• Why write/read book chapters? Community, connection, and creativity.

    Why write/read book chapters? Community, connection, and creativity.

    “…the neo-liberal academy has compelled me to compete and compare, to work on my own, to overwork, and to count narrowly. At various times, neoliberal ideologies have crept into my mind/writing/body, breaking me down. The academy’s “finite games” of winners and losers, the demands to prove I am a “credible academic”, the narrow counting and…

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  • Can open data disrupt power relations in health and enhance consumer participation?

    Can open data disrupt power relations in health and enhance consumer participation?

    VALA Libraries, Technology and the Future invited my fabulous colleague from Melbourne University Fiona Tweedie and I to participate in a webinar discussion as part of Open Access Week. The webinar was hosted by VALA President, Katie Haden. VALA are an independent Australian based not-for-profit organisation that aim to promote the use and understanding of information…

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  • Birthing, M/othering

    Birthing, M/othering

    March is an exciting month for me with events and exhibitions about M/others and birthing, starting with a panel at M/Other at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. “Last year, more than 300,000 children were born in Australia, yet systems in place for childbirth remain opaque and often discriminatory. For M/OTHER, the Wheeler Centre brings together…

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  • Teaching into a headwind and Nursing a Radical Imagination

    Teaching into a headwind and Nursing a Radical Imagination

    So, this incredible book Nursing a Radical Imagination: Moving from Theory and History to Action and Alternate Futures, Edited by Jess Dillard-Wright, Jane Hopkins-Walsh, Brandon Brown has been published, and what a thrill to have a chapter in it! The book is described as “Examining the historical context of healthcare whilst focusing on building a…

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  • The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange

    The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange

    It has been a privilege to be a part of the team who created The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange, at the RMIT Design Hub Gallery as part of the Big Anxiety Naarm/Melbourne. The exhibition highlights creative responses and stories from nurses and midwives who worked through the pandemic in Australia and the US. We…

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  • Birthing and Justice: From intimate, asynchronous, mobile media to a scheduled live audience

    Birthing and Justice: From intimate, asynchronous, mobile media to a scheduled live audience

    When I was twelve years old I went on a work experience trip to a Radio station 1ZM in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland with my pal Mandy Cunningham. I had big dreams of being a DJ and radio announcer but I was disappointed that DJs were not autonomous. They had to play particular songs. That was not…

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  • NEW MOTHERS AND APPS DURING COVID-19

    NEW MOTHERS AND APPS DURING COVID-19

    Sukhmani Khorana, Bhavya Chitranshi and I recently completed research about the experiences of six cisgender South Asian-Australian women who gave birth during the COVID-19 pandemic. A note about language in this report: The South Asian “women” in our study identified as cisgender. However, we have used a gender-additive approach to language to be respectful and…

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  • Book review: This Bridge called my back

    Book review: This Bridge called my back

    I have been a long-time fan of the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation. Starting in 1996 I did some workshops in Northland and around for the community about Depression, while I worked in perinatal mental health. Later, I co-produced a brochure about perinatal mental health for them. So, when the fabulous Kim Higginson asked me…

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  • Lessons on exclusion from past pandemics

    Lessons on exclusion from past pandemics

    I wrote a piece for the Summer 2021/22 edition (Issue 36) of the Hive (the Australian College of Nursing’s quarterly publication). Cite as: De Souza, R. (2021). Lessons on exclusion from past pandemics. The Hive, 36, 16–17. You can also download a pdf of the article for your own personal use. I have three pandemic…

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  • Collaboration and care: Deborah Kelly and No Human Being is Illegal (In All Our Glory)

    Collaboration and care: Deborah Kelly and No Human Being is Illegal (In All Our Glory)

    When I was a nursing student I remember someone telling me “Nurses care, and Doctors cure”. Apparently, our job was the former, in the biomedical division of labor. I was shocked when I began my clinical experience to find that the health care system did not support care. I mean, nurses attempted to meet people’s…

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  • Translating research creatively: Older adults from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, social inclusion, and technology

    Translating research creatively: Older adults from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, social inclusion, and technology

    A common critique made by Indigenous and racialized communities is that academic research is extractive. Researchers come to communities or individuals, take the information that they want and folks never hear from them ever again. They don’t get to decide on the questions, how the research will take place, and with whom. The benefits appear…

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  • Going Without: Migrant Mothers, Food, and the Postnatal Ward

    Going Without: Migrant Mothers, Food, and the Postnatal Ward

    I have long been interested in the significance of food for migrants. As a child whose family moved to Aotearoa, New Zealand in the 70s, I remember the singular pursuit of ingredients. The long-grain rice we tried to buy from an importer, the coriander we grew in the garden, my mother purchasing olive oil from…

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  • Should academics podcast?

    Should academics podcast?

    To be a great nurse, I believe you have to be a great communicator. I am biased. I have taught communication to undergraduate nursing and osteopathy students, and I am a mental health nurse by background. I am interested in all forms of communication in health whether written or spoken. Nursing has afforded me the…

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  • Participatory research methods for investigating digital health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse communities

    Participatory research methods for investigating digital health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse communities

    So thrilled and delighted to have our paper in this special issue of Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation on Health, Media and Participation examining how media participation and health participation connect. Beautifully edited by Maja Klausen, Anette Grønning and Carsten Stage. De Souza, R., Butt, D., Jethani, S., & Marmo, C. (2021). Participatory research…

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  • My favorite person, place and thing

    My favorite person, place and thing

    The fabulous Nelly Thomas, Melbourne comedian, author & media personality interviewed me for her Person, Place and Thing podcast. It was a rare and generous opportunity to talk about my life and interests, I am more used to talking about my work than myself.

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  • Being an ally, not just on International Day of People with Disability…but, every day.

    Being an ally, not just on International Day of People with Disability…but, every day.

    December 3rd is a United Nations day that promotes inclusion and “celebrates” people with disability. I was asked to MC a function today at work to mark it. I need to state at the outset that I am a nurse by background, so l want to acknowledge that health systems have not always been places…

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  • What do artists bring to research?

    What do artists bring to research?

    ENQUIRING MINDS: WHAT ARTISTS CAN BRING TO GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY RESEARCH  It’s conference season as we speed toward the end of the year. The Australian Academy of the Humanities hosted their 51st Symposium At the Crossroad? Australia’s Cultural Future. The aim was to facilitate conversations about the transformations needed to secure Australia’s cultural and creative future.…

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  • Conversations on Tangata Whenua and Asian solidarity

    Conversations on Tangata Whenua and Asian solidarity

    I moved to Australia seven years ago from Aotearoa New Zealand. I’m pleased that old friends remember me despite the Tasman sea (Te Tai-o-Rēhua) between us (a so called “marginal sea” of the Pacific Ocean (Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa). I was chuffed to accept the invitation from Asians Supporting Tino Rangatiratanga to be on a panel: Conversations…

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  • Women of Colour ‘in’ academia: Political creativity and (im)possibilities of solidarity

    Women of Colour ‘in’ academia: Political creativity and (im)possibilities of solidarity

    This week has been a biggie with lots of zoom presentations, all of which were marvellous. The fabulous and thoughtful Lutfiye Ali gathered Shakira Hussein, Denise Chapman, Torika Bolatagici, Jesica S. Fernández and I together to talk solidarities in academia. Abstract: Expressions of embodied political creativity and radical being of and for solidarities of resistance…

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  • On the limits of empathy

    On the limits of empathy

    Every week during November 2020, the indomitable Mary Freer has put together an amazing online program as part of the Compassion Revolution. It was a privilege to be in conversation with Katerina Bryant (writer and PhD student whose first book, Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength and Women’s Stories Throughout History (NewSouth) is out now;…

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