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Dr Brown is a Senior Lecture in Mental Health within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has a background in community and mental health nursing, counseling and family therapy. Dr Brown co-ordinates the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program, supervisors Honours and Masters students and teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and masters levels. Dr Brown’s research interests focus on the health and well-being of marginalised population groups and in particular the impact of gender and sexuality on health outcomes.
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.
Dr Brown’s 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.
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.
• Royal College of Nursing
• Australian Nursing Federation
• Rainbow Families Council
Women’s Hospital Quality Committee
Faculty of Health Honours Committee
School of Nursing and Midwifery Board
Deakin University Ally Network
Editorial Board Journal of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Trans-gender Families
Reviewer for the Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology
Reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth
Brown, R. 2012 Lesbian Cancer Risk Factors for Lesbians and Bisexual Women.
Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Research: Health risks and policy implications. Melbourne
Brown, R. 2011 Lesbians and Breast Cancer. Lesbian Forum Lesbians and breast cancer: what’s the difference? Melbourne
Brown, R. 2010 ‘Lesbian negotiating parenting: Overcoming biologically based cultural prescriptions of parental and household roles’ Women’s 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 Women’s 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