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Nursing and Midwifery research

Senior Research Fellow

Doctor Caleb Ferguson.jpgDoctor Caleb Ferguson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC) and holds a conjoint appointment at Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District. Dr Ferguson is a Registered Nurse with over a decade of clinical experience caring for individuals with stroke, neurological and cardiovascular conditions.

He undertook his PhD at the UTS: Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care which was awarded by UTS in 2015, for his thesis titled: The AFASTER Study: Patient centered approaches to thromboprophylaxis in individuals with heart failure and concomitant atrial fibrillation. His program of research focuses on patient centred approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention and digital health. He has previously held appointments as Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, where he continues to hold an honorary appointment. Since 2012, he has published over 60 academic works. Including peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials, book chapters and scientific abstracts. Dr Ferguson is an Editor of Contemporary Nurse and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. He also contributes to peer review for the Journal of Advanced Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies, International Journal of Cardiology, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes and the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. In 2015, Caleb was awarded a National Stroke Foundation Fostering Future Leader Award. Since 2012 he has been a volunteer StrokeSafe Ambassador for the Stroke Foundation undertaking community advocacy work. He is a member of the Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee and 2017 Stroke Guideline Executive Development Group and the Heart Foundation's Atrial Fibrillation Guideline Working Group (2016-).

Dr Ferguson is available to supervise higher degree research students. He particularly welcomes interest from high achieving students from the nursing discipline, employees of WSLHD or those with an interest in stroke or cardiovascular care.

Researcher

Doctor Anjalee AmarasekeraDoctor Anjalee Amarasekera is an outstanding early-career researcher in the Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre and holds a conjoint appointment as a Research Officer at Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District. Dr Amarasekera started her career overseas as an academic at the research-oriented University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). She undertook her PhD at the University of South Australia: Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) which is the research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. She was awarded her PhD in early 2015 for a thesis titled “Does Vitamin D Deficiency Contribute to the Endothelial Dysfunction in Obese-diabetics?”. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of vitamin D and prevention of early stages of cardiovascular diseases including endothelial dysfunction in obesity, diabetes and frailty through clinical interventions. Her program of research includes multidisciplinary approaches to address clinical questions via both clinical and biochemical laboratory research. She is interested in prevention, minimizing and correction of the early stage of vascular dysfunction (endothelial dysfunction) and associated-comorbidities through pharmacological interventions such as vitamin D supplementation therapy. Even though she is still early in her research career, from her previous research, she demonstrated two original findings on potential effects of low vitamin D levels on endothelial dysfunction via endothelial nitric oxide signalling pathway in both obese-diabetics and healthy volunteers.

Dr Amarasekera’s future research goals are to provide promising clinical and biochemical knowledge to understand the importance of sufficient plasma vitamin D levels for reducing plasma low vitamin D levels-associated adverse health outcomes.

Administrative Support

June KnightJune Knight provides administrative support to the Nursing & Midwifery Research team at Blacktown. June came to Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District after working in big Pharma for almost 17 years. During that time she worked in medical information and pharmacovigilance, interacting with patients, healthcare professionals and providers, and undertaking a multitude of courses in product safety, quality, cold chain and customer service. In previous lives, she has also worked briefly in the local health district at Westmead, for a team of psychiatrists in Pymble, and a CSIRO research centre. Transitioning to administration in health research offers a different and refreshing perspective where she can apply her experience and knowledge as well as enjoy a “sea change”. June is passionate about dogs, travel and fishing, with the odd book thrown in.

 

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