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Professor Di Twigg

Head of School,School of Nursing & Midwifery

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  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 2200  
Email: d.twigg@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.444  

 

Professor Di Twigg is the Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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 Associations

  • Fellow Australian College of Nursing, Australia
  • Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
  • Member Sigma Theta Tau International - WA Honour Society at Large

Awards and Recognition

Other

  • Mature Age TEE Awarded: Certificate of Distinction in English

Research Areas and Interests

  • Nursing workforce and patient outcomes research which specifically relates to safe staffing levels and the relationships between staffing, patient, organisational and economic outcomes.
  • 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,  $140,000.
  • 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,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $8,737.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Post-Doctoral or Doctoral Fellowship,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Sponsorship,  2013 - 2016,  $409,505.
  • 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.
  • Independent predictors of successful vascular access (VA) cannulation in haemodialysis patients and the development of a VA cannulation complexity instrument.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 2),  2015 - 2016,  $117,160.
  • 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.
  • Evaluation of Fiona Stanley Hospital Ward Practice Environments from the Perspective of Nurses and Midwives.,  South Metropolitan Health Service,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $87,798.
  • 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.
  • Evaluation of the One Focus Clinical Facilitation Model for Nursing Students at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $10,000.
  • Insulin Stabilisation Ambulatory Program for Inpatients Discharged from Hospital ? ?Virtual Ward?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015,  $112,464.
  • Evaluation of the One Focus Clinical Facilitation Model for Nursing Students at SCGH Subproject for Institution # G1001207,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $16,145.
  • A Pilot Randomised Control Trial to Compare Failure Rates between Anti-infective CVC, PICC and Anti-infective PICC lines in Patients that Receive TPN,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2015,  $39,626.
  • SIR CHARLES GAIRDNER HOSPITAL SPONSORSHIP OF RESEARCH ASSISTANT ACROSS MULTIPLE PROJECTS,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013,  $343,207.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Chair in Clinical Nursing,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2010 - 2015,  $76,137.
  • Developing a Set of Midwifery-Sensitive Patient Outcome Indicators: A Delphi Study,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $38,253.
  • Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) Research,  Joondalup Health Campus,  Sponsorship grant,  2012 - 2013,  $70,499.
  • Midwifery Workforce Plan - Safe Affordable and Sustainable Midwifery Staffing Phase 1 and Phase 2,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $36,227.
  • 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.
  • Enhancing Capacity for Quality Simulation "Embedding Simulation in Clinical Training - Improving Efficiency" Program,  University of Wollongong,  Health Workforce Australia,  2012 - 2013,  $39,999.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • McWilliams, T., Hendricks, J., Twigg, D., Wood, F., (2015), Burns education for non-burn specialist clinicians in Western Australia. Burns, 41(2), 301-307.
  • Twigg, D., Gelder, L., Myers, H., (2015), The impact of understaffed shifts on nurse-sensitive outcomes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12616.
  • Twigg, D., Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Myers, H., (2015), Foundations of a Nursing-Sensitive Outcome Indicator Suite for Monitoring Public Patient Safety in Western Australia. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, In Press(In Press), In Press, Australia, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2015.03.007.
  • Slatyer, S., Coventry, L., Twigg, D., Davis, S., (2015), Professional practice models for nursing: a review of the literature and synthesis of key components. Journal of Nursing Management, n/a(n/a), n/a, DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12309.
  • Redknap, R., Twigg, D., Rock, D., Towell, M., (2015), Nursing practice environment: A strategy for mental health nurse retention?. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24(3), 262-271, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12126.
  • Buchan, J., Twigg, D., Dussault, G., Duffield, C., Stone, P., (2015), Policies to sustain the nursing workforce: an international perspective. International Nursing Review, 62(2), 162-170, DOI: 10.1111/inr.12169.
  • Pugh, J., Twigg, D., Giles, M., Myers, H., Gelder, L., Davis, S., King, M., (2014), Impact and costs of home-based trial of void compared with the day care setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, online(online), 1-11, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12525.
  • Pickles, S., Coventry, L., Glennon, D., Twigg, D., (2014), `Making a difference? a clinical pathway for hip fractures and the advance practice rolein managing patients with minimal trauma hip fractures. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 18(4), 205-213, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijotn.2013.11.011.
  • Duffield, C., Twigg, D., Pugh, J., Evans, G., Dimitrelis, S., Roche, MA., (2014), The use of unregulated staff: Time for regulation?. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 15(1-2), 42-48, United States, DOI: 10.1177/1527154414529337.
  • Twigg, D., Myers, H., Duffield, C., Giles, M., Evans, G., (2014), Is there an economic case for investing in nursing care - what does the literature tell us?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(5), 975-990, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12577.
  • 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, 17(1), 27-28, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1136/eb-2013-101233.
  • 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., 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.
  • Twigg, D., (2013), Patient Safety: Committing to learn and acting to improve. Nurse Education Today, 34(2), 159-161, UK, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.11.002.
  • Pugh, J., Twigg, D., Martin, TL., Rai, T., (2012), Western Australia facing critical losses in its midwifery workforce: A survey of midwives' intentions. Midwifery, 29(5), 497-505, 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), 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.

Creative Works

  • Bayes, S., Twigg, D., (2015), Developing a Set of Midwifery Sensitive Outcomes for Childbearing Women and their Newborns: A Delphi Study. Australian College of Midwives 19th Biennial Conference, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa, Gold Coast 4217, Australia.

Reports

  • Coventry, L., Sin, M., Slatyer, S., Twigg, D., (2013), The Practice Environment Scale: Nursing at SCGH., Perth, W.A..
  • Twigg, D., Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Myers, H., (2013), Effect of Nurse Staffing and Care Delivery Models on Patient Outcomes in the Western Australian Acute Care Context: Phase 1 Baseline Nurse Sensitive Indicators - Interim Report for Comment., Perth, W.A..
  • Twigg, D., Pugh, J., (2011), A Survey of Midwives Working in Western Australia, April 2010., Perth, W.A..

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Magnetocardiography In Unshielded Environment Based On Optical Magnetometry And Adaptive Noise Cancellation.
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