Centre for Nursing Midwifery and Health Services Research




Centre for Nursing, Midwifery

and Health Services Research

2016 Annual Report


Welcome from the Dean 3

Message from the Associate Dean Research 4

Our Researchers 6

Meet Our Partners & Adjunct Associate

Professors from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 13

Joondalup Health Campus & IPN 14

Collaborations 2016 15

Research Highlights 17

Publications 2016 21

Grants 2016 24

Our Students 2016 25

Presentations 2016 28

Committees, Panels & Memberships 30

ECU is committed to reconciliation and recognises and respects the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

peoples’ communities, cultures and histories. ECU acknowledges and respects the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,

as the traditional custodians of the land. ECU acknowledges and respects its continuing association with Nyoongar people,

the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand.


ECU has been named in the Times Higher Education (THE) 150 under 50 rankings for 2016.

Recognising the world’s 150 best universities less than 50 years of age, the rankings are

a global showcase of a new breed of university. They focus on performance indicators

such as research, teaching excellence, international outlook and innovation, and highlight

universities that are developing at an exceptional rate.

ECU is proud to be recognised for its research productivity, research influence, quality

of teaching, industry innovation and international focus. And we’re looking forward to

building on this success in 2017.

Welcome from

the Dean

Welcome to the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

At the School of Nursing and Midwifery,

our research platforms and dedicated teams

consist of a collaboration of world-class

researchers, clinical professionals and industry

leaders. Our research program strongly focuses

on making positive changes for communities and

the broader health and education sectors.

“Our vision is to undertake innovative research

to develop knowledge, evaluate effectiveness and

implement change in healthcare through interventions,

treatments and knowledge to transform and shape

policy and practice”.

The School achieved a ranking of 5 (well above world

average) in the 2015 Excellence in Research for

Australia (ERA) evaluation. ERA is a comprehensive

quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian

universities against national and international

benchmarks. This rating provides assurance of the

excellence of research conducted by the Centre for

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research to

government, health, and the wider community.

The School integrates the areas of education,

research and career development into our overall

approach. We are dedicated to training and educating

our nurses and midwives in clinical research, and

through this, aim to produce research savvy experts

that will contribute to advancing nursing practice,

impact policy development, and improve health

outcomes for the community.

We provide our students, partners and the community

with access to a unique range of research resources

and programs which seek to improve the capacity

of individuals, teams and organisations to lead,

facilitate and manage change and innovation across

the health system.

“We are grounded in making a real difference to people,

their families, the communities in which they live, and

the broader health and education sectors”.

I would like to congratulate our academic and

professional staff on their outstanding commitment

to research that has enabled the School to achieve its

goals and objectives of producing quality research that

continues to grow and influence change in healthcare.

Professor Di Twigg

Dean, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Edith Cowan University


Message from the

Associate Dean


Welcome to the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and

Health Services Research

The Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Services Research is a centre of excellence in

research, proudly attributing this success to the

research programs we have implemented, as well

as our research team with links to international

experts, leaders in industry, and clinical


Our research programs were developed with the vision

to positively impact on health and well-being and our

work is underpinned by three cross cutting principles:

• Engagement with service users, families

and communities;

• Commitment to conceptual and

methodological innovation;

• Translation – consideration of the policy relevance

and practical application of findings.

Research at the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and

Health Services Research crosses the life span from

health promotion, health maintenance and disease

prevention through to end of life care, engaging with

local and global communities.

High quality research:

Real world impact

Our research programs on improving health

and well-being across the lifespan, and quality

and safety of healthcare, are recognised as

being 'well above world standard' and have

consistently received the maximum rating (5)

for quality through the Excellence in Research

for Australia (ERA) framework. Our research

in the fields of chronic disease management,

child and family health, safety and quality

of healthcare are recognised as innovative

and relevant to national and international


We collaborate with world-class researchers,

industry leaders and clinical experts in the

development, conduct and application of our

research in our drive to conduct high quality

research with real world impact.


Lo res

We undertake innovative research to develop

knowledge, evaluate effectiveness and implement

change in healthcare through interventions,

treatments and knowledge to transform and shape

policy and practice in three key areas:

Safety and Quality of Healthcare

This program of research is focused on:

• Workforce (policy, planning and delivery, and

mediators of healthcare system outcomes).

• Patient, organisational and economic outcomes.

• Evaluation of clinical practice changes and


Improving Outcomes for Adults with Chronic

Health Conditions

This program of research is focused on:

• Innovative care delivery and person centred


• Self-management, families, palliative care,

eHealth & mental health, and clinical discovery.

Childbearing, Children and Young People Research

This program of research is focused on:

• Advancing local, national and international practice

in midwifery, and children and young people.

• Discovering and implementing ways to improve the

care and experience of childbearing women and their

families through pregnancy, postpartum, up to the

age of 18 years.

“Our partnerships with industry are highly important

in addressing key clinical priorities and strategic

developments with the further aim of building

research capacity in the workforce. We have worked

in partnership with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

since 1987. Our more recent partnership between

the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Joondalup

Health Campus reflects a collaboration that generates

evidence based practice. To date research studies in

the areas of child and young people, maternity care,

ICU survivorship and diabetes management have been

developed in collaboration with clinicians at Joondalup

Health Campus.”

I would like to acknowledge the staff of the Centre

for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research

for their consistent hard work in undertaking and

producing quality research and securing funding to

achieve our goal of shaping policy and practice to

implement change in health care and make a positive

difference to the community.

Professor Lisa Whitehead

Associate Dean Research

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Edith Cowan University


Our Researchers

Associate Professor Diana Arabiat

Associate Professor Clinical Research & Innovation

MClNurs, PhD

Diana is an Associate Professor of Clinical Research

and Innovation in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She received her PhD in nursing studies from Hull

University in England, and her Master’s degree in clinical

nursing from the University of Boras in Sweden, and

the University of Jordan. Diana has over 35 published

articles in a number of international journals with high

impact factors, and two published books in paediatric

nursing. Her principal research interests are in child

and adolescent health, in particular the impact of long

term illnesses on children’s health, adjustment and

quality of life, as well as the child's experience in

coping with long term illness such as cancer. She has

particular expertise and interest in the influence of

Arab culture and its beliefs from an emotional and

psychological perspective.


Dr Ma’en Abu-Qamar



Dr Ma’en Abu-Qamar is a Lecturer and Unit

Coordinator in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Ma'en is a registered nurse and holds a Doctor of

Nursing degree. His research interest is in diabetes

care, mainly in the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers.

In his doctoral degree, he investigated burn injuries to

patients with diabetes.

Ma’en is working with a group on survey data

concerning nutritional patterns and diabetes risk

factors among people living within the catchment

area of ECU’s South West campus. He is leading a

systematic review concerning the most commonly

reported environmental reasons of foot injury

among people with diabetes, and has a growing list

of publications in the field of diabetic foot care. His

research activities extend to generating evidence to

improve the quality of his teaching. In this regard, his

publication record contains two articles reporting a

research project aiming to improve nursing students’

clinical placement experiences.



Dr Susan Alexander


RN, PhD GDCounsel GCTE, RN

Dr Susan Alexander has been a Nurse researcher/

academic for ten years, mainly in the areas of

palliative care and foundational/professional studies.

Her previous clinical specialties include palliative care

and wound management.

Susan’s research interests are in palliative care, but

particularly from the holistic perspective including

spirituality and psychosocial aspects at end of life.

She is currently researching Indigenous health,

specifically the influences on treatment decision making

in the context of cancer. Susan is also in the early

stages of updating previous research into the ethics

of conducting research among vulnerable populations.

Her prior research has focused on the experience

of living with non-healing wounds. Phenomenology

and narrative analysis are favoured methods for

furthering her research into understanding the human

experience of unwellness, with the ultimate aim of

assisting individuals as they live with chronic or even

terminal illnesses.

Associate Professor Sara Bayes

Associate Professor Midwifery & Associate Dean


Dip Nurs, PGDip Midwifery, PhD, RN, RM

Associate Professor Sara Bayes completed her

PhD in 2010, after which she spent two years in

the UK as a post-doctoral fellow with the National

Institute of Health Research developing and refining

research implementation (knowledge translation)

methodologies. She is a longstanding member of the

Australian College of Midwives and is currently the

Deputy Chair of the WA Branch. Sara continues to

teach in the ECU midwifery courses and conducts

original research; she also supervises Master’s and

PhD students undertaking research on midwifery and

maternity care topics. Her research interests include

antenatal education, woman-centred maternity care

and the translation of evidence into practice.



Dr Judith Blake


MSc, PhD, RN

Dr Judith Blake is a Lecturer in the area of Clinical

Sciences in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, as

well as a Research Scholar in the field of Medical

Science (Human Biology). Her research interests

have been aimed at increasing the understanding of

developmental genes and their involvement in human

stem cells and disease.

Dr Blake acquired expertise using state-of-the-art

methodologies for the visualisation and characterisation

of adult stem cells collaborating with Professor Ziman

(ECU), Professor Paul Rigby (UWA), and Professor

Frederic Relaix (University Paris-Creteil). In 2014,

Dr Blake co-authored an invited review for the leading

journal 'Development' which reviewed the molecular

functions of developmental genes and detailed the

regulatory mechanisms by which they specify and

maintain stem/progenitor cells across various tissue

lineages. This review also discussed the mechanistic

insights into the roles of developmental genes in

regeneration and in adult diseases, including cancer.

Judith’s recent work is aimed at the characterisation

of adult brain stem cells and their roles in neurobiology

and glioma (brain cancer).

Associate Professor Angela Christiansen

Associate Professor Nursing Education & Associate

Dean Teaching & Learning

BSc (Hons), PGradDip, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor Angela Christiansen is an

experienced educationalist and researcher who as

Associate Dean Teaching and Learning provides

academic leadership to staff within the School. She is

committed to the development and enhancement of

professional education through innovation, knowledge

exchange and evidence based research. She led the

development and validation of the undergraduate and

postgraduate pre-registration Nursing Programmes at

Edge Hill University in the UK. Her research interests

include professional education, qualitative research

methods including narrative research, active learning

approaches, patient safety and compassionate

practice. She has led projects in partnership with

NHS Service Provider organisations in relation to

service improvement, patient safety enhancement

and supporting the transition of newly qualified

nurses into first employment. She has undertaken the

role of Quality Reviewer of Professional Registration

Programmes on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery

Council from 2007-2013 and is a reviewer for a number

of professional journals including The Journal of Clinical

Nursing, Nurse Education Today, Journal of Leadership

and Management, and the Journal of Nursing and Care.



Dr Linda Coventry

Research Fellow

DipSc, BSc, MS, PhD, RN

Dr Coventry is a Research Fellow and has a joint

position with the Centre for Nursing Research at

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Centre for

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research at

the School of Nursing and Midwifery, ECU. Linda was

successful in receiving a National Health Medical

Research Council scholarship to complete a PhD in

the area of myocardial infarction. Linda has attracted

over $250,000 in research funding, and authored

a number of peer reviewed papers. Research areas

of interest include translational research, nurse-led

models of care, patient outcomes, and evidence based

practice. Linda has a clinical background with over

20 years’ intensive care nursing experience including

more than 10 years in research.


Dr Hugh Davies


BNurs, PGDip (Intensive Care), MHM, PhD, RN

Dr Hugh Davies is a Lecturer and Unit Coordinator for

Professional Nursing Practice and Advanced Nursing

Science. Hugh has over 25 year’s clinical experience

in the area of critical care nursing. His research

interests focus on the care of the critically ill patient.

This includes the management of patients who

require haemodialysis. Patients with severe acute

kidney injury are at risk of fluid overload when

excess fluid is allowed to accumulate in the body.

If normalisation of fluid balance control is delayed

this can affect patient recovery. The importance of

improving fluid balance control has directed Hugh’s

attention on the practice of fluid balance charting

and in the monitoring of body weight changes.

Following a review of clinical practice, changes made

to the frequency and timing of when patients are

weighed forms the basis of Hugh’s current research

activities. This includes comparing trends in daily

fluid balance totals with changes in body weight

to improve the identification of patients at risk of

fluid overload.


Dr Gideon de Jong

Senior Lecturer

MSc (Hons), PhD, RN

Dr Gideon de Jong is a Senior Lecturer and researcher

in mental health nursing and public/community

mental health issues within the School of Nursing and

Midwifery. Gideon began his career as a Registered

Nurse in various mental health care units of GGZ

Drenthe in the north of the Netherlands and Arkin in

Amsterdam. Prior to his appointment at ECU, he held

a position as Researcher and Lecturer at the VU

University Medical Center (Vrije Universiteit medisch

centrum, Amsterdam), Department of Medical

Humanities, working on the project “Process and

outcomes of Family Group Conferencing in mental

health care”. Since 2013 he has held an appointment

as Research fellow at the University of San Gil

(UNISANGIL), Colombia, where he is involved in

improving the research capabilities of teachers

within the UNISANGIL. He also worked part-time

as a researcher from 2008 to 2013 at the University

of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied

Sciences. Gideon has a strong interest in mental health

research, particularly in family and social network

involvement and supported decision-making.


Professor Christine Duffield

Professor of Nursing & Health Services Management

DipNEd, BScNurs, MHP, PhD, RN

Professor Christine Duffield completed her doctoral

education at the University of New South Wales where

she also completed a Master of Health Planning.

She graduated from the University of Western Ontario

with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prior to her

appointment to her academic positions she worked for

several years as a clinical nurse, educator and manager

in a variety of acute care hospitals in Canada, Australia,

New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Christine’s research has focused on issues associated

with nurses and their work, and a range of current

issues facing the nursing workforce. She led the first

study in Australia which examined the relationship

between nursing numbers, the mix of staff and patient,

and staff outcomes. Other funded research projects

include defining advanced practice in a range of clinical

facilities, the impact of adding nursing support workers,

the costs and consequences of nursing turnover,

factors impacting on nurses’ health, and the role of

nurse managers and leaders in ensuring positive patient

and staff outcomes. She has been at the forefront of

ensuring the translation of her research findings into

management and clinical practice across a range of

care facilities nationally and internationally.

Christine has over $10M in research funding and

currently holds ARC-linkage grants as a Chief

Investigator. She supervises PhD, Masters and Honours

students studying a range of factors related to

nursing workforce and service delivery. Examples of

topics include workforce flexibility in the emergency

department, the impact of patient movements on

nursing workload, impact of the ICU ‘hot floor’ on staff

and patient outcomes, the expanded role for practice

nurses, retention and the aging workforce, and span of

control and nursing autonomy.



Dr Beverley Ewens


Dip Prof.Stud.Nurs, Grad.Cert Mgmt., BSc Nurs (Hons),

PGradDip Crit.Care, PhD, RN

Dr Beverley Ewens is currently Director of Postgraduate

Nursing Studies within the School of Nursing and

Midwifery, as well as coordinator of many of the

postgraduate programs. Beverley has also held

positions as Critical Care Manager, Nurse Consultant,

and Ward Manager in the UK and Australia. Her

research areas of interest include intensive care

recovery and all aspects of intensive care nursing,

including the implementation of ICU patient diaries. Her

current research focuses on the psychological outcomes

of an innovative ICU recovery program. Beverley is also

undertaking an evaluation of a clinical handover system

and educational research to implement an intervention

to support non midwives to care for pregnant women in

the general setting.


Dr Mandie Foster


PGCertHsc, PGDIpHsc, PhD, RN

Dr Mandie Foster is a Lecturer and Unit Coordinator

for the undergraduate and postgraduate Child and

Adolescent and Children and Young People’s nursing.

Mandie’s career began in New Zealand as a senior

registered comprehensive nurse and she has 25 years of

paediatric clinical experience within various paediatric

areas. She is also currently on the editorial board

for the Praxis Journal New Zealand and a reviewer

for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing; Journal of Child

Health Care; Child: Care, Health and Development;

Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing.

Mandie’s research interests are in systematic literature

reviews, building research capacity, tool development,

psychometrics, mixed methods, translational research

into practice, education and innovation and ways to

facilitate family and child centred care through meeting

the needs of parents, staff and children within various

healthcare facilities.




Sadie Geraghty


BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MMid, MEdRM, PhD candidate

Sadie Geraghty is Coordinator of the Master of

Midwifery Practice program and a Lecturer in Nursing

within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Sadie has

a background in clinical midwifery, specialising in drug

and/or alcohol use in antenatal, intrapartum and

postnatal care, and also has an interest in Indigenous

cultures and birth, and work-related stress issues

in midwives. In 2016, Sadie was awarded with the

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching:

For innovation and excellence in the teaching of the

Master of Midwifery Practice. Sadie's research interests

include improving and implementing woman-centred

care, and midwifery workforce protection, promotion

and support.


Dr Nick Gibson

Senior Lecturer

DipNurs, BAppSc, PGDipHlthAdmin, PhD RN, FCNA

Dr Nick Gibson started his working career as a

Registered Nurse and Midwife, which he enjoyed for

many years before becoming interested in emergency

medicine, technology and data linkage. As a research

academic at the University of Western Australia,

he completed his PhD in the area of pre-hospital care

and emergency medicine.

Nick has collaborated and published on many

projects including outcomes of nursing home patients

transported by ambulance, patients presenting with

pulmonary embolism, the use of troponins in the

emergency department (ED), nurse led analgesia

in the ED, the impact of continuing care teams in

the ED on falls in the elderly, frequent ED attenders

and many more. Nick’s current areas of interest are

in international health, and nursing research in the

areas of clinical nursing and workflow. He is currently

an investigator on a large multi-centred NHMRC

grant looking at the effect of the four-hour rule on

ED outcomes.



Dr Deb Ireson



Dr Deb Ireson is a Lecturer at the School of Nursing and

Midwifery’s South West Campus. Deb is a registered

nurse, midwife/lactation consultant and a family

& community health nurse (child health). She has a

passion for high risk and hard to reach families and

their needs for care and health education.

Deb’s research interests are reflected from her

clinical background in midwifery, community health,

lactation and child & adolescent health. Her PhD

explored pregnant adolescent’s reasons for engaging

with pregnancy and antenatal care as a means of

aligning effective midwifery care for this age group.

Dr Elisabeth Jacob

Associate Dean Nursing

MEd, PhD, RN

Dr Elisabeth Jacob commenced as a Lecturer at

ECU in 2015 for the School of Nursing and Midwifery,

and is currently the Associate Dean (Nursing).

Elisabeth practiced as a registered nurse for over

20 years in both rural and metropolitan hospitals.

She has experience in clinical nurse management and

education, and practiced in medical, emergency and

intensive care wards. Elisabeth’s research interests

include: development of the nursing workforce; skill mix

and its effect on patient outcomes; critical thinking and

patient outcomes; and mixed methods research.


Gina Mata


DipNurs, BSc(HProm), PGradDipNurs, MTD, RN

Gina Mata is a Lecturer at the School of Nursing

and Midwifery in Health and Healthcare Systems.

She worked in a variety of hospitals in all areas

and specialties of nursing before joining ECU as a

clinical educator and sessional tutor. At ECU Gina

has held many roles: unit coordinator; lecturer; tutor;

undergraduate course coordinator; and clinical

coordinator, whilst teaching a variety of units in the

undergraduate course. Her research interests include;

professionalism in nursing; online learning; learning

styles; teaching methods; and development of online

resources for use in an online environment. This year,

Gina is part of a team of ECU colleagues who secured

a $5000 ECU teaching and learning grant for an

“orientation program to learning and achieving with

Interactive Learning Activities”.



Helen Myers

Senior Research Assistant

BSc, MNurs

Helen Myers is a Senior Research Assistant in the

Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services

Research. Helen’s nursing career began as a registered

nurse at Graylands Hospital before moving to

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to undertake a role in

the Centre for Nursing Research, conducting clinically

focused research. Helen has extensive experience in

linked data analysis, quantitative research methods and

statistics. She has published 14 articles in peer reviewed

journals and received over $300,000 in research

funding. Helen’s research interests include health

services research, health of vulnerable populations,

mental health promotion, data linkage, quantitative

research methods, and health economics.


Carol Pinch


MMidwifery, BAS, PGradDip

Carol Pinch is a Lecturer in Midwifery at the School of

Nursing and Midwifery. Carol is currently undertaking

research in the development and implementation of a

walk-in centre for pregnant women.


Rosemary Saunders

Senior Lecturer

BApp.Sc, PGradDip, MPub.Hlth, PhD Candidate, RN

Rosemary Saunders is a Senior Lecturer within the

School of Nursing and Midwifery. Rosemary has held

other academic positions in Western Australia and

Brunei, and worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant

in aged care. Her research areas of interest include

older adults, stroke care and interprofessional practice

and education. Her current research is evaluating

the impact of older adults living in residential care

as simulated patients. Her other research is related

to stroke care (Supporting the needs of patients and

carers following stroke; Containment strategy for

the treatment of intractable faecal incontinence);

and interprofessional practice and education in

aged care and ambulatory care settings. Rosemary

is also undertaking educational research to develop,

implement and evaluate an interprofessional education

toolkit for staff in residential aged care to better

support the care needs of people with cognitive and

functional decline.



Dr Aisling Smyth


BScNurs (Hons), MSc, PhD, RN

Dr Aisling Smyth is Unit Coordinator and Lecturer in

Clinical Science Introduction. Her Bachelor degree is

in Nursing and she completed her Masters degree and

PhD in biological sciences. Currently, Aisling is looking

at the link between sleep disturbances and chronic/

inflammatory diseases. Aisling’s research interests

include; chronic inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis,

immunometabolism, circadian rhythm and

neuro-degeneration. She is an active member of

the Cochrane Nursing Care Field. Aisling is a past

recipient of a Science Foundation Ireland scholarship

and an ECU Early Career Research grant. She has

presented her work at a number of prestigious scientific

meetings including Irish Society of Immunology and Cell

Immunometabolism conference.


Dr Deborah Sundin

Senior Lecturer & Stage 5 Practice Coordinator

BNurs (Hons), PhD, RN

Dr Deborah Sundin has more than 30 years clinical

nursing experience in metropolitan, rural and

international venues. Her clinical and research passion

lies in critical care. Deborah’s PhD work examined the

clinical decision-making occurring at the termination

of care in terms of those factors facilitating or

constraining the process and impacting upon the

outcome and the experience for the decision-makers

(families and clinicians). This project included the

development of a new critical post-structural

methodology. She has since completed two funded

projects in this area.

Dr Sundin has supervised six research and higher

degree students to successful completion. She has

recently successfully applied for a Western Australian

DOH grant ($89,000) for the development of

Simulation education materials to be used in teaching

health professionals how to ‘break bad news’.



Professor Di Twigg

Dean, School of Nursing & Midwifery

B Health Sc (Nsg), MBA, PhD, RN, RM, FACN

Professor Di Twigg is Dean of the School of Nursing and

Midwifery at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western

Australia and Research Consultant in the Centre for

Nursing Research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

As Dean, Di is the executive leader of the School,

and is accountable to the Vice-Chancellor for its

effective leadership and management. As a member

of the University Executive, she also provides strategic

leadership to the wider University and undertakes a

strong engagement role nationally and internationally.

Previously, Professor Twigg spent most of her career in

the health industry and has held several senior health

executive roles, most notably as Executive Director

of Nursing Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,

a 600 bed Magnet designated teaching hospital.

Professor Twigg combines her extensive experience

in Health Service leadership with more recent

research and policy development, to make a research

contribution to issues related to nursing workforce,

hospital staffing and cost effective care. She is

recognised for her work in relation to nursing workforce

and patient outcome research, which specifically

relates to safe staffing levels and the relationships

between staffing, patient, organisational and economic

outcomes. Since joining academe in 2010, this work has

attracted over $1,680,000 research funding, resulted

in over 30 peer reviewed papers, a number of key note

presentations and has been used by industry and

industrial organisations to argue for safe staffing levels.

Professor Twigg currently holds an appointment

to the National Nursing and Midwifery Education

Advisory Network (NNMEAN) which is an advisory

body responsible for the provision of advice to

Health Ministers on issues relating to the planning

and coordination of education, employment and

immigration for nurses and midwives.

Professor Twigg holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Honours from Edith Cowan University, a Master of

Business Administration from Murdoch University and a

Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Technology,

Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of

Nursing, Fellow of the Australasian College of Health

Services Management and member of the Honor

Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.


Dr Mandy Towell

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dip (CCN), B Cur, M Cur, D Cur, RN

Dr Mandy Towell is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in

the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and an Adjunct

Research Fellow in the Centre for Nursing Research

at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. She is a registered

nurse with 22 years’ experience in critical care nursing

and 10 years’ experience in teaching critical care

nursing. Her research interests include infection

control, intravascular catheters, emotional intelligence,

resilience, care of the patient with diabetes in the acute

care setting and quality in nursing.


Dr Caroline Vafeas

Senior Lecturer & 2nd Year Coordinator

BSc (Hons), MA, PhD, RN

Dr Caroline Vafeas is a Senior Lecturer within the

School of Nursing and Midwifery teaching Older Adult

Health and post graduate studies in Dementia and

Gerontology. Caroline was employed as a District

Nursing Sister in the UK for 13 years. She then took

up the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of

Brighton in the UK, before coming to Perth to work as

a Project Nurse for Silver Chain. Caroline then moved

to Royal Perth Hospital taking up the position of Staff

Development Educator, and in 2007 began lecturing at

the School of Nursing and Midwifery, ECU. Caroline’s

research interests are in the areas of dementia,

older adults and aged care, nurse migration, and

mentoring undergraduate student nurses.


Carol Wang


Cert IV T&A, DipNurs., ADPsych, BNurs, PhD

Candidate, RN

Carol is a practitioner, educator and applied researcher

with over 26 years’ experience in Nursing. Carol is a

Registered Nurse in China, Singapore and Australia.

Currently Carol is a Lecturer within the School

of Nursing and Midwifery in Professional Nursing

Practice 2 (undergraduate) and Clinical Teaching

Practicum (postgraduate).

Carol’s career began in China where she worked as

a Registered Nurse for eight years, followed by a

further eight years at the National Kidney Foundation

and Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore. She moved

to Perth and worked at St John of God, Royal Perth

and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospitals as a Registered

Nurse, Staff Development Nurse, Diabetic Educator,

and Clinical Nurse. Carol then took up a Lecturer

position at West Coast Institute followed by Edith

Cowan University. Her research interests include

international education and narrative inquiry. Carol is

nearing completion of a PhD with eight publications.



Professor Lisa Whitehead

Associate Dean Research

BSc (Hons), MA, PhD, RN

Lisa Whitehead is a Professor of Nursing Research,

Director of the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and

Health Services Research, Associate Dean Research and

an honorary Research Professor at the University of

Otago, New Zealand.

Lisa’s research experience over more than 20 years

has centred on improving clinical outcomes for

people with chronic conditions and supporting older

people to remain at home through self-management

interventions. Lisa leads the research group “Improving

health outcomes for adults living with chronic

conditions” within the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery

and Health Services Research. Lisa has a strong interest

in working with families to support the management

of chronic conditions. Most of her research and clinical

practice has been in the primary health care setting

collaborating with GPs, practice nurses, psychologists,

mental health nurses and psychiatrists.

Lisa has been awarded over $5M in research funding

during her career and is currently an investigator on an

$1.11M grant to explore factors predicting regression

from pre-diabetes to normal glucose regulation, funded

by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand.

Lisa has supervised 10 PhD students to completion

(7 as primary supervisor) and over 30 Masters

students, regularly acts as a PhD examiner and is

currently supervising 7 PhD students and 2 Masters

by Research students. Lisa is an Associate Editor for

the International Journal of Nursing Studies and an

active member of the International Family Nursing

Association, sitting on the Practice Committee,

Practice Sub-Committee, Nominating Committee,

and as a country liaison. Lisa reviews research grants

for a number of funding bodies including the HRC and

Lottery Health Research.

Lisa publishes regularly in nursing and wider health

journals and values capacity building of early career

researchers and higher degree by research students

through research experience, publication and



Professor Anne Wilkinson

Chair in Palliative and Supportive Care


Professor Anne Wilkinson is currently Professor and

Chair in Palliative and Supportive Care in the School

of Nursing and Midwifery at ECU. Professor Wilkinson

has over 20 years of independent and collaborative

research experience in both the public and private

sectors and has held a number of academic and private

sector non-profit research centre Directorships and

direct service positions, including Director of the WA

Cancer and Palliative Care Research Centre in the

School of Nursing and Midwifery at ECU. Prior to her

move to Australia in 2007, Professor Wilkinson was a

Senior Health Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation,

an internationally known public policy think tank in

Washington, DC.

Areas of research focus include health policy analysis,

health systems research, clinical quality improvement,

and quality of life at the end of life. Examples of her

work include a systematic review of the evidence base

for outcome measures in palliative care; leading endof-life

clinical quality improvement collaboratives in

daily practice in diverse clinical settings across the

US; and exploring complex aspects of the patient and

family experience in the last phase of life. She has

published numerous articles on her research focusing on

the reform of health care systems to more effectively

support appropriate advanced chronic illness and end

of life care, and she is a principal author of two volumes

on quality improvement at the end of life: The Common

Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care and Improving

Care for The End of Life, both published by Oxford

University Press in 2007.



Meet Our Partners & Adjunct Associate

Professors from Sir Charles Gairdner


Tony Dolan is the

Executive Director of

Nursing Services Sir

Charles Gairdner and

Osborne Park Health

Care Group, and the

North Metropolitan

Health Service. He is

responsible for providing

strategic and operational

nursing leadership, advice

and direction on nursing

related issues.

Tony has held an Adjunct

appointment with Edith

Cowan University since

2010, forming a strong

collaborative partnership between Sir Charles Gairdner

hospital and ECU. The research model adopted by the

two Institutions is highly effective and has produced

evidence to inform nursing practice.

“My relationship and appointment with ECU allows me

to be part of the future discussions that influence the

levels of nursing educational preparation for the future

to meet our workforce demands”.

Tony Dolan

Adjunct Associate Professor and Executive Director

Nursing Services

Sue Davis is Nurse

Director Corporate

Nursing Research

and Education at

Sir Charles Gairdner

Hospital. In this role,

Sue provides leadership

to hospital wide nursing

services which include,

nursing research,

nursing education,

clinical nurse

consultant and nurse

practitioner roles,

nursing recruitment,

and patient equipment.

She is a highly

respected nurse leader and has had many significant

achievements throughout her 45 year nursing career.

Sue was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement

Honour which celebrates her highly impactful and

influential nursing career, helping to alter the nursing

landscape in Western Australia.

Sue Davis has held an Adjunct Associate Professor

appointment with Edith Cowan University since 2009.

Our strong collaborative partnership with Sue and

Sir Charles Gairdner hospital supports the development

and conduct of quality research to generate evidence

that has driven change in nursing practice.

“The outstanding collaborative partnerships between

Charlies and ECU have been sustained over many years.

These partnerships have included both the Centre

for Nursing Education and the Centre for Nursing

Research and their success has been driven by innovative

programs and staffing models. The outcomes from these

partnerships have benefitted both staff and patients

at Charlies and we look forward to continuing our

productive association for many more years.”

Sue Davis

Adjunct Associate Professor and Nurse Director

Corporate Nursing Research


Joondalup Health Campus & IPN

“The relationship between JHC and ECU was borne out

of a commitment to grow with the local community and

at the same time improve health care services.

The close geographic location of ECU and JHC, as well

as the expanded hospital facilities enables excellent

training and research opportunities.

By carrying out joint research projects on the hospital’s

key clinical priorities, we are generating evidence based

practice and improving health outcomes.

The partnership with the Centre for Nursing Midwifery

and Health Service Research is extremely important to

us here at JHC.”

Ben Irish

Director of Clinical Services

Joondalup Health Campus

Joondalup Health Campus

Following a major redevelopment, funded primarily

by the State Government and Ramsay Health Care,

Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) has grown from a

380-bed general hospital to a 712 bed state-of-the-art

sub-tertiary facility with close to 75,000 hospital

admissions every year and one of the busiest

Emergency Departments (EDs) in the country. JHC also

delivers more than 4,250 babies every year and

performs some 30,700 procedures.

The redevelopment delivered extensive new facilities,

including a 145-bed private hospital, an expanded ED,

a Level 2B Special Care Nursery, 12 new operating

theatres, a day procedure unit, a catheterisation

lab, and upgraded pathology and radiology facilities.

Importantly, it also delivered a new Community

Clinical School, which has strengthened the hospital’s

relationship with ECU.

In June 2016, JHC opened the 37-bed Telethon

Children’s Ward. With 13 additional beds, this expanded

paediatric facility means more local children are

receiving better care closer to home.

ECU Health Centre and the

Independent Practitioner

Network (IPN)

The ECU Health Centre is a significant example

of engagement with the community. The Centre

opened in September 2014, and in addition

to traditional GP services, offers midwifery,

physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech

pathology, exercise physiology, podiatry, dietetic

services and pathology collection. The GP

Super Clinic is operated by the Independent

Practitioner Network.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery have

developed research collaborations in the fields

of midwifery, psychological services and primary

health care.


Collaborations 2016

National Research Collaborations

National Research Collaborations





Agency for Clinical

Innovation NSW

Rick Iedema

North Metropolitan

Health Service

Kim Whale

Brightwater Care

Group WA

Central Queensland


Charles Sturt University


Create Photography

Design WA

Curtin University WA

Federation University VIC

Aimee Hallsworth

Jane Harrup-Gregory

Kylie Pratt

Karla Seaman

Rachel Singer

Desley Hegney

Sharon Nielson

David Stanley

Karen Stanley

Linda Shields

Steve Wise

Samar Aoun

Eileen Boyle

Judith Finn

Helen Godwin

Gavin Leslie

Ruth McConigley

Nicole McKenzie

Susan Slatyer

Teresa Williams

Janet Jones

Judith Lyons

Anita Raymond

North Metropolitan TAFE


NSW Newborn and

Paediatric Emergency

Transport Service (NETS)

Queensland University of


Royal Adelaide Hospital

Royal North Shore

Hospital Sydney

Royal Perth Hospital

Sir Charles Gairdner

Hospital WA

University of Notre Dame


University of Queensland

Debbie Zulch

Judith Peters

Tina Kendrick

Margaret Adams

Anna Doubrovsky

Glenn Gardner

Bronwyn Jones

Sharon McKinley

Geoffrey Dobb

Emily Allen

Janelle Boston

Doris Chan

Evelyn Coral

Lucinda Foster

Scott Hawkins

Wai Lim

Johanna van Schalkwyk

Darren Falconer

Julie Quinlivan

Lisa McKenna

Fiona Stanley Hospital WA

David Morgan

University of Sydney

Robyn Gallagher

Flinders University SA

Dean Whitehead

University of Tasmania

Melanie Greenwood

Griffith University QLD

Helping Hand SA

Monash University

Murdoch University WA

Claire Rickard

Helen Loffler

Angelo D’Amore

Anton Neville Isaacs

Matthew McGrail

Lisa McKenna

Angela Ebert

Paul Morrison

Judith Pugh

Norman Stomski

Peter Wall

Nigel Williams

University of Technology


Emily Allen

Jen Bichel-Findlay

David J. Carter

Sofia Dimitrelis

Doug Elliot

Sarah Friedman

Margaret Fry

Amy Jordan

Rachel Nicholls

Lin Perry

Heather Pierce

Michael Roche

Samantha Rowbotham

Carla Saunders

Princess Margaret

Hospital for Children WA

Fiona Wood

Fenella Gill


National Research Collaborations

International Research Collaborations


University of Western


University of Western


Strategic Partnerships for Clinical Research

SJOG Midland Private and Public Hospital

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Joondalup Health Campus

Fiona Stanley Hospital

International Research Collaborations


Adventist Health Pacific Union

New Zealand

Ara Institute of Canterbury

New Zealand

Arak University of Medical

Sciences Iran

Asian Institute of Health

Sciences Cambodia

Boston College USA

Diaverum New Zealand

Eastern Institute of

Technology New Zealand


Chrianna Bharat

Gabrielle Brand

Alexandra Bremner

Antonio Celenza

Helen Dugmore

Christopher Etherton-


Diana Jonas-Dwyer

Elizabeth Geelhoed

Margaret Haigh

Fiona Lake

Karen Miller

Pam Nicol

Louise Winton


Shaouli Shahid

Peter Thompson

Deborah Hatcher

Lynda Holden

Cannas Kwok

Sandra Mackey

Rona Tranberg


Adrielle Carrasco

Nicola Davies

Nazi Nejat

Marlene Drysdale

Sean Clarke

Jon Hosking

Sally Abel

Edge Hill University England

Georgia Southern University


Gila River Healthcare

Pheonix USA

Health Hawkes Bay

Houston Methodist USA

Oxford University Hospital


Princess Muna College of

Nursing Jordan

Princess Noura University

Saudi Arabia

Singapore National Eye Centre

Southern District Health

Board New Zealand

University of Canterbury

New Zealand

University of Colorado

University of Otago

New Zealand

University of Stirling Scotland

Vu University Amsterdam

Tracey Barnes

Toni Bewley

Jeremy Brown

Axel Kaehne

Carol Kelly

Andrew Kirkcaldy

Jenny Kirton

Dave Lynes

Paul Simpson

Kate Zubairu

Kathryn Anderson

Patricia Maybee

Terri Speeding

Gwendolyn Baum

Catherine Stoddart

Maram Abuqamar

Sandra Holmes

Vicky Drury

Kirstin Unahi

Janet Carter

Leigh Perreault

Beverley Burrell

Dave Carlyle

Jenny Conder

Kirsten Coppell

Marie Crowe

Andrew Gray

Leigh Hale

Virginia Jones

Jennifer Jordan

Jeremy Krebs

Virginia Maskill

Catherine McCall

Tony Merriman

Philippa Seaton

Henrietta T. Trip

Mandy Willkinson

Carol Bugge

Ellen Meijer

Elleke Landeweer

Gert Schout

Marjolein van Dijk


Research Highlights

There are many research highlights from the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services

Research. We would like to share three projects that showcase the excellent work carried out by our

Researchers in joint projects that demonstrate impact and engagement to improve health outcomes.

Clinically Relevant Differences (Including Genetic Risk) Between Those Who

Regress to Normoglycaemia, Those with Persistent Prediabetes and Those Who

Progress to T2DM

Investigators: Kirsten Coppell, Lisa Whitehead, Leigh Perreault, Terri Speeding, Sally Abel, Jeremy Krebs,

Tony Merriman, Andrew Gray.

A study examining factors that predict regression

from prediabetes to normoglycaemia was awarded

$1.1 million from the Health Research Council

of New Zealand. The research, a collaboration

between the University of Otago in New Zealand,

Edith Cowan University, Health Hawkes Bay,

and University of Colorado, will target people

diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition highly

likely to progress to a diagnosis of diabetes if left

untreated. Research Professor Lisa Whitehead

from ECU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery,

believes that a diagnosis of prediabetes creates a

window of opportunity for behavioural change.

“Being diagnosed with prediabetes is often a shock

for people, and we want to see how we can best

support people to make lifestyle changes to prevent

them going on to develop type 2 diabetes.

We will explore the impact of a dietary intervention

delivered by nurses in the clinical setting and assess

genetic predisposition, run a cost effectiveness

analysis, and a qualitative evaluation to fully explore

the factors that contribute to progression to type 2

diabetes mellitus or regression to normoglycaemia”.

This three-year study runs from 2016-2019.

Goal Setting

Diagnosis of

Pre-diabetes =

High risk of


Type 2 diabetes



Individual patient




primary care


Outcome Measures

• HbA1c

• Weight

• Genetic risk score

• Qualitative data




Study intervention (over 6 months)


The Impact of Adding Nursing Support Workers on Patient,

Nurse and System Outcomes

Investigators: Christine Duffield, Diane Twigg, Anne Williams, Michael Roche, Catherine Stoddart,

Karen Bradley, Sue Davis, Sean Clarke.

(two years before the introduction of AINs and two

years after) in 11 hospitals (64 wards). There were

256,302 patient records in the total sample with

125,762 in the pre-test period (2006–2007) and

130,540 in the post-test period (2009–2010).

Outcome measures included mortality, failure to

rescue, sepsis, urinary tract infections (UTI),

pneumonia, pressure injuries, and falls.

Professors Diane Twigg and Christine Duffield

received an Australian Research Council (ARC)

grant of $300,000 to explore the impact of

introducing Assistants in Nursing (AINs) to

the acute care hospital setting. AINs are being

employed in these settings due to projected

nursing workforce shortages and cost drivers. Such

significant redesign of the nursing workforce by

adding unregulated workers needs to be evaluated

to ensure there are no adverse impacts on patient

outcomes. The research team included national,

international and industry partners. The work took

a different approach to most work in this field,

with a focus on evaluating the impact of AINs

as additional workforce rather than substituting

for nurses.

The study used a longitudinal design, evaluating the

impact on patient outcomes over a 4 year period

Additionally, a cross sectional component

(10 matched wards at 3 hospitals) explored the

impact on workplace environment, absenteeism,

turnover intention, and patient satisfaction with

emotional care. Work sampling was also used

to understand any changes in task distribution

between different types of nursing staff.

A qualitative component collected information

on nurses’ experiences with the new workforce

arrangement. The key findings have been presented

to industry partners and two articles have been

published to date.

Findings: There were differences in patient

outcomes in wards without assistants in nursing

compared with wards with assistants in nursing

added to ward nurse staffing, with positive and

negative outcomes recorded from each setting.

See (Twigg et al. 2016) for further detail.












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Conclusion: If nursing assistants are to be added to the existing staffing complement, there should be clear

implementation guidelines and training in delegation, accountability and team work to ensure consistent

role utilisation. The impact on patient care should be monitored to ensure that the safety and quality of

patient care is maintained.


Women’s Experiences of a Scheduled Caesarean Section

Associate Professor Sara Bayes' work has directly informed hospital policy and clinical processes.

A qualitative investigation into women’s experiences of a scheduled caesarean section and the

policies/processes for that procedure were revised to reflect the evidence generated by the study.

The clinical guidelines and patient information reflecting translation of evidence from this research,

and the abstracts of the two papers that report the data that underpinned the policy and practice

changes are below:

Clinical Guidelines

Pre-admission Clinic for Births by Elective

Caesarean Section

King Edward Memorial Hospital

Caesarean Section Midwives Attending

King Edward Memorial Hospital

Patient Information

Preparation for Childbirth and

Parenting Courses

Department of Health, Government of

Western Australia


'Off everyone’s radar’: Australian women’s experiences of medically necessary

elective caesarean section

Authors: Sara Bayes, Jennifer Fenwick, and Yvonne Hauck

Introduction: despite an exponential rise in

the number of medically initiated elective

caesarean sections over the last two decades,

women’s experiences of this birth mode remain

largely unknown. The aim of this study was to

address this gap by describing women’s experiences

of medically necessary elective caesarean section.

Methods: a grounded theory approach was used

to collect and analyse interview data collected

from 28 Australian women who had an elective

caesarean section for a medical reason, 14 of whom

were also observed during their caesarean section.

The analyses of the non-participant observations

were used to contextualise the women’s


Findings: prior to having their baby, women

expected to play an active part in their caesarean

section and to be supported to take up their

‘mother’ role as soon as their baby was delivered.

Postnatally however, they reported having felt

invisible, superfluous and disregarded during

the event. There was evidence that hospital

routines and processes contributed to women

feeling displaced and unimportant in their

baby’s birth. Three sub-categories were formed

from the analysis of the data that together are

represented by the in-vivo label ‘off everyone’s

radar’. These were ‘just another case on an

operating list’, ‘striving to be included while trying

to behave’ and ‘unable to be my baby’s mum’.

Discussion: our findings suggest that when women

are ignored during childbirth, any fear they hold

may escalate into peri traumatic disassociation,

which in turn has implications for women’s

postnatal mental and emotional health in the

short and long term. In addition, the separation

of the mother–baby dyad was found to have

a devastating impact on maternal–newborn

attachment that lasted well into the postnatal

period. To optimise women’s childbirth satisfaction

and foster their attachment to their baby, both

of which are essential for ongoing emotional

well-being, it is vital that they are located at the

centre of their birth experience and that if at all

possible they are not separated from their newborn.

Reference: Bayes, S., Fenwick, J., & Hauck, Y.

(2012). 'Off everyone's radar': Australian women’s

experiences of medically necessary elective

caesarean section. Midwifery, 28(6), e900-e909.


Becoming Redundant: Australian Women’s Experiences of Pregnancy after

Being Unexpectedly Scheduled for a Medically Necessary Term Elective

Cesarean Section

Authors: Sara Bayes, Jennifer Fenwick, and Yvonne Hauck

Purpose: There is now a comprehensive body

of evidence reporting the effects of emergency

cesarean section on women’s emotional

well-being. How women respond to becoming in

need of a medically necessary elective cesarean

section, however, has not previously been reported.

This article describes and explains how a cohort of

Australian women experienced the remainder of

the antenatal period following the discovery during

pregnancy of a medical reason to book a term

elective caesarean section.

Design: Grounded theory methodology was used

for this study.

Findings: Seven categories emerged from data

analysis to represent the women’s responses to

becoming in need of a medically necessary term

elective cesarean section. Four categories describe

women’s actions and interactions as they dealt

with their lost expectations and their perceived

“displacement” from their baby’s birth. The other

three categories represent the factors that

mediated, or caused, women’s responses.

© Igor Stepovik | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Main conclusions: This study provides new

knowledge about how women experience

and respond to an unwanted and unforeseen

change in their childbearing journey. The sense

of disappointment and loss that is likely to arise

for women who must “change track” must be

anticipated, recognised, acknowledged, and when

possible, forestalled by maternity care professionals.

Transformational trustworthiness of the study

was evidenced when, having heard the findings,

the research site subsequently implemented

three initiatives aimed at enabling women who

have no option but to undergo elective cesarean

section for medical reasons to retain a sense

ofcontrol and participation in their birth experience.

These initiatives, which could be readily adopted

in other settings included adding a “planned

caesarean section” birth preparation day to the

existing antenatal education program, providing

the opportunity to “tour” the operating department

(as the chance to tour the labor and birth suite is

provided to women who are anticipating a vaginal

birth), and developing an elective cesarean section

birth plan pro forma for women to complete,

discuss antenatally, and take with them to the

operating room on the day of their baby’s birth.

Reference: Bayes, S., Fenwick, J., & Hauck, Y.

(2012). Becoming redundant: Australian women’s

experiences of pregnancy after being unexpectedly

scheduled for a medically necessary term elective

cesarean section. International Journal of Childbirth,

2(2), 73-84.


Publications 2016

Abuqamar, M., Arabiat, D. H., & Holmes, S.

(2016). Parents’ Perceived Satisfaction of Care,

Communication and Environment of the Pediatric

Intensive Care Units at a Tertiary Children’s Hospital.

Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children

and Families, 31(3), e177-e184.

Bayes, S., & Ewens, B. (2016). Registered Nurses’

experiences of caring for pregnant and postpartum

women in general hospital settings: A systematic review

and meta-synthesis of qualitative data. Journal of

Clinical Nursing.

Boyle, E., Saunders, R. & Drury, V. (2016). General

Practice Nurse Collaborative Type 2 Diabetes Care:

Patient Experiences. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(13-

14), 1977-86.

Brand, G., Miller, K., Wise, S., Saunders, R., Dugmore,

H., & Etherton-Beer, C. (2016): Depth of Field: Using

photographs and narratives to explore and reflect on

ageing. Reflective Practice, 17(6), 676-680.

Brown, J., Christiansen, A., Kelly, C., Kirkcaldy, A.,

Kirton, J., Simpson, P., Zubairu. (2016). An Evaluation

of NHS England’s care maker programme final report.

Published Online.

Christiansen, A., Barnes, T., Bewley, T., Kaehne, E.,

Lynes, D., Kirkcaldy, A. (2016). An evaluation of the

Open and Honest Care Programme in acute NHS trusts

in Northern England. Journal of Nursing Management.

Cope, V., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J. (2016). Why nurses

chose to remain in the workforce: Portraits of resilience.

Collegian, 23(1), 87-95.

Cope, V., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J. (2016). Residential

aged care nurses: portraits of resilience. Contemporary

Nurse, 1-26.

Cope, V., Sundin, D., Smyth, A., Wang, C., Baum, G.,

Ewens, B. and Foxall, F. (2016). The hidden benefits

of writing retreats: Academic development and social

interaction for nurses. Journal of Nursing Education and

Practice Vol. 6, No. 11.

Coventry, L. L., van Schalkwyk, J. W., Thompson, P.,

Hawkins, S., & Hegney, D. (2016). Myocardial infarction,

patient decision delay and help seeking behaviour: a

thematic analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Crevacore, C., Jonas-Dwyer, D., & Nicol, P. (2016).

The effect of an enrolled nursing registration pathway

program on undergraduate nursing students’

confidence level: A pre- and post-test study. Nurse

Education Today, 39, 87-92.

Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Bugge, C., Carlyle, D.,

Carter, J., & Maskill, V. (2016). Living with sub-optimal

glycaemic control: the experiences of type 2 diabetes

diagnosis and education. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Crowe, M., Whitehead, L., Seaton, P., Jordan, J.,

McCall, C., Maskill, V., & Trip, H. (2016). Qualitative

meta-synthesis: the experience of chronic pain across

conditions. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Davies, H., Leslie, G., & Morgan, D., (2016). A

retrospective review of fluid balance control in CRRT.

Australian Critical Care, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.


Davies, H., McKenzie, N., Williams, T.A., Leslie, G.D.,

McConigley, R., Dobb, G.J., & Aoun, S.M., (2016).

Challenges during long-term follow-up of ICU patients

with and without chronic disease. Australian Critical

Care, 29(1), 27-34.

Davies, N., Crowe, M., & Whitehead, L. (2016).

Establishing routines to cope with loneliness associated

with widowhood: a narrative analysis. Journal of

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

de Jong, G. (2016). Reasons to temper enthusiasm

about open access nursing journals. Contemporary

Nurse, 1-9.

de Jong, G. & Schout, G. (2016). The erosion of

nursing in Dutch mental health care: A critique on the

proliferation of psychologists. Journal of Psychiatric and

Mental Health Nursing, 23 (6-7), 449-454.

De Leo, A., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Thalassemia in

Pregnancy: Contemporary care for a timeless disease.

British Journal of Midwifery, 24(8), 2 – 7.

Doyle, L., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Sepsis in Pregnancy:

A Clinical Update for Midwives. African Journal of

Midwifery and Women’s Health, 10(4).

Doyle, L., Geraghty, S., & Folan, M. (2016). Epilepsy in

pregnancy: Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.

The British Journal of Midwifery, 24(12), 2-7.

Duffield, C., Roche, M., Twigg, D., Williams, A., & Clarke,

S. (2016). A protocol to assess the impact of adding

nursing support workers to ward staffing. Journal of

Advanced Nursing, 72(9), 2218-2225.

Duffield, C. (2016) VI: Workforce Journal of Advanced

Nursing. DOI: 10.111

Ewens, B., Geale, S., Vafeas, C., Foxall, F., Loessl, B.,

Smyth, A., & McCafferty, C. (2016). Humanising the

curriculum: The role of a Virtual World. Journal of

Nursing Education and Practice. 6(12), 80-88.

Elliott, D., Allen, E., McKinley, S., Perry, L., Duffield, C.,

Fry, M., Gallagher, R., Iedema, R., & Roche, M. (2016).

User acceptance of observation and response charts

with a track and trigger system: a multisite staff

survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(15-16), 2211-2222.


Foster, M., Whitehead, L., & Maybee, P. (2016).

The Parents’, Hospitalized Child’s, and Health

Care Providers’ Perceptions and Experiences of

Family-Centered Care Within a Pediatric Critical

Care Setting: A Synthesis of Quantitative Research.

Journal of Family Nursing, 22(1), 6-73.

Gardner, G., Duffield, C., Doubrovsky, A., & Adams, M.

(2016). Identifying advanced practice: A national survey

of a nursing workforce. International Journal of Nursing

Studies, 55, 60-70.

Geraghty, S., & Godwin, H. (2016). Evaluating

postgraduate midwifery students’ experiences of a

model of blended learning. British Journal of Midwifery,

24(1), 60-63.

Gill, F., Kendrick, T., Davies, H., & Greenwood, M.

(2016). A two phase study to revise the Australian

Practice Standards for Specialist Critical Care Nurses.

Australian Critical Care, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.


Isaacs, A. N., Raymond, A., Jacob, E., Jones, J., McGrail,

M., & Drysdale, M. (2016). Cultural desire need not

improve with cultural knowledge: A cross-sectional study

of student nurses. Nurse Education in Practice, 19, 91-96.

Jacob, E. R., McKenna, L., & D’Amore, A. (2016).

Educators’ expectations of roles, employability and

career pathways of registered and enrolled nurses in

Australia. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1), 170-175.

Jacob, E. R., McKenna, L., & D’Amore, A. Role

expectations of different levels of nurse on graduation:

A mixed methods approach. Collegian.

Jones, V., Whitehead, L., & Crowe, M. T. (2016).

Self-efficacy in managing chronic respiratory disease:

parents’ experiences. Contemporary Nurse, 1-11.

Kim, H., & Geraghty, S. (2016). ‘Yummy Mummies’:

exploring sexuality in the antenatal and postnatal

period. The practising midwife, 19(6), 24.

Matar, E. M., Arabiat, D. H., & Foster, M. J. (2016).

Oral glucose efficacy on neonate’s pain responses at

the NICU: A qausi experimental trial of two clinical

procedures. Applied Nursing Research, 32, 36-40.

McWilliams, T., Hendricks, J., Twigg, D., Wood, F., & Giles,

M. (2016). Telehealth for paediatric burn patients in rural

areas: a retrospective audit of activity and cost savings.

Burns, 42(7), 1487-1493.

Nejat, N., Whitehead, L., & Crowe, M. (2016). Exploratory

Psychometric Properties of the Farsi and English

Versions of the Spiritual Needs Questionnaire (SpNQ).

Religions, 7(7), 84.

Nicholls, R., Perry, L., Duffield, C., Gallagher, R., & Pierce,

H. (2016). Barriers and facilitators to healthy eating for

nurses in the workplace: an integrative review. Journal of

Advanced Nursing, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/jan.13185

Nolan, S., Hendricks, J. and Towell, A. (2016).

Adolescent mothers’ use of social networking sites

creating positive mental health outcomes. Australian

Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(11).

Raymond, A., Jacob, E., Jacob, D., & Lyons, J. (2016).

Peer learning a pedagogical approach to enhance online

learning: A qualitative exploration. Nurse Education

Today, 44, 165-169.

Raghunathan, K., Allen, S., & Jacob, E. (2016).

Learning preferences of Enrolled Nursing students:

Educational preparation and training for workplace

readiness, 24th National vocational Educational and

Training Research Conference Refereed Papers, ISBN

978 1 925173 46 8 http://www.ncver.edu.au/wps/portal/

vetdataportal/restricted/publicationContent/ , 33-44

Redknap, R., Twigg, D., & Towell, A. (2016).

What interventions can improve the mental health

nursing practice environment? International Journal of

Mental Health Nursing, 25(1), 42-50.

Rive, L., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Asthma in pregnancy –

a clinical update. The Practising Midwife, 19(9), 16-19.

Roche, M. A., Duffield, C., Friedman, S., Twigg, D.,

Dimitrelis, S., & Rowbotham, S. (2016). Changes to

nurses’ practice environment over time. Journal of

Nursing Management, 24(5), 666-675.

Saunders, C., Carter, D. J., Bryce Law, D.J., Jordan, A.,

Duffield, C., & Bichel-Findlay, J. (2016). Cancer patient

experience measures: An evidence review. Journal of

Psychosocial Oncology, 34(3), 200-222.

Saunders, R., Singer, R., Dugmore, H., Seaman, K.,

& Lake, F. (2016). Nursing student’ reflections on

an interprofessional placement in ambulatory care.

Reflective Practice, 17(4)393-402.

Schout, G. & De Jong, G. (n.d.). Collecting feedback as

a tool to reduce care paralysis: Something for Family

Group Conferencing coordinators? Child & Family

Social Work.

Schout, G., van Dijk, M., Meijer, E., Landeweer, E., &

De Jong, G. (2016). The use of family group conferences

in mental health: Barriers for implementation. Journal of

Social Work.

Schreuders, L. W., Geelhoed, E., Bremner, A., Finn, J., &

Twigg, D. Feasibility of using payroll data to estimate

hospital nurse staffing. Collegian. doi: http://dx.doi.


Seaman,K., Saunders,R., Williams,E., Loffler,H. &Lake

F. (2016). An examination of students’ perceptions

of their interprofessional placements in residential

aged care. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Doi: 10.1080/13561820.2016.1262338

Seaman, K., Williams, E., Saunders, R., Harrup-

Gregory, J., Pratt, K., Loffler, H. & Hallsworth, A. (2016).

Evaluating the outcomes for interprofessional education

programs in residential aged care. Brightwater Care

Group, Perth, Australia. ISBN 978-0-9954235-0-3.


Slatyer, S., Cramer, J., Pugh, J. D., & Twigg, D. (2016).

Barriers and enablers to retention of Aboriginal

Diploma of Nursing students in Western Australia:

An exploratory descriptive study. Nurse Education

Today, 42, 17-22.

Smyth, A. (2016). Adjuvant Corticosteroid Therapy for

Acute Bacterial Meningitis. The American Journal of

Nursing, 116(10), 63.

Stanley, D., Beament, T., Falconer, D., Haigh, M.,

Saunders, R., Stanley, K., Wall, P., Nielson, S. (2016).

The male of the species: a profile of men in nursing.

Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(5), 1155-1168.

Stanley, D., Beament,T., Falconer, D. ,Haigh,M.,

Saunders,R., Stanley,K & Wall, P. (2016). Would you

recommend nursing as a career to men? Working Papers

in Health Science 1(14).

Tranberg, R., Alexander, S., Hatcher, D., Mackey, S.,

Shahid, S., Holden, L., & Kwok, C. (2016). Factors

influencing cancer treatment decision-making

by indigenous peoples: a systematic review.

Psychooncology 25(2), 131-141.

Twigg, D., Cramer, J.H., & Pugh, J.D. (2016).

Nurse Staffing and Workload Drivers in Small Rural

Hospitals: An Imperative for Evidence. Online Journal of

Rural Nursing and Healthcare.

Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Pugh, J., Gelder, L.,

& Roche, M. (2016). The impact of adding assistants

in nursing to acute care hospital ward nurse staffing

on adverse patient outcomes: An analysis of

administrative health data. International Journal of

Nursing Studies, 63, 189-200.

Twigg, D.E., Pugh, J.D., Gelder, L. & Myers, H. (2016).

Foundations of a nursing-sensitive outcomes indicator

suite for monitoring public patient safety in Western

Australia. Collegian, 23(2), 167-181.

Wang, C. C. (2016). Closing the gap in nursing

education: Comparing nursing registration systems in

Australia and China. Chinese Nursing Research, 3(1), 1-6.

Wang, C. C., Whitehead, L., & Bayes, S. (2016).

Nursing education in China: Meeting the global demand

for quality healthcare. International Journal of Nursing

Sciences, 3(1), 131-136.

Wang, C. C., Whitehead, L., & Bayes, S. (2016). The real

‘cost’ of study in Australia and the ramifications for

China, Australia, and the Chinese nursing students:

what do these three players want? A narrative review.

Globalisation, Societies and Education, 1-17.

Witney, C., Hendricks, J., & Cope, V. (2016). Variation

of Kozinets’ framework and application to nursing

research. Nurse Researcher, 23(5), 36-41.

Whitehead, L. (2016). The Impact of Biological

Interventions for Ulcerative Colitis on Health-Related

Quality of Life. American Journal of Nursing. 116(11), 21.

Whitehead, L. (2016). Psychological Treatments for

Depression and Anxiety in Dementia and Mild Cognitive

Impairment. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(10),


Whitehead, L. (2016). Constraint-Induced Movement

Therapy for Hemiparesis Following Stroke. AJN The

American Journal of Nursing, 116(8), 63.

Whitehead, L., Crowe, M. T., Carter, J. D., Maskill,

V. R., Carlyle, D., Bugge, C., et al. (2016). A nurseled

interdisciplinary approach to promote selfmanagement

of type 2 diabetes: a process evaluation

of post-intervention experiences. Journal of Evaluation

in Clinical Practice.

Whitehead, L. (2016). The effects of personalized

care planning for adults living with chronic conditions.

International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22(2), 138-140.

Whitehead, L., & Myers, H. (2016). The effect of hospital

nurse staffing models on patient and staff-related

outcomes: Hospital nurse staffing models. International

Journal of Nursing Practice 22(4), 330-332.

Whitehead, L., & Seaton, P. (2016). The Effectiveness

of Self-Management Mobile Phone and Tablet Apps

in Long-term Condition Management: A Systematic

Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(5), e97.

Whitehead, L., Trip, H., Hale, L. & Conder, J. (2016).

Negotiated autonomy in diabetes self-management:

the experiences of adults with intellectual disability and

their support workers. Journal of Intellectual Disability

Research, 60(4), 389-397.

Whitehead, L. C., Unahi, K., Burrell, B., & Crowe, M. T.

(2016). The Experience of Fatigue Across Long-Term

Conditions: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis. Journal of

Pain and Symptom Management, 52(1), 131-143.e131.

Whitehead, D., Whitehead, L. (2016). Sampling data

and data collection in qualitative research. In Z. S. D.

Whitehead (Ed.), Nursing and Midwifery Research:

methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice

(4 ed., pp. 111-123): Elsevier.

Wilkinson, M., Whitehead, L., & Crowe, M. (2016).

Nurses perspectives on long-term condition

self-management: a qualitative study. Journal of

Clinical Nursing, 25(1-2), 240-246.

Wright, C., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Mind over Matter:

Inside Hypnobirthing. Sleep and Hypnosis: A Journal of

Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopathology, 18(4).

Zulch, D., Saunders, R., Peters, J., & Quinlivan, J. (2016).

Effectiveness of a Service Learning Model with Allied

Health Assistant Students in Aged Care. International

Journal of Training Research, 14(2), 161-170.


Grants 2016

Baker, M., Williams, A., Pugh, J., & Andre, C.

The application of evidence based practice in acute care

hospital setting in Perth, Western Australia: A grounded

theory study of the perspective of nurses. WA Nurses

Memorial Charitable Trust ($9,560).

Bayes, S., Priddis, L., & Baratt-Pugh, C. Applied

Developmental Science Collaborative Programme:

Prenatal through the early years. ECU Silver Jubilee

Collaboration Gra nt ($10,000).

Coppell, K., Whitehead, L., Perreault, L., Speeding,

T., Abel, S., Krebs, J., Merriman, T., & Gray, A.

Clinically relevant differences (including genetic risk)

between those who regress to normoglycaemia, those

with persistent Prediabetes and those who progress

to T2DM. Health Research Council of New Zealand

($1,111,511 NZD).

Coventry, L., Walsh, N., Towell, A., Davis, S., Twigg,

D., Murray, K., & Jansen, S. Introducing an intervention

to improve adherence to pressure injury evidence

based guidelines: a cluster randomised trial. Western

Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust Biennial

Grant. ($40,000).

Ewens, B., & Whitehead, L. The impact of an m-health

intervention on the mental health and wellbeing of

intensive care survivors: a randomized controlled trial.

Early Career Research Grant. ($30.000).

Jacob, E., & Duffield, C. Assessing critical thinking in

nurse’s development: analysis of an assessment tool.

WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($10,000).

Towell, M., Whitehead, L., Coventry, L., Twigg, D., &

Daniels, G. Cognitive impairment and readmission rates

in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus admitted to the

acute care setting: a cohort study. Sir Charles Gairdner

and Osborne Park Health Care Group Research

Advisory Committee (RAC) ($47,392).

Towell, M., & Whitehead, L. Investigating nurse-led

hospital based diabetes education: Alignment with

evidenced based practice, patient satisfaction and

hospital readmission. Early Career Research Grant.


Twigg, D. Evaluation of initiatives relating to Magnet

Hospital designation. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital


Vafeas, C., Hendricks, J., Wilkinson, A., & Jacob, E.

Younger onset dementia: An education package for

carers in residential facilities. The Lovell Foundation


Whitehead, L in collaboration with various schools

within ECU. A pilot study to investigate whether there

is a relationship between drinking water sources,

water quality and adverse health outcomes in WA.

ECU Silver Jubilee Collaboration Grant ($10,000).

Successful Grant Value 2014-2016




2014 2015 2016


Our Students 2016

Higher Degree by Research PhD Students

Name of Student Principal Thesis Title

Esther Adama Deborah Sundin Parents experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge.

Melanie Baker Anne Williams The application of evidence based practice in the acute care hospital

setting: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses in

Western Australia.

Dianne Bloxsome Sara Bayes Why do WA Midwives stay in Midwifery: A phenomenological


Charlotte Chapman Anne Wilkinson A retrospective study into the communication surrounding the

initiation and withdraw of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in patients

with motor neurone disease.

Amanda Cole-Heath Lisa Whitehead Conceptualising moral distress in nurses working in mental health


Patricia Cook Lisa Whitehead Early patient reporting of side effects of Pembrolizumab in the

treatment of malignant melanoma – patients' experiences.

Carol Crevacore Christine Duffield Delegation practices between Registered Nurse and the Assistant

in nursing.

Gemma Evans Di Twigg The impact of communication satisfaction on paediatric nurses’ job

satisfaction and intention to stay.

Amanda Fowler Di Twigg A mixed method study on Nursing graduate support programs in

rural and remote areas of Western Australia.

Fiona Foxall Deborah Sundin Shall we let them die? An exploration of the factors that affect

decision-making concerning the withdrawal of life-sustaining

treatment in ICU.

Sadie Geraghty Craig Speelman Fighting a losing battle. A Glaserian grounded theory of Midwives

workplace stress.

Yakuba Ismaila Sara Bayes Midwives and quality of care.


Name of Student Principal Thesis Title

Julian James Anne Wilkinson The treatment of childhood trauma: essential elements and evidencebased

outcome measures of residential treatment programs.

Louise Keyes Sara Bayes West Australian Midwives experiences of implementing evidencebased

change: a grounded theory study.

Christine Mackey Lisa Whitehead The relationship between basal body temperature and patient

outcomes in haematology patients experiencing febrile neutropenia.

Kylie McCullough Anne Williams The delivery of primary health care in remote Australian communities:

A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses.

Tania McWilliams Di Twigg Best practice in acute paediatric burn management: compliance and

influencing factors in Western Australia.

Ahmad Mousa Nicholas Gibson Nurse staffing, patient falls and medication errors in Western

Australian hospitals: is there a relationship?

Simone Tiedt Lisa Whitehead The influence of carer burden on the early admission of elderly

individuals living with dementia into a residential aged care facility.

Melanie Murray Deborah Sundin Linking patient safety to clinical practice: The insight of new graduate

registered nurses.

Lorna Rogers Lisa Whitehead Symptom management in immunotherapy.

Mary Ryder Elisabeth Jacob Nurse practitioners and leadership.

Rebecca Schultz Lisa Whitehead Chronic condition management in indigenous communities.

Ulrich Steinwandel Nicholas Gibson Do inferior vena cava ultrasound measurements (IVC-US) by nursing

staff improve assessment and management of intravascular volume

status in the satellite haemodialysis clinic settings?

Carol Wang Lisa Whitehead Chinese nursing students at Australian universities: a narrative

inquiry into their motivation, learning experience, and future

career planning.

Duncan Wright Christine Duffield Post-operative patient flow and surgical wards' capacity to accept

transfer of patients from the post Anaesthetic Care Unit.

Higher Degree by Research Masters Students

Name of Student Principal Thesis Title

Julie-Marie Barry Di Twigg Over census in hospital wards and patient outcomes.

Melanie Buhlmann Bev Ewens Moving on after living with the impact of critical incidents in health

care – an interpretive description of the perception of nurses

and midwives.

Tracy Coward Lisa Whitehead Assessing and monitoring side effects of an antipsychotic medication.

Yvonne Farmer Deborah Sundin Simulation of critical bleed management in an operating theatre.

Sushma Bhandari


Anne Wilkinson

Quality palliative care for recently diagnosed cancer patients.

Saskia Mayes Caroline Vafeas Early discharge and COPD.

Karen McCarthy Jennifer Sharp Evaluation of ward-based nurse clinical educator role on

undergraduate nursing student outcomes and clinical nursing

preceptor experiences.

Shelley McRae Di Twigg Patient outcomes of an Alternative model of Cardiac rehabilitation

for Cost Effective Secondary prevention (ACCES): a retrospective

cohort study.

Peri Mickle Nicholas Gibson Haemoglobin monitoring in hip fracture patients.

Dianne Tomlinson Jennifer Sharp An exploration of laryngomalacia: a qualitative case study.


Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Completions

Student: Robina Redknap

Course: Doctor of Health Science (Clinical Leadership

and Management)

Principal Supervisors: Di Twigg, Amanda Towell

PhD Students in Candidacy 2014-2016

Higher Degrees by Research Available

• Master of Midwifery (Research)

• Master of Nursing (Research)

• Doctor of Health Science (Clinical Leadership and


• Doctor of Philosophy

• Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)

Number of PhD Students in Candidacy 2014-2016















Presentations 2016

Oral Presentations

Abel, S., Whitehead, L., & Coppell, K. Factors influencing

dietary improvement behaviour amongst patients with

prediabetes. New Zealand Society for the Study of

Diabetes (NZSSD) Conference, New Zealand, May 2016.

Cope, V. Ghosts in the machine: Technology, ghost

writing and the issue for students and educators.

Sigma Theta Tau International 27th International

Nursing Research Congress, South Africa, July 2016.

Coventry, L., Bremner, A., Williams, T., & Celenza,

A. Symptom Presentation in Myocardial Infarction,

Ambulance Times and Prehospital Delay. Cardiac Society

of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting,

Adelaide, August 2016.

Coventry, L., Hosking, J., Chan, D., Coral, E., Towell,

A., Lim, W., Twigg, D., & Rickard, C. Vascular Access

in Haemodialysis Patient’s and the Development of a

Vascular Access Classification Complexity Instrument.

Renal Society of Australia Symposuim, Perth,

November 2016.

Coventry, L., Hosking, J., Chan, D., Coral, E., Towell, A.,

Lim, W., Twigg, D., & Rickard, C. Vascular Access in

Haemodialysis Patient’s and the Development of a

Vascular Access Classification Complexity Instrument.

8th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing,

Perth, November 2016.

Davies, H. Fluid Charting – Is there a Problem? 41st

ANZICS/ACCCN Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive

Care, Perth, October 2016.

Davies, H. Trouble Shooting & Circuit Life. 41st ANZICS/

ACCCN Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care,

Perth, October 2016.

Dugmore, H., Carr, C., & Saunders, R. Older Adult Patient

Volunteers Experiences Providing Feedback to Nursing

Students. ASPE Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore,

November, 2016.

Ewens, B., Geale, S., Vafeas, C., Foxall, F., Loessl, B.,

McCafferty, C., & Smyth, A. Humanising the curriculum:

the role of a virtual world. NET NEP 6th international

nurse education conference, Brisbane, April 2016.

Foster, M. & Whitehead, L. Innovative strategies

used to develop the needs of children’s questionnaire.

8th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing,

Perth, November 2016.

Mata, G., Hendricks, J., & Robinson, T. Salutogenesis

in organisational culture: nurse leader’s perspectives.

Optimising Health Conference, Canberra, October 2016.

Ng, J., Browne, C., Fowler, A., Bell, P., & De Prazer, R.

(2016). The WA Experience – Developing continuing

education in Acute Care Nursing for Tanzania. OTTAWA

conference, Perth, March 2016.

Roche, M., Duffield, C., &. Twigg, D. The Impact of

Adding Nursing Support Workers on Patient, Nurse and

System Outcomes. 27th International Nursing Research

Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International, South Africa,

July 2016.

Saunders, R., White, K., Lake,F., Bulsara,C., &

Dugmore,H. Engaging Older Adults in Aged Care

Communities as Simulated Patients. ASPE Asia Pacific

Conference, Singapore, November, 2016.

Towell A., Coventry, L., Davis, S., Twigg, D., Boston, J.,

Foster, L., & Bharat, C. Evaluation of the implementation

of the ‘1FOCUS’ model of clinical facilitation for nursing

students. 8th International Congress on Innovations in

Nursing 2016, Perth, November 2016.

Trip, H., Whitehead, L., & Crowe, M. Navigating

ever-changing seas: Aging with Intellectual Disabilities.

2016 International Association for the Scientific Study

of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD)

Conference, Melbourne, August 2016.

Twigg, D., Williams, A.M., Williams, N.J., Slatyer, S.,

Monterosso, L., Petterson, A., Morrison, P., Ebert, A.,

Towell, A., Whale, K., Allen, E., Stomski, N. & Ryan,

E. Stress, coping and resilience of cancer nurses at

two hospitals. Bridging the Gap Conference, Cairns,

Queensland, May 2016.

Twigg, D., Davis, S., Slatyer, S., & Coventry, L. (2016).

Identifying Key Components of Professional Practice

Models for Nursing: A Synthesis of the Literature. 27th

International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta

Tau International, South Africa, July 2016.

Towell, A., Twigg, D., Coventry, L., Davis, S., Foster, L.

& Boston, J. “1FOCUS MODEL of Clinical Facilitation

for Nursing Students at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

27th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma

Theta Tau International, South Africa, July 2016.

Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Pugh, J., Gelder, L., &

Roche, M. (2016). Impact of Adding Assistants in Nursing

to Patient Outcomes. 8th International Congress on

Innovations in Nursing, Perth, November 2016.

Wang, C., Whitehead, L., & Bayes, S. Chinese nursing

students at Australian universities: A narrative inquiry

into their motivation, learning experience, and future

career planning. 8th International Congress on

Innovations in Nursing 2016, Perth, November 2016.

Whitehead L, Carter J, Maskill V, Crowe M, Carlyle D,

Bugge C & Frampton C. An education and cognitive

behaviour therapy-based intervention among adults with

uncontrolled type 2 diabetes: A randomised controlled

trial. Sixth Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and First

Colloquium on Chronic Illness Care, Hong Kong,

March 2016.

Whitehead, L., Crowe, M., Bugge, C. & Coppell, K.

Developing and evaluating complex interventions:

enhancing the role of qualitative research.

Qualitative Health Research Conference, Glasgow,

May 2016.


Poster Presentations

Cope, V., & Ewens, B. What is a nurse? Sigma Theta

Tau International 27th International Nursing Research

Congress, South Africa, July 2016.

Coventry, L., Van Schalkwyk, W., Thompson, P.,

Hawkins, S., Hegney, D. Myocardial infarction,

patient decision delay and decision making: a thematic

analysis. Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, August 2016.

Davison, C. Looking back, moving forward, a history of

discussion of private midwifery in Western Australia.

The 11th International Normal Labour and Birth

Conference, Sydney, October 2016.

Davison, C. Look back, moving forward, a history of

discussion of private midwifery in Western Australia.

Mark Liveris Health Sciences Research Seminar, Curtin

University, Perth, September 2016.

Maskill, V., Carrasco, A., & Whitehead, L. –

An exploration of the ability of people diagnosed

with type 2 diabetes mellitus to self-manage postearthquakes.

People in Disasters Conference 2016, New

Zealand, 2016.

Pillay, R., & Alexander, S. Influences on cancer treatment

decisions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

individuals. Honouring our Songlines Symposium,

Western Sydney University, Sydney, October 2016.

Seaman, K., Harrup-Gregory, J., L Williams, E.,

Loffler, H., & Saunders, R. Interprofessional education

in residential aged care: Optimising care and workforce

possibilities. 5th Annual NHMRC Symposium on

Research Translation, Melbourne, November 2016.

Invited Speakers

Ms Anne McKenzie AM

Head, Consumer and Community Health Research

Network, Centre for Health Services Research,

University of Western Australia


Engaging with consumers in research


Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus, April 2016.

Dr Henrietta Trip

Lecturer, Post Graduate Nursing, University of Otago,



Navigating ever-changing seas: Aging with

Intellectual Disabilities.

Professor Linda Shields

Professor of Nursing, Charles Sturt University;

Honorary Professor, School of Medicine, University of



Family and Child Centred Care: Navigating Family,

Child and Professional Values.

Presented With

Professor Lisa Whitehead and Dr Mandie Foster


Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus,

September 2016.

Professor Linda Shields


“What are you doing to me?”: The development of ways

of caring for children in health care, and a new model.


Joondalup Health Campus, September 2016.

Professor Linda Shields


Things that keep us awake at night. Priorities and

challenges in health.

Presented With

Professor Lisa Whitehead, Professor Christine Duffield,

and Professor Anne Wilkinson.


Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus,

September 2016.

Associate Professor Martin Jones

Director, Department of Rural Health, University of

South Australia.


Increasing Health Workforce Efficacy


Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus,

October 2016

Professor Hiram Fitzgerald

Associate Provost University Outreach, Department of

Psychology, Michigan State University, USA.


Engagement and Disadvantaged Families


Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus,

October 2016.


Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus,

August 2016.


Committees, Panels & Memberships

Committees & Panels

Journal editorial boards

Christine Duffield

International Journal of Nursing Studies

Lisa Whitehead

International Journal of Nursing Studies

Mandie Foster

Nursing Praxis in New Zealand

Grant review panels

Christine Duffield

Health Research Board Ireland

Di Twigg

Health Research Board Ireland

Lisa Whitehead

Health Research Council New Zealand

Research Ethics Committees

Linda Coventry

Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Group & Scientific

Review Sub-committee

Mandy Towell

Scientific Review Sub-committee – Sir Charles

Gairdner Hospital



• ACNP Scientific Committee arranging the 2016

ACNP Conference in Alice Springs

• ANMAC Accreditation Panel for the CQU Bachelor

of Midwifery

• Hospital Clinical Facilitators working with Master of

Midwifery Practice (MMP) students monthly meeting

• WA Centre for Pregnancy, Childbirth Education and

Early Parenting Services Inc. (‘The Bump WA’) Board

Deputy Chair

• Australian College of Midwives’ WA Branch

Executive Committee


• Australasian College of Health Service Management


• Australian College of Nursing

Steering Group

• Independent Practitioner Network (IPN)

Memberships (with Committee/active role)

• Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

• Australian College of Midwives’ National Midwifery

Education Advisory Committee (MEAC)

• Clinical Advisory Committee for Sexual Health

Quarters (old Family Planning)

• Clinical Senator for Health in WA

• Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery

• Expert group WA Health AUDIT-C Learning Guide

– WA Health Audit C. Telethon Kids Institute, UWA,

under contract with WA Department of Health

• Golden Key Honour Society

Health Department of WA Midwifery Workforce

Advisory Committee (WAMWAC)

• International Family Nursing Association

Midwifery Educators WA group

Midwifery Educators of WA (MEWA)

• National Nursing and Midwifery Expert

Advisory Network

• NMAHS credentialing committee for Nurse

Practitioners in WA

• NP Endorsement with Australian Health

Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) –

Expert panel member

• Overview Committee for Victoria Park Community

re City 20 year development plan

• Rotary Maternal Health working party

• SCGH Scientific Research Sub-review Committee

• Sigma Theta Tau International

• WA Drugs Advisory Panel representing North Metro

Area Health Service (NMAHS)


Adjunct Appointments


Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Associate


Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer


Dr Linda Kristjanson

Dr Leanne Monterosso

Dr Barbara Nattabi

Dr Brenda Rowe

Dr Anne Williams

Dr Catharine Andre

Karen Bradley

Dr Vicki Cope

Sue Davis

Michelle Dillon

Tony Dolan

Dr Joyce Hendricks

Rosemary Hoffman

Violet Platt

Dr Ann Tourangeau

Liza Fowler

Tracy Martin

Dr Bernadette Wright

Dr Caroline Bulsara

Dr Irene Ngune

Dr Anna Petterson

Dr Susan Slatyer


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