Doctor Lyn Francis

Doctor Lyn Francis

Academic Course Advisor, Master of Nursing (Professional Studies),
School of Nursing and Midwifery

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 for 13 years 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 10 groups of undergraduate students on field study trips to South East Asia over the past 10 years. I am currently from 2020 the Academic Course Advisor for Master in Nursing (Professional Studies). 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
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


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

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 400958 A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery
  • 401206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • 401208 Research for Nursing and Midwifery

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400838 Supporting Individuals and Communities in Crisis, 2019
  • 400958 A Field Study: Comparative Studies of Health Care Delivery, 2018
  • 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
  • 401206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2018


Journal Articles

  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • Van der Riet, P., Francis, L. and Rees, A. (2019), '[In Press] Exploring the impacts of mindfulness and yoga upon childbirth outcomes and maternal health : an integrative review', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, .
  • 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. 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.  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 are other Universities to Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal 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 includes Masters in Research students and PhD students in areas including sexual health, consent, gender based violence and workplace culture. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Francis.


Current Supervision

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
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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