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The WSNMRC Team
Director: Professor Rochelle Wynne
Professor Rochelle Wynne is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre, a conjoint appointment between Western Sydney University and the Western Sydney Local Health District. Since becoming a Registered Nurse in the early 1990s Rochelle has been an active clinical researcher in cardiothoracic patient care for over two decades. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Critical Care, and a Master of Education degree, 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 has a particular interest in the trajectory of patient recovery, practice patterns in acute and critical care and predictors of readmission. Rochelle is the clinical representative for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Steering Committee and Quality Committee. 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. A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses. 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’s 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. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of clinical nursing researchers.
Senior Research Fellow: Associate Professor Caleb Ferguson
Doctor Caleb Ferguson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC) and holds a conjoint appointment at Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District. Dr Ferguson is a Registered Nurse with over a decade of clinical experience caring for individuals with stroke, neurological and cardiovascular conditions.
Caleb undertook his PhD at the UTS: Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care which was awarded by UTS in 2015, for his thesis titled: The AFASTER Study: Patient centered approaches to thromboprophylaxis in individuals with heart failure and concomitant atrial fibrillation. His program of research focuses on patient centred approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention and digital health. He has previously held appointments as Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, where he continues to hold an honorary appointment. Since 2012, he has published over 60 academic works. Including peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials, book chapters and scientific abstracts. Dr Ferguson is an Editor of Contemporary Nurse and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. He also contributes to peer review for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies, International Journal of Cardiology, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. In 2015, Caleb was awarded a National Stroke Foundation Fostering Future Leader Award. Since 2012 he has been a volunteer StrokeSafe Ambassador for the Stroke Foundation undertaking community advocacy work. He is a member of the Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee and 2017 Stroke Guideline Executive Development Group and the Heart Foundation's Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Working Group (2016-).
Research Officer: Dr Anjalee Amarasekera
Doctor Anjalee Amarasekera is an outstanding early-career researcher in the Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre and holds a conjoint appointment as a Research Officer at Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District. Dr Amarasekera started her career overseas as an academic at the research-oriented University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). She undertook her PhD at the University of South Australia: Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) which is the research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. She was awarded her PhD in early 2015 for a thesis titled “Does Vitamin D Deficiency Contribute to the Endothelial Dysfunction in Obese-diabetics?”. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of vitamin D and prevention of early stages of cardiovascular diseases including endothelial dysfunction in obesity, diabetes and frailty through clinical interventions. Her program of research includes multidisciplinary approaches to address clinical questions via both clinical and biochemical laboratory research. She is interested in prevention, minimizing and correction of the early stage of vascular dysfunction (endothelial dysfunction) and associated-comorbidities through pharmacological interventions such as vitamin D supplementation therapy. Even though she is still early in her research career, from her previous research, she demonstrated two original findings on potential effects of low vitamin D levels on endothelial dysfunction via endothelial nitric oxide signalling pathway in both obese-diabetics and healthy volunteers.
Dr Amarasekera’s future research goals are to provide promising clinical and biochemical knowledge to understand the importance of sufficient plasma vitamin D levels for reducing plasma low vitamin D levels-associated adverse health outcomes.
Associate Research Fellow: Lien Lombardo
Research Officer: Andrew Donkor
Research Assistant: Dr Bhavya Talluri
WSNMRC Events and Workshops
To find out about current workshops please email WSNMRC@westernsydney.edu.au.
WSNMRC Online Resource List
- Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Asking the Clinical Question: A Key Step in Evidence-Based Practice (opens in a new window)
Stillwell SB, Fineout-Overholt E, Melnyk BM, Williamson KM. Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Asking the Clinical Question: A Key Step in Evidence-Based Practice. AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 2010;110(3):58-61.
- Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Searching for the Evidence (opens in a new window)
Stillwell SB, Fineout-Overholt E, Melnyk BM, Williamson KM. Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Searching for the Evidence. AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 2010;110(5):41-47.
- Effective implementation of research into practice: an overview of systematic reviews of the health literature (opens in a new window)
Boaz A, Baeza J, Fraser A. Effective implementation of research into practice: an overview of systematic reviews of the health literature. BMC research notes. 2011;4(1):212.
- What drives change? Barriers to and incentives for achieving evidence-based practice (opens in a new window)
Grol R, Wensing M. What drives change? Barriers to and incentives for achieving evidence-based practice. Medical Journal of Australia. 2004;180(6 Suppl):S57.
- Barriers and facilitators to implementing shared decision-making in clinical practice: a systematic review of health professionals' perceptions (opens in a new window)
Gravel K, Légaré F, Graham ID. Barriers and facilitators to implementing shared decision-making in clinical practice: a systematic review of health professionals' perceptions. Implementation Science. 2006;1(1):16.
- Nurses and Twitter: The good, the bad, and the reluctant (opens in a new window)
Wilson R, Ranse J, Cashin A, McNamara P. Nurses and Twitter: The good, the bad, and the reluctant. Collegian. 2014;21(2):111-119.
Qualitative Research and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)
- Understanding quantitative research: Part 1. (opens in a new window)
Hoe J, Hoare Z. Understanding quantitative research: Part 1. Nursing Standard (through 2013). 2012;27(15-17):52.
- Understanding quantitative research: Part 2. (opens in a new window)
Hoare Z, Hoe J. Understanding quantitative research: Part 2. Nursing Standard (through 2013). 2013;27(18):48.
- Designing a research project: randomised controlled trials and their principles (opens in a new window)
Kendall J. Designing a research project: randomised controlled trials and their principles. Emergency Medicine Journal. 2003;20(2):164-168.
- Generation of allocation sequences in randomised trials: chance, not choice (opens in a new window)
Schulz KF, Grimes DA. Generation of allocation sequences in randomised trials: chance, not choice. The Lancet. 2002;359(9305):515-519.
- Odds ratio, relative risk, absolute risk reduction, and the number needed to treat—which of these should we use? (opens in a new window)
Schechtman E. Odds ratio, relative risk, absolute risk reduction, and the number needed to treat—which of these should we use? Value in health. 2002;5(5):431-436.
- Unequal group sizes in randomised trials: guarding against guessing (opens in a new window)
Schulz KF, Grimes DA. Unequal group sizes in randomised trials: guarding against guessing. The Lancet. 2002;359(9310):966-970.
- A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies (opens in a new window)
Grant MJ, Booth A. A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal. 2009;26(2):91-108.
- Systematic reviews: synthesis of best evidence for clinical decisions (opens in a new window)
Cook DJ, Mulrow CD, Haynes RB. Systematic reviews: synthesis of best evidence for clinical decisions. Annals of internal medicine. 1997;126(5):376-380.
- The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) (opens in a new window)
Is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health-care. The CDSR includes Cochrane Reviews (the systematic reviews) and protocols for Cochrane Reviews as well as editorials.
- Cochrane Systemic Review Toolbox (opens in a new window)
- AMSTAR Checklist – Assessing the Methodological Quality of Reviews (opens in a new window)
- AGREE Reporting Checklist (opens in a new window)
The AGREE Reporting Checklist is intended to assist practice guideline developers to improve the completeness and transparency of reporting in practice guidelines. The checklist can also provide guidance to peer reviewers, journal editors, and guideline users about the essential components of a high quality practice guideline.
- CASP checklists (opens in a new window)
Set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.
- Equator network checklists for different types of studies (opens in a new window)
Contact the WSNMRC Team
Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC)
Blacktown Clinical & Research School, Level 2
Blacktown NSW 2148
Phone: (02) 9851 6058