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Professor Di Twigg

Head of School

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2400 , Email: d.twigg@ecu.edu.au, Campus: JO, Room: JO21.444,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2400  
Email: d.twigg@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.444  

 

Background

  • April 2009–Present : Professor of Nursing, Head of School (Since July 2009)
  • June 2008–January 2009: Acting Chief Nursing Officer
  • November 2007–March 2009 : Executive Director of Nursing Services, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital incorporating Executive Director of Nursing Services, North Metropolitan Area Health Service from July 2002 - 2005
  • December 1995–June 2008 : Executive Director of Nursing Services, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • May 1990–March 1994 : Senior Nursing Roles at Sir Charles Gairdner and King Edward Memorial Hospitals
  • 1977–1990 : Clinical Practice as Operating Room Nurse, Midwife and Registered Nurse at King Edward Memorial, Royal Melbourne and Bunbury Hospitals

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Australian College of Health Service Management
  • Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery

Awards and Recognition

Other

  • Mature Age TEE Awarded: Certificate of Distinction in English

Research Areas and Interests

  • Patient outcomes and nursing services
  • Development of evidenced based staffing methods
  • Safe assimilation of support staff into the clinical workplace
  • Patient and staff outcomes in Magnet designated organisations

Staff Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration, Murdoch University .
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences hon, Edith Cowan University .
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology, Sydney, 2010 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Master Research Program,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $100,000.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Post-Doctoral or Doctoral Fellowship,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Sponsorship,  2013 - 2016,  $409,505.
  • The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia,  The Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $9,611.
  • Evaluation of Fiona Stanley Hospital Ward Practice Environments from the Perspective of Nurses and Midwives.,  South Metropolitan Health Service,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $87,798.
  • Impacts of the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Role on the Care of Hip Fracture Patients: Patient and Economic Outcomes (Subproject for G1001207),  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $7,832.
  • Developing and evaluating an assessment and planning instrument to facilitate resources to support Aboriginal people who undertake nursing education,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $68,394.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Chair in Clinical Nursing,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $76,137.
  • Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) Research,  Joondalup Health Campus,  Sponsorship grant,  2012 - 2013,  $70,499.
  • Developing a Set of Midwifery-Sensitive Patient Outcome Indicators: A Delphi Study,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $38,253.
  • Evaluation of clinical supervision at SCGH Subproject for Institution # G1001207,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $23,801.
  • Review of the Resource Requirements and Model of Care in Rural Health Facilities (Designated Small Hospitals) in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2013,  $87,051.
  • Evaluation of Strategies to improve the Recognition of and Response to the Deteriorating Patient in Acute Care,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Research Advisory Committee 2012/13 RAC Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $49,537.
  • The impact of adding nursing support workers (Assistants in Nursing) to patient, nurse and system (ward) level outcomes,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2011 - 2014,  $432,096.
  • Measuring the Effect of Nurse Staffing and Care Delivery Models upon Patient Outcomes (Nursing Sensitive Outcomes) in the Western Australian Acute Care Context,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2014,  $165,000.
  • SIR CHARLES GAIRDNER HOSPITAL SPONSORSHIP OF RESEARCH ASSISTANT ACROSS MULTIPLE PROJECTS,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013,  $230,626.
  • Midwifery Workforce Plan - Safe Affordable and Sustainable Midwifery Staffing Phase 1 and Phase 2,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $36,227.
  • Investigating the factors influencing recruitment, retention and transition to workforce of Aboriginal people undertaking nursing studies at an educational centre in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2011,  $57,257.
  • Enhancing Capacity for Quality Simulation "Embedding Simulation in Clinical Training - Improving Efficiency" Program,  University of Wollongong,  Health Workforce Australia,  2012 - 2013,  $39,999.
  • Impact and Costs of Home-based Trial of Void Case Managed by Advanced Practice Nurse Compared to Day Case Setting,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $140,434.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Post-Doctorial Fellow,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $137,045.
  • Evaluating the Feasibility and Impact of Implementing Ward-based Patient Safety Teams to Improve Patient Outcomes,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  SCGH - Centre for Nursing Research - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $62,599.
  • The impact of patient, ward and staffing characteristics on nursing-sensitive outcomes - A Pilot Study,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2011,  $33,125.
  • The Economic Benefits of Increased Levels of Nursing Staff in the Hospital Setting,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $58,868.
  • Staffing for Patient Safety,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2010,  $9,905.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Twigg, D., Geelhoed, E., Bremner, A., Duffield, C., (2013), The economic benefits of increased levels of nursing care in the hospital setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(10), 2253-2261, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12109.
  • Twigg, D., (2013), Patient Safety: Committing to learn and acting to improve. Nurse Education Today, n/a(n/a), n/a, UK.
  • Twigg, D., McCullough, K., (2013), Nurse Retention: A review of strategies to create and enhance positive practice environments in clinical settings. International Journal of Nursing Studies, n/a(n/a), 8p., United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2013.05.015.
  • Twigg, D., (2013), Having a greater proportion of registered nurses in a respiratory care centre is associated with fewer urinary infections and increased successful ventilator weaning. Evidence Based Nursing, n/a(n/a), n/a, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1136/eb-2013-101233.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., Evans, G., (2013), The critical role of nurses to the successful implementation of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. Australian Health Review, 37(4), 541-546, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH12013.
  • Pugh, J., Twigg, D., Martin, TL., Rai, T., (2012), Western Australia facing critical losses in its midwifery workforce: A survey of midwives' intentions. Midwifery, n/a(n/a), n/a, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2012.04.006.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., Bremner, A., Rapley, P., Finn, J., (2012), Impact of skill mix variations on patient outcomes following implementation of nursing hours per patient day staffing: a retrospoective study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(12), 2710-2718, USA, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05971.x.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., Bremner, A., Rapley, P., Finn, J., (2011), Patient Safety: The impact of the nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD) staffing method on nursing outcomes: A retrospective analysis of patient and staffing data. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48(5), 540-548, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2010.07.013.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., Bremner, A., Rapley, P., Finn, J., (2010), The impact of the nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD) staffing method on patient outcomes: A retrospective analysis of patient and staffing data. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48(5), 540-548, New York, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2010.07.013.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., Thompson, PL., Rapley, P., (2010), The impact of nurses on patient morbidity and mortality - the need for a policy change in response to the nursing shortage. Australian Health Review, 34(3), 312 -316, Australia, DOI: 10.1071/AH08668.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., (2009), A review of workload measures: A context for a new staffing methodology in Western Australia. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46(1), 132-140, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.08.005.
  • Twigg, D., Duffield, C., (2009), A review of workload measures: A context for a new staffing methodology in Western Australia - Retracted - see note below. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46(N/A), 131-139, United Kingdom.
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