Jodie Avery

Dr Jodie Avery

Career - Development Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Jodie is currently a Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellow (Previously NHMRC Postdoctoral Researcher with the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Senior Research Associate / Epidemiologist with Population Research and Outcome Studies), Robinson Research Institute, School of Medicine. Previously she was a Research Fellow in Restorative Care and Ageing at Flinders University. After completing degrees in Arts (Politics and Psychology) and Medical Radiations, Jodie moved to Public Health. She has worked in public health since 1997 and completed her Master of Public Health in 2003. Jodie has completed her PhD exploring “Depression and its Association with the Psychosocial Factors of Urinary Incontinence” with the Discipline of General Practice. Jodie has previously worked in research with the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide; CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition; and the SA Department of Health, before PROS moved to the University of Adelaide. Jodie also undertakes contract work in many different areas of research and education.
Passionate about public health, Jodie has been Vice President of the SA Branch of the Public Health Association, mentoring students and early career professionals. Jodie’s current population health interests include women’s health, ageing, chronic conditions, incontinence, mental health, quality of life, health information, health literacy, carers’ health, aboriginal health and complementary medicine regulation.
As a chronic disease epidemiologist her primary area of research has concerned the intersection of women's chronic health conditions with psychosocial factors that may influence other associated comorbidities.

Endocrine profiles of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in midlife: New investigations of the Lucina cohort

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), is the most common endocrine disorder of reproductive age. The true prevalence, and reproductive and metabolic outcomes of older women with PCOS is unknown. PCOS is not a stable condition over the life course, but a dynamic and follows different clinical and metabolic features. Women from the South Australian Lucina cohort (11.9% PCOS) were assessed 15 years ago when they were 30 years of age. These women will be aged 42-48 years in 2018. Endocrine and metabolic parameters worsen in women with PCOS as they age, increasing their risk for life-long health issues beyond menopause.

We intend to re-examine women with one or more symptom of PCOS who previously had clinical investigations. The 108 women who were previously referred for examination (Rotterdam) will be retraced and invited to undertake examination. Information repeating what was obtained previously, will be gathered through a structured interview. We will reengage the cohort and measure anthropometric indices, psycho-social and reproductive history, hirsutism classification, as well as fasting lipid, testosterone, SHBG, FAI, Free T, 2 hour glucose tolerance test, weight and record of illness and medications and potentially also ovarian morphology, including PCO.

Women who were born in 1973-1975 will be in their 40s now. Most will have completed childbearing but will still be menstruating. This is an ideal time to follow up and reengage this cohort preparing for future research. PCOS places a costly burden on the health care system and impacts on health and quality of life. However, perimenopause and menopause, have not often been considered in the management of PCOS, particularly in a longitudinal cohort. Reproductive and ovarian features of PCOS decrease at menopause and retrospective diagnosis is difficult. Later life PCOS has not been well researched: with no quality longitudinal natural history studies, we lack data on incidence and prevalence of heart disease and stroke in PCOS, however identifying any deterioration of cardio-metabolic profiles will contribute to the development of targeted strategies to help this prevalent and high risk population achieve optimal health into their later years. .

Barriers to reducing postpartum weight retention in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Post-partum weight retention is a key contributor to overweight and obesity in women.  The post-partum period is therefore a critical life stage to focus weight management interventions for women.  This is particularly relevant for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) given their higher risk of obesity-related morbidity and elevated risk for cardiometabolic complications such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Cardiovascular Disease.  PCOS affects up to 18% of reproductive aged women and is the most common endocrine disorder in women.  It generates numerous health problems across the lifespan including reproductive (hyperandrogenism, menstrual disorders, infertility and pregnancy complications), metabolic (obesity, insulin resistance and risk factors for and prevalence of type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease) and psychological (anxiety and depression) implications.  The aetiology of PCOS is unclear: however both genetic inheritance and lifestyle factors may be implicated.  Obesity exacerbates and weight loss ameliorates many features of PCOS and treatment for PCOS includes weight management, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, optimal nutrition and physical activity.

http://www.pcos-cre.edu.au/barriers-to-reduce-postpartum/    

ASPIRE 2016 Best Oral Presentation

Article in Fertility Society Newsletter

Depression and its Association with the Psychosocial Factors of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence is associated with psychological distress, depression and anxiety. Those with incontinence often experience depression and a reduced quality of life. We can gauge the impact of incontinence by examining the limitations on the women’s lives and their perceptions about the seriousness of their condition, and we can target interventions towards these women.  I found that resilience is protective against depression in this group of women, and interventions can be designed for specific age groups to increase resilience, so that the burden, including depression, is eased and quality of life is increased in women experiencing incontinence.

Recent Posters

Incontinence and Quality of LifeA Metasynthesis of Psychological perspectives of Urinary Incontinence

Media
University of Adelaide Story

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news62021.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=uniofadelaide&utm_campaign=socialmedia

Channel 10 News Story

http://youtu.be/K9xy6LhFMgw

TASA Blog

https://www.tasa.org.au/its-our-lot-how-resilience-influences-the-experience-of-depression-in-women-with-urinary-incontinence

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - 2018 Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 NHMRC Postdoctoral Researcher (0.8) The University of Adelaide,
    2017 - 2018 University Reseach Fellow (0.8) The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (0.2) NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    2016 - 2017 Research Fellow, Restorative Care and Ageing Flinders University
    2016 Tutor Facilitator, International Health III The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 Tutor, Psychology University of Adelaide
    2016 Course Developer, Measuring Health Service Outcomes Flinders University
    2015 Lecturer, Tutor, Facilitator Health Evaluation III The University of Adelaide
    2015 Tutor Public Health 1A and 1B The University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2016 Senior Research Associate / Epidemiologist The University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2010 Epidemiologist / Senior Project Officer South Australian Department of Health and Ageing
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Best Oral Presentation Award 6th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) Indonesia 650
    2014 Award The PHAA Kerry Kirke Student Award Public Health Association of Australia Australia $100 Book Voucher
    2011 Award SPH&CP Best Poster Presentation at the 2011 FHS Postgraduate Research Conference The University of Adelaide Australia 250
    1997 Award Agfa-Gervart Perpetual Trophy University of South Australia Australia 250
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1994 - 1997 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations - Radiotherapy)
    1989 - 1991 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Political Sociology)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2005 - 2014 Doctor of Philosophy University of Adelaide Australia
    1999 - 2002 Master of Public Health University of Adelaide Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    1997 Certificate in Vocational Education (Information T Adelaide Institute of Vocational Education (TAFE) Australia
  • Research Interests

National Competitive Schemes

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
December 2016 Career Development Fellowship Dr Jodie Avery NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the origins, outcomes and optimal management of PCOS $25,000
October 2015 Project Support Grant Dr Jodie Avery NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the origins, outcomes and optimal management of PCOS $15,000

State and University Based Funding Schemes

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2018 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences SCR/MCR Expert Panel Review Pitch Jodie Avery The University of Adelaide Review Funding
2018 Robinson Research Institute Deigned for Success Jodie Avery The University of Adelaide $1,000
2018 Australian Federation of University Women SA Inc. Trust Postdoctoral Grant Jodie Avery The University of Adelaide $5,000
2018 Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship Jodie Avery The University of Adelaide $95,198
2013 PhD Completion Scholarship Jodie Avery The University of Adelaide $12,500
2011 Bursary Jodie Avery Primary Health Care Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) $5,000

Travel Grant Funding

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
July 2018 Travel Grant Dr Jodie Avery Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences $2600
July 2018 Travel Grant Dr Jodie Avery NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the origins, outcomes and optimal management of PCOS  
June 2018 Travel Grant Dr Jodie Avery Robinson Research Institute $1000
June 2018 Travel Grant Dr Jodie Avery Healthy Development Adelaide $1000
November 2016 Travel Grant Dr Jodie Avery NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the origins, outcomes and optimal management of PCOS  
July 2015 Travel Grant Dr Jodie Avery NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the origins, outcomes and optimal management of PCOS $2,000
August 2015 Snapshot Award Dr Jodie Avery Endocrine Society of Australia

$250

September 2013 Travel Grant Jodie Avery Discipline of Medicine $1,810
July 2012 Sponsorship Jodie Avery PHCRIS sponsorship $1,240
July 2012 Travel Grant Jodie Avery Discipline of Medicine $850
September 2002 Student Scholarship Jodie Avery Public Health Association of Australia $650

Tutoring

Date Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
March 2015 Public Health 1A The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences  
July 2015 Public Health 1B The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences  
July 2016 International Health 111 The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences  
June 2016 Health Evaluation 111 The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences  
August 2016 Health and Lifespan Development Psychology 111 The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology  

 

Lecturing

Date Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
March 2015 Evaluation in Public Health: Public health practice and evaluation The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences 111  
April 2016 Evaluation in Public Health: Sampling; developing indicators; QoL measures (Marking) The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences 111  
August 2018 Physiology 111: Nutrition and fertility The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health Sciences  

Course Development

Date Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
May 2016 Measuring Health Service Outcomes Flinders University Master of Nursing (Coursework and Global Health Care) (Leading Quality and Safety)  
  • Position: Career - Development Fellow
  • Phone: 83131217
  • Email: jodie.avery@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 1217
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Room: 130
  • Org Unit: Robinson Research Institute

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