Professor Caroline Smith

Position

Professor clinical research, NICM | Research theme champion health and wellbeing, Western Sydney University

Biography

Professor Caroline Smith joined NICM, following 10 years of research and clinical practice at universities in South Australia. She is an experienced clinical researcher Caroline and acupuncture practitioner specialising in women's health and reproductive health. Professor Smith has a background in evidence based research in relation to acupuncture, complementary therapies, integration of Chinese medicine and biomedical research protocols, predominantly in the areas of women's health. She has extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Professor Smith has received funding from four project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council. She has a significant track record in obtaining funding from other industry and national funding agencies.

Professor Smith has undertaken 24 studies in the complementary medicine field, with a focus primarily on acupuncture, and aligned to NICM's research clinical priority and theme, Healthy women: promoting sexual and reproductive health.  She has a proven track record of research output, and with the conduct of large randomised controlled trials. Professor Smith has published over 125 publications in peer reviewed medical and complementary medicine journals, including high impact journals.

She was awarded the Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards 2015, Excellence in Research, and was also awarded highly commended for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Training and Supervision.

Research Interests

  • Women's health
  • Cancer
  • Mixed methods research
  • Acupuncture
  • Mental health

Qualifications and Recognition

  • 2015 Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards 2015, Excellence in Research
  • 2015 Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards 2015, highly commended for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Training and Supervision
  • 2009 National Institute of Complementary Medicine Research Excellence Awards: Award for Translational Research.
  • 2005 Supported teaching award, University of South Australia
  • 2001 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide
  • 1985 Master Medical Demography, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

Four reviews have been included in national and international clinical guidelines:

  1. Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines Program. Normal birth. (MN12.25-V1-R17). Brisbane: Queensland Health; 2012. Smith C, Collins C, Cyna A, Crowther C. Complementary and alternative therapies for pain management in labour. This has also been published in the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health; National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline (CG70).
  2. ESHRE Endometriosis Guideline Development Group. Management of women with endometriosis: guideline of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology; September 2013: http://www.eshre.eu/Guidelines-and-Legal/Guidelines/Endometriosis-guideline.aspx (opens in a new window): Smith CA, Zhu X, He L, Song J. Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 1.
  3. Adult depression in primary care. Bloomington (MN): Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); 2013 September. Smith CA, Hay PPJ, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 1.
  4. Non-pharmaceutical management of depression in adults. published  in the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Smith CA, Hay PPJ, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 1.

Research and Publications

Contact Details

Email caroline.smith@westernsydney.edu.au
Telephone +61 2 4620 3777
Location Building 5, Campbelltown Campus