Doctor Lyn Francis

Doctor Lyn Francis

Senior Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery


I commenced at WSU in February 2017. I have experience and qualifications including nursing, midwifery, child and family, law and health management. I have been in academia since 2003 and this includes University of Newcastle, Charles Darwin University and Griffith University. Teaching experience has included Unit and Course Coordination in diverse topics in nursing and midwifery in addition to law. I have taken 13 groups of undergraduate students on field study trips to South East Asia over the past 13 years. In addition to my listed publications I was co author for a book chapter. Francis, L. & Green, J., Legal and ethical issues in the neonatal unit from Kain, V., & Mannix, T. Neonatal nursing in Australia and New Zealand: principles for practice (2018) published Elsevier, Chatswood. NSW and revised for a second edition in 2021.

I am currently a committee member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council NSW. My tertiary qualifications are included below.


PhD I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Medicine and Public Health University of Newcastle 10 June 2015. My PhD research was about women leaving or ending domestic violence and social support during that process.


Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching; University of Newcastle


Masters in Legal Practice with Merit, Australian National University 


Bachelor of Laws, University of Newcastle


Masters in Health Management - University of New England


Bachelor of Nursing Degree - University of New England.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Francis.


  • PhD University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • BN University of New England

Professional Memberships

  • Translational Health Research Institute - THRI (2018)
  • Nursing Network Violence Against Women International (2014 - 2020)
  • Australian College of Midwives (2013 - 2020)
  • Australian Nurse Teachers Society (2018 - 2020)
  • Australian College of Nursing (2018 - 2020)


  • Domestic violence
  • Gender and Social equity
  • Women and children's health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


Phone: (02) 9685 9412
Location: EB.LG.78

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400838 Supporting Individuals and Communities in Crisis, 2019
  • 400958 A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery, 2018
  • 400958 A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery, 2020
  • 401002 Bioscience 1, 2017
  • 401021 Being a Professional Nurse or Midwife, 2018
  • 401022 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery, 2017
  • 401037 Legal and Ethical Issues in Midwifery, 2018
  • 401083 Capstone Experience in Health Care, 2020
  • 401206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2018
  • 401206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2020
  • 401208 Research for Nursing and Midwifery, 2020
  • 401440 Capstone Experience in Health Care, 2021


Journal Articles

  • Muluneh, M., Francis, L., Agho, K. and Stulz, V. (2022), 'Mapping of intimate partner violence : evidence from a national population survey', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol 37, no 13-14 , pp 12328 - 12351.
  • Muluneh, M., Francis, L., Agho, K. and Stulz, V. (2022), '[In Press] The relationship between intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy : Eastern Sub Saharan African Countries' analysis of demographic and health surveys', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, .
  • Stulz, V., Elmir, R., Reilly, H. and Francis, L. (2022), '[In Press] A pilot study : transitioning into a new graduate midwife : perspectives about a unique student-led practice', Women and Birth, .
  • 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., 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Lafferty, G. and Francis, L. (2021), 'Echoes of the grand tour : shared international experiences in nursing education', Australian Journal of Adult Learning, vol 61, no 2 , pp 77 - 96.
  • 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 .
  • Van der Riet, P., Francis, L. and Rees, A. (2020), 'Exploring the impacts of mindfulness and yoga upon childbirth outcomes and maternal health : an integrative review', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, vol 34, no 3 , pp 552 - 565.
  • 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.
  • Francis, L., Loxton, D. and James, C. (2017), 'The culture of pretence : a hidden barrier to recognising, disclosing and ending domestic violence', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 26, no 15-16 , pp 2202 - 2214.
  • Stone, T., Francis, L., Van der Riet, P., Dedkhard, S., Junlapeeya, P. and Orwat, E. (2014), 'Awakening to the other : reflections on developing intercultural competence through an undergraduate study tour', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol 16, no 4 , pp 521 - 527.
  • Van der Riet, P., Francis, L. and Levett-Jones, T. (2011), 'Complementary therapies in healthcare : design, implementation and evaluation of an elective course for undergraduate students', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 11, no 2 , pp 146 - 152.
  • Stone, T. and Francis, L. (2010), 'What's the bloody law on this? : nurses, swearing, and the law in New South Wales, Australia', Contemporary Nurse, vol 34, no 2 , pp 248 - 257.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Tackling Maternal Anxiety in the Perinatal Period: Reconceptualising Mothering Narratives', Report

My PhD was in the area of women leaving and ending domestic violence and social support. In addition to issues regarding domestic violence current research includes gender equity issues in academia, supervision on international field study trips and child and family health. I am currently analysing data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health regarding domestic violence and social support issues. I have  co-authored a chapter for a text regarding law and ethics for neonatal care units published June 2018 and revised in 2022.  I am interested in sexual health,  gender equity, domestic violence, child and family issues and health law. I also have a strong interest in undertaking study tours and looking at research and health issues in other countries - I have been on several field studies with students from WSU and other Universities to Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Taiwan and Vietnam.  One of my post graduate students (UoN) was awarded first class honours in 2018 for research regarding meditation practices and pregnancy. Current RhD co- supervision at WSU (MRES, PhD and Honours) includes areas including sexual health, consent, gender based violence, diabetes type 2 and pregnancy, stress and burnout in ED and workplace culture in midwifery. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Francis.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Individual Responses to Stress and Burnout: Psychological and Social Impacts for Australian Emergency Department Nurses
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Thesis Title: Prevalence and Associated Factors of Gender Based Violence against Women in Sub Saharan Africa and the effect on Women?s Health Outcomes
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Lion and Lamb live together in harmony: Changing workplace culture in Midwifery
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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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