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Florence Nightingale Research Scholarship


On 17 August at the National Nursing Forum, Dr Karen Hazell Raine, Associate Professor of Nursing, was awarded a Florence Nightingale Research Scholarship: Nurse-Midwife leadership for trauma and culturally sensitive perinatal mental health screening.

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The scholarship will support a scoping review and gap analysis to explore acceptability of Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) screening for specific vulnerable population groups, and availability of trauma and culturally sensitive assessment and care pathways. The Nursing and Midwifery (NaM) workforce is pivotal in PMH screening, assessment, and care. The study will engage NaM leadership to inform advancement of algorithms for NaM workforce development and decision-making in PMH screening.

Karen is Associate Professor of Nursing with the College of Nursing and Midwifery at CDU and Adjunct Lecturer with the Sydney Nursing School and School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. She is an early career researcher with near 40 years of real-world mental health experience which equips her with a high level of research translation capability. Her experience spans clinical and strategic leadership, service development, interdisciplinary education, quality improvement, Policy, application of attachment theory and advanced practice in specialist perinatal-infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health. Karen is an authorised trainer in observational adult-infant and adult-toddler relationship methods and has research capability in observational parent-child relationship methods. Her Doctoral research focused on antenatal detection of vulnerable mother-infant relational quality in the context of antenatal depression screening in Australia. Karen was the inaugural recipient of the Elaine Tolley Medal for mental health research, Westmead Medical Research Foundation. Through an Australian College of Nursing research scholarship, her current research is exploring Nurse-Midwife leadership for trauma and culturally sensitive perinatal mental health screening.

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