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The Pulse #5 2022


Dean's Update

Time flies
I can’t believe it’s time for the next edition of the PULSE already.  How is it possible?

May Highlights
May has been a very busy month that commenced with an ANMAC assessment team visiting our Sydney, Alice Springs, and Casuarina campuses as part of the Bachelor of Nursing accreditation process.  At the conclusion of their visits to each site they provided feedback to staff in attendance.  The team were very positive regarding our staff and physical resources. They highlighted a few areas of concern such as placements and student numbers.  The final comprehensive report is pending that will inform actions going forward within the CNM.

COVID Continues to impact the CNM


Several people within the CNM have contracted COVID and or been a close contact that has had an impact on those impacted and on business as usual.  Many thanks to everyone who have supported their colleague’s and ensured that core activities of the CNM has been maintained. 

My personal experience with COVID moved from feeling very confident in the wake of the COVID epidemic that I had avoided contracting this disease to succumbing this month. I was off work for 7 days as required by the NT government and while only feeling horrid for 2-3 days I was able to work from home for the remainder of the mandated isolation period.  Daniel Bressington with the support of Kate Morrissey covered for me during my absence. Thank you both for your support.

Quality Improvement Initiative update
As you are aware Nicole Norman and Jo Finn are undertaking a review of PEP and simulated learning. As part of this process Nicole, Jo and I visited Utas to meet with the College of Health and Medicine senior PEP Team Leads and the School of Nursing PEP coordinator.  The insights gained by engaging with the Utas people has already heightened our awareness of what we do well and where we can eliminate, streamline, or introduce alternative/new policies, processes, and practices.  Nicole and Jo will be regularly reporting on this project at the CNM staff meetings, so everyone is kept informed.

Staff news
It is with regret that the CNM said farewell to Bradley Herbert on 25th May 2022. Although he wasn’t with us for very long, Brad made a substantial contribution.  On behalf of the CNM I wish him all the very best in his new position.

Please join me in wishing Kate Morrissey all the very best for her forthcoming nuptials.




Concluding remarks
Finally, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone in the CNM for the ongoing contribution that you all make. It is only through working together that we can achieve what we do and aspire to.

Professor Karen Francis
College of Nursing & Midwifery

College Updates

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

New Staff Member
Stephanie Gorman has joined the Molly team as a Research Assistant. She is based in Nhulunbuy and will work closely with Sarah Ireland on the “To be born upon a Pandanus mat” project. She is also a Masters student. Welcome Steph!!

Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program - National Support Service Update

The Vice Chancellor visits our Brisbane office
The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, including the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program National Support Service were excited to host the Vice Chancellor, Scott Bowman, on his visit to Brisbane last month. The Vice Chancellor took the time to listen to us and had some complimentary things to say about our team:

“They are an incredible bunch of people having a massive impact on the University’s research reputation but more importantly on health outcomes. It was great to have lunch with the team and hear about their issues and concerns. We had a great conversation about the lack of job security for researchers. I have been concerned about this for a long time. Some of the brightest minds are in the least secure jobs. They often get contracts based on the research grants that they have won. They live from one grant to the next… We really need to do better by our researchers, they are just so important to Australia. Maybe we should be taking on more risks as a university to help these great people.”

ANFPP Staff Update
Welcome to our new team members, Associate Professor Cameron Hurst and Sheringa Minniecon.

Professor Cameron Hurst
Associate Professor Cameron Hurst

Joining us as our Biostatistician & Epidemiologist, Cameron is both an experienced educator and researcher. Over the course of his career, he has worked extensively across the full spectrum of health studies ranging from biomedical research through to clinical and population health studies. While primarily a methodologist, he is passionate about the area of chronic disease (especially Diabetes) in resource-limited health care settings and/or vulnerable populations.



Sheringa Minniecon
Sheringa Minniecon is our deadly new Program Administrator

A proud Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander woman, Sheringa Minniecon is our deadly new Program Administrator. She is connected to Kabi Kabi and Goreng countries in Gympie and Bundaberg, and Wiradjuri country in Tumut. She also has heritage from the Mualgal and Erub people in the Torres Strait Islands. Sheringa has a diverse range of administration experience and skills in health. She is looking forward to contributing to positive outcomes for ANFPP and her mob.

A big thank you to our Senior Practitioner, Perinatal & Parenting, Emily May and Communication Officer, Netta Finney for their contributions to ANFPP. We sadly farewell Emily and Netta as they are leaving us to pursue other opportunities.

We also send congratulations and best wishes to our Program Administrator, Quintina Cowell, who has just started parental leave and is expecting her first bub soon.

NT Nursing Awards


Prof Bowman and members of the CONM team attended The Northern Territory Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards on Saturday 14th May. The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding efforts of nurses and midwives who are exemplars in their profession, and who make a difference to the health and wellbeing of Territorians on a daily basis. There were 10 award categories, the Charles Darwin University Award Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Research/Quality Improvement was awarded by Prof Bowman to Paula Vandokkum - Clinical Midwifery Specialist, Research Nurse, Maternity Unit Alice Springs Hospital and Menzies School of Health Research. Amongst the other awards, the  Nurse of the Year award was given to Mark Di Francesco - Registered Nurse, Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, Danila Dilba Health Service. Mark established the Danila Dilba Clinic within the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, which is the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation to provide primary health care in a youth detention setting in Australia. The Nursing and Midwifery Federation Australia - Midwife of the Year was awarded to Katy Hoyle - Clinical Midwifery Educator, Women, Children and Youth Division, Royal Darwin Hospital for her outstanding work in the territory for over 10 years and for co-ordinating the graduate midwife programme, which includes recruiting graduate midwives and mentoring them in all aspects of midwifery until they acquire the confidence to transfer to practise.


L-R) Prof Ben Tan, Ms Anita Bowman, Prof Scot Bowman VC and President CDU, Prof Dan Bressington, Dr Brona Nic Giolla Easpaig at the awards ceremony.
(L-R) Prof Ben Tan, Ms Anita Bowman, Prof Scot Bowman VC and President CDU, Prof Dan Bressington, Dr Brona Nic Giolla Easpaig at the awards ceremony.

College Student and Staff Awards in April

Sarah Mills
Prof.Karen Francis, Sarah Mills

Congratulations to Sarah Mills who was awarded for her exceptional outstanding contribution to the student learning experience in the College Student and Staff Awards in April.”

Some other photos can be viewed via - Waterhole.



Celebrating International Nurses and Midwives Day

These consecutive anniversaries, celebrated on the 5 and 12 May each year, mark the hard work and resilience of all midwives and nurses across the World. 

In Sydney

The Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) (MNP-PR) Year 2 students organized a lunch party to celebrate the International Nurses Day on 12 May in Sydney Campus. It has been a busy semester, and the students loved the opportunity to come together and celebrate their achievements.

The Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) (MNP-PR) Year 2

Balance between study and life can be challenging for students who are studying the MNP-PR course. Therefore, Sarah Fardell (Mental Health Lecturer) and Tebbin Koo (Senior Lecturer, MNPR Course Coordinator) realized the need to meet their mental health needs. They embedded simple and short sessions on wellbeing and mental health activities into their study during Semester 1.

A student said, “I was very worried and felt stressed because it seems I need to learn many things in this semester but now I feel much better.”

Witnessing their happiness and strengthening our community on campus is the goal for their Semester 2 and final semester.

In Northern Territory
We celebrate and congratulate all of our Nursing and Midwifery staff, and the students that are developing their own careers as the future nurses and midwives of tomorrow. 


International Nurses' Day at Library & Archives NT, Parliament House

Prof. Dan

Book Launch -Mr Jared Archibald - History Curator, Museum & Art Gallery NT
Some photos can be viewed via Waterhole.

Fix Your Content Day Winners Announced!

On May 19th, we joined forces with the global Blackboard Ally community to celebrate the 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), focused on encouraging thinking, learning, and discussions around digital accessibility and inclusion. Worldwide, an estimated one billion people experience some sort of physical, visual, hearing, or cognitive disability. Participating in GAAD is one way to raise awareness and help ensure that all learners can benefit from a more inclusive environment.  Accessible course content also improves the overall educational experience for all learners. “ (Blackboard, 2022).

CDU has been announced as the Regional Winner for Asia Pacific in the Fix Your Content Day 2022!

Regional Winners

  • North America: Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.
  • Europe: Cranfield University
  • Asia Pacific: Charles Darwin University

Thank you to everyone who participated and made Learnline content more accessible. Let's keep this momentum moving and continue to create an equitable and inclusive learning experience for all our learners in LMS. Please complete CDU’s mandatory Disability Standards and Awareness Training which can be done via your eCentre. 

Professional Development sessions

In order to provide practical and theoretical knowledge and experience to support learning and teaching activities, we have a number of Professional Development Sessions within the College. Coming sessions and recording one can be viewed in Waterhole – Intranet.

Our recently published research papers

Välimäki,M., Lam, JTY.,  Hipp, K.,  Cheng, P.,  Ng, T.,  Ip, G., Lee, P.,  Cheung, T., Bressington, D.,  Lantta, T (2022). Physical Restraint Events in Psychiatric Hospitals in Hong Kong: A Cohort Register Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19, 6032. DOI; 10.3390/ijerph19106032.

Välimäki, M., Lantta, T., Lam, JTY., Cheung, T., Cheng, P., Ng, T., Ip, G., Bressington, D (2022- accepted). Perceptions of patient aggression in psychiatric hospitals: a qualitative study using focus groups with nurses, patients, and informal caregivers. BMC Psychiatry, 2022.

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

Accepted publications

Roe, Y. et al. (2022) “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. Drug and Alcohol Review (Accepted 2 May 2022). Doi: 10.1111/dar.13481 

 Available Online Publications 

McLachlan, H.L., Newton, M., McLardie-Hore, F.E., McCalman, P., Jackomos, M., Bundle, G., Kildea, S., Chamberlain, C., Browne, J., Ryan, J., Freemantle, J., Shafiei, T., Jacobs, S.E., Oats, J., Blow, N., Ferguson, K., Gold, L., Watkins, J., Dell, M., Read, K., Hyde, R., Matthews, R., & Forster, D.A. (2022). Translating evidence into practice: Implementing culturally safe continuity of midwifery care for First Nations women in three maternity services in Victoria, Australia. EClinical Medicine. (Available online 3 May 2022).

Anderson, L.A., Kildea, S., Lee, N., Kynoch, K., & Gao, Y. (2022). A comparison of the time of hand expressing of human milk with breast massage to standard care for mothers of preterm infants: An exploratory pilot using a randomized controlled trial design, Journal of Human Lactation, May 2022.


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