Dr Teresa Burgess

 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit School of Public Health
 Email teresa.burgess@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3468
 Mobile +61 4 2458 6826
 Location Floor/Room WS9067.02 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Teresa is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health. She holds qualifications in Primary Health Care (MPHC), Higher Education and Nursing Management and completed her PhD in 2016 which was a mixed methods study looking at health systems policy, practice and the experiences of individuals as they approached the end of their life. She also has extensive experience in the areas of primary health care and health services research.

    She is currently working on research exploring end of life care and advance care planning in vulnerable communities, in the context of public policy making

    She has worked on a diversity of programs including an examination of end of life care for people with COPD; the national evaluation of the Asthma 3+ Visit Plan; the Evaluation of GP Plus Health Networks in South Australia, resilience in early childhood development systems and a number of projects in the area of the quality assurance of learning and teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences as well as the development of musculoskeletal competencies for medical students.


  • Qualifications

    PhD. Chronic disease management along the continuum of care: the role of the health system in supporting people with end stage chronic illness. 2016. University of Adelaide

    Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. 2008. University of Adelaide

    Master of Primary Health Care. 1998. Flinders University

    Graduate Diploma Nursing Management. 1992. University of Technology, Sydney

  • Awards & Achievements


    In 2018, Teresa was awarded the School of Public Health Award for Academic Leadership. She also received an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2010.

  • Teaching Interests

    Teresa has co-ordinated a variety of public health courses including courses on public health advocacy, health policy and health services, health promotion, evaluation and qualitative research methods.

    She has also coordinated the Master of Public Health Research courses (including Dissertations and Theses) and MPH placement programs. She has also coordinated Internship and research placement courses in the undergraduate Health and Medical Sciences courses.


  • Research Funding

    Enhancing the online information and support on the GriefLink website for people bereaved or affected through suicide. Burgess, T; Brooksbank, M; Bull, M; Eliott, J; Laven, G; Traynor, M; Roach, D. (2018). South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grants

    Social, ethical and economic consideration of smart technologies for ageing well. Burgess, T; Barrie, H; Baruanck-Mayer, A; Cebula, A; Treude, C. (2017). $20,000. Office of the Ageing

    Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy. Eliott, J; Burgess, T; Dunbar, T; Olver, I; Richards, B; Crawford, G; Zivkovic; Faulkner D. (2017) $781,842.00. (NHMRC: $379,367.00; Partner contribution: $402,475.00) NHMRC Partnership Grant

    How can intersectoral collaboration between the health and education sectors be optimised? Braunack-Mayer A, O'Keefe M, Skinner S, McCaffery K, Burgess T, Marshall H, Watson M. (2010). $423,490.  ARC Linkage Grant

    A Needs Assessment of the support requirements for mid to late candidature International HDR Students and HDR students from Non English Speaking backgrounds (who have been in Australia for less than 10 years ) in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Burgess TA, Braunack-Mayer A, Picard M and Niess C. (2009).  $3,500.00. University of Adelaide

    Informing the development of a model of care for patients with end stage COPD: what are their care needs and are they being met? Brooksbank M, Brown M, Crockett A, Burgess T, Crawford G.  (2008). $49,425.00.  NHMRC Palliative Care Grant

    Upgrading the GriefLink Website: content; accessibility; functionality and administrative efficiency.  Chapman J, Laven G, Burgess T, Bull M, Roach D, Marlowe J, Duszynski A.  (2007).  $10,000.  Community Benefit SA

  • Publications

    Book Chapters

    Burgess T. 2010. Chapter 12: Reforming Australia’s early childhood development systems – the role of resilience theory in “Resilience and TransformationCanberra: CSIRO

    Journal Articles

    1. Tooher R, Collins J, Braunack-Mayer A, Burgess T, Skinner SR, O'Keefe M, et al. Intersectoral collaboration to implement school-based health programmes: Australian perspectives. Health Promot Int. 2017. 32 (2): 312 - 321.

    2  O’Keefe, M., Wade, V.  McAllister, S., Stupans, I & Burgess, T. Improving management of student clinical placements: insights from activity theory. BMC Medical Education. 2016 16:219. DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0747-5

    3 Burgess T, Braunack-Mayer A, Tooher R, Collins J, O’Keefe M, Skinner R, Watson M, Ashmeade H, Proeve C, Marshall H. Optimising inter-sectoral collaboration between health and education: the Health Bridges study. Journal of Public Health. 2015 First published online: December 29, 2015

    4. O’Keefe, M., Wade, V., McAllister, S., Stupans, I., Miller, J., Burgess, T., LeCouter, A., Starr, L. 2014. Rethinking attitudes to student clinical supervision and patient care: a change management success story. BMC Medical Education. 14(1):182.

    5. Braunack-Mayer, A., Skinner, S., Collins, J Tooher, R., Proeve, C., O’Keefe, M., Burgess, T., Watson, M., Marshall, H., 2014. Ethical challenges in school-based immunisation programs for adolescents: a qualitative study. American Journal of Public Health. 105(7):1399-403. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302280.

    6. Marshall, H., Proeve, C., Collins, J., Tooher, R., O’Keefe, M., Burgess, T., Skinner, S., Watson, M., Ashmeade, H. and Braunack-Mayer, A. 2 014. Eliciting youth and adult recommendations through citizens' juries to improve school based adolescent immunisation programs. Vaccine. 32(21): 2434–2440.

    7 Burgess, T; Braunack Mayer, A; Crawford, G & Beilby J. 2014. Australian health policy and end of life care for people with chronic disease: an analysis. Health Policy.  115 (1): 60-67.

    8.  Mahato, P., Peng, B. & Burgess, T. 2013. Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services and its role in HIV/AIDS prevention and management in Nepal. South East Asia Journal of Public Health.  3(1): 10-16

    9. Mude, W., Burgess, T. & Mwrani, L..  2013 “We should eat it wisely, in a good way”: Understanding of childhood obesity and overweight among Sudanese refugee parents in Adelaide; South Australia. Australasian Review of African Studies. 34(2): 113 – 133.

    10. Burgess, T., Young, M., Crawford, G., Brooksbank, M. &Brown, M. 2013. Best-practice care for people with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the potential role of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease care co-ordinator. . Australian Health Review.  37(4):474-81 

    11 Marshall, H., Collins, J., Sullivan, T., Tooher, R., O’Keefe, M., Skinner, S., Watson, M., Burgess, T., Ashmeade, H. and Braunack-Mayer, A. 2013. Parental and societal support for adolescent immunization through school based immunization programs.  Vaccine. Jun 26;31(30):3059-64.

    12. Crawford G, Burgess T, Young M, Brooksbank M, Brown M. 2013.  A patient-centred model of care incorporating a palliative approach: A framework to meet the needs of people with advanced COPD? Progress in Palliative Care. 2013; 25(5): 286-294. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1743291X13Y.0000000053. 

    13. Burgess, T; Braunack Mayer, A; Crawford, G & Beilby J. 2013 Meeting end-of-life care needs for people with chronic disease: Palliative care is not enough.  Medical Journal of Australia. 198(4): 186-187. 

    14. Brown, M., Brooksbank, M., Burgess, T., Young, M. &,Crawford, G., 2012.  The experience of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and advance care planning: A South Australian Perspective.  Journal of Law and Medicine.  Vol 20.  400- 409

    15. O’Keefe M, Elshaug A, Burgess T, Peirce E, Nettelbeck T. 2012.  Use of the Delphi technique to facilitate interdisciplinary consensus on academic program structure. Focus on Health Professional Education. 14:55-66

    16. O'Keefe M; Burgess T; McAllister, S & Stupens, I. 2012.  12 Tips for supporting student learning in multidisciplinary clinical placements.  Medical Teacher. 34(11):883-7

    17. Crawford, G., Brooksbank, M., Brown, M., Burgess, T., & Young, M. (2012). The unmet needs of people with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: recommendations for change in Australia. Internal Medicine Journal (43(2): 183-190

    18. O'Keefe M; Laven G; Burgess T.  2011.  Student non-completion of an undergraduate degree: Wrong program selection or part of a career plan? CHER: Higher Education Research & Development.  30(2): 165-177

    19. Chehade, M., Bentley, D., & Burgess, T. 2011.  The AMSEC project – a model for collaborative interprofessional and interdisciplinary evidence-based competency education in health. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 0(0), 1-3. doi:10.3109/13561820.2011.544794

    20. Chehade M, Burgess T, & Bentley D. 2011.  Ensuring quality of care through implementation of a competency-based musculoskeletal education framework.  Arthritis Care & Research.  63(1): 58–64

    21. Burgess T, Crocombe L, Kelly J and Seet PS.  2009.  The effect of cultural background on the academic adjustment of first year Dental students.  ERGO . 1(2): 5–14

    22. Chehade M, Burgess T, Bernstein J, Lawry G, Akesson K and Woolf A.  2008.  Musculoskeletal Education Initiatives and the Bone and Joint Decade. Touch Briefings – US Musculoskeletal Review.:86 - 87

    23. Johnson D, Zierch A & Burgess T.  2008. I don’t think general practice should be the front line’: experiences of general practitioners working with refugees in South Australia.  Australia and New Zealand Health Policy. Vol 5 (20) 

    24. Leach R, Burgess T and Holmwood C. 2008 Could Recidivism in Prisoners be Linked to Traumatic Grief? A Review of the Evidence. International Journal of Prisoner Health.  Vol 4(2): 104 - 119

    25. Selby S, Jones A, Burgess T, Clark S, Moulding N, Beilby J. 2007.  Disenfranchised grievers. The GP's role in management.  Aust Fam Physician.  36(9): 768

    26. Burgess T & Jones A.  2006.  Engaging practitioners with research: how do we meet the challenge? Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, Vol 8(1): 25 - 33

    27. Selby S, Jones A, Clark S, Burgess T, Beilby J.  2005.  Re-entry adjustment of cross cultural workers: the role of the GP.  Aust Fam Physician.  34(10): 863-865

    28. Clark, S, Burgess T, Bull M, Laven G, Marker J and Browne E.  2004.  Developing and Evaluating the GriefLink Web Site: Processes, Protocols, Dilemmas and Lessons Learned.  Death Studies. 28(10): 955 - 970 

    29. Laurence C, Burgess T, Beilby J, Symon B and Wilkinson D.  2004.  Electronic medical records may be inadequate for improving population health status through general practice: cervical smears as a case study.  ANZJPH.  28(4): 317 - 320

    30. Burgess T, Brooksbank M and Beilby J.  2004.  Talking to patients about death and dying.  Aust Fam Physician.  33(1/2): 85-86

    31. Jones A, Burgess TA, Farmer EA, Fuller J, Stocks NP, Taylor JE, Waters RL.  2003.  Building research capacity. An exploratory model of GPs' training needs and barriers to research involvement.  Aust Fam Physician. 2003 Nov;32(11):957-60.


  • Professional Associations

    2016 - 2018 - Member, Executive Committee. PHAA (SA Branch)

    2009 – 2010 - Member, PHAA National Conference Organising Committee

    2002 – 2010 - Member – Executive Committee. PHAA (SA Branch)


    2019 - ongoing - SPH Academic Lead Internships

    2017 - ongoing - Academic Lead, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Unit

    2016 - ongoing - Member, SPH Executive Committee

    2014 - ongoing - Member, SPH Program Board

    2011 – 2015 – Member, SPHCP Research Committee

    2005 – 2010 – Member, Year 4/5 Research Sub Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences

    2005 – 2010 – Member, Assessment Panel, Year 4/5 Research Proposal

  • Community Engagement


    2018 - ongoing - Secretary, GriefLink Management Committee.

    1998 - 2017 - Member, GriefLink Management Committee

    008 – 2010- Member, Executive of the SA Health Literacy Alliance

    2008 - 2011 - Member, South Australian Refugee Health Network (Management and Education Comittees)

    2005 – 2008 – Convenor, South Australian Refugee Health Network

    2003 – 2011 – Member, Education Sub Committee, South Australian Refugee Health Network


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