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Our Affiliates


To provide timely and rigorous outcomes for projects, the NMRC collaborates with and engages a number of affiliate researchers. These affiliates are periodically engaged to help support, coordinate or undertake certain aspects of a study, or to assist in any number of the NMRC's research capacity building initiatives. If you have trained in any aspect of the research process and would like to become involved with the NMRC as a research affiliate, please contact the NMRC at HNELHD-NMRC@health.nsw.gov.au.

Our current research affiliates are:

 Vicki Parker​

​Vicki Parker RN, ICN, AssDNE, BA, MN, PhD 

Vicki has retired and is working with the Centre on a casual basis. She was a Chair in Rural Nursing jointly funded by the University of New England and HNE Health. Her research interests include experiences of illness and health care, nursing workforce, inter-professional practice and patient safety. She has expertise in practice improvement, qualitative methods and mixed methods research. Her role within the Centre involves supporting nurse and midwife researchers and research within clinical practice.  Vicki provides mentoring, critical companionship and research higher degree supervision for aspiring researchers.  She has successfully supported many nurses  and midwives to complete projects and research studies.

Email: Vicki.Parker3@health.nsw.gov.au 

IMG_0477.jpg Gena Lieschke

Gena Lieschke (Lantry) RN, BHlthSc (Nur),MScMed (Pain Mgmt), PhD

Clinical Academic-Pain, Surgical Services, John Hunter Hospital 

Research Fellow, Hunter Integrated Pain Service

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle

Gena's research interests are in persistent pain conditions, and the early identification, stratification and management of patients transitioning from acute to chronic pain states.  She is passionate about improving patient and service outcomes through the conduct of practice-based enquiry and the translation of evidence into clinical practice.

Email: Gena.Lieschke@health.nsw.gov.au

Peter Massey

​Peter Massey RN, GCPH, DrPH

CNC and Program Manager Health Protection, HNE Population Health

Peter has worked in public health in rural and regional Australia for more than 30 years and has expertise in immunisation, communicable disease control, zoonoses, public health emergencies and Aboriginal health. Peter brings a strong rural and equity focus to all aspects of public health and experience in research capacity building and community based research. Peter currently has more than 75 publications and is a lead investigator on a number of funded research projects. Peter leads a team of CNCs, Public Health Physicians and other Public Health staff in the control of communicable diseases for the HNE LHD. He has also worked for many years in a number of countries in the Pacific on TB programs, public health research capacity strengthening and disease control. Peter has strengths in mixed methods research, translational research, and has research experience across a range of public health approaches.

Email: Peter.Massey@health.nsw.gov.au

Douglas.pngDouglas Bellamy

Douglas Bellamy RN, MHM, PhD Candidate

Health Service Manager, Walcha Multipurpose Service

Douglas is a health service manager at Walcha Multipurpose Service and is an affiliate of the NMRC. He regularly supports the NMRC research capacity building activities by providing support and mentorship to aspiring clinician researchers working across the District.  His research interests are in improving the experiences of people with a cancer diagnosis, and of that of their families and caregivers. He has an interest in translational research leading to practical and meaningful health outcomes for patients through improving the research culture within health services. He is currently enrolled in his PhD at UNE examining the burden of treatment for older rural people.

Email: Douglas.Bellamy@health.nsw.gov.au

Sophie.jpgS​ophie Dilworth

​Sophie Dilworth Ba Nurs (Hons 1), PhD

Greater Newcastle Dementia Advisory Service, Community Aged Care Services 

Sophie is a post-doctoral researcher and registered nurse working with Hunter Aged Care Services. She has experience with mixed method and qualitative research methodologies applied within the clinical setting. Sophie's research interests include the psychosocial impacts of cancer and chronic disease, older people, people with dementia and the implementation of evidence to change practice. She currently works with the Dementia Advisory Service, HNE Health. 

Email: Sophie.Dilworth@health.nsw.​gov.au