Ms Helen Cameron

Research Manager

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary


Helen is the Research Manager with the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle, Australia. Helen is responsible for overseeing, managing and supporting the Centre’s research activities. Within this role, Helen works to implement the Centre’s research plan and foster a research culture within the Centre. 

Helen has previously worked as an Executive Officer and Research Centre Manager with the University of Sydney, Department of Rural Health in Broken Hill.  In this role Helen was involved in managing the business of the UDRH, including managing contracts, HR and budgets and monitoring funding agreements. Prior to this, Helen worked in senior roles in a number of government departments and she has also worked as a Solicitor, mainly in the area of commercial law.

Helen has an MBA and a law degree and is also admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the NSW Supreme Court. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology).

Research Expertise
Helen has undertaken projects relating to research capacity building in rural areas, including overseeing the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development program within the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and an evaluation of the Researcher Development Program. She has also been involved in undertaking research involving rural workforce, including the Point of Care Testing Trial in General Practice.

Teaching Expertise
Helen has taught short courses on research methodologies to rural researchers and has also taught on medical negligence and informed consent.

Administrative Expertise
Helen has a Master of Business Administration and a great deal of senior administrative expertise within the University Sector. Helen has provided executive management of the administrative functions of a rural University campus, including providing strategic policy advice and leadership in relation to human resource, finance, administrative, and capital works issues. She has developed business plans and communication plans, MOU's and other agreements relating to various projects. She has also negotiated at a high level with government departments, funding bodies and other external agencies. She has been involved in the project management of a number of capital works projects, including the establishment of a rural clinical simulation learning environment. She has also managed human resource functions and undertaken performance development and management of staff.

Helen has undertaken projects and published in the area of research capacity building and rural workforce. She also provided training and support to rural qualitative researchers and completed a Master of Qualitative Health Research.


  • Master of Qualitative Health Research, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practices, College of Law
  • Master of Business Administration, Southern Cross University


  • Enabling Education
  • Research Capacity Building


  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130103 Higher Education 30
160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods 40
130101 Continuing and Community Education 30


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Cameron HE, Boreland FT, Morris JR, Lyle DM, Perkins DA, Magin PJ, et al., 'New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Researcher Development Program 2005-07: modest investment, considerable outcomes', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19 59-67 (2013) [C1]
Co-authors Parker Magin
2011 McIntyre E, Brun L, Cameron H, 'Researcher development program of the primary health care research, evaluation and development strategy', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH, 17 114-121 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/PY10049
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2009 Cameron H, Dupal P, 'Rural pathology under the microscope', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH, 17 222-223 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2009.01077.x
Citations Scopus - 1

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $359,170

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20151 grants / $347,000

(Re)claiming social capital: improving language and cultural pathways for refugee students into Australian higher education$347,000

Education is key to gaining social capital, especially for people whose lives, studies and careers are disrupted by political unrest. This project will identify the pathways taken by Humanitarian Entrant Background (HEB) students to enter higher education, and investigate how HEB students experience their transitions into and through undergraduate study. Adopting a qualitative, longitudinal methodology, this project has two primary stages. First, a nationwide audit of Australian higher education pathways available to HEB students will be conducted, followed by an in-depth examination of three distinct pathways: a school-based refugee mentoring program; a VET-to-enabling program and a community-based Intensive English Centre pathway; and two HEB transition-focused programs. Attention will be paid in particular to the language and cultural aspects of transition. From this the project will develop a set of best practice recommendations to facilitate HEB students' transitions through various institutional pathways and contribute towards HEB students' positive engagement with their education.

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team
Scheme Innovation and Development Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2018
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS

20081 grants / $12,170

How do rural and remote clinicians access and translate research evidence into clinical practice: a multi professional study$12,170

Funding body: NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Training

Funding body NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Training
Project Team
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS

Ms Helen Cameron


Research Manager
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 8603


Room MCLG57
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308