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Translating strategies for de-implementation of over-treatment in older people

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Associate Professor Magnolia Cardona is a health services researcher with a passion for ensuring high quality care of disadvantaged populations. Her work over the past few years has focused on the identification and reduction of overtreatment of older patients near the end of life.

Since 2014 she has led a program of research to improve end-of-life care for patients, families and health professionals (https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/sense-ending). Central to this was the development, implementation and validation of a checklist for identifying terminal patients and facilitating doctor's conversations with patients and families about end-of-life care preferences. See medicalisation of dying projects work  at:

https://ahha.asn.au/system/files/docs/publications/the_health_advocate_june_2019_-_web.pdf (page 34)



Another research initiative which recently attracted international media attention was a review of unnecesary treatments in hospitals at the end of life. The global publicity indicated that these sensitive topics apply across cultures and highlighted the willingness of clinicians and service managers to address them in several health systems.




Her research program supports Dying to Know Day, a time to bring conversations on the importance of stating your last wishes before it is too late.


The Palliative Medicine journal awarded her team a Paper of the Year Award in 2016 for a systematic review on the perceived and actual benefits of advance care documentation


A/Prof Cardona has a background in Medicine from Latin America with Australian postgraduate qualifications in Public Health (MPH) and Applied Epidemiology (PhD and Grad Dipl Appl Epidemiology).

She has worked with international aid agencies in Europe and Africa, at State Health Departments and Universities in Australia, and has eight years experience teaching at the Master's level. Her research interests are health services research, health program evaluation, patient safety, end-of-life care, chronic disease prevention (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer), international health, pharmacoepidemiology and evidence-based health policy. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Research Translation in General Practice, PhD, Evaluation of a Community-wide Diabetes Prevention Program, University of Sydney


Award Date: 11 May 2012

Health Economics, Certificate, Monash University


Award Date: 29 Nov 1996

Epidemiology, Grad Diploma of Applied Epidemiology, NSW Vocational Education & Accreditation Board (VETAB)


Award Date: 30 Apr 1996

Public Health, Master of Public Health, Inter-rater reliability of three methods for diagnosis of cervical cancer, University of Sydney


Award Date: 24 May 1994

Medicine, Bachelor or Medicine and Surgery, Universidad del Valle


Award Date: 30 Aug 1984

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

Oct 2013Jun 2018

Epidemiologist, R&D Branch, NPS MedicineWise


Statistician/Data Manager, Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney


Research Associate, Sydney Health Projects Group, University of Sydney


Program Manager, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney


Coordinating Epidemiologist, Public Health Services Division, Queensland Health


Emergency Preparedness Epidemiologist, Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)


Public Health Officer Trainee, NSW Health



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