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Our People


1.png Michelle Giles

Michelle Giles RN, CM, BBus, MIS, PhD

Manager, Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre, HNELHD

Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle

Michelle plays a key role within the Centre, providing strategic research leadership across the LHD.  Working with individuals and teams, Michelle supports the development and implementation of practice-based research. Michelle is passionate about linking clinicians with resources and helping them bring their projects to fruition. She has excellent skills in research design and process with a particular focus on implementation.

She has a strong publication record and has been successful in securing competitive funding. Projects Michelle has facilitated have been recognised through awards at a District, State and National level.

Email: Michelle.Giles@health.nsw.gov.au

Maralyn Foureur

​Maralyn Foureur (RN, RM, BA, Grad Dip Clin. Epidem., PhD) 

Professor, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, Hunter New England Health and School of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Newcastle.

Maralyn is Professor of Nursing and Midwifery Research at Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle: a joint Clinical Chair. She also holds Adjunct Professorial appointments at University of Technology Sydney, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Sydansk Universitat (University of Southern Denmark).

Maralyn is an experienced clinician, academic and researcher with over 30 years engagement in health services research, and is experienced in a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has wide experience as Chief Investigator on health service focussed research conducted in NSW, as well as nationally and internationally, across multiple sites and with a range of inter-professional teams.

In her current role in the HNE Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, Maralyn’s focus is on developing translational research capacity and capability of the nursing and midwifery workforce of HNELHD.


 Se Ok Ohr

Se Ok Ohr RN, B. Nursing, M. Health management, PhD

Clinical Research Fellow, Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre, HNELHD

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

Se Ok provides support to Nursing and Midwifery clinicians participating in research activity across the LHD and the collective work of the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre in achieving its strategic research objectives. The NMRC facilitates Nursing and Midwifery research capacity building and knowledge generation, utilisation and dissemination through education and ongoing support and guidance to ensure research outcomes lead to optimal patient care and outcomes. Se Ok has extensive experience in project management, has been successful in securing competitive funding for projects. She has led and has a number of publications.

Email: Seok.Ohr@health.nsw.gov.au 

 Kamana Bantawa

Kamana Bantawa, MBBS, MSc Pop Health, MSc Health Services Management

Research Officer, Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre, HNELHD

Kamana is a Research Officer in the NMRC, supporting  the Centre's research staff, activity and processes as well as being a member of a number of research teams.  She has extensive experience in research project management.  She has skills in preparing research grant submissions, project planning and coordination, data management, ethics submissions and writing publications for peer reviewed journals and project reports.

Email: Kamana.Bantawa@​health.nsw.gov.au 

 2.jpg     Michelle Wyborn

Michelle Wyborn 

Administrative Assistant, Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre, HNELHD

Within her role in the Centre Michelle provides administrative support to the NMRC team. She has extensive experience in health service support roles supporting executive staff, clinicians and clinician researchers within diverse clinical and administrative settings.  She has expertise in data management, planning and event management. She is the first point of contact for the Centre, directing and referring enquiries.

Email: Michelle.Wyborn@health.nsw.gov.au