Dr Se Ok Ohr

Dr Se Ok Ohr

Why did you get into research?

While working a registered nurse and multicultural health liaison officer, I started to question how my colleagues and I can do better to improve health of our patients/clients and their families. I wanted to learn something new, to enhance my problem-solving skills and to challenge myself in new ways. I wanted to be a better clinician to assist my patients/clients to be happy regardless of their illness. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

I dream that my research will contribute to improving the health of people. It may make a small difference to them to be happy if not a big way. We all deserve to be happy throughout our life.   


Se Ok is a clinical research fellow with more than 30 years of working experience and at least 18 years of research experience in health services. Se Ok has extensive experience as a Registered Nurse in aged care (including aged care facilities), multicultural Health, community health, and acute care settings. 

She has conducted research related to health-related topics, especially stroke, chronic diseases, chronic pain management, and end-of-life issues among people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She also conduct a number of research projects and programs related to new graduate recruitment, overseas trained nurses recruitment and the development of a culturally competent health workforce.  In her current role as a clinical research fellow, the Hunter New England Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, Se Ok provides research leadership across the HNELHD to assist and support clinicians’ capacity to conduct their research project by assisting them from developing up ideas, design and methods, ethics, implementation processes, data management and analysis, dissemination of findings, grant application and ethics application. 

Se Ok has completed her PhD with the School of Health, University of Newcastle and is a conjoint lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. Se Ok has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations and received over $550,000 for research projects. She provides the necessary contact with networks across the district and has extensive knowledge of the District generally. She can also provide skills related to project management and research process support.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Normalisation of advance care planning among people with chronic diseases;
  • Implementation study of a community based surgical site surveillance post caesarean section;
  • Investigation of research capacity and capability among nurses and midwives;  
  • Research capacity training;
  • Human resources management- Overseas nurses and new graduate nurses and midwives; and
  • Support of clinicians who conduct research  


  • Hunter Medical Research Institute Affiliate
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute Ignite
  • HNELHD Nursing and Midwifery Research strategic committee
  • Hunter parents and Teachers of Community Language School
  • Newcastle Korean Language School Management Committee
  • Newcastle Korean Language School 뉴캐슬 한글배움터