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2011 Completed Research Reports

Atosha Clancy, NNSW LHD

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.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Atosha Clancy

Rae Conway, NNSW LHD
"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

One Page Summary          Full Report

Rae Conway 

Tracey Drabsch, WNSW LHD
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.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Tracey Drabsch 

Julie Hilditch, ISLHD

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.

One Page Summary            Full Report

Julie Hilditch 

Anne Hills, HNELHD

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.

One Page Summary            Full Report

Anne Hills 

Kim Riley, HNELHD

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.

One Page Summary           Full Report            Appendices

Kim Riley 

2010 Completed Research Reports

Shelley Barlow, NNSW LHD
"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.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Shelley Barlow

Mary Campbell, NNSW LHD
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.

One Page Summary            Full Report

Mary Campbell 

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.

One Page Summary              Full Report

Cathie Cummins

Rowena Hockings, IS LHD
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.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Rowena Hockings

Dot Hughes, SNSW LHD
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.

One Page Summary            Full Report


Dot Hughes

Kay Joseph, MNC LHD
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. 

One Page Summary              Full Report

Kay Joseph 

Louise Linke, WNSW LHD
"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.

One Page Summary            Full Report             Appendices

Louise Linke 

Chalta Lord, NNSW LHD
"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.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Chalta Lord 

Anne O'Neill, IS LHD
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.

One Page Summary           Full Report          

Anne O'Neill 

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.

One Page Summary             Full Report

Steve Pitman 

Amanda Tutty, NNSW LHD
"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.

One Page Summary            Full Report

Amanda Tutty 

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...

One Page Summary             Full Report

Kate Willock 

2009 Completed Research Reports

Richard Christensen, Northern NSW LHD
Rural Allied Health: A Cross Sectional Survey on the use of evidence in day to day clinical practice

Richard has worked in health for 25 years, the majority of them in a rural Area Health service. His experience is primarily in physiotherapy and allied health roles. His interest lies in maximising effectiveness of health care delivery for patients, through the use of evidence, whether through clinical interventions, or through system and process implementation.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Richard Christensen

Kay Cope, HNE LHD
Perceptions of Chronic Disease Self Management in rural primary health care and implications for routine clinical practice: a mixed methods study

Kay has worked in NSW Health since 1993 in health promotion, communication and practice development roles with an emphasis on health education. Her most recent practice development role has included several chronic disease self management projects, peer support and practice redesign.

One Page Summary          Full Report          Appendices

Kay Cope

Jean Clulow, WNSW LHD
Drug and Alcohol Educational Interventions for Pregnant Women in a Rural Setting: A Randomized Trial

Jean has worked in health for almost 40 years, initially as a Registered Nurse and Midwife and then commenced in Drug and Alcohol services in Western NSWLHD in Bathurst, and now in the Orange region.  Jean also has experiences in Infection Control, Immunization and Staff Health, Occupational Health & Safety and provided supportive, guidance for staff members returning safely to work.
Jean enjoys working with nurses and midwives to educate, support and provide clinical expertise when working with complex drug and alcohol presentations in both the acute care and maternity settings. Jean provides clinical advice and support for the D&A Consultation Liaison Service in Orange & Region and participates within the Senior Clinical Team to support the development of clinical governance for the Drug & Alcohol Service.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Jean Clulow 

Stephen Downs, MNC LHD
Balance and discharge destination outcomes for patients referred to physiotherapy at Bellingen and Macksville Hospitals

Stephen is a physiotherapist working for the Transitional Aged Care Service in the Bellingen and Nambucca areas. He is particularly interested in falls prevention and helping older people to remain living independently in the community. Stephen has previously worked for the Coffs Harbour aged care assessment team.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Stephen Downs

Tiahna Franks, NNSW LHD
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training Evaluation

Tiahna is an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse working at Lismore Base Hospital and has also recently been employed as one of the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer's for Lismore Base Hospital. She is a participant in the Rural Research Capacity Building Program which has assisted to fund this research project.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Tiahna Franks

Karen Gorzynska, North Coast Cancer Institute
The experience of men having androgen deprivation therapy for early stage prostate cancer in a regional setting

Karen is a Clinical Nurse Consultant working as a Cancer Care Coordinator at the North Coast Cancer Institute at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Karen Gorzynska 

Denise Hughes, NNSW LHD
Give Smokes the Flick - A qualitative evaluation of two quit smoking resources for Aboriginal pregnant women

Denise is a Health Promotion Research Officer working at the Population Health, Planning and Performance Directorate in Lismore. She has worked for NSW Health for approximately 15 years working her way up from administration/data entry to her current position. Denise has an interest in Aboriginal Health, but is very lucky to work on a variety of projects including Equity, Resilience, Tobacco, Alcohol, Physical Activity and Nutrition.

One Page Summary                 Full Report

Denise Hughes

Elizabeth Mitchell, MLHD
Efficacy of leisure intervention groups in rehabilitation of people with an Aquired Brain Injury

Elizabeth currently works as a Physiotherapist and Rehabilitation Coordinator with the South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service. Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist she worked in a variety of occupations, including agriculture and adult education. She is a participant in the Rural Research Capacity Building Program which has assisted to fund this project.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Liz Mitchell

Helen Nixon, MNC LHD
"Don't mention the D word": Dementia and driving retirement in rural NSW, a qualitative case series.

Helen is an occupational therapist working in an aged care assessment team based in Coffs Harbour. Helen became interested in driving and dementia after completing post graduate training in occupational therapy driving assessment and rehabilitation. Helen holds a masters degree in health science (occupational therapy).

One Page Summary                 Full Report            Poster


Idona Powell, NNSW LHD
Can you see me? Experiences of night shift nurses in regional public hospitals: A qualitative case study

Dona Powell is an Afterhours Nurse Manager at Grafton Hospital. Prior to working at Grafton, Dona worked in western NSW in a variety of management, teaching, research and nursing positions. Dona's qualifications include Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Nursing and Master's in Health Science Management. Dona has a long term interest in nursing workforce matters.

Dona is the Best Report Award winner for 2009 Candidates.

One Page Summary      Full Report


Buck Reed, Ambulance NSW
Ambulance utilisation in serious health emergencies in rural health populations - measuring unmet need

Buck Reed is a paramedic based in Boggabri in rural northwestern NSW, and Rural Project Officer for the Ambulance Service of NSW. Buck is the first paramedic accepted to the Rural Research Capacity Building Program. Buck is undertaking completing a masters degree at UNE in Health Management and has research interests in rural ambulance models of care and human behaviour in health emergencies.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Buck Reed

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.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Elizabeth Russell 

Esher Townsend, HNE LHD
Evaluation of the NSW Indigenous Diabetic Foot Program for Health Workers whose primary role is with Aboriginal People in the Lower Mid North Coast

Esher emigrated to Australia in 2006 to set up a podiatry department at Aged Care & Rehabilitation Services in Taree after graduating from Southampton University in the UK. The last five and a half years has seen her focus on woundcare and the high risk foot. She has now left the HNE LHD to concnetrate on her private practice.

One Page Summary           Full Report

Esher Townsend

JuLlianne Williams, HNE LHD
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?

Jullie Williams is a Registered Nurse - Clinical Nurse Consultant. Working in NSW Health for many years, both in Psychiatric and General Nursing settings, now focussed on Community Mental Health. Interests in Quality Care, Client Advocacy, Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing, Professional Aspects of Nursing Practice. HETI Research scholarship is a 'career' highlight.

One Page Summary          Full Report

Jullianne Williams 

Annmaree Wilson, ISH LHD
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

Annmaree is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Infection Management and Control Service and based in the Shoalhaven Hospital on the NSW south coast. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science Nursing and Graduate Diploma Clinical Practice in Infection Control. Annmaree is a passionate patient advocate, and this project provided the opportunity to identify issues and improve the patients experience in isolation.

One Page Summary          Full Report

AnneMaree Wilson

2008 Completed Research Reports

Tod Adams, SESIAHS
"Oxygen… you can't live without it": Perceptions of rural people using domiciliary oxygen

Tod Adams is employed as a Clinical Nurse Consultant and works in adult chronic respiratory medicine at Shoalhaven Memorial Hospital on the NSW south coast. She has recently been authorised by the Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW as a Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Masters in Nursing, and graduate certificates in aged care, coronary care and health management. She lives in the bush with her husband and two children and has an extensive bottle top collection.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Tod Photo

Maryann Anderson
"It's growing food but it's also growing community" : A qualitative study on the perceived effects of participating in a community garden

Maryann Anderson has been working in Health Promotion in Australia for more than 17 years. Armed with a Bachelors Degree in the Social Sciences, a Masters in Education, and more than 10 years of experience in policy and community development in the health arena, she migrated from the Philippines to Australia in 1993. In addition to her current work, she is passionate about supporting community-based initiatives that help build social inclusion and inclusiveness. The Rural Research Capacity Building Program has opened the gateway to a project that is all about social inclusion.

One Page Summary        Full Report

Maryann Anderson

Cath Bateman, GSAHSResearch into practice: volunteers improving person centred dementia care in a rural hospital

Cath is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of nursing experience and a passion for improving aged and dementia care. Since August 2007, Cath has worked in the position of Dementia Delirium (Acute) Clinical Nurse Consultant with Greater Southern Area Health Service and is completing her Research Masters studies.

One Page Summary     Appendicies     Full Report

Cath Bateman

Kerith Duncanson, HNEAHS
Feeding Healthy Food to Kids randomised control trial:  three month analysis

Kerith Duncanson is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who works for HNE Health as a Community Nutritionist. Kerith is passionate about Childhood Nutrition and Aboriginal Health, and has conducted many and varied community based nutrition interventions in these settings.

Kerith is the winner of the Best Report Award for 2008 candidates.

One Page Summary     Full Report


Rachael O'Brien, HNEAHS
Rural speech pathologists' perceptions of working with allied health assistants: A pilot study

Rachael is the senior speech-language pathologist at The Maitland Hospital in Hunter New England Health. Her clinical experience spans paediatrics, acute stroke, disability, rehabilitation and education. Rachael is passionate about improving access to speech-language pathology for rural communities. The Rural Research Capacity Building Program has inspired her to continue on to a research higher degree through the University of Newcastle.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Rachael OBrien

David Schmidt, GSAHS
Rural casting services: what educational resources do clinicians prefer?

David Schmidt is a Physiotherapist who has worked his entire career in rural and regional areas in NSW and Tasmania. During his time in the program David was manager of a department spanning hospitals and community health centres in the Bega Valley region of NSW.

One Page Summary      Full Report

David Schmidt

Christian Tremblay, NCAHS
Trajectories of alcohol use for rural participants in a courtbased illicit drug program (MERIT)

Christian is a case manager employed by North Coast Area Health to deliver drug and alcohol services with the courtbased "Magistrate's Early Referral into Treatment" (MERIT) program in Lismore. From a nursing and social science background, and following a decade-long detour via disability services, Christian returned 8 years ago to complete a full circle and resume work in drug and alcohol. The opportunity provided by IRCST to conduct his own research project has focused Christian on issues specific to rural health.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Christian Tremblay

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

Jocelyn Williams is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. She is employed by the Acute Stroke Unit in Wagga Wagga as the Specialist Stroke Dietitian. She also runs a private dietetic practise, Shaping Solutions Food Management. Jocelyn is particularly interested in stroke, including acute treatments and secondary prevention with lifestyle modification.

One Page Summary        Full Report

Jocelyn Williams

2007 Completed Research Reports

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.

One Page Summary      Short Report      Full Report

Alison Dawes

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.

Award Winning Poster    One page Summary    Full Report

Jenni Devine

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.

One Page Summary         Short Report         Full Report

Therese Dunn 

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Barbara Fetherston

Anne Field, WNSW LHD
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.

One Page Summary              Full Report

Anne Field

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.

One Page Summary      Short Report      Full Report

Stuart Garland

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Lynn Hopkinson 

Michelle Murray
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.

One Page Summary     Short Report      Full Report


Michelle Murray

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.

One Page Summary     Short Report      Full Report

Rachel OLoughlin

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Judy Reinhardt

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Shaun Seldon

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.

One Page Summary     Full Report

Carolyn Slattery

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.

One Page Summary   Short Summary    Full Report

Pamela Stamford

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Brenda Svensson

2006 Completed Research Reports

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.

One Page Summary            Full Report

Karla Calleja

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.  

One Page Summary            Full Report

Melissa Cumming 

Margaret Dalmau, GSAHS
Experiences of an Unsuccessful Ethical Application Process Involving Research on a Sensitive Topic Suicide in Older People in Rural Areas

Short Report          Full Report

Margaret Dalmau

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Michelle Daly

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.

One page summary      Full Report      Appendices

Lynn Davies

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.

One page summary      Full Report

Rohena Duncombe

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Rosa Flaherty

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.


One Page Summary      Full Report

Annie Flint

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Claudia Giugni

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

One Page Summary      Full Report      Survey

Margaret Hewetson

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.

One Page Summary      Full Report

Janelle Lymbery

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.

One Page Summary      Short Report     Full Report       Appendices

Alison MacTaggart

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.

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Karen Saunders

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.

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Debbie Schwebel

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.

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Christine Stanford

 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.

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Leanne Wright

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.

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Rhonda Wilson

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