Building resilience across natural and human systems is at the heart of our social, economic and ecological well-being.  It's my passion, and would love to help you in exploring resilience through a wide range of applications across network and behaviour change modelling with applications in business technology adoption, consumer health initiatives, disaster and environmental management across our tropical region.

Currently, I am a panel supervisor for Honours and PhD students.  The small cohort of Pharmacy Honors students are all working on different aspects of the compulsory introduction of e-scripting during COVID from a business/pharmacist practice perspective and also through the perceptions of consumers. The PhD student is working to discover patterns in offender behaviour to locate deceased persons after violent crime to improve efficiencies SAR resourcing and aid faster case progress for investigators and closure for victims families.

I am able to support you effectively by utilising multi-disciplinary qualifications and practical industry experience, providing a unique strength in organisational problem solving, practical research outcomes and authentic industry focused learning for students.  My qualifications include a Detective's Appointment (QPS), Bachelor of Law (QUT), Masters of Business Administration – Masters of Professional Accounting (JCU), PhD (Commerce-Marketing)(JCU) and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

I have always worked full time while studying for my qualifications, practically applying skills and gaining over 20 years management experience across private and public sectors.  I have provided services back to my community as a business consultant advising start-up and turn-around  business ventures, on Executive committees, think tanks and as a Non-Executive Director in Board positions throughout rural, regional and remote Queensland. 

I have several years of experience living and working in Aboriginal communities across the Cape (Northern Peninsula of Queensland), the Gulf (Gulf of Carpentaria) and in Central Western Queensland. 

Due to the diversity of skills and experience that support the main thread of ‘resilience’, I have experience in the development, delivery and coordination of undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and professional practice programs (including medical & veterinary) across a number of JCU’s Colleges and Disciplines outside my 'home base' in the College of Business Law & Governance. 

Please feel free to give me a call if you’d like to discuss how I could help support your research project.

  • BX2082: Advertising, Promotions and Mobile Marketing (Level 2; TSV)
  • BX3081: Social Media Marketing (Level 3; TSV)
  • LB5722: Marketing Strategy, Analytics and Development (Level 5; ONL)
  • LB5931: Business Consulting (Level 5; ONL)
  • Business Consulting & Board Experienced
  • Market Communications & Behaviour Change (technology adoption models in regional communities, public health & safety, environmental protection)
  • Organisational Behaviour, Small Business Strategy & Regional Economic Development
  • Postgraduate Online/Mixed Methods Delivery & Authentic Assessment Practices
  • Consumer Advocate (Invited), Safety and Quality in Health Care & Digital Health Special Interest Group, Consumer Health Forum of Australia (Commission on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards)
  • Grants Assessor, CSADO Panel (MRFF-COVID19 (Medical Research Futures Fund), Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources)
  • Forum Host, 'Reimagining Telehealth - consumer insights', Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF) (in collaboration with Digital Health CRC (DHCRC), Curtin University, Deloitte & the Australian Government Department of Health)
  • Webinar Panelist (Invited), Topic: Unpacking telehealth: what stories are we hearing? (Digital Health CRC, PhD Student Design Sprint Retreat)
  • Panel Chair, Confirmation of Candidature Committee (JCU CBLG) (PhD Candidates Topic: 'Making Corporate Volunteering Work for NFP's'.)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Wildlife Research: Ecology, management and conservation in natural and modified habitats (CSIRO Publishing)
  • Referee, ANZMAC (Australia & New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Science and Policy (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, Text book chapters (Marketing Ethics & Strategic Marketing Management) (Cengage Learning)
Research Disciplines
  • 2013 - JCU Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Partnerships & Engagement, $5000 prize, awarded for building industry research and teaching partnerships throughout the Bowen catchment region
  • Mixed Method International Research Association (MMIRA)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
  • Digital Media Association (DiMA)
  • Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHFA)
  • International Social Media Association (ISMA)
  • International Advertising Association (IAA)
  • 2021 - BEMAS (Business, Economics, Management and Sustainability) Conference Organising Committee for CITBA (Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia)
  • JCU Subject Outline Working Group
  • JCU SELT (Student Evaluation of Learning & Teaching) Working Group
  • JCU CBLG QILT (Quality Indicators of Teaching & Learning Student Surveys) Working Group
  • VETBUS design & delivery of business skills session to 4th year Veterinary students as part of the Professional Practice program
  • 2020 to 2021 - AMHHEC (Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference) Organising Committee
  • 2018 to 2021 - JCU Joint Consultative Committee Representative

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Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Tender

Understanding the influence of media and community narratives on Great Barrier Reef water quality management

Indicative Funding
$249,546 over 1 year
News media play a key role in communicating knowledge about the Great Barrier Reef and the risks it faces (Foxwell-Norton and Lester 2017). While media influence on community responses in contested marine protected areas has been demonstrated (Voyer et al. 2013), the multiple pathways through which media can influence outcomes for the GBR are not well understood. This project will map the GBR media landscape - the sources of mainstream and social media, the communication networks and the narratives, values and behaviours in water quality decision-making and practice that media both shape and reflect. Ultimately, the analysis will deliver practical outputs through collaboration with GBR water quality management end users.
Maxine Newlands, Tracey Mahony, Rachel Hay and Erin Bohensky (College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Business, Law & Governance and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Water Quality; Media; Governance; Social Media; Networks; behavioural

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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.

  • Study into the disposal of deceased persons as a result of violent crime (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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