Ms Shanna Fealy
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Shanna has over 10 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Completing a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2001. Shanna embarked on a career predominately in cardiac nursing working at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney before taking the opportunity to Nurse abroad in various health facilities in the United Kingdom. Shanna began a career in midwifery in 2005 completing a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery through the Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Charles Sturt University. Shanna became interested in a career in nursing and midwifery education upon completion of her Master of Midwifery studies in 2008 at the University of Newcastle. She accepted various casual academic and clinical teaching appointments before becoming a permanent member of the teaching staff in June 2014.
Throughout this time Shanna has maintained clinical currency as a registered midwife/nurse at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Shanna has been involved with the Bachelor of Midwifery program at University of Newcastle Port Macquarie Campus as a lecturer since June 2013. Shanna was actively involved in the development of a new Bachelor of Midwifery curriculum that was accredited in December 2015 and is now actively developing course content for this program.
Shanna is an early career researcher and current PhD candidate with the University of Newcastle. Shanna’s research interests surround improving maternal and infant health. She is currently investigating antenatal weighing and gestational weight gain through her PhD work. As a member of the School of Medicine and Public Health and Hunter Medical Research Institute HMRI, Shanna has been able to establish research networks to progress research in the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Shanna is also involved with research teams currently researching, writing articles and grants for various research projects in the areas of maternal nutrition, perinatal mental health, teaching and learning innovations and translational research.
Shanna's main research interest and Phd focus is investigating antenatal weighing and gestational weight gain. Excessive gestational weight gain is independently associated with both short and long term adverse maternal and infant health outcomes. Weighing pregnant women during antenatal care episodes as an intervention to reduce excessive gestational weight gain particularly in the management of obese pregnant women is currently being recommended however the evidence base for this intervention has not been established. A systematic review and meta -analysis has been undertaken to determine the evidence base for weighing as a stand-alone intervention to reduce excessive gestational weight gain and is being currently being reviewed for publication.
Shanna is additionally a co chief investigator on a midwifery research project that has established a postnatal maternity outpatient clinic at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital. This was made possible by being awarded a
$15 000 Mid North Coast Local Health District Quality and Innovation Grant in 2015.
She is also the Chief Investigator of a postnatal psychosocial education smart phone application project that has attracted 17 000 in grant funding.
- Master of Midwifery Studies, University of Newcastle
- Phd Candidate
Fields of Research
|111799||Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified||40|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Associate Lecturer||University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/12/2004 -||Clinical Midwifery Specialist||Mid North Coast Local Health District
Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Teaching & Learning Staff Excellence Award
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (3 outputs)
Fealy SM, Taylor RM, Foureur M, Attia J, Ebert L, Bisquera A, Hure AJ, 'Weighing as a stand-alone intervention does not reduce excessive gestational weight gain compared to routine antenatal care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.', BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 17 36 (2017)
Fealy S, Hure A, Browne G, Prince C, 'Developing a clinical care pathway for obese pregnant women: A quality improvement project', Women and Birth, 27 e67-e71 (2014) [C1]
Â© 2014 Published by Elsevier Australia. Problem: Obesity in pregnancy is associated with an increased incidence of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality, from conditions li... [more]
Â© 2014 Published by Elsevier Australia. Problem: Obesity in pregnancy is associated with an increased incidence of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality, from conditions like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth and stillbirth. Between 20% and 25% of pregnant women in Australia are presenting to their first antenatal appointment with a body mass index (BMI) =30kg/m 2 , defined as obesity in pregnancy. These figures are concerning for midwifery and obstetric staff directly involved in the clinical care of these women and their families. In the absence of national or state clinical practice guidelines for managing the risks for obese pregnant women, a local quality improvement project was conducted. Aim: To plan, implement, and evaluate the impact of an alternative clinical care pathway for pregnant women with a BMI=35kg/m 2 at their first antenatal visit. Project setting: The project was undertaken in the antenatal clinic of a rural referral hospital in NSW, Australia. Subjects: Eighty-two women with a BMI=35kg/m 2 were eligible for the alternative care pathway, offered between January and December 2010. Intervention: The alternative care pathway included the following options, in addition to usual care: written information on obesity in pregnancy, referral to a dietitian, early plus repeat screening for gestational diabetes, liver and renal function pathology tests, serial self-weighing, serial foetal growth ultrasounds, and a pre-labour anaesthetic consultation. Findings: Despite being educated on the risk associated with obesity in pregnancy, women did not take up the offers of dietetic support or self-weighing at each antenatal visit. Ultrasounds were well received and most women underwent gestational diabetes screening.
Hure A, Gresham E, Lai J, Anderson A, Martin J, Fealy S, Blumfield M, 'Nutrition in pregnancy: The balancing act', International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 1 7-12 (2014) [C2]
Conference (1 outputs)
Fealy S, Jones D, Ebert L, Dowse E, Wynne O, Zhang M, Chan S, 'Developing a Â¿Postnatal PsychoeducationalÂ¿ smartphone application for first time mothers', Developing a Â¿Postnatal PsychoeducationalÂ¿ smartphone application for first time mothers (2016)
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||3|
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20171 grants / $20,000
Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute
|Funding body||Hunter Medical Research Institute|
|Project Team||Professor Sally Chan, Doctor Lyn Ebert, Mr Donovan Jones, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Ms Shanna Fealy|
|Type Of Funding||Grant - Aust Non Government|
20161 grants / $17,698
An app-based postnatal psychoeducational program for first-time mothers â A randomized controlled trial$17,698
Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District
|Funding body||Mid North Coast Local Health District|
|Project Team||Ms Shanna Fealy, Professor Sally Chan, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Mr Donovan Jones, Doctor Olivia Wynne|
|Scheme||Research Support Grant Program|
|Type Of Funding||Other Public Sector - State|
20151 grants / $15,000
Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Heralth District
|Funding body||Mid North Coast Local Heralth District|
|Scheme||Mid North Coast Local Health District|
|Type Of Funding||Other Public Sector - Local|