AHOC Staff

AHOC Director

Jan Sansoni, Director (email)

Jan Sansoni is the Director of the Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration and has substantial experience in health outcomes research and education. Jan has a background in psychological measurement and program evaluation and has undertaken a number of health outcomes research consultancies for governments which include such diverse areas as women’s health, rehabilitation case management, coordinated care, and models for the establishment of a clinical guidelines repository.

Associate Professor Jan Sansoni (B.A., M.Sc., Dip.Ed. and Member of the Australian Psychological Society) is a psychologist with a background in psychological measurement and program evaluation, and has substantial experience in health outcomes research and education. She has undertaken research consultancies for governments and the private sector in such diverse areas as aged care assessment, women’s health, rehabilitation case management, coordinated care and chronic disease management, continence management, dementia, hospital quality and safety, oncology, pharmaceutical evaluation and social isolation. She has been an invited speaker at international conferences in the United States of America (Medical Outcomes Trust, 1997) New Zealand (Vision Conferences NZ, 2002) and Hong Kong (ISOQOL, 2004) and at local health conferences.

Associate Professor Janet Sansoni has been involved in the development of outcome measures (including indicators, patient reported outcome measures and outcome measurement suites) for a range of health conditions including those associated with chronic conditions and ageing, and in the development and revision of measurement tools and indicators used in outcomes evaluation. She was the project leader for the Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite project (2007) and due to this work was invited to be a member of the dementia working group (2014-2016) for the International Consortium Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM). ICHOM is currently endeavouring to develop standard measurement sets for health outcome assessment (and potentially for international benchmarking) for a range of diseases and health conditions. She has expertise concerning the measurement of health status, health related quality of life, patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient reported experience measures (PREMs) and has substantial experience concerning the design of surveys and questionnaires.

In recent years she has also provided consultancy advice on outcomes related projects to a number of areas within the Department of Health and Ageing and has been involved in the project management and supervision of a number of these initiatives (see recent funded projects below). Some recent projects related to cancer include the Development and Implementation of a Model for Rapid Access to Assessment for Lung Cancer Patients in NSW: Evidence Appraisal and the Case for Change (Thompson, Sansoni et al. (2015) and the Development of Prioritised Patient Experience Indicators for the Patient Centred Quality Cancer System Program: Technical Report (Sansoni et al, 2016).

Associate Professor Jan Sansoni has coordinated, with Dr Kate Senior, a Master of Public Health Unit on Health Outcomes Measurement and Management for the Menzies School of Health Research and thus has a good understanding of health service program evaluation.

View a list of selected publications by Associate Professor Jan Sansoni.

AHOC Collaborating Researchers

Cristina Thompson, Senior Research Fellow (email)

Cristina joined the Australian Health Services Research Institute in July 2008. Prior to this she worked for over 25 years in the health system as a clinician and senior manager, in both rural and metropolitan health settings. As a Senior Research Fellow, Cristina works within the Centre for Health Service Development and supports team based research projects in health and social policy, strategic health service development and planning. Cristina has worked on several large-scale evaluation projects and costing studies, with various State and Territory Health Departments. At a national level she has worked with a wide range of Australian Government Departments, agencies and non-government organisations in diverse areas including cancer services; rural and regional community based medical education; costs of transplant services; dementia services and most recently in health workforce reform. Cristina is experienced in mixed methods and qualitative research and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cathy Duncan, Research Fellow (email)

Cathy Duncan joined AHSRI in 2013. Prior to joining the Institute, Cathy worked for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing for almost 10 years in both Canberra and Tasmania in a range of program management and policy positions including in aged care, primary care and rural health. Cathy has academic qualifications in Social Work and worked for 13 years as a Social Worker in both Sydney and on the South Coast of NSW in acute care, rehabilitation and aged care settings. Her interests include aged care assessment, rural and remote health, community capacity building and the interface between acute care, primary care and aged care.

Peter Samsa, Research Fellow (email)

Peter Samsa joined CHSD in 2005 after working for the Council of Social Service of NSW and a variety of non-Government human service organisations. His interests include health informatics, and data standards for health and human services. He has academic qualifications in Social Work, and Information and Communication Technology.

Dr Kathryn Williams, Research Fellow (email)

Since joining AHSRI on a part-time basis in 2004, Kate has been involved in a variety of projects, including literature reviews, health program evaluations, the design and pilot testing of tools for priority setting and a catalogue of evidence-based strategies for the Best Start early intervention program. She is a professional writer with a degree in journalism. Her skills include research/evaluation design, measurement and tool design, data collection, data analysis (quantitative and qualitative) and knowledge transfer. Kate has a particular interest in projects concerning the health and well-being of children and adolescents. She graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wollongong in 2015.

Pam Grootemaat, Associate Fellow (email)

Pam Grootemaat joined CHSD on a full-time basis in July 2005. Pam previously worked in research and evaluation for mental health promotion. She has academic qualifications in nutrition and public health. Pam supports research projects in health system classification, policy and funding reform within health and community care services.

Darcy Morris, Senior Administrative Officer / Project Support (email)

In his full-time position, Darcy provides high level project and administrative support to AHSRI as a whole, and also to various specific projects. Provision of academic and research support includes contribution to report writing and the use of statistical software for data analysis. Darcy also has experience in mixed methods research, including survey design and development of survey instruments, interview techniques and conduct of focus groups. Darcy has worked on several Commonwealth Government funded national evaluations, for example the Local Palliative Care Grants Program, Asthma Management Program, Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care Program, and Health Workforce Australia's Expanded Scopes of Practice Program, as well as evaluation of Alzheimer's Australia's National Quality Dementia Care Initiative. He has contributed to a range of literature reviews and evidence briefs, including reviews for the Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System, Ambulance Service NSW, CanTeen, Cancer Institute NSW and Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Darcy has postgraduate qualifications in Health Services Research and Development.   

Last reviewed: 15 May, 2017

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