Ms Helen Cameron

Ms Helen Cameron

Ms Helen Cameron

Executive Officer, University of Newcastle

Helen is Executive Officer for the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). In this role Helen is responsible for providing high level advice, analysis and support to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), including the management of business and projects, to ensure the effective operation of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

Helen was previously the Research Manager with the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle, Australia. Helen was responsible for overseeing, managing and supporting the Centre’s research activities. Within this role, Helen worked to implement the Centre’s research plan and foster a research culture within the Centre. Helen was the Journal Manager for International Studies in Widening Participation – an open access journal established by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre and the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education. Helen was also member of the Editorial Board of The Qualitative Report from 2013 to 2017.

Helen has previously worked as an Executive Officer and Research Centre Manager with the University of Sydney, Department of Rural Health in Broken Hill.  In this role Helen was involved in managing the business of the UDRH, including managing contracts, HR and budgets and monitoring funding agreements. Prior to this, Helen worked in senior roles in a number of government departments and she has also worked as a Solicitor, mainly in the area of commercial law.

Helen has an MBA and a law degree and is also admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the NSW Supreme Court. She has a Master of Qualitative Helaw degree and is also admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the NSW Supreme Court. She has a Master of alth Research and has a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology).

Research Expertise
Helen has undertaken projects relating to research capacity building in rural areas, including overseeing the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development program within the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and an evaluation of the Researcher Development Program. She has also been involved in undertaking research involving rural workforce, including the Point of Care Testing Trial in General Practice. Helen was also involved in an OLT funded Innovation and Development Grant (Re)claiming social capital: improving language and cultural pathways for refugee students into Australian Higher Education. She was involved in the HEPP National Priority Project titled ‘Indigenous enabling: ‘what works’? Developing a national conversation around enabling education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a comprehensive audit of current provision’.

Teaching Expertise
Helen has taught short courses on research methodologies to rural researchers and has also taught on medical negligence and informed consent.

Administrative Expertise
Helen has a Master of Business Administration and a great deal of senior administrative expertise within the University Sector. Helen has provided executive management of the administrative functions of a rural University campus, including providing strategic policy advice and leadership in relation to human resource, finance, administrative, and capital works issues. She has developed business plans and communication plans, MOU’s and other agreements relating to various projects. She has also negotiated at a high level with government departments, funding bodies and other external agencies. She has been involved in the project management of a number of capital works projects, including the establishment of a rural clinical simulation learning environment. She has also managed human resource functions and undertaken performance development and management of staff.

Helen has undertaken projects and published in the area of research capacity building and rural workforce. She also provided training and support to rural qualitative researchers.


  • Master of Qualitative Health Research, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practices, College of Law
  • Master of Business Administration, Southern Cross University
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology