Ms Julee McDonagh

Ms Julee McDonagh

Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary

Biography

Julee is a Registered Nurse, a Lecturer/Early Career Researcher and a proud descendant of the Cabrogal Clan of the Darug First Nations People. With over a decade of experience in the acute care setting, specialising in cardiovascular nursing, Julee is passionate about reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease.

Julee worked for eight years at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, gaining specialised skills in heart failure management and heart transplantation nursing. During her time at St Vincent's Julee also gained a position as a clinical trials coordinator, working on a large national heart failure trial. This experience sparked her interest in clinical research and led her to enrol in her PhD focusing on the assessment of frailty in people living with heart failure.

In 2017, Julee was awarded the highly prestigious NSW Health PhD scholarship to undertake her doctoral project the Frailty Measurement in Heart failure (FRAME-HF) study, at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, which explored how best to assess for frailty syndrome in adults living with heart failure. Julee has presented doctoral findings at both a national and international level and has published a number of peer-reviewed manuscripts, including 'Frailty assessment instruments in heart failure: A systematic review', McDonagh et al. (2018).

During her PhD candidature, Julee continued to work clinically at St Vincent's Hospital and also worked as a casual academic at UTS School of Nursing and Midwifery, teaching into the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing program. 

Julee submitted her PhD thesis in March 2021. Her post-doctoral work will continue to explore the optimal means of assessing frailty in a heart failure context and aims to improve the integration of care and management of older people living with frailty, heart failure, and other co-morbidities

In 2021, Julee had two oral abstracts selected in National and International Nursing Prize Sessions. Her presentation in the Nurse Investigator Session of the European Society of Cardiology- Heart Failure Scientific meeting was awarded the First Runner-up prize. The second presentation was selected as a finalist in the Nursing Prize Session of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Julee is a member of the Australian College of Nursing; the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research; and an affiliate member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.


Qualifications

  • Master of Nursing, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Southern Cross University
  • Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing, University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Frailty
  • Frailty assessment
  • Heart failure

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
420314 Multimorbidity 25
420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified 50
320101 Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases) 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2019 - 1/2/2021 Registered Nurse

Casual position in the Intensive Care/ Coronary Unit

Gosford Private hospital
Australia
1/3/2011 - 1/11/2019 Registered Nurse

Coronary Care Unit, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care unit, Heart Failure Research

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney
Australia
1/2/2009 - 20/2/2011 Registered Nurse

General medical and surgical nursing and emergency medical unit

Manly District Hospital
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/8/2015 - 1/2/2021 Casual academic

Casual academic teaching in the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing program

University of Technology Sydney
Faculty of Heath/ School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 McDonagh J, Jha S, 'Assessing measurement instruments', Nursing and Midwifery Research Methods and Appraisal for Evidence Based Practice, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, Australia (2020)
2020 McDonagh J, Ferguson C, 'Sampling data in quantitative research', Nursing and Midwifery Research Methods and Appraisal for Evidence Based Practice, Elsevier Asutralia, Chatswood, NSW, Australia (2020)

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Prichard RA, Zhao F-L, Mcdonagh J, Goodall S, Davidson PM, Newton PJ, et al., 'Discrepancies between proxy estimates and patient reported, health related, quality of life: minding the gap between patient and clinician perceptions in heart failure', QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH, 30 1049-1059 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11136-020-02722-z
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Feili Zhao
2021 McDonagh J, Prichard R, Macdonald PS, 'Frailty: A Dynamic Process in Aortic Stenosis?', Heart Lung Circ, 30 1110-1111 (2021)
DOI 10.1016/j.hlc.2021.05.080
2019 McDonagh J, Salamonson Y, Ferguson C, Prichard R, Jha SR, Macdonald PS, et al., 'Evaluating the convergent and discriminant validity of three versions of the frailty phenotype in heart failure: results from the FRAME-HF study', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 19 55-63 (2019)
DOI 10.1177/1474515119865150
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2018 McDonagh J, Ferguson C, Newton PJ, 'Frailty Assessment in Heart Failure: an Overview of the Multi-domain Approach', Current Heart Failure Reports, 15 17-23 (2018)

Purpose of Review: The study aims (1) to provide a contemporary description of frailty assessment in heart failure and (2) to provide an overview of multi-domain frailty assessmen... [more]

Purpose of Review: The study aims (1) to provide a contemporary description of frailty assessment in heart failure and (2) to provide an overview of multi-domain frailty assessment in heart failure. Recent Findings: Frailty assessment is an important predictive measure for mortality and hospitalisation in individuals with heart failure. To date, there are no frailty assessment instruments validated for use in heart failure. This has resulted in significant heterogeneity between studies regarding the assessment of frailty. The most common frailty assessment instrument used in heart failure is the Frailty Phenotype which focuses on five physical domains of frailty; the appropriateness a purely physical measure of frailty in individuals with heart failure who frequently experience decreased exercise tolerance and shortness of breath is yet to be determined. A limited number of studies have approached frailty assessment using a multi-domain view which may be more clinically relevant in heart failure. Summary: There remains a lack of consensus regarding frailty assessment and an absence of a validated instrument in heart failure. Despite this, frailty continues to be assessed frequently, primarily for research purposes, using predominantly physical frailty measures. A more multidimensional view of frailty assessment using a multi-domain approach will likely be more sensitive to identifying at risk patients.

DOI 10.1007/s11897-018-0373-0
Citations Scopus - 11
2018 Jha SR, McDonagh J, Prichard R, Newton PJ, Hickman LD, Fung E, et al., '#Frailty: A snapshot Twitter report on frailty knowledge translation', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 37 309-312 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12540
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2018 McDonagh J, Martin L, Ferguson C, Jha SR, Macdonald PS, Davidson PM, Newton PJ, 'Frailty assessment instruments in heart failure: A systematic review', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 17 23-35 (2018)
DOI 10.1177/1474515117708888
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 31
2017 Jha SR, Mcdonagh J, Ferguson C, Macdonald PS, Newton PJ, 'Commentary response: Frailty, not just about old people: Reply to Smith GD & Kydd A (2017) Getting care of older people right: the need for appropriate frailty assessment?', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 26 e4-e5 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/jocn.13771
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $67,760

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20211 grants / $2,960

School of Nursing and Midwifery Seed Grant$2,960

Funding body: UON School of Nursing and Midwifery

Funding body UON School of Nursing and Midwifery
Project Team

Julee McDonagh, Kerry Inder and Emilia Serban

Scheme UON School of Nursing and Midwifery
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20171 grants / $64,800

NSW Heath PhD Scholarship$64,800

Julee was awarded a NSW health PhD Scholarship to undertake her doctoral study, The FRAME-HF project, co-funded by the University of Technology Sydney. Her PhD project was completed at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney.

Funding body: NSW Health

Funding body NSW Health
Scheme NSW Health PhD Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N
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Ms Julee McDonagh

Position

Associate Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email julee.mcdonagh@newcastle.edu.au
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