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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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110199 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics not elsewhere classified 80
130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Membership - Australian Sonographers Association / Musculoskeletal Committee Australian Sonographers Association / Musculoskeletal Committee
Australia
1/01/2012 -  Membership - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Australia
1/01/2011 -  Membership - School of Health Science Placement Sub Committee School of Health Science Placement Sub Committee
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership - Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership - Australian Sonographers Association Australian Sonographers Association
Australia
1/01/1996 -  Membership - Environmental Protection Authority Radiation Licence Environmental Protection Authority Radiation Licence
Australia
1/01/1996 -  Membership - Australian Institute of Radiography Australian Institute of Radiography

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2001 -  Sonographer Hunter Imaging Group
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2013 Best Medical Imaging Poster Prize
Australian Institute of Radiography
2013 Best 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 McKiernan S, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'The content of a training package in diagnostic ultrasound for physiotherapists', Sonography, 2 1-7 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/sono.12015
2014 McKiernan 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-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
2013 McKiernan ST, Fenech M, Hackett L, Stewart I, 'Elbow Sonography and Commonly Encountered Pathologies', Sound Effects, 4 18-24 (2013) [C2]
2013 McKiernan 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 understan... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2013.01.006
Co-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
2012 McKiernan ST, 'Essential applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology', Sound Effects, 41 (2012) [C3]
2012 McKiernan 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2012.07.004
Co-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
2012 Walmsley 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-authors Darren Rivett, Peter Osmotherly
2011 McKiernan 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2010.08.003
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
2010 McKiernan ST, Chiarelli PE, Warren-Forward H, 'Diagnostic ultrasound use in physiotherapy, emergency medicine, and anaesthesiology', Radiography, 16 154-159 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.radi.2009.12.004
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 McKiernan 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]
2013 McKiernan 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]
2013 McKiernan 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]
2013 McKiernan 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]
2012 McKiernan 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-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
2012 McKiernan 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-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
2011 McKiernan 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-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Pauline Chiarelli
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 McKiernan ST, Chiarelli P, Warren-Forward H, 'Using Diagnostic Ultrasound to Investigate the Pelvic Floor', ( pp.30): Australian Sonographers Association (2013)
Co-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Helen Warren-Forward
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team
Scheme teaching equipment grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

School of Health Sciences Research Equipment Grant$11,014

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Research equipment grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

School of Health Sciences Research Equipment Grant$7,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Research equipment grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400812
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201268
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $41,500

Equipment Grant$40,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200496
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $3,960

RHD Scholarship$2,460

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme RHD write up scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharmaine McKiernan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100392
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $10,000

Supporting Commencing Students$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Teaching and Learning Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 Masters The Relationship between the Thoracic Spine and Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Occupational Health & Safety, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
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

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

Office

Room HA24
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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