Mixing it up: Crossing cultures, breaking barriers. Assoc Prof Caryn West

Understanding varied human experiences in an increasingly integrated world is fundamental in ensuring the social and cultural hallmarks that define a civilized nation are not lost. Mixed methods is a particularly useful tool when researching cross cultural and cultural experiences and related phenomena. Incorporation of community participation into mixed method approaches, such as developing community partnerships, engaging cultural advisory boards and creating knowledge mobilisation plans increases the effectiveness and prospective benefits of the research process and its results. This is especially true for historically and contemporarily marginalised cultural groups. Mixed method approaches provide the framework for culturally and contextually grounded models which are applicable to the culture the model intends to serve.

A/Prof Caryn West has built a diverse research portfolio within nursing and public health through her professional roles and awards, including an early career fellowship with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and directorship of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Nursing, Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building. Caryn’s multiple areas of research interest include disaster management, nursing education, and alcohol-related injuries in Australian Indigenous communities which are drawn together through the theme of resilience.
Caryn maintains a strong international reputation through her involvement with research centres, international humanitarian projects and international mixed methods research associations.
Working extensively with Asia Pacific and Western Pacific countries A/Prof West is the current executive committee member for the Western Pacific Region of the Global Network of World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, and a committee member and advisor for the Asia Pacific Emergency Disaster Nurses Network (APEDNN).