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Christine Hallinan MRCNA, Community and Primary Health Care Faculty Advisory Committee

My name is Christine Hallinan and I am currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Nursing, University of Ballarat. In this capacity, I am very well positioned to initiate and develop collaborations and partnerships with local, regional and national industry stakeholders.

My research areas include: regional health care sustainability; health outcome disparities; inequalities in health service access; rural health workforce constraints; and health literacy in disadvantaged communities.

Another component of my research activities in population health is my involvement at the clinical trials laboratory at the Horsham Campus. The research focus of the clinical trials laboratory endeavours to address issues of inequity in rural cancer services, through the use of groundbreaking clinical practices.

Currently I am developing a randomised phase II clinical trial with colleague Nikola Hounsell (University of Ballarat academic and principal investigator) for the management of secondary lymphoedema following treatment for breast cancer.

Over the past 25 years, I have worked in areas ranging from intensive care, coronary care, theatre and dialysis, through to cardiac rehabilitation. I am currently in the final year of a Masters of Public Health and am undertaking a specialist stream in health program evaluation at The University of Melbourne. I intend to continue my academic and research activities, and am looking forward to commencing a PhD shortly.

My doctorate studies will include research on capacity building in primary health care, in particular capacity building through the development of health policy that will promote the utilisation of nurses in the community practice context.

I am very pleased to be a member of the Community and Primary Health Care Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC). I am looking forward to developing the potential for nurses to influence policy in the Australian health care arena. I am enacting this commitment through my appointment to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Experts Bank, presentations at national health sector conferences and the publication of research papers in peer reviewed journals.

All FAC members have their specialised areas of expertise and are committed to the interests of the Community and Primary Health Care Faculty members. I look forward to representing the CPHCF and in doing so; invite you to contact me regarding your interests in nursing in primary health and community practice on [email protected].

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