Ageing and Aged Care


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