Beck O'Hara

Dr Beck O'Hara

Grant-Funded Researcher (B)

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Beck O’Hara is a Grant-Funded Researcher with Robinson Research Institute, Adelaide Medical School and is currently working on the Endometriosis Digital Health Platform Project funded by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the Australian Government Department of Health.

Beck completed a Bachelor of Business with Honours at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she investigated the psychosocial, marketing and environmental factors associated with young women’s alcohol consumption. She also completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion with Curtin University in 2011.

Beck has worked in chronic disease, health policy and health promotion research for more than 10 years for state and local government, non-profit organisations and Universities. She is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has conducted research in regional and remote areas and has contributed to projects investigating experiences of complex conditions like diabetes and with vulnerable population groups including women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Beck completed her PhD at Monash University where she conducted a mixed-methods study examining women’s experiences of managing endometriosis in Australia and the role of self-management in this disease. Dr O’Hara then moved to Adelaide, where she is working with the endometriosis community to co-create a digital health platform to empower and support people affected by endometriosis.

My research at the Robinson Research Institute is focused on co-creating a digital health platform with the endometriosis community to empower and support people affected by the disease. This research has been supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. We are employing a Design Thinking Framework to co-create this platform with the endometriosis community including people with the disease, those that support them, clinicians, researchers and bioinformatics specialists. This platform will be formed to respond to the needs of the endometriosis community, with a particular emphasis on current unmet needs, and research into how we can better serve those living with the condition.

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - ongoing Grant Funded Researcher: Endometriosis Digital Platform Project University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Research Assistant (Casual) Monash University
    2018 - 2018 Research Assistant (Casual) Monash University
    2015 - 2015 Research and Evaluation Officer (Contract) Cardinia Shire Council
    2014 - 2015 Project Officer (Research and Evaluation) - CFA MIRI collaboration Monash University
    2012 - 2014 Senior Research Officer James Cook University
    2010 - 2012 Research and Evaluation Officer Diabetes Queensland
    2008 - 2010 Senior Policy Officer (Data Analyst) Queensland Government
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award 2022 RRI Career Development Award Robinson Research Institute Australia -
    2022 Award 2022 RRI Excellence in Community Engagement Award Robinson Research Institute Australia -
    2022 Award 2022 RRI Travel Grant Robinson Research Institute Australia -
    2019 Award Special Award Graduate Women Victoria Australia $1,000
    2018 Award Special Award Graduate Women Victoria Australia $1,000
    2016 Scholarship Australian Research Training Program Scholarship Australian Government Australia -
    2010 Award Best Academic Paper International Non-profit and Social Marketing Conference Australia -
    2009 Award Best Paper Australian New Zealand Marketing Academy Australia -
    2006 Research Award Honours Bursary Australian Federation of University Women Australia -
    2002 Distinction Dean's Commendation University of the Sunshine Coast Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2019 Monash University Australia PhD
    2011 - 2011 Curtin University Australia Post Graduate Certificate (Health Promotion)
    2006 - 2007 University of the Sunshine Coast Australia Bachelor of Business (Honours)
    2002 - 2004 University of the Sunshine Coast Australia Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Sirohi, D., Ng, C. H. M., Bidargaddi, N., Slater, H., Parker, M. A., Hull, M. L., & O'Hara, R. (2024). High-Quality eHealth Websites for Information on Endometriosis: Systematic Search. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 26(1), 11 pages.
    DOI
    2024 Avery, J. C., Deslandes, A., Freger, S. M., Leonardi, M., Lo, G., Carneiro, G., . . . Jenkins, M. (2024). Noninvasive diagnostic imaging for endometriosis part 1: a systematic review of recent developments in ultrasound, combination imaging, and artificial intelligence. Fertility and Sterility, 121(2), 164-188.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2024 Avery, J. C., Knox, S., Deslandes, A., Leonardi, M., Lo, G., Wang, H., . . . Jenkins, M. (2024). Noninvasive diagnostic imaging for endometriosis part 2: a systematic review of recent developments in magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and computed tomography. Fertility and Sterility, 121(2), 189-211.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2024 Van Niekerk, L., Pugh, S., Mikocka-Walus, A., Ng, C., O'Hara, R., Armour, M., . . . Evans, S. (2024). An evaluation of sexual function and health-related quality of life following laparoscopic surgery in individuals living with endometriosis. Human reproduction (Oxford, England), 39(5), 992-1002.
    DOI
    2023 Sirohi, D., Freedman, S., Freedman, L., Carrigan, G., Hey-Cunningham, A. J., Hull, M. L., & O’Hara, R. (2023). Patient experiences of being advised by a healthcare professional to get pregnant to manage or treat endometriosis: a cross-sectional study. BMC Women's Health, 23(1), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Sirohi, D., Ng, C. H. M., Bidargaddi, N., Slater, H., Parker, M. A., Hull, M. L., & O'Hara, R. (2023). High-Quality eHealth Websites for Information on Endometriosis: Systematic Search (Preprint).
    DOI
    2022 Armour, M., Avery, J., Leonardi, M., Van Niekerk, L., Druitt, M. L., Parker, M. A., . . . Evans, S. (2022). Lessons from implementing the Australian National Action Plan for Endometriosis.. Reproduction & fertility, 3(3), C29-C39.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS8 Europe PMC8
    2022 Shetty, A., Delanerolle, G., Zeng, Y., Shi, J. Q., Ebrahim, R., Pang, J., . . . Phiri, P. (2022). A systematic review and meta-analysis of digital application use in clinical research in pain medicine.. Front Digit Health, 4, 1-23.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS2 Europe PMC4
    2021 O'Hara, R., Rowe, H., & Fisher, J. (2021). Self-management Factors Associated With Quality of Life Among Women With Endometriosis: A Cross-sectional Australian Survey. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey, 76(5), 271-272.
    DOI
    2021 Delanerolle, G., Ramakrishnan, R., Hapangama, D., Zeng, Y., Shetty, A., Elneil, S., . . . Raymont, V. (2021). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the Endometriosis and Mental-Health Sequelae; The ELEMI Project.. Women's health (London, England), 17, 1-16.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC8
    2021 Evans, S., Villegas, V., Dowding, C., Druitt, M., O'Hara, R., & Mikocka-Walus, A. (2021). Treatment use and satisfaction in Australian women with endometriosis: A mixed-methods study.. Internal medicine journal, 52(12), 2096-2106.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS5 Europe PMC8
    2020 Chalikavada, R., Broder, J. C., O'Hara, R., Gasevic, D., & Xue, W. (2020). The association between neighbourhood walkability and after‐school physical activity in Australian schoolchildren. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 32(2), 182-188.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2020 O'Hara, R., Rowe, H., & Fisher, J. (2020). Managing endometriosis: a cross-sectional survey of women in Australia.. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol, 43(3), 1-8.
    DOI Scopus35 WoS37 Europe PMC23
    2020 Lazarowicz, A., O'Hara, R. L., Broder, J. C., Grunberg, D. M. S., & Gasevic, D. (2020). Gender differences in barriers to participation in after-school physical activities and related factors in Australian schoolchildren: A cross-sectional study.. Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 32(S2), 139-146.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2020 O'Hara, R., Rowe, H., & Fisher, J. (2020). Self-management factors associated with quality of life among women with endometriosis: a cross-sectional Australian survey.. Human reproduction (Oxford, England), 36(3), 647-655.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS7 Europe PMC10
    2019 O'Hara, R., Rowe, H., & Fisher, J. (2019). Self-management in condition-specific health: a systematic review of the evidence among women diagnosed with endometriosis. BMC WOMENS HEALTH, 19(1), 19 pages.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS20 Europe PMC16
    2018 O'hara, R., Rowe, H., Roufeil, L., & Fisher, J. (2018). Should endometriosis be managed within a chronic disease framework? an analysis of national policy documents. Australian Health Review, 42(6), 627-634.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2017 O'Hara, R., & Jackson, S. (2017). Integrating telehealth services into a remote allied health service: A pilot study. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25(1), 53-57.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS10 Europe PMC4
    2017 Muir, C., Gilbert, J., O’Hara, R., Day, L., & Newstead, S. (2017). Physical bushfire preparation over time in Victoria, Australia. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 26(2), 241-251.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS12
    2014 O'Hara, R. (2014). Perspectives on Indigenous crime in a remote community. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8(12), 15-19.
    2013 Sharma, B., Raciti, M., O'Hara, R., Reinhard, K., & Davies, F. (2013). A tri-country social marketing study of young university women’s alcohol consumption and the perceived influence of their peers’ attitudes. e-Journal of Social and Behavioural Research in Business, 4(1), 1-11.
    2013 Raciti, M., O'Hara, R., Sharma, B., Reinhard, K., & Davies, F. (2013). Examining price promotions, venue and place of residence as predictors of alcohol consumption. Journal of Social Marketing, 3(1), 8-27.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2013 Sharma, B., Raciti, M., O'Hara, R., Reinhard, K., & Davies, F. (2013). University students' perceived susceptibility to alcohol retail sales promotions. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 30(3), 283-294.
    DOI Scopus5
    2008 O'Hara, R., Harker, D., Raciti, M., & Harker, M. (2008). Attitudinal, normative and demographic influences on female students' alcohol consumption. Young Consumers, 9(1), 7-16.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12
    2007 O'Hara, R., Harker, D., Raciti, M., & Harker, M. (2007). Risky alcohol consumption by young, female Australians: The influence of significant others. Social Marketing Quarterly, 13(4), 26-46.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2023 O'Hara, R., Sirohi, D., H.M. Ng, C., Slater, H., Parker, M., Li, W., & Hull, L. (2023). EndoZone: World's first co-created, digital informatics platform for endometriosis - Oral Presentation. Poster session presented at the meeting of 15th World Congress on Endometriosis. Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom.
    2023 Freedman, S., Sirohi, D., Freedman, L., Carrigan, G., Hey-Cunningham, A., Hull, L., & O'Hara, R. (2023). Improving the delivery of advice from health professionals to people with endometriosis: Patients' perspectives on pregnancy advice. Poster session presented at the meeting of 15th World Congress for Endometrosis. Edinburgh Scotland, United Kingdom.
    2022 Sirohi, D., O'Hara, R., H.M. Ng, C., & Hull, L. (2022). Exploring the needs of the endometriosis community using the Design Thinking Framework - (Oral presentation; pre-recorded). Poster session presented at the meeting of 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion. Montreal (Virtually hosted).
    2022 O'Hara, R., Sirohi, D., H.M. Ng, C., Bidargaddi, N., Slater, H., Parker, M., & Hull, L. (2022). EndoZone: An evidence-based platform co-created with people affected by endometriosis - Oral presenation. Poster session presented at the meeting of TAAHC Women's Health Forum.
    2022 O'Hara, R., Sirohi, D., H.M. Ng, C., Bidargaddi, N., Slater, H., Parker, M., & Hull, L. (2022). EndoZone: An evidence-based platform co-created with people affected by endometriosis - Oral Presentation. Poster session presented at the meeting of QLD Women's Health Forum.
    2021 Sirohi, D., O'Hara, R., H.M. Ng, C., Bidargaddi, N., Slater, H., Parker, M., & Hull, L. (2021). Engaging the Australian endometriosis community in the design of a digital health platform - Poster Presenation. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th World Congress on Endometriosis.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2013 O'Hara, R. (2013). Evaluation of the Marapai Ngartathati Murri Women’s Group and Yurru Ngartathati Men’s Group - Indigenous Justice Program.

2020 - 2021

Endometriosis Digital Health Platform

Australian Government Department of Health

Public Health and Chronic Disease Program

Principal Investigator: Louise Hull

University of Adelaide Co-investigators: Beck O’Hara, Sarah Robertson

$1,060,000 over two years

2019

Endometriosis Digital Health Platform

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Principal Investigator: Louise Hull

University of Adelaide Co-investigators: Beck O’Hara, Sarah Robertson

$150,000 over one year

 

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor General Practitioners Perspectives of the Diagnosis of Endometriosis Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Part Time Miss Nimantha Sonali Abeygunasekara
    2023 Co-Supervisor Analysing the role of Artificial Intelligence assisted diagnostic imaging Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Misha Richards
    2020 Co-Supervisor Co-creation and evaluation of a digital health platform for endometriosis using Design Thinking Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Diksha Sirohi
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Endometriosis Victorian Endometriosis Support Group Epworth Freemasons Australia
    2017 - ongoing Managing endometriosis in Australia: Women's experiences Victorian Endometriosis Support Group Epworth Freemasons Australia
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
  • Phone: 83131527
  • Email: beck.ohara@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Norwich House, floor G
  • Org Unit: Women's and Children's Health

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