Associate Professor Kim Foster
Associate Professor Mental Health Nursing
M02 - Mallett St Campus
Kim Foster is a registered nurse with particular expertise and interest in mental health nurse education, curriculum development, and research. She joined Sydney Nursing School in late 2008 and is currently the Coordinator of Mental Health Nursing programs. She also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment with James Cook University.
Prior to her current position at the University of Sydney, Kim was Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at James Cook University, where she developed one of the first mental health majors in pre-registration nursing in Queensland. With nearly 20 years of tertiary education experience in regional and metropolitan settings, Kim has taught in Australia, Hong Kong and Fiji. She has consulted extensively to AusAID on the development of the first mental health nursing postgraduate program in Fiji, and to the World Health Organization on Psychosocial Health via the Pacific Open Learning Health Net.
Her primary areas of research are children and families where parents have a mental illness, family/carers of people with mental illness, and the interface between physical and mental health. For her doctoral work, Kim investigated the experiences of adult children of parents with serious mental illness.[Hide detail]
Areas of expertise
Kim's predominant areas of teaching include mental health/psychiatric nursing; interpersonal communication in healthcare, psychosocial health, and research methodology.
Three main areas of research interest
children, young people and families where parents have a mental illness
family/carers of people with mental illness
physical health and mental health
Kim uses mixed methods research and have expertise and interest in qualitative methodologies, particularly narrative inquiry and phenomenology.
Current research students
Park T Prevention of weight gain with second generation antipsychotics: a nurse-led intervention (external associate supervisor) PhD in progress, JCU
Sando J 'Analysis of how health practitioners in Far North Queensland manage people who are victims of Irukandji Syndrome' (external associate supervisor) Phd in progress, JCU
West C 'A collective mixed methods case study on chronic pain and family resilience' (external associate supervisor) PhD in progress, JCU
Completed research students
Nurjannah I (2008) 'Absconding from a psychiatric setting in Indonesia: a case study' (Co-supervisor) Master's by Research, JCU
Pettiford N (2002) 'Care of the Human Spirit: A Nursing Perspective' (Principal Supervisor) Master's minor thesis, ACU
Tollefson J (2009) 'The lived experience of chronic persistent pain in participants living in rural North Queensland' (Co-supervisor) PhD, JCU
Areas of teaching
Kim's current areas of teaching are in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, Interpersonal Relations in Clinical Environments, and Qualitative Research. She also mentors students in Reading Topics and Practice Development Projects in the post-registration master's programs. Kim supervises a number of higher-degree research student projects.