Our Team

Professor Martin Christensen Director

Professor Martin Christensen has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, 15 of which have been as a nursing academic and researcher. His main area of research interest is advancing critical care nursing practice. He has written extensively around issues related to critical nursing and learning and teaching education. Previous to his current role as Director of CANR, Martin developed and ran two Nursing Professorial Units with the core aim to promote and develop translational nursing research. In addition to his current position, Martin is a visiting research fellow with Portsmouth University.

Email: martin.christensen@health.nsw.gov.au or m.christensen@westernsydney.edu.au


Professor Geoff Dickens Mental Health Nursing

Geoff Dickens has been appointed (April 2018) as Mental Health Nursing Professor at Western Sydney University. He has been a UK-based Registered Mental Health Nurse for 25 years and has published his research widely both in high impact nursing and interdisciplinary journals. He worked for 15 years in forensic and secure mental health services where he developed research related to the nursing care of mentally disordered offenders and is the editor of three books on aspects of forensic mental health care. Since 2012, Geoff has taken on a full time academic roles first at the University of Northampton (Professor of Psychiatric Nursing), then at the University of Abertay, Dundee (Professor of Mental Health Nursing) prior to his current appointment. He has developed his research interests in systematic review methodology, but fundamentally remains mostly interested in clinically relevant, practical mental health nursing research. Geoff has published widely in high impact nursing and psychology journals on issues relating to violence and risk assessment, violence prevention, and working with people with borderline personality disorder diagnoses.

Email: geoffrey.dickens@health.nsw.gov.au or g.dickens@westernsydney.edu.au


Dr Steve Frost Deputy Director

Dr Steve Frost has been employed as a registered nurse by the SWSLHD since 1994 and started lecturing at Western Sydney University in 2005. Having been a clinical nurse specialist in intensive care, and clinical nurse consultant in the MET Research and Training unit, prior to joining WSU. Steve has a post-graduate certificate in intensive care nursing, a Masters of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the UNSW. Steve is also a Visiting Scientistic at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Steve's main areas of research being epidemiology, health services research, osteoporosis, and risk prediction.

Email: steven.frost@health.nsw.gov.au or s.frost@westernsydney.edu.au


Dr Nicole Blay Research Fellow - Workforce

We welcomed Nicole in December 2017 as the CANR Research Fellow. Nicole has previously worked as a project manager and research support officer for CANR. She has an extensive clinical, managerial and research background within the university and healthcare sectors. Nicole’s research experience encompasses quantitative and qualitative research with observational research techniques a particular area of expertise. Nicole has completed a PhD in Health Services (UTS) that focussed on intra-hospital transfers and the impact on nursing workload. She has a number of peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of several externally-funded research grants.

Email: Nicole.Blay@westernsydney.edu.au


Sarah RossiSarah Rossi Administrative Officer & Assistant to Director

Sarah is the welcoming face of CANR and the go to person for the teams Administrative needs. Sarah has extensive experience in providing high level Administration support within large corporations.

Email:  s.rossi@westernsydney.edu.au



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