Dawn Freshwater


  • The University of Western Australia (M464), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 149 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

Personal profile


Professor Dawn Freshwater was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia on 16 January 2017.

Prior to that, she served as the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar for a three-year period, followed by few months as Acting Vice-Chancellor.

Before moving to Western Australia to take up the SDVC position, she was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Organizational Effectiveness, Professor of Mental Health and Head of the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. Professor Freshwater received her doctorate at the University of Nottingham in 1998 and has been the recipient of numerous awards. She was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2001.

As an active academic Professor Freshwater serves on the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in the UK; reviews and acts in an advisory capacity for the National Institute for Health Research and MRC and to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. She contributes to clinical academic fellowship panels and to awards of doctoral training centres. Her most recent research in the area of women’s leadership was funded by the British Council and led to a Global Education Dialogue in Hong Kong.

In her leadership capacity, Professor Freshwater has championed and led a number of initiatives, including leading the University’s major reform. She has also led the recruitment of 50 leadership Chairs, implemented a zoning approach to professorial careers, has been responsible for the successful achievement of a University Athena Swan award and for creating a strategy for equality and inclusion.

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Professor Freshwater’s research has focused on two key themes; these being psychological therapies research and offender health research. She has also developed a multi-disciplinary clinical academic research centre in practice. She currently is the editor of the International Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

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Research Output 2008 2017

Contemporary political debates, social theory and nursing practice in mental healthcare

Freshwater, D. S. 2017 Social theory and nursing. M. L. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 134-143 10 p. (Routledge Key Themes in Health and Society)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Perspectives: Reciprocity and integration in nursing and mixed methods research

Freshwater, D. 1 Jun 2017 In : Journal of Research in Nursing. 22, 4, p. 328-331 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Professional responsibility and technologically informed decision making: The rise and demise of the compassionate algorithm

Freshwater, D. & Cahill, J. 2017 Critical Approaches in Nursing Theory and Nursing Research: Implications for Nursing Practice. Foth, T., Holmes, D., Hülsken-Giesler, M., Kreutzer, S. & Remmers, H. (eds.). V & R Unipress, p. 131-149 (Pflegewissenschaft und Pflegebildung; vol. 14)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

1 Citations

Rhetoric versus reality: the role of research in deconstructing concepts of caring

Freshwater, D., Cahill, J., Esterhuizen, P., Muncey, T. & Smith, H. Oct 2017 In : Nursing Philosophy. 18, 4, e12176

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nursing Research
Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence-Based Nursing