Dr Eileen Dowse

Dr Eileen Dowse

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Midwifery)

Career Summary

Biography

Career Summary

Biography

I have been a registered nurse since 1983 and a registered midwife since 1991. I remain current with registration in both disciplines.  I am the Program Convenor for the Master of Midwifery Studies and Lecturer in the Bachelor of Midwifery program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle.

I commenced my professional life working for several years as a registered nurse during the 1980s. The birth of my own children inspired me to undertake midwifery and here I found my true passion, caring for women and babies. In the mid 1990s, to manage the needs of my own growing family I commenced my first taste of tertiary study undertaking a Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing. I worked in this role up until 2010 enjoying great professional opportunities and roles such as the Greater Newcastle Clinical Nurse Consultant for several years, followed by project officer and Nurse Manager roles. My next career change entailed moving to the University of Newcastle as a lecturer in the undergraduate nursing program. When an opportunity arose to move across to teach into the discipline of midwifery I felt I had come full circle; once again able to combine my passion and help educate midwifery students to provide the best care possible to women, babies and their significant others.

Research Expertise
I recently completed my Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing, exploring the factors that impact on the ability of Child and Family Health Nurses (CFHNs) to work in the Family Partnership Model with mothers. I completed my Master of Nursing - Research in 2006, exploring the value of new parent groups offered in the CFHN service. My findings, for both studies would suggest that it is often difficult for CFHNs (and likely other health professionals), to maintain a partnership focused woman-centred model of interaction with competing with intra-personal and organisational and Ministry of Health public health agendas.

My research interests include: optimising the childbearing experience particularly for Indigenous women; maternal and paternal perinatal mental health; fathers; parent-infant attachment; and, mindfulness and its application to midwifery and CFHN education and practice.

Teaching Expertise
I commenced teaching
into the nursing undergraduate program in 2011. In 2013, I had the privilege and opportunity to begin  teaching within the midwifery undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle. In 2015, I commenced as the Program Convenor for the Master of Midwifery Studies postgraduate program. We are about to embark on a significant redesign of the Master of Midwifery Studies program to ensure it meets the learning and career pathways needs of the midwifery workforce and our graduating Bachelor of Midwifery students.

Administrative Expertise
I am currently the program convenor for the Master of Midwifery Studies Program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle.



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Certificate in Child & Family Hlth Nurs (Karitane), University of Western Sydney
  • Certificate in Health System Management, University of Western Sydney
  • Diploma in Child & Family Hlth Nursing (Karitane), University of Western Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Womens Health), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Nursing, University of Newcastle
  • Registered Nurse, Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW
  • Registered Midwifery Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Keywords

  • Child and family health
  • Midwifery
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting
  • Paternal Perinatal Mental Health

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 20
111006 Midwifery 80

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2015 -  Program Convenor, Master of Midwifery Studies School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
5/03/2013 - 30/04/2017 Casual Midwife John Hunter Hospital New South Wales
Maternity and Gynaecology
Australia
5/09/2011 - 30/06/2013 Clinical Nurse Consultant Research (Grade 3) John Hunter Children Hospital
Australia
7/07/2009 - 24/12/2010 Nurse Manager Grade 4 - Service Development Coordinator, Child and Family Health Nursing (CFHN) Hunter New England Local Health District
Australia
4/02/2008 - 30/06/2009 Project Officer, Child and Family Health Nursing - Clinical Practice Standards Hunter Area Health Service
Northern Child Health Network
Australia
8/01/2001 - 21/01/2008 Clinical Nurse Consultant Child and Family Health Nursing Hunter Area Health Service
Kaleidoscope
Australia
8/02/1999 - 7/02/2000 Clinical Nurse Specialist-Child and Family Health Nursing Hunter Area Health Service
Australia
10/02/1997 - 30/12/1998 Child and Family Health Nurse Hunter Area Health Service
Australia
9/01/1995 - 27/12/1996 Family Care Midwife John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Australia
4/02/1991 - 31/12/1995 Midwife John Hunter Hospital New South Wales
Delivery Suite and Birth Centre
Australia
8/01/1990 - 4/02/1991 Student Midwife The Maitland and John Hunter Hospitals
Australia
7/02/1983 - 31/12/1990 Registered Nurse NSW Health
Australia
4/02/1980 - 7/02/1983 Student Nurse St Joseph's Hosptial, Auburn NSW
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
MIDI3103 The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator MIDI3102 and MIDI3103 21/03/2017 - 23/06/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Fletcher R, Dowse E, St George J, 'Screening dads for depression in Early Parenting Centres', Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, 24 36-36 (2016)
Co-authors Jennifer Stgeorge, Richard Fletcher
2014 Fletcher R, Dowse EM, Hall P, Hopwood N, Bennett E, Erikson J, 'Identifying depressed fathers during a home visit: why and how.', Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 11 5-9 (2014)
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2014 Fletcher R, Dowse E, Bennett E, Chan W, O¿Brien A, Jones D, 'The paternal perinatal depression initiative', Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, 22 40-40 (2014)
Co-authors Donovan Jones, Richard Fletcher, Sally Chan
2014 Dowse EM, van der Riet P, Keatinge DR, 'A student's perspective of managing data collection in a complex qualitative study.', Nurse Res, 22 34-39 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.7748/nr.22.2.34.e1302
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2013 Guest EM, Keatinge DR, Reed J, Johnson KR, Higgins HM, Greig J, 'Implementing and evaluating a professional practice framework in child and family health nursing: A pilot project', Nurse Education in Practice, 13 393-399 (2013) [C1]

Aim: This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of the NSW Child and Family Health Nursing Professional Practice Framework in one health district in New South Wales, A... [more]

Aim: This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of the NSW Child and Family Health Nursing Professional Practice Framework in one health district in New South Wales, Australia. Background: Child and family health nurses provide specialised, community based primary health care to families with children 0-5 years. A state wide professional practice framework was recently developed to support child and family health nurses. Methods: Online learning, clinical practice consultancies and skill assessments related to routine infant and child health surveillance were developed and implemented. Child and family health nurse reviewers gained competency in the various education and assessment components. Reviewers replicated this process in partnership with 21 child and family health nurses from two rural and one regional cluster. Evaluation questionnaires and focus groups were held with stakeholder groups. Findings: Participation provided nurses with affirmation of clinical practice and competency. Education and assessment processes were user friendly and particularly helpful for rural and remote nurses. Managers reported greater confidence in staff competence following project participation. Conclusion: Detailed planning and consultation is recommended before implementation of the Framework. Online learning, skills assessments and model of clinical practice consultancies were identified as central to ongoing orientation, education and professional development. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2012.11.004
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2010 Higgins IJ, Parker VT, Keatinge DR, Giles M, Winskill RA, Dowse EM, et al., 'Doing clinical research: The challenges and benefits', Contemporary Nurse, 35 171-181 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.171
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2009 Guest EM, Keatinge DR, 'The value of new parent groups in child and family health nursing', The Journal of Perinatal Education, 18 12-22 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1624/105812409x461180
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Fealy S, Jones D, Ebert L, Dowse E, Wynne O, Zhang M, Chan S, 'Developing a ¿Postnatal Psychoeducational¿ smartphone application for first time mothers', Developing a ¿Postnatal Psychoeducational¿ smartphone application for first time mothers (2016)
Co-authors Donovan Jones, Lyn Ebert, Sally Chan, Olivia Wynne, Shanna Fealy
2016 Dowse E, van der Riet P, Keatinge D, 'A Focused Ethnography of the Factors Influencing Child and Family Health Nurses' Ability to Work in Partnership With Parents', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS (2016)
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2013 Dowse EM, Johnson K, 'The NSW Child and Family Health Nursing Professional Practice Framework: From pilot to area implementation', The NSW Child and Family Health Nursing Professional Practice Framework: From pilot to area implementation (2013)
2012 Dowse EM, Keatinge DR, Van Der Riet PJ, 'The factors influencing, and the nature of their impact, on the child and family health nurse's ability to work in partnership with parents', 23rd International Nursing Research Congress (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $53,220

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20171 grants / $20,000

Supporting postnatal first-time mothers – An RCT of a new mobile$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Sally Chan, Doctor Lyn Ebert, Mr Donovan Jones, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Ms Shanna Fealy
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700189
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20151 grants / $1,350

21st Qualitative Health Research Conference, Toronto Canada, 17-21 October 2015$1,350

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Eileen Dowse
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500961
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20142 grants / $31,870

UON Equity Research Fellowship$25,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Eileen Dowse

Scheme UON Equity Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

UON Equity Grant$6,870

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

Eileen Dowse

Scheme UON Equity Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Exploring the Development and Implementation of a Model of Midwifery Continuity of Care in a Regional Australian City PhD (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Eileen Dowse

Position

Lecturer
Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Midwifery

Contact Details

Email eileen.dowse@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6746
Fax (02) 4921 6301

Office

Room RW 225
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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