Dr Rebecca Tooher

Program Coordinator Master of Public Health
Dr Rebecca Tooher
  Org Unit Public Health
  Email rebecca.tooher@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 1316
  Location Floor/Room WS9062.29 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building ,   North Terrace


Rebecca Tooher is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Master of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Rebecca has specialised for over a decade in research methodology particularly in translational research and evidence-based clinical and public health practice. She has a special interest in the use of qualitative, mixed methods and deliberative approaches for eliciting public and community views about health research and public health policy. Rebecca's professional experience has included the development of curriculum for training health professionals in research design and conduct as well as development of innovative curriculum for teaching undergraduate students in health communication and psychosocial support.


PhD (University of Sydney), PostGradDipAud (UQ), BA (UQ)

Chair, Program Management Committe, School of Population Health

Program Coordinator, Master of Public Health

SA Branch President, Public Health Association of Australia


Australian Postgraduate Award - Industry (PhD Scholarship)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Assocation 2001 Editor's Award in Hearing
Nominated for Australian Hearing Award - Community Service 1999

2012 Braunack-Mayer A, Street J, Reynolds C, Moore V, Warin M, Carter D, Moss J, Merlin T  AIs: Broderick D, Willis C, Gordon J, Tooher R, Larg A. Australian National Preventative Health Agency Research Grant (#182BRA2011) Steward or nanny state: Consulting the public about the use of regulations and laws to address childhood obesity. ($288,381)

2008 P Middleton P, Tooher R, Crowther C NHMRC. NICS Guidelines. Clinical practice guideline for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients admitted to hosptial. ($50,000)

2008 Middleton P, Tooher R, Crowther C NHMRC Guidelines Assessment Register Beyond blue: perinatal mental health guidelines. ($17,000)

2007 Middleton P, Crowther C, Glover K. AIs: P Baghurst, A Chan, C Blank, D Gregory, I Kowanko, R Martis, Anne Nixon, J Robinson, R Staugas, R Tooher, D Weetra. South Australian Health Commission - South Australian Strategic Health Research Program Grant. Preventing infant deaths in Aboriginal and teenage women in South Australia. ($125,000)


Journal publications 2010-2014

Braunack-Mayer A, Skinner S, Collins J, Tooher R, Proeve C, O'Keefe M, Burgess T, Watson M, Marshall H.  Ethical challenges in school-based immunisation programs for adolescents: a qualitative study. American Journal of Public Health. 2014. In Press

Collins J, Alona I, Tooher R, Marshall H. Increased awareness and Health care provider endorsement is required to encourage pregnant women to be vaccinated. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 2014; 10(10). In press.

Marshall H, Proeve C, Collins J, Tooher R, O’Keefe M, Burgess T, Skinner S, Watson M, Ashmeade H, Braunack Mayer A. Eliciting youth and adult recommendations through citizens’ juries to improve school based adolescent immunisation programs. Vaccine 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.02.098.

Bain E, Wilson A, Tooher R, Gates S, Davis LJ, Middleton P. Prophylaxis for venous thromboembolic disease in pregnancy and the early postnatal period. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 2. Art. No.: D001689. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001689.pub3.

Marshall S, Collins J, Sullivan T, Tooher R, O'Keefe M, Skinner SR, Watson M, Burgess T, Ashmeade H, Braunack-Mayer A. Parental and societal support for adolescent immunization through school based immunization programs Vaccine 2013. 31(30): 3059-3064.
(doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.04.064)

Braunack-Mayer A, Tooher R, Collins J, Street J, Marshall H. Understanding the school community's response to school closures during the H1N1 2009 influenza pandemic BMC Public Health 2013;13:344.(doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-344)

Tooher R, Collins J, Street J, Braunack-Mayer A, Marshall H. Community knowledge, behaviours and attitudes about the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemic: A systematic review. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 2013; DOI: 10.1111/irv.12103

Kessels S, Marshall H, Watson M, Braunack-Mayer A, Reuzel R, Tooher R. Factors associated with HPV vaccine uptake in teenage girls: a systematic review. Vaccine. 2012;30(24):3546-56. (doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.03.063)

Marshall H, Tooher R, Collins J, Mensah F, Braunack-Mayer A, Street J, Ryan P. Awareness, anxiety, compliance: Community perceptions and response to the threat and reality of an influenza pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control. 2012;40:270-272. (doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2011.03.015)

Hillier S, Grimmer-Somers K, Merlin T, Middleton P, Salisbury J, Tooher R, Weston A. FORM: An Australian method for formulating and grading recommendations in evidence-based clinical guidelines BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011;11:23. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-11-23

Tooher R, Gates S, Dowswell T, Davis LJ. Prophylaxis for venous thromboembolic disease in pregnancy and the early postnatal period. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD001689. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001689.pub2.


Other publications and publications prior to 2010

Please see Curriculum Vitae under File

President, SA Branch, Public Health Association of Australia

Read my blog at http://publichealthevidence.weebly.com/index.html

Follow me on twitter @RebeccaTooher

Blog post: Is there really safety in numbers? republished on InDaily 5 April, 2011

Blog post: Innovation in public health: what can we learn from the creative arts? on Croakeyblog Sept 30, 2013

Sept 30-Oct 4 2013: Guest tweeter on @WePublicHealth on the Croakey blog

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