Associate Professor Natalie Taylor

As an implementation scientist, A/Prof Natalie Taylor develops, applies, and advances methods to support and study optimal ways to translate evidence into practice to improve care and outcomes for patients. Based in the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney, Natalie leads a large implementation science research program, convenes a Masters course in implementation science, and is the Director of Research for the School, developing and enacting a research strategy with a team of multidisciplinary academics, clinicians, and professional staff. Natalie’s research involves collaborating with academic, health, and non-profit organisations across NSW, Australia, and internationally. She is pioneering a combination of implementation research with statistical modelling and health economics to test the cost-effectiveness of implementation interventions and explore ways to identify the active ingredients behind successful implementation of new treatments, technologies, policies, and guidelines. Natalie develops and deliver behaviour change workshops and toolkits for healthcare professionals to facilitate and test the impact of the transfer of research evidence into practice. Her methodologies have been applied to a range of real-world problems and innovations, resulting in significant and sustained improvements in care and reductions in adverse events. She leads a program of work focusing on implementation in genetics, genomics, and cancer care. Natalie is currently overseeing, as the lead investigator, an MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation project ($5.8m over 5 years) to integrate precision oncology into routine cancer care, and an NHMRC Clinical Trials Initiative to introduce a new approach to newborn screening across Australia ($3m over 3 years).

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