Ruth Desouza

Ruth Desouza

Qualifications

  • PhD, MA, RN
  • Stream Leader, Research, Policy and Evaluation, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health

Contact

Category: Research Associate (International)

Email: ruthd@ceh.org.au

Phone: +61 (03) 9418 9923

Fax: +61 3 9904 4655

Homepage: View.

Background

Dr Ruth De Souza is the Stream Leader, Research, Policy and Evaluation at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, based at North Richmond Community Health Centre. Her work is concerned with equity in health and cultural safety for people who are marginalised in health care. Her current research examines the potential of wearable health technologies in empowering people from CALD backgrounds to better understand their own health and to enhance community health literacy and consumer participation.
She is the founder and moderator of the Aotearoa Ethnic Network (AEN) and AEN Journal, and Editorial Board member of the Journal Diversity in Health and Social Care and the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Areas of interest

Immigration and settlement; Mental health; Maternity; Identity and ethnicity issues; Impact of technology on ethno-religious diasporic communities; Gender and discourse

Interests

Ruth has a passionate interest in migration, maternity and mental health. Her main theoretical interests are feminist theory, postcolonial theory and research methodology, with a specific focus on maternity and postcolonial approaches to health. Her work includes empirical studies and theoretical investigations into key sites where health inequities are found, including refugee, migrant and indigenous communities; maternity and women’s health; mental health.

Selected publications

De Souza, R. (2016). Review: Australian mental health nurses and transgender clients: Attitudes and knowledge. Journal of Research in Nursing, 0(0) 1–2. DOI: 10.1177/1744987115625008

De Souza, R. (2015). Navigating the ethics in cultural safety. In D. Wepa (Ed.), Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand (Second ed., pp. 111-124). Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

De Souza, R. (2015). Culturally safe care for ethnically and religiously diverse communities. In D. Wepa (Ed.), Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand (Second ed., pp. 189-203). Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

DeSouza, R. (2014). One woman’s empowerment is another’s oppression: Korean women’s experiences of maternity in Aotearoa.

DeSouza, R. (2013), Regulating migrant maternity: Nursing and midwifery’s emancipatory aims and assimilatory practices. Nursing Inquiry. doi: 10.1111/nin.12020

DeSouza, R., & Cormack, D. (2009) Returning the indigenous to the centre: a view from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Diversity in health and care, 16(4), 219-221.

Gao, W., DeSouza, R., Paterson, J., & Lu, T. (2008) Factors affecting uptake of cervical cancer screening among Chinese women in New Zealand. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, In Press, Corrected Proof.

Gao, W., DeSouza, R., Paterson, J., & Lu, T. (2008). Demographic predictors of cervical cancer screening in Chinese women in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121 (1277), 8-17.

DeSouza, R. (2008). Wellness for all: the possibilities of cultural safety and cultural competence in New Zealand. Journal of Research in Nursing, 13(2), 125-135

DeSouza, R. (2007). Women, Portuguese culture and Diaspora: Women from Goa in New Zealand and cultural adaptation. Campus Social. (3/4 )103-118.

DeSouza, R. (2007). Walking a tightrope: Asian health research in New Zealand. Diversity in health and Social Care., 4(1), 9-21.