Professor Sheree Smith


Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery


Professor Sheree Smith is an internationally recognised researcher in respiratory care and leads a program of acute care and primary health services research. Sheree is the Deputy Chair of Western Sydney University's Professoriate Leadership Group.  Professor Smith is committed to developing and conducting high quality innovative research that results in improved patient outcomes through developing, testing and implementing sustainable models of care and cost effective interventions.  Professor Smith founded and is the Director of the Lung, Sleep and Heart Health Research Network.  In particular Sheree’s studies are focused on patient reported outcomes and experience measurement methods, emergency care, respiratory viral infections, and integrated respiratory and cardiac care.  Professor Smith is a member of the SPHERE Respiratory Sleep, Environmental and Occupational Health Research Clinical Academic Group, SWERI and Western Sydney University’s Translational Health Research Institute (THRI). Sheree has a postgraduate certificate in Health Economics from the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Smith is available for higher degree supervision: Honours, Master and PhD students. Sheree has received national and international research awards including the inaugural Co-operative Research Centre for Asthma and Asthma Australia PhD top-up scholarship and the first international Post-doctoral Capability Bursary to the University of Oxford’s Department of Primary Health Care and Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.  In 2009 Sheree was awarded the Millennium Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Curriers for COPD intermediate care research whilst working at St Mary’s Hospital, Department of Respiratory Infection and Medicine’s Imperial Clinical Respiratory Research Unit. In 2010 Professor Smith completed a bespoke project for the UK’s National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and she developed organisational models for health care organisations to improve the completion of NIHR portfolio studies and enhance the capacity and capability of research support staff.  The models have been implemented across various hospital and health care services in England. Sheree has been awarded substantial research funding as an individual or part of a research team.

Professor Smith is a member of four global respiratory, sleep and critical care organisations; Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand(TSANZ), Asia Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), European Respiratory Society (ERS) and American Thoracic Society (ATS).  She is a member of the ERS College of Experts and the ATS International Nurses Committee defined the international nursing research priorities for Lung Health, Sleep and Critical Care.  Professor Smith continues as a NHMRC panel member and she reviews grant and fellowship applications for numerous funding bodies around the globe such as NHMRC, NIHR (UK), Asthma (UK), Medical Research Foundation (UK), European Science Foundation and the Portuguese Agency for Science and Technology Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT).  Sheree was an Imperial College London Visiting Professor, an external advisory board member of NIHR North West London’s Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and a Healthcare Prioritisation panel member for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK and the non-medical chair of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Agency for Clinical Innovation Respiratory Network (ACI). Professor Smith is an editorial board member of the Annals of ATS Journal.

Research Interests

  • Dyspnoea
  • Health Behaviour Associated with Infection
  • Health Education and Clinical Interventions Associated with Respiratory Conditions
  • Respiratory health service delivery in acute and community settings
  • Self care and self management


  • European Respiratory Society (2006)
  • Asia Pacific Society of Respirology (2011)
  • Lung Foundation of Australia (2004 - 2022)
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (1987)
  • American Thoracic Society (2004)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Queensland University of Technology
  • M.SocPlan & Dev University of Queensland
  • B.Nursing Queensland University of Technology

Research and Publications

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