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Dr Sharmaine McKiernan

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Medical Radiation Science)

Career Summary

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.

Research Expertise
Research Expertise is in Diagnostic Radiography, Ultrasound and Education.

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

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


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Rad Tech), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Rad Tech)(Hons), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, University of Sydney

Keywords

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

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
26/02/2004 - 31/12/2004LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
28/02/2003 - 23/01/2004LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
12/07/2002 - 31/12/2002Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
24/06/2002 - 25/11/2002Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2012 - Membership - Australian Sonographers Association / Musculoskeletal CommitteeAustralian Sonographers Association / Musculoskeletal Committee
Australia
1/01/2012 - Membership - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation AgencyAustralian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Australia
1/01/2011 - Membership - School of Health Science Placement Sub CommitteeSchool of Health Science Placement Sub Committee
Australia
1/01/2000 - Membership - Australian Sonographer Accreditation RegistryAustralian Sonographer Accreditation Registry
Australia
1/01/2000 - Membership - Australian Sonographers AssociationAustralian Sonographers Association
Australia
1/01/1996 - Membership - Environmental Protection Authority Radiation LicenceEnvironmental Protection Authority Radiation Licence
Australia
1/01/1996 - Membership - Australian Institute of RadiographyAustralian Institute of Radiography

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/12/2001 - SonographerHunter Imaging Group
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2013Best Medical Imaging Poster Prize
Australian Institute of Radiography
2013Best Student Poster Prize
Australian Institute of Radiography
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Publications

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


Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015McKiernan S, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'The content of a training package in diagnostic ultrasound for physiotherapists', Sonography, 2 1-7 (2015)
DOI10.1002/sono.12015
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) [C1]
Co-authorsPauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
2013McKiernan ST, Fenech M, Hackett L, Stewart I, 'Elbow Sonography and Commonly Encountered Pathologies', Sound Effects, 4 18-24 (2013) [C2]
2013McKiernan S, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'Professional issues in the use of diagnostic ultrasound biofeedback in physiotherapy of the female pelvic floor', Radiography, 19 117-124 (2013) [C1]

The usage of diagnostic ultrasound equipment has expanded into physiotherapy. The aim of this paper is to deliver to both the ultrasound and physiotherapy professions an understanding of the use of diagnostic ultrasound for biofeedback in physiotherapy of the female pelvic floor and the issues related to competent and safe practice, including accessing suitable training. This has been evaluated using a qualitative research paradigm with data gathered via focus groups of Australian physiotherapists. The target group were pelvic floor physiotherapists as this is one of the main uses of diagnostic ultrasound within physiotherapy and the main area physiotherapists would like to be trained in. Two focus groups were run with a total of sixteen physiotherapists. Focus group participants reported their training in diagnostic ultrasound to be largely self directed. They also reported they were learning on their patients. Despite very limited training, participants demonstrated some familiarity with images and equipment settings. Participants felt the modality had a role within physiotherapy as an adjunct to their current practices. The main need raised by participants during the focus groups was related to patient expectations and the fact that the physiotherapist may miss evidence of pathology. © 2013 The College of Radiographers.

DOI10.1016/j.radi.2013.01.006
Co-authorsPauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
2012McKiernan ST, 'Essential applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology', Sound Effects, 41 (2012) [C3]
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]
DOI10.1016/j.radi.2012.07.004
Co-authorsPauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
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]
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Peter Osmotherly
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]
DOI10.1016/j.radi.2010.08.003
CitationsScopus - 7
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
2010McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'Diagnostic ultrasound use in physiotherapy, emergency medicine, and anaesthesiology', Radiography, 16 154-159 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.radi.2009.12.004
CitationsScopus - 7
Co-authorsPauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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, 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, 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]
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]
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]
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
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]
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
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]
Co-authorsHelen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
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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)
Co-authorsPauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$88,587

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


20144 grants / $31,627

2014 Faculty of Health and Medicine Teaching Equipment Grant$11,413

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team
Schemeteaching equipment grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

School of Health Sciences Research Equipment Grant$11,014

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeResearch equipment grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

School of Health Sciences Research Equipment Grant$7,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeResearch equipment grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

2014 Combined Scientific Meeting, Melbourne Australia, 4-7 September 2014$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400812
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1201268
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20122 grants / $41,500

Equipment Grant$40,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200496
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20112 grants / $3,960

RHD Scholarship$2,460

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeRHD write up scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

UKRC Radiological Congress, Manchester UK, 6-8 June 2011$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Sharmaine McKiernan
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100392
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20091 grants / $10,000

Supporting Commencing Students$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeTeaching and Learning Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013The Relationship between the Thoracic Spine and Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Occupational Health & Safety, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Sharmaine McKiernan

Position

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Medical Radiation Science

Contact Details

Emailsharmaine.mckiernan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 492 18861
Fax(02) 492 17053

Office

RoomHA24
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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