Ms Raelene Ward

DPhil, MHSc, BSN

Ms Raelene Ward is a descendant of the Kunja people from Cunnamulla.

A qualified clinical nurse practicing for the last 28 years in varied community settings. Ms Ward is an Aboriginal Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland who has completed a Masters in Health and PhD in Aboriginal suicide. She has a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills in undertaking research with Aboriginal people and communities bringing into these projects well established networks and rapport with many diverse communities. Ms Ward continues to establish a profile in suicide prevention in Aboriginal communities producing a number of publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, opinion pieces in the Nursing Review, major reports, contributing chapters in several different nursing and education texts books within Australia. Ms Ward has been a representative on Child Death Review Panels for over the last 2 years.

Research areas:
  • Adults
  • Children or young people
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Suicidal behaviour(suicidal ideation, suicidal risk, suicide attempt)
  • Mental health, mental ill health
  • Interventions
  • Settings (workplaces, mental health services, education, communities)
Available for:
  • Research opportunities
  • Funding
  • Innovative approaches to suicide prevention
  • Connecting with post-graduate candidates
  • Collaboration with Australian suicide prevention services, programs and resources
  • Support for discussions about suicide