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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

Code Description Percentage
111006 Midwifery 85
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2011 -  Casual Midwife Gosford Private hospital
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/01/2008 Casual Registered Midwife Northern Sydney Central Coast Health Service
Australia
1/10/1996 - 1/01/2002 Clinical Nurse Educator Gosford Hospital
Australia
1/10/1990 - 1/09/1996 Registered Midwife Gosford Hospital
Australia
1/10/1989 - 1/09/1990 Trainee Midwife Gosford Hospital
Australia
1/04/1980 - 1/03/1981 Registered Nurse Wendham Holt Hospital
Gerontology
United Kingdom
1/01/1979 - 1/07/1979 Registered Nurse Prince 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 (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 McLaughlin K, Kable A, Ebert L, Murphy V, 'Midwives' perception of their role in providing antenatal asthma management in Australia - A qualitative study', Midwifery, 35 11-16 (2016)

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.International guidelines recommend a collaborative approach to the care of pregnant women with asthma. Midwives, as the primary health care provider for child... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.International guidelines recommend a collaborative approach to the care of pregnant women with asthma. Midwives, as the primary health care provider for childbearing women should be viewed as collaborative partners in the provision of antenatal asthma management. However, the role of the midwife in providing antenatal asthma management has not been widely reported.Method: Australian midwives' perceived role in antenatal asthma management was studied using a qualitative descriptive method. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 13 midwives working in a regional tertiary hospital. Morse and Field's four-stage process was used to analyse the data.Findings: the perceived role of the midwife in antenatal asthma management varied among participants. Some midwives stated their role was to refer women on to other health professionals. Other midwives stated that they should provide education to the women regarding their asthma management during their pregnancy.Conclusion: participants were uncertain about their role and lacked confidence in antenatal asthma management. The midwifery context in which they worked and the resources available to them at this health care facility appeared to influence the perception of their role.

DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2016.01.016
Co-authors Ashley Kable, Vanessa Murphy
2016 Mclaughlin K, Kable A, Ebert L, Murphy V, 'MIDWIVES' PERCEPTION OF THEIR ROLE IN PROVIDING ANTENATAL ASTHMA MANAGEMENT IN AUSTRALIA-A QUALITATIVE STUDY', RESPIROLOGY, 21 101-101 (2016)
Co-authors Vanessa Murphy, Ashley Kable
2016 Ebert L, Tierney O, Jones D, 'Learning to be a midwife in the clinical environment; tasks, clinical practicum hours or midwifery relationships', Nurse Education in Practice, 16 294-297 (2016) [C3]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.Discussions continue within the midwifery profession around the number of and type of clinical experiences required to ensure competent midwifery graduates. I... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.Discussions continue within the midwifery profession around the number of and type of clinical experiences required to ensure competent midwifery graduates. Introduction of the three year Bachelor of Midwifery in Australia, almost two decades ago, was intended to reduce the pressure students were under to complete their academic requirements whilst ensuring students developed midwifery practice that encapsulates the philosophical values of midwifery. Currently, midwifery students are mandated to achieve a minimum number of clinical skills and Continuity of Care Experience (CCE) relationships in order to register upon completion of their degree. To achieve these experiences, universities require students to complete a number of clinical practicum hours. Furthermore students are required to demonstrate competent clinical performance of a number of clinical skills. However, there is no evidence to date that a set number of experiences or hours ensures professional competence in the clinical environment. The aim of this paper is to promote discussion regarding the mandated requirements for allocated clinical practicum hours, specified numbers of clinical-based skills and CCE relationships in the context of learning to be a midwife in Australia.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.08.003
2016 Lavender TJ, Ebert L, Jones D, 'An evaluation of perinatal mental health interventions: An integrative literature review.', Women Birth, (2016)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.04.004
2015 McLaughlin K, Kable A, Ebert L, Murphy VE, 'Barriers preventing Australian midwives from providing antenatal asthma management', British Journal of Midwifery, 23 116-123 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd.International guidelines indicate that management of asthma during pregnancy should be multidisciplinary; however, the role of midwives has not been rese... [more]

© 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd.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.

DOI 10.12968/bjom.2015.23.2.116
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Vanessa Murphy, Ashley Kable
2015 Jones DP, Hazelton M, Ebert L, 'Perinatal mental health and men', Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, 23 41-41 (2015) [C3]
Co-authors Michael Hazelton
2014 Ebert 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.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2013.11.003
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Helen Bellchambers, Alison Ferguson
2013 Powers 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2012.12.001
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2011 Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, Bellchambers HL, 'Working for socially disadvantaged women', Women and Birth, 24 85-91 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2010.08.002
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Helen Bellchambers, Alison Ferguson
2009 Ebert 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2008.11.001
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2009 Ebert 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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2008 Ebert LM, 'Midwifery education and models of care: Moving forward mindfully', Women and Birth, 21 43-44 (2008) [C3]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2007.11.003
2008 Ebert LM, 'Examination of the Newborn and Neonatal Health: A Multidimensional Approach (Book review)', Women and Birth, 21 177-178 (2008) [C3]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2008.07.005
2008 Teale C, Ebert LM, Norton CA, 'Perineal trauma and childbirth: A discussion paper', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 28-31 (2008) [C2]
Co-authors Carol Norton
2007 Ebert LM, Fahy KM, 'Why do women continue to smoke in pregnancy?', Women and Birth, 20 161-168 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2007.08.002
Citations Scopus - 38
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Williams N, Taylor A, Ebert L, O'Brien L, 'Facilitating care for women with intellectual disability in pregnancy: A qualitative study into health professionals' understanding of the issues', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2015) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.104
Co-authors Louise Obrien, Ann Taylor
2012 Ebert 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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Alison Ferguson, Helen Bellchambers
2011 Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, 'Woman-centered care: Experiences of socially disadvantaged women, registered midwives and student midwives', 1st Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research 2011 (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Alison Ferguson
2009 Ebert LM, 'The midwifery experience of working for disadvantaged women', Australian College of Midwives 16th National Conference: Midwives & Women: A Brilliant Blend: Conference Handbook (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $104,981

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20153 grants / $73,000

The Effectiveness of Breast Cancer e-Support for Chinese Women with Breast Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy: A Randomised Controlled Trial. 2016-2018$40,000

The aim of the study is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an Internet-based Interactive Program (IIP) for Chinese women with breast cancer on social support, self-efficacy, symptom distress, quality of life, and psychological well-being. The study will be conducted in two phases: (1) Phase I will aim to develop an internet-based self-management website. (2) Phase II will aim to evaluate the effectiveness of the IIP on the above mentioned outcomes for Chinese women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.


Funding body: National Natural Science Foundation of China

Funding body National Natural Science Foundation of China
Project Team

Ms Jiemin Zhu, Professor Sally Chan, Dr Lyn Ebert

Scheme National Natural Science Foundation
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

Supporting student success through connecting and belonging. $18,000

This study explored the student experience of two health disciplines, nursing and midwifery. These programs have a higher than average UON number of low SES and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students. Students’ sense of connectedness to the academic environment and learning activities as well as the development of a sense of professional belongingness within different models of clinical placement and linked academic support were examined.

The study objectives included identification of:

  • Clinical placement models that best support a sense of professional belonging
  • Academic practices that best support student learning in the clinical environment
  • Academic practices that best support student success in the academic environment

Funding body: The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education

Funding body The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Project Team

Dr Lyn Ebert, Professor Tracy Levett-Jones, Mr Donovan Jones, Ms Vicki Holliday, Associate Professor Pamela van Der Riet

Scheme The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Does having access to a postnatal maternity outpatient clinic after discharge from hospital reduce the length of stay for women at PMBH maternity unit? $15,000

The aim of this study is to investigate if the establishment of a PMOC has an effect on breastfeeding rates, emergency department presentations and readmission rates of women and babies from hospital discharge to 2 weeks postnatal. This study forms part of the evaluation process following the establishment of the PMOC in October 2015.

Baseline data of mother and infant pair outcomes for the 6 months before the opening of the PMOC (March 2015 to September 2015) will be collected from electronic and paper hospital medical and community health records and compared to 6 month follow up data obtained post opening of the PMOC for the same period (March 2016 to September 2016).

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District Research & Quality Improvement Grant Program

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District Research & Quality Improvement Grant Program
Project Team

Ms Olivia Tierney, Ms Shanna Fealy, Dr Lyn Ebert

Scheme Mid North Coast Local Health District Research & Quality Improvement Grant Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Lyn Ebert
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400965
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Lyn Ebert
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200725
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Lyn Ebert
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188940
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $28,711

Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$24,980

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Lyn Ebert
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186942
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2007 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$3,731

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Lyn Ebert
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187293
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Honours Bachelor of Midwifery student’s preference and experience of working with registered midwife clinicians who are responsible for their academic education
<p>The primary aim of this project was to explore and appraise the research related to the role of the Link Lecturer (LL) in undergraduate midwifery and nursing education. The review pays particular attention to the perspectives of various stakeholders surrounding the LL role and the capacity for the LL role to bridge the perceived theory practice gap in health care education programs. </p>
Midwifery, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The effectiveness of internet-based interactive program for Chinese women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy
PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 Honours An evaluation of programs used by women to improve mental health during the perinatal period.
<p><span lang="EN-US">The project aimed to synthesis best available evidence on mental health programs used by women during the perinatal period to improve their mental health. Specifically:</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US">What mental health programs are used by women during the perinatal period to improve their mental health?</span><span lang="EN-US"></span></li><li><span lang="EN-US">What are women&rsquo;s experiences of existing mental health programs are used by women during the perinatal period to improve their mental health?</span></li></ul>
Midwifery, The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Antenatal Weighing and Gestational Weight Gain
PhD (CommunityMed & ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Midwifery Student Continuity of Care Experience: learning objectives and assessment
Midwifery, Flinders University
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Maternity Care for Women with Intellectual Disability: A Qualitative Studies into the Barriers and Facilitators of Care
PhD (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Supporting Emotional Wellbeing of Fathers through a Mindfulness Intervention during their Journey in Parenthood
PhD (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Masters Asthma and Pregnancy: A Qualitative Descriptive Study of Midwives' Current Knowledge About Asthma in Pregnancy and Their Perceived Role in Antenatal Asthma Management in Australia
M Philosophy (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
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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

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

Office

Room RW1-40
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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