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Professor Lisa Whitehead

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2641, Mobile: 0438145638, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.459
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 2641
Mobile: 0438145638
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.459  


Lisa Whitehead is a Professor of Nursing Research within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and her key roles include:

  • Director of the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research;
  • Associate Dean Research; and
  • an Honorary Research Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand.


Lisa’s research experience over the past 23 years has centred on improving health outcomes for people living with chronic conditions, self-management interventions and working with families to support the management of chronic conditions. Engagement with clinicians and conducting research in real world settings underpin all of her research activities with the aim to implement enduring evidence based change in practice. The majority of Lisa’s research and clinical practice has been in the primary health care setting and collaborations are always multidisciplinary. In her role as Professor of Nursing Research, at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia, Lisa leads the research group “Improving health outcomes for people living with chronic conditions”. Lisa also holds the roles of Associate Dean Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Director of the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research, ECU and is an honorary professor of research at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Previous positions include the roles of Head of Department and Director of the Strategy to Advance Research (STAR) in nursing and allied health, a national initiative funded by the New Zealand government.

Lisa has been awarded over $5M in research funding during her career and is currently an investigator on an $1.11M grant to explore factors predicting regression from pre-diabetes to normal glucose regulation, funded by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand.

Lisa is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Nursing Studies and chair of the policy chapter on chronic disease with the Australian College of Nurses. Lisa is an active member of the International Family Nursing Association, sitting on the Practice Committee, Nominating Committee, country liaison and an author on the recently released Advanced Practice Competencies for Family Nursing.

Lisa publishes regularly in nursing and wider health journals and values capacity building of early career researchers and higher degree by research students through research experience, publication and presentations. Lisa has supervised 12 PhD students to completion and over 30 Masters students, regularly acts as a PhD examiner and is currently supervising 8 PhD students and 2 Masters by Research students. Lisa reviews research grants for a number of funding bodies including the HRC and Lottery Health Research.


  • Doctor in Philosophy, United Kingdom, 2004.
  • Master of Arts, United Kingdom, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Science, United Kingdom, 1993.


Recent Research Grants

  • Understanding health beliefs of young Aboriginal people with type 2 diabetes,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Health Promotion Research - Exploratory Research Grants,  2019 - 2021,  $75,000.
  • Exploring cancer survivorship in a community setting,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2019 - 2021,  $73,485.
  • Research Strategy Review,  Department of Health WA,  Nursing and Midwifery Office Grant,  2020,  $13,700.
  • Children’s participation in the decision-making process during hospitalization: An observational study,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $10,000.
  • The impact of camps on physical, psychological and social outcomes in children and young people living with chronic musculoskeletal conditions.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $92,476.
  • Systematic Review on Workload Methodologies,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $17,265.
  • Examining consumer experiences of a tertiary hospital emergency department in Western Australia: A mixed methods study,  Department of Health WA,  Nursing and Midwifery Office Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $29,500.
  • Readiness to adopt health-assistive smart home technology in community-dwelling older adults,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $5,196.
  • Building an evaluation framework for a nurse practitioner/advanced practice model of care ,  Department of Health WA,  Nursing and Midwifery Office Grant,  2020,  $18,136.
  • A national survey of Australian nurses who work with people with intellectual and developmental disability,  Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc,  PANDDA - Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $2,000.
  • Enhancing patient outcomes through digital health and care,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2018 Round 1,  2018 - 2019,  $3,916.
  • What predicts regression from prediabetes to normal glucose regulation?,  Health Research Council of New Zealand,  Researcher Initiated Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $1,121,125.
  • Service innovation to improve outcomes and quality of care for patients receiving chemotherapy for breast and colorectal cancer at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2018 - 2019,  $289,470.
  • Systematic Review of the Impact of Nurse Certification on Patient Outcomes,  Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation,  Certification Systematic Research Review Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $19,838.
  • Community consultations for the development of the Western Australian Recovery College Model of Service.,  Mental Health Commission (WA),  Grant,  2018,  $3,633.
  • Midwifery Change Leaders' Experience of Introducing Clinical Innovation: A Grounded Theory Study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $26,000.
  • Cognitive Impairment and Readmission rates in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Admitted to the Acute Care Setting: A Cohort Study,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Research Advisory Committee Funding Grant 2016/17,  2016 - 2017,  $47,392.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • McCullough, K., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., Williams, A., Cope, V., (2020), The delivery of Primary Health Care in remote communities: A Grounded Theory study of the perspective of nurses. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 102, , 103474, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI:
  • Lewis, P., Collison, J., Whitehead, L., Howie, V., Feighan, S., Wiese, M., O’reilly, K., Jaques, H., Wilson, N., (2020), Demographic profile of the intellectual disability nursing workforce in Australia: Findings from a national survey. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 45(3), 264-268, DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2019.1685478.
  • Arabiat, D., Al Jabery, M., Whitehead, L., (2020), A concept analysis of psychological distress in parents related to diabetes management in children and adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, N/A(N/A), 1-20, Wiley , Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI:
  • Dermody, D., Whitehead, L., Graham, W., Glass, C., (2020), The role of virtual reality in improving health outcomes for community-dwelling older adults: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 1(22), e17331, DOI: 10.2196/17331.
  • Coppell, K., Freer, T., Abel, S., Whitehead, L., Tipene-Leach, D., Gray, A., Merriman, T., Sullivan, T., Krebs, J., Perreault, L., (2019), What predicts regression from pre-diabetes to normal glucose regulation following a primary care nurse-delivered dietary intervention? A study protocol for a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, 9(12), Article number e033358, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033358.
  • Whitehead, L., Kirk, D., (2019), Home-based multidimensional survivorship programmes for breast cancer survivors. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 25(6), Article number e12756, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12756.
  • Whitehead, L., (2019), Interventions to increase attendance for diabetic retinopathy screening: A cochrane review summary. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 100(December 2019), Article number 103229, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.10.002.
  • Ewens, B., Myers, H., Whitehead, L., Seaman, K., Sundin, D., Hendricks, J., (2019), A Web-Based Recovery Program (ICUTogether) for Intensive Care Survivors: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 8(1), article no. e10935, DOI: 10.2196/10935.
  • Whitehead, L., Ghosh, M., Kirk, D., Bloxsome, D., Vafeas, C., Wilkinson, A., (2019), The relationship between specialty nurse certification and patient, nurse and organizational outcomes: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 93(1), 1-11, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.02.001.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Al Jabery, M., Barnard, M., Shields, L., Abu Sabah, E., (2019), Traditional methods for managing illness in newborns and infants in an Arab society. International Nursing Review, 66(3), 329-337, DOI: 10.1111/inr.12505.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., (2019), Development and validation of the Needs of Children Questionnaire (NCQ): An instrument to measure children's self‐reported needs in hospital. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(10), 2246-2258, DOI: 10.1111/jan.14099.
  • Bayes, S., Juggins, E., Whitehead, L., De Leo, A., (2019), Australian midwives’ experiences of implementing practice change. Midwifery, 70(March 2019), 38-45, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.12.012.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., (2019), Using drawings to understand the child’s experience of child-centred care on admission to a paediatric high dependency unit. Journal of Child Health Care, 23(1), 102-117, Australia; Edith Cowan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, DOI: 10.1177/1367493518778389.
  • Keramat Kar, M., Whitehead, L., Smith, CM., (2019), Characteristics and correlates of coping with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 41(3), 250-264, Taylor and Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1387295.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Al Jabery, MA., Darawad, M., Geraghty, S., Halasa, S., (2019), Newborn Care Practices of Mothers in Arab Societies: Implication for Infant Welfare. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 30(3), 260-267 , USA, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1043659618794256.
  • Tripp, H., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Daffue, C., (2019), Aging with intellectual disabilities in families: Navigating ever-changing seas—A theoretical model. Qualitative Health Research, 29(11), 1595-1610, DOI: 10.1177/1049732319845344.
  • Abel, S., Whitehead, L., Coppell, K., (2018), Making dietary changes following a diagnosis of prediabetes: a qualitative exploration of barriers and facilitators. Diabetic Medicine, 35(12), 1693-1699, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/dme.13796.
  • Whitehead, L., Jacob, E., Barnard, M., Abu-Qamar, M., Cole, A., (2018), The role of the family in supporting the self-management of chronic conditions: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(1-2), 22-30, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13775.
  • Saunders, R., Seaman, K., Ashford, C., Sullivan, T., McDowall, J., Whitehead, L., Ewens, B., Pedler, K., Gullick, K., (2018), An eHealth program for patients undergoing a total hip arthroplasty: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 7(6), Article no. e137, Journal of Medical Internet Research, DOI: 10.2196/resprot.9654.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Frost, L., (2018), Parents' and staff perceptions of parental needs during a child's hospital admission: An Australian study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 43(November - December 2018), e2-e9, ELSEVER, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.06.013.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Al Jabery, M., (2018), The 12‐year prevalence and trends of childhood disabilities in Australia: Findings from the Survey of Disability, Aging and Carers. Child: Care, Health and Development, 44(5), 697-703, WILEY, DOI: 10.1111/cch.12588.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Foster, M., Shileds, L., Harris, L., (2018), Parents’ experiences of Family Centred Care practice. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 42(September - October 2018), 39-44, ELSEVER, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.06.012.
  • Christiansen, A., Coventry, L., Graham, R., Jacob, E., Twigg, D., Whitehead, L., (2018), Intentional rounding in acute adult healthcare settings: A systematic mixed-method review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(9-10), 1759-1792, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14370.
  • Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Foster, M., (2018), Singing as an adjunct therapy for children and adults with cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82(2018), 163-164, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.09.007.
  • Kirk, D., Whitehead, L., (2018), Breast surgery for metastatic breast cancer. British Journal of Community Nursing, 23(7), 334-335, UK, DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2018.23.7.334.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), The real ‘cost’ of study in Australia and the ramifications for China, Australia, and the Chinese nursing students: what do these three players want? A narrative review. Globalization Societies and Education, 15(5), 590-606, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2016.1195727.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., (2017), Parent and staff perceptions of parental needs during a child's hospital admission to a paediatric high-dependency unit: A New Zealand study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 53(12), 1167-1175, Milton QLD, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.13645.
  • Whitehead, L., (2017), Self-management of Type 2 diabetes and severe mental illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(7), 606-607, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1328859.
  • Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Seaton, P., Jordan, J., McCall, C., Maskill, V., Trip, H., (2017), Qualitative meta-synthesis: the experience of chronic pain across conditions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(5), 1004-1016, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13174.
  • Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Bugge, C., Carlyle, D., Carter, J., Maskill, V., (2017), Living with sub-optimal glycaemic control: the experiences of type 2 diabetes diagnosis and education. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(3), 612-621, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13145.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., (2017), Family centred care in the paediatric high dependency unit: Parents' and staff's perceptions. Contemporary Nurse, 53(4), 489-502, Taylor and Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2017.1410067.
  • Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., Carter, J., Maskill, V., Carlyle, D., Bugge, C., Frampton, C., (2017), A nurse-led interdisciplinary approach to promote self-management of type 2 diabetes: a process evaluation of post-intervention experiences. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 23(2), 264-271, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jep.12594.
  • Whitehead, L., (2017), The family experience of fatigue in heart failure. Journal of Family Nursing, 23(1), 138-156, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1074840716684232.
  • Whitehead, L., (2017), Vitamin D for the management of asthma: A Cochrane Review Summary. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 73(1), 105-106, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.04.003.
  • Whitehead, L., Crowe, MT., Carter, J., Maskill, V., Carlyle, D., Bugge, C., Frampton, CM., (2017), A nurse-led education and cognitive behaviour therapy-based intervention among adults with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 23(4), 821-829, DOI: 10.1111/jep.12725.
  • Whitehead, L., (2017), Managing chemotherapy-induced anaemia with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents plus iron. American Journal of Nursing, 117(5), 67, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000516277.58981.36.
  • Sin, J., Jordan, C., Barley, E., Henderson, C., Norman, I., Whitehead, L., (2017), Psychoeducation for siblings of people with severe mental illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(3), 283-284, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1286195.
  • Coppell, K., Abel, S., Freer, T., Gray, A., Sharp, K., Norton, J., Spedding, T., Ward, L., Whitehead, L., (2017), The effectiveness of a primary care nursing-led dietary intervention for prediabetes: a mixed methods pilot study. BMC Family Practice, 18(1), article no.106, DOI: 10.1186/s12875-017-0671-8.
  • Nejat, N., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., (2017), The use of spirituality and religiosity in coping with colorectal cancer. Contemporary Nurse, 53(1), 48-59, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1276401.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), “They are friendly but they don’t want to be friends with you”: A narrative inquiry into Chinese nursing students’ learning experience in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(8), 27, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n8p27.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), Global mobility in nursing: Why Chinese students leave to study nursing in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(11), 51-61, Ontario, Canada, Sciedu Press, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n11p51.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2016), Nursing education in China: Meeting the global demand for quality healthcare. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 3(1), 131-136, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2016.02.009.
  • Trip, H., Conder, J., Hale, L., Whitehead, L., (2016), The role of key workers in supporting people with intellectual disability in the self-management of their diabetes: a qualitative New Zealand study. Health and Social Care in the Community, 24(6), 789-798, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12262.
  • Wilkinson, M., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., (2016), Nurses perspectives on long-term condition self-management: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(1-2), 240-246, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13072.
  • Nejat, N., Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., (2016), Exploratory Psychometric Properties of the Farsi and English versions of the Spiritual Needs Questionnaire (SpNQ). Religions, 7(7), Article number 84, Basel, Switzerland, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/rel7070084.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Maybee, P., (2016), The Parents, Hospitalized Child's, and Health Care Providers' Perceptions and Experiences of Family-Centred Care Within a Pediatric Critical Care Setting: A Synthesis of Quantitative Research. Journal of Family Nursing, 22(1), 6-73, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1074840715618193.
  • Jones, V., Whitehead, L., Crowe, T., (2016), Self-efficacy in managing chronic respiratory disease: parents' experiences. Contemporary Nurse, 52(2-3), 341-351, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1213647.
  • Whitehead, L., (2016), Supportive therapy for Schizophrenia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(12), 973-974, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1249699.
  • Whitehead, L., Myers, H., (2016), The effect of hospital nurse staffing models on patient and staff-related outcomes. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22(4), 330-332, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12463.
  • Whitehead, L., Trip, H., Hale, L., Conder, J., (2016), Negotiated autonomy in diabetes self-management: the experiences of adults with intellectual disability and their support workers. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(4), 389-397, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jir.12257.
  • Whitehead, L., (2016), The effects of personalized care planning for adults living with chronic conditions. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22(2), 138-140, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12429.
  • Whitehead, L., (2016), Psychological treatments for depression and anxiety in dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(10), 773-774, Taylor and Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1221677.
  • Whitehead, L., Seaton, P., (2016), The effectiveness of self-management mobile phone and tablet apps in long-term condition management: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(5), e97, DOI: 10.2196/jmir.4883.
  • Whitehead, L., Unahi, K., Burrell, B., Crowe, M., (2016), The experience of fatigue across long-term conditions: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52(1), 131-143.e1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.02.013.
  • Davies, N., Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., (2016), Establishing routines to cope with loneliness associated with widowhood: a narrative analysis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23(8), 532-539, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12339.
  • Smith, CM., Fitzgerald, HJ., Whitehead, L., (2015), How Fatigue Influences Exercise Participation in Men With Multiple Sclerosis. Qualitative Health Research, 25(2), 179-188, Thousand Oaks, California, United States, Sage Publications, Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1049732314551989.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The delivery of primary health care in remote Australian communities: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Chinese nursing students at Australian universities: A narrative inquiry into their motivation, learning experience and future career planning
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