Profiles And Contributions To This Article

General practitioners' perceptions of after hours primary medical care services: a Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia study

Desley  Hegney

Prof Desley Hegney

qualifications: PhD

position: Professor of Rural Nursing


Professor Desley Hegney is a Professor of Nursing at the Research Division, Central Queensland University, Brisbane Campus 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, compassion fatigue and resilience. 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.

Paul  Fahey

Paul Fahey

qualifications: M. Med (Stats)

position: Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Computing


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

Annette   Nanka

Annette Nanka

qualifications: n/a

position: Research Assistant


breastfeeding, service delivery

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