Physical and mental health impacts of maltreated children
Parental substance use and its impact on children
Public health approach to child protection
Early intervention and prevention of child maltreatment
Children's participation in research on sensitive topics
Bianca started managing the Managing Ethical Studies on Sensitive Issues (MESSI) study in February 2016, and began working at ICPS in April 2017. She has been involved in the design of the MESSI study, particularly vignette methods and is managing the study recruitment, statistical analysis and papers for the quantitative parts of the study.
Bianca is in the final stages of completing her epidemiology PhD (UNSW). Her thesis examines the risks and limitations of multiple medication use in people with chronic non-cancer pain. Bianca has published and widely presented her PhD and other work regarding physical, mental and substance use comorbidity in the context of medication based treatment in people with chronic non-cancer pain. She will apply her knowledge on these topics, quantitative research skills and interest in the comorbid health problems to the context of child maltreatment and protection at ICPS.
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 currently Youth Off the Streets.
Peer reviewed journal articles
Nielsen, S., Degenhardt, L., Hoban, B. & Gisev, N. (2016). A synthesis of oral morphine equivalents (OME) for opioid utilisation studies. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 25(6), 733-737.
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, 69(11), 1366-76.
Nielsen, S., Lintzeris, N., Bruno, R., Campbell, G., Larance, B., Hall, W., Hoban, B., Cohen, M., & Degenhardt, L. (2015). Benzodiazepine use amongst chronic pain patients prescribed opioids: associations with pain, physical and mental health and health service utilization. Pain medicine, 16(2), 356-66.
Campbell, G., Mattick, R., Bruno, R., Larance, B., Nielsen, S., Cohen, M., Lintzeris, N., Shand, F., Hall, W., Hoban, B., Kehler, C., Farrell, M., & Degenhardt, L. (2014). Cohort protocol paper: The Pain and Opioids In Treatment (POINT) study. BMC Pharmacol Toxicology, 15(1), 17.
Belcher, J., Nielsen, S., Bruno, R., Campbell, G., Hoban, B., Larance, B., Lintzeris, N., Degenhardt, L. (2013). Diversion of prescribed opioids by people living with chronic pain. Results from an Australian community sample. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27(1) 27-32.
Nielsen, S., Degenhardt, L., Hoban, B., & Gisev, N. (2014). Comparing opioids: A guide to estimating oral morphine equivalents (OME) in research. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW, Technical Report No. 329.
Memberships and Professional Activities
Member, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
Member, European Young Epidemiologists (EYE) Association
Member, Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA)