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.


ACUTE AND COMPLEX CARE


Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary


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

Dr Steve Frost

Dr Steve Frost

Steve Frost is the Deputy Director of the South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research. Steve has been employed as a registered nurse by the SWSLHD since 1994 and started lecturing at Western Sydney University in 2005. Having been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in intensive care, and Clinical Nurse Consultant in the MET Research and Training unit, Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, prior to joining WSU. Steve has a post-graduate certificate in intensive care nursing from Liverpool Hospital, a Masters of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of New South Wales. Steve is a Visiting Scientistic at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Steve's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Osteoporosis Risk Communication

Steve's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Epidemiology Meta-analysis

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

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

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

  • 3 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9360
Mobile:  61  407 291 088

Email: s.frost@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @StevenAFrost

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 Paediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years. Leanne has 11 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 Fiona McDermid

Image Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dr Fiona McDermid completed her PhD in 2017 on the transition of clinical nurses to academia under a framework of liminality. Following on from her doctoral work, Fiona is further exploring the concepts of resilience and transition within workforce and communities. She is currently involved in a project centered on emergency departments highlighting the concept of resilience and retention and was successful in obtaining an Early Career Research grant for this study. She is also involved in the Women's Health stream of research and is currently undertaking work on women's experiences of menopause. She has published and presented research both nationally and internationally.

Fiona's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Women's Health
  • Emergency Workforce Resilience

Fiona's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative studies and analysis

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

  • 2 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

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

  • Nil

Contact details

Mobile:  +61 408 675 169

Email: f.mcdermid@wsternsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @fiona_McDermid

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 Kath Peters

Professor Kath PetersAssociate Professor Kath Peters

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

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna SalamonsonImage 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

Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree SmithImage 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



Ageing and Aged 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

Dr Antoinette Cotton

Dr Antoinette Cotton Image Antoinette Cotton

Dr Antoinette Cotton is Senior Lecturer and the Academic Course Advisor for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), and Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) programs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has extensive experience in participating and leading curriculum development at program and unit level, and at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. She is a registered nurse and registered midwife and has had a wide variety of clinical experience. She is a nurse academic experienced in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. She has supervised and co-supervised BN (Honours) students to completion and is currently co-supervising Master of Nursing (Honours), Master of Research and PhD candidates, and undertaking the role of principal supervisor for a doctoral candidate. She has a background in research, scholarship and publishing in the areas that include critical reflective practices, clinical supervision, health research in cyberspace, palliative care, workforce issues, women’s health, aged care and health issues related to vulnerable populations.

Antoinette's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Clinical supervision
  • Aged Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Cancer screening
  • Disability Community
  • Palliative Care
  • Ethical and methodological issues in Online Research
  • Education and workforce
  • Curriculum design for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs
  • Educational preparation for professional practice
  • Critical reflective practices for the professions
  • Experiences of students in nursing programs

Antoinette's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1 MRES

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6985 9501

Email: a.cotton@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 Paediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years. Leanne has 11 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 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 Tiffany Northall

Dr Tiffany Northall Image Tiffany Northall

Tiffany Northall completed the Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing with distinction and her PhD at Western Sydney University. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education. Tiffany has been a lecturer at Western Sydney University in undergraduate and post graduate nursing. Throughout her nursing career she worked in a variety of positions including primary health care, palliative care, emergency department and was a clinical nurse specialist in discharge planning. Tiffany’s research focuses on the care of older people in hospital, nursing homes and in the community with a specific interest in transfers of care. She also has an interest in the transition, retention and success of enrolled nurses who enter the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Tiffany has applied a variety of research methodologies including phenomenology and mixed methods.

Tiffany's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Aged Care
  • Undergraduate nursing student retention
  • Success Health professionals decision making
  • Critical reflective practices for the professions

Tiffany's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Phenomenology Qualitative Methods

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 MRES

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)2 BNHons

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3368

Email: t.northall@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @TiffanyNorthall

Dr Shyama Ratnayake

Dr Shyama RatnayakeImage Shyama Ratnayake

Shyama Ratnayake is a registered nurse and an Associate Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching in tertiary institutions in Australia. Shyama has been employed at WSU since 2010 and has over 5 years of university teaching experience.

Shyama currently coordinates an undergraduate first year clinical unit and is the Deputy First Year Experience Coordinator.

Her research areas include aged care, nutrition, curriculum development and nursing education. She has contributed to a text book dedicated to caring for older people. She has extensive clinical, research and teaching experience in aged care. Her MAppSc work determined the effect of cooking methods and post-processing storage temperatures of polished and unpolished rice.  Her PhD work explored the experiences of undergraduate nursing students regarding the nutrition of older people within the current curriculum practices used by the Australian undergraduate nursing degree.

Shyama's main research expertise includes:

  • Aged care
  • Nutrition
  • Curriculum development
  • Nursing education

Shyama's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods designs
  • Qualitative designs
  • Survey construction

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

  • Nil

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

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9568

Email: S.Ratnayake@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna SalamonsonImage 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 Deborah Hatcher

Professor Deborah HatcherProf Deborah Hatcher

Professor Deborah Hatcher, RN, Dip(Teach), BHSc(N), MHPEd, PhD MACN is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Parramatta South campus Provost at Western Sydney University.

Deborah is a registered nurse and experienced academic with 30 years of program co-ordination and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Deborah has a network of international, national and local partnerships and is regularly invited to review nursing programs given her extensive experience in curriculum development and quality assurance. Professor Hatcher’s research and scholarship is focused on ageing and aged care, palliative care, chronic illness and primary health care in acute care and community settings. Deborah supervises BN (Honours), Master of Research and PhD students.

Deborah is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, a member of the Executive of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery and NSW Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery.

Deborah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ageing and aged care
  • Palliative care
  • Chronic illness
  • Primary health care

Deborah's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Grounded theory and other qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods research

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

  • 5 PhD

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

  • 3 PhD
  • 1 MRes
  • 3 BNHons
  1. 2021 Tiffany Northall (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) - Factors that influence health professionals in residential aged care placement process
  2. 2020 Gladis Kabil (MRes)(Associate Supervisor) - Emergency nurses’ experiences of the implementation of early goal-directed fluid resuscitation therapy in the management of sepsis
  3. 2020 Tracy Parrish (BN Honours 1st Class)(Associate Supervisor) - The experiences of Sessional Nurse Academics utilising High Fidelity Simulation in an Undergraduate Nursing Program: A Case Study
  4. 2019 Sharma Ratnayake (PhD) (Associate Supervisor) - Exploring the experiences of undergraduate nursing students on nutrition with older people: A mixed method study
  5. 2017 Karen Watson (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) - Essential oils for agitation management in older adults: A mixed method study
  6. 2016 Melissa Janssons (BN Honours 2nd Class)(Associate Supervisor) - Exploring palliative care experiences of adults living in an inner regional area of New South Wales
  7. 2015 Spasija Volcevska (BN Honours 2nd Class)(Associate Supervisor) The experiences of Registered Nurses caring for older people with mental illnesses in an Emergency Department

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9817

Email: d.hatcher@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @DHatcher888



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

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 Kate O'Reilly

Dr 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 has recently completed her PhD and is awaiting conferral. 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 main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury
  • Working with vulnerable populations
  • Women's Health

Kates's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative

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

  • Nil

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

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3362

Email: kate.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @kateoreilly20

Professor Kath Peters

Professor Kath PetersAssociate Professor Kath Peters

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 8 research higher degree students and has supervised 12 students to completion [5 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 1 MPhil; 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 Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Faculty of the Australian College of Nursing. She was previously the Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse and is now a current Associate Editor for Nursing Open.

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

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

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MPhil
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons
  1. 2014 - Chandra Poudel (Master of Nursing (Honours) (Co-supervisor) - Career Intention of Nursing Students in Nepal: The CARINA Study
  2. 2016 - Rasmieh Al-Amer (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Depression and Self-care In Jordanian Adults with Diabetes: The POISE study
  3. 2016 - Christine Walker (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - Unleashing the iPad’s potential: The lived experience of undergraduate nursing students when using the iPad for tertiary education
  4. 2016 - Graham Sean Gough (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Men in Nursing: Predictors and antecedents of retention in the first year undergraduate nursing program: The RETAIN Study
  5. 2016 - Ghada El-Ayoubi (BN (Hons) 2nd Class, Div. 1) (Co-supervisor) - Beyond Hand Hygiene: Investigating Multi-resistant Organism Colonisation in the Intensive Care Unit: The BIOTIC Study
  6. 2016 - Liz Flannery (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - End-of-Life Decisions in the Intensive Care Unit – Exploring the experiences of doctors and nurses
  7. 2019 - Ibrahim Alananzeh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The unmet supportive care needs of Arab people affected by cancer (The SNAP study)
  8. 2019 - Scott Brunero (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - A constructivist grounded theory of generalist health professionals and their mental health work
  9. 2020 - Jacqueline Rojo (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - CONerns During Clinical PlacemenT: The CONDUCT Project
  10. 2021 - Gursharan Singh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Access and referral to palliative care for individuals with chronic heart failure
  11. 2022 - Maricris Algoso (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The value of undergraduate Assistant in Nursing (AIN) employment in the aged care setting: Developing transferable skills and increasing workforce readiness
  12. 2022 - Rebekah Carter (MPhil) (Co-supervisor) - Feed-forward: Using annotated exemplars to promote student engagement and satisfaction

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Dr Christine Taylor

Dr Christine TaylorImage Christine Taylor

Dr Christine Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, WSU, and Deputy Director of The New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care that supports nurses in systematic reviews and implementation reports. Christine is a supervisor of PhD and Honours’ students and has published in child and family health and nurse education. Christine is also an experienced educator, having spent around 25 years in higher education in a variety of roles, including senior governance positions. Christine's clinical experience extends over 30 years. The first half of her clinical career was spent in adult care and covered a variety of fields, such as medical, surgical, psychiatric, and aged care. The second half of her clinical career was with neonates, infants, and children, and included high dependency and critical care units and specialist medical units.

Christine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Child and family health education

Christine's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Systematic reviews

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

  • 1 PhD

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

  • 7 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 409128880 or +61 2 9685 9029

Email: ch.taylor@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @christaylorwsu

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




WOMEN, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN


Mother Infant Family Network (MIFam)


Associate Professor Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe Dr Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe is a Registered Nurse and a Research Academic. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2003, her Honours in 2009 and her PhD in 2013. She holds both the Dean’s Medal and the University Medal for Academic Excellence. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children in out-of-home care and their families (biological, foster/kinship and adoptive). As a lecturer in Infant Mental Health, she is particularly interested in infants who have been prenatally exposed to harmful substances (eg. illicit drugs). In addition to her nursing, teaching and research qualifications, Stacy has post graduate certification in Developmental Trauma. Stacy has also been an authorised foster carer for 16+ years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and first-hand experience as a carer, Stacy has provided training (nationally and internationally) to health care workers, social service providers, foster/kinship carers and adoptive parents in relation to working with and supporting infants, children and young people who have a history of prenatal substance exposure and/or developmental trauma. Stacy is also the Deputy Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) group based at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. TReSI’s mission is to conduct translational research that develops and supports implementation of social and system innovations to ensure new treatments and research knowledge actually reach the patients/populations for whom they are intended and are implemented correctly.

Stacy's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Prenatal substance use/exposure
  • Child protection and the out-of-home care system
  • Infant mental health/attachment
  • Developmental trauma

Stacy's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 BAppSci(Hons)

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 404 063 538

Email: s.blythe@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @stacyleeblythe1

Associate Professor Elaine Burns
(Midwifery Supervisor)

Associate Professor Elaine BurnsImage Elain Burns

Elaine Burns is an Associate Professor of Midwifery and Director of Higher Degree Research and Honours, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Elaine is an experienced midwifery clinician, educator and researcher. Her research is focussed on breastfeeding, midwifery practice/education and the experience of maternity care. In the topic area of breastfeeding Elaine is ranked number 6 in the SciVal list of Top 500 researchers in the Asia/Pacific. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and is recognised nationally and internationally with a robust publication track record of more than 40 peer reviewed publications, and 60 conference and seminar presentations, including as invited speaker. Elaine has been awarded multiple research grants to further investigate barriers to breastfeeding and models of maternity care. Her work has been cited in broadcast and print media including more than 50,000 readers in articles written for The Conversation. Elaine is passionate about improving support 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
  • Migrant and refugee women's experiences
  • Peer support
  • Oral health
  • Homebirth
  • Models of care
  • Young parents
  • Education

Elaine's main methodological expertise includes:

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 and mixed method studies. Qualitative methodologies include discourse analysis, ethnography, phenomenology.

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

  • 3 BNHons
  • 3 MRes
  • 3 PhD

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

  • 1 BNHons
  • 2 MPhil
  • 1 MRes
  • 4 PhD
  1. 2021 MPhil Jenni Doust (Primary Supervisor)
  2. 2021 MRES Louise Duursma (Primary Supervisor)
  3. 2021 PhD Hazel Keedle (Co-supervisor)
  4. 2019 PhD Shu Fei Yang (Co-Supervisor)
  5. 2018 PhD Jeni Stevens (Co-Supervisor)
  6. 2018 PhD Titaree Phanwichatkul (Co-Supervisor)
  7. 2017 MPhil Hazel Keedle (Co-Supervisor)
  8. 2017 BN Honours Class 1 Heather Sassine (Co-Supervisor)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9818

Email: e.burns@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @elainebdmidwife

Professor Hannah Dahlen
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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.

Hannah has over 200 published journal articles and book chapters and has strong national and international research partnerships. She has received more than 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.Hannah is regularly interviewed in the media and sought out for expert comment.

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 (meta-analysis and meta-synthesis) , randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, retrospective cohort studies, population based studies, surveys, grounded theory, narrative analysis, phenomenology, ethnography, thematic analysis, content analysis (qual and quant), and mixed methods.

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

  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MRES
  • 9 PhD

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

  • 6 BN(Hons)
  • 5 M(Hons)
  • 13 PhD

Hannah has had 6 Honours completions, all First Class Honours. Two of her Honours students received the University Medal in 2011 and 2016. In total Hannah has had 24 Honours/HDR completions since 2009.

  1. 2009 - Jeni Stevens (BN Honours 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Midwives’ and Doulas’ Perspectives of the Role of the Doula in Australia: A qualitative study
  2. 2010 - Heather Pearce (BN Honours 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) – Pregnancy related low back and pelvic girdle pain: Listening to Australian women
  3. 2011 - Holly Priddis (BN Honours 1st class and UWS University Medal) (Primary Supervisor) - Facilitating physiological birth positioning in two different birth settings: An ethnographic exploration into facilitators and inhibitors
  4. 2016- Hannah Olley (BN Honours 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) . Facilitating closeness between babies with congenital abnormalities
  5. 2017- Heather Sassine (BN Honours 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) – The needs and experiences of women who choose homebirth in Australia: a national survey
  6. 2017- Jo Hunter (BN Hons). (1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) The experiences of privately practising midwives in Australia who have been reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: A qualitative study
  7. 2012 - Felicity Copeland(Masters Hons) (Co-supervisor)Midwives interpretation of childbirth through photo elicitation
  8. 2012 - Susan Harvey (Masters Hons - Award for best thesis 2014) (Co-supervisor) – Judgement, hope and identity: Stories of health care mothering in the perinatal period from women receiving opioid treatment
  9. 2014 - Suha Hussein (Masters Honours – Award for best thesis 2014) (Co-supervisor) - The barriers and facilitators of introducing evidence-based practices around the use of episiotomy in Jordan.
  10. 2015 - Hazel Keedle (Masters Honours) (Primary Supervisor) - Women’s reasons for and experiences of having a homebirth following a previous caesarean section.
  11. 2018 Leonie Hewitt- (Masters Research- High Distinction) (Primary Supervisor). What attributes do Australian midwifery leaders identify as being essential to effectively manage a Midwifery Group Practice (MGP)?
  12. 2013 - Christine Catling (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The influences on women who choose a publicly funded homebirth
  13. 2014 - Debra Betts (PhD) (Co-supervisor) – Acupuncture treatment in threatened miscarriage: A mixed methods study.
  14. 2015 - Melanie Jackson (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) - Birthing Outside the System.
  15. 2015 - Holly Priddis (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) – An evaluation of Health Services for women who have experienced severe perineal trauma: A mixed methods study.
  16. 2015 - Mike Amour (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: A mixed methods study
  17. 2015 – Kate Levett (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The Complete Birth Study: Effectiveness of a complex antenatal education program incorporating complementary medicine techniques for pain relief in labour and birth for first time mothers: A mixed methods study
  18. 2018 - Jeni Stevens (PhD) (Primary Supervisor). Facilitators, barriers and implications of immediate skin-to-skin contact after caesarean section: An ethnographic study
  19. 2018 Alison Teate (PhD) (Primary Supervisor). From Worry to hope: An ethnography of midwife-woman interactions in the antenatal appointment.
  20. 2019 Lindsay Cole (PhD) (Co-supervisor) – Discourse Analysis on giving birth in South Australia: An ethnomethodological approach
  21. 2017 Simone Ormsby (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for antenatal and postnatal depression
  22. 2021 Suha Hussein (PhD) (Co-supervisor) –Jordanian women’s perceptions od episiotomy and other birth interventions” an intergenerational qualitative study
  23. 2021 Elizabeth Rigg (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) – The role of unregulated birth workers in Australia from the perspective of birth workers and women
  24. 2021 Hazel Keedle (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) – The experiences of women planning a VBAC in Australia

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9118

Email: h.dahlen@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter: @Hannahdahlen

Dr Rakime Elmir
(Midwifery Supervisor)

Dr Rakime ElmirRakime 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 FosterImage 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

Dr Lyn Francis is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University in NSW Australia. Lyn has qualifications in nursing, midwifery, early childhood, health management and law. Teaching includes undergraduate and post graduate units in the areas of leadership and management, primary health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, research, law and ethics, capstone experience in healthcare and taking students on field studies. Lyn is currently co-supervising 3 PhD students and one midwifery Honours student. Lyn is currently a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in NSW and a member of the gender equity and diversity committee for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at WSU.

Lyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • 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 the areas of gender equity in academia, supervising students on international field study trips and child and family health. Lyn is currently analysing free text comments from 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, workplace culture in nursing and midwifery and elder abuse.

Lyns's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Narrative inquiry
  • Grounded theory
  • Mixed methodologies

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

  • 1 BNHons
  • 3 PhD

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

  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9412

Email: l.francis@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @lfranci97111657

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
  • Womens Health

Diana's main methodological expertise includes:

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

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

  • 1 BN (Hons)
  • 1 MRes

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 930
Mobile:  +61 409 125 256

Email: d.jefferies@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @DianaJefferies7

Dr Hazel Keedle
(Midwifery Supervisor)

Image Hazel Keedle

Dr Hazel Keedle

Dr Hazel Keedle is a lecturer of midwifery at Western Sydney University, Australia. Hazel has worked in midwifery group practices, an aboriginal medical service, a variety of hospital settings and as a privately practising midwife in both city and regional locations. Hazel’s passion for vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) followed her own experience of having a VBAC with her daughter in 2008 and since then has published research on women's experience of having a VBAC at home and on her PhD work exploring women’s experiences of planning a VBAC in Australia. Hazel has a developing publication track record as an early career researcher, with 12 peer reviewed publications and was awarded the ACM NSW Pat Brodie research scholarship to develop a smartphone application in her PhD research. Hazel is currently the lead researcher on Australia's largest survey on women's experiences of maternity care, the Birth Experience Study. Hazel is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth, and the early transition to mothering.

Hazel's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)
  • Birth experience
  • Birth trauma
  • Interprofessional education
  • Child and family health nursing
  • Implementation science (scale-up of effective community-based interventions)
  • Social and service innovation (particularly integrated community service systems)

Hazel's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method studies and analysis
  • Thematic and content analysis

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

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

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

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9387
Mobile:  +61 418 436 600

Email: h.keedle@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @hazelkeedl

Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp

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Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp

Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp is Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation group in the School of Nursing and Midwifery Western Sydney University. Lynn has developed a significant program of community-based child health research that includes world and Australian-first intervention studies such as the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) study, the first randomised trial of sustained nurse home visiting that is embedded in universal health services, and the subsequent right@home randomised trial of sustained nurse home visiting. She is now leading an international program of translational research, studying the implementation of these effective interventions at population scale world-wide in Australia, England, South Korea and the USA.

Lynn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Child and family health nursing Implementation science (scale-up of effective community-based interventions) Social and service innovation (particularly integrated community service systems)

Lynn's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Design and conduct of pragmatic randomized trials
  • Quantitative studies and analysis
  • Qualitative studies and analysis
  • Mixed method studies and analysis

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

  • 5 PhD

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

  • 15 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9387
Mobile:  +61 418 436 600

Email: lynn.kemp@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LynnKempWSU

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

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Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji is a Registered Nurse and Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on women’s health with specific focus on violence against women, migrant and refugee women’s health and health of people of African descent. Her research topics are female genital mutilation, intimate partner violence, breast and cervical cancer screening and parenting practices. Dr Ogunsiji conducts her research in partnership with industry partners, community organisations and local, national and international collaborators. She supervises Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and Higher Degree Research students. Dr Ogunsiji has featured in ABC Radio interviews, published in high impact journals and presented in conferences. Dr Ogunsiji is a multi-award winner. She was a finalist at the 2020 Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition, was the 2020 Blacktown Woman of the Year at the New South Wales Women of the Year Award and won the Dorothy Garrigus Adams 2021 Award for Excellence in Service at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society International Awards..

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

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 3 MRes
  • 2 BNHons

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 BNHons
  1. 2021-Suha Hussein (PhD) (Co-supervisor): Experiences of episiotomy for Jordanian women
  2. 2018-Jacqueline Pangas (BN Honours 1st Class) ( Co-supervisor): Experiences of refugee women and families accessing health services in pregnancy and afterbirth: A meta-synthesis.
  3. 2012- Patricia Ayerakwa (BN Honours) (Co-supervisor): The role of media in West African mothers' food choices for young children.

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1897

Email: o.ogunsiji@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @OlayideOgunsiji

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'ReillyDr 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

Professor Virginia Schmied
(Midwifery Supervisor)

Professor Virginia Schmied Pro Virginia Schmied

Professor Virginia Schmied is Professor of Midwifery in the Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and is the Health and Well-being Theme Champion at the university. Virginia holds a Visiting Professorship at University of Central Lancashire (UK). In her role she collaborates with other senior academics at WSU to build capacity in maternal and child health research.

Professor Schmied has a strong national and international reputation in the discipline of midwifery, and in the field of maternal and child health. She researches and supervises higher degree students in topics addressing the social and emotional health and well-being of women and men in the transition to parenthood, breastfeeding and young child feeding; perinatal mental health, particularly in vulnerable communities and researching improvements in service delivery and professional practice. She is particularly interested in how relationship-based care leads to improved health outcomes for women, children and families.

Professor Schmied has held national competitive grants from ARC and NHMRC and she has conducted consultancy work including leading the development of the national framework for universal health and development services to children and families the Australian Government. She has published over 200 refereed journal articles, book chapters and published reports and regularly presents (including as a key note speaker) at national and international conferences. Her research has been translated to policy and practice, for example through the development of health policy, models of care, teaching resources for consumers and health professionals.

In 2016 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in High Degree Research Supervision and Training and in 2018 she led a team that was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s excellence in Learning and Teaching award for innovations in perinatal multidisciplinary learning and teaching.

Virginia's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Maternal and child health; transition to parenthood
  • Breastfeeding and young child feeding
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Vulnerable communities improvements in service delivery and professional practice

Virginia's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research ethnography
  • Action research
  • Participatory research
  • Discourse analysis
  • Mixed methods

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

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MHons
  • 7 PhD

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

  • 5 BN(Hons)
  • 8 M(Hons)
  • 48 PhD
  1. 2021 - Jen Hocking (PhD) - How Do Lactation Consultants Support Women To Breastfeed?
  2. 2021 - Hazel Keedle (PhD) -  What Are The Experiences Of Women Planning A VBAC From 36 Weeks Gestation To Birth In Two Australian Hospitals With Different VBAC Rates.
  3. Madeleine Simpson (PhD) - Understanding The Development Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Childbirth And It's Impact On Women Who Access Residential And Day Parenting Services In NSW.
  4. Suha Hussein (PhD) - Jordanian Women's Perceptions Of Episiotomy And Other Birth Interventions: An Intergenerational Qualitative Study.
  5. Philippa Mann (Conroy) - (PhD) - Co-Bedding Of Twins In The Neonatal Period? A Mixed Methods Study Exploring Variations In Practice And Perceptions In The Hospital And Home Setting.
  6. Bridgit Philip (PhD) - Understanding Perinatal Mental Health In Indian-Born Immigrant Women And Men: A Mixed Methods Study.
  7. Louise Everitt - (PhD) - Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education for Maternity Clinicians.
  8. Hannah Skelton - (PhD) - Positioning of extremely premature infants.

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9505

Mobile:  +61 430 242 140

Email: v.schmied@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter: @vschmie1

Associate Professor Athena Sheehan
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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 one major research project in five Local Health Districts of NSW that improves 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) and is currently the Chair for the TTMEC. She is currently leading one national research project with this consortium that explores characteristics of support within new graduate programmes within Australia and has recently completed and published another study that focused on midwives’ experiences during COVID-19. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 25 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of complementary therapies, midwifery education, factors affecting birth practices, gender-based violence and women’s health. Virginia is currently supervising six higher degree research students as a primary supervisor and co-supervising two students.

Virginia's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery education, factors affecting birth practices, gender-based violence and women’s health. Mixed methodologies.

Virginia's methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods

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

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

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

  • 1 MR
  • 2 PhD (Co-Supervisor)
  • 1 BNHons (Co-Supervisor)

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @Virgini51194997

Dr Christine Taylor

Dr Christine TaylorImage Christine Taylor

Dr Christine Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, WSU, and Deputy Director of The New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care that supports nurses in systematic reviews and implementation reports. Christine is a supervisor of PhD and Honours’ students and has published in child and family health and nurse education. Christine is also an experienced educator, having spent around 25 years in higher education in a variety of roles, including senior governance positions. Christine's clinical experience extends over 30 years. The first half of her clinical career was spent in adult care and covered a variety of fields, such as medical, surgical, psychiatric, and aged care. The second half of her clinical career was with neonates, infants, and children, and included high dependency and critical care units and specialist medical units.

Christine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Child and family health education

Christine's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Systematic reviews

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

  • 1 PhD

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

  • 7 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 409128880 or +61 2 9685 9029

Email: ch.taylor@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @christaylorwsu



Women's Health


Associate Professor Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe Dr Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe is a Registered Nurse and a Research Academic. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2003, her Honours in 2009 and her PhD in 2013. She holds both the Dean’s Medal and the University Medal for Academic Excellence. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children in out-of-home care and their families (biological, foster/kinship and adoptive). As a lecturer in Infant Mental Health, she is particularly interested in infants who have been prenatally exposed to harmful substances (eg. illicit drugs). In addition to her nursing, teaching and research qualifications, Stacy has post graduate certification in Developmental Trauma. Stacy has also been an authorised foster carer for 16+ years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and first-hand experience as a carer, Stacy has provided training (nationally and internationally) to health care workers, social service providers, foster/kinship carers and adoptive parents in relation to working with and supporting infants, children and young people who have a history of prenatal substance exposure and/or developmental trauma. Stacy is also the Deputy Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) group based at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. TReSI’s mission is to conduct translational research that develops and supports implementation of social and system innovations to ensure new treatments and research knowledge actually reach the patients/populations for whom they are intended and are implemented correctly.

Stacy's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Prenatal substance use/exposure
  • Child protection and the out-of-home care system
  • Infant mental health/attachment
  • Developmental trauma

Stacy's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 BAppSci(Hons)

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 404 063 538

Email: s.blythe@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @stacyleeblythe1

Dr Antoinette Cotton

Dr Antoinette Cotton Image Antoinette Cotton

Dr Antoinette Cotton is Senior Lecturer and the Academic Course Advisor for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), and Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) programs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has extensive experience in participating and leading curriculum development at program and unit level, and at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. She is a registered nurse and registered midwife and has had a wide variety of clinical experience. She is a nurse academic experienced in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. She has supervised and co-supervised BN (Honours) students to completion and is currently co-supervising Master of Nursing (Honours), Master of Research and PhD candidates, and undertaking the role of principal supervisor for a doctoral candidate. She has a background in research, scholarship and publishing in the areas that include critical reflective practices, clinical supervision, health research in cyberspace, palliative care, workforce issues, women’s health, aged care and health issues related to vulnerable populations.

Antoinette's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Clinical supervision
  • Aged Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Cancer screening
  • Disability Community
  • Palliative Care
  • Ethical and methodological issues in Online Research
  • Education and workforce
  • Curriculum design for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs
  • Educational preparation for professional practice
  • Critical reflective practices for the professions
  • Experiences of students in nursing programs

Antoinette's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1MRES

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6985 9501

Email: a.cotton@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Rakime Elmir
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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

Dr Lyn Francis is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University in NSW Australia. Lyn has qualifications in nursing, midwifery, early childhood, health management and law. Teaching includes undergraduate and post graduate units in the areas of leadership and management, primary health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, research, law and ethics, capstone experience in healthcare and taking students on field studies. Lyn is currently co-supervising 3 PhD students and one midwifery Honours student. Lyn is currently a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in NSW and a member of the gender equity and diversity committee for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at WSU.

Lyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • 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 the areas of gender equity in academia, supervising students on international field study trips and child and family health. Lyn is currently analysing free text comments from 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, workplace culture in nursing and midwifery and elder abuse.

Lyns's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Narrative inquiry
  • Grounded theory
  • Mixed methodologies

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

  • 1 BNHons
  • 3 PhD

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

  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9412

Email: l.francis@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @lfranci97111657

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 Actue Care
  • Workplace Learning
  • Competence
  • Professional and Regulatory Issues
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Linda'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 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 Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta LuckAssoc Pro Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, a conjoint position of the SoNM, WSU and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. Lauretta supports and mentors Nurse Clinicians undertaking research focused on improving patient care and outcomes and nursing evidence based practice. Lauretta has many years teaching in the tertiary sector both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels and has experience in numerous governance and leadership roles. Lauretta was the recipient of a Women’s fellowship grant (WSU) (2018) exploring violence towards nurses from the Nurse Managers’ perspective. In 2019, in collaboration with the NBMLHD Safety Culture Coordinators (Nurse Educators), she attracted NaMO and Louisa Hope funding to implement resilience and mindfulness workshops for nurses to provide strategies to respond to the problem of violence. Lauretta supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research students including Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Research and PhD students and mentors Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) students. Lauretta’s research skills include case study design, mixed methods research and qualitative designs.  Her areas of research include violence towards nurses, nursing workforce issues and nursing education. She has published in, and reviews, national and international journals and has presented a national and international conferences.

Lauretta's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Violence towards nurses
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing workforce

Lauretta's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Case study
  • Mixed methods

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MRes

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4734 3181

Email: lauretta.luck@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Fiona McDermid

Image Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dr Fiona McDermid completed her PhD in 2017 on the transition of clinical nurses to academia under a framework of liminality. Following on from her doctoral work, Fiona is further exploring the concepts of resilience and transition within workforce and communities. She is currently involved in a project centered on emergency departments highlighting the concept of resilience and retention and was successful in obtaining an Early Career Research grant for this study. She is also involved in the Women's Health stream of research and is currently undertaking work on women's experiences of menopause. She has published and presented research both nationally and internationally.

Fiona's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Women's Health
  • Emergency Workforce Resilience

Fiona's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative studies and analysis

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

  • 2 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

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

  • Nil

Contact details

Mobile:  +61 408 675 169

Email: f.mcdermid@wsternsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @fiona_McDermid

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

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Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji is a Registered Nurse and Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on women’s health with specific focus on violence against women, migrant and refugee women’s health and health of people of African descent. Her research topics are female genital mutilation, intimate partner violence, breast and cervical cancer screening and parenting practices. Dr Ogunsiji conducts her research in partnership with industry partners, community organisations and local, national and international collaborators. She supervises Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and Higher Degree Research students. Dr Ogunsiji has featured in ABC Radio interviews, published in high impact journals and presented in conferences. Dr Ogunsiji is a multi-award winner. She was a finalist at the 2020 Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition, was the 2020 Blacktown Woman of the Year at the New South Wales Women of the Year Award and won the Dorothy Garrigus Adams 2021 Award for Excellence in Service at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society International Awards..

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

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 3 MRes
  • 2 BNHons

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 2 BNHons
  1. 2021-Suha Hussein (PhD) (Co-supervisor): Experiences of episiotomy for Jordanian women
  2. 2018-Jacqueline Pangas (BN Honours 1st Class) ( Co-supervisor): Experiences of refugee women and families accessing health services in pregnancy and afterbirth: A meta-synthesis.
  3. 2012- Patricia Ayerakwa (BN Honours) (Co-supervisor): The role of media in West African mothers' food choices for young children.

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1897

Email: o.ogunsiji@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @OlayideOgunsiji

Dr Kate O'Reilly

Dr 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 has recently completed her PhD and is awaiting conferral. 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 main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury
  • Working with vulnerable populations
  • Women's Health

Kates's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative

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

  • Nil

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

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3362

Email: kate.oreilly@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @kateoreilly20

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

Professor Kath Peters

Professor Kath Peters Associate Professor Kath Peters

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 8 research higher degree students and has supervised 12 students to completion [5 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 1 MPhil; 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 Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Faculty of the Australian College of Nursing. She was previously the Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse and is now a current Associate Editor for Nursing Open.

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

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

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MPhil
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons
  1. 2014 - Chandra Poudel (Master of Nursing (Honours) (Co-supervisor) - Career Intention of Nursing Students in Nepal: The CARINA Study
  2. 2016 - Rasmieh Al-Amer (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Depression and Self-care In Jordanian Adults with Diabetes: The POISE study
  3. 2016 - Christine Walker (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - Unleashing the iPad’s potential: The lived experience of undergraduate nursing students when using the iPad for tertiary education
  4. 2016 - Graham Sean Gough (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Men in Nursing: Predictors and antecedents of retention in the first year undergraduate nursing program: The RETAIN Study
  5. 2016 - Ghada El-Ayoubi (BN (Hons) 2nd Class, Div. 1) (Co-supervisor) - Beyond Hand Hygiene: Investigating Multi-resistant Organism Colonisation in the Intensive Care Unit: The BIOTIC Study
  6. 2016 - Liz Flannery (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - End-of-Life Decisions in the Intensive Care Unit – Exploring the experiences of doctors and nurses
  7. 2019 - Ibrahim Alananzeh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The unmet supportive care needs of Arab people affected by cancer (The SNAP study)
  8. 2019 - Scott Brunero (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - A constructivist grounded theory of generalist health professionals and their mental health work
  9. 2020 - Jacqueline Rojo (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - CONerns During Clinical PlacemenT: The CONDUCT Project
  10. 2021 - Gursharan Singh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Access and referral to palliative care for individuals with chronic heart failure
  11. 2022 - Maricris Algoso (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The value of undergraduate Assistant in Nursing (AIN) employment in the aged care setting: Developing transferable skills and increasing workforce readiness
  12. 2022 - Rebekah Carter (MPhil) (Co-supervisor) - Feed-forward: Using annotated exemplars to promote student engagement and satisfaction

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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 one major research project in five Local Health Districts of NSW that improves 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) and is currently the Chair for the TTMEC. She is currently leading one national research project with this consortium that explores characteristics of support within new graduate programmes within Australia and has recently completed and published another study that focused on midwives’ experiences during COVID-19. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 25 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of complementary therapies, midwifery education, factors affecting birth practices, gender-based violence and women’s health. Virginia is currently supervising six higher degree research students as a primary supervisor and co-supervising two students.

Virginia's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery education, factors affecting birth practices, gender-based violence and women’s health. Mixed methodologies.

Virginia's methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods

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

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

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

  • 1 MR
  • 2 PhD (Co-Supervisor)
  • 1 BNHons (Co-Supervisor)

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @Virgini51194997



Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI)


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

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe Dr Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe is a Registered Nurse and a Research Academic. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2003, her Honours in 2009 and her PhD in 2013. She holds both the Dean’s Medal and the University Medal for Academic Excellence. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children in out-of-home care and their families (biological, foster/kinship and adoptive). As a lecturer in Infant Mental Health, she is particularly interested in infants who have been prenatally exposed to harmful substances (eg. illicit drugs). In addition to her nursing, teaching and research qualifications, Stacy has post graduate certification in Developmental Trauma. Stacy has also been an authorised foster carer for 16+ years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and first-hand experience as a carer, Stacy has provided training (nationally and internationally) to health care workers, social service providers, foster/kinship carers and adoptive parents in relation to working with and supporting infants, children and young people who have a history of prenatal substance exposure and/or developmental trauma. Stacy is also the Deputy Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) group based at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. TReSI’s mission is to conduct translational research that develops and supports implementation of social and system innovations to ensure new treatments and research knowledge actually reach the patients/populations for whom they are intended and are implemented correctly.

Stacy's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Prenatal substance use/exposure
  • Child protection and the out-of-home care system
  • Infant mental health/attachment
  • Developmental trauma

Stacy's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 BAppSci(Hons)

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 404 063 538

Email: s.blythe@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @stacyleeblythe1

Dr Lyn Francis

Dr Lyn FrancisImage of Dr Lyn Francis

Dr Lyn Francis is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University in NSW Australia. Lyn has qualifications in nursing, midwifery, early childhood, health management and law. Teaching includes undergraduate and post graduate units in the areas of leadership and management, primary health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, research, law and ethics, capstone experience in healthcare and taking students on field studies. Lyn is currently co-supervising 3 PhD students and one midwifery Honours student. Lyn is currently a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in NSW and a member of the gender equity and diversity committee for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at WSU.

Lyn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • 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 the areas of gender equity in academia, supervising students on international field study trips and child and family health. Lyn is currently analysing free text comments from 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, workplace culture in nursing and midwifery and elder abuse.

Lyns's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Narrative inquiry
  • Grounded theory
  • Mixed methodologies

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

  • 1 BNHons
  • 3 PhD

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

  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9412

Email: l.francis@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @lfranci97111657

Dr Hazel Keedle
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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Dr Hazel Keedle

Dr Hazel Keedle is a lecturer of midwifery at Western Sydney University, Australia. Hazel has worked in midwifery group practices, an aboriginal medical service, a variety of hospital settings and as a privately practising midwife in both city and regional locations. Hazel’s passion for vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) followed her own experience of having a VBAC with her daughter in 2008 and since then has published research on women's experience of having a VBAC at home and on her PhD work exploring women’s experiences of planning a VBAC in Australia. Hazel has a developing publication track record as an early career researcher, with 12 peer reviewed publications and was awarded the ACM NSW Pat Brodie research scholarship to develop a smartphone application in her PhD research. Hazel is currently the lead researcher on Australia's largest survey on women's experiences of maternity care, the Birth Experience Study. Hazel is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth, and the early transition to mothering.

Hazel's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC)
  • Birth experience
  • Birth trauma
  • Interprofessional education
  • Child and family health nursing
  • Implementation science (scale-up of effective community-based interventions)
  • Social and service innovation (particularly integrated community service systems)

Hazel's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed method studies and analysis
  • Thematic and content analysis

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

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

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

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9387
Mobile:  +61 418 436 600

Email: h.keedle@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @hazelkeedl

Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp

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Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp

Distinguished Professor Lynn Kemp is Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation group in the School of Nursing and Midwifery Western Sydney University. Lynn has developed a significant program of community-based child health research that includes world and Australian-first intervention studies such as the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) study, the first randomised trial of sustained nurse home visiting that is embedded in universal health services, and the subsequent right@home randomised trial of sustained nurse home visiting. She is now leading an international program of translational research, studying the implementation of these effective interventions at population scale world-wide in Australia, England, South Korea and the USA.

Lynn's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Child and family health nursing Implementation science (scale-up of effective community-based interventions) Social and service innovation (particularly integrated community service systems)

Lynn's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Design and conduct of pragmatic randomized trials
  • Quantitative studies and analysis
  • Qualitative studies and analysis
  • Mixed method studies and analysis

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

  • 5 PhD

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

  • 15 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9387
Mobile:  +61 418 436 600

Email: lynn.kemp@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LynnKempWSU




CROSS ARCHING RESEARCH STRENGTHS


Mental Health


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
  • Womens Health

Diana's main methodological expertise includes:

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

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

  • 1 BN (Hons)
  • 1 MRes

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 930
Mobile:  +61 409 125 256

Email: d.jefferies@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @DianaJefferies7

Dr Gillian Murphy

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Dr Gillian Murphy

Gill is Lecturer at Western Sydney University, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Gill is actively involved in both under-graduate and post-graduate teaching and is a supervisor for higher degree research students. She is a mental health nurse with experiences in forensic, in-patient, community and emergency mental health services. She has worked in both UK and Australian clinical mental health services. Gill is actively engaged with mental health research. Her PhD study generated parenting narratives of adults who had experienced childhood parental mental illness. Her past research studies include an international study which considered health outcomes for people diagnosed with schizophrenia; supporting people with personality disorder using a clinical network and familial experiences of death as a result of suicide. Gill’s current research programme focuses on mental illness; loss and recovery. She is the founder of the Childhood Parental Death Ambassador programme. Gill has published in the area of mental illness in international journals and is a peer reviewer for mental health and nursing related publications.

Gill's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental Health
  • Familial mental illness
  • Suicide bereavement
  • Childhood parental death
  • Loss and recovery

Gill's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Narrative Inquiry

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

  • 1 BN (Hons)
  • 2 MRes
  • 5 PhD

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

  • 1 MRES
  1. Experiences of burnout: Nurses working in accident and emergency departments

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1280

Email: g.murphy@westernsydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Kath Peters

Associate Professor Kath PetersAssociate 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 8 research higher degree students and has supervised 12 students to completion [5 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 1 MPhil; 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 Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Faculty of the Australian College of Nursing. She was previously the Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse and is now a current Associate Editor for Nursing Open.

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

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

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MPhil
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons
  1. 2014 - Chandra Poudel (Master of Nursing (Honours) (Co-supervisor) - Career Intention of Nursing Students in Nepal: The CARINA Study
  2. 2016 - Rasmieh Al-Amer (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Depression and Self-care In Jordanian Adults with Diabetes: The POISE study
  3. 2016 - Christine Walker (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - Unleashing the iPad’s potential: The lived experience of undergraduate nursing students when using the iPad for tertiary education
  4. 2016 - Graham Sean Gough (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Men in Nursing: Predictors and antecedents of retention in the first year undergraduate nursing program: The RETAIN Study
  5. 2016 - Ghada El-Ayoubi (BN (Hons) 2nd Class, Div. 1) (Co-supervisor) - Beyond Hand Hygiene: Investigating Multi-resistant Organism Colonisation in the Intensive Care Unit: The BIOTIC Study
  6. 2016 - Liz Flannery (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - End-of-Life Decisions in the Intensive Care Unit – Exploring the experiences of doctors and nurses
  7. 2019 - Ibrahim Alananzeh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The unmet supportive care needs of Arab people affected by cancer (The SNAP study)
  8. 2019 - Scott Brunero (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - A constructivist grounded theory of generalist health professionals and their mental health work
  9. 2020 - Jacqueline Rojo (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - CONerns During Clinical PlacemenT: The CONDUCT Project
  10. 2021 - Gursharan Singh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Access and referral to palliative care for individuals with chronic heart failure
  11. 2022 - Maricris Algoso (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The value of undergraduate Assistant in Nursing (AIN) employment in the aged care setting: Developing transferable skills and increasing workforce readiness
  12. 2022 - Rebekah Carter (MPhil) (Co-supervisor) - Feed-forward: Using annotated exemplars to promote student engagement and satisfaction

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Professor Virginia Schmied
(Midwifery Supervisor)

Professor Virginia Schmied Pro Virginia Schmied

Professor Virginia Schmied is Professor of Midwifery in the Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and is the Health and Well-being Theme Champion at the university. Virginia holds a Visiting Professorship at University of Central Lancashire (UK). In her role she collaborates with other senior academics at WSU to build capacity in maternal and child health research.

Professor Schmied has a strong national and international reputation in the discipline of midwifery, and in the field of maternal and child health. She researches and supervises higher degree students in topics addressing the social and emotional health and well-being of women and men in the transition to parenthood, breastfeeding and young child feeding; perinatal mental health, particularly in vulnerable communities and researching improvements in service delivery and professional practice. She is particularly interested in how relationship-based care leads to improved health outcomes for women, children and families.

Professor Schmied has held national competitive grants from ARC and NHMRC and she has conducted consultancy work including leading the development of the national framework for universal health and development services to children and families the Australian Government. She has published over 200 refereed journal articles, book chapters and published reports and regularly presents (including as a key note speaker) at national and international conferences. Her research has been translated to policy and practice, for example through the development of health policy, models of care, teaching resources for consumers and health professionals.

In 2016 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in High Degree Research Supervision and Training and in 2018 she led a team that was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s excellence in Learning and Teaching award for innovations in perinatal multidisciplinary learning and teaching.

Virginia's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery
  • Maternal and child health; transition to parenthood
  • Breastfeeding and young child feeding
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Vulnerable communities improvements in service delivery and professional practice

Virginia's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research ethnography
  • Action research
  • Participatory research
  • Discourse analysis
  • Mixed methods

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

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MHons
  • 7 PhD

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

  • 5 BN(Hons)
  • 8 M(Hons)
  • 48 PhD
  1. 2021 - Jen Hocking (PhD) - How Do Lactation Consultants Support Women To Breastfeed?
  2. 2021 - Hazel Keedle (PhD) -  What Are The Experiences Of Women Planning A VBAC From 36 Weeks Gestation To Birth In Two Australian Hospitals With Different VBAC Rates.
  3. Madeleine Simpson (PhD) - Understanding The Development Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Childbirth And It's Impact On Women Who Access Residential And Day Parenting Services In NSW.
  4. Suha Hussein (PhD) - Jordanian Women's Perceptions Of Episiotomy And Other Birth Interventions: An Intergenerational Qualitative Study.
  5. Philippa Mann (Conroy) - (PhD) - Co-Bedding Of Twins In The Neonatal Period? A Mixed Methods Study Exploring Variations In Practice And Perceptions In The Hospital And Home Setting.
  6. Bridgit Philip (PhD) - Understanding Perinatal Mental Health In Indian-Born Immigrant Women And Men: A Mixed Methods Study.
  7. Louise Everitt - (PhD) - Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education for Maternity Clinicians.
  8. Hannah Skelton - (PhD) - Positioning of extremely premature infants.

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9505

Mobile:  +61 430 242 140

Email: v.schmied@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter: @vschmie1



Oral Health (COHORT)


Associate Professor Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe Dr Stacy Blythe

Associate Professor Stacy Blythe is a Registered Nurse and a Research Academic. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2003, her Honours in 2009 and her PhD in 2013. She holds both the Dean’s Medal and the University Medal for Academic Excellence. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children in out-of-home care and their families (biological, foster/kinship and adoptive). As a lecturer in Infant Mental Health, she is particularly interested in infants who have been prenatally exposed to harmful substances (eg. illicit drugs). In addition to her nursing, teaching and research qualifications, Stacy has post graduate certification in Developmental Trauma. Stacy has also been an authorised foster carer for 16+ years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and first-hand experience as a carer, Stacy has provided training (nationally and internationally) to health care workers, social service providers, foster/kinship carers and adoptive parents in relation to working with and supporting infants, children and young people who have a history of prenatal substance exposure and/or developmental trauma. Stacy is also the Deputy Director of the Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) group based at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. TReSI’s mission is to conduct translational research that develops and supports implementation of social and system innovations to ensure new treatments and research knowledge actually reach the patients/populations for whom they are intended and are implemented correctly.

Stacy's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Prenatal substance use/exposure
  • Child protection and the out-of-home care system
  • Infant mental health/attachment
  • Developmental trauma

Stacy's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 BAppSci(Hons)

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 404 063 538

Email: s.blythe@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @stacyleeblythe1

Professor Hannah Dahlen
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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.

Hannah has over 200 published journal articles and book chapters and has strong national and international research partnerships. She has received more than 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.Hannah is regularly interviewed in the media and sought out for expert comment.

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 (meta-analysis and meta-synthesis) , randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, retrospective cohort studies, population based studies, surveys, grounded theory, narrative analysis, phenomenology, ethnography, thematic analysis, content analysis (qual and quant), and mixed methods.

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

  • 2 BNHons
  • 2 MRES
  • 9 PhD

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

  • 6 BN(Hons)
  • 5 M(Hons)
  • 13 PhD

Hannah has had 6 Honours completions, all First Class Honours. Two of her Honours students received the University Medal in 2011 and 2016. In total Hannah has had 24 Honours/HDR completions since 2009.

  1. 2009 - Jeni Stevens (BN Honours 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Midwives’ and Doulas’ Perspectives of the Role of the Doula in Australia: A qualitative study
  2. 2010 - Heather Pearce (BN Honours 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) – Pregnancy related low back and pelvic girdle pain: Listening to Australian women
  3. 2011 - Holly Priddis (BN Honours 1st class and UWS University Medal) (Primary Supervisor) - Facilitating physiological birth positioning in two different birth settings: An ethnographic exploration into facilitators and inhibitors
  4. 2016- Hannah Olley (BN Honours 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) . Facilitating closeness between babies with congenital abnormalities
  5. 2017- Heather Sassine (BN Honours 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) – The needs and experiences of women who choose homebirth in Australia: a national survey
  6. 2017- Jo Hunter (BN Hons). (1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) The experiences of privately practising midwives in Australia who have been reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: A qualitative study
  7. 2012 - Felicity Copeland(Masters Hons) (Co-supervisor)Midwives interpretation of childbirth through photo elicitation
  8. 2012 - Susan Harvey (Masters Hons - Award for best thesis 2014) (Co-supervisor) – Judgement, hope and identity: Stories of health care mothering in the perinatal period from women receiving opioid treatment
  9. 2014 - Suha Hussein (Masters Honours – Award for best thesis 2014) (Co-supervisor) - The barriers and facilitators of introducing evidence-based practices around the use of episiotomy in Jordan.
  10. 2015 - Hazel Keedle (Masters Honours) (Primary Supervisor) - Women’s reasons for and experiences of having a homebirth following a previous caesarean section.
  11. 2018 Leonie Hewitt- (Masters Research- High Distinction) (Primary Supervisor). What attributes do Australian midwifery leaders identify as being essential to effectively manage a Midwifery Group Practice (MGP)?
  12. 2013 - Christine Catling (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The influences on women who choose a publicly funded homebirth
  13. 2014 - Debra Betts (PhD) (Co-supervisor) – Acupuncture treatment in threatened miscarriage: A mixed methods study.
  14. 2015 - Melanie Jackson (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) - Birthing Outside the System.
  15. 2015 - Holly Priddis (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) – An evaluation of Health Services for women who have experienced severe perineal trauma: A mixed methods study.
  16. 2015 - Mike Amour (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: A mixed methods study
  17. 2015 – Kate Levett (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The Complete Birth Study: Effectiveness of a complex antenatal education program incorporating complementary medicine techniques for pain relief in labour and birth for first time mothers: A mixed methods study
  18. 2018 - Jeni Stevens (PhD) (Primary Supervisor). Facilitators, barriers and implications of immediate skin-to-skin contact after caesarean section: An ethnographic study
  19. 2018 Alison Teate (PhD) (Primary Supervisor). From Worry to hope: An ethnography of midwife-woman interactions in the antenatal appointment.
  20. 2019 Lindsay Cole (PhD) (Co-supervisor) – Discourse Analysis on giving birth in South Australia: An ethnomethodological approach
  21. 2017 Simone Ormsby (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for antenatal and postnatal depression
  22. 2021 Suha Hussein (PhD) (Co-supervisor) –Jordanian women’s perceptions od episiotomy and other birth interventions” an intergenerational qualitative study
  23. 2021 Elizabeth Rigg (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) – The role of unregulated birth workers in Australia from the perspective of birth workers and women
  24. 2021 Hazel Keedle (PhD) (Primary Supervisor) – The experiences of women planning a VBAC in Australia

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9118

Email: h.dahlen@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter: @Hannahdahlen

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

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 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 8 research higher degree students and has supervised 12 students to completion [5 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 1 MPhil; 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 Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Faculty of the Australian College of Nursing. She was previously the Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse and is now a current Associate Editor for Nursing Open.

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

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

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MPhil
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons
  1. 2014 - Chandra Poudel (Master of Nursing (Honours) (Co-supervisor) - Career Intention of Nursing Students in Nepal: The CARINA Study
  2. 2016 - Rasmieh Al-Amer (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Depression and Self-care In Jordanian Adults with Diabetes: The POISE study
  3. 2016 - Christine Walker (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - Unleashing the iPad’s potential: The lived experience of undergraduate nursing students when using the iPad for tertiary education
  4. 2016 - Graham Sean Gough (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Men in Nursing: Predictors and antecedents of retention in the first year undergraduate nursing program: The RETAIN Study
  5. 2016 - Ghada El-Ayoubi (BN (Hons) 2nd Class, Div. 1) (Co-supervisor) - Beyond Hand Hygiene: Investigating Multi-resistant Organism Colonisation in the Intensive Care Unit: The BIOTIC Study
  6. 2016 - Liz Flannery (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - End-of-Life Decisions in the Intensive Care Unit – Exploring the experiences of doctors and nurses
  7. 2019 - Ibrahim Alananzeh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The unmet supportive care needs of Arab people affected by cancer (The SNAP study)
  8. 2019 - Scott Brunero (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - A constructivist grounded theory of generalist health professionals and their mental health work
  9. 2020 - Jacqueline Rojo (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - CONerns During Clinical PlacemenT: The CONDUCT Project
  10. 2021 - Gursharan Singh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Access and referral to palliative care for individuals with chronic heart failure
  11. 2022 - Maricris Algoso (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The value of undergraduate Assistant in Nursing (AIN) employment in the aged care setting: Developing transferable skills and increasing workforce readiness
  12. 2022 - Rebekah Carter (MPhil) (Co-supervisor) - Feed-forward: Using annotated exemplars to promote student engagement and satisfaction

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.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

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



Health Education and Workforce


Dr Antoinette Cotton

Dr Antoinette Cotton Image Antoinette Cotton

Dr Antoinette Cotton is Senior Lecturer and the Academic Course Advisor for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), and Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) programs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has extensive experience in participating and leading curriculum development at program and unit level, and at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. She is a registered nurse and registered midwife and has had a wide variety of clinical experience. She is a nurse academic experienced in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. She has supervised and co-supervised BN (Honours) students to completion and is currently co-supervising Master of Nursing (Honours), Master of Research and PhD candidates, and undertaking the role of principal supervisor for a doctoral candidate. She has a background in research, scholarship and publishing in the areas that include critical reflective practices, clinical supervision, health research in cyberspace, palliative care, workforce issues, women’s health, aged care and health issues related to vulnerable populations.

Antoinette's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Clinical supervision
  • Aged Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Cancer screening
  • Disability Community
  • Palliative Care
  • Ethical and methodological issues in Online Research
  • Education and workforce
  • Curriculum design for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs
  • Educational preparation for professional practice
  • Critical reflective practices for the professions
  • Experiences of students in nursing programs

Antoinette's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed Methods Designs
  • Co-design Methodologies
  • Translational Research

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 1 MHons
  • 1 MRES

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 4 MRES
  • 2 BNHons
  • 4 BAppsSc(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6985 9501

Email: a.cotton@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 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 Paediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years. Leanne has 11 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 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
  • Womens Health

Diana's main methodological expertise includes:

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

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

  • 1 BN (Hons)
  • 1 MRes

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 930
Mobile:  +61 409 125 256

Email: d.jefferies@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @DianaJefferies7

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta LuckAssoc Pro Lauretta Luck

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, a conjoint position of the SoNM, WSU and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. Lauretta supports and mentors Nurse Clinicians undertaking research focused on improving patient care and outcomes and nursing evidence based practice. Lauretta has many years teaching in the tertiary sector both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels and has experience in numerous governance and leadership roles. Lauretta was the recipient of a Women’s fellowship grant (WSU) (2018) exploring violence towards nurses from the Nurse Managers’ perspective. In 2019, in collaboration with the NBMLHD Safety Culture Coordinators (Nurse Educators), she attracted NaMO and Louisa Hope funding to implement resilience and mindfulness workshops for nurses to provide strategies to respond to the problem of violence. Lauretta supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research students including Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Research and PhD students and mentors Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) students. Lauretta’s research skills include case study design, mixed methods research and qualitative designs.  Her areas of research include violence towards nurses, nursing workforce issues and nursing education. She has published in, and reviews, national and international journals and has presented a national and international conferences.

Lauretta's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Violence towards nurses
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing workforce

Lauretta's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Case study
  • Mixed methods

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MRes

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

  • 2 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4734 3181

Email: lauretta.luck@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Fiona McDermid

Image Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dr Fiona McDermid completed her PhD in 2017 on the transition of clinical nurses to academia under a framework of liminality. Following on from her doctoral work, Fiona is further exploring the concepts of resilience and transition within workforce and communities. She is currently involved in a project centered on emergency departments highlighting the concept of resilience and retention and was successful in obtaining an Early Career Research grant for this study. She is also involved in the Women's Health stream of research and is currently undertaking work on women's experiences of menopause. She has published and presented research both nationally and internationally.

Fiona's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Women's Health
  • Emergency Workforce Resilience

Fiona's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative studies and analysis

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

  • 2 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

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

  • Nil

Contact details

Mobile:  +61 408 675 169

Email: f.mcdermid@wsternsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @fiona_McDermid

Dr Tiffany Northall

Dr Tiffany Northall Image Tiffany Northall

Tiffany Northall completed the Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing with distinction and her PhD at Western Sydney University. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education. Tiffany has been a lecturer at Western Sydney University in undergraduate and post graduate nursing. Throughout her nursing career she worked in a variety of positions including primary health care, palliative care, emergency department and was a clinical nurse specialist in discharge planning. Tiffany’s research focuses on the care of older people in hospital, nursing homes and in the community with a specific interest in transfers of care. She also has an interest in the transition, retention and success of enrolled nurses who enter the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Tiffany has applied a variety of research methodologies including phenomenology and mixed methods.

Tiffany's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Aged Care
  • Undergraduate nursing student retention
  • Success Health professionals decision making
  • Critical reflective practices for the professions

Tiffany's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Phenomenology Qualitative Methods

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

  • 1 PhD
  • 1 MRES

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)2 BNHons

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3368

Email: t.northall@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @TiffanyNorthall

Professor Kath Peters

Professor Kath PetersAssociate Professor Kath Peters

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 8 research higher degree students and has supervised 12 students to completion [5 PhD; 1 MN(Hons); 1 MPhil; 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 Chair of the Adolescent & Young People Faculty of the Australian College of Nursing. She was previously the Associate Editor for Contemporary Nurse and is now a current Associate Editor for Nursing Open.

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

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

  • 8 PhD
  • 1 MPhil

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

  • 5 PhD
  • 1 MPhil
  • 1 MHons
  • 5 BNHons
  1. 2014 - Chandra Poudel (Master of Nursing (Honours) (Co-supervisor) - Career Intention of Nursing Students in Nepal: The CARINA Study
  2. 2016 - Rasmieh Al-Amer (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Depression and Self-care In Jordanian Adults with Diabetes: The POISE study
  3. 2016 - Christine Walker (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - Unleashing the iPad’s potential: The lived experience of undergraduate nursing students when using the iPad for tertiary education
  4. 2016 - Graham Sean Gough (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - Men in Nursing: Predictors and antecedents of retention in the first year undergraduate nursing program: The RETAIN Study
  5. 2016 - Ghada El-Ayoubi (BN (Hons) 2nd Class, Div. 1) (Co-supervisor) - Beyond Hand Hygiene: Investigating Multi-resistant Organism Colonisation in the Intensive Care Unit: The BIOTIC Study
  6. 2016 - Liz Flannery (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Primary Supervisor) - End-of-Life Decisions in the Intensive Care Unit – Exploring the experiences of doctors and nurses
  7. 2019 - Ibrahim Alananzeh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The unmet supportive care needs of Arab people affected by cancer (The SNAP study)
  8. 2019 - Scott Brunero (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - A constructivist grounded theory of generalist health professionals and their mental health work
  9. 2020 - Jacqueline Rojo (BN (Hons) 1st Class) (Co-supervisor) - CONerns During Clinical PlacemenT: The CONDUCT Project
  10. 2021 - Gursharan Singh (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - Access and referral to palliative care for individuals with chronic heart failure
  11. 2022 - Maricris Algoso (PhD) (Co-supervisor) - The value of undergraduate Assistant in Nursing (AIN) employment in the aged care setting: Developing transferable skills and increasing workforce readiness
  12. 2022 - Rebekah Carter (MPhil) (Co-supervisor) - Feed-forward: Using annotated exemplars to promote student engagement and satisfaction

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9032

Email: l.ramjan@westernsyney.edu.au

Twitter:  @LucieRamjan

Associate Professor Athena Sheehan
(Midwifery Supervisor)

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

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

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 one major research project in five Local Health Districts of NSW that improves 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) and is currently the Chair for the TTMEC. She is currently leading one national research project with this consortium that explores characteristics of support within new graduate programmes within Australia and has recently completed and published another study that focused on midwives’ experiences during COVID-19. In collaboration with other researchers, she has published 25 peer-reviewed journal articles over the past five years in areas of complementary therapies, midwifery education, factors affecting birth practices, gender-based violence and women’s health. Virginia is currently supervising six higher degree research students as a primary supervisor and co-supervising two students.

Virginia's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Midwifery education, factors affecting birth practices, gender-based violence and women’s health
  • Mixed methodologies

Virginia's methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative methods

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

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 MRES
  • 1 BNHons

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

  • 1 MR
  • 2 PhD (Co-Supervisor)
  • 1 BNHons (Co-Supervisor)

Contact details

Phone: +61 (0)408 427 612

Email: v.skinner@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @Virgini51194997

Dr Christine Taylor

Dr Christine TaylorImage Christine Taylor

Dr Christine Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, WSU, and Deputy Director of The New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care that supports nurses in systematic reviews and implementation reports. Christine is a supervisor of PhD and Honours’ students and has published in child and family health and nurse education. Christine is also an experienced educator, having spent around 25 years in higher education in a variety of roles, including senior governance positions. Christine's clinical experience extends over 30 years. The first half of her clinical career was spent in adult care and covered a variety of fields, such as medical, surgical, psychiatric, and aged care. The second half of her clinical career was with neonates, infants, and children, and included high dependency and critical care units and specialist medical units.

Christine's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Child and family health education

Christine's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Systematic reviews

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

  • 1 PhD

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

  • 7 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 409128880 or +61 2 9685 9029

Email: ch.taylor@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @christaylorwsu