Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet

Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet

Associate Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography


Dr Pamela Van Der Riet is an associate professor of nursing with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle (UoN). Pamela has research experience in palliative care, cancer and complementary therapies.  Recently she has been researching the effect of environmental design in a northern Thai hospital that developed a healing haven space to support sick children in order to lessen anxiety and stress during long and short-term stays within the pediatric ward of the hospital.    Dr Van Der Riet has conducted a short-term cultural study program to Thailand since 2010 with nursing and midwifery students to study Thai culture and health practice with an emphasis upon the place of complementary therapies in Thai health care.  From 2016 the Study Tour has been funded for 3-years through the Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Projects. Pamela has taught in nursing upgrade programs in Bhutan, Singapore and Hong Kong and in 2006 took a leave of absence from the University of Newcastle to live in Hanoi, Vietnam.  

Pamela has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience in tertiary institutions and also served for a time in the corporate world as the national training coordinator for an Australian private health company overseeing the development of nurse training including upgrading of qualifications through collaboration with tertiary institution providers.   In the position of the national training coordinator for Mayne Health Pamela received the 2002 Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in clinical learning development.

In her time at the University of Newcastle Pamela has served in a variety of leadership and administrative roles in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, liaised with Wollutuka to support academic initiatives and award scholarships for undergraduate students and established links with regional community groups involved in the promotion of health care.   

Administrative Expertise

At the University of Newcastle Pamela has undertaken a variety of academic and governance positions with responsibility for leadership in policy development, management of post-graduate and undergraduate programs as convenor, monitored student progress, supported students-at-risk through the development of individual study programs and marketed nursing programs at Career Days and in local schools. In her role as a senior academic in the School Pamela established partnerships with various national and international health agencies including Hunter New England Local Health District, Central Coast Local  Health District, Hartford in Hong Kong and Boromarajonani College of Nursing Nakhon Lampang  (BCNNL) in northern Thailand.   Academic positions have included Undergraduate Convenor of the Bachelor of Nursing (2004), Postgraduate Convenor (2005) and Deputy Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery (2008-2016) with responsibility for academic matters.  In 2010 Pamela was appointed Head of School for a 12-month period as the permanent Head of School was on leave.  As a result of serving in that position Pamela was awarded the 2010 Leadership Award from the Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle in recognition of high level performance as Head of School. 

In 2011 the University of Newcastle seconded Pamela to the position of Student Experience and Engagement Coordinator to work within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Faculty of Health and Medicine to establish a conducive learning environment in support of all students within the Faculty and to ensure that students were both engaged in their learning and gaining success through their studies.  One of the strategies developed in consultation with the University Counselling Service was a wellness program for students to lessen anxiety in their studies. 

Research Expertise

Pamela is currently a member of three active research teams at the University of Newcastle and has  established links with senior medical and health professionals to conduct research in palliative care, cancer research and complementary therapies. Much of her research work has been as a principal researcher of multidisciplinary teams. Examples of this research:

-        Hydration and Nutrition at the end Stage of Life (Victorian Registration Board) with Professor M. Ashby and D. Brookes, Monash Medical Centre, 2004;

-        Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in a palliative care setting (New Staff Grant) with Professor Isabel Higgins, Dr Phillip Good, M. Sneesby (Mater Hospital), 2005;

-        Attitudes of health care staff regarding older people (RIB Grant) with Dr Isabel Higgins, 2005;

-        Investigation of Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes towards patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in an acute care setting, (Margaret Mitchell Grant and Wig Week Grant) with Professor Isabel Higgins, Dr Phillip Good and M. Sneesby, 2006;

In 2009 Pamela undertook two research projects in Northern Thailand with Thai nursing colleagues to investigate the use of complementary therapies in patient care:

-        Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: A Thai Perspective, and

-        An exploratory pilot study of the health benefits of selected complementary therapies used during the rehabilitation of brain and spinal injury patients in Thailand.

Results of these studies have been published in international journals.

More recently Pamela has been examining the effects of a specially designed child friendly space in a Thai hospital in supporting sick children and their families by exploring participants (nurses, student nurses and family members) experiences in providing a non-clinical activity and contemplative space in support of the healing process.  The experiences of nursing staff and that of family members has been published in professional journals. 

In 2012 Pamela investigated alternative models to student nurse clinical practice with a view to expanding the kind of opportunities for nursing students to gain hospital practical experience as part of their nursing program.  In 2013 Pamela approached a small number of regional hospital partners to pilot the Clinical Collaborative Model that places nursing students from the beginning of their program in Year 1 into the same hospital site for the duration of their clinical practice.  In 2016 the model was expanded to 5 more hospitals so that there are now 8 hospitals participating in the Clinical Collaborative Model.  Student participation is determined by application, interview and continuing success in completing a full load of studies in each semester.  Feedback from partners and nursing students has been overwhelmingly positive and a report is currently being prepared for publication.

Qualifications

PhD, James Cook University

Diploma in Nurse Education, Lincoln College of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), La Trobe University

Master of Education, University of New England


Qualifications

  • PhD, James Cook University
  • Diploma in Nurse Education, Lincoln College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), La Trobe University
  • Master of Education, University of New England

Keywords

  • Aged Care
  • Cancer nursing
  • Complementary therapies
  • Palliative care
  • Teaching and Learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 80
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 10
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Fellow College of Nursing
Australia
1/01/2011 - 1/07/2016 Deputy Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2010 - 1/12/2010 Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2009 Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2009 Deputy Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/12/2006 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/05/2005 - 1/12/2005 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/05/2005 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/07/2004 - 1/12/2004 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/02/2004 - 1/06/2004 Lecturer University of Technology Sydney
Australia
1/01/2003 -  Membership Palliative Care Special Interest Group
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2003 Registered Nurse/Div 1 Nurse Monash Medical Centre (Clayton)
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2003 Senior Lecturer Monash University
Australia
1/01/2002 -  Membership Complementary Therapies Special Interest Group
Australia
1/06/2001 - 1/06/2002 Clinical Learning and Development Manager Mayne Health
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/12/2000 Registered Nurse Albury/Wodonga Private Hospital
Australia
1/01/1999 -  Membership Australian Complementary Health Association
Australia
1/01/1994 - 1/05/2001 Post Graduate and Undergraduate Co-ordinator La Trobe University
Australia
1/01/1993 - 1/12/1993 Registered Nurse Armidale District Hospital
Australia
1/01/1990 - 1/12/1993 Lecturer University of New England
1/01/1990 - 1/05/2001 Lecturer La Trobe University
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1989 Lecturer La Trobe University
Australia
1/01/1978 -  Membership RCNA
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2015 Faculty of Health and Medicine International award
UoN
2013 Work integrated learning staff of the year award
UoN

Prize

Year Award
2003 Leadership award
Mayne health

Recognition

Year Award
2010 Leadership Award
University of Newcastle
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $51,498

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


20152 grants / $11,298

Development of a strategic plan to enhance students' experience of clinical placement at Port Macquarie Base Hospital$10,298

Funding body: Hunter and Coast Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network

Funding body Hunter and Coast Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network
Project Team

Lynette Bowen; Gunilla Haydon; Pamela Van der Riet

Scheme H&C ICTN Research & Quality Improvement Small Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference 2015. Nurses and Midwives: Leading Change, celebrating success Perth WA 26-27 November 2015$1,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500840
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20141 grants / $2,000

Philosophy in the Nurse's World: Troubling Practice, Banff Canada, 25-27 May 2014$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400210
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $2,000

Philosophy in the Nurse's World: Politics of Nursing Practice II Conference, Banff Canada, 13 - 15 May 2012$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200412
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $2,000

Thinking qualitatively Workshop Series Canada, University of Alberta, 20 - 24 June 2011$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100766
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $2,000

International Conference Qualitative Research in Nursing Health, Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai Thailand, 1 - 3 December 2010$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000761
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

2nd Interntional Nurse Education Conference Research and Innovation in International Nurse Education, Dublin Ireland, 9/6/2008 - 11/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188439
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $3,000

18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidenced-Base Practice, Vienna, Austria, 11/7/2007 - 14/7/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187673
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in an acute care setting$1,300

Funding body: Coalfields

Funding body Coalfields
Project Team

Milly Sneesby

Scheme Mater grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

20053 grants / $27,500

2004 Hydration and Nutrition at the end stage of life (Victorian Registration Board). $20,000. Awarded jointly with Denise Brookes (Unit Manager Palliative Care Unit Monash Medical Centre).$20,000

Funding body: Nurses Board of Victoria

Funding body Nurses Board of Victoria
Project Team

Denise Brookes

Scheme Program Grant (Shared)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

2005 Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in a palliative care setting. The University of Newcastle.$5,000

Funding body: NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

Funding body NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
Project Team

Dr Pamela van der Riet

Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Nurses' and doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in a palliative care setting$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185670
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 PhD What is the experience of the young adolescent diagnosed with cancer from rural or regional areas of New South Wales? PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD What is the Survivors' Experience of a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation? PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD The Experience of Undergraduate Nursing Students with End of Life Care Simulation PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Unlocking the Puzzle: A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of People with Transient Ischaemic Attack or Minor Stroke PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD The Factors Influencing, and the Nature of Their Impact, on the Ability of Child and Family Health Nurses to Work in the Family Partnership Model with Parents: A Focused Ethnography PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Like a Breath of Fresh Air: Yoga and Tai Chi for Frail Older People in Residential Care: A Mixed Methods Study PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2009 Masters Attitudes of Health Care Staff Towards Older Persons in Acute Care M Nursing [R], Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet

Position

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

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email pamela.vanderriet@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 16261
Mobile 0457845166
Fax 16301

Office

Room RW1-24
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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