Staff Profile


Career Summary


Commencing work in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle in March 2013, Helen is the Director of Clinical Education and Senior Lecturer.  Helen also maintains positions at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, and is a Board Member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Nursing and Midwifery – Tasmania),  and active member of  Practice Development Tasmania, as part of the   International Practice Development  Collaboration (IPDC). 

Working in health care since 1983, Helen subsequently completed studies commencing with BN (Hons) and completed Doctoral Studies in 2010.  Her engagement has been with health care research with a focus on action research, practice development and translation research focused on improving nursing care provided in acute and community care sectors.  More recently Helen has focused on clinical placement experiences of undergraduate s, working with both undergraduates and clinical supervisors who provide support in placement.

Helen has published in the area of COPD, Dementia and paediatric care provision, and  undergraduate clinical placement evaluation, working closely with care providers and nurses in practice. 


  • PhD (Nursing), University of Tasmania, 15/12/2010
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tasmania, 16/12/1998
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), University of Tasmania, 11/08/2001


Research keywords

  • Action Research
  • Clinical Placement
  • Dementia
  • Paediatric
  • Practice Development
  • Qualitative
  • Translation Research

Research expertise

Helen has extensive research experience in participatory action research and has worked primarily in aged care settings, community nursing and acute care areas utising the approach in order to facilitate change focused on greater alignment of practice with existing evidence. In particular Helen has experience with supporting chronic disease self management approaches by community nurses, and dementia care provision within acute care environments.

In addition Helen has high levels of experience with research in the area of clinical supervision, clinical placement and support for undergraduates in clinical placement. The approach is mulifaceted with mixed methods utilised to provide rich descriptions of the complex area. Central to any research in the area is the intention to provide information back to clinicians and tertiary providers of education drawing on action research principles to encourage and support sustainable change.

Fields of Research

130209Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy55
111001Aged Care Nursing25
111003Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)20


Helen has recenlty relocated from Tasmania and will maintain collaboration with two areas in particular from there. The first is the WICKING Dementia Research and Education Centre where she remains part of the larger team working toward improved outcomes of care to this group of people and in particular through the Teaching Residential Aged Care project to enhance support and education for undergraduates in residential aged care facilities. The second area is with the Quality Clinical Placement research team undertaking longitudinal studies to further understand the area of clinical placements.


Administrative expertise

Helen has administration expertise on large projects, including managing grant budgets and project team organisation.


Teaching keywords

  • Clinical Placement
  • Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching expertise

Helen currently teaches into the Bachelor of Nursing program at University of Newcastle and is Director of Clinical Education for BN undergraduates. The position allows great synergy with her central research interests, undergraduate clinical placements. In addition Helen has supported Honours, Masters and PhD students through their journeys of Higher Degree Education.



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Journal article (11 outputs)

2014Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald M, Ford K, Johnson C, Wills K, 'Development and reliability testing of the quality clinical placement evaluation tool', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 504-514 (2014)
2014Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, Tesch L, Johnson C, 'More than just clowns--Clown doctor rounds and their impact for children, families and staff.', J Child Health Care, 18 286-296 (2014)
2013Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald M, 'The development and evaluation of a preceptorship program using a practice development approach', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 30 5-13 (2013) [C1]
2012Courtney-Pratt H, FitzGerald M, Ford K, Marsden K, Marlow A, 'Quality clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students: a cross-sectional survey of undergraduates and supervising nurses', JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 68 1380-1390 (2012) [C1]
2012Courtney-Pratt H, Johnson C, Cameron-Tucker H, Sanderson S, 'Investigating the feasibility of promoting and sustaining delivery of cardiac rehabilitation in a rural community', RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 12 (2012) [C1]
2012Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, FitzGerald M, 'Post-discharge experiences of children and their families following children's surgery', JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE, 16 320-330 (2012) [C1]
2012Walters JAE, Cameron-Tucker H, Courtney-Pratt H, Nelson M, Robinson A, Scott J, et al., 'Supporting health behaviour change in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with telephone health-mentoring: insights from a qualitative study', BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 13 (2012) [C1]
2012Walters JAE, Courtney-Pratt H, Cameron-Tucker H, Nelson M, Robinson A, Scott J, et al., 'Engaging general practice nurses in chronic disease self-management support in Australia: insights from a controlled trial in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH, 18 74-79 (2012) [C1]
2012Courtney-Pratt H, Cummings E, Turner P, Cameron-Tucker H, Wood-Baker R, Walters EH, Robinson AL, 'Entering a World of Uncertainty Community Nurses' Engagement With Information and Communication Technology', CIN-COMPUTERS INFORMATICS NURSING, 30 612-619 (2012) [C2]
2008Robinson A, Courtney-Pratt H, Lea E, Cameron-Tucker H, Turner P, Cummings E, et al., 'Transforming clinical practice amongst community nurses: mentoring for COPD patient self-management', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 17 370-379 (2008) [C1]
2005Jessup M, Courtney-Pratt H, Robinson A, Cameron-Tucker H, Walters H, Wood-Baker R, et al., 'Cementing Pathways Home: enhancing quality of life for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 24 A13-A14 (2005)
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Conference (2 outputs)

2012Courtney-Pratt H, FitzGerald M, Ford K, Robinson A, 'People with Dementia in Hospital: A case study', 27TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE INTERNATIONAL, London, ENGLAND (2012) [E2]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$1,500

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2014 (1 grants)

Fifth International Nurse Education Conference, Noordwijkerhout Netherlands, 22-25 June 2014$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Helen Courtney-Pratt
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.15

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132021PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorHow Nurses Evaluate Their Own Practice

Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt

Work Phone(02) 4921 7707
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia