Professor Tony O'Brien

Professor Tony O'Brien

Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Health focus in practice

A Registered Nurse (RN) with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) who has extensive clinical experience in mental health care and academic management, Professor Tony O’Brien is bringing his breadth of knowledge into practice at UON.

It makes sense for nursing research to inform clinical practice, which is why Tony has combined both in his academic career. Tony made a deliberate career choice to become a nursing academic and educationalist, and his 30 years of teaching and continuous clinical experience ensures that he is at the forefront of nursing higher education in Australia. After travelling the globe as an academic and RN, Tony returned to Newcastle five years ago to be closer to family. It was an added bonus however, that the University of Newcastle has become a strong regional university with a global research track, since he last worked here in 1989-1993.

Tony’s research profile is diverse, he believes it’s important to balance research and academia with registered nursing employment, and has been building links at the Hunter New England Local health District (HNELHD) acute mental health service at the Mater Hospital in recent times. “I’m very health services oriented – trying to focus on the type of questions you can apply to clinical practice,” Tony says.

Mental health on the health agenda

Tony is a Registered Nurse with AHPRA General Registration (Division I) (psychiatry and general medical surgical nursing) who has widespread clinical experience in mental health, community case management, acute mental health intake assessment and aged care. “I come from the old hospital system, I was a registered psychiatric nurse and worked with the Royal Maudsley in London in 1980-81 – Maudsley was known then as the mecca of psychiatry,” Tony explains. “My background in Australia though has been in acute mental health care: in regional and rural hospitals (emergency departments), community case management and crisis intervention and liaison. So I’ve tried to keep that going throughout my career.”

A devotee of ensuring that all research is grounded in the practical, Tony ensures that he knows what’s happening in the public health space. “I’ve now started a faculty practice event where I go in once a fortnight to the Mater as an RN, hoping to work with staff on quality assurance and health care research projects to improve the consumer experience and quality of life, as well as keeping up with best practice – some-days it is a learning curve that’s for sure.” “The mental health staff at the HNELHD are an incredibly skilled and dedicated crew”.

The community focus on mental health is broadening, with the awareness and acceptance of anxiety continuing to grow globally. “We’re seeing more of an emphasis on anxiety as a disorder, whereas in the past people would have been dismissed as ‘neurotic’,” Tony says. “But now a great number of people experience some form of anxiety and depression in their lives. The Black Dog Institute, headspace and Beyond Blue are focusing greater attention on these issues and trying to reduce suicide rates and depression outcomes, which is a major problem in men’s mental health.” As a clinician said to me recently “We’re seeing less admissions for people living long term with a major mental illness, because the medications are more effective than in the past, but many admissions for psychosis from the high use of methamphetamine”.

Focus on Men and Families

Tony is collaborating with other researchers at UON to reduce mental health issues that men face. One project involves working with men’s mental health to address perinatal depression in men with Dr Richard Fletcher (and others) from the Family Action Centre. The focus on family is what’s led Tony to explore the way that men are impacted by what’s traditionally been seen as a woman’s experience.

“I’m also considering the biological determinants of health outcomes for Indigenous people,” which follows on from his PhD where he explored mental health and identity with Indigenous young men. "This project is still in development but we are very interested in Men’s physical and mental health and its effect on child development, family cohesion and stability." One of Tony’s previous PhD student’s research addressed the Rock and Water program using martial arts to reduce stress and improve teenage boy’s health, confidence and self-esteem.

Stress and anxiety disorders are an increasing focus of mental health care. “There’s a lot of stress in the world these days, and there aren’t many people who’d describe themselves as happy – however that’s defined,” Tony explains. “So we’re eyeing off approaches such as mindfulness, which is an increasing feature of mental health services using yoga, meditation, relaxation, self-reflection and gestalt therapy. We’re looking at the sort of interventions that help clinicians develop a broader skillset to help consumers learn to deal with mental health issues.”

Helping students focus on mental health

In various academic roles, Tony’s aim has been to rework the curriculum at the undergraduate level, along with engaging mental healthcare practitioners. “In nursing undergraduate degrees across the country, mental health nursing has taken a backseat, as the focus in the program is broader. What we’re finding is that there’s more attention on acute physical care than on mental health. So students are picking up the study of mental health at the postgraduate level and topping up their baseline content. Perhaps for this reason the UoN Masters of Mental Health nursing is a very popular degree – in fact it has been described as the best in the country,” Tony adds. Revamping and reinvigorating curricula and degrees isn’t something new for Tony. “I established the Bachelor of Nursing (Science) degree in Singapore in 2006 with the Singapore Nursing Board and I’ve also been involved in curriculum consultation in Brunei, Indonesia and New Zealand.

The future of healthcare quality improvement entails ensuring that health services are oriented on the type of questions that you can translate into practice. “For example we’re working collaboratively with clinicians on projects around care and services, funded through innovation and translational health grants,” Tony says. “We’ve also been addressing issues with clinicians surrounding people who’ve come from residential aged care facilities who end up being transferred to the hospital for outpatient treatment. We have found a lack of health records travelling with residential aged care consumers can affect their continuity of care. Issues such as dehydration and mobility (even carer parking spaces) can impact upon elderly people, so we’ve been working to assess the transition to care to resolve barriers to improve transition and provide a more effective, safe and a successful outcome for all.”

Global collaboration

Tony is currently collaborating with researchers across the institution on a range of projects. One of these involves working with nier and aspen medical to explore resource management in South Africa when dealing with health outbreaks such as Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. He is also collaborating with colleagues at Newcastle University in Business and Law, Occupational Health and Safety and the School of Psychology to address the unique challenges facing mining and Occupational Health Nurses in South Africa.

Tony affirms that his research focus is broad: “I’m not one of those programmatic people, for me it has always been about pragmatics and collaborating. It’s around trying to focus on the things that interest you and what might help people in their daily lives”.

All this research is juggled with supporting MPhil/PhD students, undergraduate teaching, faculty practice, research and service to the university, which is quite the challenge. “We’ve got 2000 undergraduate students at UoN who all have to go on clinical practice – and that’s an additional but exciting task. Getting the balance right is an important focus, while still meeting the learning outcomes of the students in close collaboration with our health service partners”.

Tony’s focus on health services research and partnership, quality interventions, practice development and models of care is aimed at one successful outcome – improved consumer care. It’s a multi-faceted approach with a global outcome.

Health focus in practice

Professor O'Brien is a Registered Nurse with extensive clinical experience in mental health community case management, acute unit nursing.

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Career Summary

Biography

Professor Anthony Paul O’Brien

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Drive, NSW, 2308

Sept 2011- current

Email: tony.obrien@newcastle.edu.au

Phone: 49854368 mobile: 0448941943

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics-Education majors), Macquarie University
  • Master of Educational Studies (curriculum development), University of Newcastle

Biography

Professor O'Brien is a Registered hospital trained nurse (Mental Health and General), [Division 1] with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. He has held Singapore, New Zealand and United Kingdom Nurse Registration and worked as an RN in these countries. Tony has extensive clinical experience in mental health community case management, acute mental health nursing, mental health intake assessment and aged care. Tony has held clinical roles as a Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health CLIPS (Crisis Liaison Inpatient Psychiatric Service) Victoria (2010-11), Honorary Mental Health Nurse (National University Hospital) Singapore 2006-2008, RN-8 community mental health case management (North Coast Area Health Service, Kempsey 2009), Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) Mental Health (Port Macquarie Base Hospital, NSW, 2000-2004) and in a Faculty Practice Registered Nurse role - HNE mental health services (2016-current).

As a nurse academic he has provided curriculum consultation to nursing groups and universities in Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Brunei and Singapore; including curriculum review and development workshops. Professor O’Brien has held a number of senior academic positions, including: Director of the UNE Research and Clinical School Manning Base Hospital, Taree (1994-1998), Head of Department (SCU) (SL/Associate Prof), Head of Peninsula Campus (Monash) (Associate Prof), Program Convener (NUS) (Assistant Prof), Clinical Lead Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC) - a Joint position with Newcastle University/Hunter New England Local Health District (Associate Prof), Head of Discipline and Director of Post Graduate Programs (Newcastle, SoNM -Professor).

In 2006, Prof O’Brien successfully prepared the inaugural National University of Singapore (NUS) Bachelor of Science (BSc) Nursing for accreditation with the Singapore Nursing Board. At NUS he collaborated to design the state of the art simulation labs in the clinical science building contiguous to the National University Hospital (NUH). When at Southern Cross University (SCU), as Head of Department, he established the Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie campuses in NSW. He has published over 198 publications including, reports, monographs, book chapters and journal articles (94) combined; and presented 70 invited, plenary or keynote conference presentations - http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/tony-obrien#publications.

Prof O’Brien has been the lead or co-investigator on over 40 nursing (funded) research projects during his academic career, to a total of over 2 million dollars. His growing research profile has focused on quality nursing interventions, practice development, service re-design, models of care and translating clinical research to improve the quality of patient care. He has had 11 Research Higher Degree completions (5 PhD; 1 honours, 1 Grad Dip; 4 Masters by research).

In terms of teaching over the last 28 years, Tony has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mental health promotion, general nursing and research subjects across a variety of universities in Australia and overseas. Dr O’Brien has led, or been a member of 5 successful university nursing regulatory board Bachelor of Nursing curriculum accreditation processes. Tony has been a member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses since 1987; provided NSW Nurses and Midwives Board review of Nurse Practitioner applications and participated as a consultant to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board on overseas nursing equivalence assessment. He is a current visiting Professor at the Taipei Medical University (TMU) in Taiwan.   

Tony is the chair of the NUW Alliance Healthcare systems quick win group (June 2017). The Alliance is a consortium between University of New South Wales, University of Wollongong and Newcastle University to establish quick win projects across the three Alliance universities and their health district partners. Prof O’Brien’s professional nursing and academic experience spans metropolitan, regional, rural and international university nursing education. He has a diverse comprehensive background in clinical practice, nursing education, nursing school leadership, management and development; with an international outlook in relation to the development of the profession. 




Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander youth identity
  • Clinical Indicators
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Curriculum Development
  • Ethnography and Grounded Theory
  • Health services research
  • MIxed methods
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Models of care and redesign
  • Nursing practice
  • Palliative Care
  • Survey research
  • crisis intervention
  • teaching and learning nursing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111005 Mental Health Nursing 50
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 20
130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2009 - 1/08/2011 Head of Peninsula Campus - Associate Professor Monash University
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/08/2006 - 1/08/2008 Assistant Professor/ Program Co-ordinator National University of Singapore
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Singapore
1/06/2003 - 1/08/2006 Head of Department - Regional Program Coordinator - Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor Southern Cross University
School of Nursing and Midwifery
1/06/1998 - 1/05/2001 Senior Lecturer Massey University
School of Health
New Zealand
1/09/1994 - 1/08/1997 Director of Clinical and Research training Unit Manning Base Hospital - Senior Lecturer UNE
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
17/09/2011 - 17/03/2015 Associate Professor, Clinical Lead Nursing and Midwifery Research Center (NMRC) HNELHD/UoN
Australia

Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2016 Honours Health The management of Methamphetamine in EDs’ …
Narrative literature review
2015 PHD Health Rock Water
Managing Aggression in boys with the Rock and Water martial arts program
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 34
Total funding $2,010,356

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


Highlighted grants and funding

Reducing inappropriate catheterisation to Prevent Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) through a hospital wide, bundled catheter care (BCC) approach: a nonrandomised, controlled intervention study$651,919

Reducing inappropriate catheterisation to Prevent Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) through a hospital wide, bundled catheter care (BCC) approach: a nonrandomised, controlled intervention study.

Funding body: TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME

Funding body TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME
Project Team

Wendy Watts, John Ferguson, Michelle Giles, Anthony O'Brien, Vicki Parker, Sally Milson Hawke, Michelle Paul, Carolyn Hullick, Jennie King, Jan Maree Tweedie

Scheme TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Expression of Interest Nursing and Midwifery Office - Outcomes of recruitment of newly registered nurses and midwives transition into the workforce$199,600

Workforce factors and new graduate nurses and midwives

Funding body: Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales

Funding body Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme Category 5 Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Improving student orientation for clinical placements. $87,000

Developing an online education orientation package for mental health nursing clinical placement orientation

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme NSW Clinical Supervision Support Project (CSSP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Pathways to care exploring the barriers for mental health consumers who attend Emergency Department$30,000

Funding body: Victorian Department of Health

Funding body Victorian Department of Health
Project Team

Reed, F

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Developing Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) As A Web-based Intervention Mental Health Promotion Program for NUS Students$74,637

Developed an online CBT program to screen university students for suicide and depression.

Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding body National University of Singapore
Project Team

O'Brien Anhtony Paul

Scheme Startup Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Integrative Counselling by Nurse Midwives for women @risk of postnatal depression in Singapore $51,809

Nurse led intervention for depression using brief CBT techniques

Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding body National University of Singapore
Project Team

Arthur David

Scheme Startup Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

The development and validation of clinical indicators for mental health nursing practice in New Zealand. $204,714

National Health Research Council grant to develop Clinical Indicators and audit New Zealand mental health agencies

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team

O'Brien, A.P.

Scheme Health Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20172 grants / $18,448

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

Faculty of Health and Medicine travel domestic travel grant $750

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Project Team

Tony O'Brien

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Conference Travel Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20163 grants / $673,719

Reducing inappropriate catheterisation to Prevent Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) through a hospital wide, bundled catheter care (BCC) approach: a nonrandomised, controlled intervention study$651,919

Reducing inappropriate catheterisation to Prevent Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) through a hospital wide, bundled catheter care (BCC) approach: a nonrandomised, controlled intervention study.

Funding body: TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME

Funding body TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME
Project Team

Wendy Watts, John Ferguson, Michelle Giles, Anthony O'Brien, Vicki Parker, Sally Milson Hawke, Michelle Paul, Carolyn Hullick, Jennie King, Jan Maree Tweedie

Scheme TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

New Colombo Plan Mobility Programme _Taiwan Medical University$19,800

New Colombo Plan Mobility Programme -
Commonwealth of Australia as represented by Department of Education and Training
and University of Newcastle

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Travel grant$2,000

Travel grant to deliver keynote address at the World Congress on Community Nursing (July) 2016, Capetown, South Africa, 

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

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Tony O'Brien

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20152 grants / $45,519

Scoping novel rural mental health clinical placements for undergraduate nursing and social work students in northern NSW$25,065

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Ms Fiona Little, Professor Tony O'Brien, Professor Mel Gray, Dr Rhonda Wilson, Mr Graeme Kershaw
Scheme Hunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500768
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

The role of the Clinical Supervisor (CS) in interprofessional pre-registration student clinical education – the unmet educational need in university wide health studies clinical practice – stage t$20,454

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Professor Tony O'Brien, Doctor Karen McNeil, Associate Professor Shane Dempsey, Mrs Michelle Giles, Doctor Amanda Dawson, Associate Professor Martin Veysey, Ms Julie-Anne Olaisen, Ms Joy Taylor, Professor Sally Chan
Scheme Hunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500756
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20141 grants / $800

Andrology Australia 2014 Forum, Launceston Australia, 13-15 June 2014$800

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Professor Tony O'Brien
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400302
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20133 grants / $55,393

Does Our Bundle Stack up! Innovative nurse led changes for preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection – (CAUTI) an inter professional project$24,800

Developing catheter insertion procedures and policies to reduce infection rates

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team

Wendy Watts

Scheme Innovation and Support Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Customising accredited training to improve core skills for clinical supervisors of health students using an interdisciplinary approach$15,676

Health Education and Training Description: Developing a TAFE Certificate in clinical supervision for health care workers

Funding body: Hunter and Coast ICTN (Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network)

Funding body Hunter and Coast ICTN (Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network)
Project Team

3. Victoria LeQuesne

Scheme Health Education and Training
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Developing a Group Based Antenatal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ACBT) midwife intervention for perinatal stress, anxiety and depression. $14,917

Group based comparison of CBT intervention

Funding body: Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales

Funding body Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales
Project Team

Mandy HUnter

Scheme Innovation scholarship funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

20126 grants / $315,691

Expression of Interest Nursing and Midwifery Office - Outcomes of recruitment of newly registered nurses and midwives transition into the workforce$199,600

Workforce factors and new graduate nurses and midwives

Funding body: Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales

Funding body Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme Category 5 Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Improving student orientation for clinical placements. $87,000

Developing an online education orientation package for mental health nursing clinical placement orientation

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme NSW Clinical Supervision Support Project (CSSP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Ambulatory Care$14,998

Evaluating the aspects of outpatient care for the older patient

Funding body: NSW Health

Funding body NSW Health
Project Team

Wendy Pudney

Scheme Nursing and Midwifery Office Research Study
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Evaluating the preceptor role for pre-registration student clinical education – the unmet educational need in university wide clinical practice – a pilot study $9,993

Students undertaking health professional programs (currently around 13 programs just within the Faculty of Health) are required to spend considerable time on professional placement with qualified staff (preceptors) to complete the technical and practical parts of their degree programs. The university–professional placement nexus is extremely complex, and includes the various expectations of academic staff, clinical preceptors and students with regard to the preparation for placement and the conduct and evaluation of students on placement. Preceptors play an enormous role in the education of health students, and as such their feedback is critical to enable programs to better prepare students for placement. Students have identified in SFCs a mismatch between the expectations of the university and preceptors. In this study preceptors will be surveyed using the validated Clinical Preceptor Experience Evaluation Tool (CPEET) to develop a base line appreciation of preceptor educational needs and workplace pressures when precepting students. The project will benefit the university and its industry partners by providing critical information to enable programs to better plan for placement, and allow students to approach their placement with a better appreciation of workplace and preceptor educational expectations. Such an understanding of the precepting student nexus will provide a resource of expert advice available across the university and build a group of champions focused on the continuous improvement of the clinical learning curricula environment. This first phase project will concentrate on nursing and midwifery due to the large numbers of students undertaking placement and the large sample of preceptors available.

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

PRCHB support package application HMRI for the refinement of NHMRC application, Asking the people, asking the communities$3,300

The development and evaluation of a model of Aboriginal palliative care in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team

O'Brien, A.P.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Ambulatory Care, Nursing Midwifery Office $800

Funding body: Ambulatory Care

Funding body Ambulatory Care
Project Team

A.P. O'Brien and M. Giles

Scheme Fred Gordon Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20114 grants / $51,501

Pathways to care exploring the barriers for mental health consumers who attend Emergency Department$30,000

Funding body: Victorian Department of Health

Funding body Victorian Department of Health
Project Team

Reed, F

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Utilisation of e-learning to enhance education for undergraduate health care students$11,500

To implement a new online delivery unit of study focusing on research methods for undergraduate students in partnership with Pearson Australia.

Funding body: Monash University

Funding body Monash University
Project Team

Anthony Paul O'Brien

Scheme Monash faculty enhancement funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Improving student orientation for clinical placements$10,000

Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP): (2012), Improving student orientation for clinical placements. Expression of Interest Prepared by Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway and Associate Professor Anthony O’Brien on behalf of the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle – Health Education Training Institute (HETI) $87,000 – funded. Principal investigator.

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team

Anthony O'Brien

Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Evaluating the preceptor role in pre-registration nursing student clinical education $1

Understanding the student preceptor nexus in clinical education in the field.

Funding body: Non Funded

Funding body Non Funded
Project Team

O'Brien Anthony Paul

Scheme Ethics Approval
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20081 grants / $451,792

executive training and 'training-of-trainers' programmes for 160 nurse leaders and teachers from St Paul University Manila and Angeles University Foundation $451,792

10. Arthur, D., O’Brien. A.P. Phang. Chew Hun. & Chapman, A. (2008). Temasek Foundation (TF) Board of Directors approved a joint proposal submitted by NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Health Sciences for a one-time grant in an amount not exceeding S$593,760 (of which S$270,220 will go to NUS and S$323,540 to NP). The purpose of this grant is to conduct executive training and 'training-of-trainers' programmes for 160 nurse leaders and teachers from St Paul University Manila and Angeles University Foundation that will take place from October 2008 to August 2011.

Funding body: Temasek

Funding body Temasek
Project Team

Arthur David

Scheme Capacity building
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20072 grants / $10,962

The effect of simulation-based learning on undergraduate nursing students’ clinical competency in crisis management$5,481

Innovative model of problem based learning and teaching using simulation manikins and problem based learning.

Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding body National University of Singapore
Project Team

Liaw S.Y.

Scheme Internal Teaching Enhancement Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Video development for improving Therapeutic Communication teaching, National University of Singapore$5,481

Developing culturally specific videos of interpersonal communication skills for undergraduate nursing students

Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding body National University of Singapore
Project Team

He. H.G.,

Scheme Internal Teaching Enhancement Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20062 grants / $126,446

Developing Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) As A Web-based Intervention Mental Health Promotion Program for NUS Students$74,637

Developed an online CBT program to screen university students for suicide and depression.

Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding body National University of Singapore
Project Team

O'Brien Anhtony Paul

Scheme Startup Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Integrative Counselling by Nurse Midwives for women @risk of postnatal depression in Singapore $51,809

Nurse led intervention for depression using brief CBT techniques

Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding body National University of Singapore
Project Team

Arthur David

Scheme Startup Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20043 grants / $23,733

Registered Nurse Mentor Student Support Program (RNMSS):$19,133

Developing a mentor model of support by Registered Nurses for undergraduate students from TAFE and higher education in the MId North Coast of NSW.

Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding body Southern Cross University
Project Team

O'Brien, A.P.

Scheme Shared
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Establishing and validating women’s health promotion needs in Gestational Diabetes – understanding multicultural viewpoints. $3,100

Doran, F. & O’Brien, A.P. (2007). ‘A brief report of attitudes towards physical activity during pregnancy - health promotion considerations’, Australian Journal of Health Promotion, 18(2), 155-158.

Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding body Southern Cross University
Project Team

Doran Francis

Scheme Shared
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Discussion document- Articulation pathways between the Bachelor of Nursing/SCU, other SCU awards, TAFE and HSC Senior College/CHEC$1,500

Outlining articulation pathways between TAFE and HIgher Education for Nursing and Midwifery

Funding body: CHEC Executive Committee

Funding body CHEC Executive Committee
Project Team

Van der Klei J

Scheme Curriculum Development
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20031 grants / $4,818

Refining the Professional Practice Audit Questionnaire (PPAQ) for mental health nurses in Australia $4,818

Administering a professional practice audit questionnaire to mental health nurses, derived from a Clinical Indicators study.

Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding body Southern Cross University
Project Team

O'Brien, A.P.

Scheme Recruitment Grant for Established Researchers Southern Cross University Research Training Advisory Committee,
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

19991 grants / $204,714

The development and validation of clinical indicators for mental health nursing practice in New Zealand. $204,714

National Health Research Council grant to develop Clinical Indicators and audit New Zealand mental health agencies

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team

O'Brien, A.P.

Scheme Health Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

19932 grants / $25,220

AVCC Working Party on Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning.$25,000

Funding body: Australian Vice-Chancellors` Committee

Funding body Australian Vice-Chancellors` Committee
Project Team Associate Professor Lindsay Killen, Marilyn Pedder, Professor Tony O'Brien
Scheme Nursing Credit Transfer Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174290
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

'Mental Health Nurses - Setting the Agenda', Hyatt Kingsgate Sydney, 6 - 9 September 1993$220

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Tony O'Brien
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174412
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19881 grants / $1,600

The professional and technological influences on the caring practices of nurses: An International collaborative study.$1,600

Funding body: Massey University

Funding body Massey University
Project Team

Anthony Paul O’Brien

Scheme Massey University Research Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 1988
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed11
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Carers Concerns About The Older Person (Carees) At Risk Of Falling PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal 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 Co-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 Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Exploring the meaning of Recovery: Lived experience of Mental health consumers Nursing, Monash University Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD An Ethnographic Study to Understand the Concept of Rural Thai Elderly Resilience: Rural Elderly and Community Nurses' Perspectives PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Developing a Theoretical Perspective about Thai Pregnant Teenagers and their Families - A Grounded Theory Nursing Study PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Exploring HIV Prevention with Chaay Rak Chaay (Gay Men) in Bangkok - A Nursing Ethnography PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD A mixed method study on the needs of Saudi families and their involvement in the healthcare process – ICU. Nursing, Monash University Co-Supervisor
2011 Masters 'Factors Influencing Undergraduate Nursing Students' Attitudes Towards Paediatric Nursing'' Nursing, Monash University Sole Supervisor
2011 PhD Indigenous grief and loss Nursing, Southern Cross University Principal Supervisor
2011 Masters Perceptions of Nursing Students Regarding the Mental Health Clinical Learning Environment Nursing, Monash University Co-Supervisor
2011 Masters Mental health clinical placement and undergraduate nursing students' career choice' Nursing, Monash University Principal Supervisor
2002 Masters Research Utilisation in New Zealand Nursing Practice, Massey University, New Zealand, 1999-2002 (quantitative - 3 years part time/completed - 2nd class honours). Nursing, Massey University Principal Supervisor
1999 Honours How People Cope with Voices: An Exploratory Pilot Study - (quantitative). 2nd class honours). Mental Health Nursing, Massey University Principal Supervisor
1993 Unknown Psychiatric Nurses Attitudes to Being Assaulted - A Qualitative Study
This grad diploma was for the subject PHYN501 - Providing Specialist Nursing Care for the Award of Graduate Diploma in Nursing Care
Nursing, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Research Projects

Mental Health Examination and Assessment Project/Hunter New England Mental Health Service/Drinkwater and others 2015 -

This project has created an educational module for the up-skilling of mental health staff using mental status examination to detect deterioration in consumer mental status. The project has involved a number of phases including knowledge tests, quizzes, surveys and audits of case notes for use of the Standard Mental State Assessment Risk Tool (SMART). The project has been picked up by the Health Education Training Institute NSW for on line staff education.


South African Mining professional roles - health and safety 2016 - 2018

This project in collaboration with the South African Society of Occupational Health Nurses (SASOHN) is focusing on 'The effects of role ambiguity and conflict among occupational health nurses in South African mines'. 

The project is in the ealry stages and being developed under the auspices of 'aspenmedical'/NIER and the Centre for Resources Health and Safety - Human Element of workplace operations working group.


South African TB adherence project - Intensive Health Education in DR-TB patients to prevent defaulting 2016 -

This project is in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Department of Nursing Science, South Africa with Dr. M Williams and her colleagues. The project is in the scoping stage and we have had a couple of teleconferences to refine research focus. 


Translational research e-learning module 2017 -

This project is pitched at HETI (Health education Training Institute) and the NUW Alliance between University of New South wales, Woolongong and Newcastle Universities. A design and implementation quote has been provided from HETI and negotiations are continuing.


Using the patient journey to create a Clozapine Data Warehouse to improve value based person centred care 2017 -

Services Collaborating in the Project:

  • HNELHD Mental Health Services - Nurse Manager Clinic Services
  • University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Translational Research, Central Coast Mental Health Service
  • Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle, Waratah, NSW, 2298
  • HMRI CReDITSS (Clinical Research Design, IT, and Statistical Support) and Health Research Economics (HRE)


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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 48
Singapore 27
New Zealand 12
United Kingdom 9
Taiwan, Province of China 8
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Professor Tony O'Brien

Position

Professor
Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email tony.obrien@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4368
Mobile 044 894 1943

Office

Room RW 227 Richardson Wing
Building Richardson Wing University of Newcastle
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