Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research (CNMR)

The CNMR Team

Associate Professor Lauretta Luck

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Associate Professor Lauretta Luck is the Director of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, a conjoint position of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. I support and mentor Nurse Clinicians undertaking research focused on improving patient care and outcomes and enhancing nursing practice. I have many years teaching in the tertiary sector both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students including Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Research and PhD students and mentor Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced) students. I have Co-supervised 1 PhD Student, 1 MN(Hons) and Supervised 1 Honours student to completion. I am currently Principal Supervisor for 1 Phd,1 MRes and 1 Honors student. I am Co-supervising 2 Phd students. I have examined 3 BN(Hons) thesis and 2 PhD thesis. My research expertise include case study design, mixed methods research and qualitative designs.  My areas of research include violence towards nurses, nursing workforce issues and nursing education. I have published in, and review, national and international journals and presented a national and international conferences.

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Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz has held a conjoint position between Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Western Sydney University at the Centre since August 2017.  In her previous role as the Senior Midwifery Advisor for Department of Health, Northern Territory (NT) Government, she worked on a variety of projects including integration of NT maternity services and she led the implementation of Privately Practising Midwives in the NT in alignment with law reform in 2014.  Virginia was also a co-investigator on a national research project evaluating organisational cultural competence in maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, commissioned by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, from 2015—2017.

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Dr Judy Mannix

Dr Judy Mannix (RN BEd(Nsg) MN(Hons) PhD) is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Program (Postgraduate) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and a Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy SFHEA. Her clinical experience has been gained in acute, high dependency settings in rural and metropolitan hospitals in NSW. Judy is an experienced academic, actively contributing to nurse education since 1985. She has extensive experience teaching on-campus and off-campus students in nursing programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has held a number of governance roles in the university setting. Her professional interests focus on nurse education and practice, nursing leadership, workforce issues, and family health. Judy has been actively involved in funded research projects in these areas and has successfully co-supervised BN (Hons) students and higher degree research students in related areas. She also has a number of peer reviewed publications and book chapters in these areas.

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Harrison Ng Chok

Harrison Ng Chok (MPH, BSc) is a Research Officer at the Centre and has been involved in over a dozen research projects and research publications since 2014. Harrison has provided technical support in all facets of the research process and had the opportunity to supervise placement students as well as nurse researchers seconded to CNMR. Harrison has presented research methods, research techniques, and research findings at nursing conferences and workshops. Prior to his current role at Nepean Hospital, Harrison had four years of experience working as a project officer at another tertiary research unit and developed strong working networks with the health service and other local agencies in the South West Sydney area. He plays a pivotal role in providing technical support across all research areas at CNMR. Harrison is also a PhD candidate looking to explore the experiences of registered nurses with refugee backgrounds. Harrison’s interests include health policy, refugee health, social determinants of health, nursing research and qualitative research methodologies.

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Heather Reilly

Heather Reilly (MPH, BSc) is Research Officer for Midwifery at the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research (CNMR). Heather graduated from the University of Newcastle (NSW) with an MCP.

Heather was a researcher within the project 'Using a peanut ball during labour versus not using a peanut ball during labour for women using an epidural: study protocol for a randomised controlled pilot study'.

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Researchers who work with the Centre

The Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research (CNMR) collaborates with the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) and Western Sydney University to strengthen and build key areas of research by empowering nurses and midwives to develop their research skills and capacity.

  • Decalie Brown - Child and Family Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with NBMLHD.
  • Sharryn Byers - Neurosurgical Clinical Consultant at Nepean Hospital.
  • Professor Hannah Dahlen - Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University (WSU). She is also the Higher Degree Research Director. Hannah has had national and international success with grants. Hannah has published more than 120 papers and has given papers at over 500 conferences and seminars with half of these being invited keynote addresses. Hannah has strong international collaborations.
  • Michelle Doull - A/g Clinical Nurse Consultant, Delirium and Dementia with NBMLHD.
  • Rachel Evans - Clinical Nurse Educator at Nepean Hospital
  • Johncy John - Clinical Nurse Educator at Nepean Hospital
  • Faith Moyo - Clinical Nurse Educator at Nepean Hospital
  • Amy Siczak - Clinical Nurse Educator at Nepean Hospital
  • Dr Lyn Francis - Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and is currently co-supervising several research higher degree students in various areas including consent, meditation practices and pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Mitchell Grimston - Nurse Educator and Safety Culture Coordinator for the Education and Training Service at NBMLHD. With clinical experience in Emergency Departments across Western Sydney, and postgraduate qualifications in nursing education and emergency nursing, Mitchell’s research interests lie within qualitative fields exploring critical care nursing and occupational violence.
  • Julie-Ann Horn  - A/Clinical Nurse Consultant, Blood and Blood Products with NBMLHD.
  • Naomi Houston - Stomal Therapy Nurse specialist for the NBMLHD. In 2016, Naomi was seconded to the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research through Nepean Hospital’s Skills and Talent Enhancement Program. Naomi set up the Stomal Therapy Link Nurse Program which was designed to equip ‘Link nurses’ with basic stoma knowledge to assist patients and to refer problematic cases. quantitative research project in 2017.
  • Sharon Jacobs - Lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.
  • Kellie Kaczosowski - Nurse Educator and Safety Culture Coordinator with NBMLHD. Kellie has a clinical interest and post graduate degree specialising in emergency nursing.
  • Susan Lane - Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neurology at Nepean Hospital.
  • Louise Maher - Clinical Nurse Consultant, in Cancer Care, in the NBMHLD. Louise previously researched mouth changes in gero-oncology patients receiving two cycles of chemotherapy for lung cancer using a time-series design.
  • Dr Olayide Ogunsiji - Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. Dr Ogunsiji has a background in Sociology and as a Registered Nurse by profession, she has worked in a number of clinical settings such as Public and Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Dr Ogunsiji has diverse experience in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, and also has teaching experience in Australia and overseas.
  • Linda Ora - Clinical Nurse Consultant and Palliative Care Service Development Officer in Supportive and Palliative Care for NBMLHD.
  • Jeni Stevens - Clinical Midwifery Consultant in Infant Feeding at Nepean Hospital.
  • Robyn Totenhofer - Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at Nepean Hospital.
  • Michael Whitehead - Registered Nurse in Chronic and Complex Care with NBMLHD.
  • Katrina Young - Clinical Nurse Consultant in Community Wound Care.

CNMR Postgraduate students and their Projects

  • Richard Gilfillan. Project: The lion and lamb live together in harmony: Changing workplace culture in midwifery.
  • Sharon Jacobs. Project: High fidelity and clinical judgment in second year undergraduate student nurses.
  • Fakhra Maan. Project: Experiences of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) of Pakistani and Indian origin integrating into Australian Healthcare system: facilitators and barriers during transition to local life.
  • Harrison Ng Chok. Project: Exploring the personal and professional experiences of registered nurses with refugee backgrounds working in the Australian healthcare system.
  • Dawn Perez. Project: Physical restraints in intensive care.
  • Ashita Prasad. Project: Hand hygiene among residents of aged care facilities.
  • Erica Tsai. Project: Exploring the knowledge and attitudes of student nurses in Taiwan about childhood overweight/obesity.
  • Jessica Williams. Project: The healthcare experiences of transgender Australians.

Current Research Projects within CNMR

  1. Hand Hygiene among patients: a pilot study
  2. The Role of the General Practice Liaison Nurse as Integrated Care Coordinator: A Delphi Study
  3. Elements of role for a Breast Care Nurse
  4. Community nurses' perceptions of the family caregiver's role in providing care to the palliative care patient who has expressed a preference to die at home.
  5. Emergency Nurse Practitioners use of Point of Care Ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for adult patients with skin and soft tissue infections
  6. Exploring enjoyment in nursing: an international perspective
  7. Chronic wound management: perceptions of community nurses in a local health district in Sydney
  8. Exploring the benefits of using Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) for community clients with lower leg ulcers.
  9. Survey Medical Officer and Nurse Reporting of a Transfusion Related Adverse Event
  10. Educating patients entering chemotherapy (EPEC) for the first time: a comparison of group and individual programs
  11. Innovative approach to in- service education for nurses across the medical division
  12. A study examining the feasibility of implementing a music therapy program for women hospitalised for complications in pregnancy.
  13. BLliNG DM Study: Breastfeeding Length Intensity in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (site investigators). Identification of community providers on patients' admission to hospital
  14. Transitioning into a new graduate midwife perspectives about a unique student-led continuity of care model Acacia Clinic
  15. Sterile water injections for relief of back pain in labour, a qualitative study
  16. Evaluation of a Student-led Midwifery Group Practice: a woman's perspective
  17. Acacia Clinic Exploring student midwives' experiences (ESME) in NSW using appreciative inquiry research study method.
  18. Does using a peanut ball during labour with an epidural affect birth outcomes?  A pilot study

Find out more about the current research projects within the Centre.

Current CNMR Grants

Partnership grants:

WSU & NBMLHD partnership grant for peanut ball trial at Lithgow and Katoomba: Does using a peanut ball during labour with an epidural affect birth outcomes? A pilot study.

Selected publications (2017-2018)

Mollart, L., Skinner, V. Adams, J. & Foureur, M. (2018) Midwives’ personal use of  complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influences recommendations to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy, Women and Birth, https://doi.org/10.116/j.wombi.2018.07.001

Mollart, L., Skinner, V. Adams, J. & Foureur, M. Midwives’ personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influences recommendations to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy, Women and Birth, Vol. 31, pp. 44-51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2017.06.014

O Ogunsiji, L Wilkes, HN Chok (2018) “You take the private part of her body,… you are taking a part of her life”: Voices of circumcised African migrant women on female genital circumcision (FGC) in Austr... Health care for women international, 1-13

H Ng Chok, J Mannix, C Dickson, L Wilkes (2018) Experiences of Registered Nurses from a refugee background: a scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing

Bartholomeusz, M. D., Bolton, P. S., Callister, R., Skinner, V. & Hodgson, D. (2017) Design, rationale and feasibility of a multidimensional experimental protocol to study early life stress, Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, Vol. 7(C), pp. 33 – 43, DOI 10.1016/j.conctc.2017.05.003

Prasad, A., Ng, Chok H., Wilkes, L. (2017) Hand Hygiene practices amongst patients. International Journal of Infection Control.

Young, K., Ng, Chok H., Wilkes, L. (2017) Treatment in the home setting with Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for a woman with chronic leg ulcers: A Case Report.

TI Tsai, L Luck, D Jefferies, L Wilkes (2017) A tool to measure the attitudes and beliefs of nursing students towards childhood overweight/obesity. Collegian

L Luck, HN Chok, N Scott, L Wilkes (2017) The role of the breast care nurse in patient and family care Journal of clinical nursing 26 (21-22), 3422-3429

Luck, L., Ng, Chok H., Wilkes, L. (2017) Nurses as participants in research: An evaluation of recruitment techniques. Nurse Researcher.

Purnell, M., Majid, G. & Skinner, V. (2017) The journey of a paediatric nurses' journal club: developing the skills and confidence to turn research into practice, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 34 – 41

Wilkes, L., Doull, M., Ng, Chok H., Mashingaidze, G. (2017). Developing a tool to measure the influencing nurses' enjoyment of nursing. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13483

HN Chok, J Mannix, C Dickson, L Wilkes (2017) The factors impacting personal and professional experiences of migrant nurses in Australia: An integrative review. Collegian

Ogunsiji, O., Ng, Chok H., Wilkes, L. (2017) “I am still passionate despite the challenges”: Nurses navigating the care for refugees. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Wilkes, L., Ogunsiji, O., Ng, Chok H., Mashingaidze, G. (2017). Doing Mixed-Methods Research on Sensitive Topics with Migrant Women in Australia: Experiences of Female Genital Circumcision for African Women. Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2: 1-12.

LM Wilkes, L Luck, H Ng Chok (2017) Participant recruitment: tips and tricks. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 16, 46-46

Contact CNMR

The Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research welcomes your enquiries and feedback.

Rachel Parkes | Administration Officer
Telephone: +61 2 4734 3181
Email: CNMR@westernsydney.edu.au

Office Location

First Floor- South Wing - Court Building
Nepean Hospital
Derby Street
Kingswood NSW 2751

Postal Addresses

Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research
Nepean Hospital,  Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
PO Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

Western Sydney University
School of Nursing and Midwifery
PO Box 1797
Penrith NSW 2751