Maximising women’s wellness across the globe

The Women’s Wellness Research Program brings together a range of disciplines in chronic disease including in diabetes, breast cancer, menopause, and older and younger women’s health research

From clinical, academic research in nursing, psychology, medical oncology, pharmacy, exercise oncology, nutrition, community health, epidemiology, nanotechnology, and proteomics biology, the Women’s Wellness research group has a track record of success in multidisciplinary collaborations.

Key focus areas

Diabetes

Midlife

Breast cancer

Younger women’s issues

E-health

Partnerships and collaborations

Located at Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, we partner with multidisciplinary teams from the University of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology, Shanghai Ocean University and Kings College London. We enable collaboration between consumers and researchers from information psychology, technology, molecular biology, nursing, medicine, and allied health to advance innovative wellness research.

Lead

Professor Debra Anderson

Professor Debra Anderson’s research focuses on understanding the basis and effects of risk behaviours in women and the interventions to change them. Her research aims to promote healthy behaviour change in women with and without chronic disease, including midlife women and cancer survivors.

Co-lead

Dr Charlotte Seib

Dr Seib’s research focuses on understanding the potential impact of life stressors on chronic disease risk and health-related quality of life in women. Charrlotte is also the statistician for the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program.

Members

Associate Professor Kathleen Baird

Dr Baird holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women Newborn and Children’s Services at Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Baird’s work has a strong focus on the health response to domestic violence and women’s experiences of intimate partner violence during pregnancy.

Dr Lauren Ball

Dr Ball is a primary health care researcher with clinical experience in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at Griffith University (until 2019); an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of Queensland and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Dr Jena Buchan

Dr Jena Buchan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and academic in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Her research and clinical practice interest centres on the physical and psychosocial effects of exercise in the oncology setting.

Dr Nicola Burton

Nicola is a clinical health psychologist. Her research focus is adult physical activity including studies of participation, influences, preferences, links with wellbeing, and change. Other research includes lifestyle and wellbeing surveys, interventions and program evaluations; health coaching and sleep.

Associate Professor Kyra Hamilton

Kyra has psychology and nursing qualifications and over 25 years’ experience in the health field. Her research focus is in health behaviour motivation, self-regulation, and change. She is the Director of the Health and Psychology Innovations (HaPI) research laboratory.

Associate Professor Saras Henderson

Associate Professor Saras Henderson’s research focuses on innovative health service delivery models that are responsive to the health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations with chronic diseases (diabetes type 2) and in promoting healthy lifestyle contexts for such communities.

Dr Amanda McGuire

After extensive industry experience in a range of clinical, management and teaching roles, Dr McGuire completed a PhD in 2015. Her research interest is health promotion and health behaviour change for the prevention of chronic disease.

Dr Lana Mitchell

Dr Lana Mitchell is a Senior lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics at Griffith University and is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. She completed her PhD in the area of improving the delivery of nutrition advice in general practice.

Professor Roianne West

Professor Dian Tjondronegoro

Professor Dian Tjondronegoro is Deputy Head (Research), Business Strategy and Innovation. His research, teaching and consulting on digital innovation focuses on multidisciplinary projects to investigate the application of intelligent systems (sensors and AI) for transforming the future of business, work, productivity, health and well being.

Professor Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University and is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is a scientist with a PhD in public health nutrition. Her research focus is the treatment and prevention of obesity.

Dr Joy Parkinson

Dr Parkinson is Deputy Director of Social Marketing @ Griffith. Joy co-creates transformative services with consumers and health professionals to develop services that consumers will actively engage in. Joy focuses on systems social marketing, service thinking and social value creation.