Doctor Stacy Blythe

Doctor Stacy Blythe

Senior Research Fellow,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Senior Research Fellow,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Senior Lecturer,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Stacy Blythe is a Registered Nurse, a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University, and the Deputy Director of the Translation Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) Group, based at the Ingham Institute.

Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children in out-of-home care and their families (both birth and foster families). As a educator in Infant Mental Health, she is particularly interested in infants who are prenatally exposed to harmful substances (eg. illicit drugs). In addition to her nursing, teaching and research qualifications, Stacy has post graduate certification in Developmental Trauma. Stacy has also been an authorised foster carer for more than 15 years. Drawing on her skills as a nurse, knowledge as a researcher and experience as a carer, Stacy develops and provides training to health care workers, social service providers and foster carers in relation to working with children who have experienced trauma.

Stacy has experience with qualitative methodologies and systematic reviews. She has taught in the undergraduate and post graduate nursing programs and provides research training and mentoring to Registered Nurses and Clinical Nurse Consultants in the local health district

Research interests include: infant mental health, substance exposed infants, foster care, foster carers, the foster care family.

Stacy competed her PhD in 2013 and commenced supervising higher degree students. Stacy provides higher degree supervision to PhD Candidates, Master of Research Candidates, and Bachelor Honours students.

Stacy has served as the Director of Engagement (2016-2020), the school coordinator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and alumni (2015), the Deputy Director for Clinical Education (2013-2014), and the Deputy Director of Casual Workforce (2013-2014).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Blythe.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Western Sydney University
  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BN University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Council of Parents Families and Carers (2017 - 2017)
  • Hawkesbury Foundation (2016)
  • Western Sydney Homeless Connect Steering Committee (2016)
  • International Foster Care Organisation Board Member (2019 - 2020)

Awards

  • Best Presentation UWS College of Health and Science Research Futures Forum 2011-07-05
  • Reserach Training Scheme Scholarship 2009-02-02
  • Scholarly Productivity and Academic Development Grant 2008-07-01
  • UWS Medal - Bahcelor of Nursing (Hons) 2009-11-02
  • Blacktown City Scholarship (highest GPA) 2002-11-04
  • Blacktown City Scholarship (highest GPA) 2003-11-03
  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Award 2003-11-03
  • 2/5 Australian General Hospital Prize 2003-11-03
  • Blacktown Tertiary Scholarship 2002-02-01
  • Nomination for Australian of the Year 2016 2017-01-01

Interests

  • Developmental Trauma
  • Foster Care
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Psychological Attachment
  • Substance Exposed Infants

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Committees

  • School Strategy Committee
  • University Directors of Engagement
  • School Academic Committee
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Undergraduate Clinical Directorate

Contact

Email: S.Blythe@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9386
Mobile: 0404063538
Location: OFF
Off Campus

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400761 Family Health Care: High Acuity Nursing, 2013
  • 400761 Family Health Care: High Acuity Nursing, 2014
  • 400764 Transition to Graduate Practice, 2013
  • 400817 Evidence Based Nursing Practice, 2012
  • 400835 Infant Mental Health, 2012
  • 400835 Infant Mental Health, 2015
  • 400835 Infant Mental Health, 2017
  • 401010 Health Variations 1, 2017
  • 401011 Research Principles for Nursing and Midwifery, 2015
  • 401011 Research Principles for Nursing and Midwifery, 2017
  • 401021 Being a Professional Nurse or Midwife, 2015
  • 401021 Being a Professional Nurse or Midwife, 2017
  • 401023 Research Principles for Nursing (Advanced), 2015

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Whalen, B., Holmes, A. and Blythe, S. (2019), 'Models of care for neonatal abstinence syndrome : what works?', Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, vol 24, no 2 , pp 121 - 132.
  • Marks, A., Wilson, N., Blythe, S. and Johnston, C. (2019), '[In Press] The health promotion role of Australian early primary school teachers supporting students with type 1 diabetes', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, .
  • Marks, A., Wilson, N., Blythe, S. and Johnston, C. (2018), 'Facilitation of intensive insulin therapy in the early primary school setting : narratives of Australian diabetes educators', Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, vol 41, no 3 , pp 213 - 227.
  • Dawson, A., Blythe, S. and McNally, S. (2018), 'An undergraduate nurse's experience of patients with drug-seeking behaviours', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 26, no 2 , pp 37 - 37.
  • Riggs, D. and Blythe, S. (2017), 'Experiences of separation and divorce among foster and adoptive families : the need for supportive responses', Adoption and Fostering, vol 41, no 1 , pp 75 - 81.
  • Meller, N., Blythe, S., McNally, S., Glew, P., Hughes, M. and O'Reilly, R. (2017), 'New graduate job applications and interviews : the role of higher education facilities for student nurses and midwives', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 25, no 2 , pp 36 - 36.
  • Marks, A., Wilkes, L., Blythe, S. and Griffiths, R. (2017), 'A novice researcher's reflection on recruiting participants for qualitative research', Nurse Researcher, vol 25, no 2 , pp 34 - 38.
  • Cho, C., Parker, D. and Blythe, S. (2017), 'Community based home visiting service in Korea : City of Gwangmyeong', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 24, no 7 , pp 38 - 38.
  • Marks, A., Wilkes, L., Blythe, S. and Griffiths, R. (2016), 'Intensive insulin therapy in the primary school setting : a meta-ethnographic synthesis', International Diabetes Nursing, vol 13, no 1-3 , pp 2 - 13.
  • Shannon, J., Blythe, S. and Peters, K. (2016), 'Neonatal abstinence sydnrome and the attachment relationship', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 24, no 6 , pp 42 - 42.
  • Blythe, S. (2016), 'Neonatal abstinence syndrome and infant mental health', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 24, no 6 , pp 36 - 36.
  • Blythe, S., Wilkes, L. and Halcomb, E. (2014), 'The foster carer's experience : an integrative review', Collegian, vol 21, no 1 , pp 21 - 32.
  • Blythe, S., Wilkes, L., Jackson, D. and Halcomb, E. (2013), 'The challenges of being an insider in storytelling research', Nurse Researcher, vol 21, no 1 , pp 8 - 13.
  • Blythe, S., Halcomb, E., Wilkes, L. and Jackson, D. (2013), 'Caring for vulnerable children : challenges of mothering in the Australian foster care system', Contemporary nurse, vol 44, no 1 , pp 87 - 98.
  • Blythe, S., Halcomb, E., Wilkes, L. and Jackson, D. (2013), 'Perceptions of long-term female foster-carers : I'm not a carer, I'm a mother', British Journal of Social Work, vol 43, no 6 , pp 1056 - 1072.
  • Blythe, S., Jackson, D., Halcomb, E. and Wilkes, L. (2012), 'The stigma of being a long-term foster carer', Journal of Family Nursing, vol 18, no 2 , pp 234 - 260.
  • Blythe, S., Chang, E., Johnson, A. and Griffiths, R. (2007), 'The efficacy of nurse implemented non-pharmacological strategies for the symptom management of agitation in persons with advanced dementia living in residential aged care facilties', The Joanna Briggs Institute JBI Review Protocols, .

Other Publications

  • 2019, 'Belonging in Two Families: Exploring Permanency Options for Children in Long-Term Out-of-Home Care in Australia', Report

Stacy's doctoral research focused on the experiences of long-term female foster carers. This lead to her current research interests which include the experiences of infants hospitalised post-partum due to neonatal abstinence syndrome. She aspires to identify effective, nurse implemented strategies that support and promote infant mental health in the context of hospitalised infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Current projects include:

Belonging in two families - a mixed methods investigation into permanency options available to children living in out-of-home care in Australia. FIrst report can be found here https://researchdirect.westernsydney.edu.au/islandora/object/uws:53559

Infant feeding in the context of foster/kinship care - a mixed methods study exploring how foster and kinship carers make decisions regarding infant feeding and whether current policy exists to support infant access to breast milk in the context of foster/kinship care in Australia.

Cultural diversity and connection in foster care: an investigation of current evidence, policy and practice - this mixed methods investigation initially aims to examine literature regarding the care of culturally and linguistically diverse children in the out-of-home care sector. Subsequent to this, the study is exploring the experiences of foster carers (who provide the day to day care) and case workers (who provide oversight of care) in relation to how the cultural identity and connection with community is managed for children of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Exploring the experiences of foster/kinship cares in relation to the oral health of children living in out-of-home (OOHC) care - this qualitative study is investigating the oral health of children living in out-of-home care from the carer's perspective. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Blythe.

Previous Projects

Title: Belonging in two families: exploring permanency options for children in foster care
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Adopt Change Ltd
Western Researchers: Stacy Blythe, Kath Peters and Karleen Gribble
Years: 2018-06-20 - 2019-06-30
ID: P00025113

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Type 1 Diabetes in Australian Primary Schools
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: MRES International coursework
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Foster Film 2018
Description: A short film regarding foster care, the need for carers and issues facing the children in care
Title: Survivors must be heard in adoption debate
Description: The Australian published an opinion piece by Adopt Change CEO, Renee Carter, on the concept of ???simple adoption???. Ms Carter notes the launch of a new report by Dr Karleen Gribble and Dr Stacy Blythe both from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, exploring permanency options for children and young people in long-term out-of-home care in Australia.
Title: What impact does meth use during pregnancy have on babies ?
Description: ABC Radio WA discussing the short and long term implications of prenatal use of methamphetamines on children
Title: A celebration of foster care week
Description: ABC Radio Sydney Focus
Title: Adoption Revolution
Description: Front page article in the Western Australian following the launch of our research study into the permanency options available to children in out-of-home care in Australia
Title: Helping kids with prenatal substance exposure
Description: Prosody blog by the Australian Childhood Foundation - blog discusses one of the implications of infants being prenatally substance exposed. The issue discussed is Executive Functioning

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