Dr Melanie Nguyen

PhD, MEd (Higher Education), BPsych
Lecturer, First Year Experience Coordinator (Bachelor of Health Sciences)

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone + 61 9351 9390

Website Mental Health

Biographical details

Dr Nguyen is an early career researcher with a focus on eHealth, the use of technology to improve healthcare, and supporting the student experience. Underpinning Dr Nguyen's research is a motivation to facilitate access to healthcare and enhance the training of future health professionals using technology. In particular, she is interested in examining the role of communication between patients and health practitioners for better outcomes and how this changes in the eHealth context.

Dr Nguyen's research investigates how practitioners use technology to deliver healthcare and integrates this into her curriculum. She evaluates how technology can be used to facilitate learning (eLearning) in the health context and how to better equip health professionals for a health sector that increasingly includes eHealth methods and interventions.

With a focus on building student leadership, Melanie's scholarship of learning and teaching has included building opportunities for undergraduate research (in large scale programs as well as mentoring small groups of junior undergraduate students in research) and peer mentoring.

Research interests

  • eHealth with emphasis on patient-practitioner communication and its role in improving healthcare
  • Serious games for health and learning
  • Social inclusion and the first year experience

Dr Nguyen is a member of the Mental Health research team.

Teaching and supervision

Melanie teaches in her discipline area of eHealth, particularly eMental Health and psychology, as well as research methods. She is the First Year Experience Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences and can supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Current projects

Virtual World Health Interviewing: this project develops, implements and evaluates a serious game aimed at teaching health students interviewing skills. First Year students enter a virtual world and interview an avatar.

Belong@FHS: following the success of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Mentoring Program, Melanie is working with a team of Faculty of Health Sciences staff and students to implement and evaluate a faculty-wide mentoring program in 2013.

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Faculty of Health Sciences Early Career Teacher Award
  • 2011 Widening Participation Scholar
  • 2007-2010 Australian Postgraduate Award

Themes

Disability and Community

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Lam, M., Nguyen, M., Lowe, R., Nagarajan, S., Lincoln, M. (2014). "I can do it": Does confidence and perceived ability in learning new ICT skills predict pre-service health professionals’ attitude towards engaging in e-Healthcare. In Heather Grain, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, and Louise Schaper (Eds.), Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future, (pp. 60-66). Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Lam, M., Nguyen, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. In H Grain, L K Schaper (Eds.), Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now, (pp. 72-78). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Lam, M., Amon, K., Nguyen, M., Campbell, A., Neville, V. (2012). The effect of e-health contents on health science students' attitude toward the efficiency of health ICT in care provision. In Anthony J Maeder, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez (Eds.), Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information: Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), (pp. 99-104). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Journals

  • Rodrigo, D., Khamis, C., Lead, P., Sahukar, Z., McDonagh, N., Nguyen, M. (2014). Same-same but different: Integrating central university support and faculty-specific knowledge for mentor training. A Practice Report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(2), 111-117. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, M., Bin, Y., Campbell, A. (2012). Comparing online and offline self-disclosure: a systematic review. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 15(2), 103-111. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2010). Developing a mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. Synergy, 30, 16-21.

Conferences

  • Lam, M., Nguyen, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. 21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2013), Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Leithhead, I., Nguyen, M., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Nguyen, M., Leithhead, I., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2011). Pilot mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • White, F., Owens, C., Nguyen, M. (2008). Using a constructive feedback approach to effectively reduce student plagiarism among first-year psychology students. UniServe Science Symposium 2008, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Uniserve Science.

2014

  • Lam, M., Nguyen, M., Lowe, R., Nagarajan, S., Lincoln, M. (2014). "I can do it": Does confidence and perceived ability in learning new ICT skills predict pre-service health professionals’ attitude towards engaging in e-Healthcare. In Heather Grain, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, and Louise Schaper (Eds.), Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future, (pp. 60-66). Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Rodrigo, D., Khamis, C., Lead, P., Sahukar, Z., McDonagh, N., Nguyen, M. (2014). Same-same but different: Integrating central university support and faculty-specific knowledge for mentor training. A Practice Report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(2), 111-117. [More Information]

2013

  • Lam, M., Nguyen, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. 21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2013), Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Lam, M., Nguyen, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. In H Grain, L K Schaper (Eds.), Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now, (pp. 72-78). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

2012

  • Nguyen, M., Bin, Y., Campbell, A. (2012). Comparing online and offline self-disclosure: a systematic review. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 15(2), 103-111. [More Information]
  • Lam, M., Amon, K., Nguyen, M., Campbell, A., Neville, V. (2012). The effect of e-health contents on health science students' attitude toward the efficiency of health ICT in care provision. In Anthony J Maeder, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez (Eds.), Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information: Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), (pp. 99-104). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

2011

  • Leithhead, I., Nguyen, M., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Nguyen, M., Leithhead, I., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2011). Pilot mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

2010

  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2010). Developing a mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. Synergy, 30, 16-21.

2008

  • White, F., Owens, C., Nguyen, M. (2008). Using a constructive feedback approach to effectively reduce student plagiarism among first-year psychology students. UniServe Science Symposium 2008, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Uniserve Science.

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