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Personal

Name
Professor Debra Anderson
Discipline *
Nursing
Phone
+61 7 3138 3881
Fax
+61 7 3138 3814
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), MNurse (Flinders University of SA), GDNursStuds (Armidale Coll. of Adv. Ed.), BA (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Debra a Professor and Director of Research at the School of Nursing, QUT.

Debra also is a member of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Debra has nursing and educational qualifications and a PhD in Social and Preventive Medicine.

Professional memberships and associations

Fellowships/Awards:

2009   Nurse Scholar, Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Human Resources for Heath, World Health Organisation Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

2007   Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award

2005   Invitational Research Fellow, Australian Academy of Science, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University, Japan)

Current International/National Leadership Positions:

  • World Health Organisation Strategic Directions in Nursing and Midwifery 2010-15 Writing Group
  • International Journal of Nursing Scholarship (2008-current)
  • Editorial board Member
  • International Council of Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) (2010-current) Board Member
  • Phi, Delta Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2011-current) President
  • United Nations Advisory Council (Sigma Theta Tau International) Member and Chair: Organisations Working Group
  • Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences (sponsored by the Asian Research & Collaboration Center for Nursing & Cultural Studies) 2011-current nternational Editorial Advisory Board
Keywords

Breast Cancer, Chronic Disease, Cross-cultural women's health, Health Behaviour Programs, Indigenous Womens Wellness, International Health, Menopause, Nursing, Preventive Health, Womens Health

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professor Anderson has over 15 years experience in the field of social and preventive medicine. She has held the position of Director of Research in the School of Nursing at QUT since 2010. Professor Anderson’s clinical expertise is evidenced by her position as Clinical Fellow at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 2007-2011 and a Clinical Fellow position at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She has been a member of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) since 2009 and Director of the Women’s Wellness Research Program at QUT since 2010. Also, since 2012, Professor Anderson has worked as a collaborator in the Australian Longitudinal Women’s Health Study at the University of Queensland. Anderson has made a major contribution to leading the translation of research evidence into policy and practice. She has held substantial roles in University, Faculty and School committees, acting as Chair of several of these.

 Professor Anderson’s has obtained over $3.5 million in competitive research funding. Her research output focuses on the following themes; reproductive health and cross cultural comparisons of midlife and ageing in women; advancing the science on risk behaviours in women and the interventions to change them, focusing on wellness and healthy behaviours; and developing and testing interventions that promote healthy behavior change in women with chronic disease including women with diabetes and cancer survivors including physical activity, dietary intake, stress management, and smoking cessation; and to develop and test interventions that promote these behaviors.

 Recognised internationally as a leading researcher, Anderson has had numerous invitations to present her work at international and national conferences, having delivered invited plenary presentations at international conferences in Geneva, Brazil, USA and Japan in the past 5 years. Since 2008, she has been a speaker at many workshops, plenary sessions, and symposia, including 18 invited speaker or keynote address at an international level. Professor Anderson has further demonstrated her international standing in the field with:

  •  An invitation to be a scholar at the World Health Organisation working on the Global Strategic Plan for Nursing and Midwifery for 2009-2015.
  • Receiving an Australian Academy of Science, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Invitational Research Fellowship to further her international collaborative work at Tohuku University in Japan.
  • An invitation by Harvard University School of Public Health in 2006 and Harvard University Institute for Global Health in 2008 to discuss findings from her research.
This information has been contributed by Professor Debra Anderson.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2008
Details
Invited Editorial Board Member: Journal of Nursing Scholarship ERA rank A. The Journal of Nursing Scholarship is one of the highest ranked International Nursing Journals and published on behalf of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2006
Details
Invitation to participate and present research from The Healthy Ageing of Women research program in a workshop at the Harvard School of Public Health (May 2006). About 25 participants only were invited to attend representing the disciplines of Anthropology, Education, Epidemiology, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Psychology from various countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Paraguay, Spain, Sweden, The US and the UK. This is funded through the US National Institutes of Health, and the workshop made recommendations regarding future research and produced an edited volume on the topic
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2008
Details
Conference on Comparable Measurement of Functional Health: Harvard Initiative for Global Health. The conference was by invitation only to 20 participants worldwide and not open to the public. The conference was a dynamic gathering of leaders in the field of public health to share cutting edge research on health measurement and evaluation, discuss the influences and variablity of issues for future research across age groups and populations and examine key conceptual and methodological issues for future research. I was invited to present cross cultural womens health research from the Japanese and Australian Womens Midlife Study of which I am Chief Investigaotr. Published at http://isites.harvard.edu/icb.do?keyword=k35821
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
Key Note Speaker: The Australian Women in Leadership Symposium A National gathering of Australia's most inspiring women. The 2009 Australian Women's Leadership Symposium showcases Australia's most respected and celebrated leaders. It is the most highly attended women's leadership event in Australia and is delivered by Women and Leadership Australia and Australia's highest achieving women. I was invited to be a keynote speaker for 2009.
Type
Other
Reference year
2002
Details
Authored a highly successful book, The menopause made simple program, published by Allen & Unwin which has been distributed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the UK and the United States of America. This book is listed in 67 libraries throughout Australia, 64 libraries in the USA and the UK and published in 2 electronic versions.http://librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au/apps/kss?action=Display&queryid=8&target=freenbd
Type
Other
Reference year
2005
Details
The Australian/Japanese Midlife Women's Health Study project (Anderson, D., Chief Investigator), was chosen by Questacon the National (Australian) Science and Technology Centre to be displayed in the Australian pavilion at the Aichi World Expo 2005 in Japan and is now part of a travelling exhibition titled: ¿Innovation: a showcase of Australian and Japan cooperation www.innovationshowcase.org;
Type
Other
Reference year
2007
Details
Nominated by the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts as an expert of international standing and invited to be assessor for ARC Discovery Projects.
Type
Membership of a Statutory Committee
Reference year
2010
Details
As a nurse scholar based in Geneva at the World Health Organisation, I worked on the WHO Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery Services (SDNM) 2010-2015. My role is as a member of the Writing Group (4 authors) and to work with the Chief Nursing Scientist and the SDNM working party on the background pulling together the latest WHO documents and writing the strategic objectives. I presented the updated SDNM to the WHO 12th Global Advisory Group for Nursing and Midwifery Development in 2009 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The SDNM form the directions that governments across the world will take in their formulation of policy and practices regarding nursing and midwifery in their own countries.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
The Women's Wellness after Cancer Program
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1056856
Start year
2013
Keywords
Cancer, Health Behaviours, Self-Management, Telemedicine, Wellbeing
Title
InterLACE: International collaboration for a Life course Approach to reproductive health and Chronic disease Events
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1027196
Start year
2012
Keywords
Title
Enhancing Indigenous Women's Wellness: Strengthening and Supporting Indigenous Women in the management and prevention of Diabetes
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2011
Keywords
Indigenous Health, Chronic Disease, Obesity, Women's Health, Community Services
Title
The Neglected Dimension Of Community Liveability: Impact On Social Connectedness And Active Ageing
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0883447
Start year
2009
Keywords
Community Liveability, Social Engagement, Community Well Being, Social Isolation, Population Ageing
Title
Developing a Novel Method for Delivering a Behavioural Intervention for Decreasing Morbidity in Women with a Chronic Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882338
Start year
2008
Keywords
Preventative Health, Nursing, Postmenopausal Women, Health Behaviour, Womens Health, Chronic Disease

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