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

Image Gill Murphy

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