Members

Members and Research Students

Sam Lapkin is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and is based at the South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool. He was awarded a PhD in 2014 from the University of Newcastle. Sam's doctorate study used a mixed methods approach to investigate the use of interprofessional collaboration to teach safe medication practices to nursing, pharmacy and medical students. He then completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Health Research at St George Hospital and has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the Central Queensland University.

HIRC Members

Prof. Andrew Bonney
Co-Director
P: +61 2 4221 5019
E: abonney@uow.edu.au

Andrew  is an experienced clinician-researcher with over 20 years of primary care clinical practice in regional and rural Australia. He is Professor and Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the School of Medicine and the Clinical Director of the IHMRI Chronic Diseases and Lifestyle Theme. He is Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN) and a lead investigator of the SIMLR Cohort Study.

Prof. Linda Tapsell
Co-Director
P: +61 2 4221 3152
E: ltapsell@uow.edu.au

Linda is a part time Senior Professor in the School of Medicine and a member of the IHMRI Theme Leadership group on Chronic Diseases and Lifestyle. In 2015 she was recognised as a member of the Order of Australia ‘for significant service to health science as an academic and clinician specialising in diet and nutrition’. She has directed two large research centres (ARC Key Centre for Smart Foods 1999-2003 National Centre of Excellence in Functional foods 2003-2008), and has lead numerous clinical trials funded by NHMRC, ARC and industry as well as the IHMRI HealthTrack trial (2011-2016).

A/Prof. Karen Charlton
Deputy Director
P: +61 2 4221 4754
E: karenc@uow.edu.au 

Karen has extensive research leadership experience having led numerous high impact studies in both South Africa and Australia. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and collaborates widely with clinical and clinical sciences researchers. 

Dr Ibrahim Alananzeh
P: +61 4491 46324
E: ibrahima@uow.edu.au 

 

A/Prof. Eleanor Beck
P: +61 2 4298 1271
E: eleanor@uow.edu.au 

Fibre in satiety and weight control.
Regulation of appetite hormones.
Dietetic education.

Dr Pippa Burns
P: + 61 2 4221 5475
E: pippa@uow.edu.au

Pippa’s research interests lie in health literacy and the appropriateness of patient education materials for their target audience. Her previous research in this area has looked at: parents’ knowledge about children’s Panadol; levels of health literacy among health professional university students; and health literacy and older adults with asthma. Pippa is also interested in the use of art to further our knowledge of dementia and diversify the treatment options available to people living with a dementia.

Dr Rita Chang
P: +61 2 42213174
E: hchang@uow.edu.au

Dr. Rita Chang gained her doctorate in evidence-based practice in age care from the University of Sydney. Her career of age and dementia teaching experience and clinical practice has spanned over 20 years. She has served as course coordinator, mentor, long-term care facility accreditation appraiser and consultant, clinical evidence-based practice consultant, committee of long-term care development and committee of age friendly community projects at Hsinchu City Government Taiwan. The focus of her research is on improving dementia care services including reminiscence therapy, aged friendly environment, delirium care, dementia and driving, evidence-based nursing implementation and dementia education training.

Dr Ross Clifton
P: + 61 2 4221 8047
E: rclifton@uow.edu.au

Sam Lapkin is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and is based at the South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool. He was awarded a PhD in 2014 from the University of Newcastle. Sam's doctorate study used a mixed methods approach to investigate the use of interprofessional collaboration to teach safe medication practices to nursing, pharmacy and medical students. He then completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Health Research at St George Hospital and has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the Central Queensland University. 

Dr Sue Downie
P: +61 2 424732
E: sdownie@uow.edu.au

Technology Enhanced Learning
Respiratory Physiology
Asthma
Ventilation Heterogeneity
Airway hyperresponsiveness
Measurement of small airway function
Allergic rhinitis

Prof. Paul Else
P: +61 2 4221 3496
E: pelse@uow.edu.au

Understanding the role of membrane lipids in the biology of organisms. Notably, how membrane lipids influence the activities of membrane bound proteins and how peroxidation (oxidation) of polyunsaturated fatty acids fits into the normal (healthy) and abnormal (disease) functioning of cells.

Dr Karen Fildes
P: +61 2 4429 1527
E: kfildes@uow.edu.au

Effects of agricultural chemicals on physiological function and health.
Learning and teaching in medical science.
Animal energetics, thermoregulation and aerobic performance.

Prof. Liz Halcomb
P: +61 2 4221 3784
E: ehalcomb@uow.edu.au 

Nursing workforce.
General practice nursing.
Chronic disease.
Cardiovascular disease.
Mixed-methods research.
Primary Health Care.
Evidence-Based Practice/Systematic Reviews.

Dr Sam Lapkin
P: +61 2 8763 6227
E: slapkin@uow.edu.au

Sam Lapkin is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and is based at the South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool. He was awarded a PhD in 2014 from the University of Newcastle. Sam's doctorate study used a mixed methods approach to investigate the use of interprofessional collaboration to teach safe medication practices to nursing, pharmacy and medical students. He then completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Health Research at St George Hospital and has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the Central Queensland University.

Prof Maureen Lonergan

 

Dr Darryl McAndrew
P: +61 2 4221 5143
E: mcandrew@uow.edu.au 

Non-invasive identification of muscle fibre types, the control of voluntary muscle activation and the role of ergonomics in the workplace. Delivery of anatomical education and the integration of anatomical science / clinical anatomy with the clinical sciences.

Dr Deirdre McGhee
P: +61 2 4221 4980
E: dmcghee@uow.edu.au 

Biomechanics of breast health, specifically sports bra design and bra fit to promote physical activity in women. Musculoskeletal rehabilitation and musculoskeletal anatomy.

Ms Susan McInnes
P: +61 2 4221 4289
E: smcinnes@uow.edu.au

 

A/Prof Kylie Mansfield
P: +61 2 4221 5851
E: kylie@uow.edu.au

Kylie has diverse research experience in the fields of physiology and pharmacology based mainly around investigating the aetiology of overactive bladder. This disorder can lead to urinary incontinence, a debilitating chronic disease responsible for loss of social dignity, with major socio-economic costs. The main treatment is with antimuscarinic drugs, but associated side effects are often use limiting.

In the laboratory at IHMRI, UOW, Kylie together with Dr Jessica Nealon, is investigating the effect of inflammation on release of urothelial cell mediators. In particular they are investigating the factors that alter purinergic signalling in the bladder by measuring release of ATP from urothelial cells.

Dr Shahla Meedya
P: +61 2 4221 3205
E: smeedya@uow.edu.au

Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
Women and Children Health
Chronic disease and high risk pregnancies
Social media and health promotion
Teaching and Learning
Quantitative Research and Mixed method.

Dr Rebekkah Middleton
P: +61 2 4221 3724
E: rmiddle@uow.edu.au

Leadership development
Practice development and person-centred approaches
Primary healthcare
Emergency nursing issues

Dr Judy Mullan
P: +61 2 4221 5980
E: jmullan@uow.edu.au 

Medication Compliance.
Quality Use of Medicines.
Aged Care Research.
Warfarin management and education.
Patient Education.
Health professional/patient partnerships and communication.

Professor Lorna Moxham
P: +61 2 4239 2559
E: lmoxham@uow.edu.au 

Mental Health / Mental Illness
Nursing Education - workforce development
Mental Illness - Stigma
Recovery Camp

Dr Elizabeth Neale
P: +61 2 4221 5961
E: elizan@uow.edu.au

 

Dr Jessica Nealon
P: +61 2 4221 5147
E: jnealon@uow.edu.au

 

Dr Nagesh Pai
P: +61 2 4221 4071
E: nagesh@uow.edu.au

After completing his MBBS at Manipal University in India, he went on to finish his residency in Psychiatry in NIMHANS, Bangalore. He later obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Medicine and Doctor of Medicine where he was awarded a Silver Jubilee Award for the Best Outgoing Student of the Year. Subsequently, he completed his Diplomate of National Board in Psychiatry and received the Certificate of Completion of Training from Specialist Training Authority (STA) of the Medical Royal Colleges (UK) in General Adult Psychiatry. He accomplished his post graduate training in Medical Education and in Health Service Research and Development at the University of Wollongongs

Dr Yasmine Probst
P: +61 2 4221 5302
E: yasmine@uow.edu.au

Technological application in nutrition and dietetics
Food composition applications
Assessment of nutrient intake through computer analysis of reported intakes
Dietary modelling to achieve targets

Dr Jonathan Shemmell
P: +61 2 4298 1138
E: shemmell@uow.edu.au

 

Dr Danielle Schoenaker
P: + 61 2 4221 3233
E: danis@uow.edu.au

Danielle is a Research Fellow as part of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit in the School of Medicine. She was awarded her PhD in Epidemiology in 2017 from The University of Queensland examining the role of preconception diet in the development of cardiometabolic complications in pregnancy. Danielle has a broad interest in health and medical research, with a particular focus on the use of longitudinal study data to better understand women’s early life, childhood, preconception and antenatal experiences and behaviours that may contribute to prevention of adverse health outcomes among women and children. Danielle is affiliated with IHMRI and an associate member of Early Start.

A/Prof. Paul Stapley
P: +61 2 4239 2514
E: pstapley@uow.edu.au

How humans coordinate acts of reaching, touching or grasping objects while standing. Fundamental strategies used to coordinate balance and voluntary movement in humans, especially those with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy or those who have suffered a stroke, or vestibular lesions.

Prof. Julie Steele
P: +61 2 4221 3498
E: jsteele@uow.edu.au

Biomechanics of injury prevention with a specific interest in mechanisms of lower extremity dysfunction, particularly anterior cruciate ligament injury during dynamic landings. Intelligent textiles as biofeedback systems, breast movement and brassiere design, safe footwear for elderly women for falls prevention, and the effects of obesity in childhood on musculoskeletal structure and functional performance.

Dr Sue Thomas
P: +61 2 4221 5928
E: sthomas@uow.edu.au

Sue’s research interests include relationships between physical and mental health, psychophysiology, obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, and medical education.

A/Prof. Victoria Traynor
P: +61 2 4221 3471
E: vtraynor@uow.edu.au

Aged care
Dementia care
Activity involving people with dementia in research
Action research methodology
Practice development 

A/Prof. Karen Walton
P: +61 2 4221 5197
E: kwalton@uow.edu.au

Food service provision for long stay hospital patients.
Nutrition support in aged care and the community.
Nutritional status and dietary intakes of Meals on Wheels clients.
Access to food and beverage packaging.

Dr Kath Weston
P: +61 2 4221 5633
E: kathw@uow.edu.au

Medical education and authentic learning.
Health literacy in the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Infectious diseases in public health.
History of infectious diseases.

Prof. Ian Wilson
P: +61 2 4221 3563
E: ianwil@uow.edu.au

Ian Wilson graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide and then became a general practitioner. He has practiced in the armed services, inner city, rural and suburban practice. During this time Ian became very interested in medical education and spent time with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training programs, initially as a medical educator and then as State Director for South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Prof. Ian Wright
P: +61 2 4221 4015
E: iwright@uow.edu.au

 

Professor Nick Zwar
P: +61 2 4239 2207
E: nzwar@uow.edu.au

Professor Zwar has a national and international reputation in health services research research for prevention and management of chronic illness with a focus on chronic respiratory disease and tobacco control as well as collaborating in projects in prevention in practice, teamwork, cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. His work on chronic disease care planning in general practice and on asthma care has had an important influence on Australian health care policy.

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HIRC Associate Members

Dr George Albert

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

Dr Abdulla Alnouri

Shellharbour Family Healthcare

Dr Stephen Barnett

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

A/Prof Marijka Batterham

UOW Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Dr Xiaoqi Feng

UOW Faculty of Social Sciences

Mr Abhijeet Ghosh

Grand Pacific Health

Dr Adam Hodgkins

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

A/Prof Rowena Ivers

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

Dr Patricia Knight-Billington

UOW School of Medicine

Dr Duncan Mackinnon

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

Mr Darren Mayne

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Dr Russell Pearson

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

Dr Jan Potter

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Dr Helen Rienits

UOW School of Medicine

Dr Joanna Russell

UOW Faculty of Social Sciences

A/Prof Bastian Seidel

Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network, GP

Dr Khin Win

UOW Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Dr Lindsay Brett

 

Dr Anne McMahon

 

Ms Nadia Neal

 

Mr Luke Molloy

 

Mrs Nicole Britten

 

Mrs Nadia Veerhuis

 

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Last reviewed: 20 December, 2018