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College of Nursing and Midwifery

The Pulse #2 2022


Dean's Update

The Vice Chancellor has stated that 2022 is the year of doing.  He has outlined a broad range of initiatives that are to be achieved always with the vision that:

CDU will be Australia’s most connected University by being courageous and making a difference in the Northern Territory, Australia and beyond.

The College of Nursing & Midwifery continues to have a pivotal role in contributing to this vision. Our course offerings, research programs and participation in local, national and international organisations are some of the current ways in which we contribute to the realisation of the CDU strategic plan. 

There are also new initiatives that will add to our contribution including the development of a new Diploma of Nursing that will be offered from the Casuarina and Alice Springs campuses in 2023. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) have advised that the application is scheduled for March 2023. We are looking at a mid-year intake of approximately 40 students (25-30 in Casuarina and 10-15 in Alice Springs). To meet the needs of these and existing BM and BN students a refurbishment of the Simulation Lab in Alice Springs will be completed this year. In addition, the CNM has commissioned a virtual learning space to compliment our teaching spaces on the Alice Springs campus.  

simulated health service/hospital facility
Simulated health Service/hospital facility

We are also planning to reorganise space on our Casuarina campus to create a simulated health service/hospital facility so students will experience the reality of being in a health care setting when undertaking Sim Blocks. The recent switch to using scenario-based learning in the Sim Blocks supports this learning environment change. The following photo reflects the type of environment we hope to create that will allow students to move around a health care environment while practicing skills as they complete the scenarios created for their classes. There is also an opportunity for multidisciplinary education to occur within this and similar spaces, which would be an excellent development for our CNM and other CDU students.  There are a raft of reasons why we haven’t done this before and even more reasons why this type of learning is the future and should be done!

The CNM will offer an on-campus option of the BN on the Casuarina campus targeting school leavers.  This isn’t a growth initiative rather, it is designed to address an underserved group within the NT. The existing load will be moved from the BN to the on- campus BN option. Student numbers will be limited ensuring that we are able to deliver a high quality program without  compromising the offering of Sim Blocks for the current BN. A smaller simulation space is being created to accommodate these students that will also be part of the larger simulated health care/hospital suite.

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Casuarina Campus - Blue 5
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Casuarina Campus - Blue 5

We have been talking in our formal meetings and informal gatherings about improving systems and processes as part of our focus on quality improvement. To this end, there is work being undertaken to manage student progression that we know has and continues to be problematic. One action that is now being actioned by Jo and the team is the introduction of study plans for all incoming students who will be required to follow either a full-time (3-4 years) or part-time (6-8 years) course plan. This means that we will no longer offer as much flexibility as we have in the past. Monitoring student progression from semester-to semester will ensure that all students who successfully navigate their course will complete within these timeframes and be eligible to register with AHPRA. 

It is going to be another big year! I know you hear that every year and probably will continue to hear the same message next year and the year after and the year after….. ! Hopefully this big year will include celebrations, opportunities to come together and share experiences, ideas and frustrations as we enjoy a meal and time together.  Our first full College meeting is occurring on 3-4th March, but due to COVID issues this will be predominantly online. Please make the effort to attend and contribute to discussions.  The face-to-face full College meeting is now planned to coincide with this years graduation. This event will allow us to meet our colleagues in person and to see the results of our combined efforts as we watch our students receive their academic awards.


Take care everyone.

College Updates

Jessica Morrissey has received notification that she was awarded a first Class Hons for her BN Hons thesis. The comments provided by the examiner were outstanding. Jess, you worked hard and have achieved the best result that is possible. Well done you! Research students are guided by their supervisors. While Jess did the work it is appropriate to recognise the contribution of her supervisor, Maree Duddle and other team members that supported her.  


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Casuarina Campus - Blue 5
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Casuarina Campus - Blue 5

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

Award winning film makers


Our innovative research documentary, DJÄKAMIRR is turning heads and winning international awards. We won GOLD at the Documentary Spotlight Festival!

DJÄKAMIRR is screening at select cinemas around Australia BUT is now available for community screenings via Demand Films!

Community screenings let you take DJÄKAMIRR to non-cinema settings to share with special audiences.  Screenings can be organised in a variety of settings such as your workplace, community hall, conference, school or university. Email Andrew at Demand Films if you want to know more-

Remember its never to late to demonstrate your support for First Nations women and families through one (or all) of the five action steps.

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program National Support Service (AFNPP NSS) News

  • We warmly welcome Professor Roianne West to our CDU family. As a descendent of the Kalkadoon and Djkunde Peoples, she was the Inaugural ANFPP Indigenous Nurse Clinical Advisor and in the ANFPP Leadership team from 2016-2019. She has returned to the program to continue to provide leadership across the NSS and ensure the program is developed and delivered in a culturally safe way. She will also provide leadership in the Molly Centre and more broadly within the College of Nursing and Midwifery at CDU. Professor West was previously the Inaugural Dean First Peoples Health at Griffith University. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives. We are priveleged to have Professor West onboard and look forward to working with her.
  • In February, the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program National Support Service (ANFPP NSS) education team had the opportunity to travel to Sydney to film Reflective Supervision (RS) video modules for the program’s geographically dispersed Nurse Supervisors (NSs). These video modules will mean easier access to training for new ANFPP NSs as well as for NSs working in programs promoting the health and wellbeing of First Nations families. In 2021, the education team successfully ran two-day training on RS for our national team of NSs. It was the first time that a package of RS has been delivered that married the intersection between practicing with cultural safety, having a trauma informed lens and being skilled in the spirit and tools of RS. In thinking about the sustainability of the training, the education team partnered with Change Focus Media to create video modules. It was on the team’s third attempt to film these modules, that everyone finally came together, in person - lockdowns, outbreaks, closed borders and close contacts were the usual obstacles. The team were fortunate to have site staff join them for the filming and were blessed by the incredible hospitality of Jacqueline at our CDU Sydney Campus. Situated in the heart of the Sydney CBD, CDU can be so proud of the world class facilities and dedicated staffing at this campus.
  • Congratulations to Nzie Okpokam, Australian Nurse-Family Partnership National Support Service’s Data Systems Technical Lead who has accepted another exciting opportunity, after being an integral part of the program for four and a half years. We will miss Nzie's honest, warm personality, his extensive skills and knowledge and his years of experience. We wish Nzie all the best in the next stage of his career and thank him for his deadly contribution in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Cancer Supportive Care Research Theme

Dr Daniel Liu
Dr Daniel Liu Ph.D MD | Outstanding Future Researcher

Well done to our very own Cancer Supportive Care Research Theme researchers on their recent JCR Q1 publication “Psychometric assessment of the Chinese version of the Oxford Knee Score in breast cancer survivors experiencing hormone treatment-related knee dysfunction” – led by Dr Daniel Liu MD PhD (Outstanding Future Researcher) and published in Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing. 



Access the full publication here:

Our recent published research papers

Mental Health and Supportive Care Research Group Publications

Tan, J.Y.B., Molassiotis, A., Suen, L.K.P., Liu, J., Wang, T., & Huang, H.R. (2022). Effects of auricular acupressure on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients: a preliminary randomized controlled trial. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. [In Press, SCI, 5-Year IF of 2020=3.659]

Qin, Y. J., Liu, J. H., Xie, Y. J., Wang, S. L., Liu, X.L, Loke, A. Y., & Mo, B. R. (2022). Disaster Preparedness Among Populations in Shenzhen, China, With and Without Chronic Disease. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-8. [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2020=1.624]

Liu, X.L.Wang, T.Tan, J.Y.B., Stewart, S., Chan, R.J., Eliseeva, S.Polotan, M.J., & Zhao, I. (2022). Sustainability of healthcare professionals’ adherence to clinical practice guidelines in primary care. BMC Primary Care. [In Press, SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2020=3.275]

Cheng, H. L., Lam, S. C., Cruz, J. P., Almazan, J., Contreras, F. A. M., Cecily, H. S. J., Rady, H.E., Papathanasiou, I.V., Ghrayeb, F., Qtait, M., Liu, X.L., & Balay-odao, E. (2022). Willingness to care for older people and associated factors in pre-registered student nurses: A multi-country survey study. Nurse Education Today:105279. [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2020=4.304]

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Reynish, T., Hoang, H., Corvinus-Jones, S., Bridgman, H., & Auckland, S. (accepted). A systematic review of the wellbeing and health care experiences of rural sexual and gender minority communities. Rural and Remote Health.    

Reynish, T., Hoang, H., Bridgman, H., & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2021). Mental health and related service use by sex workers in rural and remote Australia: ‘There’s a lot of stigma in society’. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2021.1985616.  

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Tran, Y., Winata, T., Lamprell, K., Fajardo Pulido, D., Arnolda, G., Delaney G.P., Liauw, W., Smith, K., Avery, S., Rigg, K., Westbrook, J., Olver, I., Currow, Karnon, K., Ward, R.L., & Braithwaite, J. The complexities, coordination, culture and capacities that characterise the delivery of oncology services in the common areas of ambulatory settings. BMC Health Service Research 22, 190 (2022). 


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