Western Sydney University Academic staff in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are leaders in their fields. Many are known nationally and internationally, showing leadership through a range of activities including editorship of journals, membership of professional organisations, and sitting on professional and regulatory committees.



If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurse or midwife, or a student nurse or midwife, or if you are thinking of studying to become a nurse or midwife, CATSINaM can support you through:

  • mentoring opportunities focused on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • information about scholarship opportunities
  • professional development opportunities
  • networking opportunities
  • keeping you informed about issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery, the nursing professional in general and broader health issues
  • providing you with links to international health organisations and forums for research, study and networking opportunities

For further information about CATSINaM please contact: catsinam@catsinam.org.au


The Joanna Briggs Institute

The New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care: a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute

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The Joanna Briggs Institute (opens in a new window) is a recognized global leader in Evidence-Based Healthcare and an International not-for-profit Research and Development Organisation specializing in Evidence-Based resources for healthcare professionals.

The Joanna Briggs Institute has over 60 Collaborating Centres, servicing over 90 countries. The New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care (opens in a new window) (NSWCEBHC) was established in 2001. The Centre has a strong research program, including conducting systematic reviews (SR), implementing research evidence, performing evaluation cycles and under taking primary research arising out of systematic reviews. A feature of the Centre is the involvement of clinicians to work with the core team to complete research.

The NSWCEBHC also conducts education and training on topics relevant to evidence based practice for nursing academics and health professionals. The educational activities of the Centre are focused on developing the skills and confidence of clinical nursing and midwifery staff in locating, appraising and integrating evidence into their practice. The NSWCEBHC also conducts training for clinicians and academics in NSW who are interested in undertaking systematic reviews. In addition, the NSWCEBHC also has students undertaking systematic reviews as part of a postgraduate higher degree research program.

For further information about The New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care please contact Dr Jann Foster.

The Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR)

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The Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR) (opens in a new window) was established in 1991 as a joint venture between the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University and the Sydney South West Area Health Service (SSWAHS).

The purpose of the CANR is to undertake research, and to facilitate and support collaborations between nurses, midwives and academics that will generate research relevant to the clinical, health promotion and health education role of nurses and midwives, and provide a basis for evidence based practice. CANR's vision is to generate and use collaborative nursing and midwifery research as a basis for excellence in care, health promotion and education. The CANR team work closely with the clinical facilities across SSWAHS and the majority of projects are in collaboration with clinicians focusing on areas such as nursing and midwifery practice, service development and evidence synthesis.

Examples of Major projects include: Midwifery-initiated oral health program, Improving patient safety through risk management behaviour assessment and education for registered nurses, Early identification of the seriously ill child and adult in emergency by nurses, Longitudinal analysis of prenatal mental health: psychosocial risk, patterns of service use and outcomes for mothers and infants, Reducing malnutrition of adult inpatients through nutritional support guidelines for nursing.

For further information about the Centre for Applied Nursing Research please contact: Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett.

Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development (CNRPD) 

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The Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development was established in 1996 under the title, Clinical Nursing Research Unit – the name was changed in 2013. It is a joint venture between Western Sydney University and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD).

The aim of the centre is to promote nursing research and practice development in NBMLHD. It encourages collaborative research through the secondment of Clinical Nurse Consultants and conducts education sessions with nurses in the district. The major focus of research is the patient/client, nursing roles and workforce issues in collaboration with practice development.

For further information, contact Professor Lesley Wilkes via email l.wilkes@uws.edu.au or mobile 0409 392 432.

Xi Omicron Chapter (349)

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The school also hosts Xi Omicron Chapter (349) of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) (opens in a new window), and international nursing leadership organisation. The Xi Omicron Chapter is the only Chapter of STTI in Australia and is active under the leadership of Associate Professor Tracey Moroney (President). Other Chapters are located in over 90 countries and territories worldwide. 

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Leadership Development

As a leading educational provider of nursing and midwifery education, the School promotes the development of leadership skills in nurses and midwives of all levels. Leadership training and education is provided at undergraduate and postgraduate level, through coursework studies or in the research only degrees.

For more information about postgraduate leadership training opportunities please contact: Judy Mannix.