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The Pulse #10 2022


Dean’s Update


As usual it seems like yesterday that I crafted the last months Pulse report, yet it’s time to do it again. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the effort of the CNM team who have stayed the course and overcome a number of challenges in recent weeks.  We have a few people on extended leave and a couple of resignations. We wish Marina Edwards, Joanne Henry and Nicole McGrady all the very best as they move forward and offer our most sincere thanks for their contributions. In the coming weeks we will be welcoming new staff members, Pauline Murray-Parahi and Sara Shishehgar, both Lecturers of Nursing who will commence mid-October in our Sydney Campus. Rosemarie Hogan, new Assoc. Professor of Midwifery will commence in late October, also in Sydney. We will be advertising soon for additional Lecturers in Darwin to include a Professor of Nursing.   


College of Nursing and Midwifery - Graduation 2022

The first of the 2nd semester graduation ceremonies was held in Darwin on Friday 30th September.  As usual this event was well attended.

Congratulations to all the graduands, their families who supported them throughout, and to the staff in the CNM who assisted them in achieving their goals. We look forward to celebrating the rest of the graduands at the Sydney ceremony 20 October.

Semester 2


The commencement of Semester 2 heralded a flurry of activity including restocking the simulation laboratories; ensuring students enrolled and have elected the appropriate units, checking compliance for students to attend Professional Experience Placements (PEP) and sourcing PEPs.  We welcome new members to the PEP team, Danielle Cross and Abigail Cumming. We have been lucky to receive assistance from two staff members from Student Central as we backfill vacancies in the PEP team.  

Daylight savings

It’s that time of year again, ‘Daylight Savings’ when time zones across the country all change. Managing meeting schedules is again in disarray as we attempt to operate within business hours in each jurisdiction. It is hard and we don’t always get it right.  Please be kind to one another and accept that time changes create burdens that impact on everyone. For those of you who live in jurisdictions that have daylight savings enjoy late night barbeques, long walks, gardening in the evening or whatever extra activities you enjoy. 

Realignment Process

We are working with the other Colleges Senior Executive to finalise the proposed new structures.

In the coming weeks there will be a meeting called for all staff of CHHS and our College regarding the realignment and a proposed new organisation structure.

The VC has also announced the movement of VET to CDU TAFE, a separate entity to where it sits now within each College. A change process will be initiated to realise the formation of this entity. The VC also announced that the College of Engineering, IT and Environment will be disestablished with the three disciplines integrated into the new Faculty/ies. 

As always, there is opportunity to give feedback at any time. Once the proposed structure has been tabled, there will be a couple of weeks for staff to review and provide feedback.  The Office of People and Culture will organise and manage forums and other modes of communication and feedback mechanisms.

Final Remarks


As I finalise writing this missive, I am reconciling myself to the fact that there are only 81 days to Christmas. I was alerted to this reality when I last went to the shopping centre.

It is frightening that so many shops are now stocked with Christmas decorations and advertising how many weeks to Christmas day. I don’t know about you, but I have made my list and am busy crafting gifts.  I love Christmas and I love making homemade gifts for my family and friends. I love Christmas so much I sometimes peddle my wares at local craft markets.  This year my greatest concern is ‘will I complete everything on time’?

This year is flying by. It will soon be time to finalise grades and then it will be the end of year shut down. I know that you, our students and their families are all looking forward to a well-earned break.  It will be hectic leading up to the Christmas shutdown but that’s part of the fun.

Take care and be safe

Professor Karen Francis
Dean College of Nursing and Midwifery.

College Updates


Prof Mitch Byrne and Prof Dan Bressington were awarded $180,000 from the NT Primary Health Network Psychosocial Support Program Grant Round for a novel project entitled Supporting Treatment Adherence in First Nations People with Mental Health Difficulties.

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. Please view here.

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

Best Start To Life: a national gathering just around the corner!

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress are proud to host the second national conference from the 10-12 October 2022 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

The Best Start To Life: a national gathering is an initiative of the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. It follows on from the first Birthing on Country meeting, held in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) 10 years ago, where the Australian Maternity Services Inter-jurisdictional Committee, in collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, held the first national workshop to progress Australian Government commitment to Birthing on Country.

The conference provides an opportunity for delegates from across Australia to showcase new research and ideas, and to network and invest in a shared vision to address inequities in birthing services for First Nations mothers and babies.

Registrations have SOLD OUT! Shout out to the committee for doing an incredible job pulling this conference together – it’s going to be a very special event! See more here: and follow us on our socials to keep up with the conference.

Welcome Tez to the team!

Theresa ‘Tez’ Clasquin will officially commence with the Molly Centre on a 1-year secondment from the Northern Territory Government. Her role is 0.5FTE and will be as a Birthing on Country Technical Advisor focussing on the Midwifery Workforce and Clinical Governance. She will work closely with Prof Sue Kildea on the Birthing on Country: RISE SAFELY in rural, remote and very remote Australia project. Tez will be working from the Casuarina Campus and located in Office 1.81 in Blue 5. She will be in the office 3 days/week – days to be advised.


Congratulations to Kayla Heinemann on completing her Graduate Diploma in Management! Kayla is now onto the final part of her MBA (Master of Business Administration) and is due to finish December 2022. Great work, Kayla!

Kayla Heinemann

R U OK? Day

The Brisbane Office celebrated R U OK? Day with a morning tea and acknowledging the importance of knowing how to support yourself and others. It’s our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to  ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.


A Story from the student experience - Halls Creek Placement

I had the opportunity to experience telehealth, and istat machines, emergency health care, chronic health management, peadiatric healthcare.

A full story can be viewed here.

Halls Creek Placement


How seeking advice with HESTA can help you achieve your retirement goals.


Women worry more not so much because they expect to live longer than men, but because of their roles throughout life. Many are mothers, carers and, more often than not, the people doing the lion's share of running the household. While rewarding in many ways, these roles can also mean fewer work opportunities, disadvantages in divorce and greater burdens of care.
For more information please viewed here.

Our recently published research papers

Dikeç, G., Brown, E., Bressington, D., Thompson, A., Gray, R (2022). The Safety and Efficacy of Psychosocial Adherence Interventions in Young People with Early Psychosis: A Systematic Review. Healthcare 2022. 10(9), 1732. DOI: 10.3390/healthcare10091732. Impact Factor- 3.16 (Q1).

Välimäki, M., Lam, J., Bressington, D., et al.  (2022). Nurses’, patients’, and informal caregivers’ attitudes toward aggression in psychiatric hospitals: a comparative survey study. PLOS ONE, 2022. Impact Factor- 3.75 (Q1).

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Zhai, J., Gray, R., Brown, E., Bressington, D. (2022). Recruitment, attrition and intervention completion in clinical trials of psychosocial interventions involving people with early and emerging psychosis: A systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 2022; 12e060863. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-060863. Impact Factor- 3.01 (Q1).

Cheung, D., Wang, SS., Li, Y., Ho KHM., Kwok, RKH., Mo, SM., Bressington, D. (2022) Sensory-based interventions for the immediate de-escalation of agitation in people with dementia: A Systematic Review. Aging and Mental Health, 2022. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2022.2116404.  Impact Factor- 3.60 (Q1).

Wikander L, Kirshbaum MN, Waheed N, Gahreman DE. Association Between Obstetric History and Urinary Incontinence in a Cohort of Resistance-Trained Women. Int J Womens Health. 2022 Sep 2;14:1211-1218. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S367110. PMID: 36081449; PMCID: PMC9448274.

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

Clifford-Motopi, A., Fisher, I., Kildea, S., Hickey, S., Roe, Y., & Kruske, S. (2022). Hearing from First Nations Dads: Qualitative yarns informing service planning and practice in urban Australia. Family Relations, 1–16. fare.12731

‘Even though you hate everything that's going on, you know they are safer at home’: The role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in methamphetamine use harm reduction and their own support needs in Drug and Alcohol Review has the following publication status: Published in Issue

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