I have over 40 years nursing experience in clinical, education, management and research positions in the private and public health sectors, and tertiary facilities. In 1984-85 I was a recipient of a short-term Kellogg Foundation Australian Nursing Fellowship, through which I spent six months at the University of Rochester, New York, U.S.A., exploring my interest in integrating theory with practice.

I have held the position of Nurse Manager – Research, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, since February 2002. A major responsibility of this role is to assist nurse clinicians to engage with research, by undertaking studies and through implementing evidence into their daily practice. I provide research education sessions, and assist nurses and midwives across the health service to: plan and conduct research; write submissions to Human Research Ethics Committees and grant funding bodies; and disseminate research findings. I organised the research forums held annually on International Nurses Day for 10 years. I also collaborate with staff across disciplines on research projects, grant submissions, and research education. I sit on various committees within the health and tertiary sectors, including being part of the Organising Group and Abstract Review Group for the Townsville Health Research Week. As part of Tropical Health Research Unit, I organised and led the monthly Nursing and Midwifery Grand Rounds for the Health Service for five years since their inception in late 2010. I have successfully co-supervised one Master of Nursing Science student to completion; I have also been on the supervisory panel for Bachelor of Nursing Science Honours students. In 2014, I joined the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee as a Member ‘Category C: Professional care, counselling or treatment of people’.

Academic Qualifications

·         Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (JCU, Townsville), 2008

·         Master of Business (Quality) (QUT, Brisbane), 1998

·         Graduate Diploma of Quality with Distinction (QUT, Brisbane), 1997

·         Master of Applied Science (Nursing, Clinical Research) (Sydney University), 1991

·         Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Education) (Macquarie University), 1981

  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Critical theory
  • Using research in clinical practice
  • Developing nurses’ research awareness and expertise
  • History of nursing research
  • 2002 to present - Nurse Manager - Research, Townsville Hospital & Health Service (The Townsville Hospital)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2010 - Queensland Health, Healthcare Improvement Symposium, Research informing healthcare improvement: From benchtop to bedside category. Member of winning team.
  • 2008 - Inaugural Passionate about Practice Conference, Brisbane - Poster Award
  • 2006 - Graduate Research School, James Cook University - Graduate Research International Travel Award, $1,000
  • 2008 - Queensland Nursing Council, 2009 Conference Attendance Scholarship, $2,000
  • 2006 - Queensland Nursing Council, Postgraduate Studies Scholarship, $2,500

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

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 53+ research outputs authored by Dr Wendy Smyth from 2003 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service - Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA)

Tropikids Pilot Study: Longitudinal study of the social determinants of health and development of children in the tropics. TropiKids - an affiliate of the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy

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TropiKids will study the health and well-being of mothers and fathers and the growth, development and health of their children. The information will inform public policy and service provision, and advance our knowledge of the social and biological determinants of health for Tropical North Queensland. The specific focus of this pilot study is to test the materials and recruitment method for the TropiKids Longitudinal study, and to investigate in a tropical environment the associations between maternal and paternal characteristics (including stress), birth outcomes, and infectious disease in the first year of life.
Kerrianne Watt, Linda Shields, Alan Baxter, Zoltan Sarnyai, Wendy Smyth, Damon Eisen and Brett McDermott (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Paediatrics; Social Determinants of Health; Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases; Risk Factors; Immunology

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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.

  • "Optimising Freedom of Movement" Intervention For Low Risk Primiparous Women Who Labour in the Conventional Birth Suite Setting. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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