Professor Lesley Wilkes


Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Professor Lesley Wilkes is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research (a joint appointment between the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District). Professor Wilkes has contributed significantly to the growth and enhancement of nursing research in Australia. She has successfully led a number of research projects including NHMRC and ARC Linkage grants. She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and has undertaken a number of studies related to nursing issues. In addition, she has supervised and is currently supervising a number of Masters and PhD students. Professor Wilkes is one of Western Sydney University’s top researchers for 2004-2006 triennium and is in the top 40 by publication and in the top 20 by higher degree research student completions. She is a prolifically active researcher and has a high track record of successful research grants. Her research has received high community recognition nationally and internationally through extensive media coverage showcasing her research expertise in areas such as organisational violence, family and community health, prostate cancer, and child-to-mother violence, through both radio and television networks. She is one of the most prolific publishers of nursing research in Australia.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Chronic and complex care
  • Dementia Care
  • Family and Community Health
  • Leadership Issues
  • Nursing Workforce Issues
  • Palliative care
  • Violence in the Context of Work and Family Life
  • Women


  • National Tertiary Education Industry Union (1996 - 2012)
  • NSW College of Nursing (1991 - 2012)
  • Patron of ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society (2000 - 2012)
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia (2000 - 2012)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MHPEd University of New South Wales
  • GDipEd(Nurs) Sydney College of Advanced Education
  • BSc University of Sydney

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4734 3181 | +61 409 392 432
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