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Childbearing, Children and Young People

Our goals are to transform and shape policy and practice.

At the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research, we undertake innovative research to develop knowledge, evaluate effectiveness and implement change in healthcare through interventions, treatments and knowledge.

Research group goals:

  • The goal of the program is to discover and implement ways to improve the care and experience of childbearing women and their families through pregnancy and postpartum up to the age of 18 years.
  • The program aims to positively impact local, national and international practice in midwifery, children and young people.

Please view the sections below for a list of our projects and publications.

Evaluation of strategies to improve the recognition and response of the deteriorating patient in acute care.
Tania Beament,Professor Di Twigg, Dr Mandy Towell
Funding: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - $49,537

Symptom clusters in myocardial infarction: identification of patient subgroups and impact on delay
Dr Linda Coventry and three external colleagues
Funding: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - $47,814

Evaluation of initiatives relating to Magnet hospital designation
Professor Di Twigg, HelenMyers
Funding: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - $30,000

Evaluation of Fiona Stanley Hospital Ward Practice Environments from the Perspective of Nurses and Midwives
Professor Di Twigg, HelenMyers
Funding: HDWA - $50,000

Independent predictors of successful vascular access cannulation in haemodialysis patients and the development of a vascular access cannulation complexity instrument.
Dr Linda Coventry,Professor Di Twigg, Dr Mandy Towell and three external colleagues
Funding: ECU IC -$22,500

Evaluation of the ‘Pilot Implementation of the Framework for Safe Nurse Staffing and Skill-Mix’ in Ireland
Professor ChristineDuffield and nine external colleagues
Funding: $184,179

Measurement of staff experience and culture of healthcare organisations: A rapid review
Professor ChristineDuffield and three external colleagues
Funding: $36,331

Fit for the Future pilot study: Preventing weight gain in new graduate nurses
Professor Christine Duffield and  three external colleagues
Funding: $12,000

Research and development of a national framework for Advanced Practice in nursing
Professor Christine Duffield and five external colleagues
ARC Linkage Grant - $320,000

Fit for the future: safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the Australian nursing workforce to sustain future healthcare service delivery.
Professor Christine Duffield and four external colleagues
ARC Linkage Grant - $139,438

Assessing critical thinking in nurse’s development: analysis of an assessment tool.
Beth Jacob, Professor Christine Duffield

The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-Time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in WA.
Judith Pugh, Professor Di Twigg,  Professor Anne Wilkinson, Anthony Blazevich– SEHS, Kylie McCormack - SEHS and one external colleague

A Pilot Randomised Control Trial to Compare Failure Rates between Anti-infective CVC,PICC and Anti-infective PICC Lines.
Dr Mandy Towell, Professor Di Twigg, Dr Linda Coventry and five external colleagues

Developing and evaluating an assessment and planning instrument to facilitate resources to support Aboriginal people who undertake nursing education.
Professor Di Twigg, Pugh,J., plus 3 external colleagues

(SCGH) Professional Practice Model
Professor Di Twigg, Dr Linda Coventry and one external colleague

One Focus(formerly “ Evaluation of Clinical Practice Supervision Model”)
Dr Mandy Towell, Professor Di Twigg and Dr Linda Coventry

Reference case for standardised economic analysis in nursing
Professor Di Twigg, Helen Myers

The CONTRAST Research program: Comparing Magnet tributes in Nursing between Australia andthe United States.
Dr Linda Coventry and 6 external colleagues



  • Abu Sheikh, B., Arabiat, D., Holmes, S., Khader, Y., D. Hiyasat, D., Collyer, D. & Sheikh, A. (2017) Correlates of treatment satisfaction and wellbeing among patients with type II diabetes. International Nursing Review.
  • Adama, E., Bayes, S. & Sundin, D. Parents' experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge with grandmothers as their main support. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  • Arabiat, D., Collyer, D., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A. & Darawad, M. The Impact of a Mother's Emotional Strains and Disclosure of Cancer on Her Child's Defensiveness and Adjustment to Cancer. Cancer Nursing.
  • Darawad, M., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A., Arabiat, D., Samarkandi, O. & Alhussami, M. (2017) Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale: Validation of the Arabic Version Among Jordanians With Chronic Diseases. Clinical Nursing Research.
  • Doyle, L., & Geraghty, S. (2017). Bugs, babies and birthing: midwifery management of sepsis. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’ Health, 11(1).
  • Hamdan-Mansour, A., Al-Sagarat, A., AL-Sarayreh, F., Nawafleh, H. & Arabiat, D. (2017) Prevalence and correlates of substance use among psychiatric inpatients. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.
  • De Leo, A., & Geraghty, S. (2017) Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour. The Practising Midwife, 20(3), ePub online.
  • Geraghty, S., Davison, C. Sun Safety: The Midwife's Role. British Journal of Midwifery.
  • Knol, F., & Geraghty, S. Midwifery students and routine discussion of birth experience in the early postnatal period in hospital. British Journal of Midwifery.
  • Nel, S. & Geraghty, S. Domperidone as a galactagogue: A case for approval? Nurse prescribing, 15(6).
  • Wright, C., & Geraghty, S. (2017). Uterotonics for postpartum haemorrhage. Nurse prescribing, 15(1).


  • AbuQamer, M., and Arabiat, D., Holmes, S. Parents Perceived Satisfaction of Care,Communication and Environment of The Pediatric Intensive Care Units at atertiary children's hospital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. DOI:
  • Bayes, S., and Ewens, B. (2016). Registered Nurses’ experiences of caring for pregnant and postpartum women in general hospital settings: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative data. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13524
  • De Leo, A., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Thalassemia in Pregnancy: Contemporary care for a timeless disease. British Journal of Midwifery, 24(8), 2 – 7.
  • Doyle, L., Geraghty, S. & Folan, M. (2016). Epilepsy in pregnancy: Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The British Journal of Midwifery, 24(12).
  • Doyle, L., Geraghty, S., & Folan, M. Dec 2016 Epilepsy in pregnancy: Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The British Journal of Midwifery, 24(12).
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Maybee, P. The Parents,Hospitalised Childs, and Health Care Providers Perceptions and Experiences of Family-Centered Care within a Pediatric Critical Care Setting: A Synthesis of Quantitative Research Journal of Family Nursing· DOI: 10.1177/1074840715618193.
  • Geraghty S., Godwin H. Evaluating postgraduate midwifery students experiences of a model of blended learning. British Journal of Midwifery MA Healthcare Vol: 24 Issue: 1 Pages: 60 – 63.
  • Hauck, Y., Fisher, C., Byrne, J. & Bayes, S. (2016). Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education: incorporating adult and experiential learning with mindfulness based stress reduction in childbirth education. Journal of Perinatal Education, 25(3), 162-173.
  • Kim, H.M., & Geraghty, S. Yummy Mummies’: Exploring sexuality in the antenatal and postnatal period. Nurse Education in Practice.
  • Matar, E., Arabiat, D., Foster, M. Ora Glucose Efficacy on Neoat’s Pain Responses in the NICU: A Quasi Experimental Trial for Two Clinical Procedures Journal of Applied Nursing Research. DOI:
  • Matar, E. & Arabiat, D. (2016) Oral Glucose Efficacy on Neoat’s Pain Responses at the NICU: A Qausi Experimental Trial of Two Clinical Procedures. Journal of Applied Nursing Research. 32: 36-40.
  • Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., Towell, A. Adolescent mothers' use of social networking sites creating positive mental health outcomes [online]. Australian Nursing andMidwifery Journal, Vol. 23, No. 11, Jun 2016.
  • Rive, L., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Asthma in pregnancy – a clinical update. The Practising Midwife, 19(9), 16-19.
  • Wright, C., Geraghty, S. (2016).  Mind over Matter: Inside Hypno birthing. A Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopathology, 18(4).


  • Abdelkader, R., Arabiat, D., Holmes, SL.,Hamdan-Mansour, A. (2015). Socio‑demographic correlates of parents’ participation in care of a hospitalized child: Aperspective from a developing country. Journal of Child Health Care. DOI:10.1177/1367493515598650.
  • Arabiat D., Hamdan-Mansour AM. Al Jabery MA., Wardam L.,Altamimi A (2015). Measuring Care Needs of Parents of Children with Cancer:Psychometric Properties of the FIN-PED II Arabic Version. Journal of Nursing Measurement. 23(2): 255 - 270.
  • Bayes S, Collyer D, Dobbs K, Walsh L (2015). Australian midwifery students’ views about profession-specific peer mentoring eCULTURE, 7(1).
  • Bicheno, S., & Geraghty, S. (2015). Exploring the issue of Group B Streptococcus in Pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth, 5(4), 1 - 5.
  • Collyer, D. (2015). Australian Midwifery Students’ Views about Profession Specific Peer Mentoring. eCULTURE, 7(1).
  • Davison C, Hauck Y, Bayes S, Kuliukas L, Wood J (2015). The relationship is everything: Women’s reasons for choosing a privately practising midwife in Western Australia. Midwifery 31 (8) 772 - 778.
  • Geraghty, S. (2015). ‘Reaching out: caring for women prisoners in Western Australia’. The Practising Midwife, 18(1), 26 - 28.
  • Geraghty, S., Bayes, S., & Hart, A. (2015). African immigrants’ parents’ understanding of their teenager’s newly diagnosed diabetes status in Western Australia. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, 22(11), 39.
  • Geraghty, S., Godwin, H., Oliver,K. (2015). Discussion paper – A Little Ray of Sunshine: A Clinical Update for Health Visitors. Journal of Health Visiting Volume 3, Issue 6.
  • Geraghty, S., Godwin, H., & Oliver, K. (2015). Balancing the risks and benefits of sun exposure for infants: Skin protection and Vitamin D uptake. Journal of Health Visiting,3(6), 314 - 320.
  • Geraghty, S., & Oliver, K. (2015). Is work-related stress affecting nurses and midwives? Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal,23(3), 32.
  • Geraghty, S., & Lauva, M. (2015). Keeping the Shining Roads Open: Intuition in Midwifery Practice. The Practising Midwife, 18(10), 1 - 4.
  • Grier, G., & Geraghty, S. (2015). Intimate partner violence and pregnancy: How midwives can listen to silenced women. The British Journal of Midwifery, 23(6), 164 -168.
  • Grier, G., & Geraghty, S. (2015). ‘Mind Matters:Developing skills and knowledge in postnatal depression’. The British Journal of Midwifery, 23(2), 10 - 14.
  • Hauck Y, Lewis L, Bayes S, Keyes L (2015). Research Capacity Building in Midwifery: A case study of an Australian graduate midwifery research intern program. Women and Birth 28 (3), p. 259 - 263.


  • Esther Adama: "Parents experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge"
  • Diane Bloxsome: "Why do WA Midwives stay in Midwifery: A phenomenological investigation."
  • Louise Keys: "West Australian Midwives' Experiences of Implementing Evidence-Based Change: A Grounded Theory Study."
  • Sara Morris: Aug 2017 - PhD Integrated, Breech in conduct: The impact of the Term Breech Trial on vaginal breech birth in Western Australia.
  • Krystyl Wissemann: Aug 2017 - PhD Integrated, Exploring Western Australian midwives’ perspectives on vaginal seeding and the impact on their practice.
  • Yakubu Ismaila: Sept 2016 - PhD Publication, Factors affecting the delivery of quality maternity care in Ghana: A Glaserian Grounded Theory study.
  • Sara Davis: July 2017 - PhD Integrated, Midwifery Topic
  • Heba Farajallah: July 2017 - PhD, Palestinian Midwives’ evaluation of their practice environment and its impact on their intention to stay in their job and the midwifery profession.

Master by Research

  • Isabel Lester: July 2017 - Masters by Research, Midwifery Topic.

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