Dr Margaret Harris

Dr Margaret Harris

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Margaret is currently a lecturer at the University of Newcastle where she co-ordinates undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing courses and supervises research higher degree students. Margaret has taught across a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate programs in the Faculty of Health, since 1995, including Bachelor degrees in Medicine; Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy; Oral Health; Education. Margaret was the program convenor for post graduate course work and research higher degrees in Health Promotion from 2002 - 2006 in the discipline of Health Behaviour Science.

Margaret has extensive experience with international students, for example, teaching post graduate Health Promotion to Masters of Nursing students in Hong Kong.  She spent 2011 as an international support academic at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and regularly teaches at Khon Kaen University, also in Thailand.  

Margaret's PhD research (Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, 1999) was supported by a full time NHMRC PhD scholarship and explored participation in screening for colorectal cancer for first degree relatives of people with colorectal cancer. Margaret was awarded a Fulbright Post Doctoral Award in 2002 to further explore cancer screening behaviours at the University of Hawaii as well as other awards during her PhD candidature including the Public Health Education and Research Trust (PHERT) Health Promotion Evaluation Award for 1997 and received a certificate of commendation as the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Young Researcher of the Year in 1998.   

She has been an investigator on many research grants and has many publications. Topics have included a range of issues related to health behaviour science including the health of vulnerable groups. Her most research recent grant was received as part of her role as a member of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing and was from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (March 2008). Margaret's current research investigates the health and health related behaviours of sex workers in a regional city in Australia. This study has involved a survey and grounded theory through in-depth interviews. The results of this work fill an important gap in existing knowledge and have been applied to produce health promotion information for sex workers. Margaret has a strong interest in this area, including sexually transmitted infections, and currently supervises a PhD student investigating the impact of parents' death due to AIDS among children in Thailand.

Like most of Margaret's research, her current research involves a multidisciplinary approach. Margaret is committed to the philosophy of multidisciplinary, collaborative research. She also has a particular interest in international collaboration. Margaret's methodological expertise includes both quantitative and qualitative methods including grounded theory and randomised controlled trials. 

Margaret strongly values community engagement and regularly presents at community service organisations.  She is also the founder and administrator of the facebook page “Nursing + Midwifery Careers” – a page that profiles the wide variety of nursing and midwifery career options, and aims to inspire by sharing personal stories + practical information.  She is a regular contributor to local ABC radio and local newspapers. Margaret was the co-coordinator of the “Neophytes Writing and Presentation Group”  which is a monthly support group for clinicians, in Newcastle.  She is also an active volunteer, for example spent  several months in Fiji in 2013 where she conducted interviews with key stakeholders in remote Fiji to assess drug and alcohol risks and prepared a report summarising the findings.  She also taught cancer screening and general women’s health to remote village dwelling women.

Teaching:

Co-ordination of undergraduate courses for Bachelor of Nursing across three campuses.  Lecturing in undergraduate and post graduate courses.  Supervision of Research Higher Degree students.  Member of relevant teaching and research committees.

 Recent international teaching and consultation:

Research and writing workshop for academic staff:  Faculty of Nursing, Boromarajonani College of Nursing Phayao, Thailand, July 2016. 

Research and writing workshops for academic staff and post graduate students:  Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, December 2015.

Research and writing workshops for academic staff and post graduate students:  Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University; and, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok; Thailand, December 2014.

Consultation with PhD students:  Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, December 2013.

Publication and research methods:  International Masters and PhD students, Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, December 2012.

Contract as Consultant to research higher degree students:  Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, April – December 2011.

Publication and research methods:  International Masters and PhD students, Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, July 2010.

Research methods:  Masters of Public Health students, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2010.

Publication workshop:  PhD students, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, November 2008.

Masters of Health Promotion:  Hartford College, Hong Kong, June 2004.

On-going consultation with International research higher degree students studying in Thailand.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Social Science, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • AOD
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Social Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 20
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 40
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 40

Awards

Award

Year Award
2002 Australian-American Fulbright Commission Post Doctoral Award 2002. Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, The University of Hawaii.
Australian-American Fulbright Association
1998 Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Young Researcher of the Year 1998 Certificate of Commendation.
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
1998 Public Health Education and Research Trust (PHERT) Health Promotion Evaluation Award for 1997. $2500 to present paper at international conference.
National Health and Medical Research Council
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Publications

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


Journal article (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Day JL, Taylor A, Summons P, van der riet, Hunter, Maguire, et al., 'Home care packages: Insights into the experiences of older epople leading up to the introduction of consumer directed care in Australia', Australian Journal of Primary Health, (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/PY16022
Co-authors Peter Summons, Sarah Jeong, Pamela Vanderriet, Jenny Day, Ann Taylor, Sharyn Hunter, Isabel Higgins, Gunilla Haydon, Helen Bellchambers
2014 Rossiter RC, Day J, McDonald VM, Hunter S, Jeong S, Van Der Riet P, et al., 'Redefining old: Optimising health and wellbeing', Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health, 40 59-72 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Rachel Rossiter, Vanessa Mcdonald, Isabel Higgins, Jenny Day, Sharyn Hunter, Sarah Jeong, Pamela Vanderriet
2013 Urquhart DS, Gulliver T, Williams G, Harris MA, Nyunt O, Suresh S, 'Central sleep-disordered breathing and the effects of oxygen therapy in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome', ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD, 98 592-595 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/archdischild-2012-303441
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 9
2011 Harris MA, Nilan PM, Kirby ER, 'Risk and risk management for Australian sex workers', Qualitative Health Research, 21 386-398 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1049732310385253
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Pamela Nilan
2010 Raward A, Harris MA, 'Infant feeding and mother-to-child transmission of HIV', HNE Handover. For Nurses and Midwives, 3 30-33 (2010) [C2]
2010 Stone TE, Levett-Jones TL, Harris MA, Sinclair PM, 'The genesis of 'the Neophytes': A writing support group for clinical nurses', Nurse Education Today, 30 657-661 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.12.020
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Peter Sinclair, Teresa Stone
2009 Stone TE, Levett-Jones TL, Harris MA, 'The genesis of 'The neophytes': A writing support group for clinical nurses', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 32-36 (2009) [C2]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.12.020
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Teresa Stone
2009 Nillsen I, Harris MA, 'Navigating care after a baby dies: Improving nursing care for the bereaved parents', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 49-50 (2009) [C2]
2005 Byles JE, Mishra GD, Harris MA, 'The experience of insomnia among older women', Sleep, 28 972-979 (2005) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Julie Byles
2003 Byles JE, Mishra GD, Harris MA, Nair BR, 'The problems of sleep for older women: changes in health outcomes', Age and Ageing, 32 154-163 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/ageing/32.2.154
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Julie Byles
2001 Hasan S, Byles JE, Mishra G, Harris MA, 'Use of sleeping medication and quality of life among older women who report sleeping difficulty', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 20 29-35 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Julie Byles
2000 Harris MA, Byles JE, Cockburn J, D'Este CA, 'A general practice-based recruitment strategy for colorectal cancer screening', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24 441-443 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Julie Byles
1998 Harris MA, Treloar CJ, Byles JE, 'Colorectal cancer screening: discussions with first degree relatives', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(7) 826-828 (1998) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Julie Byles
1998 Harris M, Byles J, Mishra G, Brown WJ, 'Screening For Cervical Cancer - Health Care, Isolation And Social Support', HEALTH PROMOTION JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 8(3) 167-172 (1998) [C1]
1997 Harris MA, Byles JE, 'A survey of screening compliance among first degree relatives of people with colon cancer in new South Wales', Journal of Medical Screening, 4 29-34 (1997)

Objective-To survey screening practices, knowledge, and attitudes towards screening among first degree relatives of people with colon cancer. Setting-A random sample of people wit... [more]

Objective-To survey screening practices, knowledge, and attitudes towards screening among first degree relatives of people with colon cancer. Setting-A random sample of people with colon cancer listed on the New South Wales (NSW) Cancer Registry were mailed a questionnaire to be passed on to an appropriate first degree relative. Methods-Two hundred and twenty five first degree relatives completed a self administered questionnaire. Results- Although there were high levels of awareness about colorectal cancer, and attitudes towards colorectal cancer were generally positive, screening rates were low, and only three relatives had been screened in accordance with current Australian recommendations. Factors associated with previous participation in any type of screening test (usually once) included receiving a medical recommendation to screen, having more than one relative with colorectal cancer, being a sibling of the relative with colon cancer, the relative with cancer being female, and perceiving screening as messy, but not painful. Conclusions-Strategies to enhance screening awareness and participation among relatives need to be considered. This study provides some insight into factors to be considered in developing awareness programmes. Further research is required to explore these factors, and to identify ways to overcome barriers.

Citations Scopus - 39
Co-authors Julie Byles
1996 Harris M, Byles J, Higginbotham N, Nair BR, 'Preventive programs for older people: How effective are they?', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 15 148-153 (1996)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.1996.tb00018.x
Citations Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Julie Byles
1996 Harris MA, Byles JE, 'Health Promotion for Older Australians.', Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 6 37-43 (1996)
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Harris MA, 'Writing for Publication Workshop' (2016)
2012 Harris MA, 'Crisis...What crisis? Women's experience of the withdrawal of Vioxx and discrediting of the Cox-2S', Proceedings of the 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research (2012) [E3]
2012 Parkinson L, Harris MA, Moxey AJ, Robertson J, Doran E, Byles JE, 'Older women's experience of the withdrawal of Vioxx and discrediting of the COX-2s', Australasian Journal on Ageing (2012) [E3]
Co-authors L Parkinson, Julie Byles
2010 Tangpukdee J, Keatinge DR, Koch TG, Harris MA, Nilvarangkul K, 'The impact of HIV/AIDS: A participatory action research study to explore what can be done to assist Thai families when children are orphaned', 8th World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning (2010) [E1]
2010 Harris MA, 'Risk and risk management for Australian sex workers', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010 (2010) [E3]
DOI 10.1177/1049732310385253
2009 Harris MA, Stone TE, Levett-Jones TL, Sinclair PM, 'The genesis of 'the neophytes': A writing support group for clinical nurses', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00648.x
Co-authors Teresa Stone, Peter Sinclair, Tracy Levett-Jones
2008 Harris MA, Southgate EL, Bowe SJ, Nilan PM, 'The health and lifestyle of sex workers in a regional city on Australia', International Nursing Research Conference: Facing the Challenge of Health Care Systems in Transition. Abstracts (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Pamela Nilan, Erica Southgate
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Report (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Day JL, Higgins I, Taylor A, Hunter S, Summons P, van der riet P, et al., 'Choosing to stay at Home: The experiences of older people with consumer directed home care packages after July 2015.', Consumer Directed Care Research Team, 104 (2016)
Co-authors Jenny Day, Sharyn Hunter, Ann Taylor, Peter Summons, Isabel Higgins, Pamela Vanderriet
2015 Day JL, Taylor A, Summons P, Van der riet, Hunter S, Maguire, et al., 'Preliminary Report Phase 1: Older peoples experiences with consumer directed care [Confidential Report]. University Of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia.', Consumer Directed Care Research Team, 14 (2015) [R2]
Co-authors Helen Bellchambers, Sharyn Hunter, Ann Taylor, Peter Summons, Jenny Day, Pamela Vanderriet, Isabel Higgins, Sarah Jeong
1995 Harris MA, Byles JE, Higginbotham N, '. Preventive Assessments for Older Australians.', Department of Human Service and Health, General Practice Branch (1995)
1994 Harris MA, Byles JE, Higginbotham N, 'Preventive Care for Elderly Veterans and War Widows- Feasibility Study and Preparation of Research Brief.', Commonwealth Department of Veteran's Affairs (1994)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1999 Harris MA, Screening participation and recruitment among first degree relatives of people with colorectal cancer in Australia, The University of Newcastle (1999)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $133,643

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20162 grants / $2,500

Keynote address at the Nursing Educational Institute Network (NEIN) Student Nurses’ Forum, July 2 - 3, Phayao, Thailand.$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle travel grant

Funding body University of Newcastle travel grant
Project Team

Dr MA Harris

Scheme University of Newcastle travel grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

Writing for Publication Workshop at the: 17th International Mental Health Conference$1,000

Funding body: Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research

Funding body Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research
Project Team

Dr MA Harris

Scheme Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

20152 grants / $15,000

Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Co-production Action Research Project. $10,000

Funding body: The Univesrity of Newcastle

Funding body The Univesrity of Newcastle
Project Team

Day J, McCarthy J, Hunter S, Weston C, Higgins I, Harris MA.

Scheme School of Nursing and Midwifery
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Co-production Action Research Project. $5,000

Funding body: Council of the Aged

Funding body Council of the Aged
Project Team

Day J, McCarthy J, Hunter S, Weston C, Higgins I, Harris MA.

Scheme Council of the Aged
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20121 grants / $1,500

2nd Global Congress of Qualitative health Research, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, 28 - 30 June 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200506
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $1,000

International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Chiang Rai, Thailand, 1 - 3 December 2010$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000903
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,629

9th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association, Bali Indonesia, 12-15 June 09$1,629

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189966
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

International Nursing Research Conference, Jerusalem, Israel, 30/6/2008 - 4/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189123
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $65,890

Barriers and facilitators for HCV prevention among sex workers in the Hunter region.$65,890

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Professor Pamela Nilan, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Non Government Organisation Grant Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183141
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20001 grants / $765

6th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine, Qld 15-18 November 2000$765

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180548
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19961 grants / $2,045

Travel to Bethesda, Maryland, USA.$2,045

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris
Scheme Travel Grants for Health Professionals
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175967
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

19951 grants / $41,614

Screening history of first degree relatives of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer.$41,614

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Margaret Harris, Professor Julie Byles
Scheme PHRDC Research Scholarship (Defunct)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0176398
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Type 1 Diabetes Medical Science, The University of Sydney Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Type 1 Diabetes Medical Science, The University of Sydney Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Your Diabetes Project 2016 - 2017

Collection and analysis of qualitative data


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Dr Margaret Harris

Position

Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email margaret.harris@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7426

Office

Room RW252
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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