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QRC 2017 Speakers

Professor Pranee Liamputtong is a Professor of Public Health at the Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University and an Adjunct Porfessor at the School of Psychology and Public Health College of Science, La Trobe University, Australia. She obtained her Ph.D in Health Science Education from Monash University, Australia, 1989.

She teaches Culture, Diversity and Health, Evidence-Based Practice, Communication in Health, Research Design and Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology. She has also taught Research Methods in Health, Integrating Evidence into Practice, Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care.


Her professional experiences include being a Research Fellow in numerous health-related issues of women, children, refugees and immigrants. She has been invited as a visiting professor as well as visiting scholar to several universities and has received several awards for her projects involving public healthcare. Professor Liamputtong has also been nominated and awarded with several titles from prestigious bodies across the globe, a recognition as one of the most influential and accomplished individuals in the world with her leadership in qualitative research methodology in health.

Keynote Address: The need for innovative/creative methodology/methods in qualitative inquiry in the 21st century.


Workshop 4: Meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence for evidence-based practice in health

Pat Bazeley is Director of Research Support P/L an adjunct Professor in the Translational Research and Social Innovation Centre at Western Sydney University. Since graduating in psychology, she has worked in community development, project consulting and in academic research development. For almost 30 years Pat has been providing research training and project consulting to academics, graduate students and practitioners representing a wide range of disciplines across Australia and internationally. Her particular expertise is in helping researchers to make sense of qualitative, survey, and mixed methods data and to use computer programs for management and analysis of data. Pat’s research has focused on qualitative and mixed methods data analysis, on the development and performance of researchers, and on the wellbeing of older women. Her publications include two books on qualitative data analysis and numerous articles on mixed methods research and data analysis. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and Qualitative Health Research, and is Past President of the Mixed Methods International Research Association.


Workshop 3:
“Using software tools to assist qualitative and mixed methods data analysis”.

Tools available in Word, Excel, NVivo and other freely available specialised programs are useful for assisting researchers undertaking both qualitative and mixed methods analyses. This workshop will demonstrate their use, and discuss these in relation to methodological goals and practices in social science research. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how the different methods might apply to their own research, and to discuss issues raised by using computers for analysis.
Plenary Session:
Developing explanatory theory with qualitative data


Clinic Consultant:
Data Analysis

Associate Professor Stacy Carter is Deputy Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Stacy’s background is in public health, and her research focuses on the normative dimensions of public health policy and practices. She is currently working especially on over-diagnosis and too much medicine, including as a chief investigator in Wiser Healthcare, an NHMRC-funded collaboration to reduce over-diagnosis and over-treatment ( She also does methodological work, including for qualitative research, deliberative democratic processes, empirical bioethics, and integrating conflicting perspectives on policy problems. She has a particular methodological interest and expertise in grounded theory and citizens’ juries. She tweets sporadically @stacymcarter.

Workshop 1:
Theories and concepts in qualitative research – an introductory workshop

Plenary Session:
Expanding the boundaries of qualitative inquiry through deliberative democratic method

Clinic Consultant:

Philip Merry is the CEO and Founder of Singapore’s PMCG Pte Ltd which helps leaders access the power of the heart and self-leadership for personal and business transformation. He has conducted leadership and team projects with global organizations for 37 years in 59 countries, boosting mindsets that grow inter-cultural co-operation and optimise personal excellence. His work experience include being the former director of Reuters’ Asian Leadership Development Division, senior facilitator with United Nations and Duke Corporate Education, regional representative for Belbin Team Roles, Roffey Park Fellow, Marshall Goldsmith Coach, Appreciative Inquiry Certified, HeartMath certified, and author: Search for Singapore’s Happiest People Most interestingly, Philip was once a London taxi driver.


Plenary session:
Leadership and Synchronicity PhD Research: My Grounded Theory Journey


Dr. Aini Hassan – Case Study

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