Ms Rona Pillay

Ms Rona Pillay

Academic Program Advisor, Bachelor of Nursing Parramatta,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Rona Pillay is a lecturer and Academic Course Advisor BN Undergraduate in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Rona is a registered nurse, having commenced her training in South Africa. She brings with her over 35 years of experience in health, education, course curriculum development and research, nationally and internationally across disciplines.  Her teaching role spans across first, second and third year units with research and leadership being the primary units. 

Rona is currently finalising her PhD at the Macquarie University with the thesis topic being Health team communication and interaction in the perioperative environment and patient safety- an international perspective. Rona’s research interests includes Human Factors, Non- Technical Skills - health communication, teams and teamwork, decision making , situational awareness and patient safety practices in Operating Theatre. Rona has engaged with teams in research areas such as decision making in cancer treatment choices in Aboriginal Peoples, cancer awareness,  Organisational Studies and research with vulnerable populations.

Rona has research experience using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, with Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis and Video-ethnography as the primary designs in qualitative studies. 

Rona is currently a member of the Faculty of Safer Surgical Team with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Together with the team, videos were produced in a simulated environment to address Human Factors as education and training workshops for operating theatre staff across Australia.

Rona’s leadership is evidenced through the various positions held on committees and has an interest in student learning and engagement.  Currently, Rona is a mentor for x 2 Bachelor of Nursing Advanced students and a HDR Supervisor.

As a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, Rona is a coach for student nurses who undertake the Emerging Nurse Leaders Program through the College.

This information has been contributed by Ms Pillay.


  • MEd Macquarie University
  • BA University of South Africa

Professional Memberships

  • Member Sigma Theta Tau International (2017 - 2021)
  • Fellow Australian College of Nursing (2005)
  • Faculty Member Royal Australian College of Surgeons (2014)
  • Member Australian College Operating Room Nurses (2010)


  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship 2008-12-31


  • Cancer awareness
  • Decision making processes in treatment choices
  • Diagnosis delivery and treatment uptake
  • Health Team Communication and Patient Safety
  • Organisational Studies
  • Patient safety
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • Video data recording and analysis

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


  • Articulation Assessment Pathway Panel Committee


Phone: (02) 9685 9504
Location: EB.LG.79

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400765 Evidence-Based Nursing 2, 2015
  • 400777 Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care, 2020
  • 401003 Professional Communication, 2016
  • 401007 Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice, 2015
  • 401011 Research Principles for Nursing and Midwifery, 2014
  • 401011 Research Principles for Nursing and Midwifery, 2018
  • 401018 Health Variations 4, 2015
  • 401022 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery, 2016
  • 401208 Research for Nursing and Midwifery, 2019
  • 401213 Clinical Leadership and Professional Relationships, 2018


Chapters in Books

  • Pillay, R. (2019), 'Ethnomethodology', Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer 9789811052507.

Journal Articles

  • Saraswat, N., Prabhu, N., Pillay, R., Everett, B. and George, A. (2022), 'Oral cancer risk behaviours of Indian immigrants in Australia : a qualitative study', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 46, no 1 , pp 87 - 94.
  • Saraswat, N., Pillay, R., Prabhu, N., Everett, B. and George, A. (2021), 'Perceptions and practices of general practitioners towards oral cancer and emerging risk factors among Indian immigrants in Australia : a qualitative study', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 18, no 21 .
  • Saraswat, N., Everett, B., Pillay, R., Prabhu, N. and George, A. (2020), 'Knowledge, attitudes and practices of general medical practitioners in developed countries regarding oral cancer : an integrative review', Family Practice, vol 37, no 5 , pp 592 - 605.
  • Saraswat, N., Pillay, R., Everett, B. and George, A. (2020), 'Knowledge, attitudes and practices of South Asian immigrants in developed countries regarding oral cancer : an integrative review', BMC Cancer, vol 20, no 1 .
  • Alexander, S., Pillay, R. and Smith, B. (2018), 'A systematic review of the experiences of vulnerable people participating in research on sensitive topics', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol 88 , pp 85 - 96.
  • Pillay, R., Alexander, S., Hatcher, D., Mackey, S., Shahid, S., Holden, L. and Kwok, C. (2016), 'Factors influencing cancer treatment decision-making by indigenous peoples : a systematic review', Psycho-Oncology, vol 25, no 2 , pp 131 - 141.
  • Kwok, C., Pillay, R. and Lee, C. (2016), 'Psychometric properties of the breast cancer screening beliefs questionnaire among women of Indian ethnicity living in Australia', Cancer Nursing, vol 39, no 4 , pp 24 - 31.
  • Kwok, C., Pillay, R. and Lee, F. (2015), 'Breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and screening behaviors among Indian-Australian women', European Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol 19, no 6 , pp 701 - 706.


1. PHD: Health communication in teams and patient safety. This project is an international study, comparing Australia, Norway and Malaysia, whereby health  team communication and patient safety practices in operating theatre are explored. Data was collected using video recordings and augmented by interviews and field notes.

Team Projects

2.Factors associated with  breast cancer screening  behaviours in Indian Australian women.

3. Factors influencing cancer treatment decision making choices in indigenous peoples: A systematic Review.


This information has been contributed by Ms Pillay.

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