Beck O'Hara

Dr Beck O'Hara

Grant Funded Researcher

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - 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.

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 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
    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

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 Scopus4
  • 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

 

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  • 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
  • Phone: 83131527
  • Email: beck.ohara@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Norwich House, floor G
  • Room: G 08
  • Org Unit: Robinson Research Institute

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