Profiles And Contributions To This Article

Planning research in rural and remote areas

Peter  Baker

Peter Baker

qualifications: MD

position: Head of Region


General Practitioner with research and education background

Desley  Hegney

Desley Hegney

qualifications: PhD

position: Professor of Rural Nursing


Professor Desley Hegney is a Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Queensland. She is the Director of the Research and Practice Development Centre, jointly badged research centre of UQ and Blue Care. She was the inaugural President of the Association for Australian Rural Nurses and was the inaugural Editor of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (1992 - 2002). Her research has concentrated on nursing workforce issues in primary health care including the first published research on the role and function of the rural nurse in Australia. She is extensively published in rural nursing workforce issues. She has also undertaken research into the role of the registered and enrolled nurse employed in general practice.

Other research into health service delivery models in rural Australia have included the effectiveness of a community health nurse in the ED to prevent re-presentations of elderly patients; infant feeding support services in rural Queensland; the effectiveness of an outreach palliative care service in rural Queensland; and the use of a triage tool to standardise triage assessment by nurses in the ED.

Cath  Rogers-Clark

Cath Rogers-Clark

qualifications: PhD

position: Senior Lecturer


Nurse researcher, interested in rural health issues especially emotional health and wellbeing, emotional resilience, cancer survivorship

Paul  Fahey

Paul Fahey

qualifications: MMedStat

position: Lecturer in Statistcs


Lecturer in Statistics, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Member, Centre for Rural and Remote Health, USQ Research interest: Quality monitoring, clinical performance indicators, outcomes from acute hospitals, patient transitions between health care providers, quantitative methods

Don  Gorman

Don Gorman

qualifications: EdD

position: Associate Professor, Mental Health Nursing

Geoffrey  Mitchell

Geoffrey Mitchell

qualifications: FRACGP

position: Associate Professor

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