Dr Heather Shepherd BA (Hons) RN DipHE PhD is a registered nurse, research academic and Senior Lecturer in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her teaching and research roles are founded on her expertise as a health communication and health services researcher and her clinical background in critical care, reproductive and sexual health nursing, and health services management.
Heather conducts research to develop and promote health literacy, addressing the gap between evidence and practice and supporting sustainable implementation of evidence-based interventions in health care across cancer care, primary care, chronic illness, focussing on implementation science, shared decision-making, health communication. patient and health professional experience, and development and evaluation tools to support health literacy and empowerment. Heather supervisors postgraduate students in these research areas.
Heather teaches across a number of units in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5070 Creating a culture of Safety and Quality NURS 3015 Australian Health Care System NURS 1003 Population Health NURS 5002 Social Contexts of Health
Heather has worked collaboratively with the Sydney Health Literacy Lab since its’ beginning, has spearheaded the AskShareKnow program of work which has had a major impact on international efforts to support shared decision making in clinical practice, and is an investigator on projects working with NSW Health ACI, ACSQHC, Health Direct Australia.