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

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

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Community Health & Child and Family Health

Our Research

Sexual Health
Current research projects include:

  • Perinatal depression: Best outcome for pregnant women and new mothers. Chief Investigator Jenni Jones.

Sydney District Nursing Service
Current research projects include:

  • The translation pf cost effective, acceptable CBT weight loss programs to the community: effect on health outcome, pain and productivity(CCOb trial). Chief Investigator Ivanka Komusanac.
  • Palliative Care patient satisfaction survey. Chief Investigators Betty Servis and Carolyn Chamu.
  • Improvement in viral laod and CD4 levels of patients with suboptimal adherence after contact with specialist CNCs 2014-2016. Chief Investigators Kurt Andersson-Noorgard & Denise Cummins.
  • HIV Impairment. Chief Investigator Denise Cummins.
  • HAND and non-professional caregivers. Chief Investigator Denise Cummins.
  • Ten minutes with Palliative Care. Chief Investigator Helen Eggleton.
  • Translating research evidence from the Healthy Beginnings Trial to prevent childhood obesity at the beginning of life: feasibility, cost effectiveness: Submission to the Ministry of Health Translational Research Grant Scheme, a collaborative study with SLHD, SESLHD and SNSWLHD.

Child & Family Health
Current research projects include:

  • Are universality of access, assessment and intervention being achieved in the community child and family health services? Chief Investigators for SLHD Vanessa Clift, Paola Gordon and Liz Harris. 

Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods 
Current research projects include:

  • Longitudinal Process Evaluation of the experiences of service users, communities and service providers networked with the Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods Integrated Care Initiative, Sydney Local Health District. Chief Investigators Erin Miller and Dr Elaine Tennant.

Community Health
Current research projects include:

  • Community Health (CH) Nurses' knowledge, attitude and practice of standard and transmission-based precautions in Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). Chief Investigators J. Nurmeiyati and J. Jones.

Awards/Medals

  • Denise Cummins. DK Baird and John Segelov Travelling Fellowship RPA
  • Denise Cummins. 6th International Aging and HIV Workshop: Young investigator scholarship (registration fees $500 US)
  • Denise Cummins. Sydney Local Health District  Excellence In Dementia care Award: In recognition of outstanding person centered care.

Higher Degree Students:

PhD Candidate:

  • Ms Denise Cummins (University of Sydney (Co-supervisor A/Prof Catherine O’Connor)


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Murray KJ, Cummins D, Batterham M, Trotter G, Healey L, O'Connor CC. Does the informal caregiver notice HIV associated mild cognitive impairment in people living with HIV? NM. AIDS Care 2016;28(2):221-7
  2. Denise Fry and Avigdor Zask.  Applying the Ottawa Charter to inform health promotion program design NM. Health Promotion International http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/19/heapro.daw022 Epub ahead of print
  3. Rowena Yamazaki, Denise Fry and Jessica Fielding.  What is the meaning of food for young people experiencing homelessness? Parity (Journal of Council of Homeless Persons)Vol. 29, No. 2, Mar 2016: 24-25.
  4. Cummins, D, Anderrsen- Noorgard, K, Foley, L.,Nurmeiyati, J., Komusanac. Developing a culture of research in Community Nursing. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal Vol 24 No 2 24-26, 2016
  5. Cummins, D, Anderrsen- Noorgard, K, Trotter, G. Australian nurses discover a thirst for knowledge in Myanmar. HIV Nursing 2015 vol 15 no 4 95-99
  6. Co author Denise Cummins. HIV Management in Australasia: A Guide for Clinical Care’. inaugural nursing chapter of the ASHM Monograph ‘HIV Management in Australasia: A Guide for Clinical Care’.

Presentations:
  1. Cummins D, Crawford D, Walters D, Aggers C, O’Connor CC. Losing Part of Me. 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Related Diseases UNSW. Sydney 2016 . 
  2. Cummins D, Walters D, Aggers C, O’Connor CC.   Is the clinical data identifying people living with HIV at risk of HIV associated cognitive impairment? 4th Asia Pacific Global Summit & Expo on Healthcare, Brisbane July 2016.
  3. Andersson-Noorgard, K I am large, I contain multitudes Consultation Liaison Special Interst Group 14th Annual Conference.
  4. Dearing, Cassandra. “Nurses' perceptions and attitudes to screening and referral processes for primary health care prevention, specifically diabetes, using the AUSDRISK form”. SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  5. Cummins, Denise.  “Losing part of me" - Living in the shadow of HIV dementia” –  SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  6. Andersson, Kurt. “A person-centred approach to improve HIV related biomarkers in community settings with complex individuals”. SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  7. Sinclair, Brett. “EPIC trial: HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among high risk individuals”. SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  8. Megan Koroitamana and Tracey Brown. Nurse2U Youth Outreach program. Youth Health and Practical Justice Conference
  9. Rowena Yamazaki1, Denise Fry1, Elise Franke2, Tracey Brown1, Anna Whelan1, Colin Stokes3, Anthony Ling4 and Sue Amanatidis1. ‘Learning by doing’ in the Yhunger food and physical activity program for youth services and marginalised young people.  Youth Health and Practical Justice Conference.
  10. Brown, Tracey, Chloe Willard, Brett Pickard, Steven La Spina. OUTREACH: An integrated and Collaborative Framework of Practice between Youth Health and Juvenile Justice Youth Health and Practical Justice Conference.
  11. Cummins Denise. “Where to next- developing resources to assist people living with HIV associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND). 39th ASSBI Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Conference, 26-28 September, Macau China.
  12. Cummins, Denise. Are current assessment protocols capable of identifying people at risk of HIV associated cognitive impairment? 4th Asia Pacific Global Summit & Expo on Healthcare
    Brisbane July 18-20.
  13. Cummins, Denise. “Development of an online module for nurses with limited experience caring for people living with HIV”. 4th Asia Pacific Global Summit & Expo on Healthcare
    Brisbane July 18-20.
  14. Cummins, Denise. “Losing Part of me”. 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, UNSW Sydney March 31- April1 2016.

Poster Presentations:

  1. Cummins, Denise “Development of an online HIV nursing module for nurses with limited experience with HIV”. SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  2. Servis,  Betty.  “Evaluating palliative care services from a patient and family perspective”.  SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  3. Sheehy, Kylee. “Improving Palliative Care in a generalist / palliative care community nursing model using PCOC (Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration)”.  SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  4. Henryk Snoch &  Maria Tembo.  “The role of generalist community nurses in cancer care”.  SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  5. Tilley, Donna. “Cultivation of a domestic violence routine screening Community of Practice”. SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  6. Dunlop, Kim;  Hamilton, Vanessa;  Fulton, Michelle;  Somerset, Jane;  Llewellyn, Cathy.  “100 years of service, but who are we?”.  SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  7. Hatten B, Healey L.M, Tilley DM, Dailey B, Callander D, Templeton DJ, O’Connor CC.  Initiatives to improve sex worker access to STI screening in Sydney Local Health District.  Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Adelaide, Nov 2016 (Poster)
  8. Koroitamana, Megan.  (11) Journal of Medical Screening 2016;23:70-6 . SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  9. Dunlop, Kim;  Fulton Michelle, Hamilton Vanessa, Llewellyn Cathy, Somerset Jane.  Exploring client and midwifery awareness of the Child and Family Health Nursing (CFHN) role.   SLHD Nursing & Research  Symposium 2016.
  10. Brown Tracey, Harper Jess, Santos, Jess. THE YOUTH POINT – USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE SERVICE ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Youth Health and Practical Justice Conference.

Contact: Ms Ivanka Komusanac


Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Community Health & Child and Family Health
Address:
Sydney Local Health District
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Web: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: Ivanka.komusanac@health.nsw.gov.au