IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Chronic conditions and lifestyle

Research focus

An international award-winning nurse academic, Liz has a strong interest in Primary Health Care nursing. Her PHC research expertise relates to the nursing workforce in primary care, chronic and complex disease and lifestyle risk factor reduction. Additionally, Liz has undertaken research around the nursing academic workforce and teaching and learning in nursing.
In 2018, Liz was inducted in to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in recognition of the significant and sustained national / international recognition of her work and its positive impact on the profession and the community. At the University of Wollongong, Liz plays a leadership role developing PHC nursing research, as well as engaging multidisciplinary academics within Primary Health Care to address the growing challenges in providing health care within the community.

Publications and funding


  • Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care NSW Representative
  • Fellow, Australian College of Nursing
  • Xi Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Member, Editorial Board, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association “Primary Times”
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Australian Primary Health Care

Other roles

  • Editor, Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research
  • Associate Editor, BMC Family Practice
  • NSW Representative, Association of Academic Primary Care

IHMRI research team

PhD candidates

Kaara Calma (co-supervised with Dr Susan McInnes) Understanding students' perceptions of careers in PHC
Catherine Stephen (co-supervised with Dr Susan McInnes) Impress: An RCT of a nurse-led hypertension intervention in Australian general practice
Sarah Smith Experiences of nurses in small rural hospitals
Grant Kinghorn Transitions to forensic mental health nursing
Sharon James (co-supervised with Dr Susan McInnes) How do registered nurses in Australian primary care deliver and perceive lifestyle risk communication
Cristina Thompson Social Isolation in older people
Wa'ed Shiyab Social media and lifestyle risk

Masters students

Rebekah Carter Feed-forward: Using annotated exemplars to promote student engagement and satisfaction (FASTEN) project