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Liz has interests in the areas of patient agency - particularly in relation to reproduction and birth, advance care planning and health service design and change.  She has over twenty five years experience working in the health sector.  She initially qualified as a registered nurse and worked in the intensive care and coronary care environments.  She subsequently completed an Arts Degree (Psychology) followed by a Master of Arts and PhD  with the latter two in the area of pain relief requests made by women in labour and how these were responded to by healthcare professionals.  She has published in the areas of advance care planning and chronic disease, and has won a Vice Chancellor's commendation for academic excellence as well as being a contributing author to a book that was Highly Commended by the British Medical Association.  She is an experienced grant writer and has won operational grants worth over $20million in her health care service work. She is now a full time academic and seeks to bring her expertise and experience to change the patient experience for the better.

Education/Academic qualification

Medical Anthropology, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 12 Mar 2019

Gender studies, Master of Arts, Murdoch University

Award Date: 27 Jan 2011

Literature Communication, Graduate Bachelors Degree, Murdoch University

Award Date: 1 Feb 2001

Pscyhology/English, Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Aug 1995

Nursing, Certificate of General Nursing, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

1 Feb 19901 Feb 1993

Award Date: 1 Feb 1993

External positions

Director, Salient Consulting

1 Jul 2005 → …

Research area keywords

  • pain, labour, childbirth, advance care planning, health service, patient agency, service funding, patient request


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