Megan Riley

Megan Riley

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Currently a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology, I am interested in Knowledge Translation – that is, moving research from the laboratory, research publication or academic conference into the hands of people and organisations who can put it to practical use. Prior to obtaining my Bachelor of Psychological Science with 1st Class Honours, I was a Media Monitor for the South Australian Government. Before that, I taught English, Drama and Media Studies to high school kids in the UK.

Conflicting world views and miscommunication are major challenges when health professionals differ in cultural and linguistic background from the clients in their care. My current research involves developing and evaluating an online teaching module to educate health professionals how to successfully communicate cancer-related information to Indigenous Australians. This includes examining engagement and satisfaction with the module, as well as whether learning outcomes are successfully achieved. It is hoped that in equipping health professionals to provide information in a culturally sensitive manner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with cancer would have an increased understanding about their cancer and its treatment and experience positive interactions with the health system, thereby attaining better cancer treatment outcomes.

This research is being conducted in collaboration with the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Targeted Approaches To Improve Cancer Services (TACTICS) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. I am supervised by Dr Melissa Oxlad, Professor Ian Olver and Dr Kate Gunn.


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