The Helen Glass Research Symposium is your chance to hear from innovative researchers from the frontlines of nursing.

Amanda Kenny

Professor Amanda Kenny is a nurse and midwife and is the inaugural Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health in the La Trobe University Rural Health School in Bendigo, Australia. Her research involves extensive partnerships with vulnerable populations and she is an expert in primary health and rural health policy.  She is internationally recognised for her expertise in multidisciplinary participatory action research, deliberative decision making, innovative digital methods, and co-design. Amanda is a leader in knowledge translation and qualitative research methods. She has led or contributed to highly cited policy documents, and as an expert witness, has given evidence to major government inquiries. In her career, Amanda has attracted almost AU$105 million dollars of grant funding for research and major strategic initiatives.  Amanda has strong international partnerships, currently holds international grants, and mentors senior leaders in a number of countries. She is the Deputy Editor of Nurse Education Today and Co-Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Primary Health.

Helen Glass Lecture

Outdated Health Systems: The Case for Major Disruption

When: Monday, March 18, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00pm
Reception: 5:00 to 6:30pm
Public Lecture: 6:30 to 8:00pm
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Presenter: Amanda Kenny

Health systems in most countries were designed for a very different world and are now more than 40 years out of date. Health services do a great job if you are acutely ill, experience a life-threatening illness, or suffer major trauma but if you are poor, not well educated, old, mentally ill, have a disability, have complex and chronic conditions, or live in a rural community your experience is often sub-standard. At the 2019 Helen Glass Lecture, Professor Amanda Kenny, one of Australia’s leading health service researchers, will argue that major disruption is needed to ensure health systems and health services meet contemporary need.

Research Workshop

Powerful Narratives of Lived Experience: The Potential of Digital Storytelling

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, MTS Classroom

Presenter: Amanda Kenny

The challenge for researchers working in healthcare is how to find methods to capture the richness of healthcare experiences. Digital storytelling is an art-based research method that has potential to generate powerful narratives of lived experience by creating a space where power differentials are made visible and shared dialogue can develop.  By drawing on studies that have used digital storytelling as a research method, the benefits and pitfalls of this approach will be shared.

Research Workshop

How to Confidently Answer the Research Impact Question

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 am
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, MTS Classroom

Presenter: Amanda Kenny

Whilst we confidently espouse the major findings from our research, three questions often bring us unstuck:  how has your research effected, changed, or benefited the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life beyond academia? How do you know and how can you prove it? In this workshop you will be given tools, tips and techniques to confidently defend the impact of your work and ensure that it is highly influential and does lead to real change.

Research Workshop

Internationalizing Your Research: From Partnerships to Research Entrepreneur

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, MTS Classroom

Amanda Kenny, Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health, La Trobe University
Christina West, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba

In an increasingly globalized world, researchers must become part of a globalized research community, learning to traverse time zones and geographic boundaries. In this process, international partnerships are critically important. Data collection needs to occur in ways not previously envisioned, and effective dissemination requires researchers to become global entrepreneurs. Becoming a global entrepreneur is exciting, but can be daunting. In this workshop, you will be given insights, tips, and tools on forming international partnerships and learn about research methods that traverse time zones and geography. You will also gain important skills to help you maximize your international reputation.

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This Helen Glass Research Symposium is offered FREE OF CHARGE by the University of Manitoba’s College of Nursing in honour of Dr. Helen Glass.

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