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Nursing and Midwifery Research at KEMH

Two ladies working on computerThe aim of the nursing and midwifery research team at KEMH is to develop and support excellence in nursing and midwifery care.
The team’s objectives are to:

  • discover new knowledge
  • support the implementation and evaluation of relevant, innovative clinical initiatives
  • nurture novice researchers
  • engage clinician nurses and midwives in research activities
  • support nurses and midwives enrolled in higher degrees by research programmes
  • pursue funds for research
  • disseminate research findings at conferences and in professional journals
  • provide methodological guidance for research design

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Nursing & Midwifery Research Team

Name Position Phone Email
Yvonne Hauck Professor of Midwifery, Curtin University (joint appointment) (08) 6458 3008
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Lucy Lewis Midwifery Research Fellow, Curtin University (joint appointment) (08) 6458 3024
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Laurene Aydon Neonatal Nursing Researcher (08) 6458 3014
Natalie Williams Gynaecology Nursing Researcher (08) 6458 3007


Current Projects


  • Parent Infant Feeding Initiative: a study to enhance breastfeeding duration.
  • Evaluation of morbidity and mortality associated with home birth in Western Australia.
  • Midwives’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Perception of Learning Needs around Vaccinations for Pregnant Women.
  • Stopping intravenous oxytocin post birth in spontaneous vaginal delivery following induction of labour with oxytocin: a comparison of three regimes.
  • A three arm study of water birth outcomes, women’s’ satisfaction and midwives’ experiences.

Neonatal Nursing

  • Audit of unplanned extubations in the Neonatology Clinical Care Unit.
  • Late preterm babies and breastfeeding: clinical audit.

Gynaecology Nursing

  • Supportive care needs of women undergoing gynaecology cancer treatment.

Completed Projects (2016 Only)

  • Factors which enable Australian women to continue breastfeeding for six months: an international comparison with Sweden and Ireland.
  • A randomised controlled trial of a smoking cessation intervention for young pregnant women: a pilot study.
  • Nurses’ perceptions of providing psychosexual care to women experiencing gynaecological cancer.
  • Transition from hospital to home: Parents perception of their preparation and readiness for discharge with their preterm infant.
  • ‘Teaching on the Run’ with Australian midwives in a tertiary maternity hospital.
  • Patient perception of health professionals’ compliance with two quality improvement outcomes: hand hygiene and skin to skin contact with a newborn infant.

Manuscripts published in 2015/2016

  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Pemberton, A., Crichton, C. & Conwell, M. (2016). Titration of intravenous oxytocin post birth following induction and augmentation in the absence of postpartum haemorrhage. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 9, 35-37.
  • Stoll, K., Hauck, Y., Downe, S., Edmonds, J., Gross, M., Malott, A., McNiven, P., Swift, E., Thompson, G. & Hall, W. (2016). Cross cultural development and psychometric evaluation of a new measure to assess fear of childbirth prior to pregnancy. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 8:49-54.
  • Jones, B., Michael, R., Butt, J. & Hauck, Y. (2016). Tanzanian midwives’ perception of their professional role and implications for continuing professional development education.  Nurse Education in Practice, 17:116-122.
  • Ball, C., Hauck, Y., Kuliukas, L., Lewis, L. & Doherty, D. (2016). Under scrutiny: midwives’ experience of intrapartum transfer from home to hospital within the context of a planned homebirth. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 8:88-93.
  • Bennett, E., Hauck, Y., Radford, G. & Bindahneem, S. (2016). An exploration of nursing and social work roles when working jointly with a family. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30(2):232-237.
  • Nicholls, S., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S. & Butt, J. (2016). Exploring midwives’ perception of confidence around facilitating water birth in Western Australia: A qualitative descriptive study. Midwifery, 33:73-81.
  • Kuliukas, K., Duggan, R., Lewis, L. & Hauck, Y. (2016). Women's experience of intrapartum transfer from a Western Australian birth centre to a tertiary maternity hospital. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16:33.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Crichton, C. & Waller, L. (2016). Gaining insight into how women conceptualise satisfaction: Western Australian women’s perception of their maternity care services. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16:29.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Kuliukas, L., Butt, J. & Wood, J. (2016). Graduate midwives’ perception of their preparation and support in using evidence to advocate for women’s choice: A Western Australian study. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1),305-311.
  • Stoll, K., Hauck, Y. & Hall, Y. (2016). Home or hospital? Midwife or physician? Preferences for maternity are provider and place of birth among Western Australia students. Women and Birth, 29, e33-38.
  • Kuliukas, L., Lewis, L., Hauck, Y. & Duggan, R. (2016). Midwives’ experiences of intrapartum transfer from a Western Australian birth centre to a tertiary maternity hospital. Women and Birth, 29, 18-23.
  • Hauck, Y., Cooper, C., Lewis, L., Gibson, R., Ronchi, F. & Foley, J. (2015). Blokes talking with blokes: Feasibility of a ‘dads only’ session within an Australian parent education program. Evidence Based Midwifery, 13(3): 100-106.
  • Scott, J., Maycock, B., Hauck, Y., Burns, S., Robinson, S., Giglia, R., Jorgensen, A., White, B., Harries, A., Dhaliwal, S., Howat, P. & Binns, C. (2015). A study to prolong breastfeeding duration: design and rationale of the Parent Infant Feeding Initiative (PIFI) randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15:159.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Bayes, S. & Keyes, L. (2015). Research capacity building in midwifery: case study of an Australian graduate midwifery research intern program. Women and Birth, 28(3), 259-63.
  • Kuliukas, L., Hauck, Y., Duggan, R. & Lewis, L. (2015). The phenomenon of intrapartum transfer from a Western Australian birth centre to a tertiary maternity hospital: the experiences of partner. Midwifery, 31(5):e87-93.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Nathan, E., White, C. & Doherty, D. (2015). Risk factors for severe perineal trauma during vaginal childbirth: a Western Australian retrospective cohort study. Women and Birth, 28(1):16-20.
  • Davison, C., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S., Kuliukas, L. & Wood, J. (2015). The relationship is everything: Women’s reasons for choosing a privately practising midwife to provide maternity care in Western Australia. Midwifery, 31(8), 772-778.
  • Hauck, Y., Nguyen, T., Frayne, J., Garefalakis, M. & Rock, R. (2015). Sexual and reproductive health trends among women with enduring mental illness: a survey of Western Australian community mental health services. Health Care for Women International, 36(4), 499-510.
  • Martin, T., Fenwick, J., Hauck, Y., Butt, J. & Wood, J. (2015). Providing information and support to postnatal women who have experienced a caesarean section: a pilot study. International Journal of Childbirth, 5(1): 44-54.
  • Martin, T., Hauck, Y., Fenwick, J., Butt, J. & Wood, J. (2015). Midwives experiences of working in a new service delivery model: the Next Birth After Caesarean Service. Evidence Based Midwifery, 13(1)10-14.
  • Hauck, T., Kelly, G., Dragovic, M., Butt, J., Whittaker, P. & Badcock, J. (2015). Australian midwives knowledge, attitude and perceived learning needs around perinatal mental health. Midwifery, 31(1): 247-55.

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