Nursing experts

Murdoch University’s nursing experts have a strong foundation of nursing, nursing bioscience and biopsychosocial knowledge, and work collaboratively with the nursing profession to ensure excellent courses, congruent with community needs and the provision of quality healthcare in a variety of clinical settings within the community.

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Brenda Bentley

Dr Brenda  Bentley

Motor neurone disease, palliative care, end-of-life counselling, dignity therapy

Dr Brenda Bentley is a counselling psychologist who has worked in palliative care settings in the US and Australia since 2009. Her research focuses on improving care for people diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. She has specific expertise in motor neurone disease, and in an end-of-life intervention called Dignity Therapy, a life review psychotherapy that creates a document detailing important aspects of a person’s life.

Her current research is exploring the feasibility of online psychotherapy for palliative care patients. She is also involved in a project which is evaluating optimal ways to provide community nursing services for neurological patients in Western Australia. Dr Bentley is the Head of Discipline for Counselling in the School of Health Professions.
Anne Williams

Professor Anne Williams

Acute care hospital nursing, particularly  mental health and wellbeing

Professor Anne Williams is a nurse researcher with over 20 years’ experience researching healthcare issues within Western Australia. Anne was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Health Research, in the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University in 2014. Anne maintains links with the acute care hospital setting currently consulting to the Centre for Nursing Research and the SolarisCare Foundation, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Anne has extensive experience and knowledge of acute care hospital nursing, particularly in relation to mental health and wellbeing, cancer, quality and safety, palliative care, and pain management. Anne’s main research interests are patient experience and staff wellbeing.
Paul Morrison

Professor Paul Morrison

Mental health, managing medication side-effects, psychology, health promotion

Professor Paul Morrison is the Dean of the School of Health Professions. His research areas include the evaluation of care in mental health and interim secure forensic settings, the management of medication side-effects, and more recently, the evaluation of health promotion activities.

Professor Morrison has worked in health care and university settings in Ireland, the UK and Australia. He is a registered nurse and a registered psychologist with more than 80 publications. Some of his books have been translated into German, Norwegian and Indonesian.

He is Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Cathy Fetherston

Associate Professor Cathy Fetherston

Breastfeeding, lactation, midwifery

Associate Professor Cathy Fetherston is a midwife and lactation consultant with special research interests in breastfeeding and lactation.

She has presented widely in Australia and internationally in the areas of physiology and pathophysiology of the lactating breast.

Associate Professor Fetherston has published 10 papers in referred journals and a book chapter in this area and is the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the School of Health Professions.

Cassandra Berry

Professor Cassandra Berry

Virus vaccines, flu virus

Professor Berry's research interests include the improvement viral vaccines for influenza. In particular she focuses on understanding the natural proteins of the human immune system, the interferons, which can help us make antibodies to protect against viruses. The use of interferons in vaccines is of great interest in order to design a universal vaccine inducing broadly neutralising antibodies to protect against different flu viruses.

To reach these experts for media enquiries, contact:

Luke McManus
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Phone: 08 9360 2491
Mobile: 0400 297 221
l.mcmanus@murdoch.edu.au

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