Profiles And Contributions To This Article

Individual resilience in rural people: a Queensland study, Australia

Desley  Hegney

Prof Desley Hegney

qualifications: PhD

contribution: original concept, designed the project, collected data, supervised data collection, statistical analysis, wrote the first draft

position: Professor and Director, Research and Practice Development Centre


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.

Elizabeth  Buikstra

Elizabeth Buikstra

qualifications: PhD

position: Research fellow

Peter  Baker

Peter Baker

qualifications: MD

position: Director


General Practitioner with research and education background

Cath  Rogers-Clark

Cath Rogers-Clark

qualifications: PhD

position: Head, Department of Nursing


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

Susanne  Pearce

Susanne Pearce

qualifications: M Nursing

position: Research assistant


Rural Health, Resilience, Cancer, Geriatric Care, Evidence Based Practice

Helen  Ross

Helen Ross

qualifications: PhD

position: Professor

Christine  King

Christine King

qualifications: PhD

position: Lecturer


Participatory Research, Participatory Action Research, Social Learning, Community Participation, People-environment Systems, Multi-stakeholder learning, Research and Development - Methodologies and Practice Issues, Capacity Building.

Annette  Watson-Luke

Annette Watson-Luke

qualifications: PhD

position: Research fellow


Research on rural resilience.

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