Dr Lynette Cusack

 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit Nursing
 Email lynette.cusack@adelaide.edu.au
 Location Floor/Room WS4062.01 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Lynette is an Associate Professor in the Adelaide Nursing School. Prior to this appointment Lynette worked for four years as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery, researching in the area of population health including mass-gatherings and disaster response.

    Lynette previously worked in a range of community health settings, including home nursing, community health centres and in an executive role with the Drug and Alcohol Services SA.

    Lynette has extensive experience in working in collaboration with a range of health and welfare professionals to undertake program development and evaluation. As part of a University of Adelaide School of Nursing and the Lyell McEwin Hospital Northern Adelaide Local Health Network collaboration Lynette contributes to research/evaluation actvities that benefits both the clincal and academic capacity and capability of nurses and midwives.

    Lynette also has many years of experience in nursing and midwifery regulation.


  • Qualifications


    RN, PhD, MHA, BN, DN and Mid Cert (UK).           

  • Awards & Achievements



    • 2001 Department of Human Services Nursing Excellence Awards- Winner of the Nursing Excellence in Leadership.
    • 2010 Australian Safer Communities Award, sponsored by Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department. Highly Commended Award 'Staying Safe and Healthy at Adelaide Schoolies Festivals' Hutton, A., Cusack, L., Munt, R., Roderick A., Arbon, P.



  • Teaching Interests

    • Professional Practice
    • Primary Health Care
    • Qualitative Research

    • Leadership and Management


  • Research Interests

    • Researches at the intersection of the individual practitioner and the health system to explore the influence and outcome on the health practitioner, patients/clients and the system and how they interact with each other.


      • Professional practice (resilience)
      • Qualitative research.
      • Translation of research into the practice environment
  • Research Funding



    L Cusack, J Kelly, Gowan L, Groenkjaer  M,  Harland J, Nugent N,  Older people and substance use: Trial of ASSIST screening tool. Non funded

    P Arbon, L Cusack. Torrens Resilience Institute. Evaluating REDiPLan a community emergency preparedness education program. Funded by Australian Red Cross. Commenced November 2011 due to finish April 2013.

     P Arbon, K Gebbie, L Cusack, S Verdonk & S Pereri. Torrens Resilience Institute Developing a model and the tools to measure community disaster resilience. Funded by Commonwealth National Emergency Management Program. Completed November 2012.

    P Arbon, L Cusack, D Kralik, A van Loon & S Gilbert. Identification of the health care needs of homeless people during extreme weather events in SA. FU SoNM Partnership Grants:  Completed March 2012.

    A Hutton, L Cusack, L Zannettino. Celebration without hospitalisation! Reducing the number of young people requiring hospitalisation due to excessive alcohol consumption at Schoolies. FUFHS Seeding Grants. Completed November 2011.

    P Arbon, L Cusack, A Hutton, N Verdonk, L Starr. Exploring nursing students understanding of being regulated. Nurses Memorial Foundation. Completed December 2011.

    ‘Understanding the willingness of emergency nurses to respond to a health care disaster'. The study is funded by a 2009 Flinders University Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery Industry Partnership Research Grant. Collaboration between Flinders University, Deakin University-Northern Health Clinical Partnership (VIC), Princess Alexandra Hospital-Griffith University Clinical Partnership (QLD), Calvary Health Care (ACT) and Royal Adelaide Hospital (SA). Completed June 2011.

    de Crespingny, C., Adelaide University; Cusack, L., Flinders University; Wilson, C., Drug and Alcohol Services SA. Chong, A., Aboriginal Health Council.  (January 2011) Over the Counter (OTC) Analgesic Use by Aboriginal People. Small grant fund Aboriginal Health Council. Report ISBN number: 978-0-9805046-3-7.Commenced July 2009 Completed January 2011.



  • Publications

  • Professional Associations

    Member, Australian College of Nursing.

    Member, Segma Theta Tau


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