Researcher

Dr Sally Ann Nathan

My Expertise

Youth and vulnerability, drug and alcohol treatment for young people, community and patient involvement in health and health service development, community engagement in social change and public health, consumer and patient empowerment.

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Biography

Research Interests: Sally Nathan’s career has been focussed on what it means to effectively engage consumers and community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making in societal organisations and structures, including complex health systems.

Sally has been working in a research capacity at the University of New South Wales since 1999. Sally is the Convenor of Community Development &...view more

Research Interests: Sally Nathan’s career has been focussed on what it means to effectively engage consumers and community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making in societal organisations and structures, including complex health systems.

Sally has been working in a research capacity at the University of New South Wales since 1999. Sally is the Convenor of Community Development & Qualitative Research Methods in the postgraduate programs in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and is  the public health and qualitative research expert member of the Independent Learning Project Committee (the research component of the undergraduate medical program) and has an active role in the delivery of the coursework component. Sallly was recently awarded a Faculty Learning and Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2010).

Sally’s research at UNSW has focused on the use of innovative methodologies and methods to measure and understand complex social processes and social change and this has included research into consumer and community participation in health as well as research approaches which engage and partner directly with vulnerable and marginalised communities and the organisations that represent and advocate for them. Sally has published on consumer/community participation in health service decision-making and governance (PhD awarded in 2013), advocacy by the non-government sector, capacity building for health development, adolescent drug and alcohol treatment (in partnership with the Ted Noff’s Foundation) and refugee settlement.

Current research:

A team of researchers led by Dr Nathan at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine together with the Ted Noffs Foundation and academics from the Centre for Social Research in Health and the School of Social Sciences have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, funded in 2014 for three years: 2014- 2017 (ongoing to 2019): ARC Linkage LP140100429; Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents: The role of a life management program approach. Investigators: Nathan Sally, Rawstorne Patrick, Hayen Andrew, Bryant Joanne, Baldry Eileen (UNSW Australia) and Ferry Mark (Ted Noffs Foundation). https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/research/child-and-adolescent-health/our-projects/positive-life-pathways-vulnerable-adolescents

Funded in 2017 : The Lowtija Institute. Career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, $254,351 over 2 years. Lead Investigator. Project is a partnership with other key academics from UNSW and Western Sydney University, as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organistions and local area health districts in NSW, Australia. https://www.lowitja.org.au/page/research/research-categories/health-services-and-workforce/workforce/projects/career-pathways

 

 


My Grants

A team of researchers led by Dr Nathan at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine together with the Ted Noffs Foundation and academics from the Centre for Social Research in Health and the School of Social Sciences have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, funded in 2014 for three years: 2014- 2017 (ongoing to 2019): ARC Linkage LP140100429; Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents: The role of a life management program approach. Investigators: Nathan Sally, Rawstorne Patrick, Hayen Andrew, Bryant Joanne, Baldry Eileen (UNSW Australia) and Ferry Mark (Ted Noffs Foundation). https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/research/child-and-adolescent-health/our-projects/positive-life-pathways-vulnerable-adolescents

Funded in 2017 : The Lowtija Institute. Career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, $254,351 over 2 years. Lead Investigator. Project is a partnership with other key academics from UNSW and Western Sydney University, as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organistions and local area health districts in NSW, Australia. https://www.lowitja.org.au/page/research/research-categories/health-services-and-workforce/workforce/projects/career-path

MAJOR FUNDING RECEIVED

2017-2018: UNSW Medicine funded Qualitative Network Hub to build qualitative research capacity at UNSW, $217,258 over 2 years. Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan (SPHCM) and Professor Katherine Boydell (Black Dog Institute)

2017-2019: The Lowtija Institute. Career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, $254,351 over 2 years. Lead Investigator. Project is a partnership with other key academics from UNSW and Western Sydney University, as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organistions and local area health districts in NSW, Australia.

2014- 2017 (ext to 2019): ARC Linkage LP140100429 funded in 2014; Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents: The role of a life management program approach. Investigators: Nathan Sally, Rawstorne Patrick, Hayen Andrew, Bryant Joanne, Baldry Eileen (UNSW Australia), Ferry Mark (Ted Noffs Foundation) and Dr Megan Williams (WSU); Budget:  $477,323 over 3 years including $329,557.00 ARC and Partner Organisation cash funding and in-kind partner commitments of $147,766.00.

2012-2015 (ongoing): CI on NHMRC Grant APP1043693 (Awarded 2012) . Scientific Title: Sexual and reproductive health and behaviours of  young offenders (14-18 years) in NSW & Qld. Budget: $869,730.47 over 4 years lead by Tony Butler at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity.

2009-2011:  ARC Linkage LP0989930 funded three-year study: Social Cohesion through Football, Investigators; Nathan S, Evers C, Jackson-Pulver L, Henley R. A cohort impact study investigating the implementation of a football program over a three year period examining processes and impacts on individual health/wellbeing, social inclusion and cohesion in areas of Sydney with high humanitarian refugee settlement. $341,000 plus partner funds over 3 years.

 


My Qualifications

2007 - 2013                      PhD awarded in November 2013 

1996 – 1999                      Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales

1985 - 1988                       Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours, University of New South Wales


My Awards

2018 School and Faculty Awards for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Student Supervision

2014 Dean's Rising Star Award: Significant Contributions to Research

2013 UNSW Faculty of Medicine, Young Investigator Prize

2010 UNSW Faculty of Medicine, Learning and Teaching Award, Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Nathan S, Evers C, Jackson-Pulver L, Henley R 2009 UNSW Staff Excellence Awards, Excellence in Community Engagement Group Award, Football United


My Research Activities

A team of researchers led by Dr Nathan at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine together with the Ted Noffs Foundation and academics from the Centre for Social Research in Health and the School of Social Sciences have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, funded in 2014 for three years: 2014- 2017 (ongoing to 2019): ARC Linkage LP140100429; Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents: The role of a life management program approach. Investigators: Nathan Sally, Rawstorne Patrick, Hayen Andrew, Bryant Joanne, Baldry Eileen (UNSW Australia) and Ferry Mark (Ted Noffs Foundation). https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/research/child-and-adolescent-health/our-projects/positive-life-pathways-vulnerable-adolescents

Funded in 2017 : The Lowtija Institute. Career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, $254,351 over 2 years. Lead Investigator. Project is a partnership with other key academics from UNSW and Western Sydney University, as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organistions and local area health districts in NSW, Australia. https://www.lowitja.org.au/page/research/research-categories/health-services-and-workforce/workforce/projects/career-path


My Teaching

Sally is the Convenor of Community Development & Qualitative Research Methods in the postgraduate programs in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and is  the public health and qualitative research expert member of the Independent Learning Project Committee (the research component of the undergraduate medical program) and has an active role in the delivery of the coursework component. Sallly was recently awarded a Faculty Learning and Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2010).

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Research Activities

A team of researchers at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine together with the Ted Noffs Foundation and academics from the Centre for Social Research in Health and the School of Social Sciences have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, funded this year for three years. The award of over $250,000 from the ARC together with matched funding of cash and in-kind from the Ted Noffs Foundation will enable the team to do vital research to understand the pathways of vulnerable adolescents and the role of the Ted Noffs Program for Adolescent Life Management (PALM…