Ms Naomi Byfieldt
(Clinical Trial Co-ordinator, Department of Palliative Care )

DepartmentPalliative Care
Research AreasHealth Promotion, Health Services Research, Therapy and Treatment, Population Health, Social Needs, Supportive Care
Research TopicsSide Effects / Adverse Reactions / Poisoning, Palliative Care
Research TypesClinical Trials, Survey / Observational Research, Dissemination / Implementation

Naomi Byfieldt has a keen interest in both quantitative and qualitative research, particularly in the area of palliative care. She has been working as a clinical trial co-ordinator for the Department of Palliative Care since January 2009 where she has been involved in co-ordinating various clinical trials and research projects. Her role involves all aspects of research, from caring for patients who are participating in a clinical trial, co-ordinating research projects and clinical trials so that they are implemented in the department, to educating staff about the latest research in Palliative Care.


  • Clark K, Hipwell A, Byfieldt N. Timing of Cessation laxatives before Death. International Journal of Palliative Nursing (Accepted June 2012)
  • Clark K, Byfieldt N, Dawe M, Currow DC. An audit of the use of methylnaltrexone; contribution of other factors to constipation apart from opioids?  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care 2011 (Accepted March 2011).
  • Hosie A, Fazekas B, Shelby-James T, Mills E, Byfieldt N, Margitanovic V, Hunt J, Phillips J. Palliative care clinical trials: how nurses are contributing to integrated, evidence-based care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2011, Vol 17, No 5, pp224-230.


Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

After obtaining my nursing degree I went on to complete an Honours Degree in Health Science during which I conducted my own research study and became interested in research. Then in January 2009 I began working with the Department of Palliative Care as a Clinical Trial Coordinator and that?s when I became involved in other various aspects of research.

What research projects are you currently working on?

Currently I?m involved in a number of different projects. I am involved in clinical trials, study management and coordination, audits, and design and implementation of new tools to assist health care staff provide care.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

There isn?t just one! My achievements include assisting with the implementation of a research unit in our Department; being involved in article publications; and developing the training package and study documents for the Management of Constipation Study.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I was a nurse on an orthopaedic ward.

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Building strong networks with other research units. Especially the CCRN staff.

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Professor Katherine Clark (my boss!).

What did you do before you became a researcher?

I was a nurse.

What made you decide to do research?

I no longer enjoyed ward nursing.

What was your first / worst / best / strangest / memorable /etc job in research?

Having patients thank me for taking the time to spend with them.

What do you do to relax?

I?ve just discovered a new love ? riding dirt bikes?

What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do ?in the name of research??

Nothing yet, but I?m sure something will come along at some stage!


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