Associate Professor Rebecca O'Reilly


Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Rebecca O'Reilly has been a Registered Nurse since 1993 and a Registered Midwife since 1998. During her nursing career Rebecca has accrued expertise in a number of clinical areas including substantial experience in the area of community nursing, high dependency burns and trauma, maternity and general medical –surgical nursing. As a Generalist Community Nurse Rebecca gained significant expertise in primary health care in the areas of home nursing, palliative care, school screening, health promotion, wound care and early childhood development.

Rebecca has over 16 years of experience as an academic, teaching undergraduate nursing students in community nursing, family and adolescent health, primary health care, research and medical-surgical nursing. As an academic Rebecca has coordinated multi-campus units, was the Academic Course Advisor for the Bachelor of Nursing Advanced course for 3 years, and is currently the Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Rebecca graduated with her Master of Clinical Nursing in 2007 and PhD in 2012. The title of the PhD thesis is ‘A Family Focused Approach to Promote Child Protection: What Child Protection Workers Do and Experience". Rebecca has a number of publications in women's and family health, domestic violence and primary health care. Rebecca has authored a book chapter in the textbook titled "An Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care in Australia".

With a passion for advancing women's and family health, Rebecca has pursued research in this area. In 2006-2008 Rebecca was the principle researcher in a granted research project titled "Women's experiences of recovery from childbirth". In 2015 Rebecca is the principle researcher in a granted research project titled "Opportunistic Screening for Domestic Violence by Community Health Care Providers for Peri-natal Women." Rebecca is also a higher degree research supervisor of Masters Honours and PhD students.

Rebecca is a peer reviewer for a number of national and international companies and journals such as Cambridge University Press, Elsevier Australia, Midwifery Journal, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Journal and Child Abuse Review.

Research Interests

  • Domestic Violence
  • Primary Health Care
  • Womens and family health

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MClinNurs Charles Sturt University
  • GDipMidwifery University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
  • BHlthScNurs University of Western Sydney, Nepean
  • DipHlthScNurs University of Western Sydney, Nepean

Research & Publications

Contact Details
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