz, Amagoia Andres-Olaizola, Maria Gonzalez-Balenciaga, Mireya Urrutia-Adan, Lorea Martinez-Indart, Santiago Mintegi
Journal article | 2013 | European Journal of Emergency Medicine
The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership home visiting programme for first time teenage mothers in England: a protocol for the Building Blocks randomised controlled trial
Eleri Owen-Jones, Marie-Jet Bekkers, Chris C Butler, Rebecca Cannings-John, Sue Channon, Kerenza Hood, John W Gregory, Alison Kemp, Joyce Kenkre, Belen Corbacho Martin, Alan Montgomery, Gwenllian Moody, Kate E Pickett, Gerry Richardson, Zoe Roberts, Sarah Ronaldson, Julia Sanders, Eugena Stamuli, David Torgerson, Michael Robling
Journal article | 2013 | BMC Pediatrics
Effects of an Education and Training Intervention on Caregiver Knowledge of Nonurgent Pediatric Complaints and on Child Health Services Utilization
Evan S Fieldston, Frances M Nadel, Elizabeth R Alpern, Alexander G Fiks, Judy A Shea, Evaline A Alessandrini
Journal article | 2013 | Pediatric Emergency Care
The red tape waltz. Where multi-centre ethical and research governance review can step on the toes of good research practice.
Susan M Webster, Meredith Temple-Smit
Journal article | 2013 | Monash Bioethics Review
How could it happen that the very processes intended to assure ethical research in Australia might, themselves, undermine good res..
Patient-Centered Medical Home A Systematic Review
George L Jackson, Benjamin J Powers, Ranee Chatterjee, Janet Prvu Bettger, Alex R Kemper, Vic Hasselblad, Rowena J Dolor, Julian Irvine, Brooke L Heidenfelder, Amy S Kendrick, Rebecca Gray, John W Williams
Journal article | 2013 | Annals of Internal Medicine
Suitability of emergency department attenders to be assessed in primary care: survey of general practitioner agreement in a random sample of triage records analysed in a service evaluation project
Mary IW Thompson, Daniel Lasserson, Lloyd McCann, Matthew Thompson, Carl Heneghan
Journal article | 2013 | BMJ Open
Child, caregiver, and family characteristics associated with emergency department use by children who remain at home after a child protective services investigation
Janet U Schneiderman, Michael S Hurlburt, Laurel K Leslie, Jinjin Zhang, Sarah McCue Horwitz
Journal article | 2012 | Child Abuse & Neglect
Effect of Telephone Calls From Primary Care Practices on Follow-up Visits After Pediatric Emergency Department Visits Evidence From the Pediatric Emergency Department Links to Primary Care (PEDLPC) Randomized Controlled Trial
Andrew D Racine, Elizabeth M Alderman, Jeffrey R Avner
Conference Proceedings | 2009 | Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Change in approach and delivery of medical care in children with asthma: Results from a multicenter emergency department educational asthma management program
RB Boychuk, CJ DeMesa, KM Kiyabu, F Yamamoto, LG Yamamoto, R Sanderson, B Gartner, R Donovan, S Beckham, C Pang, R Fanucchi, V Chong
Conference Proceedings | 2006 | Pediatrics
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
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Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master Primary Health Care (Research)
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts
University of Melbourne