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Dr Mandie Foster


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3465, Mobile: 0449991360, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.421
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3465
Mobile: 0449991360
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.421  


Mandie is Course Coordinator for the Master of Nursing and Lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


  • 2014 - present: Editorial Board, Praxis Journal New Zealand
  • 2014 - 2015: Professional Practice Fellow, Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2014 - 2015: Management Board, Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Journal
  • 2014 - 2015: Marker Postgraduate Course (Research Units), School of Nursing, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 2014 - 2015: Reviewer, (Child HealthCourses), School of Nursing, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • 2013 - 2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2011 - 2012: Reader Writer Postgraduate Students, University of Otago, Dunedin
  • 2010 - present: Reviewer, Journal ofPediatric Nursing; Journal of Child Health Care; Child: Care, Health and Development; Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing
  • 1990 - 2015: Senior Registered Comprehensive Nurse - Canterbury District Health Board, Cardiothoracic, Surgical, Medical, Paediatrics, Critical Care, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2005 - 2006: Academic Editor, Asian Journal of Nursing.

Professional Memberships

  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • ACCYPN: Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nursing
  • AHPRA: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • IFNA: International Family Nursing Association
  • NZNC and NZNO: New Zealand Nursing Council,New Zealand Nursing Organisation
  • CCYN: New Zealand College of Child and Youth Nurses
  • UOC: University of Otago, Christchurch, Alumini and Friends.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015: New Zealand Government, Lotteries Health Postdoctoral Research Scholarship
  • 2013: University of Otago, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Scholarship
  • 2011: University of Otago Three minute thesis competition, second place
  • 2011: University of Otago PhD Scholarship
  • 2010: Master of Health Sciences to PhD of Health Sciences Upgrade.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Systematic Literature Reviews
  • Psychometrics and Translational Research
  • Family and Child-Centred Care.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Zealand, 2013.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development of the International Child Research Checklist: Delphi Study,  Edith Cowan University,  Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020,  2020 - 2021,  $29,987.
  • Children’s participation in the decision-making process during hospitalization,  Australian College of Children & Young People's Nurses,  Dorothy Clarke Scholarship,  2018 - 2020,  $1,900.
  • Children’s participation in the decision-making process during hospitalization: An observational study,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $10,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Foster, M., Gill, FJ., (2020), A scoping review of nursing research priorities in pediatric care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, in press(in press), in press, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2020.01.006..
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., (2019), Using drawings to understand the child’s experience of child-centred care on admission to a paediatric high dependency unit. Journal of Child Health Care, 23(1), 102-117, Australia; Edith Cowan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, DOI: 10.1177/1367493518778389.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., (2019), Development and validation of the Needs of Children Questionnaire (NCQ): An instrument to measure children's self‐reported needs in hospital. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(10), 2246-2258, DOI: 10.1111/jan.14099.
  • Al-Motlaq, M., Carter, B., Neill, S., Hallstrom, IK., Foster, M., Coyne, I., Arabiat, D., Darbyshire, P., Feeg, VD., Shileds, L., (2019), Toward developing consensus on family-centred care: an international descriptive study and discussion. Journal of Child Health Care, 23(3), 458-467, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1367493518795341.
  • Arabiat, D., Whitehead, L., Foster, M., Shileds, L., Harris, L., (2018), Parents’ experiences of Family Centred Care practice. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 42(September - October 2018), 39-44, ELSEVER, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.06.012.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Frost, L., (2018), Parents' and staff perceptions of parental needs during a child's hospital admission: An Australian study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 43(November - December 2018), e2-e9, ELSEVER, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.06.013.
  • Whitehead, L., Arabiat, D., Foster, M., (2018), Singing as an adjunct therapy for children and adults with cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82(2018), 163-164, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.09.007.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., (2017), Family centred care in the paediatric high dependency unit: Parents' and staff's perceptions. Contemporary Nurse, 53(4), 489-502, Taylor and Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2017.1410067.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., (2017), Parent and staff perceptions of parental needs during a child's hospital admission to a paediatric high-dependency unit: A New Zealand study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 53(12), 1167-1175, Milton QLD, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.13645.
  • Matar, E., Arabiat, D., Foster, M., (2016), Oral glucose efficacy on neonate’s pain responses at the NICU: A quasi experimental trial of two clinical procedures. Applied Nursing Research, 32(2016), 36-40, W.B. Saunders, DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2016.04.002.
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Maybee, P., (2016), The Parents, Hospitalized Child's, and Health Care Providers' Perceptions and Experiences of Family-Centred Care Within a Pediatric Critical Care Setting: A Synthesis of Quantitative Research. Journal of Family Nursing, 22(1), 6-73, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1074840715618193.
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