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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DIANNE WYNADEN RN, PhD
Associate Professor, Curtin University of Technology GPO Box U 1987, Perth, WA 6845,Western Australia, Australia.
Phone: + 61 8 92662203

About Prof. Dianne Wynaden:
Prof. Dianne Wynaden, a scholar and an outstanding researcher in the field of Mental Health is presently working as Associate Professor (Mental Health) and Director Research and Development at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

Associate Professor Dianne Wynaden was born in Australia in 1953. She is married and has two daughters who are 30 and 27 years of age. Dianne is a registered general and mental health nurse and holds a Masters Degree in the area of Health Sciences. In 2003 she completed a PhD receiving a Chancellor's commendation for the standard and quality of her thesis. For the last 30 years Dianne has been committed to the area of mental health seeking to improve health care delivery and health outcomes in this important area at an individual, family and community level.

Associate Professor Wynaden has attracted over A $400,000 in research grants, A$1.5 million in educational grants and currently has A$3 million worth of research grants under review by Australian national competitive funding bodies. She has presented at over 30 conferences with many of these being invited presentations. She is on the Editorial Board of three scholarly journals, is a grant reviewer for several national /international grant review boards, is a reviewer for four scholarly journals and she has published over 30 peer reviewed scholarly articles in the health literature.

In 2001 along with Drs Orb and Eisenhaur she was awarded by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN. 46202 USA - the 36th Biennial Convention/Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship -Professional and Society - best article published in journal in 2001. The article was titled "Ethics in Qualitative Research" and has been quoted extensively in the benchmark work in Qualitative research: Streubert Speziale, H., & Carpenter, D. (2003). Qualitative research in nursing, Advancing the humanistic imperative (3rd ed.) Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. A reprint of this article with complete citation was also requested from the Georgetown University Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics International Reference Centre for Bioethics Literature Washington DC.

In 2005, Associate Professor Wynaden, was awarded a Leadership Recognition Award for her contribution to the profession of nursing by the Western Australian Chief Nursing Officer. She is an active member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and is a member of the Australian Mental Health Nursing Research Network Group. Professor Wynaden is currently supervising four PhD students and one masters by thesis student and is currently negotiating with another PhD international student from Thailand. She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. She was also a recent member of the Expert Reference Group who evaluated the mental health content within undergraduate nursing curriculum. This group reported to the Australian and New Zealand Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery and the Mental Health Taskforce set up under the Australian National Mental Health Strategy.

Associate Professor Wynaden has an extensive track record in completing health service research, which has an emphasis on developing research capacity in clinicians. This has facilitated the ability of nurses to complete research that promotes best practice outcomes for health consumers. Her areas of research interest are around mental health issues in the general health care system, particularly the emergency department, Indigenous mental health issues, psychiatric intensive care units, mental health issues within the justice system and acute community mental health care delivery. She has a particular interest in working with patients who have a psychosis and about promoting the physical health of psychiatric patients.

She is currently completing a large cross jurisdictional data linkage project that will compare the health care careers of 6000 people identified with a mental illness with a random sample of people from the electoral role who do not have a mental illness. The findings will assist in developing improved services for to promote physical health outcomes for people who have a mental illness as well as appropriate models of service delivery for this population of patients.

Associate Professor Wynaden is a named chief investigator on a A $2.5 million Australian Government capacity building grant currently under current review. If successful the research group will use the money to focus on improving Indigenous mental health outcomes at a national and international level. Indigenous mental health care is a neglected area in Australia with many Indigenous Australian having health care outcomes that equate with those found in under developed countries. The grant application aims to build the research capacity of Indigenous and non- Indigenous researchers in this important area. The outcomes will have significance at both a national and international level facilitating increased international collaboration and research in this important area.

Since 2003 Associate Professor Wynaden has held the position of Associate Professor (Mental Health) and Director Research and Development at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. During that time the research outcomes at the School have increased dramatically and the School is now well recognised within the community as making valuable contributions to health outcomes through quality research programs. Associate Professor Wynaden is also a member of the Curtin University of Technology Human Research Ethics Committee and makes a valuable contribution to this Committee within the university community.

Associate Professor Wynaden is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable groups within society. Her work to promote the profession of mental health nursing is central to improvements in care for these groups of people. She works with clinicians, students and younger academics to ensure that mental health is well integrated into all units within nursing curricula and that when all nurses graduate from Curtin University of Technology that they are able to delivery appropriate care to people who have a mental illness.

Associate Professor Wynaden, has been selected by the World Scientists Forum for "Eminent Scientist of the year 2008" International Award in the field of Nursing and Mental Health based on her academic and research excellence in mental health.

Curtin University of Technology GPO Box U 1987, Perth, WA 6845,Western Australia, Australia.
Curtin University of Technology (Curtin) in Perth, Western Australia is a multi-campus university founded as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) in 1967. Curtin gained university status in 1987. Curtin's teaching and research is grouped into five faculties: Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin Business School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science and Engineering. These faculties are further divided into schools, departments and centres, which are the basic operational units of the University. Teaching and research activities are supported by the Vice-Chancellory. Courses are delivered at several campuses and education centres throughout Western Australia, and in eleven different countries, as well as a host of international partner institutions, throughout the world.

Curtin is a large comprehensive and research-intensive university with a strong international focus on all its activities. Curtin is Australia's fifth largest university and third largest enroller of international students with over 17000 international students enrolled (42000 students over all).

Curtin offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, humanities, health sciences, resources, engineering and related sciences. We are also recognised for high impact research across five defined and distinct areas of focus:

  1. Resources and energy
  2. Health ยง ICT and emerging technologies
  3. Growth and prosperity
  4. Environmental change and sustainability

Curtin has close links with corporate business, industry, government and the community and our courses have a strong practical focus, with most involving vocational or work experience components. As a result, Curtin graduates are job-ready and prepared, with skills that enable them to make a genuine and positive influence in a continuously changing world.

Curtin is widely recognised for the practical and applied nature of our courses, which equip graduates with essential skills through exposure to industry and business, and Curtin's research, which focuses on solving real world problems. This combination enables Curtin graduates to be effective in the workplace immediately upon graduation.

As part of this approach, Curtin has always fostered successful partnerships with industry, business and government to enhance the quality of our scholarship, teaching and research. Curtin will continue to develop existing partnerships and to establish new ones in areas relevant to the University's research and teaching.

Curtin is a vibrant international institution with an exciting future

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