Ms Lyndall Mollart

Ms Lyndall Mollart

Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary

Biography

Lyndall completed her hospital training in nursing in 1980 and midwifery in 1984, then completed Ba Health Science (Nursing) at Charles Sturt in 1998, and Masters in Midwifery at University of Newcastle in 2005. Lyndall have worked in the clinical setting since completing her hospital training and as a Clinical Midwifery Consultant for the past 14 years (2002-2016). Lyndall has diverse experience including policy development, research, quality projects, risk engagement, introducing models of care, education and implementing evidence into clinical practice.

Research

Research projects have included iodine status of pregnant women and their neonates; chlamydia infection of young pregnant women; impact of the antenatal psycho-social assessment on midwives emotional well-being and their clinical practice; group antenatal care for obese women and weight gain; impact of reflexology techniques on foot oedema in late pregnancy; acupressure to initiate labour for post-dates pregnancy; and impact of midwifery care models and women requesting a vaginal birth after CS.  

Teaching

Lyndall has experience teaching to nursing and midwifery students on a casual basis at UON and UTS; and teaching reflexology and acupressure to mature age students (midwives and reflexologists) in Australia, New Zealand and Japan since 2008. 

Lyndall has a strong interest in complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and she is currently completing her PhD by publication on the use of CAM specifically Acupressure for women experiencing a post-date pregnancy; and surveying Australian midwives’ on their recommendations and discussion of CAM with women experiencing post-dates pregnancy; and beliefs and attitudes, and training and education in CAM.


Qualifications

  • Master of Midwifery Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Charles Sturt University
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, University of Newcastle
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, NSW Health

Keywords

  • clinical supervision
  • complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  • evidenced based practice
  • midwifery
  • mixed method design
  • nurses and midwives stress burnout
  • pregnancy
  • psychosocial assessment

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified 20
111006 Midwifery 70
111712 Health Promotion 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
3/02/2014 - 3/03/2016 Commitee Member

The CCLHD ORC assisted in the development and implementation of the CCLHD Research Plan.

The meeting is held second monthly at Gosford or Wyong Hospital.

Members are from all departments and fields with a strong interest in research. Members are required to apply for a position on the committee

The committee also assists in the planning of the biannual research forum held at CCLHD.

Central Coast Local Health District
Organisation Reseach Committee
Australia
3/02/2005 - 2/02/2018 Committee Member

ACM NSW Branch Professional Development Committee organises workshops seminors and education opportunities for midwives and student midwives in NSW. The members of ACM identify topics and location and the Committee endeavours to provide learning opportunities close to the members location.

The Committee meets monthly at the ACM NSW Branch office in Ultimo and has committee members from all field of midwives including research, clinical practice and education.  

Australian College of Midwives- NSW Branch
Professional Development Committee
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
27/03/2016 - 15/12/2016 Clinical Midwife Consultant

Role included implementing change to address RCA and External Review recommendations in the service.

Developing and implementing clinical practice guidelines and procedures.

Supporting staff and new graduates by providing monthly reflective practice sessions (clinical supervision) and ad hoc after critical incidents.

Assisting managers and executive with SAC 1 incidents and participating as expert member for Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigations.

Conduct education sessions to midwives and other health care providers. Assisting the Midwifery Educator to develop a business plan for eduation in maternity setting.

Review, redesign and implement midwifery caseload program- Midwifery Group Practice at Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald. Using strong governance processes with risk assessment and operational plan. 

Central Queensland Hospitals and Health Services
Maternity Services
Australia
2/06/2002 - 15/03/2016 Clinical Midwifery Consultant

Position included providing education to student midwives, midwives and medical officers.

Developing and implementing evidence based procedures and guidelines.

Identifying research opportunities and developing and conducting studies. Assisting and supporting others in research projects. Member of the CCLHD Organisational Research Committtee

Collaborating with a variety of hospital departments, NGO and GPs to develop education and resource opportunities.  

Providing monthly reflective practice sessions (clinical supervision) for student midwives.

Develop and implement a variety of midwifery-led models of care eg Team midwifery, Midwife Antenatal Clinics and Midwifery Group Practice (MGP), Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS) using recognised risk assessment tools and operational plan resources.

Central Coast Local Health District
Kids and Family
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Mollart L, Skinner V, Adams J, Foureur M, 'Midwives' personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) influences their recommendations to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy', Women and Birth, (2017)

© 2017. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) have increasingly been used by pregnant women with a steady rise in interest by midwives. Literature describing CAM and self-... [more]

© 2017. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) have increasingly been used by pregnant women with a steady rise in interest by midwives. Literature describing CAM and self-help options midwives recommend to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy is sparse. This study aimed to investigate if Australian midwives' personal CAM use impacts on discussions and recommendations of CAM/Self-help strategies. Methodology/design: A survey of a national midwifery association midwifery members (n = 3,552) was undertaken at a midwifery conference (October 2015) and via e-bulletins (November 2015-March 2016). The self-administered survey included questions on what self-help and CAM strategies midwives discuss and recommend to women with a post-date pregnancy, midwives' confidence levels on discussing or recommending CAM, midwives' own personal use of CAM. Findings: A total of 571 registered midwives completed the survey (16%). Demographics (age, years as a midwife, state of residence) reflected Australian midwives and the midwifery association membership. Most respondents discuss (91.2%) and recommend (88.6%) self-help/CAM strategies to women with a post-date pregnancy. The top five CAM recommended were Acupuncture (65.7%), Acupressure (58.1%), Raspberry Leaf (52.5%), Massage (38.9%) and Hypnosis/Calmbirthing/Hypnobirthing (35.7%). Midwives were more likely to discuss strategies if they personally used CAM (p. < . .001), were younger (p. < . .001) or had worked less years as midwives (p = .004). Midwives were more likely to recommend strategies if they used CAM in their own pregnancies (p = .001). Conclusion: Midwives' personal use of CAM influenced their discussions and recommendations of CAM/self-help strategies to women experiencing a post-date pregnancy. This study has implications for inclusion of CAM in midwifery education curricula.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.06.014
2017 Foureur M, Turkmani S, Clack DC, Davis DL, Mollart L, Leiser B, Homer CSE, 'Caring for women wanting a vaginal birth after previous caesarean section: A qualitative study of the experiences of midwives and obstetricians', WOMEN AND BIRTH, 30 3-8 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.05.011
2016 Mollart L, Skinner V, Foureur M, 'A feasibility randomised controlled trial of acupressure to assist spontaneous labour for primigravid women experiencing a post-date pregnancy', Midwifery, 36 21-27 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.020
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2016 Mollart L, Adams J, Foureur M, 'Pregnant women and health professional's perceptions of complementary alternative medicine, and participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupressure for labour onset', Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 24 167-173 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.06.007
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Mollart LJ, Adam J, Foureur M, 'Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review', WOMEN AND BIRTH, 28 199-206 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.03.007
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2013 Mollart L, Skinner VM, Newing C, Foureur M, 'Factors that may influence midwives work-related stress and burnout', WOMEN AND BIRTH, 26 26-32 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2011.08.002
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 29
2013 Mollart L, Leiser B, 'Acupressure for the perinatal period', Women and Birth, 26 S43-S43 (2013)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2013.08.135
2012 Davis DL, Raymond JE, Clements V, Adams C, Mollart LJ, Teate AJ, Foureur MJ, 'Addressing obesity in pregnancy: The design and feasibility of an innovative intervention in NSW, Australia', Women and Birth, 25 174-180 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2011.08.008
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 17
2009 Mollart L, Newing C, Foureur M, 'Midwives' emotional wellbeing: Impact of conducting a Structured Antenatal Psychosocial Assessment (SAPSA)', Women and Birth, 22 82-88 (2009)

Research problem: To investigate the impact of conducting structured antenatal psychosocial assessments (SAPSA) on midwives&apos; emotional wellbeing. The SAPSA includes screening... [more]

Research problem: To investigate the impact of conducting structured antenatal psychosocial assessments (SAPSA) on midwives' emotional wellbeing. The SAPSA includes screening and assessment tools for domestic violence, childhood trauma, drug and alcohol use, depression, and vulnerability factors. Participants and methods: Registered midwives who had conducted the SAPSA with women during the first hospital booking visit at two hospitals in NSW. Data was collected by means of focus group interviews. Results: Four sub-themes were identified that directly impacted upon the midwives' emotional wellbeing: cumulative complex disclosures, frustration and stress, lack of support for midwives and unhealthy coping strategies. Discussion and conclusions: There was a cumulative emotional effect with some midwives utilising unhealthy strategies to cope with feelings of frustration, inadequacy and vicarious trauma. Establishment of structured referral pathways for women and supportive systems for midwives is essential prior to implementing the SAPSA. Crown Copyright © 2009.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2009.02.001
Citations Scopus - 20
2006 Travers CA, Guttikonda K, Norton CA, Lewis PR, Mollart LJ, Wiley V, et al., 'Iodine status in pregnant women and their newborns: are our babies at risk of iodine deficiency?', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 184 617-620 (2006)
Citations Scopus - 55Web of Science - 51
Co-authors Carol Norton
2004 Mollart L, 'Implementing reflexology into midwifery practice.', The Australian journal of holistic nursing, 11 37-44 (2004)

This paper reports on a small quantitative study of midwives who had undertaken a midwifery reflexology course in NSW, Australia. In particular, it examines some of the barriers a... [more]

This paper reports on a small quantitative study of midwives who had undertaken a midwifery reflexology course in NSW, Australia. In particular, it examines some of the barriers and influences which affect implementing knowledge into practice.

2003 Mollart L, 'Single-blind trial addressing the differential effects of two reflexology techniques versus rest, on ankle and foot oedema in late pregnancy', Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, 9 203-208 (2003)

This single-blind randomised controlled trial explored the differential effects of two different foot reflexology techniques with a period of rest on oedema-relieving effects and ... [more]

This single-blind randomised controlled trial explored the differential effects of two different foot reflexology techniques with a period of rest on oedema-relieving effects and symptom relief in healthy pregnant women with foot oedema. Fifty-five women in the third trimester were randomly assigned to one of the three groups: a period of rest, 'relaxing' reflexology techniques or a specific 'lymphatic' reflexology technique for 15 min with pre- and post-therapy ankle and foot circumference measurements and participant questionnaire. There was no statistically significant difference in the circumference measurements between the three groups; however, the lymphatic technique reflexology group mean circumference measurements were all decreased. A significant reduction in the women's symptom mean measurements in all groups (p < 0.0001) was apparent. A 'perceived wellbeing' score revealed the lymphatic technique group (p < 0.0001) significantly increased their wellbeing the most, followed closely by relaxing techniques (p < 0.001) and then the control rest group (p < 0.03). Lymphatic reflexology techniques, relaxing reflexology techniques and a period of rest had a non-significant oedema-relieving effect. From the women's viewpoint, lymphatic reflexology was the preferred therapy with significant increase in symptom relief. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/S1353-6117(03)00054-4
Citations Scopus - 26
1999 Mollart L, 'A weight off my mind: the abandonment of routine antenatal weighing a change of practice research.', Australian College of Midwives Incorporated journal, 12 26-31 (1999)

The 50 year old tradition of routinely weighing pregnant women, which has been identified as an obsolete practice, is still practiced by many. The antenatal clinic and community m... [more]

The 50 year old tradition of routinely weighing pregnant women, which has been identified as an obsolete practice, is still practiced by many. The antenatal clinic and community midwives, and medical staff from the Division of Obstetrics (Central Coast Area Health Service) as well as pregnant women attending the clinics have been surveyed to identify the impact on implementing evidence based practice (ceasing routine antenatal weighing). Using both quantitative and qualitative methods to provide a rich and detailed picture, the outcomes showed that the importance of weighing decreased for most of pregnant women. Midwives were surprised at the women's' acceptance to the change; and both health professional groups did not feel a loss of overall care. This research suggests that organised and planned change can achieve acceptance of evidence based practice.

DOI 10.1016/S1031-170X(99)80009-9
Citations Scopus - 1
1995 Mollart L, 'Pregnant teenagers antenatal education research', Australian College of Midwives Incorporated Journal, 8 26-28 (1995)

Current literature studying pregnant teenagers and their antenatal educational needs has concentrated on subjects such as sex education, nutrition and various teaching methods. Wh... [more]

Current literature studying pregnant teenagers and their antenatal educational needs has concentrated on subjects such as sex education, nutrition and various teaching methods. What many have neglected to discover are the topics of interest for pregnant teenagers, and if peer discussion groups appeal to them. This article will address these two issues and, furthermore, the preferred time and gestation of a Pregnant Teenagers' Program. A study was conducted, at the Gosford and Wyong Antenatal Clinics of the Central Coast Area Health Service, by voluntary questionnaires to 46 pregnant teenagers attending the clinics, to determine the antenatal educational needs of pregnant teenagers, and if their needs differed from adult pregnant women. © 1995 ACMI.

DOI 10.1016/S1031-170X(05)80054-6
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mollart L, 'Women, midwives and reflexology: Making a difference', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.159
Citations Web of Science - 1
2015 Mollart L, Foureur M, Skinner V, 'Pregnant women and health professionals views on CAM in pregnancy specifically acupressure and being involved in a randomised controlled trial', Women and Birth (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.160
2013 Mollart L, Foureur M, Skinner V, Shah M, Albert G, 'PREPARE (PRimigravidas Experiencing Postdates Acupressure REsearch', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2013)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2013.08.202
2013 Mollart L, Bullard M, Thom AM, Homer C, Foureur M, Bell J, et al., 'Fitting jigsaw pieces together: Women, midwifery care and research recruitment', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2013)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2013.08.203
2013 Mollart L, Roese C, Thom AM, 'Safe start YES project: Increasing midwife confidence when women say Yes', Women and Birth (2013)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2013.08.204
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Ms Lyndall Mollart

Position

Associate Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email lyndall.mollart@newcastle.edu.au
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