Judith Gomersall


  • 313 Citations
  • 9 h-Index

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Judith Gomersall is a Research Fellow for the SAHMRI Women and Kids Theme and is an affiliate with the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.

Judith is a systematic reviewer and implementation scientist. Her particular research interest is collaborative evidence evaluation to inform the best possible health policy and care for young children, particularly those living in vulnerable communities.  Judith also has an interest in systematic review and guideline development methodology. Her ‘tools of trade’ are: systematic reviews, GRADE evidence quality assessment, evidence-based guidelines, and audit and feedback. 

Between 2000 and 2009 Judith worked as a researcher in the children’s sector in South Africa.  In South Africa she worked with the Government, UNICEF and Save the Children on Government Budget Monitoring and Analysis for children, as well as on developing the child poverty profile to inform evidence-based child social policy.

Since moving from South Africa in 2009, Judith has worked on several systematic review and evidence implementation projects. She worked at the Joanna Briggs Institute from 2010 to 2013, leading the work of the Rehabilitation Evidence Synthesis and Implementation Node. From 2013 and 2016 she worked as a Research Fellow for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE). In this position she co-ordinated and played a leading role in a set of systematic reviews to support the building of an evidence base for more efficient and appropriate primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She also worked with committee established to develop a supplementary critical appraisal tool for research conducted with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

Judith is currently involved with the Cochrane Collaboration, and works with reviewers conducting reviews for the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth, and Oral Health Groups.

Selected recent projects:

  • A set of systematic reviews for the “Best fed” quality improvement project, a project focused on developing and implementing clinical practice guidelines (CPG) to improve breast milk use and the feeding management of pre-term infants in three South Australian hospital settings.  
  • Two evidence reviews to inform updating of the 2009 Australian Alcohol Guidelines (2009) relating to pregnant and breastfeeding women (collaborative project involving NHMRC, SAHMRI (HMBC) and Cochrane Australia (Monash University)).    

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Stellenbosch

1 Aug 200624 Mar 2011

Masters, University of the Witwatersrand

1 Feb 199430 Nov 1995

External positions

Senior Adjunct Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide

2 Dec 2016 → …

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Research Output

  • 313 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 12 Review article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate

Assessing the quality of health research from an Indigenous perspective: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quality appraisal tool

Harfield, S., Pearson, O., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Glover, K., Gomersall, J. S., Carter, D., Davy, C., Aromataris, E. & Braunack-Mayer, A., 10 Apr 2020, In : BMC medical research methodology. 20, 1, p. 79

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Healthcare providers' perspectives on use of the national guideline for family planning services in Amhara Region, Ethiopia: A qualitative study

Tessema, G. A., Gomersall, J., Laurence, C. O. & Mahmood, M. A., 1 Feb 2019, In : BMJ open. 9, 2, e023403.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Interventions with pregnant women, new mothers and other primary caregivers for preventing early childhood caries

Riggs, E., Kilpatrick, N., Slack-Smith, L., Chadwick, B., Yelland, J., Muthu, M. S. & Gomersall, J. C., 20 Nov 2019, In : The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2019, 11, CD012155.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Addition during Pregnancy

Middleton, P., Gomersall, J., Gould, J., Shepherd, E., Olsen, S. F. & Makrides, M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey. 74, 4, p. 189-191 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

1 Citation (Scopus)

Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy

Middleton, P., Gomersall, J. C., Gould, J. F., Shepherd, E., Olsen, S. F. & Makrides, M., 15 Nov 2018, In : The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 11, p. CD003402

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

54 Citations (Scopus)