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Sue was awarded her doctorate in 2017 and she is now an early career researcher and lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Wollongong. As an active early career researcher, Sue has multiple peer-reviewed publications in high impact national and international journals. Each publication reports research in Primary Health Care (PHC) and in particular to exploring workforce issues and the role of nurses working in general practice.

Sues’ research has had significant impact on policy and clinical practice. Most recently, she has been involved in the development of mental health standards for nurses in Australian general practice. These standards have informed the development of a mental health education program designed specifically for registered nurses working in general practice to consolidate and enhance their skills around mental health care. This workforce development is likely to improve outcomes around mental health for patients and their communities.

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>General practice nurses (GPN) have a key front line role to play in providing integrated healthcare. It was identified that many GPN encounter people with mental health issues in their daily practice, however, the role of a general nurse in mental health was unclear. Providing role clarity by defining the GPNs scope of practice is a powerful tool to reduce role confusion and ambiguity, and optimize GPNs role in improving service delivery to patients. A team of primary care and mental health nurse academics from UOW was funded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, through the Department of Health, to develop mental health practice standards for GPNs. <br />In addition to communicating the role that general nurses can play in mental health within primary care to others, including General Practitioners, policy makers and other health professionals, the Standards provide an important framework for GPNs to assess their individual learning needs in terms of their knowledge and confidence to undertake the identified aspects of the nurses' role. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses used the Standards to develop CPD eLearning modules and workshops specifically for primary care nurses. These professional development opportunities are targeted to build capacity in areas of practice that have been identified by the Standards as being appropriate for a general nurse in the primary care setting. Each activity empowers GPNs to develop knowledge, skills and confidence about mental health and incorporate these into their day-to-day practice. This has the potential to improve health outcomes as GPNs are empowered to intervene positively when people present to general practice with mental health issues.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing a Primary Health Care Workforce: Understanding Perceptions of a PHC Career Path
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Examining activity within Australian general practice James, Sharon
    Doctor of Philosophy An RCT of a Hypertension Management Intervention in General Practice Stephen, Catherine

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • V-8660-2018

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>General practice nurses (GPN) have a key front line role to play in providing integrated healthcare. It was identified that many GPN encounter people with mental health issues in their daily practice, however, the role of a general nurse in mental health was unclear. Providing role clarity by defining the GPNs scope of practice is a powerful tool to reduce role confusion and ambiguity, and optimize GPNs role in improving service delivery to patients. A team of primary care and mental health nurse academics from UOW was funded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, through the Department of Health, to develop mental health practice standards for GPNs. <br />In addition to communicating the role that general nurses can play in mental health within primary care to others, including General Practitioners, policy makers and other health professionals, the Standards provide an important framework for GPNs to assess their individual learning needs in terms of their knowledge and confidence to undertake the identified aspects of the nurses' role. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses used the Standards to develop CPD eLearning modules and workshops specifically for primary care nurses. These professional development opportunities are targeted to build capacity in areas of practice that have been identified by the Standards as being appropriate for a general nurse in the primary care setting. Each activity empowers GPNs to develop knowledge, skills and confidence about mental health and incorporate these into their day-to-day practice. This has the potential to improve health outcomes as GPNs are empowered to intervene positively when people present to general practice with mental health issues.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing a Primary Health Care Workforce: Understanding Perceptions of a PHC Career Path
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Examining activity within Australian general practice James, Sharon
    Doctor of Philosophy An RCT of a Hypertension Management Intervention in General Practice Stephen, Catherine

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • V-8660-2018
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