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Biography

My clinical history as a Radiographer and Sonographer had me working in both the private and public setting.  As a Radiographer, I have advanced skills in general radiography, trauma, theatre, mobiles, screening procedures, OPG’s, mammography and computer tomography.  As a Sonographer, I have developed skills in general ultrasound; encompassing such areas as abdominal, obstetrics, gynaecology, small parts, paediatrics, vascular and musculoskeletal.  I have maintained my clinical skills by continuing to work in the clinical environment and maintaining strong connections with professionals in the field.

As an academic at the University of Newcastle I coordinate and lecture into the Diagnostic Radiography program.  My main roles are with the first year students, professional practice and ultrasound education.  In 1998 I completed my Honours with a thesis that investigated the radiation dose to the breast in mammography.  In 2013 I completed my PhD with a thesis by publication that assessed and met the learning needs of Physiotherapists in the use of diagnostic ultrasound.  I am also a Gemmologist, having completed a Diploma in Gemmology and I am a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia.

My research interests lie in health professional practice and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  I have particular interest in multidisciplinary research, clinically oriented research, the development and use of new technologies in practice, improving patient care and improving the general health of the population.

 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 16/12/2013
  • Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, University of Sydney, 20/03/2001
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Rad Tech)(Hons), University of Newcastle, 04/03/1998
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Rad Tech), University of Newcastle, 15/12/1994

Research

Research keywords

  • Diagnostic Radiography Practice, Research and Education
  • Health and Cancer Related Quality of Life
  • Interprofessional Health and Medical Education
  • Ultrasound Practice, Research and Education

Research expertise

Research Expertise is in Diagnostic Radiography, Ultrasound and Education.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110000Medical And Health Sciences80
130000Education20

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Institute of Radiography
  • Member - Environmental Protection Authority Radiation Licence
  • Member - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Member - Australian Sonographers Association
  • Member - Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Sonographers Association / Musculoskeletal Committee
  • Member - School of Health Science Placement Sub Committee

Awards

Prize

2013Best Medical Imaging Poster Prize
Australian Institute of Radiography (Australia)
Best Medical Imaging Poster Prize; Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy in Hobart in 2013: Henderson, S., Buxton, A., McKiernan, S. The Clements Nakayama Hip View: Have You Ever Used It?
2013Best Student Poster Prize
Australian Institute of Radiography (Australia)
Best Student Poster Prize; Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy in Hobart in 2013: Collins, E., Daley, L., Kimber, B., Lloyd, J., Price, P., McKiernan, S. Screening Mammography – Benefits vs. Risks: A comparative study of the positive effects and the harms from screening mammography.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Program management as co-convenor, course and program reviews.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Health Science Education
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Professional Practice
  • Ultrasound

Teaching expertise

Teaching Expertise is in Diagnostic Radiography and Ultrasound. Particular interest in first year fundamentals.

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Publications

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Journal article (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014McKiernan ST, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'Diagnostic Ultrasound for Assessment of Pelvic Floor Muscle Contraction: Frequently Asked Questions.', Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health, Spring 37-43 (2014)
2013McKiernan S, Warren-Forward H, Chiarelli P, 'Professional issues in the use of diagnostic ultrasound biofeedback in physiotherapy of the female pelvic floor', Radiography, 19 117-124 (2013) [C1]
2013McKiernan ST, Fenech M, Hackett L, Stewart I, 'Elbow Sonography and Commonly Encountered Pathologies', Sound Effects, 4 18-24 (2013) [C2]
2012McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'A comparison between workshop and DVD methods of training for physiotherapists in diagnostic ultrasound', Radiography, 18 287-291 (2012) [C1]
2012Walmsley S, Rivett DA, Osmotherly PG, McKiernan ST, 'Early diagnosis of primary/idiopathic adhesive capsulitis: Can imaging contribute?', International Musculoskeletal Medicine, 34 166-174 (2012) [C1]
2012McKiernan ST, 'Essential applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology', Sound Effects, 41 (2012) [C3]
2011McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'A survey of diagnostic ultrasound within the physiotherapy profession for the design of future training tools', Radiography, 17 121-125 (2011) [C1]
2010McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'Diagnostic ultrasound use in physiotherapy, emergency medicine, and anaesthesiology', Radiography, 16 154-159 (2010) [C1]
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013McKiernan ST, Warren-Forward H, Myers P, 'Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should Australia Have a Screening Program?', Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Abstracts, Hobart (2013) [E3]
2013McKiernan ST, Henderson S, Buxton A, 'The Clements Nakayama Hip View: Have You Ever Used It?', Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Abstracts, Hobart (2013) [E3]
2013McKiernan ST, Collins E, Daley L, Kimber B, Lloyd J, Price P, 'Screening Mammography - Benefits vs. Risks: A Comparative Study of the Positive Effects and Harms From Screening Mammography', 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Abstracts, Hobart (2013) [E3]
2013McKiernan ST, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'A Training Package in Diagnostic Ultrasound for Physiotherapists', Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Abstracts, Hobart (2013) [E3]
2012McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'Training in diagnostic ultrasound for physiotherapists via workshop or DVD. Which provides the better educational outcome?', Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy . Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'Results of a survey to investigate diagnostic ultrasound within physiotherapy', Annual National Conference of the Australian Sonographers Association, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
2011McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'Diagnostic ultrasound in physiotherapy, what they are using it for and how we can help', Proceedings of the UK Radiological Congress 2011, Manchester, UK (2011) [E3]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013McKiernan ST, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'Using Diagnostic Ultrasound to Investigate the Pelvic Floor', ( pp.30): Australian Sonographers Association (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$58,460

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2014 (1 grants)

2014 Combined Scientific Meeting, Melbourne Australia, 4-7 September 2014$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1400812

2013 (1 grants)

Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy 2013, Hobart, Tasmania, 8 - 10 March 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1201268

2012 (2 grants)

Equipment Grant$40,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00020122012
GNo:185108249

Annual Scientific meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation therapy, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20 - 22 April 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200496

2011 (2 grants)

RHD Scholarship$2,460
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
RHD write up scholarshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,46020112011
GNo:185108272

UKRC Radiological Congress, Manchester UK, 6-8 June 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100392

2009 (1 grants)

Supporting Commencing Students$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching and Learning GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020092009
GNo:185108280
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.2

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

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018M Philosophy (Med RadiationSc)Co-SupervisorThe Use of 3D Ultrasound in the Radiation Therapy Simulation of Breast Cancer
20132017M Philosophy (Physiotherapy)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation of the Relationship Between Shoulder Impingement and Thoracic Spine Posture
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Dr Sharmaine McKiernan

Work Phone(02) 492 18861
Fax(02) 492 17053
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMedical Radiation Science
Office
HA24,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/sharmaine-mckiernan