Our Researchers

Professor Cathrine Fowler

Professor Cathrine Fowler,
Child and Family Health

Cathrine Fowler is the Professor for the Tresillian Chair in Child and Family Health at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). As a child and family health nurse she has gained extensive clinical and education experience working with families with children aged five and under.  Cathrine's research and clinical practice interests focus on parental learning; working with families who are experiencing complex and challenging parenting situations and who require additional support; and professional issues in child and family health nursing.  In 2009, Cathrine became the Child Advocate for the NSW Department of Corrective Services Mothers and Children's program, and her research supports incarcerated parents to better care for their children.
Adjunct Associate Professor Greg Fairbrother

Adjunct Associate Professor Greg Fairbrother,
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Patient and Family Focussed Care Research

Dr Greg Fairbrother is a registered nurse and an experienced methodologist and researcher in quantitative and qualitative methods. Greg has worked extensively on implementing and supporting evidence based nursing practice programs and has facilitated the development of programmes of clinical nursing research in mental health, pain management and surgical nursing, among other specialty areas. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and maintains an adjunct research fellowship with Southern Cross University's School of Health and Human Sciences and is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with the Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney. Greg's research interests relate to knowledge- practice- and workplace-development in nursing.
Dr Elizabeth Denney-Wilson

Dr Elizabeth Denney-Wilson,
Conjoint Professor of Nursing in the Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Nursing School

Elizabeth has academic qualifications in nursing, public health and epidemiology. Since completing her PhD in 2005, her research has focused on obesity prevention and management with a focus on the role of nurses and the primary health care setting. Her research funding has included a Centre of Research Excellence grant as well as other category 1 funding. Elizabeth has long term collaborations with researchers across a broad range of health disciplines from UNSW, Deakin, UTS and QUT. She has contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed papers in the last 10 years and has presented her work at national and international conferences. Elizabeth supervises PhD, Masters by research and Honours students and has had one BMid Honours and two PhD completions in the last year.
Dr Hala Phipps

Dr Hala Phipps,
Clinical Midwife Consultant, Research

Dr Hala Phipps has over 20 years' experience in midwifery and has been an active researcher for most of her nursing career. Hala has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and is currently researching methods of safely reducing the requirement for caesarean delivery arising from malposition of the baby in the second stage of labour. She has a strong presence in the Midwifery research and development team promoting translational research and innovation in health care. Her research has been recognised through National Health & Medical Research (NH & MRC) funding and Hala was the first midwife to receive a research award through the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Hala is strongly committed to alleviating pain and discomfort for both mother and baby in her research and practice.
Associate Professor Tim Wand

Associate Professor Tim Wand,
Mental Health Services

Tim Wand is Associate Professor at the Sydney Nursing School and a nurse practitioner in mental health liaison in the Emergency Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Tim's clinical research has focussed on the development of the role of the specialist mental health liaison nurse, and the role of the nurse practitioner. He has published widely in mental health on the topics of risk assessment, aggression and violence, mental health legislation as well as mental health promotion and solution-focused therapy for people living with mental illness.
Professor Kate White

Professor Kate White,
Cancer Services

Kate White has worked in clinical, education and research areas specialising in cancer and palliative care throughout her career. Her major research interests are in areas of supportive care in cancer and palliative care, psychosocial and quality of life issues in cancer, the translation of research evidence into clinical cancer nursing practice and models of care with an emphasis in rural health. Kate serves on advisory boards, committees and working groups of government and non-government organisations in cancer and palliative care. She participates in the development and implementation of clinical guidelines, and is a member of the International Guideline Network. Kate has supervised over 20 research students to the successful completion of their degrees.

In 2011, Kate was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to visit the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and the world's first nurse-led clinic for sexual dysfunction in cancer patients. Kate is currently working on adapting this model for the Australian context.

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