- Metabolic syndrome related to antipsychotic medications; Psychotropic medication administration; PRN medications and related issues; Mental health; Substance misuse; Health workforce; Family health; Qualitative methodologies; Emergency and disaster response and preparedness;
- Research methodologies; Mental health nursing; Ethics;
- 2010 to 2013 - Deputy Dean for Graduate Research, James Cook University (Cairns)
- 2006 to 2013 - Professor of Nursing, James Cook University (Cairns)
- 1998 to 2007 - Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, James Cook University (Townsville/Cairns)
- 1993 to 1998 - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Professor Kim Usher is an experienced mental health nurse and researcher. She is currently the Deputy Dean for Graduate Research Studies at the Cairns campus, Director of Research Education, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition. Kim is also a member of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, a Fellow of the Cairns Institute and researcher with the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA).
In-keeping with her background in mental health nursing, Kim’s research areas of interest include psychopharmacology, the psychosocial impact of emergencies and disasters, substance misuse and the impact on the family unit, family centred care and family carers, consumer experiences in health services, and workforce issues. External research funding received includes numerous consultancy grants from the World Health Organization and AusAID, APHCRI funding (2012-2015), Perpetual Trust grants, Queensland Nursing Council grants, and funding from other professional bodies and consumer groups.
Kim has published extensively in the nursing literature with well in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications and co-authored one book and many book chapters including ones on mental health nursing and research. She has supervised numerous PhD students to completion and continues to supervise a number of Higher Degree Research students undertaking studies in areas related to her research interests. Kim is also regularly sought after to examine PhD theses for other universities.
Kim is a current editor for Collegian and is a member of the editorial Board of Contemporary Nurse and Nursing and Health Sciences. She continues to review for many other nursing, health and workforce related journals. Kim is a past Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing, is a member of the working party of the Asia-Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN), for whom she recently developed a course on the psychosocial impact of disasters now being used across the Asia-Pacific region, and has been a participant on many national and state level working groups.
- 2009 - Vice Chancellor's Awards for Research Supervision
- 1999 - Golden Key National Honor Society
- 2000 - Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
- 2000 - Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing
- 2010 - Working Party of the Asia-Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN)
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Saunders V, Usher K, Tsey K and Bainbridge R (2016) If you knew the end of a story would you still want to hear it? Using research poems to listen to Aboriginal stories. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 29 (1). pp. 1-13
- Taylor S, McDermott R, Thompson F and Usher K (in press) Depression and diabetes in the remote Torres Strait Islands. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, pp. 1-8
- Usher K, Woods C, Lynch P, Pointing S, Budden L, Barker R, Catchpoole J and Clough A (in press) Is population flow an unintended consequence of alcohol management plans? Journal of Clinical Nursing, pp. 1-10
- Usher K, Woods C, Lynch P, Pointing B, Budden L, Barker R, Catchpoole J and Clough A (in press) Is population flow an unintended consequence of alcohol management plans? Journal of Clinical Nursing,
- Warsini S, Mills J, West C and Usher K (2016) Living through a volcanic eruption: understanding the experience of survivors as a phenomenological existential phenomenon. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25 (3). pp. 206-213
- Nurjannah I, Mills J, Park T and Usher K (2015) Human rights of the mentally ill in Indonesia. International Nursing Review, 62 (2). pp. 153-161
- Robertson J, Stevenson L, Usher K, Devine S and Clough A (2015) A review of trends in indigenous Australian tobacco research (from 2004 to 2013), its associated outputs and evidence of research translation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17 (8). pp. 1039-1048
- Saunders V, Sherwood J and Usher K (2015) If you knew the end of the story, would you still want to hear it?: the importance of narrative time for mental health care. Qualitative Report, 20 (10). pp. 1594-1608
- Usher K, Mills J, West C, Park T and Woods C (2015) Preregistration student nurses' self-reported preparedness for practice before and after the introduction of a capstone subject. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 (21-22). pp. 3245-3254
- Usher K, Mills J, West C, Casella E, Dorji P, Guo A, Koy V, Pego G, Phanpaseuth S, Phouthavong O, Sayami J, Lak M, Sio A, Ullah M, Sheng Y, Zang Y, Buettner P and Woods C (2015) Cross-sectional survey of the disaster preparedness of nurses across the Asia–Pacific region. Nursing and Health Sciences, 17 (4). pp. 434-443
- Usher K, Redman-Maclaren M, Mills J, West C, Casella E, Hapsari E, Bonita S, Rosaldo R, Liswar A and Zang Y (2015) Strengthening and preparing: enhancing nursing research for disaster management. Nurse Education in Practice, 15 (1). pp. 68-74
- Warsini S, Buttner P, Mills J, West C and Usher K (2015) Psychometric evaluation of the Indonesian version of the Impact of Event Scale Revised. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22 (4). pp. 251-259
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 165+ research outputs authored by Prof Kim Usher from 2000 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute - Centres of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Research
Centre of Research Excellence Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- Indicative Funding
- $999,384 over 3 years (administered by University of South Australia)
- The research team will undertake collaborative research in rural and remote communities of SA and QLD which will contribute directly to the prevention of chronic disease at various stages along the care continuum. They will investigate community and health service based strategies such as obesity prevention, nutrition improvement to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as diabetes, renal and cardio vascular disease in health adults and children. The collaboration brings together researchers and institutions around three research streams: 1. Nutrition and Physical Activity in chronic disease prevention: let by Professor Kerin O'Dea; 2. Mental Health and Substance Misuse in chronic disease prevention: Led by A/Professor Alan Clough; 3. Clinical Systems improvement in Primary Care: led by Professor Robyn McDermott.
- Robyn McDermott, Kathryn Panaretto, Alan Clough, Leonie Segal, Kerrin O'Dea and Kim Usher in collaboration with John Setchell, David Schrimgeour, Sabina Knight, Mark Wenitong, Ashim Sinha, Jane Giles and Katina D'Onise (Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, Queensland Aboriginal and Torrres Strait Islander Health Forum, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, University of South Australia, College of Healthcare Sciences, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Aboriginal Health Council, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District and SA Department of Health)
- chronic disease prevention; Nutrition; Primary health care; Health economics; Indigenous; Rural; remote
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Improving Diabetes Care Management in Torres Strait Remote Primary Health Care Settings. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Generalist registered nurses caring for mental health clients in remote areas of Australia: an interpretive case study (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Using a Non-bracketed Narrative to Story Recovery in Aboriginal Mental Health Care. (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Consumers and the social world of health care: outsiders in the expert's world: a grounded theory study (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Steps towards reducing high rates of tobacco use in remote Aboriginal communities (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Psychosocial and environmental distress resulting from a volcanic eruption: a mixed methods study (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The efficacy of Garcinia mangostana L. (mangosteen) pericarp as an adjunctive to second-generation antipsychotics for the treatment of schizophrenia: a double blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The health worker smoking study: Indigenous health workers' personal use of tobacco and its impact on their ability to provide smoking cessation interventions (2015, Masters, Associate Advisor)
- Connecting care for individuals living with a mental health issue in Indonesia: a grounded theory study (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Temperature measurement and thermoregulation in the term and preterm infant (2013, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- The development and testing of the Burden on Community Health Volunteers (BCHVs) instrument and the measurement of burden experienced by community health workers in Taiwan (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Indigenous Australian participation in pre-registration tertiary nursing courses: an Indigenous mixed methods study (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- First steps, making footprints: intergenerational Palm Island families' Indigenous stories (narratives) of childrearing practice strengths (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- A mixed methods sequential explanatory study of the impact of chronic pain on family resilience (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Too Close to Home: The Lived Experiences of Rural Queensland Nurses who have Cared for People with Cancer who have Died (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
These are the most recent metadata records associated with this researcher. To see a detailed description of all dataset records, visit the JCU Research Data Catalogue.
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
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