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Dr Judith Pugh

Dr Judith Pugh

Judith is a Research Associate within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


  • 2010-present: Research Associate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-2010: Research Associate, Social Justice Research Centre, Edith Cowan University
  • 2006-2007: Research Associate, Centre for Social Research, Edith Cowan University
  • 2004-2005: Tutor, School of Communications and Multimedia, Edith Cowan University
  • 1997-2003: Health Education Senior Project Officer, Hepatitis Council of WA

Professional Associations

  • Australian Feldenkrais Guild Inc

Research Areas and Interests

  • Nurse fitness and musculoskeletal health
  • Self-management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • MEd (Master of Education), Curtin University of Technology, 1994.
  • Post Grad Dip In Curriculum & Educational Tech, Curtin University of Technology, 1989.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Application of Evidence Based Practice in the Acute Care Hospital Setting in Perth, Western Australia: A Grounded Theory Study of the Perspective of Nurses,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $12,560.
  • 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 - 2017,  $68,394.
  • Evaluation of Fiona Stanley Hospital Ward Practice Environments from the Perspective of Nurses and Midwives.,  South Metropolitan Health Service,  Grant,  2013 - 2017,  $87,798.
  • 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,  2014 - 2017,  $8,737.
  • 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 - 2016,  $165,000.
  • Developing a Set of Midwifery-Sensitive Patient Outcome Indicators: A Delphi Study,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $38,253.
  • Midwifery Workforce Plan - Safe Affordable and Sustainable Midwifery Staffing Phase 1 and Phase 2,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2014,  $36,227.
  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Williams, A., Twigg, D., Wilkinson, A., Blazevich, T., (2015), Validity and reliability of an online extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E2) to measure nurses' fitness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, Article in press(Article in press), 14p., United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12971.
  • 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), 15p, Australia, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2015.03.007.
  • 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.
  • Pugh, J., Williams, A., (2014), Feldenkrais Method empowers adults with chronic back pain. Holistic Nursing Practice, 28(3), 171-183, Philadelphia, DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000026.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, C., Pugh, J., Goodwach, R., Coles, J., (2012), Sexual trauma in women: The importance of identifying a history of sexual violence. Australian Family Physician, 41(7), 538-542, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • O'Connor, M., Pugh, J., Jiwa, M., Hughes, J., Fisher, C., (2011), The palliative care interdisciplinary team: Where is the community pharmacist?. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14(1), 7-11, New York, DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2010.0369.


  • 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

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Migration Matters: The Experience Of United Kingdom Registered Nurses Migrating To Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Antenatal Clinic: Using Ethnographic Methods To Listen To The Voices Of Pregnant Adolescents
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