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