Our Team

Professor Ritin Fernandez – Director RN; PhD 
Doctor Ritin Fernandez is the Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing, University of Wollongong and St George Hospital and the Director of the Centre for Evidence based Initiatives in Health Care - a collaborating Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute. Her teaching and research interests have focused on evidence based practice, randomised controlled trials, patient safety, chronic disease management, cardiovascular disease and health in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Ritin has extensive experience in systematic reviews and meta-analysis having published numerous reviews in the Cochrane Library and the Joanna Briggs database. Since 2000 Ritin has obtained over $1,000,000 in grants including NHMRC Project grants. Ritin has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and is currently co-supervising eight Research Higher Degree students.

Sam Lapkin RN, PhD, BN Hons (1st Class), GradCert TertiaryEd
Doctor Samuel Lapkin is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Nursing and an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health – University of Wollongong. Sam was awarded a PhD in 2014 from the University of Newcastle. His research and teaching interests focus on patient safety particularly safe medication administration and the use of clinical simulation training to improve non-technical skills such as situation awareness, decision making, communication, teamwork, and leadership. Since 2011, he has been the recipient of three research grants focusing on reducing medication errors relating to omissions; prevent falls and harm from falls in older people and simulation training. Sam has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and is currently co-supervising four Research Higher Degree students.

Gayle Netto BCom Business Management and Commerce
Gayle works part-time as the department’s Administration Officer. She has her Bachelor degree in Commerce and Business Management. She has worked in Business and Finance for a number of years. She joined the Centre four years ago and continues to support the team in areas of research and in an administrative role. Gayle particularly enjoys assisting staff and students in setting up their surveys in Survey Monkey and in assisting them with completing their Ethics applications.