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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

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

Richard Clancy​

​Richard Clancy

Richard’s position as nursing research fellow in mental health includes the role of chair for the Mental Health Nursing Research & Practice Development Unit (MHNRPDU). He is involved in a number of translational research and implementation projects in mental health related to substance use, motivational interviewing, recovery oriented practice, smoking cessation and physical health with a number of publications in these areas. Richard views research as a tool to improve health outcomes for people.

Richard’s PhD focuses on the use of digital signage in clinical settings to deliver clinical messages to people who access services and clinicians who work there.

Email:   Richard.Clancy@health.nsw.gov.au

Douglas 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

S​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

Ginger Chu

​Ginger Chu RN, MN, PhD

Nephrology Clinical Nurse Consultant, John Hunter Hospital

Ginger was one of the HNE research fellows and has recently completed a PhD in Nursing. She has experience with mixed-methods and RCT methodologies applied within the clinical setting. Ginger's research interests include kidney diseases, dialysis treatments and sleep disturbances. She is passionate about improving patient and service outcome through the conduct of clinical research and quality improvement project.

Email: Ginger.Chu@health.nsw.gov.au 

Trent Williams

​Dr Trent Williams; Clinical Health Services Research Fellow

Trent Williams has worked in Cardiology for 20 years and has clinical expertise Mr Trent Williams is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at John Hunter Hospital in the Cardiology Department is the Cardiology.  Trent completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle.  Trent completed his PhD at University of Newcastle in the faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. Trent has a graduate certificate in Cardiology and 20 years of Acute Cardiology experience.  Trent has a keen interest in clinical research and cardiology systems, with a specific interest in the examination of adverse events and quality improvement.   He plays an active role in system development and monitoring of cardiology systems within HNE.  Trent has co- authored papers on STEMI systems and health outcomes of cardiology patients, and has won competitive grants and research awards.

Trent was recently awarded the Hunter New England Health Clinical Health Services Fellowship- where he will set up cardio-oncology clinical systems across the district. Trent has a passionate interest in training the next generation of nurses, and leading clinical system implementation

Email: Trent.Williams@health.nsw.gov.au