Contacts

Dr Heike Schütze
Heike Schutze Photo

Lecturer, School of Health and Society
PhD, MPH, BSC (Biomed)

Email hschutze@uow.edu.au
Phone + 61 2 4221 4582

 

 

 

 

Background
 

Heike Schütze is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include health services research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, indigenous health, health inequity, translational research, and the prevention and management of chronic disease. Her PhD research assessed the application of a novel research method as a quality improvement tool to improve the acceptability and quality of care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the primary healthcare setting. Her current research is exploring the feasibility, safety and impact of transferring cancer patients with low risk of reoccurrence to continuing care to general practice, the impact of after-hours primary care presentations in the emergency department, and the transition to university. Previous projects she has been involved with include Equity Focused Health Impact Assessments for the Sydney Local Health District and the Department of Health Victoria; a number of NHMRC-funded randomised control trials on chronic disease prevention; and GP education around dementia diagnosis. She has a strong interest in teaching and learning and is currently coordinating HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills and HAS 841/921 Health Research Methods. She also coordinates PHCM Chronic Disease Management in the Masters of Public Health, UNSW and teaches in the undergraduate nursing program at the at the University of Technology Sydney.

In addition to her primary health care research and research evaluation experience, Heike has extensive experience in data collection techniques, particularly in qualitative research techniques. She has co-ordinated the data collection for significant Government (both State and Commonwealth) and private projects, examples of which include 36,000 telephone interviews per annum and 5000 multilingual interviews. Heike also spent time living with disadvantaged communities in Asia and Africa, which led to her interest in health equity for Indigenous, minority and marginalised populations.

Current UOW Subject Coordination

  • HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills
  • HAS 921 Health Research Methods II
  • HAS 841 Health Research Methods I 

Previous UOW Subject Coordination

  • HAS 911 Contemporary Public Health II
  • HAS 831 Contemporary Public Health Issues I

Research Interests

  • Health services research
  • Translational research
  • Health inequity
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Indigenous health
  • Primary health care
  • Prevention and management of chronic disease

Publications

Journals

  • Schütze H, Jackson Pulver L and Harris M. What factors contribute to the continued low rates of Indigenous status identification in urban general practice? - A mixed-methods multiple site case study. BMC Health Services Research 17:95. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2017-6
  • Schütze H, Jackson Pulver L and Harris M. The uptake of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessments fails to improve in some areas. Aust Fam Physician 2016; 45(6): 415-420.
  • Laws RA, Fanaian M, Jayasinghe UW, McKenzie S, Passey M, Schütze H, Powell Davies G, Lyle D, and Harris MF. Factors influencing participation in a vascular disease prevention lifestyle program among participants in a cluster randomized trial. BMC Health Services Research 2013, 13:201.
  • Harris MF, Fanaian M, Jayasinghe UW, Passey M, McKenzie S, Powell Davies G, Lyle D, Laws RA, Schütze H, Wan Q, on behalf of the HIPS Team. A cluster randomised controlled trial of vascular risk factor management in general practice. Medical Journal of Australia 2012; 197(7):387-393.
  • Schütze H, Rix EF, Laws R, Passey M, Fanaian M, Harris MF. (2011) How feasible are lifestyle modification programs for disease prevention in general practice? Australian Journal of Primary Health 2012; 18(2):129-137. [doi.org/10.1071/PY10106 - published online Nov 7 2011].
  • Denney-Wilson E, Fanaian M, Wan Q, Vagholkar S, Schütze H, Harris M. Lifestyle risk factors in general practice. Routine assessment and management. Australian Family Physician 2010; 39(12):950-953.

 Published Conference Presentation/Abstracts

Books

  • Schütze H. 2015. An evaluation of the development, implementation, feasibility and impact of a tailored intervention to improve the quality of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples attending urban general practice. PhD thesis, UNSW Australia: Sydney. http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:34679/SOURCE02?view=true
  • Schütze H. 2013. Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Revised Kindle Edition. Struik Nature, Cape Town. . ISBN-13: 978-1431701902
  • Schütze H. 2010. Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Revised Edition. Struik Nature, Cape Town. ISBN-13: 978-1770079007
  • Schütze H. 2002. Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park. Struik Publishers, Cape Town. ISBN-10: 1868725944; ISBN-13: 978-1868725946

Commissioned Reports

  • Schütze H. (2014). Improving outcomes for a timely diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice - Final Report. Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW Australia.
  • Schütze H, Harris E. (2013). Equity Focused Health Impact Assessment Environmental Services Workers. Sydney Local Health District, New South Wales.

Conference Workshops

  • Schütze, H. (2016). Putting theory into practice for chronic disease interventions in general practice. PHAA National Primary Health Care Conference, 23-25 November 2016, Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

Non-published presentations

  • Schütze H. (2016). Transition to University - Development of HAS 111 as a case study. UOW Teaching & Learning Showcase. 2 September 2016, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Schütze H, Chin M, Weller D, Suchy S, Harris M. (2016). Attitudes to cancer follow-up care in general practice - preliminary findings. Translational Cancer Research Network Consumer Advisory Committee conference. 17 November 2015, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia.
  • Schütze H. (2014). Cultural respect in general practice in Sydney: Follow-up findings. La Perouse Aboriginal Health Link Advisory Group, La Perouse Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, La Perouse, 13 August 2014.
  • Schütze H. (2013). Cultural respect in general practice in Sydney: Baseline methods & findings. Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity Staff Day, Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee Beach, Sydney, 3 April 2013.
  • Schütze H. (2013). Cultural respect in general practice in Sydney: Baseline findings. La Perouse Aboriginal Health Link Advisory Group, La Perouse Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, La Perouse, 10 April 2013.
  • Schütze H. (2013). Cultural respect in general practice in Sydney: Baseline findings. GNARRA HACC Aboriginal Centre Day Service, Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation, Jannali, Sydney, 12 April 2013.
  • Filewood L, Schütze H, Dahlstrom V, Wade V, Stewart J, Lau P, Jackson Pulver L, Harris M, Liaw S. Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research 6th Annual Research & Teaching Showcase, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, 2 December 2011.

 

Last reviewed: 1 September, 2017