Dr Rhonda Brown

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Casual Academic

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing & Midwifery

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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2020

Evaluation of the TRANSITION tool to improve communication during older patients' care transitions: healthcare practitioners' perspectives

J Allen, A Hutchinson, R Brown, P Livingston

(2020), pp. 1-10, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Communication and coordination processes supporting integrated transitional care: Australian healthcare practitioners' perspectives

J Allen, A Hutchinson, R Brown, P Livingston

(2020), Vol. 20, pp. 1-10, International journal of integrated care, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Effectiveness of a culturally tailored SMS alcohol intervention for same-sex attracted women: protocol for an RCT

Rachel Bush, Rhonda Brown, Ruth McNair, Liliana Orellana, Dan Lubman, Petra Staiger

(2019), Vol. 19, BMC womens health, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

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

A Perlesz, R Brown

(2018), pp. 171-186, The Space Between: Experience, Context, and Process in the Therapeutic Relationship, B1-1

book chapter

User experience and care for older people transitioning from hospital to home: patients' and carers' perspectives

J Allen, A Hutchinson, R Brown, P Livingston

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 518-527, Health expectations, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Improving alcohol and mental health treatment for lesbian, bisexual and queer women: identity matters

A Pennay, R McNair, T Hughes, W Leonard, R Brown, D Lubman

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 35-42, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Community mental health nursing

Rhonda Brown

(2017), pp. 228-239, An introduction to community and primary health care, Cambridge, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

User Experience and Care Integration in Transitional Care for Older People from Hospital to Home: A Meta-Synthesis

J Allen, A Hutchinson, R Brown, P Livingston

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 24-36, Qualitative Health Research, C1

journal article
2016

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

H Von Doussa, J Power, R McNair, R Brown, M Schofield, A Perlesz, M Pitts, A Bickerdike

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 459-469, Health Promotion International, C1

journal article
2015

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

R Brown, R McNair, L Szalacha, P Livingston, T Hughes

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

journal article

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

J Power, M Schofield, D Farchione, A Perlesz, R McNair, R Brown, M Pitts, A Bickerdike

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

journal article

A model for lesbian, bisexual and queer-related influences on alcohol consumption and implications for policy and practice

R McNair, A Pennay, T Hughes, R Brown, W Leonard, D Lubman

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 402-421, Culture health & sexuality, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2014

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

J Allen, A Hutchinson, R Brown, P Livingston

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

journal article

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

J Power, R Brown, M Schofield, M Pitts, R Mcnair, A Perlesz, A Bickerdike

(2014), Vol. 42, pp. 869-889, Journal of Community Psychology, C1

journal article
2013

Communication pathways in community aged care: An Australian study

J Allen, G Ottmann, R Brown, B Rasmussen

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 226-235, International Journal of Older People Nursing, C1-1

journal article

Clinical Translation of the Research Article Titled "The Influence of Early Drinking Contexts on Current Drinking Among Adult Lesbian and Bisexual Women"

R McNair, R Brown

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 255-258, Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, C1-1

journal article
2012

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

J Power, A Perlesz, R Mcnair, M Schofield, M Pitts, R Brown, A Bickerdike

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 143-154, Journal of Family Studies, C1

journal article

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

J Power, A Perlesz, R Brown, M Schofield, M Pitts, R McNair, A Bickerdike

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

journal article
2010

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

J Power, A Perlesz, R Brown, M Schofield, M Pitts, R McNair, A Bickerdike

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

journal article

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

J Power, A Perlesz, M Schofield, M Pitts, R Brown, R McNair, A Barrett, A Bickerdike

(2010), Vol. 10, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

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

A Perlesz, J Power, R Brown, R Mcnair, M Schofield, M Pitts, A Barrett, A Bickerdike

(2010), Vol. 31, pp. 374-391, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, C1

journal article
2008

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

R Brown, A Perlesz

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

journal article

Lesbian parents negotiating the health care system in Australia

R McNair, R Brown, A Perlesz, J Lindsay, D De Vaus, M Pitts

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

journal article
2007

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

R Brown, A Perlesz

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

journal article

Legitimising Rainbow Families Using Partnerships For Change

Ruth McNair, Rhonda Brown

(2007), Vol. 27, pp. 163-174, Australian Feminist Law Journal, C1-1

journal article

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parented families : a literature review prepared for the Australian Psychological Society

E Short, D Riggs, A Perlesz, R Brown, G Kane

(2007), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2006

Stigma or respect: Lesbian-parented families negotiating school settings

J Lindsay, A Perlesz, R Brown, R McNair, D De Vaus, M Pitts

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

journal article

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

A Perlesz, R Brown, J Lindsay, R McNair, D De Vaus, M Pitts

(2006), Vol. 28, pp. 175-199, Journal of Family Therapy, C1-1

journal article

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

A Perlesz, R Brown, R McNair, J Lindsay, M Pitts, D De Vaus

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

journal article

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

A Perlesz, R Brown, R McNair, J Lindsay, M Pitts, D De Vaus

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

journal article
2001

Rural interprofessional education: promoting teamwork in primary health care education and practice

R McNair, R Brown, N Stone, J Sims

(2001), Vol. 9, pp. S19-S26, Australian journal of rural health, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article
1996

Innovative perspectives in youth health care

R McNair, R Brown

(1996), Vol. 25, pp. 347-351, Australian family physician, South Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Cancer rates and risk factors among Australian lesbians

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

  • 2012: $9,175

Improving older people's experience in transitional care: evaluation of the TRANSITION tool

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

  • 2018: $616

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Jacqueline Allen

Thesis entitled: Improving Older People's Experience in Transitional Care: Co-Design of TRANSITION

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery