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