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Dr Jennifer Wrightson

Jennifer is the Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Science Nursing/Senior Lecturer at our South West Campus. Leadership, teaching and research which, includes the supervision of PhD students and support of undergraduate students are core components of her role.


Dr. Jennifer Wrightson has extensive qualifications and experience at a senior level in the Nursing & Midwifery profession. Jenny is a registered Nurse/Midwife, she is a Lactation Consultant and has a Post Graduate Paediatric Nursing certificate - Neonatology. Tertiary educational qualifications include the following: PhD at Murdoch University (2016), a Master of Science, Post Graduate in Health Professional Education and a Bachelor of Science (Nurse Education). Currently Jenny is a Senior Lecturer Course Coordinator BSC Nursing at the Edith Cowan University Bunbury and site liaison for the Masters of Midwifery course.

Jenny has gained international and national experience in both teaching and clinical practice. Jenny has taught nursing and midwifery students within Leeds, Hull University in the United Kingdom and within the University Notre Dame Western Australia.  Previous senior educational roles have included: Acting Assistant Dean/Course Coordinator BHSc Nursing (WA), Senior Lecturer/ Course Coordinator for both the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (WA), BHSC(Hons) and the Midwifery (three year programme) (UK). She has gained experience presenting at conferences both locally, nationally and overseas. Additionally, Jenny has a number of publications relating to her work.

Senior clinical positions include the following: Clinical Nurse/Midwifery Specialist (WA), Nurse/Midwife Consultant (WA), Senior Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UK) and Nurse/Midwifery Clinical Educator (WA).

Professional Associations

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian College of Midwives 2011-2015, 2018.

Jenny has held extensive membership of professional committees both in Australia and in the United Kingdom:

  • 2013 - 2015: Global Health Alliance Western Australia (GHAWA) Chair Education Committee
  • 2012 - 2015: ANMAC Assessor University of Adelaide Bachelor of Midwifery Course
  • 2014 - 2015: Heads of Midwifery group member
  • 2014 - 2015: Workforce Australia group member
  • 2014 - 2015: WA Clinical Network group member
  • 2013/2014/2015: Project member GHAWA Tanzania Obstetric and Neonatal Emergency course-professional development midwives in Tanzania
  • 2011 - 2012: Member of the ACM Education Committee WA
  • 2008 - 2015: Australian Nursing Federation
  • 2006 - 2017: Australian Lactation Consultants Association
  • 2008/2009/2010: Murdoch University - Master of Midwifery course development Advisory Committee
  • 2009/2010: Curtin University - School of Midwifery Advisory Committee
  • 2009: Murdoch University Faculty of Health Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee
  • 2009: Murdoch University - Post graduate student representative on the Murdoch Midwifery Nursing Advisory Committee
  • 1994 - 2005: Royal College of Midwives (Chair of the Leeds branch 1997-2002)
  • 2001 - 2004: National Evidence Based Practice Group’
  • 2001 - 2004: National Foundation of Nursing Studies ‘Putting your research into practice’ group
  • 2001 - 2004: Institute for learning and teaching
  • 1995 - 2000: Neonatal Association
  • 1994: Representative of the College of Midwives on the Peak Nursing Council Western Australia
  • 1994: Educator for the College of Midwives Western Australia
  • 1993: School of Nursing representative School of Nursing Post Graduate Studies Curriculum Development Committee Curtin University
  • 1987 - 1991: Member of the Nurses Board Western Australia Midwifery Panel of Examiners.

Awards and recognition

National and International Awards

  • Peel Health Foundation Scholarship $30,000 WA–PhD.

National and International Research Positions

  • Award PhD 2016: ‘A Case Study of Low-Risk Women’s Perceived Decision-Making for Induction of Labour’ Murdoch University
  • Completion of a Master’s Thesis 2000: ‘Parental perceptions of neonatal care’ Huddersfield University. (A summary is on the National research register in the United Kingdom, entered by St. James‘s Leeds Neonatal Unit for a National prize in innovative ideas United Kingdom)
  • Hospital prize for Midwifery.

Research Areas and Interests

Nursing, Midwifery, Education and Neonatology

  • 2017/2018: Research Committee Member SNM ECU
  • 2017: Presentation Ausmed Conference Bunbury -‘Power of Empathy’
  • 2008-2016: Doctor of Philosophy Nursing PhD study- ‘A Case Study of Low-Risk Women’s Perceived Decision-Making for Induction of Labour’, Murdoch University.
  • 2014/2015/17/18: Post Graduate supervision of a higher degree students
  • 2011/12/13/14/15: Research Committee Member, review Master and PhD proposals prior to submission to the Human Ethics Committee University of Notre Dame Fremantle.
  • 2012: ACM Perth-invitation to present preliminary findings September, 2012 St John of God Hospital Subiaco
  • 2012: Presentation of preliminary PhD findings School of Nursing and Midwifery Planning Day University of Notre Dame
  • 2011: Presentation relating to PhD at the University of Notre Dame Research Study Day School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2011: Presentation at the ACM conference -A Midwifery Odyssey Sydney 18th – 21st October, 2011
  • 2011: Abstract/paper accepted 2010 for the National College of Midwives conference in Sydney October, 2011
  • 2011: Poster presentation accepted for the ACM Melbourne 2012
  • 2011: Poster presentation accepted also for the International Conference in Nursing & Midwifery Perth May, 2011
  • 2011: Presentation of PhD preliminary findings at the University of Notre Dame
  • 2011: Presentation of PhD progress and findings to the Peel Health Foundation
  • 2010: Module manager NPD303 Research Bachelor of Nursing Programme
  • 2009: Liaison with KEMH Perth regarding the participation of Bennett Maternity Unit in their Cord Blood Sampling Research: Implementation November, 2009.
  • 2009/2010: Recruitment of women for the Peel Child Health Study.
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