Getting the right stakeholders together to influence healthcare improvements

28 September 2021

Through her extensive public health work, Clare Johnson has helped geographically and culturally diverse communities as far afield as remote Western Queensland and London. Now she’s applying her experience and skills to a new role dedicated to establishing collaborative networks for health research translation. For the past decade, Clare has led the design, implementation and evaluation of quality improvement and health promotion programs in chronic disease prevention and management and cancer screening. While she was in the United Kingdom, Clare discovered her passion for quality improvement. “I worked with an organisation that uses quality improvement methodology and data to identify practice-evidence gaps and work in partnership with health professionals to bridge these gaps. Ultimately, the greatest reward in this work is when we can measure system improvements that result in better patient and population outcomes,” Clare said. “One of my career highlights is leading three Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Programs that helped to improve diabetes care and early intervention.” The opportunity to drive improvements in Queensland’s healthcare system inspired Clare to join BDHP as Collaborative Networks Manager. Clare’s main responsibility in this new role is to ensure a mix of researchers, clinicians, consumers, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders are working in partnership to identify and solve the most pressing challenges impacting our health system. “Our emphasis is on research translation to practice. That means we need collaboration and co-design with the people who can influence system change and those people who are affected by the system to understand and address the challenges with impact.” When Clare’s not at work, you’ll find her rolling out her yoga mat or enjoying the great outdoors. While her other favourite pastime, travel, is currently on hold, one of her treasured travel memories is teaching English in Rwanda and living with a local family there.

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