My professional experience is in health care provision initially as a registered nurse and then as a midwife and community nurse in Scotland. I later spent some time managing primary health care programs in developing countries and areas of conflict. My exposure to and practical experience of primary health care and community development was subsequently consolidated through a Master of Science in International Health. Motivated by personal and professional experience I became increasingly interested in education, specifically the processes that effect change in both learning and teaching. Following migration to Australia in 2000 I was offered an academic position at CQUniversity. Since my appointment I have fulfilled a number of roles which include co-ordination of a diverse suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study and a range of courses integral to the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Health Promotion and Postgraduate Midwifery program. In 2010 I completed my PhD, which explored and explained the conditions and consequences of learner-learner interaction and knowledge construction in an online course. In 2011 I extended this research through an externally funded, cross- institutional, multidisciplinary project which examined not only learner-learner interaction but also learner-teacher and learner-content interaction in a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Australian College of Midwives
Research Higher Degree Supervision - PhD
RHD USQ - Nona Muldoon (2012-2015)
Educating for a profession: A case study of pedagogical practices in undergraduate nurse education at an Australian University: Nona transferred her enrolment from CQU to USQ. Data collection and data analysis is progressing well and the student is expected to complete on schedule.
RHD CQU – Nicola Whiteing (2014-TBA)
Preparation for the regional rural and remote advanced nursing role: Case study research
Guest Editor for special themed edition of Studies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development entitled Wrestling, Wrangling and Reaping Technology
Co-editor of research text - working project
Design and implementation of a Medical English Program for nursing students in Ulsan College: South Korea. Undertaken as a result of CQUniversity’s cordial and continuing relationship with the College and in collaboration with Dr Teresa Moore from the School of Education.
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Nursing - Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
Nursing workforce: Health service delivery, nursing roles and scope of practice
Nursing - Midwifery
Quality and safety in health care: Maternal and child health - prenatal and postnatal care
Nursing - Nursing not elsewhere classified
Innovative education: Teaching and learning, distance education, online learning contexts, learner interaction and collaborative learning