Disability


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