Past News

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at the 2017 Ingham Institute 5th Annual Awards Dinner

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett has a long standing career in nursing she has committed over 25 years to nursing education and has over 15 year of primary research experience since completing her PhD in 2009. She has supervised 12 PhD candidates and honours students and is also the Acting Director for the Centre for Applied Nursing Research at the Ingham Institute, an Associate Professor for the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University.

From the team at CANR, we congratulate you on such a well-deserved honour and are grateful to be working with and learning from you.

November 2017

Congratulations to Dr Della Maneze and her supervisors

Congratulations to Dr Della Maneze who’s thesis “Acculturation and Health-Seeking Behaviour Among Filipino Australians” was accepted and was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy on 14 November 2017 by Western Sydney University. This is a significant personal and academic achievement, well done!

Congratulations also to her academic supervisors, Professor Yenna Salamonson, Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett, Dr. Michelle DiGiacomo and Professor Patricia Davidson.

November 2017

Qualitative Research Seminar Series

The inaugural Qualitative Research Seminar Series organised by CANR was a success. The ten week course consisting of an hour week over 10 week’s was an introduction to designing and conducting a Qualitative Research project.

Thank you to the Western Sydney University academics who imparted their passion and knowledge of Qualitative Research to the participants: Dr Rakime Elmir, Dr Rebecca O’Reilly, Dr Glenda McDonald, Ms Rona Pillay, Dr Nathan Wilson, Dr Elaine Burns, Dr Holly Priddis, Dr Lauretta Luck, Dr Stacy Blythe, Dr Gillian Murphy, A/Prof Lucie Ramjan, A/Prof Bronwyn Everett, Dr Paul Glew, A/Prof Kath Peters, Dr Judy Mannix and Dr Diana Jefferies.

If you are interested in attending a future series, please get in touch –

November 2017

Western Sydney University Research Futures Forum

PhD candidate Maria Mares presented at the WSU Research Futures Forum in Parramatta (October 26-27). She discussed the findings of the Heart Health Self-Efficacy and Self-Management (HH-SESM), the tool developed for the RHYTHM study – Raising health literacy awareness of patients with heart disease to improve self-management.

October 2017

“Taking tablets on the road. Community health nurses’ experiences of using mobile computing technology”

Congratulations to Kathleen Schofield and the PONCHO team who have had their abstract titled “Taking tablets on the road. Community health nurses’ experiences of using mobile computing technology” accepted for an oral presentation at the 4th International Health Care Reform Conference being held at the Intercontinental Double Bay from the 21st – 23rd March 2018.

October 2017

Dr Mariana Sousa presents "Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) after Breast Cancer: the role of Breast Care Nurses" at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series

Dr Mariana Sousa presented at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series on 10 October 2017. The side effects of adjuvant endocrine therapy for early breast cancer may contribute to noncompliance with treatment in up to 65% of patients, potentially increasing risk of recurrence and death. Genitourinary symptoms are one concern and can lead to pain, discomfort and impairment of sexual function (collectively termed as Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause - GSM) which negatively impact on multiple domains of quality of life. These genitourinary side effects may be safely prevented or treated in many symptomatic women, but this requires recognition of symptoms and prompt intervention.

This research project proposes the development of a nurse initiated and delivered plan of care for GSM in women with breast cancer taking endocrine therapy to increase awareness and facilitate appropriate early intervention to manage symptoms. Breast care nurses are ideally placed to educate and inform patients about the GSM and that this could help improve health outcomes for women with breast cancer.

Dr Sousa is an early career researcher. She has started her career overseas where she was trained and worked in clinical practice providing outstanding care in breast health and gynaecologic oncology. She has a great breadth of experience in clinical and medical research, particularly in the field of sexuality, menopause, cancer survivorship, decision-making in the context of onco-fertility, cancer genetics and screening. Her aptitude for research has been well recognised through the receivership of a number of grants/awards including the Ingham Institute Breast Cancer Research Grant which is funding her current work. Dr Sousa’s goals are to continue delivering novel breast cancer research with impact through a post-doctoral research program dedicated to addressing the needs of breast cancer survivors and in developing services and testing interventions to support medical, nursing and allied health teams in providing the best possible healthcare to these women.

October 2017

The Centre for Applied Nursing Research receives $225K in Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reserve Funding for 2017/18

Congratulations to the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR) who recently received Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reserve Funding for two initiatives:

  1. Leading Culture Change: Developing capability in nurses to support effective workplace cultures that recognise and respond to clinically-deteriorating patients in mental health unit. And,
  2. Engaging Staff and Patients In building organisational Culture in the Perioperative Setting: The EPIC-2 Project.

October 2017

Professor Laura Serrant, visiting UK Professor presents "Nurses and Midwives driving improvements through Compassionate leadership: Daring to be different"

Professor Laura Serrant presented "Nurses and Midwives driving improvements through Compassionate leadership: Daring to be different" to the Nurses and Midwives of the South Western Sydney Local Health District. She took the room on a journey from the early nursing through to current day focusing on compassion and innovation.

Professor Laura Serrant is Professor of Nursing at Sheffield Hallam University in Health and Social Care Research (HSCR), Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. She is an appointed Ambassador for the Equality Challenge Unit for HE and was formerly a Non-executive Director at Heart of England Foundation Trust and Skills for Health Academy, England. Laura has recently (2016) completed an 18-month secondment at NHS England in the Chief Nursing Officer’s Nursing Directorate as Head of Evidence and strategy, evaluating the impact of the national Compassion In Practice strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff. She works Internationally with researchers and policy makers in Europe, Brazil, Canada, USA and The Caribbean.

In 2014 she received 3 national Leadership awards from the HSJ (top 50 most inspirational women in Healthcare, Clinical leaders and BME Pioneers) and was also awarded Queens Nurse status by the Queens Nursing Institute. Professor Serrant has an extensive publication record including book contributions, journal articles, editorials and critical discussion papers, vast experience in media work, public speaking and workshop facilitation.  Her research and development work focuses on health disparities and diversity leadership. She has developed and published a new theoretical framework for conducting research in this area of work ‘The Silences Framework’. Her commitment to equality of opportunity, determination and leadership skills enable her to demonstrate this formally and informally with policy makers, charities, third sector organisations, colleagues and the local communities through mentorship, effective management and a sense of humour.

Source: Sheffield Hallam University

September 2017

Professor Phillip Newton presents at the ESC Congress in Barcelona

Professor Phillip Newtown presented two studies conducted in Australia

  1. GARDIAN of my heart: utility of traffic-light based tool to guide the intensity of nurse-led, multidisciplinary, heart failure management, and
  2. Matching delivery of heart failure management to overcome individual barriers to optimal health care

Check out the 90-second video highlight from the world's largest cardiology conference below:

August 2017

Melissa Burley presents "How to Spot a Predatory Journal" at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series

Melissa Burley presented at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series on 22 August 2017. Her presentation on "How to spot a predatory journal" inspired great discussion.

Melissa is the Nursing and Midwifery School Librarian at Western Sydney University. Based at the Parramatta campus, Melissa provides research training and support for academic staff and research students within the school. She coordinates a team of librarians who provide information literacy support for coursework students. Melissa has experience working in a range of academic and government libraries.

A copy of the presentation is available here.


August 2017

Louise Smith presents a Campbelltown and Camden Nursing and Midwifery Grand Rounds

On 16 August 2017, Clinical Nurse Consultant/Researcher Louise Smith presented "Beyond Research - The not so new frontier" at the Campbelltown and Camden Nursing and Midwifery Grands Rounds.

Nursing and midwifery Grand rounds discussed how Nurses and Midwives have impacted on the way we care for patients. Using the examples of nurse researchers in the past, present and future we discussed the importance of evidence based practice in relation to practice, policy and procedures, including an emphasis on the importance of building a culture of evidence based practice by supporting enquiry and leadership through role modelling where nurses and midwives are valued for being curious about why and how we practice the way we do and asking questions in order to seek an answer through the evidence or undertaking or being involved in the research to answer the question.

Louise Smith

August 2017

Research Grant received to increase research literacy for Clinicians

A project team lead by Associate Professor Sarah Dennis has received $19,795 by the South Western Sydney Small Grant Scheme to develop a set of introductory, online resources including educational videos and narrated presentations targeted to the needs to clinicians wanting to learn how to turn their clinical ideas into research projects.

The CANR team look forward to assisting with this project!

July 2017

The SENSES study receives competitive grant

In July 2017, Ms Bernadette Shepherd received $14,986 from the 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Innovation Scholarship towards the Senses Study.

The Senses Study involves the use of a sensory program (touch, sound, lighting) in an acute hospital setting to manage elderly patients with agitated behaviours. Read more about this study here

Sensory Room

July 2017

PhD candidate Ibrahim Alananzeh presents at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN)

PhD candidate Ibrahim Alananzeh presented his PhD findings on information needs and sources of information among Arab people with cancer at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) in Anaheim California. Congratulations Ibrahim!


July 2017

Marian Martin presents her poster on The Drop in Support Centre at the STARS 2017 conference

Western Sydney University, Campbelltown campus welcomes over 300 first year nursing students each year, many are in need of support for written and verbal assessment tasks. Nursing students from diverse backgrounds, mature age and often first in family to be given the opportunity to enrol in a university degree program often face many hurdles in relation to the demands of an academic program

The Drop In Support Centre (DISC) is a Pilot Study aimed at addressing these needs by providing a be a user friendly space for quiet study or a meeting place where students could share experiences, support each other and gain a sense of belonging. This is supported by nursing school staff on the Western Sydney, Campbelltown campus.


July 2017

Evan Alexandrou named a 'Hero of Liverpool' from Liverpool City Council

Congratulations to CANR Affiliate Dr Evan Alexandrou who was recognised by Liverpool City Council for his work in the world's largest vascular access research project - the One Million Global Catheters study - read about it here

June 2017

Congratulations to Dr Mariana Sousa who recently announced she was expecting a baby girl! We are so excited for you and Celso!


June 2017

Dr Evan Alexandrou presents at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series

Dr Evan Alexandrou presented at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series on 20 June 2017. His presentation on the "Implementation of a Difficult Venous Access Pathway" was well attended.

Evan Alexandrou is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University as well as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Intensive Care Unit at Liverpool Hospital where he coordinates the Central Venous Access Service which is internationally renowned for its clinical expertise in vascular access procedures.

Evan is involved in clinical education at an undergraduate and postgraduate level for Nursing and Medical training programs and is a conjoint lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Evan is also an adjunct Associate Professor with the AVATAR Group based in the Menzies Health Institute at Griffith University in Queensland.

Evan has been involved in local, national and international studies related to vascular access insertion and management including NHMRC funded clinical trials. Notably, Evan is the instigator and chief investigator of the world's largest study related to peripheral catheters that clinically reviewed over 41,000 devices in 420 hospitals from 51 countries.

Some of Evans current research projects include a randomised clinical trial on the effectiveness of electrocardiographic (ECG) guidance for the placement of central venous catheters, a Cochrane Review on the securement and stabilisation of arterial catheters, outcomes from the implementation of a difficult venous access (DiVa) pathway and the placement of midline catheters as an alternative to central venous catheters for extended antibiotic therapy.

June 2017

CANR presents record breaking number of research projects at the Ingham Institute 2017 Health Beyond Research & Innovation Showcase

In June, CANR and its affiliates presented 13 abstracts and 2 posters which was more than double than in 2016, including

  • Ariana Villarosa presenting "Cultural competence of cancer nurses in SWSLHD: A cross sectional study"
  • Cecilia Astorga & Daisy Yogendran presenting "I don't know what I don't know": Lack of knowledge as a barrier to diabetes self-management.
  • Emilia Serban presenting "It's all about language". Self-efficacy and self-management in people with heart disease.
  • Ibrahim Alananzeh presenting "A comparison of the health information needs of Arab Australian and Arab Jordanian cancer survivors"
  • Ibrahim Alananzeh presenting "The unmet supportive care needs of Arab people affected by cancer"
  • Karen Kenmir presenting "Exploring the relationships between organisational culture, burnout, workplace satisfaction and safety culture in an acute care setting: a cross sectional study"
  • Kathleen Schofield presenting "Taking tablets on the road. Community health nurses' experiences of using mobile computing technology"
  • Louise Smith presenting "Sense and sensitivities: How do researchers report sensitive information when disseminating research findings?"
  • Malcolm Stokes presenting "Implementation of portable devices for documenting at the point of care in Community Health Nursing: does it improve the quality of documentation?"
  • Mariana D'Sousa presenting "Improving genitourinary and sexual health for women with breast cancer: perceptions of Breast Care Nurses"
  • Rafic Hussein presenting "New graduate nurses' experiences in a clinical specialty: A follow up study of newcomer perceptions of transitional support"
  • Rakime Elmir presenting "Australian midwives' experiences of obstetric emergencies"
  • Verily Thomas presenting "Use of professional interpreters, inpatient length of stay and readmission rates."

The two posters included:

  • Lauren Metcalfe "In-hospital location as a determinant of Adverse Clinical Outcomes in patients admitted to an Acute Care Hospital"
  • Della Maneze "Life gets in the way" - Patients' motivation and confidence in diabetes self-management: A qualitative study"

We were very excited when Della Maneze's poster was awarded as the winner of the poster competition, congratulations to Della and everyone involved in the Showcase!

InnovationShowcase June 2017

Congratulations to Shelley Cootes!

Congratulations to Shelley Cootes (CANR Administration Officer) who was named in NSW Parliament by Mr Stuart Ayres for her commitment as volunteer Event Director to Penrith Lakes parkrun - a free, weekly, 5km, timed walk or run at the Sydney International Regatta Centre who recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary.

May 2017

South Western Sydney Local Health District 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Showcase

CANR recently attended the South Western Sydney Local Health District 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Showcase. The theme was a voice to lead and it was inspiring to hear from Nurses and midwifes leading the way with quality research and innovation. CANR had a stand to promote how CANR can help with research and also to promote the Western Sydney University post graduate courses on offer.

2017NMShowcase May 2017

Dr Lucie Ramjan presents at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series

Dr Lucie Ramjan presented at the Ingham Institute Weekly Research Seminar Series on 2 May 2017. Her presentation on "Mentoring - A Novel Approach to Support Hope for Recovery in People with Eating Disorders: Findings from two pilot participatory action research studies" was well received.

Dr Lucie Ramjan is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Advisor (International Programs) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Lucie is an experienced qualitative researcher and educator, and is a recipient of a national teaching award for outstanding contribution to student learning.

Her research area is mental health, with a focus on eating disorders. Lucie was recently awarded an Ian Potter Foundation Grant to support research into a mentorship program for young people with anorexia nervosa in NSW.

Dr Lucie Ramjan is an affiliate of CANR and the Ingham Institute and is currently seconded to CANR to assist with research projects.


May 2017

World Congress on Public Health

PhD candidate Della Maneze attended the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne 3 April - 7 April 2017


April 2017

Sung Shin University (Korea) Student Nurse Visit

CANR hosted a visit by Professor Chung-Min (Jamie) Cho and nine second year undergraduate nursing students from Sung Shin University in Korea. The students undertook a tour of the Ingham Institute Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre UNSW and the Liverpool Hospital Intensive care unit before heading to Campbelltown Hospital for the afternoon.

The Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Ms Karen Kenmir, hosted a tour for the students which included medical and surgical wards, coronary care, birthing suite, and the emergency department. A highlight was being introduced to B1 and B2 in the paediatric ward!

Korean Student Nurse visit

February 2017

Professor Chung-Min Cho visits the Centre for Applied Nursing Research and Western Sydney University, School of Nursing


From September 2016 to January 2017, Professor Chung-Min Cho (known as Jamie) from Sungshin Women's University (Faculty of Nursing Department) in Seoul, Korea visited CANR and Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery as a visiting professor.

Professor Cho's area of research interest is aged care especially old people of community dwelling. During the visit, she discussed the research of aged care with the members of CANR and Western Sydney University and decided to collaborate on future research.

She attended the Ingham Seminar and Research Showcase and submitted a short article to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal (ANMJ) which was published in February 2017 about her research in Community based home visiting service in Korea:

Cho, C.M., Parker, D., Blyth, S. (2017). Community based home visiting service in Korea: City of Gwangmyeong. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol 2, No. 7, Feb 2017:38.

February 2017

Dr Mariana S. Sousa's research wins 'Best of the best' Award at COSA 2016 ASM

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) held its 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on the Gold Coast, November 15-17. This year's theme was 'Partners for Progress in Breast Cancer Research and Care'. Congratulations to our Early Career Researcher and CANR Research Officer, Dr Mariana S. Sousa whose research project: 'Short-term findings of the PEGASUS Study: genitourinary symptoms, sexuality and quality of life in breast cancer survivors on endocrine therapy – what are we missing?' won the 'Best of the Best' Award for the best scientific abstract presented at the meeting.

November 2016

Dr Mariana S. Sousa's new research proposal receives the Breast Cancer Research Grant, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research 2016Dr Mariana Sousa receives Breast Cancer Research Grant

The Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR) is happy to announce that Dr Mariana S. Sousa has been awarded with a $20,000 Breast Cancer Research Grant from the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research this year. Her research project proposes the development of a nurse initiated and delivered plan of care for genitourinary syndrome of menopause in women with breast cancer taking endocrine therapy to increase awareness and facilitate appropriate early intervention to manage symptoms. It is hypothesized that breast care nurses are ideally placed to educate and inform patients about these symptoms and that this could help improve health outcomes for women with breast cancer. We wish Dr Mariana S. Sousa all the best with her new project!

October 2016

Successful recipient of the 2016 Research Scholarship Support Program

CANR PhD Candidate, Ibrahim Alananzeh, has recently been one of the successful recipients of a competitive Research Scholarship Support Program funded by the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. The scholarship program is offered as part of the SWSLHD and the Ingham Institute's commitment to increasing research capacity in South West Sydney.

Ibrahim was awarded $9764.00 to support the qualitative phase of his PhD research project which explores the unmet supportive care needs of Arabic patients with cancer and / or their carers. Congratulations Ibrahim!

Palliative care source of support

The following article was first published in the Nov-Dec 2015 issue of Australian Ageing Agenda magazine  .Professor Deborah Parker

It's critical that residential aged care is equipped to care for the old and dying, but insufficient resources and workforce issues add to the challenge, writes Deborah Parker.

Australia, like many developed countries, has an ageing population that is becoming increasingly dependent on formalised systems of care. A greater number older Australians are using aged care services; in 2010-11, 75 per cent of all people dying had used an aged care service in their last year of life compared to 70 percent in 2003-04.

Residential caged care facilities provide 24-hour care for 7.8 per cent of the Australian population aged 65 and over, with 83 per cent requiring high level care. Time from admission to death for these individuals can be brief, with 35 per cent of people dying within the first year of admission, and of these, 24 per cent occurring within six months of admission, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data.

Therefore, it is critical that staff working in residential aged care have adequate training and support to care for the old and dying.

December 2015

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett and Professor Deborah Parker have been successful in receiving Nursing and Midwifery Strategy Reserve Initiatives grants

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett and Professor Deborah Parker have been successful in a Nursing and Midwifery Strategy Reserve Initiatives grant for the project Palliative care for patient at the end-of-life. Bronwyn has also been awarded a further two grants under this initiative round- Promoting self-management in patients with diabetes in SWS: The ACCLAIM Study and Bridging language barriers for CALD patients. Each of these projects is conducted in collaboration with nurses across the South West Sydney Local Health District.

Posted September 25, 2015

Medical showcase 2014 focus on nursing and midwifery

Nursing and midwifery research was the main theme of the ninth annual research and teaching showcase at Liverpool Hospital last week.

The showcase is a joint initiative of the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Local Health District's (SWSLHD).

The 20124 event showcased the abundance of Australian-leading research in Sydney's south west.

To read the full article please  click here or visit

Source: South West Voice
Posted: December 2, 2014
Type: Online

2 December 2014

SWSLHD Quality Awards

Category: Collaboration - Improvement in Patient Safety
Transforming Clinical Handover

Project Team: Professor Maree Johnson, Paula Sanchez, Catherine Zheng

Poor transfer of patient information between clinicians has been associated with adverse patient outcomes. A structured content handover approach with a minimum data set (MDS), developed from research and stakeholder input, was implemented. Electronic handover embedded the structure while educational tools demonstrated bedside handover. Using a pre-post test design, we recorded handovers, obtained information on handover location and process, and interviewed and surveyed nurses.

This project increased the transfer of critical patient information (clinical status/clinical alerts/medications) to all ward nurses, provided a handover summary for nurses and other health professionals, placed patients at the centre of communication, increased nurses' satisfaction with handover, while not increasing the time required to deliver handover. The system has been implemented in 10 hospitals.

Accepting Award for Patient Safety Image

Pictured from left: Amanda Larkin, CEO SWSLHD, Prof Maree Johnson, Paula Sanchez accepting their award

Category: Collaboration - Working as a Team
MIOH-DS (Midwifery Initiated Oral Health - Dental Service)

Research team: Dr Ajesh George, Prof Maree Johnson, Assoc Prof Sameer Bhole & Dr Shilpi Ajwani (S&SWSLHD Oral Health Services/Sydney Dental Hospital), Prof Hannah Dahlen (Western Sydney University), Sharon Ellis (SWSLHD), Prof Anthony Blinkhorn (USyd).

Congratulations to Ajesh who has taken out for the second time the 2013 NSW Quality Awards and NSW Health Innovation Finalists Awards for his MIOH-DS (Midwifery Initiated Oral Health - Dental Service) project. The MIOH-DS program involves midwives and dentists working together to raise awareness and improve oral health among disadvantaged pregnant women have high rates of dental problems yet few seek dental care or receive oral health advice during antenatal care. The MIOH-DS project addresses this issue by training midwives for the first time to provide oral health education, assessment and referrals to accessible public dental services. The project has shown an improvement in dental consultations, oral hygiene, knowledge and quality of life among pregnant women as well as increased knowledge and confidence among midwives in promoting oral health in the area.

The positive outcomes and future potential of the MIOH-DS program have received attention from the media (Channel 10) and key organisations. The Australian College of Midwives has promoted the education program to all midwives across Australia while the NHMRC has supported further evaluation of the MIOH-DS across other NSW hospitals. Interstate, Victoria Dental Services have successfully adopted the MIOH-DS approach and are expanding the program state-wide.

The program has also been expanded to the Aboriginal community through child and family health nurses to complement the early childhood oral health program.

SWSLHD Quality Awards

Pictured from left: Amanda Larkin, CEO SWSLHD, Dr Ajesh George, Prof Maree Johnson accepting their award

Funding by NSW Centre for Oral Health S

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