Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor Virginia Stulz

Associate Professor / Professor of Midwifery,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District that investigate innovative models of maternity care, influencing better birth outcomes and alternative pain relief methods for women experiencing back pain in labour. She worked with the Chief Nurse, Jacqui Cross and Professor Belinda Dewar from the University of West of Scotland as the lead researcher in NSW across four Local Health Districts on a major research project, Exploring Student Midwives' Experiences in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences and address midwifery retention rates. She has been awarded $20,000 to continue this work with students and clinicians both locally and internationally. Virginia is currently primarily supervising three PhD students and one Masters Research student. She is Chair of the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee for the Australian College of Midwives and works with this committee to ensure midwifery issues and topics are addressed and operationalised for midwives working in Australia.

She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Stulz.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of New England
  • MN(Hons) University of New England

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives (1991 - 2017)

Interests

  • Enhancement of midwifery continuity of care models
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Development of tools and surveys for assessment of maternity care in Australia
  • Strategies to improve normal birth

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Committees

  • SoNM Research Committee
  • WSU Professoriate Leadership Group

Contact

Email: v.stulz@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4734 2252
Mobile:
Location: OFF
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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401225 Psychosocial Issues in the Perinatal Period, 2018
  • 401225 Psychosocial Issues in the Perinatal Period, 2019

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Choma, K. and Stulz, V. (2020), 'Nursing assessment : reproductive system ', Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, Elsevier Australia 9780729542920.
  • Choma, K. and Stulz, V. (2020), 'Nursing management : female reproductive problems', Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, Elsevier Australia 9780729542920.

Journal Articles

  • Stulz, V., Francis, L., Perumbil Pathrose, S., Sheehan, A. and Drayton, N. (2021), 'Appreciative inquiry as an intervention to improve nursing and midwifery students transitioning into becoming new graduates : an integrative review', Nurse Education Today, vol 98 .
  • Muluneh, M., Moges, G., Abebe, S., Hailu, Y., Makonnen, M. and Stulz, V. (2021), '[In Press] Midwives' job satisfaction and intention to leave their current position in developing regions of Ethiopia', Women and Birth, .
  • Muluneh, M., Francis, L., Agho, K. and Stulz, V. (2021), '[In Press] Mapping of intimate partner violence : evidence from a national population survey', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, .
  • Muluneh, M., Francis, L., Agho, K. and Stulz, V. (2021), 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of associated factors of gender-based violence against women in sub-Saharan Africa', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 18, no 9 .
  • Astawesegn, F., Stulz, V., Agho, K., Mannan, H., Conroy, E. and Ogbo, F. (2021), 'Prenatal HIV test uptake and its associated factors for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in East Africa', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 18, no 10 .
  • Muluneh, M., Francis, L., Ayele, M., Abebe, S., Makonnen, M. and Stulz, V. (2021), 'The effect of women's empowerment in the utilisation of family planning in Western Ethiopia : a structural equation modelling approach', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 18, no 12 .
  • Davis, D., Creedy, D., Bradfield, Z., Newnham, E., Atchan, M., Davie, L., McAra-Couper, J., Graham, K., Griffiths, C., Sweet, L. and Stulz, V. (2021), 'Development of the Woman-Centred Care Scale- Midwife Self Report (WCCS-MSR)', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 21 .
  • Mollart, L., Stulz, V. and Foureur, M. (2021), 'Midwives knowledge and education/training in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) : a national survey', Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol 45 .
  • Muluneh, M., Stulz, V., Francis, L. and Agho, K. (2020), 'Gender based violence against women in Sub-Saharan Africa : a systematic review and meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 17, no 3 .
  • Stulz, V., Elmir, R. and Reilly, H. (2020), 'Evaluation of a student-led midwifery group practice : a woman's perspective', Midwifery, vol 86 .
  • Muluneh, M., Ayele, M., Hailu, Y., Addisu, G., Abebe, S., Solomon, H., Mogess, G. and Stulz, V. (2020), 'Gender inequality and the sexual and reproductive health status of young and older women in the Afar Region of Ethiopia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 17, no 12 .
  • Wallace, M. and Stulz, V. (2020), 'The lived experiences of midwifery care for women with diabetes : an integrative review', Midwifery, vol 89 .
  • Francis, L. and Stulz, V. (2020), 'Barriers and facilitators for women academics seeking promotion : perspectives from the inside', Australian Universities' Review, vol 62, no 2 , pp 47 - 60.
  • Dewar, B., Stulz, V., Buliak, A., Connolly, L., McLaughlin, K., Newport, K., Rebolledo, S., Stephenson, L., MacBride, T., Lennon, K. and Drayton, N. (2020), 'Exploring and developing student midwives' experiences (ESME) : an appreciative inquiry study', Midwifery, vol 91 .
  • Mollart, L., Stulz, V., Adams, J. and Foureur, M. (2019), 'Midwives' personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influences their recommendations to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy [Letter]', Women and Birth, vol 32, no 2 , pp 286 - 287.
  • Mollart, L., Stulz, V. and Foureur, M. (2019), 'Midwives' personal views and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) : a national survey', Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol 34 , pp 235 - 239.
  • Belton, S., Gerry, F. and Stulz, V. (2019), 'A reproductive rights framework supporting law reform on termination of pregnancy in the Northern Territory of Australia', Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity, vol 6, no 2 , pp 25 - 53.
  • Stulz, V., Meedya, S. and Sweet, L. (2019), 'Editorial : the role of editors and reviewers', Women and Birth, vol 32, no 3 , pp 193 - 194.
  • Stulz, V., Dewar, B. and Cross, J. (2019), 'The Exploring Student Midwives' Experiences (ESME) project - NSW', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 26, no 8 .
  • Mollart, L., Skinner, V., Adams, J. and Foureur, M. (2018), 'Midwives' personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influences their recommendations to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy', Women and Birth, vol 31, no 1 , pp 44 - 51.
  • Aitken, R. and Stulz, V. (2018), 'Factor analysis to validate a survey evaluating cultural competence in maternity care for Indigenous women', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 36, no 1 , pp 25 - 36.
  • Stulz, V., Campbell, D., Yin, B., Al Omari, W., Burr, R., Reilly, H. and Lawson, K. (2018), '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', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol 4 .
  • Purnell, M., Majid, G. and Skinner, V. (2017), 'A paediatric nurses' journal club : developing the critical appraisal skills to turn research into practice', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 34, no 4 , pp 34 - 41.
  • Bartholomeusz, M., Bolton, P., Callister, R., Skinner, V. and Hodgson, D. (2017), 'Design, rationale and feasibility of a multidimensional experimental protocol to study early life stress', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol 7 , pp 33 - 43.
  • Belton, S., Mulligan, E., Gerry, F., Hyland, P. and Skinner, V. (2016), 'Mifepristone by prescription : not quite a reality in the Northern Territory of Australia', Contraception, vol 94, no 4 , pp 378 - 379.
  • Mollart, L., Skinner, V. and Foureur, M. (2016), 'A feasibility randomised controlled trial of acupressure to assist spontaneous labour for primigravid women experiencing a post-date pregnancy', Midwifery, vol 36 , pp 21 - 27.
  • Choi, J., Yates, Z., Martin, C., Boyd, L., Ng, X., Skinner, V., Wai, R. and Lucock, M. (2015), 'Gene-nutrient interaction between folate and dihydrofolate reductase in risk for adenomatous polyp occurrence : a preliminary report', Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, vol 61, no 6 , pp 455 - 459.
  • Choi, J., Yates, Z., Martin, C., Boyd, L., Ng, X., Skinner, V., Wai, R., Kim, J., Woo, H., Veysey, M. and Lucock, M. (2015), 'Genetic variation in glutamate carboxypeptidase II and interaction with dietary natural vitamin C may predict risk for adenomatous polyp occurrence', Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol 16, no 10 , pp 4383 - 4386.
  • Skinner, V. (2015), 'International midwifery focus on Bali, Indonesia', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 22, no 11 , pp 45 - 45.
  • Saxton, A., Fahy, K., Rolfe, M., Skinner, V. and Hastie, C. (2015), 'Does skin-to-skin contact and breast feeding at birth affect the rate of primary postpartum haemorrhage : results of a cohort study', Midwifery, vol 31, no 11 , pp 1110 - 1117.
  • Lucock, M., Yates, Z., Martin, C., Choi, J., Beckett, E., Boyd, L., LeGras, K., Ng, X., Skinner, V., Wai, R., Kho, J., Roach, P. and Veysey, M. (2015), 'Methylation diet and methyl group genetics in risk for adenomatous polyp occurrence', BBA Clinical, vol 3 , pp 107 - 112.
  • Mollart, L., Skinner, V., Newing, C. and Foureur, M. (2013), 'Factors that may influence midwives work-related stress and burnout', Women and Birth, vol 26, no 1 , pp 26 - 32.
  • Lucock, M., Yates, Z., Boyd, L., Naylor, C., Choi, J., Ng, X., Skinner, V., Wai, R., Kho, J., Tang, S., Roach, P. and Veysey, M. (2013), 'Vitamin C-related nutrient-nutrient and nutrient-gene interactions that modify folate status', European Journal of Nutrition, vol 52, no 2 , pp 569 - 582.
  • Skinner, V., Madison, J. and Humphries, J. (2012), 'Job satisfaction of Australian nurses and midwives : a descriptive research study', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 29, no 4 , pp 19 - 27.
  • Lucock, M., Ng, X., Boyd, L., Skinner, V., Wai, R., Tang, S., Naylor, C., Yates, Z., Choi, J., Roach, P. and Veysey, M. (2011), 'TAS2R38 bitter taste genetics, dietary vitamin C, and both natural and synthetic dietary folic acid predict folate status, a key micronutrient in the pathoaetiology of adenomatous polyps', Food and Function, vol 2, no 8 , pp 457 - 465.
  • Blacklaws, H., Veysey, H., Skinner, V., Reid, R., Hawken, G. and Veysey, M. (2009), 'Interferon treatment for chronic hepatitis C : a family impact study', Gastroenterology Nursing, vol 32, no 6 , pp 377 - 383.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Psychosocial Inter-Professional Education (PIPE) project: a multidisciplinary student collaboration', Recorded Work
  • 2018, 'Tackling Maternal Anxiety in the Perinatal Period: Reconceptualising Mothering Narratives', Report
  • 2017, 'National Stocktake of Organisational Cultural Competence in Public Maternity Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women 2016-2017', Report

Virginia completed a national research project from 2016 to 2017 titled, 'Evaluation of organisational cultural competence in maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women' that focused on developing a survey to validate for cyclical use as a driver for implementing change in maternity care. Virginia is currently Chief Investigator on four research projects in her district that investigate innovative models of maternity care, influencing better birth outcomes and alternative pain relief methods for women experiencing back pain in labour. She worked with the Chief Nurse, Jacqui Cross and Professor Belinda Dewar from the University of West of Scotland as the lead researcher in NSW across four Local Health Districts on this major research project in an effort to improve and explore student midwives’ experiences and address midwifery retention rates.

She completed her PhD in 2009 that focused on stress and burnout within the midwifery profession. Virginia has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, specifically grounded theory, appreciative inquiry, development of surveys and randomised controlled trials.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Stulz.

Current Projects

Title: Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education - Maternity Clinicians (PIPE-MC)
Funder:
  • Department of Health (Cat. 1)
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Virginia Stulz, Rakime Elmir, Rachel Bentley, Hazel Keedle, Rebecca O'Reilly and Holly Kaye-Smith
Years: 2021-06-11 - 2024-06-30
ID: P00026975

Previous Projects

Title: Does using a peanut ball during labour with an epidural affect birth outcomes? A pilot study [via NBMLHD]
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Western Researchers: Virginia Stulz
Years: 2018-06-29 - 2019-05-02
ID: P00025140

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The design, implementation and evaluation of a 'state of the art' professional development program for integrated perinatal psychosocial care.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Quality of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV services at Public Health Facilities of Southern, Ethiopia.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Relationship between Personal Lubricants (Lube) and Self-Reported Sexual Health Outcomes in NSW: A Cross-Sectional Study
Field of Research: Nursing

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