Strand Leaders

Other Researchers

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students

Recent PhD Completions


Professor Sally Wellard - Strand Leader

Sally Wellard is Professor of Aged Care Nursing – joint appointee of the School of Nursing, Federation University Australia, and Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, Australia.

She has wide experience in research related to nursing practice with particular expertise in social sciences, chronic illness and educational research. Her current work includes the exploration of the social impact of disease on families, consumer participation in health care services, issues in aged care nursing and undergraduate clinical education. She is actively involved in the governance of community based health service and is currently Chair of the Board of Management of Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare.

Sally is recognized for her expertise in qualitative research methodologies, with particular interest in interviews with consumers, families, and health professionals. She has widely disseminated her work through international and national peer reviewed papers, presentations and reports.

Sally has extensive experience in supervision and examination of doctoral work in nursing (nationally and internationally).  Additionally, she is frequently invited to review manuscripts for a number of international peer reviewed journals and is an assessor of grant proposals for a number of national and international competitive grant schemes.

During the past 5 years she has published 24 papers in peer reviewed journals as well as two book chapters and 17 presentations at international and national conferences.

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Professor Tony Love - Strand Leader

Anthony Love is Professor and Head of Psychology in the School of Behavioural & Social Sciences and Humanities. He co-ordinates the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program, and teaches and supervises in courses within the program. Please contact him if you have any queries about psychology in general or clinical psychology in particular.

 Key areas of research interest focus on psycho-oncology and supportive care needs of cancer patients, including palliative care. Anthony has published extensively on these topics, presented at International Conferences, and is a consultant to the Gippsland Integrated Cancer Services in this field. He has collaborative links with Staff at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Vincents Hospital, and Austin Health. He is currently engaged in a research program on prostate cancer and is conducting a randomised control trial of couples therapy for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and their partners with funding from BeyondBlue.

 Anthony also has a longstanding interest in professional and research ethics. He is currently Deputy Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Australian Psychological Society. 

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Associate Professor John McDonald - Strand Leader

John McDonald was Director of the Centre for Health Research and Practice and was responsible for the overall strategy and development of the Centre. John's main aims are to establish longer-term research programs, build research partnerships with organisations and agencies, and to work to develop the capabilities of early career researchers.


Research Interests
Economic sociology, privatisation and competition policy, rural health, community health 

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Professor Lawrence Angus - Strand Leader

Professor Lawrence Angus is Head of the School of Education at the Federation University Australia and strives to make the School one of the most innovative and professionally relevant in Australia. In particular, he wishes to confirm the School's reputation for its innovative programs and student-centred teaching, for its emerging practitioner-oriented research program, and as a coherent group of scholars and practitioners who are strongly connected to the Region and the education profession more broadly.

Lawrie's teaching areas include education management and leadership, social and educational policy, equity and disadvantage. He is particularly interested in critical approaches to educational policy and management, with particular emphasis on power and politics in organisations. He supervises research in many areas including educational restructuring, ethnographies of educational organisation and culture, bureaucracy and democracy, and educational reform. His own major research programs are in Educational Policy and Restructuring, and Continuity and Change in Education. These programs have focussed on issues of educational reform and the assertion and playing out of reform agendas in sites of educational practice. He has received funding for this work from the Australian Research Council, Australian National University, the Department of Education, Science and Training, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Victorian Industry Education Partnerships and the Victorian State Board of Education as well as Monash University, Deakin University and the Federation University Australia.

Professor Angus's most recent funded research, supported by an Australian Research Council Large Discovery Grant, has been with his colleague, Professor John Smyth of the UB, and involves researching ways of enabling schools in areas characterised by social and economic disadvantage to support community development and renewal. His most recent book based on this research project (with John Smyth, Peter McInerney and Barry Down) is Critically engaged learning: Connecting to young lives (published by Peter Lang, 2008).

Professor Angus has provided policy advice at various levels of the education profession from that of the individual school to Ministerial level. He has conducted numerous professional development and in-service activities for the Ministry of Education, School Support Centres, Principals' Associations and individual schools, and has delivered keynote addresses to professional bodies such as the Victorian Institute of Senior TAFE Administrators, the Australian Education Union, the Victorian Council of State School Organisations, the Council for Adult and Community Education, and the Federation of Victorian Schools Parent Associations. He has contributed to the public discussion of education issues, and to debate within the profession, through making a number of contributions to media coverage of educational matters.

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Other Researchers

Dr Kate Brass - School of Education

Dr Jenene Burke - School of Education

Ms Meghan Casey - School of Human Movement and Sports Science

Associate Professor Maxine Cooper - School of Education

Dr Alex Donaldson - School of Human Movement and Sports Science

Dr Rochelle Eime - School of Human Movement and Sports Science

Ms Joanne Finn - School of Nursing

Ms Sally Firmin - School of Information Technology and Mathematical Science

Dr Annette Foley - School of Education

Dr Nina Fotinatos - School of Science and Engineering

Mr Darcy Franklin – Equity Unit

Associate. Professor Barry Golding – School of Education

Ms Christine Halinan - School of Nursing

Dr Jack Harvey - School of Human Movement and Sports Science

Ms Nikola Hounsell - School of Nursing

Dr Amanda McGraw - School of Education

Dr Peter McInerney - School of Education

Ms Amanda Mooney - School of Human Movement and Sports Science

Dr James O’Meara – Institute for Organisational and Professional Learning

Ms Kim Pappaluca – Equity Unit

Associate Professor Amanda Telford - School of Human Movement and Sports Science

Dr Helen Thompson - Centre for eCommerce and Communications

Dr Jacqui Wilson – School of Education

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