Professor Frances Rapport

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+61 2 9850 2320
PhD, MPhil, BA (Hons), Cert Ed, FRSA

Frances Rapport (PhD) is a social scientist with a background in Arts. Her Doctoral degree examined motivators for Egg Donation within Assisted Reproductive Technology Medicine and her MPhil assessed District Nurses’ Workloads. She is a Professor of Health Implementation Science at Macquarie University’s Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science and holds an Honorary Chair in Qualitative Health Research at Swansea University’s Medical School, UK. Frances has won grants from Cochlear Ltd. Australia, The Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Healthcare and the National Institute for Health Research in England, amongst other research funding bodies, to examine the role of qualitative methods in medical and health services research. Programme grants have been awarded in the areas of: Hearing Health, and, Uncertainties in Healthcare for people with severe mental illness and those treating them.

With wide-ranging research interests, Frances is working at Macquarie University on research grant development and associated outputs, and continues her investigations into:  the impact of chronic conditions on patient-centred professional care, and the relationships between different healthcare environments and productivity, quality of care and patient safety. Frances retains an interest in the scope of qualitative methods for enhancing clinical research, and has developed collaborations between academic colleagues within and across Australian universities and international scholars working in the fields of Epilepsy, Cancer, and Gastroenterology. In 2013 Frances published a book presenting testimonials from three Holocaust survivors all resident in Wales following the war. The book, launched at the Welsh Assembly Government’s Parliament building, explores the value of oral history as intimate testament to lives of loss, grief and hope. The book combines innovative Ethnographic Poetic Transcription methods with personal stories to enable wide audiences to gain a privileged access to issues normally deemed beyond the bounds of scientific enquiry or explanation. 

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