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Dr Deborah Sundin

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 63043488, Mobile: 0403376012, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.423
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  63043488  
Mobile: 0403376012  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.423  


Current Teaching

  • NST3209 Evidence-based practice
  • NNS2106 Pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • NMS3201 Pathophysiology and pharmacology


  • February 2011-present: Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Edith Cowan University
  • June 2002-January 2011: Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. Year and Course Coordinator in undergraduate curriculum; Honours program convenor since June 2007.
  • January-December 2006: Research Academic, Older Person Care, University of Newcastle.
  • January 2000-June 2002: USQ Honours and then PhD Research Scholarship + fractional contract, University of Southern Queensland
  • January 1995-January 2000: Academic – Lecturer (Level A), University of Southern Queensland
  • January 1995-May 2002: Registered Nurse/Midwife, Toowoomba Base Hospital. Predominantly working in critical care (part-time).
  • March-December 1994: Developer of / Lecturer in postgraduate Diploma of Critical Care, Griffith University / Toowoomba Base Hospital
  • September 1993-March 1994: Coronary Care / Intensive Care / Casual / on-call, Toowoomba Base Hospital
  • November 1991-August 1993: Clinical Nurse (Level 2) Coronary Care Unit, Toowoomba Base Hospital
  • January 1991-July 1991: Post-registration Critical Care Certificate, Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • March 1979-January 1991: Travelled extensively and worked in rural and metropolitan centres in Queensland and the U.K.

Professional Memberships

  • ACCCN/ANZICS (Australian College of Critical Care Nurses/ Australian &New Zealand Intensive care Society).

Research Areas and Interests

Clinical decision-making (more specifically end-of-life decision-making in critical care) and the development of best-practice clinical decision-making applied to practice.

Deborah’s research passion is clinical decision-making. Her PhD examined end-of-life decision-making in critical-care, producing models of the decision-making process, and practical recommendations to improve this process to reduce suffering for those involved. Deborah now supervises research and higher degree students with projects related to the issue of clinical decision-making and its impact on health care.

  • What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for optimal midwifery decision making during 2nd stage of labour?
  • Description of the lived experience of people who experienced a critical illness in intensive care and the meaning they attach to their experience
  • Investigation of the efficacy of the current education for registered nurses managing mechanically ventilated patients
  • Patient related violence against emergency department nurses
  • Factors That Hinder or Facilitate the Multidisciplinary Team to Commence Use of The Liverpool Care Pathway In One Tertiary Care Hospital.
  • Evaluation of the role of the prostate cancer specialist nurse: a national PCFA pilot project

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), University of Southern Queensland, 2006 .
  • BNursHons (Bachelor of Nursing Honours), University of Southern Queensland, 1997 .


Recent Research Grants

  • An Exploration of Factors Influencing Medical Decision-Making for Seriously Ill Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2013,  $22,724.
  • A retrospective investigation of Factors Influencing Medical Decision-Making for Seriously Ill Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $18,168.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Ewens, B., Hendricks, J., Sundin, D., (2014), Never ending stories: visual diarizing to recreate autobiographical memory of intensive care unit survivorsNever ending stories: ICU survivors. Nursing in Critical Care, article in press(article in press), article in press, UK, DOI: 10.1111/nicc.12093.
  • Ewens, B., Hendricks, J., Sundin, D., (2014), The use, prevalence and potential benefits of a diary as a therapeutic intervention/tool to aid recovery following critical illness in intensive care: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, article in press(article in press), article in press, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12736.
  • Guilhermino, M., Inder, K., Sundin, D., Kuzmiuk, L., (2014), Nurses' perceptions of education on invasive mechanical ventilation. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(5), 225-232, DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20140417-01.
  • Guilhermino, M., Inder, K., Sundin, D., Kuzmiuk, L., (2014), Education of ICU nurses regarding invasive mechanical ventilation: Findings from a cross-sectional survey. Australian Critical Care, 27(3), 126-132, DOI: 10.1016/j.aucc.2013.10.064.
  • Jefford, E., Sundin, D., (2013), Post-structural feminist interpretive interactionism. Nurse Researcher, 21(1), 14-22, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.7748/nr2013.
  • Pich, J., Hazelton, M., Sundin, D., Kable, A., (2011), Patient-related violence at triage: A qualitative descriptive study. International Emergency Nursing, 19(1), 12-19.
  • Pich, J., Hazelton, M., Sundin, D., Kable, A., (2010), Patient-related violence against emergency department nurses. Nursing and Health Sciences, 12(2), 268-274, Australia.
  • Jefford, E., Fahy, K., Sundin, D., (2010), A review of the literature: Midwifery decision-making and birth. Women and Birth, 23(4), 127-134, Amsterdam.

Conference Publications

  • Pich, J., Hazelton, M., Ashley, K., Sundin, D., (2010), Patient-related violence against emergency department nurses: A review of the literature. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector-From awareness to sustainable action., 208.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Enhancing Women's Changing Embodied Self During First Childbearing.
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