Nursing and Midwifery Research

The aim of the nursing and midwifery research team at KEMH is to develop and support excellence in nursing and midwifery care.
The team’s objectives are to:
  • discover new knowledge
  • support the implementation and evaluation of relevant, innovative clinical initiatives
  • nurture novice researchers
  • engage clinician nurses and midwives in research activities
  • support nurses and midwives enrolled in higher degrees by research programmes
  • pursue funds for research
  • disseminate research findings at conferences and in professional journals
  • provide methodological guidance for research design
For more information, please email kemh.dnamer@health.wa.gov.au

 Name Position  Phone  Email 
Yvonne Hauck Professor of Midwifery, Curtin University (joint appointment)

(08) 6458 3008 Yvonne.Hauck@health.wa.gov.au
Y.Hauck@curtin.edu.au
Curtin Profile

Zoe Bradfield Midwifery Research Fellow, Curtin University (joint appointment)

(08) 6458 3024 Zoe.Bradfield@curtin.edu.au
Zoe.bradfield@health.wa.gov.au
Curtin profile

Natalie Williams 

Gynaecology Nursing Researcher

(08) 6458 3007 Natalie.Williams@health.wa.gov.au
Courtney Barnes Midwifery Research Assistant

(08) 6458 3014 Courtney.Barnes@health.wa.gov.au
Georgia Griffin Gynaecology Nursing Research Assistant

(08) 6458 3014 Georgia.Griffin@health.wa.gov.au

Current Projects

Midwifery

  • Evaluation of Community Midwifery Program Risk Model
  • Evaluation of Caesarean Section Birth Plan (consumer and midwives feedback)
  • Women’s experiences with formula feeding at King Edward Memorial Hospital
  • Timing of first cuddle in two groups of preterm infants (27+6 days and 28 to 31+6 days)
  • Evaluation of ‘dad’s only’ session of parent education offered at King Edward Memorial Hospital
  • Young women’s perceptions and experience of the care they received in pregnancy, labour and post birth (adolescent support service at KEMH)
  • Staying Mentally Healthy during Pregnancy and the transition to Parenthood
  • Australian women’s perceptions of receiving care from students during a recent childbearing experience

Gynaecology Nursing

  • E-Professionalism: Evaluation of nurses’ and midwives’ use of, attitudes and information needs around social media
  • Patient evaluation of gynaecological information provision and preferences
  • Patient evaluation of the Breast Screen Nurse role

Completed Projects (2017 to 2019)

  • The practice reality of ward based midwifery care: an exploration of aspirations and restrictions
  • Care of women experiencing early pregnancy loss: the role of the nurse in the gynaecological setting
  • Obstetric outcomes for women with severe mental illness: 10 years of experience in a tertiary multidisciplinary antenatal clinic
  • Mothers’ and support persons’ experiences of maternity high-dependency care following a complicated birth
  • Midwives’ perceptions of women’s mobile phone use and impact on care in birth suite
  • Portable electronic devices used on labour ward by women and their support people
  • Evaluation of morbidity and mortality associated with home birth in Western Australia. Collaboration between KEMH, WIRF, UWA &Curtin University
  • Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and perception of learning needs around vaccination for pregnant women. Collaboration between KEMH, Communicable Disease Control Directorate WA Health, UWA &Curtin University
  • Water birth projects: 1) midwives’ perception of their education, knowledge and practice around immersion in water for labour or birth 2) The perceptions and experiences of women who achieved and did not achieve a waterbirth 3) Obstetric and neonatal outcomes for women intending to use immersion in water for labour and birth in Western Australia (2015-2016): A retrospective audit of clinical outcomes.
  • Gaining insight into the supportive care needs of Western Australian women experiencing gynaecological cancer: a qualitative study
  • The supportive care needs of women experiencing gynaecological cancer: A Western Australian cross-sectional study
  • Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and learning needs regarding antenatal vaccination

Manuscripts published in 2017 to 2019

2019

  • Lewis, L., Barnes, C., Roberts, L., McLeod, L., Elliott, A. & Hauck, Y. (2019). The practice reality of ward based midwifery care: an exploration of aspirations and restrictions. Woman and Birth, Sep 6. pii: S1871-5192(19)30453-6. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.08.010. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Bradfield, Z., Hauck, Y., Duggan, R. & Kelly, M. (2019). Midwives’ perceptions of being ‘with woman’: a phenomenological study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19:363. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-019-2548-4.
  • Frayne, J., Nguyen, T., Allen, S., Hauck, Y., Liira, H. & Vickery, A. (2019). Obstetric outcomes for women with severe mental illness: 10 years of experience in a tertiary multidisciplinary antenatal clinic. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00404-19-05258x.
  • Kaufman, J., Attwell, K., Hauck, Y., Omer, S. & Danchin, M. (2019). Vaccine discussions in pregnancy: interviews with midwives to inform design of an intervention to promote uptake of maternal and childhood vaccines. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics. 15(11),2534-2543.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Overing, H., Poletti, C., Barnes, C. Black, N. & Kingwell, E. (2019). Women’s experience of maternity high-dependency care following a complicated birth: a cross-sectional study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 53. 54-59.
  • Lewis, l., Hauck, Y., Barnes, C., & Overing, H. (2019). Maternal and partner experience of maternity high-dependency care for an obstetric complication: an Australian study. Evidence Based Midwifery, 17(2):53-59.
  • Lewis, L., Barnes, C., Allan, J., Roberts, L., Lube, D. & Hauck, Y.  (2019). Midwives’ perceptions of women’s mobile phone use and impact on care in birth suite. Midwifery, 76, 142-147.
  • Kuliukas, L., Hauck, Y., Jorgensen, A. Kneebone, K., Burns, S., Maycock, B. & Scott, J. (2019). Process evaluation of a peer-led antenatal breastfeeding class for fathers: perceptions of facilitators and participants.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19(1), 48. doi:10.1186/s12884-019-2198-6.

2018

  • Hauck, Y., Nathan, E., Ball, C., Hutchinson, M., Somerville, S., Hornbuckle, J. & Doherty, D. (2018). Women’s reasons and perceptions around planning a homebirth with a registered midwife in Western Australia. Women and Birth, S1871-5192(18)30607-3.
  • Frayne, J., Nguyen, T., Hauck, Y., Liira, H., & Keelan, J. (2018). The relationship between pregnancy exposure to antidepressant and atypical antipsychotic medications and placental weight and birth weight ratio: a retrospective cohort study. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 38(6), 563-569.
  • Williams, N., Griffin, G., Farrell, V., Rea, A., Murray, K. & Hauck, Y. (2018). The supportive care needs of women experiencing gynaecological cancer: A Western Australian cross-sectional study.  BMC Cancer, 18:912. doi.org/10.1186/s12885-018-4812-9
  • Lewis, L., Barnes, C., Roberts, L., Cook, N., Morris, S., De Leo, A. & Hauck, Y. (2018). Women’s mobile phone use in birth suite: a West Australian perspective. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 18, 10-12.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Butt, J., Western, C., Overing, H., Poletti, C., Priest, J., Hudd, D. & Thomson, B. (2018). Midwives’ experience of their education, knowledge and practice around immersion in water for labour or birth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, 249. doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1823-0.
  • Regan, A., Hauck, Y., Nicolaou, L., Engelbrecht, D., Butt, J., Mak, D., Priest, R., Cukierman, R., & Effler, P. (2018). Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and learning needs regarding antenatal vaccination. Midwifery, 62, 199-204.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Crichton, C., Barnes, C., Poletti, C., Overing, H., Keys, L. & Thomson, B.  (2018). The perceptions and experiences of women who achieved and did not achieve a waterbirth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18(1), 23. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1637-5.
  • Ronchi, F., Lewis, L., Hauck, Y. & Doherty, D. (2018). Non-smoking buddy support within a comprehensive smoking cessation intervention for young pregnant Australian women. Midwifery, 59, 68-73.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Butt, J. & Hornbuckle, J.  (2018). Obstetric and neonatal outcomes for women intending to use immersion in water for labour and birth in Western Australia (2015-2016): A retrospective audit of clinical outcomes. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1-9. DOI: 10.1111/ajo.12758.
  • Bosco, A., Williams, N., Graham, J., Malagas, D. & Hauck, Y. (2018). Developing research priorities for nurses working in the gynaecology setting in Western Australia. Collegian, 25, 73-80.

2017

  • Frayne, J., Nguyen, T., Bennett, K., Allen, S., Hauck, Y. & Liira, H. (2017). The effects of gestational use with antidepressants and antipsychotics on neonatal outcomes for women with severe mental illness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, doi:10.1111/ajo.12621.
  • Williams, N., Hauck, Y., & Bosco, A. (2017). Nurses’ perceptions of providing psychosexual care to women experiencing gynaecological cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 30, 35-42.
  • Frayne, J., Nguyen, T., Mok, T., Hauck, Y. & Liira, H. (2017). Lithium exposure during pregnancy: outcomes for women who attended a specialist antenatal clinic. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 15:1-9. doi:10.1080/0167482X.2017.1337743.
  • Kuliukas, L., Hauck, Y., Lewis, L. & Duggan, R. (2017). The woman, partner and midwife: an integration of three journeys of intrapartum transfer from a birth centre to a tertiary obstetric unit. Women and Birth, 30, e125-e131.
  • Nguyen, T., Hauck, Y., Pedruzzi, R., Frayne, J., Rock, D. & Dragovic, M. (2017). Sexual health behaviours of women with severe mental illness: An exploratory survey of Western Australian Community Mental Health Services. Health Care for Women International, 38(7), 705-714.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Allsop, S. & Doherty, D. (2017). A multiple component intervention to assist young pregnant smokers to cease smoking: a randomised controlled pilot study. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 8:1.
  • Frayne, J. & Hauck, Y. (2017). Enjoying a healthy pregnancy: the GP’s essential role in health promotion. Australian Family Physician, 46, 20-25.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Pemberton, A., Crichton, C. & Butt, J. (2017). ‘Teaching on the Run’ with Australian midwives in a tertiary maternity hospital. Nurse Education in Practice, 22, 47-54.

2016

  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Crichton, C., Western, C., Dohorty, D. & Allsop, S. (2016). An exploration of young Australian women’s smoking goals across the trajectory of pregnancy and post birth. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 7,6.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ashton, E., Engelbrecht, D., Nicolaou, L., Crichton, C. & Spence, M. (2016). Maternity patients’ perception of health professionals’ compliance with two quality improvement outcomes: hand hygiene and skin to skin contact with a newborn infant. Evidence Based Midwifery, 14(4), 125-130.
  • Aydon, L., Hauck, Y., Zimmer, M. & Murdoch, J. (2016). Factors influencing a nurse’s decision to question an aspect of medication administration. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(17-18), 2468-2477.
  • Barnett, L., Hauck, Y. & Lewis, L. (2016). Midwives’ journey through the first year of a hospital based midwifery group practice. International Journal of Childbirth, 6(4), 197-205.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Crichton, C., Brown, A., Spence, M. & Kelly, G. (2016). An overview of the first ‘no exit’ Midwifery Group Practice in a tertiary maternity hospital in Western Australia: outcomes, satisfaction and perceptions of care. Women and Birth, 29, 494-502.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Allsop, S. & Doherty, D. (2016). Psychosocial characteristics and smoking behaviour in young Western Australian pregnant women at their first hospital appointment. Public Health Journal, 137, 192-195.
  • Regan, A., Mak, D., Hauck, Y., Gibbs, R., Tracey, L., Effler, P. (2016). Trends in seasonal influenza vaccine uptake during pregnancy in Western Australia: implications for midwives. Women and Birth, 29, 423-429.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Pemberton, A., Crichton, C. & Conwell, M. (2016). Titration of intravenous oxytocin post birth following induction and augmentation in the absence of postpartum haemorrhage. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 9, 35-37.
  • Ball, C., Hauck, Y., Kuliukas, L., Lewis, L. & Doherty, D. (2016). Under scrutiny: midwives’ experience of intrapartum transfer from home to hospital within the context of a planned homebirth. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 8:88-93.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Crichton, C. & Waller, L. (2016). Gaining insight into how women conceptualise satisfaction: Western Australian women’s perception of their maternity care services. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16:29.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Kuliukas, L., Butt, J. & Wood, J. (2016). Graduate midwives’ perception of their preparation and support in using evidence to advocate for women’s choice: A Western Australian study. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1),305-311.