Associate Professor Caleb Ferguson


Doctor Caleb Ferguson is a Heart Foundation supported Senior Research Fellow at the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC) and holds a conjoint appointment at Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District. Dr Ferguson is a Registered Nurse with over a decades clinical experience caring for indiviudals with stroke, neurological and cardiovascular conditions.

During his career, Dr Ferguson has received several awards recognising his scientific achievements.These include:

  • Elected Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand (2020)
  • Elected Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (2019)
  • Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2019)
  • Highly Commended – Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence as an Early Career Researcher (2019)
  • Top downloaded paper of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (2017)
  • University of Technology Sydney Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2016)
  • ASNEN/ Stroke Society of Australia Best Nursing Abstract Award (2017)
  • Stroke Foundation Future Leader Award (2015)

Dr Ferguson currently leads a program of research focused on patient centred approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention and digital health. He has previously held appointments as Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, where he continues to hold an honorary appointment. Since 2012, he has published over 100 academic works. Including peer reviewed journal articles, editorials, book chapters and scientific abstracts. Dr Ferguson is a Managing Editor of Contemporary Nurse..  He also contributes to peer review for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies, International Journal of Cardiology, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Since 2012 he has been a volunteer StrokeSafe Ambassador for the Stroke Foundation undertaking community advocacy work. He is a current member of the Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee and an executive member of the Cardiovascular Nursing Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has contributed to the development of national clinical practice guidelines including the National Heart Foundation Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australian Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation (2018) and the Stroke Foundation Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management (2017).

Dr Ferguson is available to supervise higher degree research students. He particularly welcomes interest from high achieving students from the nursing discipline, employees of WSLHD or those with an interest in stroke or cardiovascular care.

Research Interests

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Anticoagulation
  • Caregivers Research
  • Digital Media
  • Medication Management
  • Nursing Research
  • Social Media
  • mHealth

Qualifications and Honours

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2005, University of Stirling, Scotland),
    • Master of Health Leadership (2012, University of Tasmania, Australia)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (2015, University of Technology Sydney Australia)
    • PhD University of Technology, Sydney

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