Personal details

Dr Bridget Abell
Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work,
Research - Public Health
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Bond University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • President – Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (Queensland)

health services research, clinical epidemiology, cardiac rehabilitation, evidence-based practice, exercise as medicine, implementation science

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Bridget initially qualified with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Queensland and spent 7 years working clinically as a Cardiac Physiologist in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease across the private and public health care sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Since then she has also developed a strong skill set in health and medical research having completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at University College London, and having worked for several years as a research assistant across a variety of health disciplines.  Most recently she has been able to combine her professional experience with her passion for research, having completed her PhD examining exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation with the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University. She now has expanded her scope of interest to join AusHSI as a Research Fellow in Health Services Research and Implementation Science.


Research Interests and HDR Supervision

My research interests fall into three broad categories:

1.          Evidence-based practice

Given my clinical background and experience I really enjoy conducting projects which aim to better translate research evidence into clinical practice. This part of my research is often methodological in approach and broadly applicable across many disciplines – for example, improving the reporting of exercise interventions so that they are able to be used in practice, or exploring the nature and quality of clinical guidelines. I have also more recently taken an interest in health services research which aims to highlight evidence to inform policy and practice, as well as improve the cost and accessibility of healthcare.

Examples of research:

2.       Exercise training for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

My research in this area has been more directly focused on the clinical application of exercise training and its outcomes for patients with coronary heart disease.  It has involved evaluating the effectiveness of exercise components via meta-regression, and conducting a survey of current clinical practices.

Examples of research:

2.       Implementation Science in health

Implementation science refers to “the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other EBPs into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services.” This type of research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to plan, implement and evaluate health service change.

While I have the greatest skills, knowledge and interest in these three areas, I am more than happy to supervise HDR research projects that relate to any of these areas of research practice e.g exercise training for other chronic diseases, evidence-based practice in other fields.

This information has been contributed by Dr Bridget Abell.


I have experience as a tutor assisting undergraduate students in developing research and evaluation competencies relevant to careers in medicine, allied health professional practice, and health science research.  Topics I have taught include:

  • introductory statistics for medicine
  • designing a research question
  • different study types
  • experimental vs observational research
  • hypothesis testing
  • confounding and bias
  • logistic regression
  • introduction to qualitative research
  • critical appraisal

I have additionally been a facilitator of small group learning at regular workshops run for staff, students and researchers covering a variety of topics related to Evidence-Based Practice and Systematic Reviews.
Training Courses Attended:

  • Practical Foundations at Bond (Bond University, May 2016): one-day workshop of practical teaching and learning basics including classroom 101, planning and delivering assessment, student feedback, teaching challenges, creating teaching portfolios and teaching philosophy
  • Training the next generation of ‘Evidence Creators’ and ‘Evidence Consumers’ (Evidence Live Conference, Oxford, June 2016): Tips and tricks for curriculum development and teaching practice in Evidence-Based Medicine
This information has been contributed by Dr Bridget Abell.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

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President of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association- Queensland (October 2016- present)
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
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Scientific Committee Chair for the 2018 Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association Conference
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
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Conduct regular peer review of publications submitted to: -Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes -British Journal of Sports Medicine
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Awarded the "Best Poster" during the moderated poster sessions at the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association Conference, Melbourne, 2015 for the poster: "International guidance for prescribing exercise in cardiac rehabilitation: complementary or contradictory?"
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Winner of Bond University 3-Minute Thesis Competition 2014
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Awarded both the "People's Choice Award" and the ​"Best Exercise and Physical Activity Paper" at the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association Conference, Sydney, 2014 for the Oral Presentation: "Reducing mortality with exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation: Is it what patients do or how well they stick with it?"
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Awarded the "Best Exercise and Physical Activity Paper" at the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association Conference, Brisbane, 2012 for the oral Presentation: "Actiwave Cardio: the feasibility and validation of an innovative new ambulatory monitoring device:


Current supervisions

  • Engaging with clinicians to identify and reduce unwarranted clinical variation
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Steven McPhail

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)