Dr Janene Carey

Dr Janene Carey

Research Associate

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary

Biography

I began my working life as an Information Technology professional focusing on PC support, networks and databases. Then I did a research Master's that looked at how IT consultants interact with small business clients to develop an internet strategy. It used a rich, intepretive, case-study methodology and reminded me how much I love writing. 

Later, after the intense experience of helping to care for my mother when she became bedridden with cancer, I began a creative arts PhD, wanting to explore how family carers coped with such challenging situations. The result was a book manuscript published in 2014 as A Hospital Bed at Home: Family stories of caregiving from diagnosis to death plus a thesis that contextualised the project within the fields of palliative care and narrative inquiry. The crux of the thesis was the conduct of the research; in particular, how to deal with the ethical tensions involved in telling a story about someone else’s life in a way that did not hurt, exploit or misrepresent them, while still telling it in a way that preserved my integrity as the writer of that creative nonfiction story. 

My writing doctorate took me in two directions - journalism and academia. Over the past decade, I've worked as a senior journalist and editor at community papers in Armidale and Bellingen. I've also had freelance pieces published in national newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, Outback magazine, Great Australians, Australian Book Review, TEXT and Perilous Adventures.

As a casual associate lecturer at the University of New England, I taught research methods, academic writing and public speaking and also worked as a freelance academic editor, editing PhD and Master's theses on Arts, Health and Business topics. I've been employed as a research assistant on a diverse range of projects, including Meals on Wheels,  LGBTI ageing, nurse practitioners in aged care, bilingualism in the bush and out-of-field teaching.

As a research associate at the University of Newcastle, I'm working on various projects with Professor Rhonda Wilson from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. One of them is exploring how therapeutic digital interventions could help women dealing with menopause in the workplace.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Central Queensland University
  • Master of Economics, University of New England

Keywords

  • Palliative care - family care
  • Qualitative research
  • Writing and editing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
360204 Site-based writing 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Carey J, A Hospital Bed at Home Family Stories of Caregiving from Diagnosis to Death, 238 (2014)

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Carey J, Brien D, Owens A, 'Introduction', In our own words : stories by Australia s international students, Tablelands Press, Armidale 1-9 (2015)
2015 Carey J, Brien D, Owens A, 'Introduction', In our own words : stories by Australia s international students, Tablelands Press, Armidale 1-9 (2015)

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Oppenheimer M, Warburton J, Carey J, 'The Next New Idea: The Challenges of Organizational Change, Decline and Renewal in Australian Meals on Wheels', Voluntas, 26 1550-1569 (2015)

The iconic Australian voluntary organization, Meals on Wheels, has delivered meals to the elderly and those with disabilities for over 60┬┐years and is currently facing considerabl... [more]

The iconic Australian voluntary organization, Meals on Wheels, has delivered meals to the elderly and those with disabilities for over 60┬┐years and is currently facing considerable institutional change. These exogenous changes include a more regulatory environment, tighter funding restrictions and a move towards marketization and competition. These issues are affecting a traditional service delivery organization reliant on a predominantly older volunteer workforce. This paper draws on neo-institutional theory to explore the impact of these contemporary institutional changes on an organization heavily reliant on volunteers, leading to a clash between traditional values and market concerns with efficiency and productivity. Utilizing a case study approach, and focusing on interviews with the current Australian leadership, this article explores how Meals on Wheels is managing change, and more specifically how leaders perceive the impact, and responses, of its volunteers.

DOI 10.1007/s11266-014-9488-4
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 2
2008 Carey J, 'Role misconceptions and negotiations in small business owner/web developer relationships', JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION, 14 85-99 (2008)
DOI 10.5172/jmo.2008.14.1.85
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2008 Carey J, 'Whose story is it, anyway? Ethics and interpretive authority in biographical creative nonfiction', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, 12 (2008)

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Carey J, 'Between a rock and a hard place: navigating the ethical demands of narrative inquiry and creative nonfiction', The Ethical Imaginations: Writing Worlds Papers - the refereed proceedings of the 16th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Byron Bay (2011)
2008 Brien D, Webb J, Carey J, 'A Plethora of Policies: Examining creative research higher degrees in Australia', The Creativity and Uncertainty Papers: the Refereed Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs (2008)

Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Carey J, Coping, Lismore (2008)

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Carey J, A Hospital Bed at Home: Australian stories of caregiving from diagnosis to death, Central Queensland University (2011)
2004 Carey J, Brochureware and Beyond: Case studies of formation processes and roles in consultant-developed small business web, University of New England (2004)
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Dr Janene Carey

Position

Research Associate
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email janene.carey@newcastle.edu.au
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