Personal details

Name
Dr Margo Sendall
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 3526
Fax
+61 7 3138 3369
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Health Science (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

public health, health promotion, settings based health promotion, school health, workplace health, qualitative research, phenomenography, participatory action research, indepth interviews, focus groups

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

Biography

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology.

LEARNING AND TEACHING: I have tutored, lectured, guest lectured, co-ordinated and graded across the full spectrum of units from large (>175) undergraduate core public health units offered as multi-disciplinary electives to specialist methodology (qualitative) units to small boutique (health promotion) units in undergraduate and post graduate degrees to core (health promotion) and capstone (project and dissertation) units in Masters of Public Health (coursework). I have coordinated 48 units with a total enrolment of over 2,200 students and revenue worth more than 4.6 million dollars.

RESEARCH: My expertise is settings based health promotion and participatory action research. I was a co-investigator on a successful competitive grant worth nearly $900,000 over 4 years to investigate sun protection strategies for outdoor workers. Additionally, I was the Principal Investigator on a successful competitive grant tender worth $120,000 over 2 years to investigate SNAPO (smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and obesity) risk factors for truck drivers. In my most recent project, I worked with two Queensland bus companies and one truck company to explore innovative digital strategies to increase physical activity and improve nutrition and impact workplace health promotion policy. Currently, I am working with a consortium of Australia’s largest road transport companies to impact national strategy for drivers mental health and co-morbidity outcomes. I have 41 publications.

LEADERSHIP: I have undertaken a number of internal leadership roles. For example, in  my role as Director of Post Graduate Research (2016-2019), I oversaw 54 Confirmation of Candidature and 19 Final Seminar panels. Externally, I have national and international leadership roles with the Australian Health Promotion Association, the International Union of Health Promotion and Education, international Editorial Boards and the state and national road transport industry.

This information has been contributed by Dr Margo Sendall.

Teaching

COURSES: In S1, I coordinate two units, PUP038 Health Promotion 1: Paradigms and HLN703 Research Project in the Masters of Public Health. In S2, I coordinate the second year unit, PUB461: Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health in the Bachelor of Public Health and again, the public health cohort enrolled in the postgraduate capstone unit, HLN703 Research Project. 

SUPERVISION: As you can see below, I supervise a range of research degree students. Please contact me if you are thinking about Higher Degree by Research in health promotion, mixed methods or qualitative research. I am more than happy to chat about your project, how to enrol and support you in the scholarship application process. My email is m.sendall@qut.edu.au

Vacation Research Experience Scholarship: I have supervised twelve (12) Vacation Research Experience Scholarship (VRES) students. Seven (7) of these students published a journal article.

Master by Coursework: I have supervised thirteen (13) Master by Coursework students. Eight (8) of these students undertook a 24 credit point project and five (5) of these students undertook 48 credit point minor thesis (titles listed here). Six (6) of these students published a journal article.

  • Mothers and health promotion: Closing the gap for 100% measles immunization in North Vietnam.
  • Neuroscience nurses’ attitudes towards cognitively impaired acquired head injured patients.
  • Australian Women’s perceptions of enablers and barriers when instigating physical activity for better health outcomes:
  • Knowledge of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine: A perspective from Australian women: A qualitative case study.
  • Exploring the role of workplace health promotion to improve physical activity and nutrition in bus drivers: A cross-sectional case study.

Masters by Research: I have supervised two (2) Masters by Research degree.

  • Is it too late by eight? Recognising the protective factors of culture, education and families in building resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  • Dementia Friendly Communities: Exploring characteristics of community friendly environments for those with dementia.

Doctoral degrees: I have supervised or am supervising fourteen (14) professional and philosophy doctorates.

  • DHSc: Understanding the social cultural context of obesity and chronic disease in the rural and remote areas of Fiji Islands: An ecological psychological approach.
  • DHSc: Deciding to transfer resident to emergency department: A phenomenographic examination of decision making in residential aged care.
  • DEd: Investigating Australian university students’ experiences of critical reflective learning through e-Portfolio creation and curation: A phenomenographic study.
  • DCI: Adapting and integrating elements of best practice in dancer wellness in elite adolescent pre-professional dance programmes into private dance studio contexts.
  • PhD: What is the meaning of sport for young people from refugee backgrounds? An ethnographic case study of a state high school in Brisbane, Queensland*.
  • PhD: The application of Planned Behaviour Theory to understanding drinking behaviour among Vietnamese medical students^.
  • PhD: Help seeking behaviours of Bhutanese women subjected to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)^*.
  • PhD: Captain of my own ship: A phenomenological exploration of middle-class, white, male baby boomers’ experiences of ageing in contemporary Western society.
  • PhD: Hearing the voices of parents whose children have been in out-of-home care due to child protection concerns: Experiences with support services^.
  • PhD: The impact of nutrition labelling in reducing health inequities in obesity in Nepal.
  • PhD: Assessment of the influence of a digital storytelling programme on healthy lifestyle knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of overweight/obese adolescents and their parents in Sri Lanka^.
  • PhD: Understanding and addressing existing (social and economic) inequalities to reduce the rate of undernutrition among pregnant adolescent women in Nepal^.
  • PhD: Perceptions and knowledge of obesity among Saudi women^.
  • PhD: Health promotion approach to address the practice gaps of public health nutrition policies in Sri Lanka^.

^ Scholarship recipients.  

* Nominated for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis. 

This information has been contributed by Dr Margo Sendall.

Experience

REAL-WORLD: Most of my ‘real world’ practice years were spent working in school health. During this time, I focused on my areas of special interest, Health Promoting Schools. This is where I developed my passion for the health promotion approach. I am still really excited about health promotion and this drives my commitment to teaching and learning.  In this vein, my research in health promotion engages the industry to ensure sustainable change for workplace health promotion practice and policy. Currently, my I work with at-risk hard-to-reach, blue collar groups, such as miners, truck drivers, bus drivers, to develop and implement real-world strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity. Additionally, I am very involved with my national and international health promotion organisations.

PREVIOUSLY: Prior to coming to QUT, I worked at the University of Queensland. At this time, I undertook a Masters of Health Science before completing my PhD here at QUT.  I undertook qualitative research because I am more interested in the ‘why’ question. I am extremely passionate about qualitative research from a teaching and supervision perspective, and within the public health context, supervise mixed methods projects.

ENQUIRIES: Please contact me if you are thinking about studying health promotion. I am more than happy to chat about potential pathways to fulfil your aspirations and help however I can. My email is m.sendall@qut.edu.au

This information has been contributed by Dr Margo Sendall.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2020
Details
Vice President, National Executive Board, Australian Health Promotion Association.
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2020
Details
Appointed lead Guest Editor, Special Edition of Health Behaviour, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2020
Details
Appointed to international Editorial Board, Pedagogy in Health Promotion.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2019
Details
Advisor to national road transport consortium (Woolworths, Linfox) - Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2019
Details
Invited to join Global Accreditation Review Committee, International Union of Health Promotion and Education.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2019
Details
Appointed as Regional Director, South-West Pacific Regional committee, International Union of Health Promotion and Education.
Type
Fellowship of a Learned Academy or Membership of AIATSIS
Reference year
2019
Details
Admitted as Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2017
Details
Member of the Global Scientific Committee, IUHPE international conference. Rotorua, New Zealand: April, 2019.
Type
Other
Reference year
2016
Details
Winner, Vice-Chancellors Performance Award. HRD Supervision. Nominated by HL90 Professional Doctorate student.
Type
Other
Reference year
2016
Details
Director of Postgraduate Research, School, Public Health and Social Work.

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Hearing the Voices of Parents Whose Children Have Been in Out-of-Home Care Due to Child Protection Concerns: Experiences With Support Services
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Judith Burton, Dr Danielle Davidson
  • Young people's and their parents' perceptions about healthy eating and physical activity habits in Sri Lanka: the influence of digital storytelling
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Neil King, Dr Kelli McGraw
  • Pregnancy during adolescence: Assessing the impact on nutritional status and understanding social and cultural influences in Nepal
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Smita Nambiar-Mann
  • The Impact of Nutrition Labelling in Reducing Health Inequities in Obesity
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Katherine Cullerton, Dr Jenni Mays, Professor Katherine White

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)