SUSAN BLACKMORE, WNSWLHD
Understanding Resilience of Counsellors working publicly in Rural and Remote NSW
Susan is a Social Worker with over 20 years experience in Child Protection. Four years ago, she moved from statutory child protection to NSW Health when she took on the role of Child Protection Counsellor in Bourke. This was her first experience working and living in a remote town. Through this experience she became interested in looking at the resilience of workers in similar situations. As a 2019 RRCBP candidate she completed a qualitative study looking at resilience in sole practitioner counsellors working in rural and remote NSW towns. Susan is now based at Orange Community Health.
LYNETTE BULLEN, WNSWLHD
The factors that influence Drug and Alcohol Clinicians when referring Aboriginal clients to Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment in NSW Health
Lynette is a Senior Drug and Alcohol Clinician, working in a statewide Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment Unit, at Orange Health Service, Bloomfield campus. Lynette used a thematic inductive approach to examine factors that influence drug and alcohol clinicians when referring Aboriginal clients to involuntary drug and alcohol treatment in NSW Health.
ERIN FISHER, HNELHD
Investigating the Nutrition Dashboard’s ability to identify malnutrition in a large rural hospital
Erin is a dietitian at Armidale Rural Referral Hospital, Hunter New England Local Health District. As a 2019 RRCBP candidate she completed a retrospective observational study to compare a novel technology approach with existing malnutrition screening methods. She hopes the promising findings will progress malnutrition research across NSW Health facilities.
ANDREW SKIMMINGS, WNSWLHD
3D Printing in Radiation Oncology
A comparison study on using a 3D printer to create radiation therapy bolus of the nose compared to traditional methods using wax and thermoplastic
Andrew has been working in radiotherapy for seven years and is highly interested in the technical aspects of the job. After taking an interest in 3D printing, that quickly became integrated with his role as a radiotherapist. Based in Orange, NSW, Andrew has a deep passion for rural/remote communities.
TRACY BOLTON, SNSWLHD
Exploring the experiences of workplace stress and support for non-clinical staff, in front line roles in a rural public health services
Tracy Bolton is an experienced social worker, working for the last 5 years in community and inpatient mental health settings in rural NSW. Tracy has a specific interest in support and or training options for all staff and visitors to NSW Health settings who may be impacted by adverse clinical or corporate incidents. With this focus, this project explored the experiences of non-clinical staffs working in front-line roles in a public health setting.
JENNIFER MANNELL, WNSWLHD
Factors that influence engagement with physical activity for people living with Parkinson's Disease in Western NSW - a qualitative descriptive study
Jennifer Mannell continues to pursue her Physiotherapy career in Bathurst. When she moved from the acute care setting to a community based position her passion for helping people living with Parkinson’s Disease grew. She feels strongly that best practice strategies for managing Parkinson’s Disease should be equally available to people in the public sector, and living in a rural setting versus private sector and in metropolitan.
SHANNON MORRIS, NNSWLHD
'The meat in the sandwich'
Midwives experiences supporting Women's Safety and Autonomy
Shannon Morris is a Clinical Midwifery Consultant in Northern NSW. She has over 20 years of experience across the spectrum of midwifery care models. Shannon’s passion for woman centred care keeps her striving toward safe and effective maternity systems that are provided within a culture of openness and compassion.
HELEN ORVAD, HNELHD
What is the nature of the disparity between the evidence-based practice and actual clinical practice for management of patients who present with suspected ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) to smaller rural hospitals in the Northern Area of HNELHD?
What are the factors that are influencing clinical decision making by primary care providers in rural STEMI patients?
Helen Orvad is in her 34th year of nursing for Hunter New England Health. Her career has encompassed medical, Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Retrieval nursing, and Interventional cardiology clinical and management roles. Her district role as Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cardiology has identified several issues around management of rural cardiac patients. It is this work that the need for this project on the disparity of STEMI management developed.
JULIE QUADE, WNSWLHD
Determining the effect of dietetic intervention on fat free mass in chemotherapy patients at a rural chemotherapy day unit
Julie is a Senior Oncology and Palliative Care Dietitian, Daffodil Cottage Cancer Care Services, Bathurst Health Service
As a 2018 RRCBP cohort candidate she completed a quasi-experimental trial of regular protein intake by chemotherapy patients, aiming to maintain muscle mass through treatment and recovery.
CRAIG SUOSAARI, MNCLHD
The Dunghutti Muri Project: Optimising access to the Mid North Coast Brain Injury Service for local Aboriginal people
Craig has a diverse work history as a Clinician and Educator but never really thought research was a viable option until joining RRCBP. He currently divides his working week across multiple jobs including work as a Speech Pathologist and Case Manager with the Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service.
ANDREA THAWLEY, NNSWLHD
RAPIT Rapid Assessment Processes in Triage: A quantitative study
Andrea has a clinical background in both Intensive Care and Emergency Nursing. She is currently employed for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Emergency) providing clinical leadership and consultancy services for The Tweed, Byron Central and Murwillumbah Hospitals.
CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MLHD
Resilience in rural general practitioners: Practising mindfulness, self-care and other stress management techniques
Dr Christopher Wilson (GP registrar) is passionate about wellbeing. For more than 10 years Chris has presented on wellness, mindfulness, yoga and resilience for government, corporates, hospitals, retreats, and youth leadership programs. Among his many interests Chris is a keen researcher in the topics of resilience, mindfulness and rural health.
EMILY FARQUHAR, MLHD
Investigating a Public-Private partnership model of Physiotherapy service delivery in a rural setting
Emily Farquhar is the Physiotherapist in Charge at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. She is passionate about improving health outcomes in rural Australia and thoroughly enjoyed participating in HETI's Rural Research Capacity Building Program. Away from work Emily enjoys time with family, exploring the outdoors, yoga and singing in her local women's barbershop group.
DILHAN FERNANDO, WNSWLHD
Monitoring the formal implementation of a cognitive assessment protocol, and analysis of cognitive outcomes of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) in a regional psychiatric hospital setting
Dilhan Fernando is a Career Medical Officer based at Bloomfield Hospital in Orange, NSW. Dilhan has explored best practice care for people with mental illness both in Australia and Sri Lanka. His passion for best practice has driven change at Bloomfield Hospital.
PAULINE SMITH, MNCLHD
Partnering to Provide Palliative Care: The lived experience of carers accessing after-hours palliative care support provided by a non-government organisation in partnership with a regional local health district
Pauline Smith is a community based Clinical Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care in the Hastings Macleay Clinical Network of the MNCLHD. Her role involves service development and provision of clinical leadership. She has a Masters in Palliative Care (Flinders University) and her primary focus is development of sustainable models of care that ensures patients and carers receive equitable access to quality, evidenced based palliative care in the place of their choice.
ALEXANDRA WADE, MNCLHD
SCRIPT HCC - rates and patterns of screening for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients in the Hastings Macleay region
Alex is the CNC Hepatology at the Hastings Macleay Liver Clinic She is dedicated to embedding collaborative recall systems at a regional level, and national or state registries for people living with cirrhosis as a foundation for improving care for this vulnerable population. A follow-up study investigating barriers to screening in a rural and regional context is on Alex’s wish list because even small increases in early detection of HCC have been shown to reduce mortality.
NATALIE EDMISTON, NNSWLHD
Cohort study of predictors of unplanned hospital admissions among Regional People with HIV in NSW from 2012-2016; the impact of multimorbidity
Natalie Edmiston is a staff specialist in sexual health medicine with North Coast Public Health. As a 2015 RRCBP cohort candidate she was able to complete a prospective cohort study of multimorbidity outcomes among People with HIV attending a regional sexual health service and continues to conduct research in this field.
SHIBU JOHN, MNCLHD
Decision Making Capacity Assessment for Confused Patients in a Regional Hospital
Shibu John is a social worker with over 15 years of experience, who has been working at Coffs Harbour Health Campus for the last seven years. The idea for this research project came from an interest to protect the autonomy and safety of vulnerable confused hospitalised older patients; and to promote patient focused care in rural and regional health.
MELANIE MALPASS, HNELHD
Advance Care Planning after Stroke: An interventional pilot study exploring the delivery of advanced care planning to stroke survivors
Melanie Malpass is a Speech Pathologist working for Hunter New England Health with the Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service in Taree. For the past 7 years she has provided speech pathology service to adults in sub-acute and community settings. Melanie completed a Master of Health Science (Stroke Specialisation) in 2013 and has strong interest in improving the provision of effective, client centred healthcare for patients with stroke.
NICOLE RASCHKE, MNCLHD
The Perceived Research Capacity and Culture within Non-Metropolitan Local Health Districts in NSW
Nicole Raschke is the Research Operations Manager for the Mid North Coast Local Health District where she supports and facilitates staff to develop and conduct locally relevant research. Nicole has worked across a wide range of health fields and professions in Australia and overseas from laboratory science, IT, oncology and finally research operations. Her passion for knowledge has seen her complete a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate Health Management, Graduate Diploma Computing, Masters Clinical Trials Practice and is currently a PhD candidate extending her HETI RRCBP project further exploring The Enablers of Research in NSW LHDs.
THEA RITCHIE, FWLHD
How the experiences of the Broken Hill Midwifery Group Practice Midwives can inform remote midwife-led models of care: An Appreciative Inquiry study
Thea is a Registered Midwife with a Master’s degree in Midwifery, who filled the Project Officer role to establish a Midwifery Group Practice at Broken Hill which commenced in 2015. Thea has been responsible for evaluating the MGP model of care and sharing the outcomes with other rural health services. Thea hopes to use her research skills to continue improving rural maternity services, something she feel absolutely passionate about.
CAROLINE SHORT, HNELHD
Experiences of informal caregivers in managing the care and the death in the rural palliative care home setting
Caroline Short is a Clinical Nurse Consultant who has worked in specialist palliative care for 23 years, leading and developing the service. While completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health Caroline developed a deep interest in Health Promoting Palliative Care and Compassionate Communities philosophies. Belief in these philosophies as essential frameworks for practice has led to their application to everyday practice. Essentially this approach involves a team partnership with the community in thinking creatively to apply these philosophies, which lead to formalised research to investigate the lived experience of caregivers in the palliative care home setting in rural New South Wales.
PETER SIRR, MLHD
Factors Associated with Fear of Falling in Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Regional NSW
Peter is a Titled Gerontological Physiotherapist. He has worked clinically in hospital, community and residential care settings over the last 10 years in both public and private settings. Peter has a passion for working with older people, striving to improve the life of older Australian’s through a proactive evidence-based approach to physiotherapy service. Peter combines his clinical role at Mercy Health, with employment at Charles Sturt University, assisting in programs that develop gerontology knowledge and skills for health professionals.
NICOLE WESTON, WNSWLHD
Achieving an empty rectum for prostate radiotherapy. A randomised controlled trial comparing two laxation regimens for patients receiving radiotherapy to the prostate in rural Australia.
Niki Weston is an Accredited Practising Dietitian currently working at the Central West Cancer Care Centre in Orange NSW. She has been working in the area of oncology and palliative care for the last 12 years and has an interest in research and student education.
RICHARD WILLIAMS, WNSWLHD
Pain Management in Patient Transport
Rich graduated in the late eighties from the old apprentice training system at Lithgow hospital. He has been nursing for thirty years now and was the first CNS for the Acute Pain Service at Gosford Hospital. Over the past 17 years Rich has been enjoying the one on one patient contact and travelling around each day in his role with patient transport. In his spare time, he likes helping people find their unclaimed money.
ANDREW WONG, MNCLHD
Does pre-operative Oxford Knee Score (OKS) predict patient reported success six months after total knee arthroplasty?
Andrew Wong is a physiotherapist working at Coffs Harbour Health Campus in the Mid North Coast Local Health District. He is employed as the Orthopaedic Care Coordinator to facilitate patients on the waiting list for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. He is passionate about improving patient outcomes following total hip and knee replacement surgeries.
RICHARD BALL, MNCLHD
Food For Kids Mid North Coast
Parents of babies and young children sharing nutrition and child feeding information: A peer educator model
Richard Ball is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who has been working for The Mid North Coast Local Health District as a Health Promotion Officer since 2012. He is currently working on the Healthy Children Initiative program and has a keen interest in the extension of this program into the community.
CATHERINE BRABROOK, HNELHD
How do individuals living with a spinal cord injury in a rural area prevent pressure injuries? The lived experience of intact skin
Catherine Brabrook is an occupational therapist and currently works as a Rural Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator with Hunter New England Health Local Health District covering the northern clusters of this district. The idea for the research project came from an interest in how much clinicians can learn from individuals who have successfully managed their spinal cord injury for the long term.
CATHERINE BOURKE, WNSWLHD - BEST REPORT AWARD WINNER FOR 2013 CANDIDATES
Autism Diagnosis in a Rural Community: Are There Opportunities for Improvement?
Catherine is a social worker with over 20 years experience in both the government and non-government sectors. She currently works as a social worker at Mudgee Community Health Centre where she provides individual counselling and group work to children and families, including those with an autism spectrum disorder. Catherine is passionate about innovative models of care that allow better access to services for those in rural communities.
LISA DELANEY, NNSWLHD
Complementary and Alternative Therapy Use in a rural Radiation Oncology Department: Increasing staff knowledge, confidence, discussion and documentation.
Lisa Delaney is a Radiation Therapist at North Coast Cancer Institute, Lismore having previously worked in a number of Australian and international rural and metropolitan centres over the past 10 years. She identified an opportunity to improve practice for an increasing cohort of patients using complementary therapies while receiving radiation therapy and is passionate about integrative health.
FRANCESCA LEATON, NNSWLHD
Improving the use of Flexible Diuretic Regimens: An integrated model of care in regional NSW
Francesca is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the area of heart failure. Currently Francesca works as the Heart Failure Liaison Nurse at The Tweed Hospital, working in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. Her role involves working collaboratively with patients, GPs, Doctors, Specialists and Nurses in the Tweed district to develop a contemporary model of patient centred care aimed at delivering improved quality outcomes for heart failure patients.
SALLY JOSH, SNSWLHD
Documenting In the Medical Record: Experiences of Engagement (DIMREE)"
Sally Josh works in Southern NSW LHD Clinical Governance as the Research Support Officer. She has a keen interest in improving patient quality and safety, and in listening to and acting on the patient experience. She maintains a very broad interest in health care and research across disciplines and sectors.
KATHERINE MOHR, MLHD
Has implementing a NSW Early Access to Stroke Thrombolysis program increased the rate of thrombolysis in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD)?
Katherine Mohr is a Registered Nurse and is working as the Stroke Care Coordinator in the Acute Stroke Unit at the Wagga Wagga Health Service. She has a strong interest in improving stroke care for patients in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Katherine is excited about the implementation of a model of care that decreases the time of stroke symptom onset to arrival at an acute stroke unit. This will provide patients in spoke sites to access acute stroke unit care earlier, thereby improving outcomes for stroke patients.
BRENDAN PEARSON, MLHD
What drive us to drive, walk or cycle to work in Albury?
What reasons, attitudes and issues contribute to Albury residents' choice of transport to work and what strategies are likely to encourage more people to walk or cycle to work?
Brendan Pearson is working in Health Promotion in Murrumbidgee Local Health District in the areas of healthy weight programs and healthy built environments. He has strong interests in non-communicable disease prevention and believes built and natural environmental factors are major determinants of health as we are products of our environment.
NICOLE RAPPELL, NNSWLHD
Paper to Practice.
A mixed-methods study of rolling-groups as a delivery model for the Lidcombe Program treatment for early stuttering within regional communities
Nicole Rappell is a Generalist Speech Pathologist working a Byron Bay Community Health. Originally trained in London and specializing in the field of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, she sought the warmer climate of Australia and upon returning developed a passion for working with children who stutter and their families.
NICOLE SMITH, MLHD
Is Anyone Listening?
Factors affecting time to resolution of healthcare complaints received in a diverse NSW rural public healthcare service.
Nicole Smith has worked in NSW health for 18 years and is currently the Quality Systems & Complaints Manager for the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Nicole’s role sits within the Clinical Governance Unit and primarily covers the oversight of consumer complaint management and administration of the Incident Information Management System in the district, also providing training and support for LHD staff in incident and complaint management. Nicole has previously worked in consumer relations, public affairs and clinical operations and has a strong interest in strengthening the relationship between health services and the people they service.
GIRISH SWAMINATHAN, SNSWLHD - REPORT HIGH COMMENDATION WINNER FOR 2013 CANDIDATES
The factors influencing antibiotic prescribing in a rural hospital emergency department with no on-site infectious diseases support
Girish works as a Chief pharmacist with the Bega Valley Health Service. Girish has an interest in patient safety and quality and is passionate in improving healthcare standards in regional and rural areas. Girish has a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, a diploma in management and currently undertaking his masters in health services management.
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SUZANNE WRIGHT, HNELHD
Hip Dysplasia Screening in a Rural Health District:
An analysis of practice with respect to hip dysplasia screening in the Hunter New England Local Health District
Suzanne Wright is the Paediatric Physiotherapist at the Armidale and New England Hospital and provides services for children and their families throughout the Hunter New England Local Health Division (Northern sector). Suzanne worked as a Human Movements Educator prior to being a Generalist Physiotherapist in the private and public sectors. For the last 17 years Suzanne has specialised in Paediatric Physiotherapy. Suzanne has a Masters of Physiotherapy(Paediatrics), Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Education(Hons Class 1).
KERRY BARTLETT, MNCLHD
Specialling in delirium and dementia: a cross-sectional study
SALLY BUTLER, WNSWLHD
The change to radiotherapy utilisation in a rural area after the establishment of a local service
MARIJKE DENTON, MLHD
Attitudes of Hope, Care and Joy: Stories of Collaborative Learning Mentors
CLARE EASTMENT, ISLHD
Life, love and lymphoedema
Let's get on with it
A rural cancer patient experience
ANGELA FIRTH, WNSWLHD
Is the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance associated with enhanced clinical practice in rural NSW?
LEONIE HAMILTON, NNSWLHD
The Effectiveness of Student-Delivered Speech Pathology Intervention in Schools: An Initial Investigation
CATHERINE HELPS, HETI
Exploring Infant Feeding Choices in the Northern NSW Aboriginal Community
HAOZHI JIANG (NICK), NNSWLHD
Foresight instead of hindsight: An ideal model for designing an Electronic Health Record System for contemporary occupational therapy practice
MICHAEL KOENEN, NNSWLHD - BEST REPORT AWARD WINNER FOR 2012 CANDIDATES
"Keeping Them Warm" - A randomised controlled trial of two passive perioperative warming methods
BEV LOVE, NNSWLHD
"The key to unlocking what is in your head" Clinical Supervision for Midwives a Grounded Theory Study
MICHELLE MANNING, WNSWLHD
The experiences of rural residents in choosing to have dialysis in a hospital setting
ELIZABETH MCCALL, NNSWLHD
Do my feelings count? Caring for people who present with alcohol related illness or injury to a small rural coastal hospital - the emergency nurse’s experience.
RACHEL PITT, HNELHD - REPORT HIGH COMMENDATION WINNER FOR 2012 CANDIDATES
Doing what I have to do: Experiences of colorectal cancer in rural NSW
HELEN STEVENS, HNELHD
Does the introduction of a standard paediatric observation chart (SPOC) and a targeted intervention improve pain assessment and management in children with long bone fracture in the emergency departments of a rural local health district?
LAUREN VAUGHAN, HNELHD
Unheard Voices: non-service using mothers perceptions of their adolescents' social and emotional wellbeing
ATOSHA CLANCY, NNSWLHD
Keeping Things Flowing: Findings from participatory action research investigating the practice model for a rural dementia outreach service
Atosha Clancy is a social worker and team leader of the Dementia Outreach Service. She is an experienced clinician, providing individual and group services to people living with dementia and their families. Atosha chairs the far north coast Dementia Pathways Forum and works with the community services to build a cohesive sector response for people living with dementia.
RAE CONWAY, NNSWLHD - BEST REPORT AWARD WINNER FOR 2011 CANDIDATES
Give me something I can use: An exploration of how senior nurses and midwives, in a Regional setting, acquire and integrate coaching skills into routine practice: a grounded theory study
Rae has 30 years experience in health including clinical, educational, managerial and executive roles both in the public and private sectors. She has a Degree in Health Science (BHSc) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Workforce Development. She has a strong commitment to the provision of quality care through improving the leadership capacity of nurses and midwives as evidenced by this study.
TRACEY DRABSCH, WNSWLHD - REPORT HIGH COMMENDATION WINNER FOR 2011 CANDIDATES
Rural Collaborative Guideline Implementation: Evaluation of a hub and spoke multidisciplinary team model of care for orthogeriatric inpatients: a before and after study of adherence to clinical practice guidelines
Tracey Drabsch is a senior physiotherapist in sub-acute care for the Western New South Wales Local Health District. She has extensive experience in rehabilitation and an interest in the provision of evidence based care for people in rural communities. Tracey is also an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at Charles Sturt University.
KIM EDWARDS, FORMERLY SNSWLHD
An exploration of patient experiences accessing an Emergency Department for a mental health crisis. An untold story.
Kim is a Clinical Nurse Consultant working in mental health services and currently based at the Mid North Coast LHD at Coffs Harbour. At the time of the project, Kim had a long career in mental health with Southern NSW LHD. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Nursing) and Master of Nursing (Mental Health – Nurse Practitioner) award. Kim is passionate about engaging supporting general hospital staff in learning and developing skills to assist people who may be experiencing mental health problems, and this project provided the opportunity to convey to others what its really like to come to an ED in crisis.
JULIE HILDITCH, ISLHD
Medication discrepancies after discharge from a rural district hospital: What medications are our patients taking at home?
Julie is a pharmacist with over 30 years experience in the NSW public hospital system. At present she is Director of Pharmacy at Shoalhaven Hospital, Nowra. She has a long standing interest in medication management and patient education and particularly in the continuity of care from hospital to the home.
ANNE HILLS, HNELHD
Are the chips really down? A repeat cross sectional study on the impact of the NSW Healthy Schools Canteen Strategy and its influence on school food service
Anne Hills is a Community Nutritionist working on the Lower Mid North Coast of HNE Health. Anne has worked in both a clinical and community setting and has implemented a wide range of successful community nutrition programs around prevention of childhood obesity and improving health outcomes in disadvantaged sectors. She has a special interest in school aged nutrition and is a previous board member of the Healthy Kids Association.
DEBORAH HOBAN, WNSWLHD
Rural parents' experiences following their child's traumatic brain injury
Deborah Hoban is a Paediatric Rehabilitation Coordinator With the Mid Western Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program located within Western NSW Local Health District
KATHERINE MCQUILLAN, WNSWLHD
Understanding how the experience of living with Hepatitis C impacts on accessing hepatitis C treatment for people who are clients of a rural opiate treatment unit
Katherine is the Hepatitis C clinical nurse specialist for Bathurst in the Western NSW Local Health District. Her main role is to improve access to treatment for people living with Hepatitis C, knowing there are high rates of hepatitis c in the area including the OTU. This research has helped her become more aware of the burden that a Hepatitis C diagnosis carries with it and will definitely change some of her work practices for this complex group of clients.
MONICA MURRAY, WNSWLHD
Parkes Healthy Kids Study: BMI at pre-school immunisation and Healthy Kids Check, nurse and parent perception and level of concern
Monica Murray is the Manager of Community & Allied Health Services in Parkes & Forbes, which is part of the Western NSW Local Health District.
KIM RILEY, HNELHD
Does online learning click with nurses? A qualitative study
Kim Riley is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services Clinical Network in Hunter New England Area Health Service. Kim has extensive experience in rural health and she has qualifications in general nursing, midwifery, child and family health (Karitane), Critical Care, Public Health, Health Service Management and Gerontology.
BELINDA ROBINSON, HNELHD
Is using telehealth to deliver a phase 2 Chronic Disease Rehabilitation program (education & exercise components) a feasible, appropriate and acceptable model of care?
Belinda Robinson is a Nurse Unit Manager at Inverell Community Health, Hunter New England Health District. She has 20 years’ experience working in Community Health and has a special interest in Chronic Disease Rehabilitation.
BRIDGET THOMPSON, SNSWLHD
Hand Grip Strength (HGS) as an indicator of nutritional status in patients in a rural hospital
Bridget Thompson is a senior dietitian in the Bega Valley Health Service. For 30 years she has worked in Bega in rural NSW – a job that allows her to specialise as a generalist dietitian and also follow other areas of interest, including renal, oncology, and nutritional support. She enjoys working with students and in 2005 completed a graduate certificate in Clinical Education (CSU).
BARBARA TURNER, FWLHD
Addressing the burden of disease: Is it possible to create and implement a structured Cardiac Rehabilitation program in a small rural village, which is effective and meets the expressed needs of clients.
Barbara has over 30 years’ experience in Health, and has recently been appointed as the Health Service Manager at Menindee Health Service in Far West LHD. Barbara has worked at Menindee for 11 years, and was previously the Nurse Practitioner for the service. Barbara trained as a Registered Nurse at the Broken Hill and District Hospital, is a Midwife, and has a Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing, a Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare), a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (Rural and Remote), a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Management and Education, and a Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). Barbara is passionate about remote health and increasing access to services for people in remote areas.
SHELLEY BARLOW, NNSWLHD
"Physiotherapy outpatient's chronic pain management ...... realizing the potential"
Shelley is a physiotherapist currently working in physiotherapy outpatients and transition care at Ballina Community Health. Shelley has an interest in chronic pain management going back 15 years. Her research has enabled her to combine both chronic pain management and physiotherapy outpatients to see what is happening in rural and regional services.
MARY CAMPBELL, NNSWLHD
Are there barriers to rural families having discussions about their organ and tissue donation wishes?
Mary is a Clinical Nurse specialist for Organ and Tissue Donation for the NNSW LHD. Raising awareness within the community and encouraging family discussions about organ donation is paramount to improving organ donation rates in Australia. HETI has provided an opportunity to explore if barriers exist which prevent rural families from initiating this important conversation, thereby contributing to a body of evidence which did not previously exist.
CATHIE CUMMINS, MLHD
Bariatric Patient Journey
Cathie Cummins is an Occupational Therapist working in Work Health and Safety and Manual Handling coordination at Wagga Wagga Health Service in MLHD. She has worked in a range of areas and enjoyed challenges across community developmental disability services, staff development, tertiary education, injury management, aged care and manual handling.
LEANNE FITZGERALD, HNELHD & DALLAS WATERS, NNSWLHD
Evaluation of the Project:The Journey of Aboriginal Children and their Families throughout the Northern Child Health Network
Leanne Fitzgerald is a Child & Family Health Nurse at Inverell Community Health in Hunter New England Local Health District.
Dallas Waters is an Aboriginal Health Worker at Maclean Community Health in Northern NSW Local Health District.
ROWENA HOCKINGS, ISLHD
Single leg squats predict independent stair negotiation ability in older patients referred for a physiotherapy mobility assessment at a rural hospital
Rowena currently works as a Rehabilitation Physiotherapist in the Shoalhaven area on the NSW South Coast. The opportunity provided by HETI - Rural to conduct her own research project has enabled Rowena to combine her passion for research to improve rural physiotherapy clinical practices. She has completed a graduate certificate in clinical rehabilitation and is currently completing postgraduate studies in biostatistics.
Best Report Award winner for 2010 Candidates
DOT HUGHES, SNSWLHD
Nurses Experience of activating a rapid response system in general rural hospital wards
Dot is a Registered Nurse with over thirty years intensive care nursing, the majority of her experience has been gained in rural healthcare facilities. During the implementation phase of the 'Between the Flags' program she recognised a deficit of research around the use of rapid response systems by rural nurses.
KAY JOSEPH, MNCLHD
CLUBFOOT IN THE BUSH - The management and outcomes of infants who received their initial Ponseti casting for idiopathic congenital clubfoot in a regional centre compared to those treated exclusively at a tertiary Children's Hospital.
Kay is a specialist paediatric physiotherapist lucky enough to live and work in gorgeous Coffs Harbour. She is passionate that regional children with special needs should have equitable access to health services, achieving the same outcomes as children in metropolitan centres.
Report High Commendation for 2010 Candidates
LOUISE LINKE, WNSWLHD
"We Do What We Can" - Health Workers' Management of Incontinent Clients in Rural NSW
For the past 8 years Louise has been the working in continence and stomal therapy for the Western NSW LHD, based in Bathurst. In 2011 she was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for over 18 years in various community health settings in rural and remote NSW and is passionate about working with rural clients to help improve their quality of life.
CHALTA LORD, NNSWLHD
"To do or not to do? That is the question." An investigation into the enablers and barriers North Coast Area Health Service midwives encounter when integrating the skills and knowledge learnt in short courses and workshops into their clinical practice.
Chalta has been working as a Research & Evaluation Officer in the Northern NSW Health Promotion Unit for 7 years. This HETI scholarship has enabled Chalta to learn how to do qualitative research and she used this newfound knowledge to study knowledge transfer in midwives using Grounded Theory.
ANNE O'NEILL, ISLHD
The role of practice nurses in their management of patients with Chronic Heart Failure in rural New South Wales and the potential for the expansion of this role
Anne has worked as Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Shoalhaven Heart Failure Service for the last 10 years. Her roles include coordinating a multidisciplinary group program and maintenance exercise program and liaisons with medical, nursing and allied health professionals across the continuum of care. Outcomes for those enrolled with the service include improved QOL and functionality with reduced presentations, admissions and length of stay to the acute sector.
STEVEN PITMAN, MERCY HEALTH ALBURY
Evaluating the effectiveness of a self-directed learning package in increasing palliative care knowledge and confidence for health care workers in rural aged care facilities.
Steven Pitman is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with Mercy Health in Albury. Working with rural primary health care professionals, Steven has an interest in capacity building and education in regards to care of individuals at the end of life.
AMANDA TUTTY, NNSWLHD
"Back in the usual normal world" - Barriers and enablers to exercise and community participation after stroke: the role of community health and support services
Amanda is a physiotherapist currently working at Grafton Base Hospital. Amanda has a background and interest in rehabilitation and stroke recovery.
KATE WILLOCK, NNSWLHD
Screening Drug and Alcohol participants for mild cognitive impairment: why, how and does it matter?
Kate has worked in the drug and alcohol field since 1998, with qualifications of Dip App Science (Nursing), Ba Soc Sc (Mediation and Counselling), and post grad studies in Addictions. Her working background in the drug and alcohol field has been as a Registered Nurse, Youth Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Adult Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and Senior Case Manager (current). Since 2001 she has been with the Magistrates early Referral into Treatment program (MERIT), a Court diversion treatment program. Kate believes fundamentally in change and the capacity of an individual can determine their change process...she also believes in the power of the human story... everyone has one...
RICHARD CHRISTENSEN, NORTHERN NSW LHD
Rural Allied Health: A Cross Sectional Survey on the use of evidence in day to day clinical practice
KAY COPE, HNELHD
Perceptions of Chronic Disease Self Management in rural primary health care and implications for routine clinical practice: a mixed methods study
JEAN CLULOW, WNSWLHD
Drug and Alcohol Educational Interventions for Pregnant Women in a Rural Setting: A Randomized Trial
STEPHEN DOWNS, MNCLHD
Balance and discharge destination outcomes for patients referred to physiotherapy at Bellingen and Macksville Hospitals
TIAHNA FRANKS, NNSWLHD
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training Evaluation
KAREN GORZYNSKA, NORTH COAST CANCER INSTITUTE
The experience of men having androgen deprivation therapy for early stage prostate cancer in a regional setting
DENISE HUGHES, NNSWLHD
Give Smokes the Flick - A qualitative evaluation of two quit smoking resources for Aboriginal pregnant women
ELIZABETH MITCHELL, MLHD
Efficacy of leisure intervention groups in rehabilitation of people with an Aquired Brain Injury
HELEN NIXON, MNCLHD
"Don't mention the D word": Dementia and driving retirement in rural NSW, a qualitative case series.
IDONA POWELL, NNSWLHD
Can you see me? Experiences of night shift nurses in regional public hospitals: A qualitative case study
BUCK REED, AMBULANCE NSW
Ambulance utilisation in serious health emergencies in rural health populations - measuring unmet need
ELIZABETH RUSSELL, CSU WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Smile Mum Study : Evaluation of 'Smile Mum'- a program to improve the oral health of pregnant women and reduce the risk of oral disease for them and their child.
Elizabeth has worked for most of her career in the area of public dental health as both a Dental Therapist and a Dental Hygienist. Her main contribution has been in providing dental treatment and targeted oral health programs to children of the rural area of Deniliquin. Her more recent work has involved oral health preventative and treatment strategies for at risk pregnant women and their families, further developed by the opportunities provided in the RRCPB. She has recently taken up a position at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga as a lecturer into the Bachelor of Oral Health Science.
ESHER TOWNSEND, HNELHD
Evaluation of the NSW Indigenous Diabetic Foot Program for Health Workers whose primary role is with Aboriginal People in the Lower Mid North Coast
JULLIE WILLIAMS, HNELHD
What are the qualitative experiences of clients with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder; who have completed the Manning Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 'Moving Forward' Stage 1 Program in the last two to five years?
ANNMAREE WILSON, ISLHD
Don't you know how you just made me feel? Patient's experience isolated in contact precautions for MRSA in a regional setting - A qualitative study
TOD ADAMS, SESIAHS
"Oxygen… you can't live without it": Perceptions of rural people using domiciliary oxygen
"It's growing food but it's also growing community" : A qualitative study on the perceived effects of participating in a community garden
CATH BATEMAN, GSAHS
Research into practice: volunteers improving person centred dementia care in a rural hospital
KERITH DUNCANSON, HNEAHS
Feeding Healthy Food to Kids randomised control trial: three month analysis
GRAHAM FAZIO, HNELHD
RACHAEL O'BRIEN, HNEAHS
Rural speech pathologists' perceptions of working with allied health assistants: A pilot study
DAVID SCHMIDT, GSAHS
Rural casting services: what educational resources do clinicians prefer?
CHRISTIAN TREMBLAY, NCAHS
Trajectories of alcohol use for rural participants in a courtbased illicit drug program (MERIT)
JOCELYN WILLIAMS, WAGGA WAGGA BASE HOSPITAL
Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activator (rt-PA) utilisation by rural clinicians in ischaemic stroke: A survey of barriers and enablers
ALISON DAWES, GWAHS
A qualitative investigation of effectiveness and limitations of a telephone bereavement support service in rural and remote NSW
Alison is a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Greater Western Area Health Service based at Lourdes Hospital and Community Services, Dubbo.
JENNI DEVINE, GSAHS
User satisfaction and experience with a telemedicine service for diabetic foot disease in an Australian rural community
A tree change five years ago took Jenni to the Bega Valley. A podiatrist with 18 years experience, Jenni now works at the Bega, Pambula and Eden Community Health Centres. She has a special interest in the management of the High Risk Foot. In her spare time she enjoys cooking with organic ingredients, playing with her daughter and living the 'good life' in the country.
Jenni was the winner of the Best Poster Presentation award at the 2010 National Primary Health Care Research Conference.
THERESE DUNN, NORTH COAST PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT
Hospital Admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions - North Coast area health service 2001 to 2006
Therese is the Health Information Manager with the North Coast Public Health Unit (covering both Northern NSW and Mid North Coast Local Health Districts) in Lismore. She has worked in the Public Health Unit in Lismore for more than 25 years. Therese initially worked in general administration for the Public Health Unit before obtaining her degree in Information Technology and then moving into data management and analysis. Her work focuses on turning data into health information to guide Public Health policy and planning.
BARBARA FETHERSTON, GSAHS
Infant feeding practices of mothers attending a rural community health immunisation clinic with infants aged between six and eight months
Barbara is a Clinical Nurse Specialist Grade 2 in Women's Health and Child and Family Health for the Eurobodalla Community Health Service and is based at Batemans Bay Community Health Centre on the NSW South Coast.
ANNE FIELD, WNSWLHD
Evaluation of the NSW IRCST 2007 Funding Program for Research, Service Development and Evaluation Projects
Anne has worked in rural health for more than 20 years, with positions including Accountant and Business Manager at Dubbo Base Hospital; Health Improvement Manager and Health Service Development Manager for the former Macquarie Area Health Service. Anne worked with NSW IRCST for four years and has recently commenced work with Western Local Health District.
STUART GARLAND, NCAHS
Experiences of clients and carers who have accessed the Extended Aged Care in the Home packages in rural NSW
Stuart Garland is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Grafton where he has enjoyed his role as a community nurse for the past 25 years. Stuart's other passions are fishing, cooking, theatre and tinkering in his shed.
LYNN HOPKINSON, NCAHS
Integrated acute and community services increases capacity in a rural base hospital
Lynn Hopkinson is a Nurse Manager at Ballina Hospital.Her previous role was Area Manager, Clinical Services Redesign Program (CSRP) for North Coast AHS. Participation in the RRCBP funded by IRCST has provided Lynn the opportunity to evaluate one of the services commenced as part of CSRP.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy & Gastrostomy Tube Complications at a Rural Referral Hospital: Aetiology & Outcomes
Michelle is a Clinical Dietitian working at Manning Rural Referral Hospital at Taree. She has worked in a number of clinical areas and has an interest in enteral/parenteral feeding, and quality improvement.
RACHEL O'LOUGHLIN, GSAHS
Creative movement classes to music in a residential aged care facility
Rachel is a physiotherapist with over twenty years of clinical experience in a wide range of settings. Her interest in dance has always been present and she completed a BA in Dance in 1998. She enjoys exploring the region of overlap between the two disciplines. She currently works as a physiotherapist at Eurobodalla Community Health and dances when she can.
JUDY REINHARDT, NCAHS
Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus risk in women post Gestational Diabetes Mellitus through telephone motivational interviewing
Judy is the Area-based Diabetes Clinical Nurse Consultant at NCAHS; working in the field of diabetes education and management since 1986. Health promotion and disease prevention are key areas of interest for Judy. This project provided the opportunity to develop and implement a rural health promotion strategy suitable for women post gestational diabetes at risk of developing diabetes mellitus.
SHAUN SELDON, HNEAHS
Adding Malnutrition Screening Tool scores to ward lists increases identification and treatment of older patients at risk of malnutrition
Shaun Seldon is a Dietitian in the Upper Hunter region of NSW where he supports the facilities of Muswellbrook, Scone, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Denman, Quirindi and Werris Creek. Shaun is the winner of the Best Report Award for 2007 candidates.
CAROLYN SLATTERY, HNEAHS
Effectiveness of a health system wide dissemination strategy in increasing clinician provision of NRT to smokers in a rural hospital
Carolyn Slattery is based at Narrabri and is a Program Manager with Population Health. Carolyn majored in Psychology, and has spent most of her 13 years in health working in Health Promotion.
PAMELA STANFORD, GWAHS
The effect of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy on patients with Borderline Personality Disorder in a rural setting of NSW
Pam is a Mental Health Nurse and has worked in many different roles in the Greater West Mental Health Service. Currently, Pam is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the community team. She has worked on two research projects and enjoys spending time with her family, bushwalking, reading, and good food and wine.
BRENDA SVENSSON, CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE
Outback Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema Interventions: do we get the same lymphoedema outcomes?
Brenda Svensson is an occupational therapist working at Lourdes Hospital and Community Health Service in Dubbo. She has worked in lymphoedema since 1991 and has an interest in early identification and intervention for breast cancer related lymphoedema, health education and lymphoedema service provision in rural and remote health settings.
KARLA CALLEJA, SOUTHERN NSW LHD
Feeding the Family: "You gotta do what you're gotta do" - A pilot research study into the strategies used by low income mothers to feed themselves and their families
Karla has worked in the health arena for almost a decade in various roles including population health, health promotion and health service planning. She has a Master of Public Health and a keen interest in health inequities, in particular, food insecurity. Karla currently works for a regional district health service.
MELISSA CUMMING, FAR WEST LHD
Do Rural Primary Health care nurses feel equipped for palliative care? The professional and personal impact on rural and remote primary health care nurses who are required to provide palliative care as part of their generalist role.
Melissa Cumming is a Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 3 in Cancer and Palliative Care based in Broken Hill for the Far West LHD and has a Masters Degree in Palliative Care. Melissa began her specialist nursing career in Palliative Care in Sydney in 1987 and moved to Broken Hill in 1989 where she started the local Palliative Care Service. In her nearly 24 years in Broken Hill, Melissa has provided direct and consultative Palliative Care Services and education to many rural and remote communities in the former GWAHS. She has been a passionate advocate for rural and remote palliative care, and her research project topic reflects her interest in rural and remote service provision.
MARGARET DALMAU, GSAHS
Experiences of an Unsuccessful Ethical Application Process Involving Research on a Sensitive Topic Suicide in Older People in Rural Areas
MICHELLE DALY, NCAHS
To investigate a competency-based training program to manage alcohol withdrawal at selected hospitals in the NCAHS
Michelle is a Clinical Nurse Consultant based at Lismore. Her area of specialty is Drug and Alcohol. Michelle has published a paper on this topic with coauthors Dr. Stephen Kermode and David Reilly.
LYNN DAVIES, NCAHS
Seclusion Patterns within a NSW (Australia) Rural Area Health Service
Lynn is a Nurse Educator in the Coffs/Clarence Network. Both a clinical psychologist and a nurse, Lynn has had a long standing interest in research. Since completing her research as part of the Rural Research Capacity Building Program, Lynn has gone on to enrol in a PhD on this topic. Lynn also has a peer review article published.
ROHENA DUNCOMBE, NCAHS
Rural Community Health Intake Study: Client Intake for Adult Counselling in Rural Community Health
Rohena is a Social Worker based at Byron Bay Community Health Centre. In addition to her role at NCAHS, Rohena also works part time with Charles Sturt University teaching in the Social Work and Human Services program.
ROSA FLAHERTY, NCAHS
Trialling of a 1-2-3 Magic Parenting Program in a Rural Australian Child Protection Setting
Rosa is a PANOC Psychologist based at Grafton Community Health Centre and is currently Acting Area Coordinator of the PANOC services for the NCAHS.
ANNIE FLINT, GSAHS
Hearty Health for Rural Women
Annie Flint is the GSAHS Women's Health Coordinator and is based in Bateman's Bay on the NSW south coast. Annie is currently acting in the role of Early Intervention Coordinator.
CLAUDIA GIUGNI, GWAHS
A comparative study looking at the effectiveness of two different teaching methods used to improve the integration of the palliative approach into rural residential aged care facilities
During her time in the program Claudia worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care with the Greater Western Area Health Service.
MARGARET HEWETSON, NCAHS
Professional and personal support needs and future careers of NSW Hospital Pharmacy Graduates
Margaret Hewetson was previously Director of Pharmacy at Lismore Base Hospital. Her interests are HR oriented and particularly in identifying the important recruitment and retention factors for pharmacists in rural areas in order to build the department. Previously she worked in UK as Director of Medicines Information for London and South East England. In that position she worked with NHS Direct the 24 hour nurse-led health helpline and led the development of the NHS National electronic Library for Medicines www.nelm.nhs.uk
JANELLE LYMBERY, HNEAHS
The experiences of rural osteoarthritic patients
Janelle is a Physiotherapist working at a rural hospital in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Her interests include optimizing the management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions through services that are responsive to patients needs. Janelle believes that chronic conditions must be better managed in the future in order to cope with the needs of an ageing population.
ALISON MAC TAGGART, GSAHS
Partnerships for Healthier Communities: A study looking at the nature and extent of partnerships between a rural area health service and the local councils in the region
Alison Mac Taggart is currently Manager of Partnerships and Research with the Greater Southern Area Health Service. Fostering effective partnerships to build capacity to address social determinant and health equity issues is a key focus of her work.
KAREN SAUNDERS, NCAHS
Does the use of the 'Pressure Sore Prediction Score' prompt nurses to initiate preventative strategies?
Karen is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Karen has recently been involved in a project aimed at reducing hospital admissions for residents of aged care facilities.
DEBBIE SCHWEBEL, NCAHS
Nurse Executives: Internal and External Influences in the Management of small rural hospitals
Debbie is the Area Nurse Manager of policy and evidence based practice and is based at Port Macquarie. Debbie has experience and qualifications in both nursing and management and has worked in rural NSW for nine years.
CHRISTINE STANFORD, NCAHS
The needs of rural Lung Cancer patients: Research study into the needs (met and unmet) of patients diagnosed with a primary lung cancer who reside within the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen or Nambucca Regions of the North Coast Area Health Service
Christine Stanford is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Oncology/Haematology at the North Coast Cancer Institute, Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
LEANNE WRIGHT, NCAHS
They just don't like to wait: a comparative study of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who do not wait for treatment or discharge themselves against medical advice from rural emergency departments
Leanne is a Nurse Practitioner who works in the Emergency Department and has worked in Kempsey, Wauchope and Port Macquarie during the period of this study.
RHONDA WILSON, HNEAHS
Barriers to the early identification & intervention of early psychosis among young rural males
Rhonda's interest in researching was sparked during her previous role as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hunter New England Health where she was the Early Psychosis Project Officer for the Northern region of HNEH. The research project commenced as part of the RRCBP and has led to Rhonda's recent award of a Masters of Nursing (Hons) at the University of New England. Rhonda is now a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at UNE, and continues research and practice development collaborations with her colleagues in HNEH. She is involved in a number of other research projects. She is currently embarking on a PhD.