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The Pulse #9 2022


Dean’s Update

I cannot believe that it is time to craft a Dean’s report for the next edition new edition of The Pulse.  As I reflect on what has occurred over the past month, I am staggered and very impressed by what we have achieved, and I will forever be grateful to everyone for their support and ongoing commitment to nursing and midwifery education and related research.


College Alignment


The Alignment of Colleges process is on track.  Thank you to everyone who has engaged in the process and has provided feedback.  As you know the process is due to be completed on the 14th November. As yet, the structure and the naming of the aligned two new Colleges hasn’t been decided. You may like to ponder nomenclature options for the new College in which Nursing and Midwifery will reside. 


August has been a busy month in terms of staff recruitment. We have interviewed and are appointing a number of professional and academic staff.

We have interviewed for: Associate Professor in Midwifery, Senior Lecturer Midwifery, Lecturer(s) in Nursing (a Level C and a Level B), and Research Project Officer positions. The recruitment process is ongoing, and announcements will come out soon from the Associate Dean Academic (Dan Bressington). And there are further positions to be advertised soon.   

Establishment of Education, Research and Simulation Precincts

We are in the process of developing business cases to establish three Education, Research and Simulation Precincts. These new entities will be in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth. SimBlocks will be offered from each to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Over the last few weeks, I have been working with Tom Lacey (Facilities Manager), Anne Coulter (CFO) and Gus Diaz (our College Manager) to identify options for establishing the precincts. Jo Finn joined our merry band in Melbourne. Jessica Morrissey and Clare Davison assisted with Perth, and Daniel Bressington, Haakan Strand and Anu Paliwal with Brisbane. Thank you to everyone for your assistance and feedback. The business cases for each site will take time to build as they need to be detailed.

The new precincts will operate in a similar way to our major campuses. They will be central to engagement with local health and education services and raising the visibility of CDU as a national University.

New relationships

Jessica Morrissey and I were invited to attend the Pilbara Universities Centre graduation ceremony and to meet with staff. The centre is in Karratha in Northern Western Australia. Many of our students who live in this region are supported by the Pilbara Universities Centre staff. The photo below is the Karratha airport and the other is the garden at our hotel. 

Pilbara Universities Centre
Pilbara Universities Centre



The CDU graduations are upon us again.  Celebrating our student success is an important aspect of your role as academics and professional staff in our College.  Thank you to everyone who can attend the various ceremonies.

Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies: 

  • Darwin – 30 September 
  • Sydney – 20 October

If you intend to travel to either ceremony, please contact Kate Morrissey who is handling travel bookings, and Dean pre-approval is required, as for all travel. 

Open Days

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Open Day on our campuses so far.

The Casuarina Campus Open Day took place on Sunday 28 August. Dominic Upton and Dan Bressington have both shared their positive feedback on the day, the interest received from the public and the great contribution from all staff that were involved.

Dominic also wanted to convey his thanks for your collegiality and support of CHHS colleagues in this joint College activity.  

Upcoming Open Days:

  • Sydney – 3 September
  • Alice Springs – 17 September
  • Palmerston – 17 September
Conm staff


11 people in the College have applied for promotion in the current round. This was a great effort. If you are thinking about applying for promotion in next year’s round, please talk with your line managers and start crafting your applications early. 

Concluding remarks

Semester 2 has commenced. Life is busy for everyone. Please take care of yourselves. Take time to smell the roses and rejoice in your achievements.

Professor Karen Francis,

Dean, College of Nursing and Midwifery

College Updates

CDU welcomes new students as Orientation Week begins

Hundreds of new students were welcomed to campuses across the Territory to get their first taste of university life as Semester Two Orientation Week begins.



Congratulations to Associate Professor Yu Gao who is appointed by National Health and Medical Research Council  (NHMRC)  to be the Member of the Grant Assessment Committee for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative – 2022 Mitochondrial Donation Pilot Program Grant Opportunity and Clinician Researchers Initiative – 2022 Clinician Researchers: Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Grant Opportunity.

Congratulations to Professor Benjamin Tan on his appointment as a Professorial Advisory Council (PAC) Member with the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA). 

Congratulations Kobi Schutz who were selected in the 12 finalists of the 2022 CDU Three Minute Thesis Competition. Her project is “Improving the Management of Bronchiectasis” and good luck to her for the People’s Choice Award.

Wear It Purple Day  - Friday 26 August 2022


It is an annual campaign to show support to rainbow young people, and celebrate the diversity of the rainbow community. Wear It Purple are a not-for-profit, youth run organisation that’s dedicated to creating safe and supportive environments for rainbow youth. They believe that everyone has the right to be proud of who they are.



Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

Sue Kruske and Jenne Roberts from the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre are designing a scoping plan for a comprehensive evaluation of the NT Healthy Under 5-Kids– Partnering Families Program (HU5K-PF). The Healthy under 5 Kids program aims to improve the health, wellbeing, development, safety and learning outcomes of children and their families by providing health assessments and support and connecting families to other services. This program makes a big contribution to the NT’s early childhood development goal of ensuring all children are ready to learn from day 1 of starting school.

In alignment with the Molly Centre’s aims to positively impact health outcomes for women and babies through world class evaluation and research, the plan proposes community-based, decolonising, participatory action research approaches. Sue and Jenne have identified who will use the evaluation findings, what information they need and when, and the sort of recommendations NT Health would find most useful. This approach should ensure the evaluation is useful when NT Health is reflecting on and redesigning child health services. During September NT Health will collect feedback on the draft plan and make any changes so it reflects their priorities. In early October Sue and Jenne will finalise the scoping plan, then NT Health will use it to apply for funds for a five year program evaluation. We really appreciate the opportunity to partner with NT Health on this project.

Our recently published research papers

Below please find the updates for Cancer Supportive Care Research Theme, MHSCRG and other recently published papers: 

The latest publications: 

  1. Thambiraj, J., Kirshbaum, M. N., Liu, X.L., Waheed, N., & Valery, P. C. (2022). “You feel different in your body”: Experiences of fatigue among children undergoing radiotherapy for cancer treatment. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 67, 7-14. doi: [SCI, 5-Year IF of 2021=2.891, SJR Q1]  
  2. Montayre, J., Alananzeh, I., Bail, K., Barnewall, K., Beament, T., Campbell, S., .......Liu, X.L., .....Tan, J.Y.B., .......Salamonson, Y. (2022). Development and psychometric testing of the gender misconceptions of men in nursing (GEMINI) scale among nursing students. Contemp Nurse, 1-21. doi:10.1080/10376178.2022.2107041 [SCI, 5-Year IF of 2021=2.318, SJR Q2] 
  3. Wang, H.Y., Wang, T., Liu, X.L., & Tan, J.Y.B. (2022). Is breathing exercise effective for pain relief in cancer survivors? Supportive Care in Cancer, 30 (Suppl 1): S17–S18. (Published Conference Proceeding) [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2021=3.677, JCR(Rehabilitation) Q1] 
  4. Liu, X. L., Huang, Y. Y., Wang, T., Molassiotis, A., Yao, L. Q., Huang, Q. H., Zheng, S. L., & Tan, J. Y. B. (2022). Validation of the Mandarin Chinese version of the Oxford Knee Score in breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 30 (Suppl 1): S9. (Published Conference Proceeding) [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2021=3.677, JCR(Rehabilitation) Q1] 
  5. Wang T., Tan, J. Y. B., Zhao I., Polotan M.J., & Eliseeva S. Development and validation of an evidence-based acupressure intervention for fatigue-insomnia-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer (2022) 30 (Suppl 1): S48–S49. (Published Conference Proceeding) [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2021=3.677, JCR(Rehabilitation) Q1] 
  6. Ho, KY, Lam, KW., Bressington, D., Lin, J., Mak, YW., Wu, C., Li, W (2022).  The use of a positive psychology intervention (PPI) to promote the psychological well-being of children living in poverty: Study protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 2022;12:e055506. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055506 Impact Factor- 3.01 (Q1).
  7. Xi, C., Su J., Bressington, D., Li, Y., Leung, S (2022). Perspectives of nursing students towards schizophrenia stigma: A qualitative study protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022, 19, 9574. DOI:10.3390/ijerph19159574. Impact Factor- 4.61 (Q1).

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