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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Our Research

Tresillian Family Care Centres is committed to supporting, disseminating and undertaking research that increases knowledge about child and family health. Tresillian's research focus is on children from birth to school age and their families, and child and family health service delivery. Tresillian has, through the sponsorship of the inaugural clinical chair in child and family health in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Health, significantly contributions to advancing knowledge in child and family health nursing. This has enabled Tresillian to:

  1. Draw on the research resources of UTS;
  2. Develop staff research understanding and capacity;
  3. Conduct research in partnership with other organisations and universities;
  4. Participate in international research in Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia and Jordan;
  5. Support nurses participating in higher research degrees

Key Achievements

  1. Receipt of a UTS research grant to investigate: does parental sensitivity to infant cues relate to maternal responsiveness in feeding, infant eating behaviour and infant weight?
  2. Commencement of an ARCl research grant in collaboration with UWS, UTS and Karitane to investigate the relationship between pregnancy and birth complications, obstetric interventions, demographic characteristics and admission to residential services of Tresillian and Karitane in NSW
  3. We have been invited to join the Paediatric International Nursing Study (PINS) to test nurse sensitive KPIs within Tresillian's residential units. A key aim of this research is to develop clinical nurses' research capacity.
  4. Participation in research project: Creating Better Futures for Children through Effective Parent Education, in collaboration with UTS and funded by the ARC

Research Staff

  • Professor Cathrine Fowler, Tresillian Chair in Child and Family Health UTS
  • Ms Jeanette Smit, Director of Clinical Services
  • Ms Marie Dickinson, Quality Manager
  • Ms Fran Chavasse, Nurse Educator
  • Ms Leanne Daggar, Operational Nurse Manager
  • Ms Julie Maddox, Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Ms Jan Aiello, Nurse Educator
  • Ms Deborah Stockton, Operational Nurse Manager Rural & Metro Day stay Services.

Higher Degree Students:


  • Ms Marie Dickinson
  • Ms Fran Chavasse
  • Ms Nicola Brown

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Johnston R, Fowler C, Wilson V, & Kelly M, 2015, Opportunities for Nurses to Increase Parental Health Literacy: A Discussion Paper, Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing 38(4): 266-281.
  2. Lam W, Dawson A & Fowler C, 2015, The health literacy of Hong Kong Chinese parents with preschool children in seasonal influenza prevention: a multiple case study at household level. PLOS one 10, 10(12): DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143844.
  3. Rossiter C, Power T, Fowler C, Dawson A, Jackson D, 2015, Mothering at a Distance: what incarcerated mothers value about a parenting program, Contemporary Nurse 50(2-3): 238-255.
  4. Doab A, Fowler C & Dawson A, 2015, Factors that influence mother-child reunification for mothers with a history of substance use: A review of the evidence to inform policy and practice in Australia, International Journal of Drug Policy 26(9): 820-832.
  5. Fowler C, Schmied V, Psalia K, Kruske S, Rossiter C, 2015, Ready for practice: What child and family health nurses say about education, Nurse Education Today 35(2): e67-e72.
  6. Lam W, Dawson A & Fowler C, 2015, Health promotion interventions to prevent early childhood human influenza at the household level: a realist review to identify implications for programmes in Hong Kong, Journal of Clinical Nursing 24(7-8): 891-905.
  7. Fowler C, Rossiter C, Sherwood J,Day C, 2015, New understandings of mothering: Mothers in an abstinence-based drug treatment program, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 13(2): 173-184.



  1. Fowler C, Dawson A, Power T, Roche M, Rossiter C, Jackson D, 2015 Becoming a 'better' father: supporting the needs of incarcerated fathers Sigma Theta Tau Research Conference Puerto Rico.
  2. Fowler C 2015 Home Visiting Nurses seminar - Understanding Infant Cues, National University of Seoul.


  1. Fowler C, Dawson A, Power T, Roche M, Rossiter C, Jackson D 2015 Breaking the Cycle for Incarcerated Parent, Tresillian conference: Educating Today's Parents.
  2. Fowler C 2015 Healthy Kids, Healthy State: The changing environment of child and youth health - Queensland Statewide Child & Youth Clinical Network - A national perspective on parenting and working with families.
  3. Fowler C, Dawson A, Power T, Roche M, Rossiter C, Jackson D, 2015 Incarcerated fathers: are there family sensitive interventions for incarcerated fathers?, TheMHS Summer Forum.

Contact: Professor Cathrine Fowler and Ms Jenny Smit

Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Tresillian
McKenzie Street
Belmore NSW 2192
Telephone: (02) 9787 0869
Facsimile: (02) 9787 0880
Web: http://www.tresillian.net
Email: Cathrine.Fowler@sswahs.nsw.gov.au