Bianca starting working at UTS in July 2018 as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Excellence in Adolescent Health. She is working on a range of research projects including a review of adolescent health policies, an evaluation of a Cybersafety program run in schools, a study on improving healthcare for older people and writing papers and grant applications.
Bianca was previously a Senior Research Officer and manager at the Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU. She managed a study examining children’s participation in research on sensitive issues a study examining domestic violence in child protection cases.
Bianca completed her public health PhD (UNSW) in 2018. Her thesis examined medication related problems in people with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids. She has presented her PhD and other work at 17 seminars, national and international conferences.
Bianca also has experience in teaching, as a demonstrator/tutor in physiology at UNSW and UOW and regularly pursues community service work. Previously she was the PhD seminar coordinator and representative at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and a volunteer with the CSIRO Scientist in Schools program and Youth Off the Streets.
Member, Australian Association for Adolscent Health
Can supervise: YES
Adolescent health, cyberbullying, social determinants of health, opioids, chronic pain and substance use.
Public health and physiology
Taplin, S, Chalmers, J, Hoban, B, McArthur, M, Moore, T & Graham, A 2019, 'Children in Social Research: Do Higher Payments Encourage Participation in Riskier Studies?', Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 126-140.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The MESSI (Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues) study used hypothetical scenarios, presented via a brief online survey, to explore whether payment amounts influenced Australian children and young people to participate in social research of different sensitivity. They were more likely to participate in the lower sensitivity study than in the higher at all payment levels (A$200 prize draw, no payment, $30, or $100). Offering payments to children and young people increased the likelihood that they would agree to participate in the studies and, in general, the higher the payments, the higher the likelihood of their participating. No evidence of undue influence was detected: payments can be used to increase the participation of children and young people in research without concerns of undue influence on their behavior in the face of relatively risky research. When considering the level of payment, however, the overriding consideration should be the level of risk to the children and young people.
Nielsen, S, Degenhardt, L, Hoban, B & Gisev, N 2016, 'A synthesis of oral morphine equivalents (OME) for opioid utilisation studies', PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY AND DRUG SAFETY, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 733-737.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hoban, B, Larance, B, Gisev, N, Nielsen, S, Cohen, M, Bruno, R, Shand, F, Lintzeris, N, Hall, W, Farrell, M & Degenhardt, L 2015, 'The use of paracetamol (acetaminophen) among a community sample of people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed opioids', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol. 69, no. 11, pp. 1366-1376.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Nielsen, S, Lintzeris, N, Bruno, R, Campbell, G, Larance, B, Hall, W, Hoban, B, Cohen, ML & Degenhardt, L 2015, 'Benzodiazepine Use among Chronic Pain Patients Prescribed Opioids: Associations with Pain, Physical and Mental Health, and Health Service Utilization', PAIN MEDICINE, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 356-366.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Belcher, J, Nielsen, S, Campbell, G, Bruno, R, Hoban, B, Larance, B, Lintzeris, N & Degenhardt, L 2014, 'Diversion of prescribed opioids by people living with chronic pain: Results from an Australian community sample', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 27-32.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Campbell, G, Mattick, R, Bruno, R, Larance, B, Nielsen, S, Cohen, M, Lintzeris, N, Shand, F, Hall, WD, Hoban, B, Kehler, C, Farrell, M & Degenhardt, L 2014, 'Cohort protocol paper: The Pain and Opioids In Treatment (POINT) study', BMC PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY, vol. 15.View/Download from: Publisher's site