Doctor Shyama Ratnayake

Doctor Shyama Ratnayake

Associate Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

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 extensive clinical, research and teaching experience in aged care and has contributed to a text book dedicated to caring for older people. 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.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ratnayake.

Qualifications

  • PhD Western Sydney University
  • MAppSc University of Western Sydney
  • BN University of Western Sydney

Awards

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2013-12-18

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Contact

Email: S.Ratnayake@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9568
(02) 9685 9568,
Mobile:
Location: EB.LG.80
ParramattaEB.LG.80
Parramatta

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 401218 Graduate Entry Practice Experience

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401001 Primary Health Care in Action, 2017
  • 401003 Professional Communication, 2015
  • 401007 Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice, 2020
  • 401014 Health Variations 2, 2017
  • 401212 Health Variations 5 - Palliative and End of Life Care, 2020

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Ratnayake, S., Karacsony, S. and Brownhill, S. (2017), 'Nutrition, hydration and feeding : impact on the older person ', Caring for Older People in Australia: Principles for Nursing Practice, John Wiley & Sons 9780730328346.
  • Ratnayake, S., Karacsony, S. and Brownhill, S. (2014), 'Nutrition, hydration and feeding : impact on the older person ', Caring for Older People in Australia: Principles for Nursing Practice, Wiley & Sons 9781118384121.
  • Ratnayake, S. and Brownhill, S. (2013), 'Eating and swallowing', Living with Dementia: a Practical Guide for Families and Personal Carers, Australian Council for Educational Research 9781742860442.

Journal Articles

  • Chang, E., Brownhill, S., Bidewell, J., Johnson, A. and Ratnayake, S. (2015), 'Focus on feeding! : evaluation of a framework for maximizing mealtime in aged care facilities', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 21, no 3 , pp 269 - 277.

MAppSc work involved determining the effect of cooking methods and post-processing storage temperatures of polished an unpolished rice (2005-2006)

Weight loss in aged care: Weight loss decision making framework (2009-2010).

Avoiding "high tech" through "high touch" in end stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life (2010-2011).

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 (2014-2019).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ratnayake.

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