Dr Graeme Browne

Dr Graeme Browne

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Graeme Browne is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is the Program Convener for the Masters in Mental Health Nursing and the senior academic and coordinator of the Port Macquarie Campus. He is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse. Early in his career Graeme saw limits for nurses practicing under a bio-medical model so undertook studies in community health nursing.

For much of his clinical career he worked as community health nurse in mental health, NGOs, domiciliary nursing and bush nursing as well as in private practice. Graeme’s primary focus is on mental health research but because he works outside a major center, that is in Port Macquarie, he works collaboratively on a wide range of projects in collaboration with RHD students and clinicians

Addressing the power structures in health is one of the cornerstones of the development of primary health care. The declaration of Alma Ata (1978) and the Ottawa Charter (1986) committed to the ‘bottom up’ delivery of health services. As can be seen from Graeme’s publications he is committed to this. His personal leadership and teaching styles are inclusive and respectful of the input from consumers, colleagues and students. On his wall he has written ‘education is more about lighting a fire than filling a bucket (Yeats)’. Graeme’s academic leadership includes: developing and coordinating undergraduate, honors and masters level programs and leading successful research teams.

Graeme's clinical leadership includes: public health especially community health, working and developing services in the non-government sector and leadership in developing education and research in health services and developing evidence-based practice culture among clinicians. His success in these areas is enhanced by his interest in engaging with clinical colleagues and developing mutually respectful relationships. Graeme has a strong and genuine commitment to the development of the nursing profession as a leader in the future of health services. One of the attractions of working at the University of Newcastle SON&M is its commitment to the future development of nursing. It offers leadership in the rapidly changing landscape of health care. More than that there is a belief at all levels in nursing and a vision in the school of what nursing can contribute to the community.

Research Expertise
Mixed methods including a variety of qualitative approaches and quantitative design. 

Grounded theory using a Glaserian approach.

Phenomenology

Collaborations

Graeme collaborates in research with clinicians from a variety of backgrounds including mental health, palliative care, emergency care, midwifery and public health. He has also been involved in studies on housing, substance abuse and the families of people with developmental disabilities. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing, Health Commission of NSW
  • General Nurse Training, Mona Vale District Hospital - Australia
  • Associate Diploma in Community Health Nursing, Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), University of New England
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Southern Queensland
  • Mental Health Nurse, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc
  • Registered Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Keywords

  • Counselling and psychotherapy
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Nursing and communication
  • Primary Health Care
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Young people

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) 20
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 20
111005 Mental Health Nursing 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2010 - 1/11/2012 Research Fellow Southern Cross University
Health & Human Sciences
1/06/2005 - 1/06/2007 Academic Griffith University
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/01/1999 Researcher Queensland Health
Gold Coast Integrated Mental Health Service
Australia
1/02/1992 - 1/04/2005 Academic University of Southern Queensland
School of Nursing

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2012 - 1/03/2013 Registered Nurse - Acute Care Team Tweed Heads Community Mental Health Services
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2007 - 1/10/2010 Nurse Educator NG/7 Queensland Health
Gold Coast Mental Health- Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 17
Total funding $206,822

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


20176 grants / $90,063

What are the Experiences of Carers Receiving After-hours Visiting Palliative Care Support in the Hastings Macleay? $22,800

The research will explore the effect an after-hours visiting palliative care service, provided in the Mid North Coast Local health District (MNCLHD) in collaboration with the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Silver Chain, has on the carer’s experiences, ability and willingness to keep loved ones at home for end of life care. Using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, the emergent theory will contribute and add to the body of research in palliative care provision and inform policy and practice that is scaleable to other rural and regional areas.  

Funding body: NSW Health- HETI

Funding body NSW Health- HETI
Project Team

Pauline Smith NSW Health Graeme Browne UON

Scheme HETI NSW Health Rural Research Capacity Building Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Weight Management for people living with chronic illness: an RCT of a new mobile application$20,000

To examine:

1) the effect of a weight management smartphone application (app) for people living with chronic illnesses on participants’ body weight (primary outcome), Body Mass Index (BMI), activity level, mood and quality of life (secondary outcomes).

2) participants’ appraisal and perceived benefits of the app, and frequency of app use

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team

Raelene Kenny NSW Health, Sally Chan & Graeme Browne UON, Melvyn Zhang & Roger Ho NU Singapore, Sanjeev Sockingham & Stefanie Cassin Ryerston University

Scheme Mid North Coast Local Health District Research Support program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Introducing Routine Cognitive Screening of Older Patients in the Emergency Department (ED) $20,000

The aim of this project is to trial screening for cognitive impairment in older people who present to ED (regardless of presenting complaint), with the Ottawa 3DY (O3DY) – a four question, bedside, cognitive screen.  The O3DY was found to have a sensitivity of 95% with specificity of 51% (Carpenter et al 2011). Research involving the O3DY is limited, any significant evidence of this tool being used in Australia was not found.

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team

Brandi Welsh & Cheryl Richardson NSW Health Graeme Browne, Sally Chan UON John Hurley SCU

Scheme Mid North Coast Local Health District Research Support program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Targeting mental healthcare services to meet the needs of suicidal young men$17,698

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Professor Sally Chan, Doctor Graeme Browne, Professor Tony O'Brien, Doctor Amanda Wilson, Dr Joanne Rowley
Scheme Research Support Grant Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1600658
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

CBMHR Research Support grant $5,000

To support Weight Management for people living with mental health conditions: an RCT of a new mobile application study and other small early stage grants in collaboration with the MNC LHD

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Brain & Mental Health

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Brain & Mental Health
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Priority Research Centre for Brain & Mental Health
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

CMBHR Research Support Grants$4,565

UON generally, the CBMHR and the School of Nursing & Midwifery are increasingly interested in collaborating with the Mid North Coast (MNC) Local Health District (LHD) and Central Coast LHD. This funding will be used for administrative and RA support for support a series of collaborative research projects

Funding body: Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research

Funding body Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20162 grants / $37,779

Developing collaborative partnerships to improve the uptake of evidence-based integrated care across separate mental health and drug and alcohol services. Pilot of Phase 1: Developing motivation for change$20,000

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team

Natalie Wilson & Catherin Foley CIs Graeme Browne, Anthony Shakeshaft, Amanda Baker, Peter Kelly, Kerith Duncanson, John Hurley, David Rogers, Daniel Morrison

Scheme MNC LHD Research Support Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Targeting mental healthcare services to meet the needs of suicidal young men$17,779

This study aims to understand the specific mental health care needs for suicidal young men. Using methodology phenomenological approach, we will explore the lived experiences of young men who have received care for suicidal behaviour or a suicide attempt. Data will be collected using in-depth, unstructured, recorded one-on-one interviews. Participants will be male service users who have 'suicidal ideation' or a history of suicidal behaviour. A purposive sample of 40 men (18-25 years old) will be recruited from mental health services in NSW. 

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team

Joanne Rowley, Sally Chan and Graeme Browne

Scheme Research Support Grant Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

20151 grants / $40,000

Using EI to improve workplace culture and reduce bullying$40,000

Using EI to improve workplace culture and reduce bullying in the MNCLHD

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team

John Hurley SCU

Scheme Research and Quality Improvement Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

20141 grants / $1,480

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference, Melbourne, 6 - 9 October 2014$1,480

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Graeme Browne
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401010
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $5,000

Experience of nurses working on the MHNIP $5,000

Exploring the experiences of nurses working in the MHNIP

Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding body Southern Cross University
Scheme Research Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20082 grants / $11,000

The use of Chill-Out/Multi Sensory rooms in acute inpatient mental health settings$8,500

The pilot of the use of Chill-Out/Multi Sensory rooms in acute inpatient mental health settings

Funding body: Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

Funding body Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Sexuality and mental health care: Can we do BETTER$2,500

Improving the support given to consumers of mental health services, by mental health nurses, around their sexual health.

Funding body: Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

Funding body Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
Project Team

Chris Quinn

Scheme Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20061 grants / $5,000

Consumers’ and carers’ views of the housing needs of people living with a mental illness$5,000

Exploring consumers and carers views of their needs around housing.

Funding body: Griffith University

Funding body Griffith University
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20021 grants / $10,000

Housing and people living with schizophrenia$10,000

Exploring the contribution of housing to the mental health of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Funding body: Church of Latter Day Saints

Funding body Church of Latter Day Saints
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Community development grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20001 grants / $2,500

Housing and people living with schizophrenia$2,500

For people with schizophrenia investigating the consequences of being discharged from hospital to different types of accommodation.

Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding body Southern Cross University
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

19941 grants / $4,000

Needs analysis for the content and structure of graduate education in mental health nursing$4,000

Exploring mental health clinicians views on the make up of a graduate program on mental health nursing.

Funding body: Queensland Department of Health

Funding body Queensland Department of Health
Project Team

Graeme Browne

Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1996
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Health Related Quality of Life and General Health among Elderly with Chronic Diseases
The general objective of this study is to investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on<br />health related quality of life and general health among elderly with common chronic diseases,<br />and to explore the better understanding on the application of mindfulness meditation.
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD The Management of Consumer Aggression in Inpatient Settings: A Grounded Theory Study of the Ethical Decision Making of Mental Health Nurses PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD An Ethnographic Study of the New Graduate Nurse's Experience When Encountering the Culture of Acute Mental Health Services PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Psychoeducational interventions for the treatment of anxiety and depression symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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Community Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Exploring the Development and Implementation of a Model of Midwifery Continuity of Care in a Regional Australian City PhD (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2022 PhD A Comparison Study between current patients' nursing Assessment in Primary Health Care Setting in Saudi Arabia and Evidence Based Approach to Assessment in PHC.
Service delivery in the Primary Health Care sector in Saudi Arabia has continued to<br />experience drastic changes. Just like in the rest of the world, the most changing area has<br />continued to be in nursing profession. Whereas some PHC centres still practice the traditional<br />actual patients' nursing assessment, Cruz et al.,(2016) found that it is time "healthcare and<br />educational institutions" in Saudi Arabia shifted their focus to evidence based approach and<br />practice.<br />The same study goes on to conclude that evidence based practice is currently the goldstandard<br />of assessment and care in the nursing discipline today. The transition from current<br />nursing assessments and evidence based approach to nursing assessment has elicited lots of<br />discussion in the past decade. In fact, a study by El-Said et al., (2010) noted that evidence based<br />approach remains one of the most essential developments in decades for professionals in the<br />fields of nursing, psychiatry, medicine, psychology, counselling and other helping professionals<br />in Saudi Arabia.<br />The practice of traditional patients' assessment conducted by nurses is still in use in Saudi<br />Arabia though there is less documentation on it, despite the focus on evidence based practice<br />initiated by other discipline. Although this is widely the case, a comparative study would be ideal<br />to identify the shortfalls of either approach in order to improve service delivery in PHC centers<br />(El-Said, Zaki and Jakalat, 2010).
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD The Past is Not a Foreign Country. A History of Ideas in Psychiatric Nursing Scholarship Based on Textbook Literature From 1885 to 2013 PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Triage in opiate replacement programs Mental Health Nursing, University of Canberra Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The practice of mental health nurses: The need to include sexuality in consumer care Nursing, University of Central Queensland Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 56
United Kingdom 2
Ireland 2
United States 1
Viet Nam 1
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Dr Graeme Browne

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email graeme.browne@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 65816207
Mobile 0487000654
Fax (02) 65836478
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room Port Macquarie D23
Building D Block Port Macquarie Campus
Location http://newcastle.edu.au//staff/research-profile/Graeme_Browne/

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