Associate Professor Heather McKenzie

RN, PhD BA UNSW
Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)

M02C - 88 Mallett Street - Building C
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 4078
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Biographical details

Heather McKenzie is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) 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.

Research interests

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

Teaching and supervision

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

Keywords

Cancer; Nursing education; Sociology of health; Community nursing

Selected grants

2013

  • Evaluating a shared care pathway intervention to reduce chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital; White K, McKenzie H, Hayes L, Simpson J, Horvath L, Willcock S, Cox K, Fethney J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2009

  • Reducing chemotherapy outpatients unplanned presentations to hospital: A nurse led pilot study; McKenzie H; Nurses and Midwives Board (NSW)/Research Grants.

2007

  • Phase One of an Innovative Care Program for Chemotherapy Outpatients; Constantinidis C, McKenzie H; Merck Sharpe and Dohme Australia Pty Ltd/Research Support.

2005

  • The effects of nursing practice on personal experiences of cancer care in rural and remote settings: an exploratory study of patient and nurse perceptions; McKenzie H; University of Sydney/Cancer Research Fund.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Foster, K., McKenzie, H. (2012). Educational approaches and activities to enhance emotional intelligence. In John Hurley and Paul Linsley (Eds.), Emotional Intelligence in Health and Social Care, (pp. 127-145). London, United Kingdom: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
  • McKenzie, H. (2012). Pain and Personal Experiences of Cancer: A complex intersection. In Heather Mckenzie, John Quinter and Gillian Bendelow (Eds.), At the Edge of Being: The Aporia of Pain, (pp. 113-124). Freeland: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • McKenzie, H. (2010). Pain and Personal Experiences of Cancer: A Complex Intersection. In Jane Fernandez (Eds.), Making Sense of Pain: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., Forsyth, S. (2008). Explaining the Complexities and Value of Nursing Practice and Knowledge. In Morley I and Crouch M (Eds.), Knowledge as Value: Illumination through Critical Prisms, (pp. 209-222). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.
  • McKenzie, H. (2004). Personal And Collecive Fears Of Death: A Complex Intersection For Cancer Survivors. In Not known (Eds.), Making sense of dying and death, (pp. 107-124). Amsterdam: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

Journals

  • McVey, P., McKenzie, H., White, K. (2014). A community-of-care: the integration of a palliative approach within residential aged care facilities in Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(2), 197-209. [More Information]
  • Smith, L., Brown, L., Bundy, A., Ronaldson, S., McKenzie, H., Lewis, P., Bosnic-Anticevich, S. (2013). A Learning and Teaching Resource on Patient Self-Management of Chronic Pain. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(2), 1-9. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Hardy, J., Fisher, M., Lewis, M., Kingston, J. (2011). Extending Experiential Learning: Showcasing a Nursing 'Clinical Home' Model. Synergy, (31), 19-23.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., Boughton, M., River, J. (2010). Chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital: a retrospective study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10.1007/s00520-010-0913-y, 1-7. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H. (2009). International virtual research seminar on cancer research. Interview by Judith Kingston. Australian Nursing Journal, 16(11), 56. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., Forsyth, S., Davies, M., Underwood, E., McVey, P. (2007). A sense of security for cancer patients at home: the role of community nurses. Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(4), 352-359. [More Information]
  • Forsyth, S., McKenzie, H. (2006). A comparative analysis of contemporary nurses' discontents. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 56(2), 209-216. [More Information]
  • Crouch, M., McKenzie, H. (2006). The logic of small samples in interview-based qualitative research. Social Science Information, 45(4), 483-499.
  • McKenzie, H., Crouch, M. (2004). Discordant Feelings In The Lifeworld Of Cancer Survivors. Health, 8(2), 139-157.
  • McKenzie, H. (2002). The turn to inwardness and cancer survivorship. Health Sociology Review, 11(1-2), 71-78.

Conferences

  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fethney, J., Cox, K., River, J. (2014). Improving management of chemotherapy side effects: implications for practice. Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) & International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO): International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer 2010, Vancouver, Canada: Springer.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Fitzpatrick, S., River, J., Fethney, J. (2012). The Experience of Providing Informal Support to Chemotherapy Outpatients: An Exploratory Study. 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research 2012: Engaging People in Health Promotion & Well Being-New opportunities and challenges for qualitative research, Milan, Italy: Vita e Pensiero.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J., McLeod, J. (2010). A clinical Pathway intervention for chemotherapy outpatients: the role of community nurses. Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference 2010, Alice Springs, Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., River, J. (2010). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2010, Atlanta, USA: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • McVey, P., McKenzie, H., White, K. (2009). A palliative approach for people with declining health living in hostel accommodation: Age care staff experiences. 8th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing 2009, Australia: Monash University.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2009). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) 12th Winter Congress 2009, Newcastle, Australia: Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.
  • McVey, P., McKenzie, H., White, K. (2009). Making connections: if nursing homes are the new 'hospices', what are hostels? Palliative Care 2009: 10th Australian Palliative Care Conference & 8th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference APCC/APHC 2009, Australia: Palliative Care Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., Cox, K., Hayes, L., White, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2008). Chemotherapy Outpatients' Unplanned Presentations to Hospital: A Retrospective Study. 2008 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
  • Shipman, F., Solamain, S., Bishop, J., White, K., Nattress, K., Davidson, M., McKenzie, H. (2007). Rural Cancer Nursing Education Pilot. 10th Cancer Nurses Society of Australia Congress, on line: National Cancer Institute.
  • McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., Forsyth, S. (2007). Struggling to Articulate the Value of its Knowledge Base: The Crisis in Contempory Nursing. 1st Global Conference on The Value of Knowledge (2007), Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • McKenzie, H., Crouch, M. (2002). Discordant feelings under cancer's spectre of danger. XV World Congress of Sociology, : British Medical Journal Publishing Group.
  • McKenzie, H., Crouch, M. (2002). The logic of small samples in qualitative research. XV World Congress of Sociology, : British Medical Journal Publishing Group.
  • McKenzie, H. (2002). Uncertainty in the shadow of a cancer diagnosis. In Sickness and in Health: Ethics-Power-Practice 2002.
  • McKenzie, H. (2001). Inwardness: An enduring 'self' concept. TASA 2001 Conference, Sydney: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2014

  • McVey, P., McKenzie, H., White, K. (2014). A community-of-care: the integration of a palliative approach within residential aged care facilities in Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(2), 197-209. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Fethney, J., Cox, K., River, J. (2014). Improving management of chemotherapy side effects: implications for practice. Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) & International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO): International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer 2010, Vancouver, Canada: Springer.

2013

  • Smith, L., Brown, L., Bundy, A., Ronaldson, S., McKenzie, H., Lewis, P., Bosnic-Anticevich, S. (2013). A Learning and Teaching Resource on Patient Self-Management of Chronic Pain. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(2), 1-9. [More Information]

2012

  • Foster, K., McKenzie, H. (2012). Educational approaches and activities to enhance emotional intelligence. In John Hurley and Paul Linsley (Eds.), Emotional Intelligence in Health and Social Care, (pp. 127-145). London, United Kingdom: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
  • McKenzie, H. (2012). Pain and Personal Experiences of Cancer: A complex intersection. In Heather Mckenzie, John Quinter and Gillian Bendelow (Eds.), At the Edge of Being: The Aporia of Pain, (pp. 113-124). Freeland: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Fitzpatrick, S., River, J., Fethney, J. (2012). The Experience of Providing Informal Support to Chemotherapy Outpatients: An Exploratory Study. 2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research 2012: Engaging People in Health Promotion & Well Being-New opportunities and challenges for qualitative research, Milan, Italy: Vita e Pensiero.

2011

  • McKenzie, H., Hardy, J., Fisher, M., Lewis, M., Kingston, J. (2011). Extending Experiential Learning: Showcasing a Nursing 'Clinical Home' Model. Synergy, (31), 19-23.

2010

  • McKenzie, H., White, K., Hayes, L., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J., McLeod, J. (2010). A clinical Pathway intervention for chemotherapy outpatients: the role of community nurses. Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference 2010, Alice Springs, Australia.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., Boughton, M., River, J. (2010). Chemotherapy outpatients' unplanned presentations to hospital: a retrospective study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10.1007/s00520-010-0913-y, 1-7. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Fethney, J., River, J. (2010). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2010, Atlanta, USA: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • McKenzie, H. (2010). Pain and Personal Experiences of Cancer: A Complex Intersection. In Jane Fernandez (Eds.), Making Sense of Pain: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

2009

  • McVey, P., McKenzie, H., White, K. (2009). A palliative approach for people with declining health living in hostel accommodation: Age care staff experiences. 8th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing 2009, Australia: Monash University.
  • McKenzie, H., Hayes, L., White, K., Cox, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2009). Closing the circle of care for chemotherapy outpatients. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) 12th Winter Congress 2009, Newcastle, Australia: Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.
  • McKenzie, H. (2009). International virtual research seminar on cancer research. Interview by Judith Kingston. Australian Nursing Journal, 16(11), 56. [More Information]
  • McVey, P., McKenzie, H., White, K. (2009). Making connections: if nursing homes are the new 'hospices', what are hostels? Palliative Care 2009: 10th Australian Palliative Care Conference & 8th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference APCC/APHC 2009, Australia: Palliative Care Australia.

2008

  • McKenzie, H., Cox, K., Hayes, L., White, K., Boughton, M., Fethney, J., River, J. (2008). Chemotherapy Outpatients' Unplanned Presentations to Hospital: A Retrospective Study. 2008 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
  • McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., Forsyth, S. (2008). Explaining the Complexities and Value of Nursing Practice and Knowledge. In Morley I and Crouch M (Eds.), Knowledge as Value: Illumination through Critical Prisms, (pp. 209-222). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

2007

  • McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., Forsyth, S., Davies, M., Underwood, E., McVey, P. (2007). A sense of security for cancer patients at home: the role of community nurses. Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(4), 352-359. [More Information]
  • Shipman, F., Solamain, S., Bishop, J., White, K., Nattress, K., Davidson, M., McKenzie, H. (2007). Rural Cancer Nursing Education Pilot. 10th Cancer Nurses Society of Australia Congress, on line: National Cancer Institute.
  • McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., Forsyth, S. (2007). Struggling to Articulate the Value of its Knowledge Base: The Crisis in Contempory Nursing. 1st Global Conference on The Value of Knowledge (2007), Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

2006

  • Forsyth, S., McKenzie, H. (2006). A comparative analysis of contemporary nurses' discontents. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 56(2), 209-216. [More Information]
  • Crouch, M., McKenzie, H. (2006). The logic of small samples in interview-based qualitative research. Social Science Information, 45(4), 483-499.

2004

  • McKenzie, H., Crouch, M. (2004). Discordant Feelings In The Lifeworld Of Cancer Survivors. Health, 8(2), 139-157.
  • McKenzie, H. (2004). Personal And Collecive Fears Of Death: A Complex Intersection For Cancer Survivors. In Not known (Eds.), Making sense of dying and death, (pp. 107-124). Amsterdam: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

2002

  • McKenzie, H., Crouch, M. (2002). Discordant feelings under cancer's spectre of danger. XV World Congress of Sociology, : British Medical Journal Publishing Group.
  • McKenzie, H., Crouch, M. (2002). The logic of small samples in qualitative research. XV World Congress of Sociology, : British Medical Journal Publishing Group.
  • McKenzie, H. (2002). The turn to inwardness and cancer survivorship. Health Sociology Review, 11(1-2), 71-78.
  • McKenzie, H. (2002). Uncertainty in the shadow of a cancer diagnosis. In Sickness and in Health: Ethics-Power-Practice 2002.

2001

  • McKenzie, H. (2001). Inwardness: An enduring 'self' concept. TASA 2001 Conference, Sydney: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

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