Associate Professor Heather McKenzie
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Associate Professor Heather McKenzie

RN, PhD BA UNSW
Associate Dean (Academic)
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Associate Professor Heather McKenzie

Heather McKenzie is Associate Dean (Academic) and Associate Professor at Sydney Nursing School, where she was formerly Sub-Dean (Research). She is a registered nurse, and was awarded the University of New South Wales University Medal for her project exploring the experiences of women with breast cancer. Her doctoral research led to an invited paper about isolation following cancer survivorship and invited contributions on cancer survivorship in two books. Heather has contributed several significant publications about cancer illness experience since she began research in the field in 1996. She also contributes to nursing education, through maintaining a strong focus on research, consolidating relationships with key people in clinical and academic settings, and seeking new partnerships that will enable achievement of the research aims and objectives.

Heather has a strong research background in cancer care and cancer illness experiences. Along with an extensive clinical background in community nursing, she is currently conducting research into the relationship between community nurses and Chinese-Australian cancer patients. This leading research in a little-known area is already receiving international interest. Following a conference presentation of the preliminary data, she has had discussions with researchers at the University of Southampton to replicate this research in the UK.

Research interests

  • sociology of health, illness and suffering
  • sociology of emotions
  • community nursing
  • cancer care
  • qualitative research methodology
  • social theory
  • the interface between institutions of health care and consumers
  • politics of nursing

Heather is currently supervising three postgraduate students conducting research into the illness experiences of patients and carers. He also supervises four doctoral research students, and leads the humanities and social sciences stream in the faculty's pre-registration curriculum.

Supervision of research students

  • 2012 Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding the lives and practices of people living with and providing long-term support to people with spinal cord injuries
  • 2011 Doctor of Philosophy, A palliative approach for elderly people with declining health, living in hostel accommodation: the state of play
  • 2011 Doctor of Philosophy, Multiple Myeloma: A study of the experiences of patients and carers using grounded theory
  • 2011 Master of Nursing, The experiences of immigrant nurses working in high acuity settings, due for completion
  • 2010 Doctor of Philosophy, A palliative approach for elderly people with declining health, living in hostel accommodation: the state of play
  • 2010 Doctor of Philosophy, Multiple Myeloma: A study of the experiences of patients and carers using grounded theory
  • 2009 Doctor of Philosophy, Nurse-patient relationships and encounters in an ethnically diverse health care setting
  • 2009 Doctor of Philosophy, Lessons about the transition of new graduate nurses from tertiary education to the acute care workforce in Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Master of Nursing (Honours), Understanding the lives and caring practices of female informal carers of men with spinal cord injury in Australia
  • 2006 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), Health Concerns of Older Rural Women Living in the Central Western Region of New South Wales

Publications

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Selected Grants

2019

  • Mapping day care services for older people with dementia and their carers: A pilot study, Hamilton M, Crawford T, Jeon Y, Thomson C, Li Z, McKenzie H, Anstey K, Kanareck D, Judd-Lam S, University of New South Wales (UNSW)/USyd-UNSW MoU: Early Intervention and Prevention (Older People)

2015

  • Poche Funding Tanya Martin , McKenzie H, University of Sydney/Internal Scheme