Potential Supervisors

School of Health

Where possible all potential PhD candidates are required to discuss their proposed topic of research with a suitable research supervisor before they are accepted into the program. As a research candidate, having the right supervisory team is crucial to your success. Below you will find a list of researchers who are active within the school. You will find a summary of their research expertise and interests along with their contact details.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Cluster

Leads: Prof. Myf Maple & Prof. Bob Lonne

Suicide

Professor Myf Maple

Myfanwy Maple is Professor and Chair of Research in the School of Health. Her professional background is in social work, where she worked primarily in health services, both in inpatient and community roles, prior to commencing in research and academia. Myfanwy is keenly interested in curriculum development and blended learning models for on campus and distance students, with the development of online communities as a focus. She currently teaches in the social work programs, with particular interests in the areas of suicide, mental health, trauma, grief and bereavement, and family.

Myf’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Suicide
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Mental health/illness
  • Youth

Myf’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Intervention
  • Evaluation

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  10

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3661

Email: mmaple2@une.edu.au

Young People

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Professor Bob Lonne

Bob is a Professor and Discipline Lead of Social Work in the School of Health. Bob has a distinguished career in direct practice and has held managerial positions in the mental health, statutory child protection and juvenile justice fields in both Queensland and Western Australia. His PhD research examined the factors affecting the recruitment and retention of rural social workers, as well as the process of personal and professional adjustment they experienced when relocating to take up a position in a rural community.

Bob's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Reform of contemporary child protection systems and the impacts on children, families and practitioners.
  • Human Services workforce planning and development
  • Rural communities, social care and social welfare service delivery issues including the recruitment and retention of human service practitioners
  • Disaster response and recovery for human service agencies and vulnerable communities
  • Ethical practice within the changing Human Services environment.
  • The interface between social policy frameworks and human services practice.

Bob's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 7

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5797

Email: blonne@une.edu.au

Professor Myf Maple

Myfanwy Maple is Professor and Chair of Research in the School of Health. Her professional background is in social work, where she worked primarily in health services, both in inpatient and community roles, prior to commencing in research and academia. Myfanwy is keenly interested in curriculum development and blended learning models for on campus and distance students, with the development of online communities as a focus. She currently teaches in the social work programs, with particular interests in the areas of suicide, mental health, trauma, grief and bereavement, and family.

Myf’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Suicide
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Mental health/illness
  • Youth

Myf’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Intervention
  • Evaluation

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  10

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3661

Email: mmaple2@une.edu.au

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East

Leah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Primary health care
  • Sexual health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research
  • Family health
  • Women's health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 1746

Email: least@une.edu.au

Addictions

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Dr Cindy Woods

Cindy’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Patient safety
  • Sun protective behaviours
  • Health services research
  • Nurse retention
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous sleep apnoea
  • Methamphetamine-related injury
  • Alcohol-related injury
  • Student nurse preparedness for practice
  • Statistics

Cindy’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  5 (3 honours, 1 Masters, 1 PhD)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5762

Email: cwood30@une.edu.au

Trauma

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Sexuality, Gender and Wellbeing

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East

Leah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Primary health care
  • Sexual health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research
  • Family health
  • Women's health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 1746

Email: least@une.edu.au

Dr Shahid Md Islam

Shahid is a lecturer in Health Management at School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He has completed his PhD from the School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He also completed MSc in International Health from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. He received his Bachelor (Hon’s) and Master degrees in Sociology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Former Associate Professor and Head of the Sociology Discipline at Khulna University, Bangladesh. Teaching and research interests include Health Care Systems, Safety and Quality in Health Care, HIV/AIDS, Ageing, and Sexuality. Several publication including two books and a book chapter in public health. An Associate Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and closely involved with a variety of Special Interest Groups.

Shahid’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Health Management
  • Health Care Systems
  • Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Ageing, Gender and Sexuality

Shahid’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 3

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3670

Email: mislam27@une.edu.au

Dr Yoni Luxford

As an academic, and health care professional Yoni brings a depth of curiosity, experience and commitment to person centred care, social justice and interprofessional practice in health care to her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as research and research higher degree supervision. Her professional background as a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in social work, primary health care, and vocational and tertiary education, supported work with a diverse range of students and projects. Yoni's practice experience includes rural and remote health care, community health care, women’s health, Aboriginal health and maternity services. Managing and collaborating in projects with the aim of developing partnerships between health and education sectors to meet the changing needs of health service provision in Australia, together with her experience of curriculum development has supported her to enhance courses and learning strategies to meet rapidly changing community and practice needs.

Yoni's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ageing, wellness and integrated care
  • Culture and communication
  • Gender and the body in health and illness
  • Health promotion and community practice
  • Learning and teaching in health practice
  • Maternal and women’s health
  • Rural health and workforce development
  • Sexuality and health care

Yoni's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Discourse analysis, critical analysis, feminist methodologies
  • Action research
  • Ethnography
  • Oral History
  • Life story, poetics, arts in health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 19

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2547

Email: yoni.luxford@une.edu.au

Safety and Wellbeing in Health and Social Care

Leads: Prof Vicki Parker, Prof Debra Jackson

Chronic and Complex Disease and Cancer

Professor Vicki Parker

Vicki is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Health as well as the Chair in Rural Nursing jointly funded by the University of New England and the Hunter New England Health District. Her research interests include experiences of illness and health care, nursing workforce, inter-professional practice and patient safety. Professors Parker's research has expertise in qualitative methods, particularly interpretive description, phenomenological, critical ethnography and mixed methods. Much of her work involves supporting research within clinical practice environments aiming to inform understanding of health and illness and improve patient and practice outcomes. Over the last three years much of this work has been in rural areas with a focus on rural practice. Professor Parker teaches in in the areas of acute care, research and evidence based practice and teaching and learning in health, as well as supervising higher degree research students. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 of these in the past five years, and has a current H-index of 13(Scopus). Professor Parker has obtained over $1 million in competitive research funding, (30% as Lead Investigator), She has successfully supervised 10 RHD students to completion and has marked 12 PhD and Masters/ Honours theses

Vicki's main research interest and expertise includes:

  • Experiences of illness and health care
  • Patient safety
  • Models of care

Vicki's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Clinical and applied research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 9

Contact details

Phone: +61 0457 714 528

Email: vparker3@une.edu.au

Dr Yoni Luxford

As an academic, and health care professional Yoni brings a depth of curiosity, experience and commitment to person centred care, social justice and interprofessional practice in health care to her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as research and research higher degree supervision. Her professional background as a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in social work, primary health care, and vocational and tertiary education, supported work with a diverse range of students and projects. Yoni's practice experience includes rural and remote health care, community health care, women’s health, Aboriginal health and maternity services. Managing and collaborating in projects with the aim of developing partnerships between health and education sectors to meet the changing needs of health service provision in Australia, together with her experience of curriculum development has supported her to enhance courses and learning strategies to meet rapidly changing community and practice needs.

Yoni's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ageing, wellness and integrated care
  • Culture and communication
  • Gender and the body in health and illness
  • Health promotion and community practice
  • Learning and teaching in health practice
  • Maternal and women’s health
  • Rural health and workforce development
  • Sexuality and health care

Yoni's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Discourse analysis, critical analysis, feminist methodologies
  • Action research
  • Ethnography
  • Oral History
  • Life story, poetics, arts in health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 19

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2547

Email: yoni.luxford@une.edu.au

Health Services Research and Leadership

Professor Vicki Parker

Vicki is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Health as well as the Chair in Rural Nursing jointly funded by the University of New England and the Hunter New England Health District. Her research interests include experiences of illness and health care, nursing workforce, inter-professional practice and patient safety. Professors Parker's research has expertise in qualitative methods, particularly interpretive description, phenomenological, critical ethnography and mixed methods. Much of her work involves supporting research within clinical practice environments aiming to inform understanding of health and illness and improve patient and practice outcomes. Over the last three years much of this work has been in rural areas with a focus on rural practice. Professor Parker teaches in in the areas of acute care, research and evidence based practice and teaching and learning in health, as well as supervising higher degree research students. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 of these in the past five years, and has a current H-index of 13(Scopus). Professor Parker has obtained over $1 million in competitive research funding, (30% as Lead Investigator), She has successfully supervised 10 RHD students to completion and has marked 12 PhD and Masters/ Honours theses

Vicki's main research interest and expertise includes:

  • Experiences of illness and health care
  • Patient safety
  • Models of care

Vicki's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Clinical and applied research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 9

Contact details

Phone: +61 0457 714 528

Email: vparker3@une.edu.au

Associate Professor Godfrey Isouard

Godfrey is course coordinator and discipline lead of Health Management studies at UNE, and currently National Vice President Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Godfrey’s research focus is on leadership, management, evaluation and review of organisational performance, the health management workforce, and building capacity, education, curriculum and training nationally and within the Asia-Pacific region. This includes published work on the development of a competency framework for the health leadership workforce. Godfrey has a strong management and practices focus to the research, particularly concerning the evaluation of accountabilities and system performance, and the linkage of these to educational curricula, organisational development and system reform.

Godfrey’s main research interests and  expertise includes:

  • Health services management
  • Organisational performance
  • Quality and safety improvement
  • Health management workforce
  • Health management competency framework
  • Innovation and creativity in leadership

Godfrey’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 6

Contact details

Phone: +61 0267733954

Emailgisouard@une.edu.au

E-publications link: https://e-publications.une.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository?exact=sm_creator:%22Isouard+G%22

Publications

Isouard G, Martins JM, Friedman LH. (2015). ‘Competency in innovation, creative and innovative thinking:  challenges within the Health Management course curriculum’, Journal of Health Administration Education, 32 (3), 257- 269.

Isouard, G. (2015). Visioning the future and encouraging creativity.  In G. Day & S. Leggat (Eds.), Leadership and Management in Healthcare (pp. 254- 264), Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East

Leah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Primary health care
  • Sexual health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research
  • Family health
  • Women's health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 1746

Email: least@une.edu.au

Dr Shahid Md Islam

Shahid is a lecturer in Health Management at School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He has completed his PhD from the School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He also completed MSc in International Health from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. He received his Bachelor (Hon’s) and Master degrees in Sociology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Former Associate Professor and Head of the Sociology Discipline at Khulna University, Bangladesh. Teaching and research interests include Health Care Systems, Safety and Quality in Health Care, HIV/AIDS, Ageing, and Sexuality. Several publication including two books and a book chapter in public health. An Associate Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and closely involved with a variety of Special Interest Groups.

Shahid’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Health Management
  • Health Care Systems
  • Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Ageing, Gender and Sexuality

Shahid’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 3

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3670

Email: mislam27@une.edu.au

Dr Cindy Woods

Cindy’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Patient safety
  • Sun protective behaviours
  • Health services research
  • Nurse retention
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous sleep apnoea
  • Methamphetamine-related injury
  • Alcohol-related injury
  • Student nurse preparedness for practice
  • Statistics

Cindy’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  5 (3 honours, 1 Masters, 1 PhD)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5762

Email: cwood30@une.edu.au

Health Workforce

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Professor Jane Conway

Jane’s research and consultancy activity is directed to health, aged care and community workforce education and service needs. She has reviewed and evaluated  clinical service delivery in health and aged care contexts with a particular focus on the alignment between patient needs and models of care, workforce skill mix, roles and functions, competence and education and training.  She also supervises students in a range of disciplines as she has a strong commitment to the supervisory process and ensuring students produce high quality scholarship in their research higher degrees.

List of main research interests and expertise:

  • Health Service Evaluation
  • Education
  • Workforce development
  • Clinical service design

Main methodological expertise:

  • Qualitative

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  4

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3653

Email: jconway4@une.edu.au

Professor Bob Lonne

Bob is a Professor and Discipline Lead of Social Work in the School of Health. Bob has a distinguished career in direct practice and has held managerial positions in the mental health, statutory child protection and juvenile justice fields in both Queensland and Western Australia. His PhD research examined the factors affecting the recruitment and retention of rural social workers, as well as the process of personal and professional adjustment they experienced when relocating to take up a position in a rural community.

Bob's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Reform of contemporary child protection systems and the impacts on children, families and practitioners.
  • Human Services workforce planning and development
  • Rural communities, social care and social welfare service delivery issues including the recruitment and retention of human service practitioners
  • Disaster response and recovery for human service agencies and vulnerable communities
  • Ethical practice within the changing Human Services environment.
  • The interface between social policy frameworks and human services practice.

Bob's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 7

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5797

Email: blonne@une.edu.au

Professor Vicki Parker

Vicki is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Health as well as the Chair in Rural Nursing jointly funded by the University of New England and the Hunter New England Health District. Her research interests include experiences of illness and health care, nursing workforce, inter-professional practice and patient safety. Professors Parker's research has expertise in qualitative methods, particularly interpretive description, phenomenological, critical ethnography and mixed methods. Much of her work involves supporting research within clinical practice environments aiming to inform understanding of health and illness and improve patient and practice outcomes. Over the last three years much of this work has been in rural areas with a focus on rural practice. Professor Parker teaches in in the areas of acute care, research and evidence based practice and teaching and learning in health, as well as supervising higher degree research students. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 of these in the past five years, and has a current H-index of 13(Scopus). Professor Parker has obtained over $1 million in competitive research funding, (30% as Lead Investigator), She has successfully supervised 10 RHD students to completion and has marked 12 PhD and Masters/ Honours theses

Vicki's main research interest and expertise includes:

  • Experiences of illness and health care
  • Patient safety
  • Models of care

Vicki's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Clinical and applied research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 9

Contact details

Phone: +61 0457 714 528

Email: vparker3@une.edu.au

Associate Professor Godfrey Isouard

Godfrey is course coordinator and discipline lead of Health Management studies at UNE, and currently National Vice President Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Godfrey’s research focus is on leadership, management, evaluation and review of organisational performance, the health management workforce, and building capacity, education, curriculum and training nationally and within the Asia-Pacific region. This includes published work on the development of a competency framework for the health leadership workforce. Godfrey has a strong management and practices focus to the research, particularly concerning the evaluation of accountabilities and system performance, and the linkage of these to educational curricula, organisational development and system reform.

Godfrey’s main research interests and  expertise includes:

  • Health services management
  • Organisational performance
  • Quality and safety improvement
  • Health management workforce
  • Health management competency framework
  • Innovation and creativity in leadership

Godfrey’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 6

Contact details

Phone: +61 0267733954

Emailgisouard@une.edu.au

E-publications link: https://e-publications.une.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository?exact=sm_creator:%22Isouard+G%22

Publications

Isouard G, Martins JM, Friedman LH. (2015). ‘Competency in innovation, creative and innovative thinking:  challenges within the Health Management course curriculum’, Journal of Health Administration Education, 32 (3), 257- 269.

Isouard, G. (2015). Visioning the future and encouraging creativity.  In G. Day & S. Leggat (Eds.), Leadership and Management in Healthcare (pp. 254- 264), Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East

Leah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Primary health care
  • Sexual health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research
  • Family health
  • Women's health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 1746

Email: least@une.edu.au

Dr Jackie Lea

Jackie is the Coordinator for Higher Degree Research Programs and a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Health at the University of New England. Jackie is a Registered Nurse who teaches across a broad range of nursing subjects in the pre-registration and post graduate nursing programs, including areas of clinical practice, professional issues and clinical education. As well Jackie teaches an interprofessional evidence based practice unit at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Jackie is an active researcher whose research interests include the transition process from student to beginning level clinician, clinical education and workplace learning in health, quality and safety in healthcare.

Jackie’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing practice
  • Workplace learning in health
  • Quality & safety

Jackie’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative – phenomenology
  • Case study
  • Ethnography

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2974

Email: jlea2@une.edu.au

Dr Zaneta Smith

Zaneta’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Policy, Practice and Standards
  • Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Surgical Safety and Quality
  • Organ Donation Procurement and Transplant Surgery
  • Nursing Psychosocial Issues and Support Resources

Zaneta’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Grounded Theory
  • In-depth interviews and focus groups
  • Thematic and Content Analysis
  • Quantitative Research
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Survey Design

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5564

Email: zsmith4@une.edu.au

Dr Cindy Woods

Cindy’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Patient safety
  • Sun protective behaviours
  • Health services research
  • Nurse retention
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous sleep apnoea
  • Methamphetamine-related injury
  • Alcohol-related injury
  • Student nurse preparedness for practice
  • Statistics

Cindy’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  5 (3 honours, 1 Masters, 1 PhD)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5762

Email: cwood30@une.edu.au

Patient Experience of Health, Illness and Health Care Delivery

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Professor Vicki Parker

Vicki is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Health as well as the Chair in Rural Nursing jointly funded by the University of New England and the Hunter New England Health District. Her research interests include experiences of illness and health care, nursing workforce, inter-professional practice and patient safety. Professors Parker's research has expertise in qualitative methods, particularly interpretive description, phenomenological, critical ethnography and mixed methods. Much of her work involves supporting research within clinical practice environments aiming to inform understanding of health and illness and improve patient and practice outcomes. Over the last three years much of this work has been in rural areas with a focus on rural practice. Professor Parker teaches in in the areas of acute care, research and evidence based practice and teaching and learning in health, as well as supervising higher degree research students. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 of these in the past five years, and has a current H-index of 13(Scopus). Professor Parker has obtained over $1 million in competitive research funding, (30% as Lead Investigator), She has successfully supervised 10 RHD students to completion and has marked 12 PhD and Masters/ Honours theses

Vicki's main research interest and expertise includes:

  • Experiences of illness and health care
  • Patient safety
  • Models of care

Vicki's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Clinical and applied research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 9

Contact details

Phone: +61 0457 714 528

Email: vparker3@une.edu.au

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East

Leah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Primary health care
  • Sexual health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research
  • Family health
  • Women's health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 1746

Email: least@une.edu.au

Dr Yoni Luxford

As an academic, and health care professional Yoni brings a depth of curiosity, experience and commitment to person centred care, social justice and interprofessional practice in health care to her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as research and research higher degree supervision. Her professional background as a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in social work, primary health care, and vocational and tertiary education, supported work with a diverse range of students and projects. Yoni's practice experience includes rural and remote health care, community health care, women’s health, Aboriginal health and maternity services. Managing and collaborating in projects with the aim of developing partnerships between health and education sectors to meet the changing needs of health service provision in Australia, together with her experience of curriculum development has supported her to enhance courses and learning strategies to meet rapidly changing community and practice needs.

Yoni's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ageing, wellness and integrated care
  • Culture and communication
  • Gender and the body in health and illness
  • Health promotion and community practice
  • Learning and teaching in health practice
  • Maternal and women’s health
  • Rural health and workforce development
  • Sexuality and health care

Yoni's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Discourse analysis, critical analysis, feminist methodologies
  • Action research
  • Ethnography
  • Oral History
  • Life story, poetics, arts in health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 19

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2547

Email: yoni.luxford@une.edu.au

Patient Safety

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Professor Vicki Parker

Vicki is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Health as well as the Chair in Rural Nursing jointly funded by the University of New England and the Hunter New England Health District. Her research interests include experiences of illness and health care, nursing workforce, inter-professional practice and patient safety. Professors Parker's research has expertise in qualitative methods, particularly interpretive description, phenomenological, critical ethnography and mixed methods. Much of her work involves supporting research within clinical practice environments aiming to inform understanding of health and illness and improve patient and practice outcomes. Over the last three years much of this work has been in rural areas with a focus on rural practice. Professor Parker teaches in in the areas of acute care, research and evidence based practice and teaching and learning in health, as well as supervising higher degree research students. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 of these in the past five years, and has a current H-index of 13(Scopus). Professor Parker has obtained over $1 million in competitive research funding, (30% as Lead Investigator), She has successfully supervised 10 RHD students to completion and has marked 12 PhD and Masters/ Honours theses

Vicki's main research interest and expertise includes:

  • Experiences of illness and health care
  • Patient safety
  • Models of care

Vicki's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Clinical and applied research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 9

Contact details

Phone: +61 0457 714 528

Email: vparker3@une.edu.au

Associate Professor Godfrey Isouard

Godfrey is course coordinator and discipline lead of Health Management studies at UNE, and currently National Vice President Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Godfrey’s research focus is on leadership, management, evaluation and review of organisational performance, the health management workforce, and building capacity, education, curriculum and training nationally and within the Asia-Pacific region. This includes published work on the development of a competency framework for the health leadership workforce. Godfrey has a strong management and practices focus to the research, particularly concerning the evaluation of accountabilities and system performance, and the linkage of these to educational curricula, organisational development and system reform.

Godfrey’s main research interests and  expertise includes:

  • Health services management
  • Organisational performance
  • Quality and safety improvement
  • Health management workforce
  • Health management competency framework
  • Innovation and creativity in leadership

Godfrey’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 6

Contact details

Phone: +61 0267733954

Emailgisouard@une.edu.au

E-publications link: https://e-publications.une.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository?exact=sm_creator:%22Isouard+G%22

Publications

Isouard G, Martins JM, Friedman LH. (2015). ‘Competency in innovation, creative and innovative thinking:  challenges within the Health Management course curriculum’, Journal of Health Administration Education, 32 (3), 257- 269.

Isouard, G. (2015). Visioning the future and encouraging creativity.  In G. Day & S. Leggat (Eds.), Leadership and Management in Healthcare (pp. 254- 264), Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East

Leah's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Primary health care
  • Sexual health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative research
  • Family health
  • Women's health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 1746

Email: least@une.edu.au

Dr Shahid Md Islam

Shahid is a lecturer in Health Management at School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He has completed his PhD from the School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He also completed MSc in International Health from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. He received his Bachelor (Hon’s) and Master degrees in Sociology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Former Associate Professor and Head of the Sociology Discipline at Khulna University, Bangladesh. Teaching and research interests include Health Care Systems, Safety and Quality in Health Care, HIV/AIDS, Ageing, and Sexuality. Several publication including two books and a book chapter in public health. An Associate Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and closely involved with a variety of Special Interest Groups.

Shahid’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Health Management
  • Health Care Systems
  • Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Ageing, Gender and Sexuality

Shahid’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 3

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3670

Email: mislam27@une.edu.au

Dr Jackie Lea

Jackie is the Coordinator for Higher Degree Research Programs and a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Health at the University of New England. Jackie is a Registered Nurse who teaches across a broad range of nursing subjects in the pre-registration and post graduate nursing programs, including areas of clinical practice, professional issues and clinical education. As well Jackie teaches an interprofessional evidence based practice unit at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Jackie is an active researcher whose research interests include the transition process from student to beginning level clinician, clinical education and workplace learning in health, quality and safety in healthcare.

Jackie’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing practice
  • Workplace learning in health
  • Quality & safety

Jackie’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative – phenomenology
  • Case study
  • Ethnography

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2974

Email: jlea2@une.edu.au

Dr Zaneta Smith

Zaneta’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Policy, Practice and Standards
  • Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Surgical Safety and Quality
  • Organ Donation Procurement and Transplant Surgery
  • Nursing Psychosocial Issues and Support Resources

Zaneta’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Grounded Theory
  • In-depth interviews and focus groups
  • Thematic and Content Analysis
  • Quantitative Research
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Survey Design

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5564

Email: zsmith4@une.edu.au

Dr Cindy Woods

Cindy’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Patient safety
  • Sun protective behaviours
  • Health services research
  • Nurse retention
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous sleep apnoea
  • Methamphetamine-related injury
  • Alcohol-related injury
  • Student nurse preparedness for practice
  • Statistics

Cindy’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  5 (3 honours, 1 Masters, 1 PhD)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5762

Email: cwood30@une.edu.au

Teaching and Learning in Health

Professor Kim Usher

Professor Kim Usher

Kim is currently Professor and Head of School in the School of Health at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has received more than $4 million in competitive funding for research and/or consultancy activities. Kim’s research areas of interest focus primarily on issues related to mental health including the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, psychopharmacology, adolescent substance use and the impact on the family, stress and substance withdrawal, and alcohol related injuries, as well as Indigenous health and workforce issues. Her ongoing work for professional groups, the Australian government, AusAID, and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate her current national and international profile. Previously Kim has held positions on numerous national working parties related to nursing, mental health, and nurse education, and served a term as the elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia (CDNM). Kim has published extensively in the nursing and health related literature, has co-authored numerous book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research, has over 200 peer reviewed publications principally published in the top-ranking journals in the field, has been an invited keynote speaker at 10 national and international conferences.

Kim’s current bibliometric statistics are: H-index - 29, i-10 index of 77, RG index of 37.9 and almost 3000 citations to her work (source: Google Scholar 28/7/17). She has served on Editorial Boards of key journals in her field such as the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. In addition, Kim served on the NHMRC CRE panel (2012, 2013, 2015), undertook the role of Research Director for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University from 2008-2011 (the school received an ERA ranking of 3 in 2012), has been an active member of University Research and Higher Degree Committees for many years, supervised over 30 higher degree research students to completion, and continues to supervise a large number of higher degree research students. Kim was awarded the JCU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Supervision in 2009.

Kim’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Mental health (including substance use)
  • Patient safety issues
  • Disasters
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Young peoples’ health

Kim’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative (especially phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and ethnographic approaches)
  • Mixed methods research

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  18

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2975

Email: kusher@une.edu.au

Professor Jane Conway

Jane’s research and consultancy activity is directed to health, aged care and community workforce education and service needs. She has reviewed and evaluated  clinical service delivery in health and aged care contexts with a particular focus on the alignment between patient needs and models of care, workforce skill mix, roles and functions, competence and education and training.  She also supervises students in a range of disciplines as she has a strong commitment to the supervisory process and ensuring students produce high quality scholarship in their research higher degrees.

List of main research interests and expertise:

  • Health Service Evaluation
  • Education
  • Workforce development
  • Clinical service design

Main methodological expertise:

  • Qualitative

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  4

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3653

Email: jconway4@une.edu.au

Associate Professor Godfrey Isouard

Godfrey is course coordinator and discipline lead of Health Management studies at UNE, and currently National Vice President Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Godfrey’s research focus is on leadership, management, evaluation and review of organisational performance, the health management workforce, and building capacity, education, curriculum and training nationally and within the Asia-Pacific region. This includes published work on the development of a competency framework for the health leadership workforce. Godfrey has a strong management and practices focus to the research, particularly concerning the evaluation of accountabilities and system performance, and the linkage of these to educational curricula, organisational development and system reform.

Godfrey’s main research interests and  expertise includes:

  • Health services management
  • Organisational performance
  • Quality and safety improvement
  • Health management workforce
  • Health management competency framework
  • Innovation and creativity in leadership

Godfrey’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 6

Contact details

Phone: +61 0267733954

Emailgisouard@une.edu.au

E-publications link: https://e-publications.une.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository?exact=sm_creator:%22Isouard+G%22

Publications

Isouard G, Martins JM, Friedman LH. (2015). ‘Competency in innovation, creative and innovative thinking:  challenges within the Health Management course curriculum’, Journal of Health Administration Education, 32 (3), 257- 269.

Isouard, G. (2015). Visioning the future and encouraging creativity.  In G. Day & S. Leggat (Eds.), Leadership and Management in Healthcare (pp. 254- 264), Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.

Dr Jackie Lea

Jackie is the Coordinator for Higher Degree Research Programs and a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Health at the University of New England. Jackie is a Registered Nurse who teaches across a broad range of nursing subjects in the pre-registration and post graduate nursing programs, including areas of clinical practice, professional issues and clinical education. As well Jackie teaches an interprofessional evidence based practice unit at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Jackie is an active researcher whose research interests include the transition process from student to beginning level clinician, clinical education and workplace learning in health, quality and safety in healthcare.

Jackie’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing practice
  • Workplace learning in health
  • Quality & safety

Jackie’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative – phenomenology
  • Case study
  • Ethnography

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  2

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2974

Email: jlea2@une.edu.au

Dr Yoni Luxford

As an academic, and health care professional Yoni brings a depth of curiosity, experience and commitment to person centred care, social justice and interprofessional practice in health care to her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as research and research higher degree supervision. Her professional background as a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in social work, primary health care, and vocational and tertiary education, supported work with a diverse range of students and projects. Yoni's practice experience includes rural and remote health care, community health care, women’s health, Aboriginal health and maternity services. Managing and collaborating in projects with the aim of developing partnerships between health and education sectors to meet the changing needs of health service provision in Australia, together with her experience of curriculum development has supported her to enhance courses and learning strategies to meet rapidly changing community and practice needs.

Yoni's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Ageing, wellness and integrated care
  • Culture and communication
  • Gender and the body in health and illness
  • Health promotion and community practice
  • Learning and teaching in health practice
  • Maternal and women’s health
  • Rural health and workforce development
  • Sexuality and health care

Yoni's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Discourse analysis, critical analysis, feminist methodologies
  • Action research
  • Ethnography
  • Oral History
  • Life story, poetics, arts in health
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 19

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 2547

Email: yoni.luxford@une.edu.au

Dr Cindy Woods

Cindy’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Patient safety
  • Sun protective behaviours
  • Health services research
  • Nurse retention
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous sleep apnoea
  • Methamphetamine-related injury
  • Alcohol-related injury
  • Student nurse preparedness for practice
  • Statistics

Cindy’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

Student to completion (PhD) (MHons), (BHons)

Number:  5 (3 honours, 1 Masters, 1 PhD)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 5762

Email: cwood30@une.edu.au

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Mental Health

Dr Jane Clark

Dr Jane Clark

Jane is a registered Counselling Psychologist who lectures in the Counselling Programme and has a small private practice. She has worked in these two areas for over 16 years and enjoys the balance they provide between the theory and practice of counselling.

Jane’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Counselling
  • Mental Health
  • Loss and grief
  • Bereavement
  • Disenfranchised grief
  • The personal voice in professional practice
  • Supervision

Jane’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative – narrative enquiry

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Publications:

Refereed Journal Publications:

Doherty, M., Conway, J, Clark, J. & Merritt, F. (2017). Should I stay or should I go? The Impact of a sense of control on young men’s therapeutic engagement, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 209-217.

Webber, A., Clark, J. & Kelly, D. (2016). Treating substance abuse and mental health issues as ‘mutually-exclusive’ entities: Best practice or an outmoded approach to intervention? International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 25, pp. 27-32.

Clark, J.L. (2014). Engaging in Ritual after Client Suicide: The Critical Importance of Linking Objects for Therapists, Bereavement Care: An International Journal for Those Who Care for the Bereaved, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 70 -76.

Clark, J.L. (2013), ‘Poetic Re-narration of Disenfranchised Grief in Relation to Client Suicide’, Qualitative Inquiry, online publication Jun 18 2013, DOI: 10.1177/107780041389535.

Clark, J.L. (2009). Supervision After Client Suicide: Panacea or Pretense? Psychotherapy in Australia, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 17–23.

Refereed Book Chapters:

Clark, J.L. & Hadfield, R.M. (2016). Stories of Constancy and Change: A narrative odyssey, Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice, (eds) Carolyn Noble & Elizabeth Day, Oxford University Press: Australia and New Zealand, pp. 246-257.

Merritt, S. & Clark, J. (2016). Metaphor in Counselling: Using Myth, Narrative and the Hero’s Journey to Facilitate Reflection, Insight and Transformation, Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice, (eds) Carolyn Noble & Elizabeth Day, Oxford University Press: Australia and New Zealand, pp. 234-245.

Clark, J. (2013). Glass Half Full: Transformative Narratives in the Wake of Client Suicide, Finding Opportunities in Crisis, (eds) Paulus Pimomo and Mary Ditton, Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. ISBN: 978-1-84888-225-6, pp. 61–74.

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3681

Email: jclark@une.edu.au

Loss and Grief

Dr Jane Clark

Dr Jane Clark

Jane is a registered Counselling Psychologist who lectures in the Counselling Programme and has a small private practice. She has worked in these two areas for over 16 years and enjoys the balance they provide between the theory and practice of counselling.

Jane’s main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Counselling
  • Mental Health
  • Loss and grief
  • Bereavement
  • Disenfranchised grief
  • The personal voice in professional practice
  • Supervision

Jane’s main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative – narrative enquiry

Student to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BHons)

Number: 2

Publications:

Refereed Journal Publications:

Doherty, M., Conway, J, Clark, J. & Merritt, F. (2017). Should I stay or should I go? The Impact of a sense of control on young men’s therapeutic engagement, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 209-217.

Webber, A., Clark, J. & Kelly, D. (2016). Treating substance abuse and mental health issues as ‘mutually-exclusive’ entities: Best practice or an outmoded approach to intervention? International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 25, pp. 27-32.

Clark, J.L. (2014). Engaging in Ritual after Client Suicide: The Critical Importance of Linking Objects for Therapists, Bereavement Care: An International Journal for Those Who Care for the Bereaved, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 70 -76.

Clark, J.L. (2013), ‘Poetic Re-narration of Disenfranchised Grief in Relation to Client Suicide’, Qualitative Inquiry, online publication Jun 18 2013, DOI: 10.1177/107780041389535.

Clark, J.L. (2009). Supervision After Client Suicide: Panacea or Pretense? Psychotherapy in Australia, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 17–23.

Refereed Book Chapters:

Clark, J.L. & Hadfield, R.M. (2016). Stories of Constancy and Change: A narrative odyssey, Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice, (eds) Carolyn Noble & Elizabeth Day, Oxford University Press: Australia and New Zealand, pp. 246-257.

Merritt, S. & Clark, J. (2016). Metaphor in Counselling: Using Myth, Narrative and the Hero’s Journey to Facilitate Reflection, Insight and Transformation, Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice, (eds) Carolyn Noble & Elizabeth Day, Oxford University Press: Australia and New Zealand, pp. 234-245.

Clark, J. (2013). Glass Half Full: Transformative Narratives in the Wake of Client Suicide, Finding Opportunities in Crisis, (eds) Paulus Pimomo and Mary Ditton, Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. ISBN: 978-1-84888-225-6, pp. 61–74.

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6773 3681

Email: jclark@une.edu.au

FAQ

Do I need a proposal

Yes you need to submit a proposal for the study you wish to do as part of your HDR program. Information for the proposal can also be found at http://www.une.edu.au/research/res-services/hdr/how-to-apply-for-postgraduate-research-courses.

It is also good to work with a supervisor to develop your proposal so visit the potential supervisors page.
What are the entry requirements for PhD

Entry requirements can be found at https://my.une.edu.au/courses/2016/courses/PHD

How do I choose between a Masters and a PhD

A PhD is normally required for a subsequent academic appointment; whilst a Masters of Philosophy degree may be sufficient for students intending to work in non-academic industrial settings. It is important  to gain the foundation skills for research before undertaking a PhD. It is advisable to complete your Masters before undertaking a PhD. A PhD is normally required for an academic appointment. A Masters of Philosophy degree is an opportunity to increase your skills in:

  • Writing and analytical skills
  • Report writing
  • Writing a long document
  • Research process
  • Literature searches and reviews
  • Journal publication

to discuss further options contact Dr Jackie Lea the HDR Coordinator.

What does a program of study look like for a PhD

Completion of a thesis that reports on a program of original research and makes a significant contribution to knowledge about a topic of interest to the student. Find out more about research degrees.

Can I study on campus or off campus

The Masters and PhD can be studied off or on campus, full time or part time study is permitted.

How do I choose a supervisor

A supervisor should have knowledge and experience, and be conducting their own original research in your area of interest. 

You should be able to work harmoniously and productively with your supervisor. Personal compatibility is important. Your supervisor needs to be accessible and able to arrange meetings at mutually convenient times. 

Choose a supervisor whose advice you trust and from whom you are willing to take advice and your supervisor should be able to provide you with timely responses to your enquiries. 

Your supervisor will be an expert in their academic field, and act as a guide to understanding University of New England research policies and the statutory obligations for researchers.

To find a prospective HDR supervisor, please visit our Potential Supervisors page.

Who do I contact for more information

Dr Jackie Lea

Higher Degree Research Coordinator

Phone: 61 2 6773 2974

or

Administrative Assistant for HDR:

Cheryl Chant

Phone: 61 2 6773 3644