Dr Rhonda Brown

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing and Midwif.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

rhonda.brown@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17026

Research interests

Dr Browns research primarily focuses on the physical and mental health outcomes of people of diverse sexuality. She conducts research of cancer risk factors among non-heterosexual women, the relationships between hazardous drinking and depression and anxiety in lesbian and bi-sexual women as well as the work/life balance and resilience in same-sex parented families. Dr Brown is interested in developing strategies and interventions that promote the health and address the physical and mental health disparities among marginalised population groups.

Affiliations

Australian College of Nursing

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation

Public Health Association Australia

National LGBT Health Alliance Australia

BreastScreen Victoria LBTI Advisory Group

Journal of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Family Studies (USA) Editorial Board Member 2008 - Current

Teaching interests

Dr Brown is the Unit Chair for HNN301 Mental Health Promotion, HNN734 Advanced Primary Health Care and HNR412 Research Planning in Nursing. She is also a member of the teaching team for HNN222 Mental Health Nursing and HNN217 Community Nursing and provides leadership in the provision of undergraduate mental health curricula. Dr Brown is interested in the student experience of learning and is involved in the Faculty of Health student mentoring program which provides support for first year students. In 2008 she was awarded a Citation for Contribution to Student Learning for the student academic mentoring program she developed and implemented.

Conferences

Brown, R. 2012 Lesbian Cancer Risk Factors for Lesbians and Bisexual Women. Lesbian and Bisexual Womens Health Research: Health risks and policy implications. Melbourne Brown, R. 2011 Lesbians and Breast Cancer. Lesbian Forum Lesbians and breast cancer: whats the difference? Melbourne Brown, R. 2010 Lesbian negotiating parenting: Overcoming biologically based cultural prescriptions of parental and household roles Womens Health Conference, Hobart in May 2010 Brown, R. (2008) Not the 'other' mother: How language constructs lesbian co-parenting relationships. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Brown, R. (2007) Lesbian Parenting. Australian Lesbian Medical Association Conference, Melbourne Brown, R. McNair, R. Perlesz, A. (2006) Public authenticity vs safety Lesbian-parented families experience of disclosure in public contexts. International Conference on Human Rights for GLBT, Montreal August Brown, R. (2006) Lesbian co-parents and Health Care: Why language is important International Congress of Womens Health, Sydney, November Brown, R. (2005) Not the other mother: Insights from lesbian co-parents into lesbian co-parenting The Australian Family Therapy Conference, Sydney McNair, R. Brown, R. Gleitzman, M. Harrison, J. Hillier, L. (2005) Lesbian health research methods. Health In Difference Conference, Melbourne Perlesz, A. Brown, R. and McNair, R. 2005 Lesbian and gay families. Colloquium: Family Court of Australia, Melbourne

Awards

2008 - Dr Brown was awarded a Citation for Contribution to Student Learning, Faculty of Health La Trobe University for the student academic mentoring program she developed and implemented.

Publications

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2015

Building healthcare workers' confidence to work with same-sex parented families.

Henry von Doussa, Jennifer J. Power, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Rhonda Brown, Margot J. Schofield, Amaryll Perlesz, Prof Marian Pitts, Andrew Bickerdike

(2015), pp. -, Health Promotion International, , C1

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Cancer risk factors, diagnosis and sexual identity in the Australian longitudinal study of women's health

Dr Rhonda Brown, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Laura Szalacha, Prof Trish Livingston, Prof Tonda Hughes

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 509-516, Women's health issues, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Psychological wellbeing among same-sex attracted and heterosexual parents: Role of connectedness to family and friendship networks

Jennifer J. Power, Margot J. Schofield, Davide Farchione, Amaryll Perlesz, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Rhonda Brown, Prof Marian Pitts, Andrew Bickerdike

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 380-394, Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy, Lane Cove, N.S.W., C1

journal
2014

Quality care outcomes following transitional care interventions for older people from hospital to home: a systematic review

Ms Jacqui Allen, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Dr Rhonda Brown, Prof Trish Livingston

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-18, BMC health services research, London, England, C1

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Social connectedness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents living in metropolitan and regional and rural areas of Australia and New Zealand

Jennifer J. Power, Dr Rhonda Brown, Margot J. Schofield, Prof Marian Pitts, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Amaryll Perlesz, Andrew Bickerdike

(2014), Vol. 42, pp. 869-889, Journal of community psychology, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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2013

Clinical translation of the research article titled "The influence of early drinking contexts on current drinking among adult lesbian and bisexual women"

A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Rhonda Brown

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 255-258, Journal of the american psychiatric nurses association, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal
2012

Gay and bisexual dads and diversity : fathers in the work, love, play study

Jennifer J. Power, Amaryll Perlesz, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Margot J. Schofield, Prof Marian Pitts, Dr Rhonda Brown, Andrew Bickerdike

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 143-154, Journal of family studies, Maleny, Qld., C1

journal

Bisexual parents and family diversity : findings from the work, love, play study

Jennifer J. Power, Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown, Margot J. Schofield, Prof Marian Pitts, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Andrew Bickerdike

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 519-538, Journal of bisexuality, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal

Communication pathways in community aged care: an Australian study

Ms Jacqui Allen, A/Prof Goetz Ottmann, Dr Rhonda Brown, Dr Bodil Rasmussen

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 226-235, International journal of older people nursing, Chichester, England, C1-1

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2010

Organising work and home in same-sex parented families : findings from the work love play study

Amaryll Perlesz, Jennifer J. Power, Dr Rhonda Brown, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Margot J. Schofield, Prof Marian Pitts, Anna Barrett, Andrew Bickerdike

(2010), Vol. 31, pp. 374-391, The Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy, Brisbane, Qld., C1

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Diversity, tradition and family : Australian same-sex attracted parents and their families

Jennifer J. Power, Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown, Margot J. Schofield, Prof Marian Pitts, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Andrew Bickerdike

(2010), Vol. 6, pp. 66-81, Gay and lesbian issues and psychology review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Understanding resilience in same-sex parented families : the work, love, play study

Jennifer J. Power, Amaryll Perlesz, Margot J. Schofield, Prof Marian Pitts, Dr Rhonda Brown, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Anna Barrett, Andrew Bickerdike

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 1-10, B M C Public Health, London, England, C1

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2008

In search of a name for lesbians who mother their non-biological children

Dr Rhonda Brown, Amaryll Perlesz

(2008), Vol. 4, pp. 453-467, Journal of GLBT family studies, London, England, C1-1

journal

Lesbian parents negotiating the health care system in Australia

A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Rhonda Brown, Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Jo Lindsay, David de Vaus, Prof Marian Pitts

(2008), Vol. 29, pp. 91-114, Health care for women international, London, England, C1-1

journal
2007

Legitimising rainbow families using partnerships for change

A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Rhonda Brown

(2007), Vol. 27, pp. 163-174, The Australian feminist law journal, Nathan, QLD, C1-1

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Not the "other" mother : how language constructs lesbian co-parenting relationships

Dr Rhonda Brown, Amaryll Perlesz

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 267-308, Journal of GLBT family studies, London, England, C1-1

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2006

Full spaces, full lives : response to commentary by Stephen Hicks

Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Jo Lindsay, Prof Marian Pitts, David de Vaus

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 231-233, Lesbian & gay psychology review, Leicester, England, C1-1

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Lesbian family disclosure: Authenticity and safety within private and public domains

Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown, A/Prof Ruth McNair, Dr Jo Lindsay, Prof Marian Pitts, David de Vaus

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 54-65, Lesbian & gay psychology review, Leicester, England, C1-1

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Family in transition: parents, children and grandparents in lesbian families give meaning to 'doing family'

Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown, Dr Jo Lindsay, A/Prof Ruth McNair, David de Vaus, Prof Marian Pitts

(2006), Vol. 28, pp. 175-199, Journal of family therapy, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Stigma or respect : lesbian-parented families negotiating school settings

Dr Jo Lindsay, Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown, A/Prof Ruth McNair, David de Vaus, Prof Marian Pitts

(2006), Vol. 40, pp. 1059-1077, Sociology, London, England, C1-1

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2005

Adopting a research lens in family therapy : a means to therapeutic collaboration

Amaryll Perlesz, Dr Rhonda Brown

(2005), pp. 171-186, The space between : experience, context and process in the therapeutic relationship, London, England, B1-1

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