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Ms Lyn Ebert

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Midwifery)

Career Summary

Biography

I have been a registered nurse since 1978 and a registered midwife since 1990. I remain current with registration in both disciplines. I recently completed my Doctor of Philosophy - Midwifery, exploring the maternity care encounters of socially disadvantaged women. I completed my Masters of Philosophy - Midwifery in 2008, exploring the interactions between midwives and women who smoked during pregnancy. My findings, for both studies would suggest that it is often difficult for midwives to maintain a woman-centred model of interaction with competing organisational and Ministry of Health public health agendas. I am the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle. My research interests therefore, involve the provision of woman-centred care for all childbearing women regardless of the midwifery context as well as the educational strategies that will support graduate midwives to implement woman-centred care into their practice.

Research Expertise
Midwifery, Nursing, Women's health in relation to childbearing, and Communicating within a partnership model of health care I recently completed my Doctor of Philosophy - Midwifery, exploring the maternity care encounters of socially disadvantaged women. I completed my Masters of Philosophy - Midwifery in 2008, exploring the interactions between midwives and women who smoked during pregnancy. I my findings would suggest that it is often difficult for midwives to maintain a woman-centred model of interaction with competing organisational and Ministry of Health public health agendas.

Teaching Expertise
I have been teaching within the midwifery, nursing undergraduate and postgraduate programs since 2000 at the University of Newcastle. I also guest lecture into the Masters of Pharmacology program. I am currently the program convenor for the Bachelor of Midwifery Program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle. My research interests involve the provision of woman-centred care for all childbearing women regardless of the midwifery context and the educational strategies that will support graduate midwives to implement woman-centred care into their practice.

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

Collaborations
I am currently a member of the nursing and midwifery BRICs (Building Research and Interdisciplinary Collaboration) Network. I am also currently a member of the research centre for health professional education.


Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education, Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of New England

Keywords

  • health professional interactions
  • midwifery
  • neonatal care
  • nursing
  • social disadvantage and childbearing
  • woman-centred care
  • woman-midwife relationship

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111006Midwifery85
111099Nursing not elsewhere classified15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/04/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/10/2011 - Casual MidwifeGosford Private hospital
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/01/2008Casual Registered MidwifeNorthern Sydney Central Coast Health Service
Australia
1/10/1996 - 1/01/2002Clinical Nurse EducatorGosford Hospital
Australia
1/10/1990 - 1/09/1996Registered MidwifeGosford Hospital
Australia
1/10/1989 - 1/09/1990Trainee MidwifeGosford Hospital
Australia
1/04/1980 - 1/03/1981Registered NurseWendham Holt Hospital
Gerontology
United Kingdom
1/01/1979 - 1/07/1979Registered NursePrince Henry Hospital
Renal Unit
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015McLaughlin K, Kable A, Ebert L, Murphy VE, 'Barriers preventing Australian midwives from providing antenatal asthma management', British Journal of Midwifery, 23 116-123 (2015)

International guidelines indicate that management of asthma during pregnancy should be multidisciplinary; however, the role of midwives has not been researched. Method: A qualitat... [more]

International guidelines indicate that management of asthma during pregnancy should be multidisciplinary; however, the role of midwives has not been researched. Method: A qualitative descriptive study exploring Australian midwives' current knowledge about asthma in pregnancy and their perceived role in antenatal asthma management was conducted, involving individual semi-structured in-depth interviews with 13 midwives in a tertiary referral hospital. Data were analysed using Morse and Field's four-stage process. Findings: Midwives identified barriers preventing them from providing antenatal asthma management, including: lack of knowledge about asthma in pregnancy; time constraints; women's knowledge about asthma in pregnancy; lack of a clear referral pathway; and lack of accessible asthma management equipment. Barriers were influenced by the institutional context in which the midwives worked. Conclusion: While participants identified barriers preventing them from providing recommended antenatal asthma management, they also suggested that improving their knowledge about asthma in pregnancy and developing a clear referral pathway may be beneficial.

DOI10.12968/bjom.2015.23.2.116
Co-authorsVanessa Murphy, Ashley Kable
2014Ebert L, Hoffman K, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, '"They have no idea of what we do or what we know": Australian graduates' perceptions of working in a health care team', Nurse Education in Practice, 14 544-550 (2014) [C1]

Globally it has been suggested that interprofessional education can lead to improvements in patient safety as well as increased job satisfaction and understanding of professional ... [more]

Globally it has been suggested that interprofessional education can lead to improvements in patient safety as well as increased job satisfaction and understanding of professional roles and responsibilities. In many health care facilities staff report being committed to working collaboratively, however their practice does not always reflect their voiced ideologies. The inability to work effectively together can, in some measure, be attributed to a lack of knowledge and respect for others' professional roles, status and boundaries. In this paper, we will report on the findings of an interpretative study undertaken in Australia, focussing specifically on the experiences of new graduate nurses, doctors and pharmacists in relation to 'knowing about' and 'working with' other health care professionals. Findings indicated there was little understanding of the roles of other health professionals and this impacted negatively on communication and collaboration between and within disciplines. Furthermore, most new graduates recall interprofessional education as intermittent, largely optional, non-assessable, and of little value in relation to their roles, responsibilities and practice as graduate health professionals. Interprofessional education needs to be integrated into undergraduate health programs with an underlying philosophy of reciprocity, respect and role valuing, in order to achieve the proposed benefits for staff and patients.

DOI10.1016/j.nepr.2014.06.005
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones, Conor Gilligan
2014Ebert L, Hoffman K, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, '"They have no idea of what we do or what we know": Australian graduates' perceptions of working in a health care team.', Nurse education in practice, 14 544-550 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.nepr.2014.06.005
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsConor Gilligan, Tracy Levett-Jones
2014Ebert L, Bellchambers H, Ferguson A, Browne J, 'Socially disadvantaged women's views of barriers to feeling safe to engage in decision-making in maternity care', Women and Birth, 27 132-137 (2014) [C1]

Background: Although midwifery literature suggests that woman-centred care can improve the birthing experiences of women and birth outcomes for women and babies, recent research h... [more]

Background: Although midwifery literature suggests that woman-centred care can improve the birthing experiences of women and birth outcomes for women and babies, recent research has identified challenges in supporting socially disadvantaged women to engage in decision-making regarding care options in order to attain a sense of control within their maternity care encounters. Objective: The objective of this paper is to provide an understanding of the issues that affect the socially disadvantaged woman's ability to actively engage in decision-making processes relevant to her care. Research design: The qualitative approach known as Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to gain an understanding of maternity care encounters as experienced by each of the following cohorts: socially disadvantaged women, registered midwives and student midwives. This paper focuses specifically on data from participating socially disadvantaged women that relate to the elements of woman-centred care-choice and control and their understandings of capacity to engage in their maternity care encounters. Findings: Socially disadvantaged women participants did not feel safe to engage in discussions regarding choice or to seek control within their maternity care encounters. Situations such as inadequate contextualised information, perceived risks in not conforming to routine procedures, and the actions and reactions of midwives when these women did seek choice or control resulted in a silent compliance. This response was interpreted as a consequence of women's decisions to accept responsibility for their baby's wellbeing by delegating health care decision-making to the health care professional. Conclusion: This research found that socially disadvantaged women want to engage in their care. However without adequate information and facilitation of choice by midwives, they believe they are outsiders to the maternity care culture and decision-making processes. Consequently, they delegate responsibility for maternity care choices to those who do belong; midwives. These findings suggest that midwives need to better communicate a valuing of the woman's participation in decision-making processes and to work with women so they do have a sense of belonging within the maternity care environment. Midwives need to ensure that socially disadvantaged women do feel safe about having a voice regarding their choices and find ways to give them a sense of control within their maternity care encounters. © 2013.

DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2013.11.003
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson, Helen Bellchambers
2014Ebert L, Hoffman K, Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, '"They have no idea of what we do or what we know": Australian graduates' perceptions of working in a health care team', Nurse Education in Practice, 14 544-550 (2014)

Globally it has been suggested that interprofessional education can lead to improvements in patient safety as well as increased job satisfaction and understanding of professional ... [more]

Globally it has been suggested that interprofessional education can lead to improvements in patient safety as well as increased job satisfaction and understanding of professional roles and responsibilities. In many health care facilities staff report being committed to working collaboratively, however their practice does not always reflect their voiced ideologies. The inability to work effectively together can, in some measure, be attributed to a lack of knowledge and respect for others' professional roles, status and boundaries. In this paper, we will report on the findings of an interpretative study undertaken in Australia, focussing specifically on the experiences of new graduate nurses, doctors and pharmacists in relation to 'knowing about' and 'working with' other health care professionals. Findings indicated there was little understanding of the roles of other health professionals and this impacted negatively on communication and collaboration between and within disciplines. Furthermore, most new graduates recall interprofessional education as intermittent, largely optional, non-assessable, and of little value in relation to their roles, responsibilities and practice as graduate health professionals. Interprofessional education needs to be integrated into undergraduate health programs with an underlying philosophy of reciprocity, respect and role valuing, in order to achieve the proposed benefits for staff and patients.

DOI10.1016/j.nepr.2014.06.005
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones, Conor Gilligan
2013Powers JR, Loxton DJ, O'Mara AT, Chojenta CL, Ebert L, 'Regardless of where they give birth, women living in non-metropolitan areas are less likely to have an epidural than their metropolitan counterparts', WOMEN AND BIRTH, 26 E77-E81 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2012.12.001Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta, Jenny Powers
2011Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, Bellchambers HL, 'Working for socially disadvantaged women', Women and Birth, 24 85-91 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2010.08.002
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsHelen Bellchambers, Alison Ferguson
2009Ebert LM, Van Der Riet PJ, Fahy KM, 'What do midwives need to understand/know about smoking in pregnancy?', Women and Birth, 22 35-40 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2008.11.001
CitationsScopus - 8
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2009Ebert LM, Freeman L, Fahy KM, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Midwives' interactions with women who smoke in pregnancy', British Journal of Midwifery, 17 24-29 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet
2008Ebert LM, 'Midwifery education and models of care: Moving forward mindfully', Women and Birth, 21 43-44 (2008) [C3]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2007.11.003
2008Ebert LM, 'Examination of the Newborn and Neonatal Health: A Multidimensional Approach (Book review)', Women and Birth, 21 177-178 (2008) [C3]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2008.07.005
2008Teale C, Ebert LM, Norton CA, 'Perineal trauma and childbirth: A discussion paper', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 28-31 (2008) [C2]
2007Ebert LM, Fahy KM, 'Why do women continue to smoke in pregnancy?', Women and Birth, 20 161-168 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2007.08.002
CitationsScopus - 35
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, Browne J, Bellchambers HL, 'Can't breathe: The socially disadvantaged woman and choice', 4th Biennial Conference Breathing New Life into Maternity Care, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson, Helen Bellchambers
2011Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, 'Woman-centered care: Experiences of socially disadvantaged women, registered midwives and student midwives', 1st Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research 2011, Seoul, Korea (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson
2009Ebert LM, 'The midwifery experience of working for disadvantaged women', Australian College of Midwives 16th National Conference: Midwives & Women: A Brilliant Blend: Conference Handbook, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$31,981

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


20141 grants / $770

3rd Asia Pacific Qualitative Conference, Town Hall, Newcastle, 1 - 3 October 2014$770

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMs Lyn Ebert
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400965
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $1,500

2nd Global Conference for Qualitative Health Research 2012, University Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, 28-30 June 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Lyn Ebert
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200725
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $1,000

Heathly People for the Healthly World, Emerald Hotel Bangkok Thailand, 25/6/2008 - 27/6/2008$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Lyn Ebert
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188940
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $28,711

Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$24,980

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Lyn Ebert
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0186942
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

2007 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$3,731

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Lyn Ebert
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187293
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015The Effect of Perinatal Breastfeeding Education Program on Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Breastfeeding Duration with Primiparous Mothers: A Longitudinal, Randomized Controlled Trial in Mainland China
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2014Does Weighing During Pregnancy Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain? A Mixed-Method Study
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2014Midwifery Student Continuity of Care Experience: learning objectives and assessment
Midwifery, Flinders University
Co-Supervisor
2012Maternity Care for Women with Intellectual Disability: A Qualitative Studies into the Barriers and Facilitators of Care
Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2012Supporting Emotional Wellbeing of Fathers through a Mindfulness Intervention during their Journey in Parenthood
Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Asthma and Pregnancy: A Qualitative Descriptive Study of Midwives' Current Knowledge About Asthma in Pregnancy and Their Perceived Role in Antenatal Asthma Management in Australia
Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Ms Lyn Ebert

Position

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

Focus area

Midwifery

Contact Details

Emaillyn.ebert@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6347
Fax(02) 4921 6301

Office

RoomRW2-25
BuildingRichardson Wing
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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