Associate Professor Chris Kewley

Associate Professor Chris Kewley

Associate Professor

Office of the PVC Health and Medicine

Career Summary

Biography

Career Summary

Bibliography

Clinical and Leadership Background

I joined the Faculty of Health and Medicine in 2012 after 30 years as a clinician and health service executive with my most recent positions being with the NSW Ministry of Health, Senior Executive Service and the Hunter New England Local Health District Executive Team. Throughout the 30 years I have had the opportunity as a senior clinician and health leader to lead services in the UK, and state health services in Western Australian, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. I have also provided leadership consultancy in Hong Kong, and Singapore and Ghana West Africa. During a 10 year period as a consultant to the Australian Council on Health Care Standards I completed over 30 surveys and operational reports on healthcare facilities and correctional medical services against national and international Standards.

My clinical area of expertise and research is in the area of cross-cultural mental health, refugee health, and I continue to consult to the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana in support of the Ghanaian Government’s national agenda to reform mental health services nation-wide.

Research Expertise

My original applied research background was in the area of health system review, performance and standards.  Over the last few years and since commencing a PhD, my research focus and passion has shifted to mental health within developing countries with a particular emphasis on how different cultures construct their illness narrative and the complex relationship between culture, religion, spirituality and western medicine.  My main thesis is addressing “How do health beliefs of African refugees influence attribution of mental illness and health seeking behaviour following resettlement in Australia”. The focus of my research is addressing illness narratives and health seeking behaviour in Ghana, West Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, and North and South Sudan.

Teaching Expertise

Upon joining the Faculty of Health and Medicine I was appointed as the Director of Post Graduate Studies (Course work) for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. My area of teaching expertise and interest is in the development of E-Learning architectures for teaching leadership and management through designing curriculum that comprises of three interconnected and interdependent components of information repositories, communities and networks and experts and expertise. This architecture is used to accelerate knowledge transfer of complex biological bodily systems to understanding complex and organic organisational systems.

Professional Appointments

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing, University of New England, Australia

Board member and international advisor – Mental Health Foundation of Ghana

Member of the Technical Committee for the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana- Annual Mental Health Conference, Ghana West Africa

Editor-in-Chief World Nursing Conference Global Science and Technology Forum-Singapore

Co-Editor-Contemporary Issues in Nursing: An International Perspective –World Scientific Publishing: Singapore

Co-Editor-Journal of Nursing and Healthcare ISSN: 22345-718X

Professional Affiliations

Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency

University of Canberra Post Graduate Association

A/Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM)

Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE)

Health Management Research Alliance (HMRA)

Board Member –Australian College of Health Service Managers (NSW)

Chair Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) NSW



Qualifications

  • Master of Public Administration, University of Canberra
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Curtin University of Technology
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Curtin University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Administration, University of Canberra

Keywords

  • Complex Health Systems
  • Cross-Cultural Psychiatry
  • Developing Countries-Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Health Systems Leadership and Management
  • Mental Health Refugees Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan
  • Research-Ghana, West Africa-Mental Health
  • Senior Health Executive

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy 30
111005 Mental Health Nursing 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
Office of the PVC Health and Medicine
Australia
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Awards

Professional

Year Award
2015 Dr John Mocha- Humanitarian Award for Services to Mental Health- Ghana West Africa
Mental Health Foundation of Ghana
2013 Faculty International Collaborations-Staff Excellence Award
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
2008 NSW Public Service Medal
NSW Govement Premiers Department

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
CLAM 6002 Foundations of Clinical Leadership and Management
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Course Coordiantor 6/02/2012 - 22/03/2016
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Course coordinator 6/02/2012 - 6/07/2015
CLAM6002 Australian Health Service Organisation, Infrastructure and Management
CLAM6002 Australian Health Service, Organisation, Infrastucture and Management
Course Coordinator 6/02/2012 - 22/03/2016
CLAM6008 Application of Leadership and Management Skills
CLAM6008 Application of Leadership and Management Skills
Course coordinator 6/02/2012 - 22/03/2016
NURS6624 Leading Change in Practice
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Director of Post Graduate Studies 5/11/2012 - 17/08/2015
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News

Chris Kewley_Ghanaian Nana Queen Mother

UON furthers its support for mental health reform in Ghana

October 11, 2016

A University of Newcastle (UON) academic is travelling to Ghana, West Africa this week for the country’s third Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference.

Associate Professor Chris Kewley

Position

Associate Professor
Office of the PVC Health and Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email chris.kewley@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5751
Mobile 0427 139 086
Fax (02) 4921 5669

Office

Room BB2-12
Building Bowman Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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