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Professional activities


  • Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)
    • Management Committee member (Victorian Branch 2008-)
    • National Board member and Director (2009-2014)
    • Victorian President (2011-2014)
    • Scientific Chair (nursing) and member of the organising committee for the ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, 2010
    • Member of organising committee for the ACCCN 13th Institute of Continuing Education Critical Care Nursing, Melbourne, 2012
    • Chair, ICU nurse staffing standards working party, 2012-2014
  • Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
    • ACM representative on National Blood Authority committee to develop national guidelines on blood product use in obstetrics (2012 - 2014)
    • ACM representative on Australian Commission for Safety and Quality Maternal Sentinel Events and Post Partum Haemorrhage Working Group (2013 - )
    • Member of the International Confederation of Midwives Research Advisory Network – peer reviewed abstracts for the 30th Triennial Congress held in Prague, 2014
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) (organization now Australian College of Nursing)
    • Representative of RCNA as a clinical advisor on the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Technical Group for the National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC) (2010 - 2012)
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ)
    • Judge of ‘new investigator’ awards at the National Congress
  • Society of Obstetric Medicine Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ)


Victorian Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Sub-Committee of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Advisory Committee on Maternal Mortality.

Haemostasis Registry, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University – obstetric sub-committee. 


2014 - 
Honorary Senior Fellow
Department of Nursing
The University of Melbourne

2015 -
Honorary Research Fellow
Judith Lumley Research Centre
La Trobe University

2014 - Honorary Researcher
Mercy Health 


PhD – co-supervisor (on-going – La Trobe University)

PhD – co-supervisor (on-going – La Trobe University)
PhD – co-supervisor (on-going – The University of Melbourne)

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner Candidate – clinical project) – Principal supervisor (completed – La Trobe University)

Master of Nursing (minor thesis) – Principal supervisor (completed – La Trobe University)


Chief Investigator

  1. Case-control study of mechanical ventilation in pregnant/postpartum women and non- pregnant/postpartum women with H1N1 influenza.
  2. Pattern and rate of massive transfusion for obstetric haemorrhage.
  3. Need for, and analysis of, a modular maternal critical care education program.
  4. Development of a severity of preeclampsia score.
  5. Influenza vaccination uptake during pregnancy.

Associate Investigator

  1. The Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS) – NHMRC funded national study on rare and serious disorders of pregnancy; prospective survey of six initial conditions in all hospitals in Australia and New Zealand with over 50 births pa. The initial conditions were: amniotic fluid embolism, antenatal pulmonary embolism, morbid obesity, eclampsia, placenta accrete, peripartum hysterectomy and influenza A requiring ICU admission (CIA Professor Elizabeth Sullivan).
  2. Survey on the use of early warning charts in maternity areas (CIA A/Prof Scott Simmons).
  3. Massive Transfusion Registry Obstetrics Special Interest Group (Massive Transfusion Registry CIA A/Prof Erica Wood)
  4. Comparison of neonates receiving Nasal CPAP in a tertiary and non-tertiary centre (CIA Helen Patterson)