Dr Aletha Ward


Dr Aletha Ward
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Biography

Aletha Ward is an experienced healthcare leader who is dedicated to enhancing public health and fostering a sustainable future that benefits all. With a wealth of expertise in leading research on climate health and health inequity, Aletha has made considerable contributions to this field, particularly within local, state and federal policy. Aletha was awarded fellowship in 2023 from the Australian College of Nursing for her contribution in this field and is the chair for the Climate Health Faculty. Aletha is also the climate health representative for the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association.

Having a background in public health and nursing, Aletha possesses an excellent comprehension of the intricate relationship between human well-being and the environment.

In addition to her research efforts, Aletha is a director in the non-profit sector in health equity and is frequently sought after as a speaker in discussions pertaining to climate health and public health. She offers a distinct perspective, drawing from her extensive experience across both the public and private spheres.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Associate Director - First Nations Research AllianceUniversity of Southern Queensland 2024
LecturerUniversity of Southern Queensland 20152023
Director: Clinical Workforce planningQueensland Health20122015

Expertise

public health

planetary health

health equity

plant based diets

primary healthcare

Fields of Research

  • 420319. Primary health care
  • 420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
  • 420602. Health equity
  • 420603. Health promotion
  • 420606. Social determinants of health
  • 420699. Public health not elsewhere classified

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Fellowship - Australian College of Nursing
Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association.
BNurs
USQ
2004
PGCertMgt
USQ
2008
MBA
USQ
2012
PhD
USQ
2019

Supervision Interests

Climate health

Planetary health

Health equity

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Nurse leadership in advancing planetary health outcomesAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2024
A Co-Designed model of care for older adults with morbid obesity residing in rural New ZealandAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2024
The Emerging Human Factor: An exploratory mixed-method study investigating the threat of climate change on human performance and operational safety in the aviation sociotechnical systemPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
General Practice Utilisation of Public Specialist Outpatient ServicesAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Selfishly Eating Up the Planet? The influence of selfishness, empathy, motivation, religion, and gender on the consumption of meat and willingness to reduce animal product consumption.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2021

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Exploring the need for assistive technologies through analyses of a longitudinal database of older people in ChinaAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Project titleDetailsYear
Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses AssociationFunding awarded for scoping review "Primary Healthcare Nurses preparedness for climate change". $5,000.2024
Queensland ConnectsBuilding a community energy zone - Queensland Connects. $30,0002022
Rotary Australia"Social return on investment for community-based activity programs". $2,0002021
UnISQ Capacity building grantMicro-algae as a drought proof, food secure crop. $10,5002021
Australian College of NursingFunding for review: "Reimagining the role of nursing education in emissions reduction".2021
USQ Collaboration Grant"Social return on investment for community-based activity programs". $5,0002020
GELTS (teaching and learning) UniSQ GrantEmbedding of Cultural Safety and Aboriginal an Torres Strait Islander Health throughout the Bachelor of Nursing course" $10,0002020
Spinifex Rapid Review GrantFood insecurity for regional and rural First Nations Peoples. $10,0002020
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
2023FellowshipAustralian College of NursingReimagining the role of nursing education in emissions reduction
2024Key speaker and panelistConsumer Health Forum AustraliaPreparedness of the primary healthcare nursing workforce to respond to the impacts of climate change on service delivery and patient outcomes.
2024Key speaker: Embedding planetary health into nursing curriculumCouncil of Deans, Nursing and Midwifery
2024Key speaker/panelist: Leaders and careers in Global HealthAustralian Medical Association
2024Expert witness Senate hearing - climate change amendment bill, Duty of care and intergenerational climate equity Senate Hearing: Australian Government
2023Key speaker: Aged Care SymposiumUniversity of Sunshine Coast
2022Key speaker: Integrating climate health into the nursing curriculumUniversity of Canberra
2022Key speaker: The role of nurses in leading cultural reform in emissions reduction in healthcare’Western Australia Health Symposium
2022Abstract acceptance and presentation at National Nursing ForumAustralian College of Nursing
2022Key speaker: Nursing leadership in emissions reductionQueensland Healthcare Week
2021Key speaker: Self care for nursesGertrude Berger Oration & Symposium, Australian College of Nursing
2021Moderator: The role of national dietary guidelines in attaining a healthy and sustainable food systemUnited Nations
2020Key Speaker - Race for adaptation and reslience WHOWorld Health Organisation
2017Abstract acceptance and presentation: Barriers and enablers to community-based food systemsInternational Food Studies Conference
Item reviewedYear
Journal of Social Indicators2020
Journal of Social Indicators2021
Teaching and Learning in Nursing2022
Teaching and Learning in Nursing2021
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing2023
Bentham Current Womens health review2023

Dear earth: cultivating planetary empathy for the health of all

Ward, Aletha, Best, Odette, Richards, Catelyn, Leach, Katie J. Tunks and Levett-Jones, Tracy. 2024. "Dear earth: cultivating planetary empathy for the health of all." Teaching and Learning in Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2024.04.020

Celebrating Australian nurses who are pioneering the response to climate change: a compilation of case studies

Levett-Jones, Tracy, Bonnamy, James, Cornish, Jack, Moll, Elaine, Fields, Lorraine, Oam, Tracey, Richards, Catelyn, Tutticci, Naomi and Ward, Aletha. 2024. "Celebrating Australian nurses who are pioneering the response to climate change: a compilation of case studies." Contemporary Nurse. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2024.2336230

Embedding planetary health in nursing education: exploring the barriers and enablers to implementing changes in undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing curriculum

Martin, Sophia, Richards, Catelyn, Keogh, Samantha and Ward, Aletha. 2024. "Embedding planetary health in nursing education: exploring the barriers and enablers to implementing changes in undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing curriculum." Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 19 (2), pp. e261-e268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2023.11.008

The Association Between Selfishness, Animal-Oriented Empathy, Three Meat Reduction Motivations (Animal, Health, and Environment), Gender, and Meat Consumption

Dillon-Murray, Angela, Ward, Aletha and Soar, Jeffrey. 2023. "The Association Between Selfishness, Animal-Oriented Empathy, Three Meat Reduction Motivations (Animal, Health, and Environment), Gender, and Meat Consumption." Food Ethics. 9 (1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41055-023-00135-5

Rising to the climate challenge: integrating climate action in the undergraduate curriculum

Best, Odette, Tutticci, Naomi, Heart, Diane, Lokmic-Tomkins, Zerina and Ward, Aletha. 2023. "Rising to the climate challenge: integrating climate action in the undergraduate curriculum." Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 40 (3), pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.37464/2023.403.1266

Improving primary care referral to specialist services: a protocol for a 10-year global systematic review in the Australian context

Ward, Aletha E, Ekanayake, Siyaguna Kosgamage Dilum Manthinda, Heart, Diane, Valery, Patricia and Soar, Jeffrey. 2023. "Improving primary care referral to specialist services: a protocol for a 10-year global systematic review in the Australian context." BMJ Open. 13 (8). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-068927

Nursing in the Anthropocene–translating disaster nursing experience into climate crisis nurse education

Richards, Catelyn, Holmes, Mark, Nash, Rose and Ward, Aletha. 2023. "Nursing in the Anthropocene–translating disaster nursing experience into climate crisis nurse education." Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 18 (3), pp. e113-e121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2023.03.017

Educators must step up to prepare nursing and midwifery students for work in a climate emergency

Ward, Aletha, Carson, Gavin and Lokmic-Tomkins, Zerina. 2023. "Educators must step up to prepare nursing and midwifery students for work in a climate emergency." Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal. 27 (11), pp. 28-29.

Reimagining the role of nursing education in emissions reduction

Ward, Aletha, Heart, Diane, Richards, Catelyn, Bayliss, Luke T., Holmes, Mark, Keogh, Samantha and Best, Odette. 2022. "Reimagining the role of nursing education in emissions reduction." Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 17 (4), pp. 410-416. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2022.02.003

Educating the educators: Implementing cultural safety in the nursing and midwifery curriculum

Best, Odette, Cox, Leonie, Ward, Aletha, Graham, Coralie, Bayliss, Luke, Black, Barbara, Burton, Lucinda, Carey, Melissa, Davis, Teresa, Derrington, Kate, Elliott, Jessie, Jayasinghe, Thenuja, Luyke, Trish, Maher, Dianne, McGregor, Rowena, Ng, Linda, O'Malley, Lee, Roderick, Geraldine, Sheridan, Georgina, ..., Walker, Jan. 2022. "Educating the educators: Implementing cultural safety in the nursing and midwifery curriculum." Nurse Education Today. 117, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105473

An exploration of the social inequities underpinning nutritional intake in high risk communities

Ward, Aletha Elizabeth. 2019. An exploration of the social inequities underpinning nutritional intake in high risk communities. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/vy76-1582