Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith

School Of Nursing And Midwifery


Professor Sheree Smith is committed to high quality research and evidenced based practice.  Sheree is the founder and lead of the Lung, Sleep and Heart Health Research Network (LUSH). 

Professor Smith has received national and international research awards such as the inaugural Co-operative Research Centre for Asthma and Asthma Australia PhD top-up scholarship for research in health education and health promotion.  On completion of her PhD, Sheree was awarded the first international post-doctoral research capability bursary to the University of Oxford’s Department of Primary Health Care and Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. In 2008 Sheree joined the Imperial Clinical Respiratory Research Unit and the Department of Respiratory Infection and Medicine at St Mary's Hospital, London and was awarded the Millennium Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Curriers for COPD intermediate care research. In 2010 Sheree completed a bespoke project associated with the UK's National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Comprehensive Local Research Network portfolio studies in North West London and subsequently developed organisational models to enhance the capability and capacity of research support staff.   

Professor Smith is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and she is currently the non-medical chair of the NSW Ministry of Health Agency for Clinical Innovation's(ACI) Respiratory Network.  Sheree has held a Visiting Professorship in the Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Division of Experimental Medicine of Imperial College London and Sheree continues to research with National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) NW London Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research (CLAHRC) colleagues based within Imperial College at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Sheree has held a Senior Research Fellowship with Imperial Clinical Respiratory Research Unit and the Lung Institute of Western Australia.  Professor Smith's areas of research interest include health technology; health behaviour associated with infection; dyspnoea; multi-morbidity in chronic disease; and respiratory health care service delivery using quantitative and qualitative research designs.

Professor Smith's professional leadership can be evidenced through the various positions she has held on committees and councils of national and international organisations associated with respiratory conditions that have been responsible for setting national and international policy and guidelines for clinical care such as the National Asthma Council, Lung Foundation of Australia, and the Royal Society of Medicine's Telemedicine and E-Health Council. Sheree's research expertise is utilised through projects of American Thoracic Society International Nurses Working Group, membership of the European Respiratory Society's College of Experts and as a peer reviewer for journals such as the BMJ, Thorax, Journal of Sleep Research and Journal of Clinical Nursing.  Professor Smith currently reviews grant applications for research boards such as NHMRC, Asthma Australia, NIHR (UK), Asthma (UK), Medical Research Foundation (UK), the Portuguese Agency for Science and Technology Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT) and the Australian Research Council.  Sheree was a Healthcare Prioritisation panel member for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK. Professor Smith is currently an editorial board member of the Annals of ATS Journal.

This information has been contributed by Professor Smith.


  • PhD Queensland University of Technology
  • M.SocPlan & Dev University of Queensland
  • B.Nursing Queensland University of Technology

Professional Memberships

  • European Respiratory Society (2006 - 2018)
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (1987 - 2018)
  • American Thoracic Society (2004 - 2018)


  • Dyspnoea
  • Health Behaviour Associated with Infection
  • Health Education and Clinical Interventions Associated with Respiratory Conditions
  • Respiratory health service delivery in acute and community settings

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School Of Nursing And Midwifery


Phone: (02) 4620 3532
Location: 17.1.13

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 401086 Writing for Publication


Chapters in Books

  • Smith, S., Isenring, L., Rice, V., Baker, M., Thompson-Butel, A., Mitchell, G., Bissett, M., Zakrzewski, L., Lenson, S., Gallego, G., Wright, A., Hughes, M., Gallagher, H. and Kenny, B. (2018), 'Partnerships in collaborative care', Living with Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier 9780729542616.
  • Smith, S., James, A., Mitchell, G., Bissett, M., Zakrzewski, L., Wright, A., Balandin, S., Lincoln, M. and Hughes, M. (2014), 'Role of the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary team', Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier 9780729541619.
  • Waterer, G. and Smith, S. (2014), 'Controlling epidemic of human respiratory viral infections', Human Respiratory Viral Infections, CRC Press 9781466583207.
  • Smith, S. (2010), 'Training with Technology', Treatment Strategies - Respiratory, The Cambridge Research Centre .

Journal Articles

  • Metcalfe, L., McNally, S. and Smith, S. (2017), 'A review of inpatient ward location and the relationship to Medical Emergency Team calls', International Emergency Nursing, vol 31 , pp 52 - 57.
  • Beasley, R., Chien, J., Douglas, J., Eastlake, L., Farah, C., King, G., Moore, R., Pilcher, J., Smith, S. and [and two others], x. (2017), 'Target oxygen saturation range : 92-96% versus 94-98%', Respirology, vol 22, no 1 , pp 200 - 202.
  • Johnson, A. and Smith, S. (2017), 'A review of general pain measurement tools and instruments for consideration of use in COPD clinical practice', The International Journal of COPD, vol 2017, no 12 , pp 923 - 929.
  • Johnson, A. and Smith, S. (2016), 'Respiratory clinical guidelines inform ward-based nurses' clinical skills and knowledge required for evidence-based care', Breathe, vol 12, no 3 , pp 257 - 266.
  • Evans, L., Bell, D. and Smith, S. (2016), 'Resilience in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic heart failure', Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, vol 1, no 3 .
  • Smith, S., Sonego, S., Cheng, A., Wallen, G., Waterer, G. and Thompson, P. (2016), 'A narrative review of influenza educational interventions for adult patients who attend the emergency department ', Journal of Infectious Pulmonary Diseases, vol 2, no 2 .
  • Smith, S., Sonego, S., Wallen, G., Waterer, G., Cheng, A. and Thompson, P. (2015), 'Use of non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce the transmission of influenza in adults : a systematic review', Respirology, vol 20, no 6 , pp 896 - 903.
  • Beasley, R., Chien, J., Douglas, J., Eastlake, L., Farah, C., King, G., Moore, R., Pilcher, J., Smith, S. and [and two others], .. (2015), 'Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand oxygen guidelines for acute oxygen use in adults : 'swimming between the flags'', Respirology, vol 20, no 8 , pp 1182 - 1191.
  • Smith, S., Sumar, B. and Dixon, K. (2014), 'Musculoskeletal pain in overweight and obese children', International Journal of Obesity, vol 38 , pp 11 - 15.
  • Rashleigh, R., Smith, S. and Roberts, N. (2014), 'A review of halotherapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease', International Journal of COPD, vol 9 , pp 239 - 246.
  • Smith, S., Sonego, S., Ketcheson, L. and Larson, J. (2014), 'A review of the effectiveness of psychological interventions used for anxiety and depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease', BMJ Open Respiratory Research, vol 2014, no 1 .
  • Welding, T. and Smith, S. (2013), 'Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)', Health Services Insights, vol 6 , pp 61 - 68.
  • Roberts, N., Kerr, S. and Smith, S. (2013), 'Behavioural interventions associated with smoking cessation in the treatment of tobacco use', Health Services Insights, vol 6 , pp 79 - 85.
  • Atlantis, E., Fahey, P., Cochrane, B. and Smith, S. (2013), 'Bidirectional associations between clinically relevant depression or anxiety and COPD', Chest, vol 144, no 3 , pp 766 - 777.
  • Atlantis, E., Fahey, P., Cochrane, B., Wittert, G. and Smith, S. (2013), 'Endogenous testosterone level and testosterone supplementation therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) : a systematic review and meta-analysis', BMJ Open, vol 3, no 8 .
  • Smith, S., Bell, D., Hopkinson, N., Valentine, J., Shaw, E., Partridge, M. and Elkini, S. (2011), 'A review of discharge planning for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at high risk for readmission', Clinical Medicine, vol 11, no 5 , pp 510 - 511.
  • Smith, S., Brame, A., Kulinskaya, E. and Elkin, S. (2011), 'Telemonitoring and Intermediate Care', CHEST, vol 139 , pp 731 - 732.
  • Smith, S., Brame, A., Kulinskaya, E. and Elkin, S. (2011), 'Telemonitoring and intermediate care', Chest, vol 139, no 3 , pp 731 - 732.
  • O'Byrne, L. and Smith, S. (2010), 'Models to enhance research capacity and capability in clinical nurses : a narrative review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 20, no 9-10 , pp 1365 - 1371.
  • Smith, S. (2010), 'A prologue to the Respirology Tuberculosis Review Series 2010 : impact of tuberculosis on patients : learning from the past?', Respirology, vol 15, no 1 , pp 1 - 3.
  • Powrie, K. and Smith, S. (2010), 'Oxygen for adults guideline : a change in oxygen therapy?', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 19, no 5 , pp 601 - 602.
  • Smith, S., Elkin, S. and Partridge, M. (2009), 'Technology and its role in respiratory care', Primary Care Respiratory Journal, vol 18, no 3 , pp 159 - 164.
  • Smith, S. and Partridge, M. (2009), 'Getting the rehabilitation message across : emerging barriers and positive health benefits', European Respiratory Journal, vol 34, no 1 , pp 218 - 4.
  • Smith, S., Mitchell, C., Bowler, S., Heneghan, C. and Perera, R. (2009), 'The clinical and health behaviour characteristics of ambulance users with acute asthma', Emergency Medicine Journal, vol 26, no 3 , pp 187 - 192.
  • Smith, S. (2009), 'An emergency oxygen guideline', Arab Health, , no 4 , pp 20 - 21.
  • Smith, S. (2009), 'A review of hand-washing techniques in primary care and community settings', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 105, no 10 , pp 786 - 790.
  • Smith, S., Roberts, S., Duggen-Brennan, M., Powrie, K. and Haffenden, R. (2009), 'Emergency oxygen delivery in adults 1: updating nursing practice.', Nursing Times, vol 105, no 10 , pp 16 - 18.
  • Smith, S., Roberts, S., Duggen-Brennan, M., Powrie, K. and Haffenden, R. (2009), 'Emergency Oxygen Delivery: Part 2', Nursing Times, vol 105, no 11 , pp 22 - 23.
  • Smith, S., Mitchell, C. and Bowler, S. (2008), 'Standard versus patient centred asthma education in the emergency department : a randomised study', European Respiratory Journal, vol 31, no 5 , pp 990 - 997.
  • Smith, S., Mitchell, C. and Bowler, S. (2007), 'Patient-centered education: applying learner-centered concepts to asthma education', Journal of Asthma, vol 44, no 10 , pp 799 - 804.
  • Edwards, H., Smith, S., Courtney, M., Finlayson, K. and Chapman, H. (2004), 'The impact of clinical placement location on nursing students' competence and preparedness for practice', Nurse Education Today, vol 24, no 4 , pp 248 - 255.
  • Courtney, M., Edwards, H., Smith, S. and Finlayson, K. (2001), 'The impact of a rural clinical placement on student nurses employment intentions', Collegian, vol 9, no 1 , pp 13 - 18.
  • Smith, S. (2001), 'Factors influencing student Nurses in their choice of a rural clinical placement site', Rural and Remote Health: International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education Practice and Policy, .


My current research involves studies associated with respiratory health services delivery, health technology, COPD and influenza. Also I’m currently working on topics associated with multi-morbidity in people with respiratory chronic conditions and methodological issues in patient reported outcome and patient experience measurement.

Funded Research Grants and Consultancies

2016/19    Maridulu Budyari Gumal, The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise Stream Award for Respiratory, Sleep and Environmental and Occupational Health $500,000 Lead Applicant: Prof Guy Marks (UNSW) Co-applicant: Smith SM (WSU) et al

2016/17    NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, Tracheostomy Guideline update $3996  PI: Smith SMS

2016         Western Sydney University Career Interruption Award 'Influenza Symptoms and Home Quarantine Studies' $5692  PI: Smith SMS

2015         American Thoracic Society International Nursing Research Priorities: CARES [Critical Care, Adult Respiratory Health, and Sleep] 20,865 USD   CI:  Smith SMS

2013         Western Sydney Summer Research Student Scholarship, Halotherapy in COPD, R Rashleigh, $3,000   Supervisor Sheree Smith

2010/9      Worshipful Company of Curriers, Millennium Bursary, London. 'Review of methodologies used to develop COPD assessment tools used in respiratory care' 4,648 GBP  PI:  Smith SMS

2009         NIHR Collaborative for Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) NW London, 'Discharge planning for people with COPD at highrisk of readmission review' 3,168 GBP  PI:  Smith SMS

2009          Imperial College London, 'Accuracy of high and low flow oxygen flow meters in respiratory health service' supervisor support scheme,500 GBP PI:  Smith SMS

2009          Imperial College London, 'Spirometry in cardiology outpatients' supervisor support scheme, 500 GBP PI Smith SMS

2001/2    Asthma Foundation of Queensland, 'The relationships between personal health promoting behaviours, an individual's health risk, asthma severity and control, and patient centred asthma education in emergency departments (PAH & MAPH)', $44,561 PI Smith SMS

2001         Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Asthma and Asthma Australia, PhD Top Up Scholarship for Health Education andHealth Promotion $7,500 PI Smith SMS

2001         Wesley Research Institute Brisbane, 'A randomized controlled trial of nursinginterventions for managing dyspnoea inpatients with lung cancer' $40,000 CI: Smith SMS

This information has been contributed by Professor Smith.

Current Projects

Title: Establishment of a Respiratory, Sleep and Environmental Health Research Academic Unit [via Liverpool Hospital - no funding to UWS]
Years: 2015-07-10 - 2018-07-09
ID: P00022982
Western Researchers: Sheree Smith
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District

Previous Projects

Title: Effective andvalid social and surgical hand-washing techniques for world class infection control.
Years: 2013-01-30 - 2013-11-30
ID: P00021372
Western Researchers: Sheree Smith
  • University of Western Sydney

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