Asmara Jammali-Blasi finished her Bachelor of Nursing degree from ACU in 2007, and still unsure of where she wanted to take this degree proceeded to complete a new graduate program as a registered nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital. Later during that year, a wonderful opportunity to undertake an Honours degree as part of the Faculty Honours Support Scheme offered by ACU became available.
During the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program, Asmara completed a study investigating 90-days post-stroke outcomes under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Sandy Middleton and Associate Professor Liz McInnes. This project was disseminated through a journal publication in the international Journal of Vascular Nursing and two stroke conferences (one of which was international). A first class honours was awarded following the completion of this study and Asmara went on to receive the ACU University Medal, the first time this award has been given to a nurse.
Asmara continued her employment with Professor Sandy Middleton and Associate Professor Liz McInnes at the Nursing Research Insitute, a joint collaboration between ACU and St Vincent’s Mater Health Sydney, as a research assistant. This position allowed for continued mentoring in the areas of research conduct and dissemination seeing a further 5 manuscripts being published and a number of seminar and conference presentations in the areas of pressure ulcers (Cochrane reviews), Mental Health Consultation Liaison Nurses and critical appraisal of Literature.
With a keen, developing interest in the field of Public Health and research, Asmara went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at Sydney University last year. She used the extensive skills gained from this post-graduate degree to be offered a position as State Project Co-ordinator for a multi-million dollar NHMRC-funded cluster randomised control trial, being led by Professor Sandy Middleton and her team.
Asmara also continues to work as a research assistant at the NRI, writing research manuscripts, conducting data analyses and assisting clinicians in their research project development.