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Chronic Illness and Palliative Care



The focus of Dr Ski's research is on psychosocial aspects of cardiovascular disease. This primarily relates to the development and evaluation of interventions designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of patients and their families. 

Where possible she applies mixed-methods design and integrates qualitative and quantitative data to provide the most comprehensive evidence-base.

In an effort to reduce the burden on current health services, a key driver of her research is to find innovative yet pragmatic solutions to complex health issues that impact on both policy and practice, and ultimately improve patient and carer outcomes.

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Dr Ski is open to PhD applications in the fields of;

  • Cardiovascular health

  • Behavioural change

  • Psychosocial intervention

  • Psychometric evaluation.

All methodological approaches welcome

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School of Nursing and Midwifery


 Dr Ski is a Reader in the School of Nursing and Midwifery







  • Dr Ski has contributed to government policy documents and funding initiatives
  • Her research has been reported via major global digital media sites including The Limbic, Cardiology Research Review, The Conversation
  • Has been a member on numerous hospital committees and boards, her research has influenced hospital policy and been translated into clinical pathways



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chronic Illness And Palliative Care Research Initiative


Research students

PhD Title: The effectiveness of the Optimal Health Program in people with stroke and their carers

Name: Catherine Brasier
Years of Study: 2015-present
Country: Australia

PhD Title: Psychological determinants of risk behaviours and cardio-metabolic health in a higher risk regional cohort

Name: Andre Rodrigues
Years of Study: 2015-present
Country: Australia

Alumni: where are they now?

Nittaya Srisuk

PhD Title: A trial of a family-based education program for heart failure patients in rural Thailand

Years of Study: 2012-2016
Country: Thailand
Current position: Professor, Suratthani Rajabhat University

Cathy Saxon

Masters (Res) Title: Experiences of patients who have undergone bronchoscopy with ‘cautious’ sedation and analgesia

Years of Study: 2015-2017
Country: Australia
Current position: Specialist respiratory nurse, The Prince Charles Hospital, Australia

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