Ms Samantha Prime

Ms Samantha Prime

Honorary Research Fellow

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



I work at the intersection of industry, academia, health and care providers and the public to drive evidence-based digital health innovation and health service transformation in England. I have a deep understanding of the barriers and enablers of meaningful digital innovation and end-user adoption, and support the development of regional and national strategies to improve outcomes and the sustainability of the NHS.


Bachelor of Nursing - University of Southern Queensland (2009)
Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine - James Cook University (2013)
PhD Candidate - Queensland University of Technology (present)


Research interests

Research interests:
  • Inter-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships 
  • Evidence-based digital health innovation and health service transformation
  • Healthcare construction 
  • Health law and policy reform
  • Health workforce optimization and multidisciplinary care
  • Paediatric and family-centred care
  • Quality improvement
  • Patient reported outcome measures 



Asthana S, and Prime S (2023). The role of digital transformation in addressing health inequalities in coastal communities: barriers and enablers. Frontiers in Health Services. 3.

Baines, R, Bradwell, H, Edwards, K, Stevens, S, Prime, S, Tredinnick-Rowe, J, Sibley, M, & Chatterjee, A. (2022). Meaningful patient and public involvement in digital health innovation, implementation and evaluation: A systematic review. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 25(4), 1232–1245.

Prime, SJ, Carter, HE, McPhail, SM, Petsky, HL, Chang, AB, Graves, N, & Marchant, JM. (2021). Chronic wet cough in Australian children: Societal costs and quality of life. Pediatric pulmonology, 56(8), 2707–2716.

Prime SJ, Marchant J, Chang AB, and Petsky HL (2019). Development of a Quality Improvement Audit Tool for the Primary Care of Children with Chronic Wet Cough Using a Modified Delphi Consensus Approach. Journal of Paediatric and Child Health 55(4): 459-64.

Prime SJ, Marchant J, Chang AB, Graves N, and Petsky HL (2018). Assessing the quality of clinical care for children with chronic wet cough prior to respiratory specialist consultation: Targets for improvement. Quality in Primary Care26(4) 96 – 101.

Chen AC, Tran HB, Xi Y, Yerkovich ST, Baines K, Pizzutto SJ, Carroll M, Robertson AAB, Cooper MA, Schroder K, Simpson JL, Gibson PG, Hodge G, Masters IB, Buntain HM, Petsky HL, Prime SJ, Chang AB, Hodge S, and Upham JW (2018). Multiple Inflammasomes May Regulate the Interleukin-1-Driven Inflammation in Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis. European Respiratory Journal Open Res4(1).

(Please note – my former name was Gardiner, thus the below publications are listed under this name)

Chen AC, Xi Y, Carroll M, Petsky H L, Gardiner SJ, Pizzutto ST, Yerkovich SJ, Baines K, Gibson P, Hodge S, Masters IB, Buntain HM, Chang AB, and Upham JW (2017). Cytokine Responses to Two Common Respiratory Pathogens in Children Are Dependent on Interleukin-1β. European Respiratory Journal Open Res3(4).

Gardiner SJ, Chang AB, Marchant JM, and Petsky HL (2016). Codeine Versus Placebo for Chronic Cough in Children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews7: Cd011914.

Gardiner SJ (2015). To treat or not to treat: Evaluation of the use of artemisinin for the treatment of malaria during pregnancy. Annals of the ACTM: An International Journal of Tropical and Travel Medicine, 16(1): 15-17.

Gardiner SJ, Gavranich JB, and Chang AB (2015). Antibiotics for Community-Acquired Lower Respiratory Tract Infections Secondary to Mycoplasma Pneumoniae in Children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews1: Cd004875.

Prime SJ,Gardiner CM, and Haddock R (2020). Optimising health care through specialist referral reforms. A Policy Issue Brief for the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, the research arm of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Canberra Australia

Internet Publications
Gardiner, C & Prime, S29 September 2020. “Specialist referral rules haven’t changed much since the 70s, but Australia’s health needs sure have”. News article, The Conversation, available online at re-published by the ABC news online

Gardiner, C & Prime, S 16 April 2020. Retirement villages need to show leadership during COVID-19. Opinion piece, Australian Ageing Agenda available online at

Conference Papers
Presentations and posters
Prime, S & Page, T (2022). 'How does England’s eHealth Productivity & Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles Scilly (EPIC) project promote nurses' involvement in the co-creation, implementation & evaluation of digital health innovations?' University of Plymouth, England.Presented at the HIMSS22 (Orlando) Nursing Informatics Symposium.

Other Publications
2020 Radio interview: ABC Radio - Australia Wide with Sinaed Mangan regarding reform of the Australian referral system

2020 Radio interview: ABC Radio Sydney – Afternoons with Josh Szeps regarding reform of the Australian referral system

2020 Radio interview: Radio 2cc - Canberra with Leon Delaney regarding reform of the Australian referral system

2020 Profile piece with the Australian College of Nursing – COVID-19: ‘From research to a clinical role’. Available at



Reports & invited lectures


Presenter - Prime S and Paige T.  University of Plymouth APP758 Advanced Concepts in Research: Methodology and Methods (2021 and 2022). 'Digital Health Transformation and the important role of the clinician'. Online.

Conferences organised

Recent external conferences and events

Joint keynote - Jones R, Prime S, Thomas N, Bradwell H, Baxter R, Cooper L. The International Conference on Digital Health and Telemedicine 2023.  'Addressing Digital Health Equity: experiences from the UK' , 19th October 2023 (online). 
Invited speaker - Prime S. Smart Buildings & Sustainability Leaders' Forum 2023. ‘Healthcare innovation: Triple helix collaborations to overcome valleys of death'. (7th Sept 2023). The Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham, England.
Panel presentation - Prime S, Fuller R, Faro R, Fjeldstad M. European Healthcare Design Conference 2023. 'The Silent Hospital'. (14th June 2023). Royal College of Physicians, London, England. 
Panel presentation - Prime S. ECHAlliance 5 Nations Ecosystem Gathering 2023. 'Upskilling patients, carers and professionals - lessons from the frontline'. (21st March 2023). Ireland.
Chair - Prime S. EPIC Final Conference Looking back looking forward 2023. 'Smart health and care: Industrial leaders fireside chat with Dr Conor McGinn (CEO Akara Robotics), Jeremy Sneller (Managing Director TouchByte Ltd), Rob Faro (Director UK South TClarke), and Adrian Rapson (BIM Project Manager, Strategic Estates, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust) discussing the development and deployment of innovations, and the convergence of technology and data to create smart hospitals and learning health systems'. (8th March 2023) St Austell, Cornwall, England.
Presenter - Prime S. 'Advancing knowledge and transforming lives: overcoming health and wellbeing challenges' - NHS New Hospital Program Delegation to Oslo, presentation at Norway Health Tech B2B and industry briefings. (November 2022). Oslo, Norway.
Presenter - Prime S. Cornwall Business Show 2023. 'Collaborations that Drive Innovation: Working with Universities'  (October 2022). Cornwall, England.
Presenter - Prime S. 'User-Centred Design in Digital Health Innovation' - User-Centred Design for Innovation & Meet the Funders Workshop; Facilitated by the Smartline Project, University of Exeter (June 2022) Online - England.