Potential Supervisors

All potential PhD candidates are required to discuss their proposed topic of research with a suitable research supervisor before they are accepted into the program. As a research candidate, having the right supervisory team is crucial to your success.

Below you will find a list of researchers who are active within the school. You will find a summary of their research expertise and interests along with their contact details.

To learn more about program offerings and graduate education with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, please visit our courses information page.


Aged Care

Cris Cook (Algoso)

Associate Professor Deborah HatcherProfessor Deborah Hatcher

Cris Algoso is currently the First-Year Experience Coordinator for undergraduate nursing students at Western Sydney University. Cris is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery where she teaches a combination of theory and clinical-focused units, and has unit coordinated core units. She has a background in cardiology and intensive care nursing.

Cris is currently completing her PhD that focuses on educational and workforce issues relating to aged care. She has published several articles, has been a peer-reviewer for several local and international journals, presented at several conferences, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Omicron Chapter.

Cris's research expertise includes:

  • Nursing education and workforce issues
  • Health through the lifespan/older adult health

Cris's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mix methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3370

Email: c.algoso@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Caleb Ferguson

Dr Caleb FergusonDr 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 individuals with stroke, neurological and cardiovascular conditions.

Dr Ferguson currently leads a program of research focused on patient centred approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention and digital health. 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 currently supervises HDR students on topic areas including cardiovascular disease, frailty, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, palliative care, technology and oral health.
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.

Caleb's main research expertise includes:

  • Aged care, frailty and palliative care
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Technology, social media and digital health
  • Medication and pharmacy
  • Caregiver research

Caleb's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Clinical research studies, patient centred research, outcome focused
  • Patient reported outcomes
  • Qualitative methods; focus group and interview methods and content analyses
  • Systematic reviews; Cochrane methods
  • Guideline development methods
  • Quantitative methods; observational studies, cohort studies, survey methods
  • Social media analyses

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 BNHons
  • 1 BMedScHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9851 6058

Email: C.Ferguson@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Deborah Hatcher

Associate Professor Deborah HatcherProfessor Deborah Hatcher

Professor Deborah Hatcher has a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Health Science, Master of health Personnel Education and PhD.

Deborah's research expertise includes:

  • Ageing and aged care
  • Diabetes and management of chronic health conditions
  • Primary health care

Deborah's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Grounded theory and other qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9311

Email: d.hatcher@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Stephen McNally

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Dr Stephen McNally

Stephen is proud to say that he has gained a vast amount of experience in academia over the last 30 years and currently holds a senior leadership position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Stephen gained his PhD in 2007, titled “Triage Education: From Experience to Practice Standards”. He continues to remain actively engaged in research, publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at national and international conferences. During his tenure he has retained his clinical expertise in all areas of critical care, particularly emergency.  Stephen continues to successfully supervise Higher Research Degree students and Stephen would welcome the opportunity to discuss research interests and a plan with any potential higher degree research students.Stephen possesses extensive clinical, teaching and research experience with background in Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design and systematic reviews.

Stephen's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse education
  • Men's health (developing area of interest)

Stephen's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods design
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MRes
  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 6 BNHons
  • 1 MRes

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9508

Email: s.mcnally@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @smcnally33

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's main research expertise includes:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy

Jed's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Gift Mutsonziwa

Dr Gift MutsonziwaDr Gift Mutsonziwa

Gift is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University with various teaching roles and coordinating Foundations for nursing practice (Summer school) and Clinical leadership. He has more than 15years of clinical and education experience in Emergency and Intensive care settings as a clinical nurse consultant (CNC). Gift has presented research topics at three national round table conferences and several conferences at the district level. His academic qualifications are Dip GN; BNurse, M.Hons Nursing  (1st class), M.Emerg Nursing, and PhD.

Gift's main research expertise includes:

  • The lived experiences
  • Emergency care nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Infection control
  • Learning through simulation
  • Consumer participation in care
  • Healthcare worker's experiences

Gift's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Interpretive phenomenology
  • Narrative analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Content analysis
  • Surveys

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 410 292 360

Email: g.mutsonziwa@westernsydney.edu.au

Cancer

Dr Cannas Kwok

Dr Cannas Kwok

Cannas' main research interests and expertise includes:

Dr Cannas Kwok is a registered nurse specialised in oncology nursing. After completion her PhD in 2005, Dr Kwok has received the prestigious 'Early Career Development Fellowship' from the Cancer Institute NSW to continue her groundbreaking work in breast cancer research. This was an expansion of her doctoral research which focused on the attitudes of Chinese-Australian women to breast cancer prevention. Over the last ten years, she has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in breast cancer screening behaviours and breast cancer survivorship among Chinese community and other ethnic groups.

Dr Kwok is interested in contributing to ethnic health research, particularly in the field of breast cancer screening. Dr Kwok has established a substantial network in the breast health and cancer screening promotion field. In 2012, Dr Kwok and the team have launched a culturally sensitive breast cancer support group for Chinese women with breast cancer, the first of its kind in Australia. The programs were well received by the community. As a result, Dr Kwok has built up a substantial network with community organizations. Being recognised as a leader in cancer research within CALD communities, she was invited to be the member of advisory board for a number of cancer screening promotion projects.

Cannas's main methodological expertise includes:

Dr Kwok's expertise includes cancer screening and survivorship care among ethnic groups. She has substantial experiences in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 M(Hons)
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9531

Email: c.kwok@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Cardiac and Vascular Diseases

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn EverettAssociate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett is a registered nurse and academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and has over 30 years’ experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, including research methods and evidenced based practice. She is the Director, School Research and Nursing Discipline Lead and engages in interdisciplinary research collaborations (including co-supervision of HDR students) with colleagues from medicine, allied health, and the social sciences. She works with nurse clinicians to undertake systematic reviews and research projects with a focus on strategic priorities in healthcare settings, some of which have received local and national recognition.

Associate Professor Everett has made significant contributions in the field of nursing research in patient safety and quality, educational research (including preparedness for graduate practice), and self-management in people with chronic disease. She has a particular interest in research related to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with low levels of health literacy. Her research background includes quantitative methods (including RCT and cluster RCT designs), qualitative methodologies and mixed methods designs. She has experience as a member (and Deputy Chair) of a Human Research Ethics Committee.

Bronwyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular and chronic diseases
  • Health literacy
  • Self-management
  • Behaviour change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Experiences of undergraduate students, including retention and academic success
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Bronwyn's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative methods including randomised controlled trial
  • Qualitative methods including qualitative descriptive designs
  • Mixed methods designs

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 4 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9034

Email: b.everett@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @bron_everett

Dr Caleb Ferguson

Dr Caleb FergusonDr 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 individuals with stroke, neurological and cardiovascular conditions.

Dr Ferguson currently leads a program of research focused on patient centred approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention and digital health. 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 currently supervises HDR students on topic areas including cardiovascular disease, frailty, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, palliative care, technology and oral health.
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.

Caleb's main research expertise includes:

  • Aged care, frailty and palliative care
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Technology, social media and digital health
  • Medication and pharmacy
  • Caregiver research

Caleb's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Clinical research studies, patient centred research, outcome focused
  • Patient reported outcomes
  • Qualitative methods; focus group and interview methods and content analyses
  • Systematic reviews; Cochrane methods
  • Guideline development methods
  • Quantitative methods; observational studies, cohort studies, survey methods
  • Social media analyses

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 BNHons
  • 1 BMedScHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9851 6058

Email: C.Ferguson@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's main research expertise includes:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy

Jed' main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith Image Prof. Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Cardiothoracic Postgraduate Certificate, a Master of Social Planning and Development, a Graduate Certificate of Health Economics and a PhD in Public Health.

Sheree's main research expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Respiratory health services
  • Mental health and,
  • Primary health care

Sheree's main methodological expertise includes:

Sheree has experience in quantitative methods such as randomised controlled trials, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3532

Email: sheree.smith@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna Salamonson Image Assoc. Prof. Yenna Salamonson

Dr. Yenna Salamonson has committed over 25 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for nursing students, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units. Yenna's program of research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of teaching and learning to build nursing workforce capacity towards better healthcare outcomes. In addition, her scope of research extends to patient safety in acute care, cardiovascular nursing and organisational culture.

Yenna has expertise in survey construction, psychometric assessment and mixed methods designs. She also has experience in multivariate statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling. She has undertaken several educational projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is an additional language, and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings.  She has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards at the university and national levels.

Yenna's main research expertise includes:

  • Academic success and supporting first year nursing student experience
  • Patient Safety in acute care
  • Critical care and cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Yenna's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Survey construction
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Mixed methods designs

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Yenna has supervised 17 research students to completion.

  • 6 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 10 BNHons

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 7 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3322

Email: y.salamonson@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Rochelle Wynne

Professor Rochelle WynneProfessor Rochelle Wynne

Dr Rochelle Wynne is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC), a conjoint appointment between Western Sydney University and the Western Sydney Local Health District. She has been an active clinical researcher in acute and cardiothoracic patient care for over two decades. Rochelle was the first Australian nurse to be awarded a Biomedical Scholarship from the NHMRC to undertake her PhD. Studies for her PhD investigated the trajectory of pulmonary dysfunction in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery.  Rochelle is the clinical representative for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Steering Committee and Quality Committee as well as a member of the CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council Executive. She has published in leading cardiothoracic journals including Circulation, The European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart & Lung and the American Journal of Critical Care. With a focus on exploring patients’ recovery trajectory, Rochelle’s research to date has investigated the ways in which point of care nursing practice impacts on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience. Rochelle has a keen interest in reducing unnecessary variation in patient recovery by investigating modifiable risk factors that prevent wellness, improving patient participation in care and testing interventions to optimise patient outcome. In addition to supervising higher degree and Honours students, to date Rochelle has had the privilege of constant clinical engagement during her career, which has enabled her to mentor numerous clinicians from a variety of disciplines in understanding, generating and translating evidence into practice.

Rochelle's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • The Trajectory of Patient Recovery
  • Predictors of Readmission
  • Practice Patterns in Acute & Critical Care
  • Point of Care Nursing Interventions
  • Cardiovascular Nursing Care
  • Health Literacy
  • Self-Management
  • Patient & Caregiver Participation and Experience

Rochelle's main methodological expertise includes:

A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 4 MHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 6 MHons
  • 2 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9851 6057

Email: r.wynne@westernsydney.edu.au

Child and Family Health

Dr Kelly Baird

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Dr Kelly Baird

Kelly takes a collaborative, applied and community embedded approach to research, partnering with organisations delivering support services to children, young people and families. She has a particular research interest in addressing the service and support needs of those within our communities experiencing adversity or marginalisation. Kelly is also an advocate of child- and youth-led research and the use of participatory research methods.

Kelly was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her doctoral research examined young children’s experiences of program participation and family life during involvement in an intensive, therapeutic, attachment-based parenting support program. Before commencing her PhD, Kelly worked in the non-government sector in both direct service work and research.

Kelly's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Children and families experiencing adversity
  • Child and youth-led research/child voice research
  • Social isolation
  • Structured social relationship models to support social connection
  • Volunteerism

Kelly's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Effectiveness trials

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9380

Email: k.baird@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Stacy Blythe

Dr Stacy Blythe Dr Stacy Blythe

Stacy Blythe is an Lecturer and the Director of International and Engagement at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Stacy Graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2009 and was awarded her PhD in 2013 by the University of Western Sydney. Stacy teaches in a variety of theoretical and clinical units at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her doctoral research was a qualitative investigation in the area of foster care. Current research endeavours are investigating ways to protect and promote mental health in infants who are born substance exposed.

Stacy's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Foster Care
  • Substance Exposed Infants
  • Women's Health
  • Child and Family Health

Stacy's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and systematic reviews

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1930

Email: s.blythe@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Elaine Burns

Dr Elaine Burns Image Elain Burns

Dr Elaine Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director, Higher Degree Research and Honours, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University.

Qualifications: RM, RN, BN, MCN (Midwifery), PhD

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director of Higher Degree Research and Honours in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Elaine is also the Chair of NSW Branch of the Australian College of Midwives and an active member of the SPHERE Clinical Academic Group. Elaine has more than two decades of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her research focusses on midwifery practice/education and women’s experience of maternity care. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and has had real world impact influencing the lives of women, newborn infants, families and the midwifery profession. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, with more than 40 conference and seminar presentations including 20 as invited speaker. Elaine has developed a robust publication track record, with more than 30 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded 13 research grants to further investigate maternity care and women’s experiences. Her work has been cited in broadcast and print media including more than 48,000 readers in articles written for The Conversation. Elaine is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth and the early transition to mothering.

Elaine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postnatal Care
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Birth
  • Women's experiences of Maternity Care
  • Mirgrant and refugee women's experiences
  • Peer support
  • Oral health
  • Homebirth
  • Models of care
  • Young parents
  • Education

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

Elaine has experience with a variety of qualitative methodologies such as discourse analysis, ethonography, phenomenology, and grounded theory. Elaine has conducted large scale national surveys for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data and has experience in managing large ARC funded projects including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MHons
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MHons
  • 3 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9818

Email: e.burns@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir is a lecturer in both the nursing and midwifery directorates. Her passion is midwifery and believes in providing women the 'choice' to make informed decisions. Rakime completed her PhD in 2012 focusing on women's experiences of severe postpartum haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy. Since completing her doctoral work, she has extended her research interests around father's experiences of traumatic birth and midwives experiences of obstetric emergencies.

Rakime's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Birth trauma
  • High risk / complications in pregnancy and birth
  • Father's birth
  • Postnatal experiences
  • Women's health

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3372

Email: r.elmir@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Jann Foster

Dr Jann Foster Image of Dr Jann Foster

Dr Jann Foster main research expertise includes:

  • Neonatal
  • Infant and paediatric nursing and reflective practice: Including pain management of neonates, infants and children
  • Nutrition and feeding of neonates and infants including gastrointestinal disorders
  • Respiratory management of neonates and infants
  • The use of technology in the neonatal intensive care setting

Jann's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Historical research
  • Descriptive qualitative research
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Surveys
  • Quantitative comparative studies
  • Systematic reviews

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3667

Email: j.foster@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Lyn Francis

Dr Lyn FrancisImage of Dr Lyn Francis

Lyn has experience in qualitative research, particularly narrative inquiry, and has also assisted students with quantitative and mixed methods as a co-supervisor. Lyn’s PhD focused on the experience of women leaving or ending domestic violence and social support during that process. Lyn has qualifications in nursing, midwifery, child and family health, law, and health management.

Lyn has also undertaken research in 2017 the areas of gender equity in academia. Lyn obtained an Early Career Researcher grant in 2019 that involved analysing free text comments in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH) regarding data related to domestic violence and social support. Lyn has experience and interest in research areas regarding gender-based violence including domestic violence, sexual health, infants in neonatal care units, ethics and law in health including consent, primary health care, forensic nursing, and domestic violence/elder abuse.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 MRES
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9412

Email: l.francis@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Peter Lewis

Dr Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis is a registered nurse with more than 20 years' clinical experience in paediatrics in Australia and the UK. He has held positions on acute careDr Peter Lewis inpatient wards, in critical care areas, and as a clinical nurse consultant with services providing holistic care for children and young people with chronic respiratory illnesses. His recent appointment to the academic staff of Western Sydney University enables him to combine his extensive clinical and research experience with a developing interest in undergraduate nurse education to provide him with a well-rounded academic career. His current teaching focus is on nursing leadership and professional communication.

Peter's main methodological expertise includes:

Peter maintains research interests in paediatric, adolescent, and young adult patient populations. He has expertise in conducting research into experiences of chronic illness, experiences of hospitalisation, and in health care service evaluation. He is currently engaged in an evaluation of the Chronic Illness Peer Support program at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Peter has extensive experience in using both traditional and innovative qualitative methodologies. His study of young people's experiences of transition from adolescence to young adulthood with a cancer diagnosis combined interviews with the production of digital self-portraits to explore the experiences of Growing up with Cancer.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1352

Email: p.lewis@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

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Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji is a Registered Nurse and Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia. Her research interest are in the area of Women's and Family health; Migrant and refugee women's health; African women's health. She has successfully obtained internal and external grant to the tune of $120,000. Her research has focused on female genital mutilation, intimate partner violence, breast cancer screening practices among African migrant women and nursing workforce in refugee health. She has published in reputable journals..

Olayide's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Women's and Family Health
  • Migrant and Refugee Women's Health
  • African Women's Health
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Practices

Olayide's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Naturalistic inquriy
  • Hermeneutic Phenomenology

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1897

Email: o.ogunsiji@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters RN BN (Hons) PhD is an academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  Kath has extensive clinical nursing and research experience with a strong background in health research and qualitative methodologies.  Kath is actively engaged in research and regularly disseminates research outcomes in peer reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

Kath's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing Workforce
  • Women's and Family Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Kath's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Feminist Research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 8 BN (Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3567

Email: k.peters@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Kim Psaila

Dr Kim Psaila

Dr Kim Psaila

Dr Kim Psaila is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and a NIDCAP qualified professional who has over twenty five years’ experience in neonatal nursing care. Kim has substantial experience in nurse education having worked predominantly in nurse/clinical education roles within surgical and perinatal Neonatal Intensive Care and Newborn Care nurseries.

Dr Psaila has contributed to and led several neonatal Cochrane protocols and systematic reviews on behalf of the Neonatal Cochrane group. Specific topics include; non-nutritive sucking for gastroesophageal reflux; continuous versus intermittent tube feeding, and pacifiers for sudden infant death syndrome. In her doctoral research she explored the continuum or care in contemporary maternity and CFH services in Australia. The study examined how continuity could be achieved during the transition of care (ToC) from maternity to CFH services.

Her research interests surround the parent-infant relationship, implementation of family centred, individualised, developmentally supportive care in the NICU, collaboration and transition of care (TOC), particularly in relation to supporting families through effective pathways and models of care.

Dr Psaila has a strong commitment to facilitating the professional growth and clinical development of all nurses and midwives, particularly in the area of supporting families.

Kim's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Research interests include the parent-infant relationship, implementation of individualised, developmentally supportive care in the NICU and SCN, and transition of care (TOC), particularly in relation to supporting families through TOC, newborn neurobehavioural assessment, stillbirth.

Kim's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative approaches
  • Patient journey mapping
  • Mixed methods design

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MPhil
  • 1 MR

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9819

Email: k.psaila@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Rebecca has been a Nursing and Midwifery Academic for over 18 years following a productive career as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. With excellent leadership skills, Rebecca has engaged in multiple Governance roles with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University, including Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate (2016-2019).

With a passion for, and ability in, writing and creativity, Rebecca has pursued research in innovative and engaging strategies for Primary Based Health Care Professionals in the area of Domestic Violence enquiry and intervention, as well as adult education of Undergraduate Nursing Students. Rebecca’s research portfolio is largely based on Women’s, Children and Family Health with a key focus on Domestic and Family Violence, with her other area of research being in the education of undergraduate nurses.

Rebecca completed her PhD in 2012, has led funded and non-funded research projects, publishing and presenting findings of her research. Rebecca is also active in mentoring Undergraduate Nursing Students as well as other academics, and supervising Higher Research Degree students.

Rebecca's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Women's, Children and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education

Rebecca's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 PhD (Co-supervisor)
  • 1 MHons (Co-supervisor)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9490

Email: re.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @reoreilly1

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Critical Care

Dr Evan Alexandrou

Dr Evan AlexandrouImage Evan Alexandrou

Evan Alexandrou has authored 33 refereed articles and has published in leading Nursing and Medical Journals including International Journal of Nursing Studies, Resuscitation and Critical Care Medicine. Evan has had over 200 citations in Google scholar(July, 2015) with a personal h-index of 9.

Evan is involved in large multi – centre research studies. He is currently a primary investigator in a large randomised control trial testing the effectiveness of prolonging administration set changes with central venous catheters, this study involves 6,500 patients across 5 hospitals and has attracted the largest nurse led NHMRC grant ($1.6 million).

Evan is the initiator and chief investigator The One Million Global – Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Study (The OMG PIVC study) it is the largest prevalence study in vascular access ever to be undertaken. The study (in its final stages) has attracted over 400 hospitals in 43 countries. Over 40,000 peripheral devices have been reviewed across the globe with an estimated 65,000 patients screened. Evan has negotiated with global corporations supplying vascular access devices to provide logistical and financial support for this project. The OMG PIVC study is an exciting and innovative project exemplifying true collaboration with clinicians and researchers across the globe.

Locally, Evan is involved in single centre observational studies involving ultrasound guided insertion of peripheral cannulas and a randomised trial testing the effectiveness of ECG guided insertion of central venous catheters at his local hospital.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9506

Email: e.alexandrou@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Martin Christensen

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Professor Martin Christensen

Professor Christensen, is an experienced intensive care clinician and researcher. His main research interests lie in the advancement of intensive/critical care nursing practice and the evaluation of teaching and learning in the clinical environment. He has also published widely on issues associated with nursing education in particular innovative approaches to content delivery and the evaluation of transition to practice models. Professor Christensen’s methodological expertise revolve around qualitative research approaches with an emphasis on phenomenology, content, thematic and narrative analysis.

Martins's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Intensive/critical care education and practice
  • Nursing education, training and transition

Martins's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research (descriptive phenomenology, content, thematic and narrative analysis

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 PhD
  • 9 MSc

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9355

Email: m.christensen@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Paul Glew

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Dr Paul Glew

Dr Paul Glew has a Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Science (Intensive Care Nursing), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Master of Nursing, and a Doctor of Education degree.

Paul's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Clinical communication in nursing education and healthcare
  • Academic literacy and English second language assessment, teaching and learning
  • Literacy and language program design in education and nursing

Paul's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1163

Email: p.glew@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Leanne Hunt

Image Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Deputy Director, Clinical Education (Nursing), in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Leanne began nursing in 1992 as an RN progressing to CNC (trauma) and NUM 1. Leanne worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years

Leanne has 10 years of education and research experience and is the current chair of the Critical Care Research in Collaboration & Evidence Translation (CCRICET) research group. Leanne is an affiliate member of the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR), Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Leanne is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher focusing on critical care practice/patient outcomes, workforce development and clinical practice experience. Leanne’s work is collaborative and multidisciplinary and has impacts on critical care patients, families, student nurses, the future nursing workforce and the profession of nursing.

Leanne's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Workforce development
  • Undergraduate clinical placement

Leanne's main methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1676

Email: l.hunt@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Stephen McNally

Dr Stephen McNally Image

Dr Stephen McNally

Stephen is proud to say that he has gained a vast amount of experience in academia over the last 30 years and currently holds a senior leadership position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Stephen gained his PhD in 2007, titled “Triage Education: From Experience to Practice Standards”. He continues to remain actively engaged in research, publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at national and international conferences. During his tenure he has retained his clinical expertise in all areas of critical care, particularly emergency.  Stephen continues to successfully supervise Higher Research Degree students and Stephen would welcome the opportunity to discuss research interests and a plan with any potential higher degree research students.Stephen possesses extensive clinical, teaching and research experience with background in Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design and systematic reviews.

Stephen's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse education
  • Men's health (developing area of interest)

Stephen's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods design
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MRes
  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 6 BNHons
  • 1 MRes

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9508

Email: s.mcnally@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @smcnally33

Dr Gift Mutsonziwa

Dr Gift MutsonziwaDr Gift Mutsonziwa

Gift is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University with various teaching roles and coordinating Foundations for nursing practice (Summer school) and Clinical leadership. He has more than 15years of clinical and education experience in Emergency and Intensive care settings as a clinical nurse consultant (CNC). Gift has presented research topics at three national round table conferences and several conferences at the district level. His academic qualifications are Dip GN; BNurse, M.Hons Nursing  (1st class), M.Emerg Nursing, and PhD.

Gift's main research expertise includes:

  • The lived experiences
  • Emergency care nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Infection control
  • Learning through simulation
  • Consumer participation in care
  • Healthcare worker's experiences

Gift's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Interpretive phenomenology
  • Narrative analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Content analysis
  • Surveys

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 410 292 360

Email: g.mutsonziwa@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna Salamonson Image Assoc. Prof. Yenna Salamonson

Dr. Yenna Salamonson has committed over 25 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for nursing students, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units. Yenna's program of research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of teaching and learning to build nursing workforce capacity towards better healthcare outcomes. In addition, her scope of research extends to patient safety in acute care, cardiovascular nursing and organisational culture.

Yenna has expertise in survey construction, psychometric assessment and mixed methods designs. She also has experience in multivariate statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling. She has undertaken several educational projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is an additional language, and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings.  She has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards at the university and national levels.

Yenna's main research expertise includes:

  • Academic success and supporting first year nursing student experience
  • Patient Safety in acute care
  • Critical care and cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Yenna's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Survey construction
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Mixed methods designs

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Yenna has supervised 17 research students to completion.

  • 6 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 10 BNHons

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 7 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3322

Email: y.salamonson@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Rochelle Wynne

Professor Rochelle WynneProfessor Rochelle Wynne

Dr Rochelle Wynne is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC), a conjoint appointment between Western Sydney University and the Western Sydney Local Health District. She has been an active clinical researcher in acute and cardiothoracic patient care for over two decades. Rochelle was the first Australian nurse to be awarded a Biomedical Scholarship from the NHMRC to undertake her PhD. Studies for her PhD investigated the trajectory of pulmonary dysfunction in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery.  Rochelle is the clinical representative for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Steering Committee and Quality Committee as well as a member of the CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council Executive. She has published in leading cardiothoracic journals including Circulation, The European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart & Lung and the American Journal of Critical Care. With a focus on exploring patients’ recovery trajectory, Rochelle’s research to date has investigated the ways in which point of care nursing practice impacts on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience. Rochelle has a keen interest in reducing unnecessary variation in patient recovery by investigating modifiable risk factors that prevent wellness, improving patient participation in care and testing interventions to optimise patient outcome. In addition to supervising higher degree and Honours students, to date Rochelle has had the privilege of constant clinical engagement during her career, which has enabled her to mentor numerous clinicians from a variety of disciplines in understanding, generating and translating evidence into practice.

Rochelle's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • The Trajectory of Patient Recovery
  • Predictors of Readmission
  • Practice Patterns in Acute & Critical Care
  • Point of Care Nursing Interventions
  • Cardiovascular Nursing Care
  • Health Literacy
  • Self-Management
  • Patient & Caregiver Participation and Experience

Rochelle's main methodological expertise includes:

A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 4 MHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 6 MHons
  • 2 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9851 6057

Email: r.wynne@westernsydney.edu.au

Cross Cultural Studies

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn EverettAssociate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett is a registered nurse and academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and has over 30 years’ experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, including research methods and evidenced based practice. She is the Director, School Research and Nursing Discipline Lead and engages in interdisciplinary research collaborations (including co-supervision of HDR students) with colleagues from medicine, allied health, and the social sciences. She works with nurse clinicians to undertake systematic reviews and research projects with a focus on strategic priorities in healthcare settings, some of which have received local and national recognition.

Associate Professor Everett has made significant contributions in the field of nursing research in patient safety and quality, educational research (including preparedness for graduate practice), and self-management in people with chronic disease. She has a particular interest in research related to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with low levels of health literacy. Her research background includes quantitative methods (including RCT and cluster RCT designs), qualitative methodologies and mixed methods designs. She has experience as a member (and Deputy Chair) of a Human Research Ethics Committee.

Bronwyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular and chronic diseases
  • Health literacy
  • Self-management
  • Behaviour change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Experiences of undergraduate students, including retention and academic success
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Bronwyn's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative methods including randomised controlled trial
  • Qualitative methods including qualitative descriptive designs
  • Mixed methods designs

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 4 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9034

Email: b.everett@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @bron_everett

Dr Gihane Endrawes

Dr Gihane Endrawes Dr Gihane Endrawes

Expertise in mental health especially women's mental health, consumers' rights, ethical issues related to management of aggression, carers issues, Evidence based practice, leadership, transcultural nursing, nursing education, clinical supervision, reflective practice, curriculum development.

Gihane's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9116

Email: g.endrawes@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Della Maneze

Dr Della ManezeDr Della Maneze

Della is an overseas-trained medical practitioner with a subspecialisation in Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in health promotion and is currently working as Multicultural Health Promotion Officer in South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Della is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of Western Sydney University.

Her health promotion programs focused on health issues of immigrant communities and the effects of immigration on health, barriers to health service access, community needs assessment and cultural perspectives in health promotion initiatives.
Her research interest is on immigrant health particularly on the effects of acculturation on the development of chronic diseases among immigrants (including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity), facilitators and barriers to health service access and utilisation, health literacy and health communications. Her PhD was on acculturative stress and health-seeking behaviours of Filipino immigrants to Australia which was a mixed methods research.

As a researcher, she is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published in a number of peer-reviewed health journals. She is affiliated with the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes, Research and Translation, Ingham Centre for Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Research. She is currently in the supervisory panel of three PhD students.

Della's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Immigrant Health
  • Culture, Acculturation and Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Preventive Health
  • Primary and Community Healthcare
  • Health Literacy of Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Chronic Diseases

Della's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4621 8718

Email: d.maneze@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @dellamaneze

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's main research expertise includes:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy

Jed's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna Salamonson Image Assoc. Prof. Yenna Salamonson

Dr. Yenna Salamonson has committed over 25 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for nursing students, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units.Yenna's program of research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of teaching and learning to build nursing workforce capacity towards better healthcare outcomes. In addition, her scope of research extends to patient safety in acute care, cardiovascular nursing and organisational culture.

Yenna has expertise in survey construction, psychometric assessment and mixed methods designs. She also has experience in multivariate statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling. She has undertaken several educational projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is an additional language, and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings.  She has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards at the university and national levels.

Yenna's main research expertise includes:

  • Academic success and supporting first year nursing student experience
  • Patient Safety in acute care
  • Critical care and cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Yenna's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Survey construction
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Mixed methods designs

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Yenna has supervised 17 research students to completion.

  • 6 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 10 BNHons

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 7 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3322

Email: y.salamonson@westernsydney.edu.au

Diabetes and Obesity

Dr Evan Atlantis

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Dr Evan Atlantis

Evan's qualifications include a BAppSc (Exercise and Sport Science) in 2002 and PhD in 2005 (fast-tracked), both at The University of Sydney. Evan's current appointment is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Evan is known globally for his breadth of clinical research expertise in obesity and related chronic diseases. As the founding President of the National Association of Clinical Obesity Services (NACOS), Evan is at the forefront of developing strategies to improve access and standards in clinical obesity services in Australia's health system.

The quality of his publications is well above world average (SciVal Metrics: Field Weighted Citation Impact of 2 and 28.6% of his articles are in the top 10 percentile). Evan publishes 1.82 times more than the pooled sector average, mostly in fields of Public Health and Health Services, and Clinical Sciences. Evan has over 65 publications (over 40 as first author including two monographs) that have received over 4,000 citations (GS) and developed 2 National Frameworks; for clinical obesity services and public bariatric surgery.

Evan has also been one of several Chief/Investigator recipients of major NHMRC, NSW Government, and Industry grant funding (approximately $5 million).

Evan's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Focused on improving access to clinical obesity services (aka 'clinical weight management services") and raising standards in care
  • Interpretation and publication of results from original research on obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Health service use
  • Mental illness
  • Health promotion based on large population-based randomized controlled trials

Evan's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Observational studies
  • Randomized controlled trials

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MSc
  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MSHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3263

Email: e.atlantis@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Ajesh George

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Dr Ajesh George (BDS, MPH, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University (WSU) and Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at University of Sydney. He is a Dentist with extensive experience in interdisciplinary oral health care and is a leading expert in Australia in providing oral health training to nurses/midwives and translating oral health guidelines into their practice. Dr George is also the Director and Co-founder of the "Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation" (COHORT) which is an innovative partnership between WSU School of Nursing & Midwifery  and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Oral Health Services bringing together Dentists and non-dental professionals for the first time in Australia- www.cohortaustralia.com. He is also the co-founder and executive member of the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health (www.niohaustralia.com). Since his PhD Dr George has been initiating and leading multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing innovative models of oral health involving non-dental professionals care across the lifespan and chronic conditions (maternity, paediatrics, aboriginal health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, intellectual disability and palliative care).  His work has led to the development of Australia’s first midwifery initiated oral health (MIOH) program which has been recognised nationally and internationally. He has also been instrumental in training nurses and midwives to promote oral health by integrating oral health into undergraduate midwifery and nursing courses at Western Sydney University as well as developing nationally recognised oral health professional development training programs. A/Prof George has 42 grants ($5.2M) including NHMRC grants (26 as CIA), 78 publications (32 first authored, 29 last authored), 114 conference presentations (25 international) and a H-index of 19 with 2463 citations. He also currently supervises 8 HDR students (PhD and MRes) most of whom have received scholarships to undertake studies to integrate oral health into general health care.  Dr George has also secured 12 research awards including the 2008 South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Research Showcase Best Poster Award, SWSLHD Quality Awards for 2011/2013/2015/2018/2019, NSW Health Awards Finalist for 2011/2013/2018, 2018 Ingham Publication award, 2013 Ingham Institute Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award and the 2014 UWS Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award as an ECR. A/Prof George also has a significant track record of translating research into policy and practice. The MIOH program has been successfully implemented in various hospitals in NSW/Victoria and included in Victoria’s Oral Health Promotion Strategic Plan and Obstetric Monitoring system. In addition, the MIOH training package is endorsed by Australian College of Midwives as a professional development program nationally, the MIOH oral health promotional resources are being distributed state-wide by NSW Ministry of Health and oral health has been successfully implemented in the nursing and midwifery curriculum at Western Sydney University- another first in Australia. The MIOH program has received attention through media and television including ministerial media releases, newspapers and Channel 10 news.

Ajesh's main methodolgical expertise includes:

Dr George's main area of expertise include maternal and infant oral health, chronic illness/disability and oral health, translating oral health  into practice and oral health education for non-dental professionals . Dr George's main methodological expertise include: Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9356

Email: a.george@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Deborah Hatcher

Dr Deborah HatcherProfessor Deborah Hatcher

Professor Deborah Hatcher has a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Health Science, Master of health Personnel Education and PhD.

Deborah's main research expertise includes:

  • Ageing and aged care
  • Diabetes and management of chronic health conditions
  • Primary health care

Deborah's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Grounded theory and other qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9311

Email: d.hatcher@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Della Maneze

Dr Della ManezeDr Della Maneze

Della is an overseas-trained medical practitioner with a subspecialisation in Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in health promotion and is currently working as Multicultural Health Promotion Officer in South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Della is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of Western Sydney University.

Her health promotion programs focused on health issues of immigrant communities and the effects of immigration on health, barriers to health service access, community needs assessment and cultural perspectives in health promotion initiatives.
Her research interest is on immigrant health particularly on the effects of acculturation on the development of chronic diseases among immigrants (including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity), facilitators and barriers to health service access and utilisation, health literacy and health communications. Her PhD was on acculturative stress and health-seeking behaviours of Filipino immigrants to Australia which was a mixed methods research.

As a researcher, she is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published in a number of peer-reviewed health journals. She is affiliated with the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes, Research and Translation, Ingham Centre for Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Research. She is currently in the supervisory panel of three PhD students.

Della's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Immigrant Health
  • Culture, Acculturation and Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Preventive Health
  • Primary and Community Healthcare
  • Health Literacy of Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Chronic Diseases

Della's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4621 8718

Email: d.maneze@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @dellamaneze

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Disability

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall PullinImage Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin is a Registered Nurse and lecturer with a background in rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and working with people with disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Community Nursing, Master of Nursing (Hons 1st Class) and was awarded her PhD in 2015 for a qualitative grounded theory study which explored the experiences of long-term family carers of people with spinal cord injury in Australia. Laynie has extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate nursing education and is an active member of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association (ARNA). She has been past Vice-President of the NSW/ACT Chapter and a recipient of a national ARNA research grant. In 2014, Laynie was awarded the Medal 43 from the Fellow43 group (incorporating the Spinal Injury Nurses Association) for services to spinal nursing research. She is a peer reviewer for several international journals and is a member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) at Western Sydney University.

Laynie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Spinal cord injury and long-term conditions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability
  • Family care giving
  • Nursing education

Laynie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Grounded theory methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1670

Email: l.hall@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @familycarers

Ms Kate O'Reilly

Ms Kate O'ReillyImage Kate O'Reilly

Kate O’Reilly is a Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and teaches into both the undergraduate and post graduate programs. Kate is the Director of International (Programs and Engagement), in this role she collaborates closely with Hong Kong Baptist University through the offering of the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership).

Kate is in the final stage of completing her PhD. She has contributed to over 20 peer reviewed publications and is a contributing author to book chapters and research reports. Kate has presented at over 20 conference both nationally and internationally. She has received best presenter awards within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and has represented the school on two occasions at the Western Sydney University 3 Minute Thesis competition finals. Kate’s research interests are related rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury, working with vulnerable populations and women’s health.

Kate's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Disability
  • Women's Health

Kates's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BN(Hons)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3362

Email: kate.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @kateoreilly20

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Associate Professor Nathan Wilson

Associate Professor Nathan Wilson Nathan Wilson

Associate Professor Nathan Wilson is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience in working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families as a nurse, manager, clinical specialist, clinical educator, applied researcher, and independent consultant. Nathan’s applied research is focussed on enhancing the health, wellbeing and social participation of people with IDD, with an underlying emphasis on chronic illness, men’s health, masculinity, participation and social inclusion. He has published over 80 scientific papers about disability and regularly presents his findings at national and international conferences. Nathan has supervised to completion 8 honours, 2 masters and 2 PhD students.

Nathan's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Social and Economic Participation
  • Men's Health and Men's Sheds
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Sexuality and Sexual Health

Nathan's main methodological expertise includes:

Nathan has experience in applied research, social interventions, surveys, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 (PhD)
  • 8 BN(Hons)
  • 3 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1926

Email: nathan.wilson@westernsydney.edu.au

Education

Dr Elaine Burns

Dr Elaine Burns Image Elain Burns

Dr Elaine Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director, Higher Degree Research and Honours, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University.

Qualifications: RM, RN, BN, MCN (Midwifery), PhD

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director of Higher Degree Research and Honours in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Elaine is also the Chair of NSW Branch of the Australian College of Midwives and an active member of the SPHERE Clinical Academic Group. Elaine has more than two decades of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her research focusses on midwifery practice/education and women’s experience of maternity care. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and has had real world impact influencing the lives of women, newborn infants, families and the midwifery profession. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, with more than 40 conference and seminar presentations including 20 as invited speaker. Elaine has developed a robust publication track record, with more than 30 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded 13 research grants to further investigate maternity care and women’s experiences. Her work has been cited in broadcast and print media including more than 48,000 readers in articles written for The Conversation. Elaine is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth and the early transition to mothering.

Elaine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postnatal Care
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Birth
  • Women's experiences of Maternity Care
  • Mirgrant and refugee women's experiences
  • Peer support
  • Oral health
  • Homebirth
  • Models of care
  • Young parents
  • Education

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

Elaine has experience with a variety of qualitative methodologies such as discourse analysis, ethonography, phenomenology, and grounded theory. Elaine has conducted large scale national surveys for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data and has experience in managing large ARC funded projects including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MHons
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MHons
  • 3 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9818

Email: e.burns@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Martin Christensen

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Professor Martin Christensen

Professor Christensen, is an experienced intensive care clinician and researcher. His main research interests lie in the advancement of intensive/critical care nursing practice and the evaluation of teaching and learning in the clinical environment. He has also published widely on issues associated with nursing education in particular innovative approaches to content delivery and the evaluation of transition to practice models. Professor Christensen’s methodological expertise revolve around qualitative research approaches with an emphasis on phenomenology, content, thematic and narrative analysis.

Martins's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Intensive/critical care education and practice
  • Nursing education, training and transition

Martins's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research (descriptive phenomenology, content, thematic and narrative analysis

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 PhD
  • 9 MSc

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9355

Email: m.christensen@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn EverettAssociate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett is a registered nurse and academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and has over 30 years’ experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, including research methods and evidenced based practice. She is the Director, School Research and Nursing Discipline Lead and engages in interdisciplinary research collaborations (including co-supervision of HDR students) with colleagues from medicine, allied health, and the social sciences. She works with nurse clinicians to undertake systematic reviews and research projects with a focus on strategic priorities in healthcare settings, some of which have received local and national recognition.

Associate Professor Everett has made significant contributions in the field of nursing research in patient safety and quality, educational research (including preparedness for graduate practice), and self-management in people with chronic disease. She has a particular interest in research related to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with low levels of health literacy. Her research background includes quantitative methods (including RCT and cluster RCT designs), qualitative methodologies and mixed methods designs. She has experience as a member (and Deputy Chair) of a Human Research Ethics Committee.

Bronwyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular and chronic diseases
  • Health literacy
  • Self-management
  • Behaviour change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Experiences of undergraduate students, including retention and academic success
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Bronwyn's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative methods including randomised controlled trial
  • Qualitative methods including qualitative descriptive designs
  • Mixed methods designs

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 4 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9034

Email: b.everett@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @bron_everett

Dr Gihane Endrawes

Dr Gihane Endrawes Dr Gihane Endrawes

Expertise in mental health especially women's mental health, consumers' rights, ethical issues related to management of aggression, carers issues, Evidence based practice, leadership, transcultural nursing, nursing education, clinical supervision, reflective practice, curriculum development.

Gihane's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9116

Email: g.endrawes@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Paul Glew

Dr Paul Glew Image

Dr Paul Glew

Dr Paul Glew has a Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Science (Intensive Care Nursing), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Master of Nursing, and a Doctor of Education degree.

Paul's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Clinical communication in nursing education and healthcare
  • Academic literacy and English second language assessment, teaching and learning
  • Literacy and language program design in education and nursing

Paul's main methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1163

Email: p.glew@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Linda Gregory

Dr Linda Gregory Image Linda Gregory

In 2016, Linda completed a professional doctorate in education at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her thesis,  'learning with and from others in clinical practice' answered questions about how and what registered nurses learned as they carried out every day work in acute care. Currently, Linda's research interests lie in nurse education, workplace learning, medication administration, clinical handover and more recently with the newly released code of professional conduct for nurses. Linda was also a recipient of an early career researcher grant in late 2018. This grant will be used to explore nurses’ experiences with the new electronic medication chart at two Sydney based hospitals in 2019.

Linda has had considerable teaching experience in both the clinical context as a Nurse Educator and in the tertiary environment, with undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs. With an industry career involvement in the nursing profession spanning over 35 years, Linda has worked in major tertiary referral acute care hospitals in Sydney as a clinical nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator and as nurse manager for education (all at major teaching hospitals in Sydney). This experience has given Linda an expert understanding of the knowledge and skills required to practise in the nursing profession together with understanding the challenges faced by transitioning new graduate nurses. Linda has also worked in a regulatory environment as a professional officer for the former Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW (2004-2005) where she also acquired her interests in professional issues and nursing and midwifery regulation. Linda is also a current Professional Member for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Linda's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Medication Administration
  • Clinical Handover
  • Patient Safety in Acture Care
  • Workplace Learning
  • Competence
  • Professional and Regulatory Issues
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Methods Research/Naturalistic Inquiry
  • Spatial Theory
  • Workplace Learning theories and Sociomateriality

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3344

Email: l.gregory@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt Image

Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Deputy Director, Clinical Education (Nursing), in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Leanne began nursing in 1992 as an RN progressing to CNC (trauma) and NUM 1. Leanne worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years

Leanne has 10 years of education and research experience and is the current chair of the Critical Care Research in Collaboration & Evidence Translation (CCRICET) research group. Leanne is an affiliate member of the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR), Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Leanne is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher focusing on critical care practice/patient outcomes, workforce development and clinical practice experience. Leanne’s work is collaborative and multidisciplinary and has impacts on critical care patients, families, student nurses, the future nursing workforce and the profession of nursing.

Leanne's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Workforce development
  • Undergraduate clinical placement

Leanne's methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1676

Email: l.hunt@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Stephen McNally

Dr Stephen McNally Image

Dr Stephen McNally

Stephen is proud to say that he has gained a vast amount of experience in academia over the last 30 years and currently holds a senior leadership position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Stephen gained his PhD in 2007, titled “Triage Education: From Experience to Practice Standards”. He continues to remain actively engaged in research, publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at national and international conferences. During his tenure he has retained his clinical expertise in all areas of critical care, particularly emergency.  Stephen continues to successfully supervise Higher Research Degree students and Stephen would welcome the opportunity to discuss research interests and a plan with any potential higher degree research students.Stephen possesses extensive clinical, teaching and research experience with background in Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design and systematic reviews.

Stephen's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse education
  • Men's health (developing area of interest)

Stephen's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods design
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MRes
  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 6 BNHons
  • 1 MRes

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9508

Email: s.mcnally@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @smcnally33

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's main research expertise includes:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy

Jed's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Gift Mutsonziwa

Dr Gift MutsonziwaDr Gift Mutsonziwa

Gift is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University with various teaching roles and coordinating Foundations for nursing practice (Summer school) and Clinical leadership. He has more than 15years of clinical and education experience in Emergency and Intensive care settings as a clinical nurse consultant (CNC). Gift has presented research topics at three national round table conferences and several conferences at the district level. His academic qualifications are Dip GN; BNurse, M.Hons Nursing  (1st class), M.Emerg Nursing, and PhD.

Gift's main research expertise includes:

  • The lived experiences
  • Emergency care nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Infection control
  • Learning through simulation
  • Consumer participation in care
  • Healthcare worker's experiences

Gift's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Interpretive phenomenology
  • Narrative analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Content analysis
  • Surveys

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 410 292 360

Email: g.mutsonziwa@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Rebecca has been a Nursing and Midwifery Academic for over 18 years following a productive career as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. With excellent leadership skills, Rebecca has engaged in multiple Governance roles with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University, including Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate (2016-2019).

With a passion for, and ability in, writing and creativity, Rebecca has pursued research in innovative and engaging strategies for Primary Based Health Care Professionals in the area of Domestic Violence enquiry and intervention, as well as adult education of Undergraduate Nursing Students. Rebecca’s research portfolio is largely based on Women’s, Children and Family Health with a key focus on Domestic and Family Violence, with her other area of research being in the education of undergraduate nurses.

Rebecca completed her PhD in 2012, has led funded and non-funded research projects, publishing and presenting findings of her research. Rebecca is also active in mentoring Undergraduate Nursing Students as well as other academics, and supervising Higher Research Degree students.

Rebecca's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Women's, Children and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education

Rebecca's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 PhD (Co-supervisor)
  • 1 MHons (Co-supervisor)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9490

Email: re.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @reoreilly1

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz is currently working in a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of midwifery care and improving birth options for women. She recently worked in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences. She mentors and supports midwives in the local health district with their research projects. She collaborates with other university academics across Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Committee (TTMEC) by researching pertinent midwifery issues and is currently the Secretary for the TTMEC. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of factors affecting birth practices and women’s choices, complementary therapies, responses to early life stress, education, and women’s health. She has for the past two years worked as the Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and worked with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia. She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervision of PhD student- at University of Newcastle, a midwfe-led antenatal breastfeeding education intervention for primiparous women to increase predominant breastfeeding rates to a minimum of one, three and six months after birth in Thailand: A pilot randomised control trial. Graduated in March, 2016.
  • Co-supervision of PhD student- - at Southern Cross University, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding affecting postpartum haemorrhage. Graduated in April, 2016

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Healthcare Communication

Dr Paul Glew

Dr Paul Glew Image

Dr Paul Glew

Dr Paul Glew has a Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Science (Intensive Care Nursing), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Master of Nursing, and a Doctor of Education degree.

Paul's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Clinical communication in nursing education and healthcare
  • Academic literacy and English second language assessment, teaching and learning
  • Literacy and language program design in education and nursing

Paul's main methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1163

Email: p.glew@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Diana Jefferies

Diana Jefferies

Dr Diana Jefferies

Dr Diana Jefferies is a lecturer in the school of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She has twenty-five years' experience in acute clinical nursing specialising in mental health and HIV Nursing. She has academic qualifications in Arts Based research methods such as historical analysis and literary criticism. Her current research program integrates her nursing and arts-based background to examine descriptions of mental health issues in historical and literary contexts.

Diana's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • The Lived Experience of Illness
  • Mental Health
  • Patient Centred Care
  • Medical and Health Humanities

Diana's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research - Narrative
  • Arts based research methods especially historical and literary analysis

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9304

Email: d.jefferies@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Della Maneze

Dr Della ManezeDr Della Maneze

Della is an overseas-trained medical practitioner with a subspecialisation in Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in health promotion and is currently working as Multicultural Health Promotion Officer in South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Della is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of Western Sydney University.

Her health promotion programs focused on health issues of immigrant communities and the effects of immigration on health, barriers to health service access, community needs assessment and cultural perspectives in health promotion initiatives.
Her research interest is on immigrant health particularly on the effects of acculturation on the development of chronic diseases among immigrants (including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity), facilitators and barriers to health service access and utilisation, health literacy and health communications. Her PhD was on acculturative stress and health-seeking behaviours of Filipino immigrants to Australia which was a mixed methods research.

As a researcher, she is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published in a number of peer-reviewed health journals. She is affiliated with the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes, Research and Translation, Ingham Centre for Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Research. She is currently in the supervisory panel of three PhD students.

Della's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Immigrant Health
  • Culture, Acculturation and Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Preventive Health
  • Primary and Community Healthcare
  • Health Literacy of Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Chronic Diseases

Della's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4621 8718

Email: d.maneze@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @dellamaneze

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's main research expertise includes:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy

Jed's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Gift Mutsonziwa

Dr Gift MutsonziwaDr Gift Mutsonziwa

Gift is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University with various teaching roles and coordinating Foundations for nursing practice (Summer school) and Clinical leadership. He has more than 15years of clinical and education experience in Emergency and Intensive care settings as a clinical nurse consultant (CNC). Gift has presented research topics at three national round table conferences and several conferences at the district level. His academic qualifications are Dip GN; BNurse, M.Hons Nursing  (1st class), M.Emerg Nursing, and PhD.

Gift's main research expertise includes:

  • The lived experiences
  • Emergency care nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Infection control
  • Learning through simulation
  • Consumer participation in care
  • Healthcare worker's experiences

Gift's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Interpretive phenomenology
  • Narrative analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Content analysis
  • Surveys

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 410 292 360

Email: g.mutsonziwa@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Leadership and Professional Issues

Dr Linda Gregory

Dr Linda Gregory Image Linda Gregory

In 2016, Linda completed a professional doctorate in education at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her thesis,  'learning with and from others in clinical practice' answered questions about how and what registered nurses learned as they carried out every day work in acute care. Currently, Linda's research interests lie in nurse education, workplace learning, medication administration, clinical handover and more recently with the newly released code of professional conduct for nurses. Linda was also a recipient of an early career researcher grant in late 2018. This grant will be used to explore nurses’ experiences with the new electronic medication chart at two Sydney based hospitals in 2019.

Linda has had considerable teaching experience in both the clinical context as a Nurse Educator and in the tertiary environment, with undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs. With an industry career involvement in the nursing profession spanning over 35 years, Linda has worked in major tertiary referral acute care hospitals in Sydney as a clinical nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator and as nurse manager for education (all at major teaching hospitals in Sydney). This experience has given Linda an expert understanding of the knowledge and skills required to practise in the nursing profession together with understanding the challenges faced by transitioning new graduate nurses. Linda has also worked in a regulatory environment as a professional officer for the former Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW (2004-2005) where she also acquired her interests in professional issues and nursing and midwifery regulation. Linda is also a current Professional Member for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Linda's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Medication Administration
  • Clinical Handover
  • Patient Safety in Acture Care
  • Workplace Learning
  • Competence
  • Professional and Regulatory Issues
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Methods Research/Naturalistic Inquiry
  • Spatial Theory
  • Workplace Learning theories and Sociomateriality

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3344

Email: l.gregory@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck

Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, a conjoint position of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. I support and mentor Nurse Clinicians undertaking research focused on evidence based changes to nursing practice and improving patient care and outcomes. I have many years teaching in the tertiary sector both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students. I have published in, and review, national and international journals and presented a national and international conferences.

Lauretta's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Case Study Designs
  • Qualitative Research

Current Students (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BN(Hons)
  • 3 Master of Research
  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BN(Hons)
  • 1 MN(Hons)
  • 2 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4734 3781

Email: lauretta.luck@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's research expertise includes:
  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy
Jed has methodological expertise includes:
  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna Salamonson Image Assoc. Prof. Yenna Salamonson

Dr. Yenna Salamonson has committed over 25 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for nursing students, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units. Yenna's program of research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of teaching and learning to build nursing workforce capacity towards better healthcare outcomes. In addition, her scope of research extends to patient safety in acute care, cardiovascular nursing and organisational culture.

Yenna has expertise in survey construction, psychometric assessment and mixed methods designs. She also has experience in multivariate statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling. She has undertaken several educational projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is an additional language, and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings.  She has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards at the university and national levels.

Yenna's research expertise includes:

  • Academic success and supporting first year nursing student experience
  • Patient Safety in acute care
  • Critical care and cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Yenna's methodological expertise includes:

  • Survey construction
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Mixed methods designs

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Yenna has supervised 17 research students to completion.

  • 6 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 10 BNHons

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 7 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3322

Email: y.salamonson@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz is currently working in a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of midwifery care and improving birth options for women. She recently worked in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences. She mentors and supports midwives in the local health district with their research projects. She collaborates with other university academics across Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Committee (TTMEC) by researching pertinent midwifery issues and is currently the Secretary for the TTMEC. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of factors affecting birth practices and women’s choices, complementary therapies, responses to early life stress, education, and women’s health. She has for the past two years worked as the Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and worked with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia. She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervision of PhD student- at University of Newcastle, a midwfe-led antenatal breastfeeding education intervention for primiparous women to increase predominant breastfeeding rates to a minimum of one, three and six months after birth in Thailand: A pilot randomised control trial. Graduated in March, 2016.
  • Co-supervision of PhD student- - at Southern Cross University, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding affecting postpartum haemorrhage. Graduated in April, 2016

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Men's Health

Dr Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir is a lecturer in both the nursing and midwifery directorates. Her passion is midwifery and believes in providing women the 'choice' to make informed decisions. Rakime completed her PhD in 2012 focusing on women's experiences of severe postpartum haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy. Since completing her doctoral work, she has extended her research interests around father's experiences of traumatic birth and midwives experiences of obstetric emergencies.

Rakime's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Birth trauma
  • High risk / complications in pregnancy and birth
  • Father's birth
  • Postnatal experiences
  • Women's health

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3372

Email: r.elmir@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Stephen McNally

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Dr Stephen McNally

Stephen is proud to say that he has gained a vast amount of experience in academia over the last 30 years and currently holds a senior leadership position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Stephen gained his PhD in 2007, titled “Triage Education: From Experience to Practice Standards”. He continues to remain actively engaged in research, publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at national and international conferences. During his tenure he has retained his clinical expertise in all areas of critical care, particularly emergency.  Stephen continues to successfully supervise Higher Research Degree students and Stephen would welcome the opportunity to discuss research interests and a plan with any potential higher degree research students.Stephen possesses extensive clinical, teaching and research experience with background in Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design and systematic reviews.

Stephen's main research interests and expertise includes:
  • Critical care
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse education
  • Men's health (developing area of interest)
Stephen's methodological expertise includes:
  • Quantitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods design
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MRes
  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 6 BNHons
  • 1 MRes

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9508

Email: s.mcnally@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @smcnally33

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's research expertise includes:
  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy
Jed has methodological expertise includes:
  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Nathan Wilson

Associate Professor Nathan Wilson Nathan Wilson

Associate Professor Nathan Wilson is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience in working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families as a nurse, manager, clinical specialist, clinical educator, applied researcher, and independent consultant. Nathan’s applied research is focussed on enhancing the health, wellbeing and social participation of people with IDD, with an underlying emphasis on chronic illness, men’s health, masculinity, participation and social inclusion. He has published over 80 scientific papers about disability and regularly presents his findings at national and international conferences. Nathan has supervised to completion 8 honours, 2 masters and 2 PhD students.

Nathan's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Social and Economic Participation
  • Men's Health and Men's Sheds
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Sexuality and Sexual Health

Nathan's main methodological expertise includes:

Nathan has experience in applied research, social interventions, surveys, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 (PhD)
  • 8 BN(Hons)
  • 3 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1926

Email: nathan.wilson@westernsydney.edu.au

Mental Health

Dr Evan Atlantis

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Dr Evan Atlantis

Evan's qualifications include a BAppSc (Exercise and Sport Science) in 2002 and PhD in 2005 (fast-tracked), both at The University of Sydney. Evan's current appointment is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Evan is known globally for his breadth of clinical research expertise in obesity and related chronic diseases. As the founding President of the National Association of Clinical Obesity Services (NACOS), Evan is at the forefront of developing strategies to improve access and standards in clinical obesity services in Australia's health system.

The quality of his publications is well above world average (SciVal Metrics: Field Weighted Citation Impact of 2 and 28.6% of his articles are in the top 10 percentile). Evan publishes 1.82 times more than the pooled sector average, mostly in fields of Public Health and Health Services, and Clinical Sciences. Evan has over 65 publications (over 40 as first author including two monographs) that have received over 4,000 citations (GS) and developed 2 National Frameworks; for clinical obesity services and public bariatric surgery.

Evan has also been one of several Chief/Investigator recipients of major NHMRC, NSW Government, and Industry grant funding (approximately $5 million).

Evan's main research interests and expertise includes:
  • Focused on improving access to clinical obesity services (aka 'clinical weight management services") and raising standards in care
  • Interpretation and publication of results from original research on obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Health service use
  • Mental illness
  • Health promotion based on large population-based randomized controlled trials
Evan's main methodological expertise includes:
  • Systematic reviews
  • Observational studies
  • Randomized controlled trials

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MSc
  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MSHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3263

Email: e.atlantis@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Kelly Baird

Dr Paul Glew Image

Dr Kelly Baird

Kelly takes a collaborative, applied and community embedded approach to research, partnering with organisations delivering support services to children, young people and families. She has a particular research interest in addressing the service and support needs of those within our communities experiencing adversity or marginalisation. Kelly is also an advocate of child- and youth-led research and the use of participatory research methods.

Kelly was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her doctoral research examined young children’s experiences of program participation and family life during involvement in an intensive, therapeutic, attachment-based parenting support program. Before commencing her PhD, Kelly worked in the non-government sector in both direct service work and research.

Kelly's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Children and families experiencing adversity
  • Child and youth-led research/child voice research
  • Social isolation
  • Structured social relationship models to support social connection
  • Volunteerism

Kelly's methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Effectiveness trials

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9380

Email: k.baird@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Stacy Blythe

Dr Stacy Blythe Dr Stacy Blythe

Stacy Graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2009 and was awarded her PhD in 2013 by the University of Western Sydney. Stacy teaches in a variety of theoretical and clinical units at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her doctoral research was a qualitative investigation in the area of foster care. Current research endeavours are investigating ways to protect and promote mental health in infants who are born substance exposed.

Stacy's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Foster Care
  • Substance Exposed Infants
  • Women's Health
  • Child and Family Health

Stacy's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and systematic reviews

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1930

Email: s.blythe@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Greg Clark

Dr Greg ClarkDr Greg Clark

Greg has worked as a mental health nurse since 1978, originally qualifying at Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde. He has worked in a diverse range of mental health settings, mostly in community mental health services and has worked with people of all ages. He was endorsed as a mental health nurse practitioner in 2007. He has developed educational resources for the National Prescribing Service and The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association. Greg has worked full time at Western Sydney University since 2015. He is currently Academic Course Adviser for Postgraduate Mental Health Courses and co-ordinates several units for the Master of Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health). He also teaches in undergraduate mental health units.

Greg has a Psychiatric Nursing Certificate, Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health Nursing), Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). He has completed a doctoral study at the University of Newcastle. His study is a history of ideas in psychiatric nursing scholarship. His research interests are the essential elements of mental health nursing practice and the articulation of these essential elements for the benefit of students and others who are interested in understanding how to work effectively in a mental health setting.

Greg's main research interests and expertise includes:
  • Mental Health Nursing Practice and Philosophy
  • Mental Health Nursing theory and Scholarship
  • Mental Health Nursing Education
  • Mental Health Nursing Textbook literature; current and historical
Greg's main methodological expertise expertise includes:
  • History of ideas
  • Post-analytic philosophy

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervisor 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9411

Email: g.clark@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Gihane Endrawes

Dr Gihane Endrawes Dr Gihane Endrawes

Expertise in mental health especially women's mental health, consumers' rights, ethical issues related to management of aggression, carers issues, Evidence based practice, leadership, transcultural nursing, nursing education, clinical supervision, reflective practice, curriculum development.

Gihane's main research interests and expertise includes:
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9116

Email: g.endrawes@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Diana Jefferies

Diana Jefferies

Dr Diana Jefferies

Dr Diana Jefferies is a lecturer in the school of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She has twenty-five years' experience in acute clinical nursing specialising in mental health and HIV Nursing. She has academic qualifications in Arts Based research methods such as historical analysis and literary criticism. Her current research program integrates her nursing and arts-based background to examine descriptions of mental health issues in historical and literary contexts.

Diana's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • The Lived Experience of Illness
  • Mental Health
  • Patient Centred Care
  • Medical and Health Humanities

Diana's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research - Narrative
  • Arts based research methods especially historical and literary analysis

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9304

Email: d.jefferies@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters RN BN (Hons) PhD is an academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  Kath has extensive clinical nursing and research experience with a strong background in health research and qualitative methodologies.  Kath is actively engaged in research and regularly disseminates research outcomes in peer reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

Kath's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing Workforce
  • Women's and Family Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Kath's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Feminist Research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 8 BN (Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3567

Email: k.peters@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Toby Raeburn

Dr Toby Raeburn

Dr Toby Raeburn

Doctor Toby Raeburn is a senior lecturer, researcher and nurse practitioner in mental health with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Previously, Toby spent five years teaching at the University of Sydney and before that he founded and led Australia’s first nurse practitioner led mental health charity, ROAM Communities, which focused on assisting marginalised groups such as people who are homeless, towards mental health recovery. Toby’s work in community mental health led to a variety of awards including, a Fellowship from Australian College of Mental Health Nurses in 2016, the Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses in 2014, a Community Partnership Award from the University of Western Sydney in 2014, a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2009 and a Mental Health Matters award from the Mental Health Council of Australia in 2006.

Alongside his work at Western Sydney University, Toby is an honorary lecturer with the School of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney and has ongoing partnerships with Aboriginal medical services Tharawal and Gandangara Health in South West Sydney. He also is regularly called on to provide consultancy to organisations such as Housing NSW, Juvenile Justice NSW, Sydney City Council, the Salvation Army and Ted Noffs Foundation. Regarding international research, Toby has collaborated with researchers from UCLA in California, Edinburgh University in Scotland, Vidyasagar University in India and the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. Since 2016 Toby has been pleased to serve as a member of NSW Health’s Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).

Toby loves people, research and coffee. If you think he might be able to assist you by providing research supervision then he would be pleased to meet. You can make initial contact by using his email address below.

Toby's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental healthcare
  • Homelessness healthcare
  • The history of mental healthcare
  • Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing
  • Older people's mental health

Tobys's main methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed Methods (Qualitative/Quantitative)
  • Interview methods, participant observation and content analyses
  • Program/service evaluation and development
  • Self determination theory, grounded theory and cognitive continuum theory
  • Historical research including micro history and document review

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BN(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9165 8662

Email: t.raeburn@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith Image Prof. Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Cardiothoracic Postgraduate Certificate, a Master of Social Planning and Development, a Graduate Certificate of Health Economics and a PhD in Public Health.

Sheree's research expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Respiratory health services
  • Mental health and,
  • Primary health care

Sheree's methodological expertise includes:

Sheree has experience in quantitative methods such as randomised controlled trials, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3532

Email: sheree.smith@westernsydney.edu.au

Midwifery

Dr Elaine Burns

Dr Elaine Burns Image Elain Burns

Dr Elaine Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director, Higher Degree Research and Honours, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University.

Qualifications: RM, RN, BN, MCN (Midwifery), PhD

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director of Higher Degree Research and Honours in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Elaine is also the Chair of NSW Branch of the Australian College of Midwives and an active member of the SPHERE Clinical Academic Group. Elaine has more than two decades of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her research focusses on midwifery practice/education and women’s experience of maternity care. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and has had real world impact influencing the lives of women, newborn infants, families and the midwifery profession. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, with more than 40 conference and seminar presentations including 20 as invited speaker. Elaine has developed a robust publication track record, with more than 30 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded 13 research grants to further investigate maternity care and women’s experiences. Her work has been cited in broadcast and print media including more than 48,000 readers in articles written for The Conversation. Elaine is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth and the early transition to mothering.

Elaine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postnatal Care
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Birth
  • Women's experiences of Maternity Care
  • Mirgrant and refugee women's experiences
  • Peer support
  • Oral health
  • Homebirth
  • Models of care
  • Young parents
  • Education

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

Elaine has experience with a variety of qualitative methodologies such as discourse analysis, ethonography, phenomenology, and grounded theory. Elaine has conducted large scale national surveys for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data and has experience in managing large ARC funded projects including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MHons
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MHons
  • 3 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9818

Email: e.burns@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Hannah Dahlen

Professor Hannah Dahlen Professor Hannah Dahlen

Hannah Dahlen AM is a Professor of Midwifery, Associate Dean Research and Higher Degree Research and Midwifery Discipline Lead in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Qualifications: RN, RM, BN (Hons 1st class), MCommN, PhD, Grad Cert Midwifery (pharmacology), FACM

Hannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery, Associate Dean Research and Higher Degree Research and Midwifery Discipline Lead of Midwifery and in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has been a midwife for 30 years and still practices. Hannah has over 200 published journal articles and book chapters and has strong national and international research partnerships. She has received 20 grants since 2000, including being a CI on three NHMRC grants and an ARC Linkage grant. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conferences in the past 5 years and given invited keynote addresses at most of these. In 2019 Hannah was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her significant services to midwifery, nursing and medical education and research. In November 2012 Hannah was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” and named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.

Hannah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Normal birth
  • Birth interventions
  • Media
  • Water Birth
  • Perineal trauma
  • Incontinence
  • Epigenetics
  • Oral Health
  • Health Policy
  • Acupuncture
  • Homebirth
  • Birth Centres
  • Fear
  • Risk
  • Birth trauma
  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Models of care
  • Vaginal examination
  • Maternal death
  • Maternal complications
  • Perinatal outcomes
  • Young parents
  • Obesity
  • CALD women's outcomes
  • Birth positions
  • Birth experiences

Hannah's main methodological expertise includes:

Hannah has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  She has undertaken systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, retrospective cohort studies, population based studies, surveys, grounded theory, narrative analysis, ethnography, thematic analysis, content analysis (qual and quant), and mixed methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Hannah currently supervise two Honours students and has had 7 Honours completions, (all 1st class). Two of her Honours students received the University Medal in 2011 and 2016. Hannah currently supervise 8 PhD students and has had 10 PhD completions. She has had 5 Masters Honours/Masters Research completions. In total she has had 22 Honours/HDR completions Eleven of her students have received scholarships.

  • 7 BN(Hons)
  • 5 M(Hons)
  • 10 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9118

Email: h.dahlen@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter: @Hannahdahlen

Dr Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir is a lecturer in both the nursing and midwifery directorates. Her passion is midwifery and believes in providing women the 'choice' to make informed decisions. Rakime completed her PhD in 2012 focusing on women's experiences of severe postpartum haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy. Since completing her doctoral work, she has extended her research interests around father's experiences of traumatic birth and midwives experiences of obstetric emergencies.

Rakime's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Birth trauma
  • High risk / complications in pregnancy and birth
  • Father's birth
  • Postnatal experiences
  • Women's health

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3372

Email: r.elmir@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Lyn Francis

Dr Lyn FrancisImage of Dr Lyn Francis

Lyn has experience in qualitative research, particularly narrative inquiry, and has also assisted students with quantitative and mixed methods as a co-supervisor. Lyn’s PhD focused on the experience of women leaving or ending domestic violence and social support during that process. Lyn has qualifications in nursing, midwifery, child and family health, law, and health management.

Lyn has also undertaken research in 2017 the areas of gender equity in academia. Lyn obtained an Early Career Researcher grant in 2019 that involved analysing free text comments in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH) regarding data related to domestic violence and social support. Lyn has experience and interest in research areas regarding gender-based violence including domestic violence, sexual health, infants in neonatal care units, ethics and law in health including consent, primary health care, forensic nursing, and domestic violence/elder abuse.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 MRES
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9412

Email: l.francis@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Rebecca has been a Nursing and Midwifery Academic for over 18 years following a productive career as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. With excellent leadership skills, Rebecca has engaged in multiple Governance roles with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University, including Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate (2016-2019).

With a passion for, and ability in, writing and creativity, Rebecca has pursued research in innovative and engaging strategies for Primary Based Health Care Professionals in the area of Domestic Violence enquiry and intervention, as well as adult education of Undergraduate Nursing Students. Rebecca’s research portfolio is largely based on Women’s, Children and Family Health with a key focus on Domestic and Family Violence, with her other area of research being in the education of undergraduate nurses.

Rebecca completed her PhD in 2012, has led funded and non-funded research projects, publishing and presenting findings of her research. Rebecca is also active in mentoring Undergraduate Nursing Students as well as other academics, and supervising Higher Research Degree students.

Rebecca's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Women's, Children and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education

Rebecca's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 PhD (Co-supervisor)
  • 1 MHons (Co-supervisor)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9490

Email: re.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @reoreilly1

Dr Holly Priddis

Dr Holly Priddis Holly Priddis

Dr Holly Priddis is a lecturer of Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  Holly undertook her Honours in 2010 where she received a First class Honours and was awarded the University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship. Holly then went on to complete her PhD in 2015 titled:  "An evaluation of health services for women who have experienced severe perineal trauma: A mixed methods study". Holly is a mother of four children, is a successful birth photographer and runs a charity for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders based on her own experience of parenting a special needs child.

Holly's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Pregnancy, labour and birth
  • Postnatal period
  • Transition to parenting
  • Severe perineal trauma
  • Birth positions

Holly's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Ethnographnic methods including autoethnography
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Transformative emancipatory research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9592

Email: h.priddis@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Athena Sheehan

Associate Professor Athena SheehanAssociate Professor Athena Sheenan

Athena Sheehan is a Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Qualifications: RN, BN, RM, MN, PhD

Athena is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Athena has over 40 years of experience first as a nurse and then as a midwife working in the roles of clinician, researcher, and educator. Athena teaches into the Bachelor of Midwifery and Graduate Diploma of Midwifery programs, and supervises HDR students. Athena has held positions in governance including previously being the Director of Academic Programs for Midwifery at WSU.  She has been a member of the Australian College of Midwives for over 20 years. Her research has primarily focused on midwifery, but also includes transdisciplinary research with colleagues in the fields of nursing and socio-functional linguistics. Athena has made major original and innovative contributions to the field of infant feeding and maternal health and has been recognised both nationally and internationally for her research in this area. Her research interests also include midwifery education and workforce and most recently she has been the lead researcher on the SWIMMS project, a funded project that introduced a midwifery mentoring program for B Mid students into the clinical area. She is also currently the lead researcher on the funded Bachelor of Midwifery Multiple Mini Interviews study. Athena’s research has been presented at International and National conferences where she has been an invited and keynote speaker. She publishes regularly in highly ranked nursing, midwifery, and multidisciplinary journals, and her work is regularly cited. With colleagues she has been successful in receiving 2 ARC linkage grants, she has also been successful in receiving research funding through university grants. As an educator, clinician, and researcher, she is passionate about quality outcomes that result in the provision of excellent care for childbearing women and their families.

Athena's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Midwifery education
  • Women's experiences of midwifery care
  • Midwifery workforce
  • Homebirth
  • Breech birth
  • Mentoring
  • Models of care
  • Antenatal education

Athena's main methodological expertise includes:

Athena has experience with a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. This includes:

  • Grounded theory
  • Discourse analysis
  • Qualitative descriptive analysis
  • Metasynthesis
  • Quasi-experimental design
  • Mixed methods
  • Experimental design

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BN(Hons)
  • 1 M(Hons)
  • 5 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BM(Hons) (First Class)
  • 1 M(Hons)
  • 5 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9068

Email: a.sheehan@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz is currently working in a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of midwifery care and improving birth options for women. She recently worked in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences. She mentors and supports midwives in the local health district with their research projects. She collaborates with other university academics across Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Committee (TTMEC) by researching pertinent midwifery issues and is currently the Secretary for the TTMEC. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of factors affecting birth practices and women’s choices, complementary therapies, responses to early life stress, education, and women’s health. She has for the past two years worked as the Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and worked with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia. She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervision of PhD student- at University of Newcastle, a midwfe-led antenatal breastfeeding education intervention for primiparous women to increase predominant breastfeeding rates to a minimum of one, three and six months after birth in Thailand: A pilot randomised control trial. Graduated in March, 2016.
  • Co-supervision of PhD student- - at Southern Cross University, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding affecting postpartum haemorrhage. Graduated in April, 2016

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Neurological Disorders

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall PullinImage Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin is a Registered Nurse and lecturer with a background in rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and working with people with disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Community Nursing, Master of Nursing (Hons 1st Class) and was awarded her PhD in 2015 for a qualitative grounded theory study which explored the experiences of long-term family carers of people with spinal cord injury in Australia. Laynie has extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate nursing education and is an active member of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association (ARNA). She has been past Vice-President of the NSW/ACT Chapter and a recipient of a national ARNA research grant. In 2014, Laynie was awarded the Medal 43 from the Fellow43 group (incorporating the Spinal Injury Nurses Association) for services to spinal nursing research. She is a peer reviewer for several international journals and is a member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) at Western Sydney University.

Laynie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Spinal cord injury and long-term conditions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability
  • Family care giving
  • Nursing education

Laynie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Grounded theory methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1670

Email: l.hall@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @familycarers

Oral Health

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Ajesh George

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Dr Ajesh George (BDS, MPH, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University (WSU) and Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at University of Sydney. He is a Dentist with extensive experience in interdisciplinary oral health care and is a leading expert in Australia in providing oral health training to nurses/midwives and translating oral health guidelines into their practice. Dr George is also the Director and Co-founder of the "Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation" (COHORT) which is an innovative partnership between WSU School of Nursing & Midwifery  and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Oral Health Services bringing together Dentists and non-dental professionals for the first time in Australia- www.cohortaustralia.com. He is also the co-founder and executive member of the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health (www.niohaustralia.com). Since his PhD Dr George has been initiating and leading multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing innovative models of oral health involving non-dental professionals care across the lifespan and chronic conditions (maternity, paediatrics, aboriginal health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, intellectual disability and palliative care).  His work has led to the development of Australia’s first midwifery initiated oral health (MIOH) program which has been recognised nationally and internationally. He has also been instrumental in training nurses and midwives to promote oral health by integrating oral health into undergraduate midwifery and nursing courses at Western Sydney University as well as developing nationally recognised oral health professional development training programs. A/Prof George has 42 grants ($5.2M) including NHMRC grants (26 as CIA), 78 publications (32 first authored, 29 last authored), 114 conference presentations (25 international) and a H-index of 19 with 2463 citations. He also currently supervises 8 HDR students (PhD and MRes) most of whom have received scholarships to undertake studies to integrate oral health into general health care.  Dr George has also secured 12 research awards including the 2008 South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Research Showcase Best Poster Award, SWSLHD Quality Awards for 2011/2013/2015/2018/2019, NSW Health Awards Finalist for 2011/2013/2018, 2018 Ingham Publication award, 2013 Ingham Institute Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award and the 2014 UWS Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award as an ECR. A/Prof George also has a significant track record of translating research into policy and practice. The MIOH program has been successfully implemented in various hospitals in NSW/Victoria and included in Victoria’s Oral Health Promotion Strategic Plan and Obstetric Monitoring system. In addition, the MIOH training package is endorsed by Australian College of Midwives as a professional development program nationally, the MIOH oral health promotional resources are being distributed state-wide by NSW Ministry of Health and oral health has been successfully implemented in the nursing and midwifery curriculum at Western Sydney University- another first in Australia. The MIOH program has received attention through media and television including ministerial media releases, newspapers and Channel 10 news.

Ajesh's main methodolgical expertise includes:

Dr George's main area of expertise include maternal and infant oral health, chronic illness/disability and oral health, translating oral health  into practice and oral health education for non-dental professionals . Dr George's main methodological expertise include: Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9356

Email: a.george@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Palliative Care

No supervisors currently listed.

Primary and Community Care

Dr Evan Atlantis

Dr Evan Atlantis Image

Dr Evan Atlantis

Evan's qualifications include a BAppSc (Exercise and Sport Science) in 2002 and PhD in 2005 (fast-tracked), both at The University of Sydney. Evan's current appointment is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Evan is known globally for his breadth of clinical research expertise in obesity and related chronic diseases. As the founding President of the National Association of Clinical Obesity Services (NACOS), Evan is at the forefront of developing strategies to improve access and standards in clinical obesity services in Australia's health system.

The quality of his publications is well above world average (SciVal Metrics: Field Weighted Citation Impact of 2 and 28.6% of his articles are in the top 10 percentile). Evan publishes 1.82 times more than the pooled sector average, mostly in fields of Public Health and Health Services, and Clinical Sciences. Evan has over 65 publications (over 40 as first author including two monographs) that have received over 4,000 citations (GS) and developed 2 National Frameworks; for clinical obesity services and public bariatric surgery.

Evan has also been one of several Chief/Investigator recipients of major NHMRC, NSW Government, and Industry grant funding (approximately $5 million).

Evan's main research interests and expertise includes:
  • Focused on improving access to clinical obesity services (aka 'clinical weight management services") and raising standards in care
  • Interpretation and publication of results from original research on obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Health service use
  • Mental illness
  • Health promotion based on large population-based randomized controlled trials
Evan's main methodological expertise includes:
  • Systematic reviews
  • Observational studies
  • Randomized controlled trials

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MSc
  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MSHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3263

Email: e.atlantis@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Lyn Francis

Dr Lyn FrancisImage of Dr Lyn Francis

Lyn has experience in qualitative research, particularly narrative inquiry, and has also assisted students with quantitative and mixed methods as a co-supervisor. Lyn’s PhD focused on the experience of women leaving or ending domestic violence and social support during that process. Lyn has qualifications in nursing, midwifery, child and family health, law, and health management.

Lyn has also undertaken research in 2017 the areas of gender equity in academia. Lyn obtained an Early Career Researcher grant in 2019 that involved analysing free text comments in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH) regarding data related to domestic violence and social support. Lyn has experience and interest in research areas regarding gender-based violence including domestic violence, sexual health, infants in neonatal care units, ethics and law in health including consent, primary health care, forensic nursing, and domestic violence/elder abuse.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 MRES
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9412

Email: l.francis@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Ajesh George

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Dr Ajesh George (BDS, MPH, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University (WSU) and Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at University of Sydney. He is a Dentist with extensive experience in interdisciplinary oral health care and is a leading expert in Australia in providing oral health training to nurses/midwives and translating oral health guidelines into their practice. Dr George is also the Director and Co-founder of the "Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation" (COHORT) which is an innovative partnership between WSU School of Nursing & Midwifery  and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Oral Health Services bringing together Dentists and non-dental professionals for the first time in Australia- www.cohortaustralia.com. He is also the co-founder and executive member of the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health (www.niohaustralia.com). Since his PhD Dr George has been initiating and leading multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing innovative models of oral health involving non-dental professionals care across the lifespan and chronic conditions (maternity, paediatrics, aboriginal health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, intellectual disability and palliative care).  His work has led to the development of Australia’s first midwifery initiated oral health (MIOH) program which has been recognised nationally and internationally. He has also been instrumental in training nurses and midwives to promote oral health by integrating oral health into undergraduate midwifery and nursing courses at Western Sydney University as well as developing nationally recognised oral health professional development training programs. A/Prof George has 42 grants ($5.2M) including NHMRC grants (26 as CIA), 78 publications (32 first authored, 29 last authored), 114 conference presentations (25 international) and a H-index of 19 with 2463 citations. He also currently supervises 8 HDR students (PhD and MRes) most of whom have received scholarships to undertake studies to integrate oral health into general health care.  Dr George has also secured 12 research awards including the 2008 South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Research Showcase Best Poster Award, SWSLHD Quality Awards for 2011/2013/2015/2018/2019, NSW Health Awards Finalist for 2011/2013/2018, 2018 Ingham Publication award, 2013 Ingham Institute Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award and the 2014 UWS Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award as an ECR. A/Prof George also has a significant track record of translating research into policy and practice. The MIOH program has been successfully implemented in various hospitals in NSW/Victoria and included in Victoria’s Oral Health Promotion Strategic Plan and Obstetric Monitoring system. In addition, the MIOH training package is endorsed by Australian College of Midwives as a professional development program nationally, the MIOH oral health promotional resources are being distributed state-wide by NSW Ministry of Health and oral health has been successfully implemented in the nursing and midwifery curriculum at Western Sydney University- another first in Australia. The MIOH program has received attention through media and television including ministerial media releases, newspapers and Channel 10 news.

Ajesh's main methodolgical expertise includes:

Dr George's main area of expertise include maternal and infant oral health, chronic illness/disability and oral health, translating oral health  into practice and oral health education for non-dental professionals . Dr George's main methodological expertise include: Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9356

Email: a.george@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall PullinImage Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin is a Registered Nurse and lecturer with a background in rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and working with people with disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Community Nursing, Master of Nursing (Hons 1st Class) and was awarded her PhD in 2015 for a qualitative grounded theory study which explored the experiences of long-term family carers of people with spinal cord injury in Australia. Laynie has extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate nursing education and is an active member of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association (ARNA). She has been past Vice-President of the NSW/ACT Chapter and a recipient of a national ARNA research grant. In 2014, Laynie was awarded the Medal 43 from the Fellow43 group (incorporating the Spinal Injury Nurses Association) for services to spinal nursing research. She is a peer reviewer for several international journals and is a member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) at Western Sydney University.

Laynie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Spinal cord injury and long-term conditions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability
  • Family care giving
  • Nursing education

Laynie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Grounded theory methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1670

Email: l.hall@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @familycarers

Professor Deborah Hatcher

Dr Deborah HatcherProfessor Deborah Hatcher

Professor Deborah Hatcher has a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Health Science, Master of health Personnel Education and PhD.

Deborah's research expertise includes:

  • Ageing and aged care
  • Diabetes and management of chronic health conditions
  • Primary health care

Deborah has methodological expertise includes:

  • Grounded theory and other qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9311

Email: d.hatcher@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Della Maneze

Dr Della ManezeDr Della Maneze

Della is an overseas-trained medical practitioner with a subspecialisation in Internal Medicine. She has extensive experience in health promotion and is currently working as Multicultural Health Promotion Officer in South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Della is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of Western Sydney University.

Her health promotion programs focused on health issues of immigrant communities and the effects of immigration on health, barriers to health service access, community needs assessment and cultural perspectives in health promotion initiatives.
Her research interest is on immigrant health particularly on the effects of acculturation on the development of chronic diseases among immigrants (including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity), facilitators and barriers to health service access and utilisation, health literacy and health communications. Her PhD was on acculturative stress and health-seeking behaviours of Filipino immigrants to Australia which was a mixed methods research.

As a researcher, she is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published in a number of peer-reviewed health journals. She is affiliated with the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes, Research and Translation, Ingham Centre for Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Research. She is currently in the supervisory panel of three PhD students.

Della's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Immigrant Health
  • Culture, Acculturation and Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Preventive Health
  • Primary and Community Healthcare
  • Health Literacy of Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Chronic Diseases

Della's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4621 8718

Email: d.maneze@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @dellamaneze

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's research expertise includes:
  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy
Jed has methodological expertise includes:
  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Rebecca has been a Nursing and Midwifery Academic for over 18 years following a productive career as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. With excellent leadership skills, Rebecca has engaged in multiple Governance roles with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University, including Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate (2016-2019).

With a passion for, and ability in, writing and creativity, Rebecca has pursued research in innovative and engaging strategies for Primary Based Health Care Professionals in the area of Domestic Violence enquiry and intervention, as well as adult education of Undergraduate Nursing Students. Rebecca’s research portfolio is largely based on Women’s, Children and Family Health with a key focus on Domestic and Family Violence, with her other area of research being in the education of undergraduate nurses.

Rebecca completed her PhD in 2012, has led funded and non-funded research projects, publishing and presenting findings of her research. Rebecca is also active in mentoring Undergraduate Nursing Students as well as other academics, and supervising Higher Research Degree students.

Rebecca's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Women's, Children and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education

Rebecca's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 PhD (Co-supervisor)
  • 1 MHons (Co-supervisor)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9490

Email: re.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @reoreilly1

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith Image Prof. Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Cardiothoracic Postgraduate Certificate, a Master of Social Planning and Development, a Graduate Certificate of Health Economics and a PhD in Public Health.

Sheree's research expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Respiratory health services
  • Mental health and,
  • Primary health care

Sheree's methodological expertise includes:

Sheree has experience in quantitative methods such as randomised controlled trials, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3532

Email: sheree.smith@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna Salamonson Image Assoc. Prof. Yenna Salamonson

Dr. Yenna Salamonson has committed over 25 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for nursing students, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units. Yenna's program of research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of teaching and learning to build nursing workforce capacity towards better healthcare outcomes. In addition, her scope of research extends to patient safety in acute care, cardiovascular nursing and organisational culture.

Yenna has expertise in survey construction, psychometric assessment and mixed methods designs. She also has experience in multivariate statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling. She has undertaken several educational projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is an additional language, and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings.  She has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards at the university and national levels.

Yenna's research expertise includes:

  • Academic success and supporting first year nursing student experience
  • Patient Safety in acute care
  • Critical care and cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Yenna's methodological expertise includes:

  • Survey construction
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Mixed methods designs

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Yenna has supervised 17 research students to completion.

  • 6 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 10 BNHons

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 7 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3322

Email: y.salamonson@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz is currently working in a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of midwifery care and improving birth options for women. She recently worked in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences. She mentors and supports midwives in the local health district with their research projects. She collaborates with other university academics across Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Committee (TTMEC) by researching pertinent midwifery issues and is currently the Secretary for the TTMEC. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of factors affecting birth practices and women’s choices, complementary therapies, responses to early life stress, education, and women’s health. She has for the past two years worked as the Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and worked with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia. She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervision of PhD student- at University of Newcastle, a midwfe-led antenatal breastfeeding education intervention for primiparous women to increase predominant breastfeeding rates to a minimum of one, three and six months after birth in Thailand: A pilot randomised control trial. Graduated in March, 2016.
  • Co-supervision of PhD student- - at Southern Cross University, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding affecting postpartum haemorrhage. Graduated in April, 2016

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Respiratory Health Services

Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith Image Prof. Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Cardiothoracic Postgraduate Certificate, a Master of Social Planning and Development, a Graduate Certificate of Health Economics and a PhD in Public Health.

Sheree's research expertise includes:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Respiratory health services
  • Mental health and,
  • Primary health care
Sheree's methodological expertise includes:

Sheree has experience in quantitative methods such as randomised controlled trials, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3532

Email: sheree.smith@westernsydney.edu.au

Women's Health

Dr Elaine Burns

Dr Elaine Burns Image Elain Burns

Dr Elaine Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director, Higher Degree Research and Honours, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University.

Qualifications: RM, RN, BN, MCN (Midwifery), PhD

Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director of Higher Degree Research and Honours in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Elaine is also the Chair of NSW Branch of the Australian College of Midwives and an active member of the SPHERE Clinical Academic Group. Elaine has more than two decades of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her research focusses on midwifery practice/education and women’s experience of maternity care. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and has had real world impact influencing the lives of women, newborn infants, families and the midwifery profession. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, with more than 40 conference and seminar presentations including 20 as invited speaker. Elaine has developed a robust publication track record, with more than 30 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded 13 research grants to further investigate maternity care and women’s experiences. Her work has been cited in broadcast and print media including more than 48,000 readers in articles written for The Conversation. Elaine is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth and the early transition to mothering.

Elaine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postnatal Care
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Birth
  • Women's experiences of Maternity Care
  • Mirgrant and refugee women's experiences
  • Peer support
  • Oral health
  • Homebirth
  • Models of care
  • Young parents
  • Education

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

Elaine has experience with a variety of qualitative methodologies such as discourse analysis, ethonography, phenomenology, and grounded theory. Elaine has conducted large scale national surveys for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data and has experience in managing large ARC funded projects including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MHons
  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MHons
  • 3 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9818

Email: e.burns@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir Rakime Elmir

Dr Rakime Elmir is a lecturer in both the nursing and midwifery directorates. Her passion is midwifery and believes in providing women the 'choice' to make informed decisions. Rakime completed her PhD in 2012 focusing on women's experiences of severe postpartum haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy. Since completing her doctoral work, she has extended her research interests around father's experiences of traumatic birth and midwives experiences of obstetric emergencies.

Rakime's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Birth trauma
  • High risk / complications in pregnancy and birth
  • Father's birth
  • Postnatal experiences
  • Women's health

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3372

Email: r.elmir@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

Dr Olaydie Ogunsiji Image

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji is a Registered Nurse and Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia. Her research interest are in the area of Women's and Family health; Migrant and refugee women's health; African women's health. She has successfully obtained internal and external grant to the tune of $120,000. Her research has focused on female genital mutilation, intimate partner violence, breast cancer screening practices among African migrant women and nursing workforce in refugee health. She has published in reputable journals.

Olayides's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Women's and Family Health
  • Migrant and Refugee Women's Health
  • African Women's Health
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Practices

Olayides's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Naturalistic Inquiry
  • Hermeneutic Phenomenology

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1897

Email: o.ogunsiji@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Dr Rebecca O'Reilly Dr Rebecca O'Reilly

Rebecca has been a Nursing and Midwifery Academic for over 18 years following a productive career as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. With excellent leadership skills, Rebecca has engaged in multiple Governance roles with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University, including Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate (2016-2019).

With a passion for, and ability in, writing and creativity, Rebecca has pursued research in innovative and engaging strategies for Primary Based Health Care Professionals in the area of Domestic Violence enquiry and intervention, as well as adult education of Undergraduate Nursing Students. Rebecca’s research portfolio is largely based on Women’s, Children and Family Health with a key focus on Domestic and Family Violence, with her other area of research being in the education of undergraduate nurses.

Rebecca completed her PhD in 2012, has led funded and non-funded research projects, publishing and presenting findings of her research. Rebecca is also active in mentoring Undergraduate Nursing Students as well as other academics, and supervising Higher Research Degree students.

Rebecca's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Women's, Children and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education

Rebecca's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods research

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 PhD (Co-supervisor)
  • 1 MHons (Co-supervisor)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9490

Email: re.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @reoreilly1

Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters RN BN (Hons) PhD is an academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  Kath has extensive clinical nursing and research experience with a strong background in health research and qualitative methodologies.  Kath is actively engaged in research and regularly disseminates research outcomes in peer reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

Kath's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing Workforce
  • Women's and Family Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Kath's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Feminist Research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 8 BN (Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3567

Email: k.peters@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz is currently working in a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of midwifery care and improving birth options for women. She recently worked in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences. She mentors and supports midwives in the local health district with their research projects. She collaborates with other university academics across Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Committee (TTMEC) by researching pertinent midwifery issues and is currently the Secretary for the TTMEC. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of factors affecting birth practices and women’s choices, complementary therapies, responses to early life stress, education, and women’s health. She has for the past two years worked as the Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and worked with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia. She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervision of PhD student- at University of Newcastle, a midwfe-led antenatal breastfeeding education intervention for primiparous women to increase predominant breastfeeding rates to a minimum of one, three and six months after birth in Thailand: A pilot randomised control trial. Graduated in March, 2016.
  • Co-supervision of PhD student- - at Southern Cross University, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding affecting postpartum haemorrhage. Graduated in April, 2016

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Workforce

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn EverettAssociate Professor Bronwyn Everett

Associate Professor Bronwyn Everett is a registered nurse and academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and has over 30 years’ experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, including research methods and evidenced based practice. She is the Director, School Research and Nursing Discipline Lead and engages in interdisciplinary research collaborations (including co-supervision of HDR students) with colleagues from medicine, allied health, and the social sciences. She works with nurse clinicians to undertake systematic reviews and research projects with a focus on strategic priorities in healthcare settings, some of which have received local and national recognition.

Associate Professor Everett has made significant contributions in the field of nursing research in patient safety and quality, educational research (including preparedness for graduate practice), and self-management in people with chronic disease. She has a particular interest in research related to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with low levels of health literacy. Her research background includes quantitative methods (including RCT and cluster RCT designs), qualitative methodologies and mixed methods designs. She has experience as a member (and Deputy Chair) of a Human Research Ethics Committee.

Bronwyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Cardiovascular and chronic diseases
  • Health literacy
  • Self-management
  • Behaviour change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Experiences of undergraduate students, including retention and academic success
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Bronwyn's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative methods including randomised controlled trial
  • Qualitative methods including qualitative descriptive designs
  • Mixed methods designs

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 4 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9034

Email: b.everett@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @bron_everett

Dr Gihane Endrawes

Dr Gihane Endrawes Dr Gihane Endrawes

Expertise in mental health especially women's mental health, consumers' rights, ethical issues related to management of aggression, carers issues, Evidence based practice, leadership, transcultural nursing, nursing education, clinical supervision, reflective practice, curriculum development.

Gihane's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9116

Email: g.endrawes@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Paul Glew

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Dr Paul Glew

Dr Paul Glew has a Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Science (Intensive Care Nursing), Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Master of Nursing, and a Doctor of Education degree.

Paul's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Clinical communication in nursing education and healthcare
  • Academic literacy and English second language assessment, teaching and learning
  • Literacy and language program design in education and nursing

Paul's methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1163

Email: p.glew@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Leanne Hunt

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Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Deputy Director, Clinical Education (Nursing), in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Leanne began nursing in 1992 as an RN progressing to CNC (trauma) and NUM 1. Leanne worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years

Leanne has 10 years of education and research experience and is the current chair of the Critical Care Research in Collaboration & Evidence Translation (CCRICET) research group. Leanne is an affiliate member of the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR), Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Leanne is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher focusing on critical care practice/patient outcomes, workforce development and clinical practice experience. Leanne’s work is collaborative and multidisciplinary and has impacts on critical care patients, families, student nurses, the future nursing workforce and the profession of nursing.

Leanne's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Workforce development
  • Undergraduate clinical placement

Leanne's methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1676

Email: l.hunt@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck

Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, a conjoint position of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. I support and mentor Nurse Clinicians undertaking research focused on evidence based changes to nursing practice and improving patient care and outcomes. I have many years teaching in the tertiary sector both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students. I have published in, and review, national and international journals and presented a national and international conferences.

Lauretta's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Case Study Designs
  • Qualitative Research

Current Students (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BN(Hons)
  • 3 Master of Research
  • 3 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BN(Hons)
  • 1 MN(Hons)
  • 2 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4734 3781

Email: lauretta.luck@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Jed Montayre

Dr Jed MontayreDr Jed Montayre

Jed has a strong clinical background in gerontology and medical-surgical nursing. Jed’s research focuses on population ageing, cardiovascular health of migrant populations, nursing policy and workforce issues. Jed’s reputation and expertise in gerontology research resulted to various professional organisations’ national committee appointments. He served as the chairperson of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Nursing Research Section and was an executive committee member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Currently, Jed is an executive committee member of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) - NSW Chapter. In September 2018, Jed is one of the only 26 nurses selected from applicants all over the world, to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute Policy Programme hosted by International Council of Nurses.

Jed has expertise in mixed-method designs and focused ethnography. He has written and published several research papers on nursing education, ageing issues, influence of culture to health and acculturation experience of older immigrants into the mainstream societies. Jed is an associate editor of Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Jed's research expertise includes:
  • Social Gerontology
  • Migrant health and Culturally Diverse Population
  • Aged care and aged care nursing
  • Nursing education, workforce and policy
Jed has methodological expertise includes:
  • Mixed method designs
  • Focused ethnography
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 5 Masters

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3762

Email: j.montayre@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath Peters RN BN (Hons) PhD is an academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  Kath has extensive clinical nursing and research experience with a strong background in health research and qualitative methodologies.  Kath is actively engaged in research and regularly disseminates research outcomes in peer reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

Kath's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing Workforce
  • Women's and Family Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Kath's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Feminist Research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 8 BN (Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3567

Email: k.peters@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Associate Professor Lucie RamjanAssociate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie Ramjan is an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Workforce (Parramatta) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is also a core member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Young & Resilient Research Centre and an affiliate member of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research.

Lucie graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours – 1st Class) in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to education and workforce research, research with adolescents and young people and mental health research, particularly in the area of eating disorders. Her research scholarship is characterised by interdisciplinary and international collaborations culminating in research outputs and funding success. Most notably Lucie is proud to have secured research funding as first CI on a competitive grant from The Ian Potter Foundation Ltd to develop and pilot test a mentorship program for people with anorexia nervosa. This followed further Research Development Strategic Initiative Funding through Western Sydney University to extend and pilot to people with any type of eating disorder. Lucie was also invited to contribute to a White Paper on eating disorders and obesity which also secured funding.

Lucie is currently supervising 10 research higher degree students and has supervised 9 students to completion [3 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 5 BN(Hons)].

Lucie’s teaching excellence is evidenced by the receipt of two prestigious teaching awards. In 2011, Lucie received the College of Health & Science Learning and Teaching Award and in 2012 Lucie received an Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Lucie continues to teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

Other professional activities: Lucie is the Vice-President (WSU) of the Xi Omicron at-Large Chapter of Sigma and the Deputy Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Interest Group of the Australian College of Nursing. She is also an Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse.

Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, Lucie was a clinician working with adolescents at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children) in roles as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Lucie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Adolescent and Young People's Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Workforce

Lucie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 9 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz is currently working in a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of midwifery care and improving birth options for women. She recently worked in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences. She mentors and supports midwives in the local health district with their research projects. She collaborates with other university academics across Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Committee (TTMEC) by researching pertinent midwifery issues and is currently the Secretary for the TTMEC. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of factors affecting birth practices and women’s choices, complementary therapies, responses to early life stress, education, and women’s health. She has for the past two years worked as the Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and worked with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia. She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Co-supervision of PhD student- at University of Newcastle, a midwfe-led antenatal breastfeeding education intervention for primiparous women to increase predominant breastfeeding rates to a minimum of one, three and six months after birth in Thailand: A pilot randomised control trial. Graduated in March, 2016.
  • Co-supervision of PhD student- - at Southern Cross University, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding affecting postpartum haemorrhage. Graduated in April, 2016

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Rochelle Wynne

Professor Rochelle WynneProfessor Rochelle Wynne

Dr Rochelle Wynne is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC), a conjoint appointment between Western Sydney University and the Western Sydney Local Health District. She has been an active clinical researcher in acute and cardiothoracic patient care for over two decades. Rochelle was the first Australian nurse to be awarded a Biomedical Scholarship from the NHMRC to undertake her PhD. Studies for her PhD investigated the trajectory of pulmonary dysfunction in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery.  Rochelle is the clinical representative for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Steering Committee and Quality Committee as well as a member of the CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council Executive. She has published in leading cardiothoracic journals including Circulation, The European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart & Lung and the American Journal of Critical Care. With a focus on exploring patients’ recovery trajectory, Rochelle’s research to date has investigated the ways in which point of care nursing practice impacts on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience. Rochelle has a keen interest in reducing unnecessary variation in patient recovery by investigating modifiable risk factors that prevent wellness, improving patient participation in care and testing interventions to optimise patient outcome. In addition to supervising higher degree and Honours students, to date Rochelle has had the privilege of constant clinical engagement during her career, which has enabled her to mentor numerous clinicians from a variety of disciplines in understanding, generating and translating evidence into practice.

Rochelle's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • The Trajectory of Patient Recovery
  • Predictors of Readmission
  • Practice Patterns in Acute & Critical Care
  • Point of Care Nursing Interventions
  • Cardiovascular Nursing Care
  • Health Literacy
  • Self-Management
  • Patient & Caregiver Participation and Experience

Rochelle's main methodological expertise includes:

A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 4 MHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 6 MHons
  • 2 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9851 6057

Email: r.wynne@westernsydney.edu.au

Other

Dr Kelly Baird

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Dr Kelly Baird

Kelly takes a collaborative, applied and community embedded approach to research, partnering with organisations delivering support services to children, young people and families. She has a particular research interest in addressing the service and support needs of those within our communities experiencing adversity or marginalisation. Kelly is also an advocate of child- and youth-led research and the use of participatory research methods.

Kelly was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her doctoral research examined young children’s experiences of program participation and family life during involvement in an intensive, therapeutic, attachment-based parenting support program. Before commencing her PhD, Kelly worked in the non-government sector in both direct service work and research.

Kelly's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Children and families experiencing adversity
  • Child and youth-led research/child voice research
  • Social isolation
  • Structured social relationship models to support social connection
  • Volunteerism

Kelly's methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Effectiveness trials

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9380

Email: k.baird@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall PullinImage Laynie Hall Pullin

Dr Laynie Hall Pullin is a Registered Nurse and lecturer with a background in rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury and working with people with disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Community Nursing, Master of Nursing (Hons 1st Class) and was awarded her PhD in 2015 for a qualitative grounded theory study which explored the experiences of long-term family carers of people with spinal cord injury in Australia. Laynie has extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate nursing education and is an active member of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association (ARNA). She has been past Vice-President of the NSW/ACT Chapter and a recipient of a national ARNA research grant. In 2014, Laynie was awarded the Medal 43 from the Fellow43 group (incorporating the Spinal Injury Nurses Association) for services to spinal nursing research. She is a peer reviewer for several international journals and is a member of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) at Western Sydney University.

Laynie's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Spinal cord injury and long-term conditions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability
  • Family care giving
  • Nursing education

Laynie's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Grounded theory methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1670

Email: l.hall@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @familycarers

Ms Kate O'Reilly

Ms Kate O'ReillyKate O'Reilly

Kate O’Reilly is a Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and teaches into both the undergraduate and post graduate programs. Kate is the Director of International (Programs and Engagement), in this role she collaborates closely with Hong Kong Baptist University through the offering of the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership).

Kate is in the final stage of completing her PhD. She has contributed to over 20 peer reviewed publications and is a contributing author to book chapters and research reports. Kate has presented at over 20 conference both nationally and internationally. She has received best presenter awards within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and has represented the school on two occasions at the Western Sydney University 3 Minute Thesis competition finals. Kate’s research interests are related rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury, working with vulnerable populations and women’s health.

Kate's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Disability
  • Women's Health

Kates's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BN(Hons)

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3362

Email: kate.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @kateoreilly20