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Susan BidwellPhD Candidate

MA(Auck) MLIS(Wgtn) MPH(Otago)

Email susan.bidwell@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 364 3618

Department of Population Health
University of Otago, Christchurch
P O Box 4345
Christchurch 8140

PhD Topic

Making meaning from self-prescribed dietary supplements and herbal medicines

Supervisors: Associate Professor Gillian Abel and Dr Lee Thompson

Background

Susan is working on the PhD study part time but also does a small amount of teaching in the Department of Population Health as the need arises in both the postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

She has also been involved in several other pieces of research undertaken in the Department and teaches Literature Search and Synthesis in the undergraduate programme of Otago University.

Susan’s background was initially as a medical information specialist, firstly in the Canterbury Medical Library (1990-1997) and then with New Zealand Health Technology Assessment researching the literature for systematic reviews (1997-2008).

From 2008-2013 Susan worked as an analyst with Community and Public Health (Canterbury District Health Board) while she completed the Diploma of Public Health and then the MPH.

From 2013, Susan has worked two days each week as a Qualitative Analyst for the Clinical Quality and Education Team at Pegasus Health PHO.

Research objective

Susan’s PhD study takes the data generated from 35 interviews with people who take self-prescribed dietary supplements and herbal medicines and analyses it through a series of different theoretical lenses.

The qualitative study aims to develop a nuanced understanding of how people’s independent decisions about caring for themselves in this way makes meaning for the way they live their lives.

The impetus for the study came from participating in a previous piece of research undertaken by Dr Lee Thompson to investigate current changes in community pharmacy.

During this study our attention was drawn to the large stocks of dietary supplements on display in all pharmacies and the reluctance of most pharmacists to talk about them in any detail which seemed to be begging for further investigation.

Susan’s Master of Public Health study was also a qualitative study looking at perceptions of 1080 on the West Coast. While very different in subject matter, the PhD represents a further development of the qualitative methodology and methods that underpinned the Masters work.

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Publications

Calder, K., Begg, A., Thompson, L., Williams, D., Bidwell, S., & Brosnahan, N. (2017). Education setting-based health promotion in New Zealand: evaluating the wellbeing and vitality in education (WAVE) programme. Health Promotion International, 34(2), 236-247. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax076

Christie, C., Bidwell, S., Copeland, A., & Hudson, B. (2017). Self-care of Canterbury general practitioners, nurse practitioners, practice nurses and community pharmacists. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(4), 286-291. doi: 10.1071/HC17034

Bidwell, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). GPs, community pharmacists and shifting professional boundaries. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1414). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Bidwell, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). Place invaders: Identity, place attachment and possum control in the South Island West Coast of New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer, 71(2), 81-90. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12083

Thompson, L., & Bidwell, S. (2015). Space, time, and emotion in the community pharmacy. Health & Place, 34, 251-256. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.06.003

Commissioned Report for External Body

Medical Services Advisory Committee, with Hancock, S., Hider, P., Weir, R., Bidwell, S., Hogan, S., Ali, W., … Kirk, R. (2006). Implantable cardioverter defibrillators for prevention of sudden cardiac death. Commissioned by Minister for Health and Ageing. Canberra, Australia: MSAC. 254p.

Medical Services Advisory Committee, with Weir, R., Dawson, S., Hogan, S., Bidwell, S., & Kirk, R. (2006). Coronary pressure wire. Commissioned by Minister for Health and Ageing. Canberra, Australia: Medical Services Advisory Committee. 130p.

Medical Services Advisory Committee, with Hider, P., Weir, R., Hogan, S., Bidwell, S., Day, P., Hall, K., & Kirk, R. (2006). Cardiac resynchronisation therapy for severe heart failure. Commissioned by Minister for Health and Ageing. Canberra, Australia: MSAC. 315p.

Medical Services Advisory Committee, including Weir, R., Dawson, S., Hogan, S., & Bidwell, S. (2005). The use of INR point-of-care testing in general practice (MSAC application 1071). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. 62p. Retrieved from http://www.ag.gov.au/cca

Medical Services Advisory Committee, including Weir, R., Dawson, S., Smartt, P., Hogan, S., Sheerin, I., … Bidwell, S. (2004). Polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with BCR-ABL gene rearrangement in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Commissioned by Medical Services Advisory Council. Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. 119p.

Medical Services Advisory Committee, Weir, R., Smartt, P., Dawson, S. I., Borren, P., Kirk, R., & Bidwell, S. R. (2004). Polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with BCR-ABL gene rearrangement in chronic myeloid leukaemia (MSAC reference 9a (i)). Commissioned by Medical Services Advisory Committee. Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. 153p.

Medical Services Advisory Committee, Weir, R., Smartt, P., Hogan, S., Sheerin, I., Kirk, R., & Bidwell, S. R. (2003). Polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with AML1-ETO and CBFB-MYH11 gene rearrangement in acute myeloid leukaemia. Commissioned by Medical Services Advisory Council. Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. 128p.

Medical Services Advisory Committee, Weir, R., Smartt, P., Borren, P., Kirk, R., & Bidwell, S. R. (2003). Polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with PML-RARA and PLZF-RARA gene rearrangement in acute promyelocytic leukaemia. Commissioned by Medical Services Advisory Council. Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. 96p.

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Journal - Research Article

Calder, K., Begg, A., Thompson, L., Williams, D., Bidwell, S., & Brosnahan, N. (2017). Education setting-based health promotion in New Zealand: evaluating the wellbeing and vitality in education (WAVE) programme. Health Promotion International, 34(2), 236-247. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax076

Christie, C., Bidwell, S., Copeland, A., & Hudson, B. (2017). Self-care of Canterbury general practitioners, nurse practitioners, practice nurses and community pharmacists. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(4), 286-291. doi: 10.1071/HC17034

Bidwell, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). GPs, community pharmacists and shifting professional boundaries. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1414). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Thompson, L., & Bidwell, S. (2015). Space, time, and emotion in the community pharmacy. Health & Place, 34, 251-256. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.06.003

Bidwell, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). Place invaders: Identity, place attachment and possum control in the South Island West Coast of New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer, 71(2), 81-90. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12083

Calder, K., Bidwell, S., Brunton, C., & Pink, R. (2014). Evaluation of the Canterbury under-18 seasonal influenza vaccination programme. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1398). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Kerr, J., Day, P., Broadstock, M., Weir, R., & Bidwell, S. (2007). Systematic review of the effectiveness of population screening for colorectal cancer. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1258). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1258/2629/content.pdf

Weir, R., & Bidwell, S. R. (2000). Therapeutic day programs in the treatment of adolescents with mental illness. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 113, 264-270.

Hider, P. N., Bidwell, S. R., O'Hagan, J. J., & Kirk, R. (2000). The rise in acute medical admissions. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Medicine, 30, 252-260.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Than, M., Bidwell, S., Davison, C., Phibbs, R., & Walker, M. (2005). Evidence-based emergency medicine at the 'coal face'. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 17, 330-340.

Bidwell, S. R. (2004). Finding the evidence: Resources and skills for locating information on clinical effectiveness. Singapore Medical Journal, 45(12), 567-573.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Calder, K., Bidwell, S., Brunton, C., & Pink, R. (2014). Evaluation of the Canterbury under-18 seasonal influenza vaccination programme. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 231). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Bidwell, S. (2005). How is the search process being reported in health technology assessments? Italian Journal of Public Health, 2(2, suppl. 1), (pp. 119). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Weir, R., & Bidwell, S. (2006, July). New approaches to meet policy makers need for rapid evidence-based advice. Verbal presentation at the 3rd Annual Meeting of Health Technology Assessment International, Adelaide, Australia.

Day, P., Kerr, J., Broadstock, M., Weir, R., & Bidwell, S. (2006, July). Systematic review of the effectiveness of population screening for colorectal cancer. Verbal presentation at the 3rd Annual Meeting of Health Technology Assessment International, Adelaide, Australia.

Mākelā, M., Bidwell, S., & Ketola, E. (2004). Advanced searching for guideline developers: 'Systematic' means 'fit for purpose' not 'everything'. Verbal presentation at the 2nd Guidelines International Network Conference: Evidence in Action, Wellington, New Zealand.

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