Catherine Fetherston  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.
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Professor Catherine Fetherston
RN RM IBCLC BAppSc PostGradDip(Mid) MSc PhD

Head of Nursing

About me

My early career, since graduating as a nurse in 1978, was spent working in acute care areas such as coronary care and cardiothoracics and then teaching bioscience and critical care at the WA School of Nursing. Following the birth of my children my professional interests changed direction and I subsequently qualified as a midwife and a lactation consultant in 1992. During the following 15 years I worked across the continuum of midwifery care and lactation consultancy in a variety of clinical, teaching and management roles, whilst also undertaking research into lactation mastitis. These research interests led to a post doctoral appointment as a research fellow with Murdoch University in 2007. Since that time I have undertaken roles within the University as Coordinator of the Master of Midwifery, Academic Chair of Postgraduate Research and Deputy Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery; Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the School of Health Professions and now Discipline Head of Nursing. These roles have given me a broad range of experience in research, leadership and management in Nursing and Midwifery practice and University environments.

Teaching area

I have taught across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate Nursing, Midwifery, Bioscience and Health Research areas

Research areas

I am active in supervising higher degree research across a range of midwifery and nursing topics and research methodologies. My personal areas of research interest are related to curriculum development in nursing education, occupational wellbeing and issues affecting women’s and infant’s health, with a particular focus on breastfeeding and lactation and in nursing education.

Current projects

I am currently working on two projects, one investigating work-life merge and wellbeing in academics, and the other in provision of aged care community services in China

Awards and grants

Grants/Scholarships/Awards

2017 SHP Small Grant Award $20,000                                                                           2015 HWA Simulation Learning Environments Grant $380,780                                        2014 Medela Inc. Sponsored Breastfeeding Research (in kind equipment) $3,500
2004 Completion Scholarship  (The University of Western Australia) $8,000                     2004 Employee of the Year (Attadale Private Hospital)
2001 Awarded UNICEF paper of the month and the Mary Paton Research Award for  best research paper in the field of breastfeeding and lactation
2000 Mary Paton Research Award (Australian Breastfeeding Association) $2,000
2000 Research Fellowship Award (Nurses Board of Western Australia) $10,000
2000 Western Diagnostic Pathology: Industry Grant  $2,000
1999 Sister Francesca Award (Australian College of Midwives – WA Branch) $1,000
1996 Helen Bailey Scholarship (Health Department of Western Australia) $5,000

Events and speaking engagements

I have been invited (and funded) to lecture or speak in the area of women’s and family health, and breastfeeding and lactation, in a variety of local, national and international settings over the last 20 years, with speaking invitations/engagements across all states of Australia, in addition to the USA, UK and Israel, with my lectures on mastitis  translated into French for the Canadian audience and conference lectures in Israel into Hebrew.

Professional and community service

University Service Roles

  • Academic Misconduct Investigator & Arbiter, 2013 to current
  • VC Excellence in Teaching Citation and Awards Committee 2014 to 2018  (Interim Chair 2018)
  • Academic Courses and Admissions Committee (2 years, 2013-2014, 2019 current)
  • Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee, Professional rep (3.5 years, 2010-2013)
  • Curriculum Commission ISG curriculum working party (2013),
  • Vice Chancellor’s Medals Committee, 2014

Stakeholder memberships/committees

  • Research, Education and Training Program Steering Committee, WA Health Translation Network, 2019 – current
  • Kimberly Rural Health Alliance, Consortium partner, 2017 – current
  • Review group for WA Health Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Direction, 2017
  • WA Forum on Inter-professional Education in Health, 2014
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia stakeholder forum, 2014
  • ANMAC Midwifery Accreditation Standards: Consultation Stakeholder Group 2013, 2019
  •  Stakeholders Breastfeeding Network, 2011 to 2016,
  • Global Health Alliance WA Research Subcommittee, 2012-2013
  • Key Stakeholders Group “Internet Intervention to sustain breastfeeding duration in regional Western Australia (2011 to 2016)
  • ANZAHPE Academic Program committee OTTAWA/ANZAHPE Conference  Perth 2016
  • Raine Clinician Research Fellowships Committee (nursing rep), 2014- 2016
  • Organising Committee Member for CLCWA 2010 National Conference “Breastfeeding and Sleep: from confusion to clarity” and Editor for Conference Proceedings booklet, 2010

Research Service Roles

  • Associate Section Editor BMC Pregnancy and Birth (from 2014-2017)
  • Editorial Review Board member, Breastfeeding Review Journal (from 2002 to current)
    External Reviewer Notre Dame PhD upgrade School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013)
    External Reviewer ECU PhD upgrade School of Education (2012)
  • Reviewer for the following journals:
  • Journal of Nursing: Research & Reviews (from 2012),
    Contemporary Nurse (from 2011),
    Journal of Human Lactation (from 2001),
    Breastfeeding Medicine (from 2007),
    International Breastfeeding Journal (from 2007),
    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology (from 2008),
    British Journal of Nutrition (from 2008)
    World Journal of Pediatrics (from 2013)
  • Invited Peer Reviews: NHMRC Grant Reviewer (2015) Elsevier publications (2007) and BioMed Central Public Health On line (2006) Reviewer for Health e-Learning on line courses for Lactation Consultants (2005) Reviewer for Grant Application, The Wellcome Trust (2004)
  • Professional Memberships (current): Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwfery (CDNM), College of Lactation Consultants WA (CLCWA), Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Completions

Current supervisions

  • PhD candidate: Caroline Browne: Understanding successful short term international clinical placements for Australian students in Asia: A case study (Principal)
  • Masters candidate: Jo Walker:  The experiences of individuals seeking, receiving and using health information to assist in the self-management of thyroid disorders.(Principal)
  • Masters candidate: Raychelle Phoebe: Using narrative inquiry to explore support when establishing breastfeeding (Principal)
  • Masters candidate: Holly Clegg: Provision of emergency nursing care for patients with amphetamine dependency (Principal)
  • PhD candidate: Jane  Anyango: Ugandan health worker management of intimate partner violence during pregnancy (Associate supervisor)

 

Publications

Chapters

  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., (2016),The Bindjareb Yorgas Health Program,In: Qualitative Research Methods in Consumer Psychology. Ethnography and Cultre, Routledge, pages 173 to 191.
  • Fetherston, C., (2001),Mamary gland defence: The role of colostrum, milk and involution secretion,In: Advances in Nutritional Research, Klewer Academic/Plenum Publishing Corporation, pages 167 to 200.

Journals

  • Hopkins, M., Fetherston, C., Morrison, P., (2018), Aggression and violence in healthcare and its impact on nursing students: A narrative review of the literature, Nurse Education Today, 62, , pages 158 - 163.
  • Wall, P., Fetherston, C., Browne, C., (2018), Understanding the Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse journey through a model adapted from Schlossberg��s Transition Theory, Nurse Education Today, 67, August 2018, .
  • Browne, C., Fetherston, C., (2018), How do we facilitate international clinical placements for Australian nursing students in Asia, Nurse Education Today, 66, July 2018, .
  • Mortimer-Jones, S., Fetherston, C., (2018), The nursification of a bioscience unit and its impact on student satisfaction and learning in an undergraduate nursing degree, Nurse Education Today, 64, , pages 1 - 4.
  • Wall, P., Fetherston, C., Browne, C., (2018), Understanding the enrolled nurse to registered nurse journey through a model adapted from Schlossberg's transition theory, Nurse Education Today, 67, , pages 6 - 14.
  • Fetherston, C., Browne, C., Andrus, P., Batt, S., (2017), Renewal of an entry to practice baccalaureate nursing curriculum: Adapting to complexity, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8, 2, pages 104 - 115.
  • Wiffen, J., Fetherston, C., (2016), RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND INITIATION OF LACTATION PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS, Breastfeeding Review, 24, 1, pages 7 - 13.
  • Batt, S., Geerlings, P., Fetherston, C., (2016), Health characteristics and self-identified health promotion needs of Army personnel in Perth Western Australia, Journal of Military and Veterans' Health, 24, 2, pages 6 - 13.
  • Wei, L., Fetherston, C., Medigovich, K., (2015), Taoist Tai Chi For Health: The Characteristics and Patterns of Practice of Western Australian Practitioners, Journal of Health Behavior and Public Health, 5, 1, pages 1 - 7.
  • Browne, C., Fetherston, C., Medigovich, K., (2015), International clinical placements for Australian undergraduate nursing students: A systematic thematic synthesis of the literature, Nurse Education Today, 35, 10, pages 1028 - 1036.
  • Nilson, C., Kearing, G., Fetherston, C., Morrison, P., (2015), Art from the Heart: Using Art Narrative to Describe the Experiences of a Health Promotion Program in an Australian Aboriginal Community., The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, 10, 3, pages 13 - 32.
  • Nilson, C., Kearing-Salmon, K., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., (2015), An ethnographic action research study to investigate the experiences of Bindjareb women participating in the cooking and nutrition component of an Aboriginal health promotion programme in regional Western Australia, Public Health Nutrition, 18, 18, pages 3394 - 3405.
  • Walker, L., Fetherston, C., McMurray, A., (2015), Perceptions of Interprofessional Education in the Australian Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course, Family Medicine, 47, 6, pages 435 - 444.
  • Hopkins, M., Fetherston, C., Morrison, P., (2014), Prevalence and characteristics of aggression and violence experienced by Western Australian nursing students during clinical practice, Contemporary Nurse, 49, 1, pages 113 - 121.
  • Nilson, C., Fetherston, C., McMurray, A., (2014), Developing Children's Critical Thinking through Creative Arts Exposure: An Application of Ennis's Super-streamlined Critical Thinking Framework, International Journal of Arts Education, 8, 3, pages 31 - 45.
  • Nilson, C., Fetherston, C., McMurray, A., Fetherston, T., (2013), Creative Arts: An Essential Element in the Teacher'sToolkit When Developing Critical Thinking in Children, Australian Journal of Teacher Education (Online), 38, 7, pages 1 - 17.
  • Walker, L., Fetherston, C., McMurray, A., (2013), Perceived changes in the knowledge and confidence of doctors and midwives to manage obstetric emergencies following completion of an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course in Australia, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 53, 6, pages 525 - 531.
  • Nilson, C., Fetherston, C., McMurray, A., (2013), Teachers' and Mothers' Perceptions of Using Creative Arts to Develop Children's Potential for Critical Thinking, International Journal of Arts Education, 7, 1, pages 1 - 16.
  • Fetherston, C., Leach, J., (2012), Analysis of the ethical issues in the breastfeeding and bedsharing debate, Breastfeeding Review, 20, 3, pages 7 - 17.
  • Fetherston, C., Ward, S., (2011), Relationships between post operative pain management and short term functional mobility in total knee arthroplasty patients with a femoral nerve catheter: A preliminary study, Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 6, 0, pages 0 - 0.
  • Fetherston, C., Wei, L., (2011), The benefits of tai chi as a self management strategy to improve health in people with chronic conditions, Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3, 3, pages 155 - 164.
  • McMurray, A., Chaboyer, W., Wallis, M., Fetherston, C., (2010), Implementing bedside handover: Strategies for change management, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19, 17-18, pages 2580 - 2589.
  • McMurray, A., Blazey, L., Fetherston, C., (2008), The effect of intradialytic foot pedal exercise on blood pressure phosphate removal efficiency and health related quality of life in haemodialysis patients, Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 4, 2, pages 6 - 12.
  • Fetherston, C., Hartmann, P., Lai, C., (2008), Recurrent blocked duct(s) in a mother with immunoglobulin A deficiency, Breastfeeding Medicine, 3, 4, pages 261 - 265.
  • Fetherston, C., (2006), Relationships between symptoms and changes in breast physiology during lactation mastitis, Breastfeeding Medicine, 1, 3, pages 136 - 145.
  • Fetherston, C., (2006), Severity of mastitis symptoms as a predictor of C-reactive protein in milk and blood during lactation, Breastfeeding Medicine, 1, 3, pages 127 - 135.
  • Fetherston, C., (2006), Excretion of lactose in urine as a measure of increased permeability of the lactating breast during inflammation, Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica, 85, , pages 20 - 25.
  • Fetherston, C., (2001), Mastitis in lactating women: pathology or physiology?, Breastfeeding Review, 9, 1, pages 5 - 12.

Conference

  • Mortimer-Jones, S., Fetherston, C., (2017),The Nursification of a Bioscience unit and its Impact on Learning,In: 3rd Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference.
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., Kearing, G., (2016),'Yarning' about health gives voice and promotes action amongst Aboriginal women in a community owned health promotion program,In: 4th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2016).
  • Hopkins, M., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., (2016),Enhancing Nursing Students' Resilience to Aggressive and Violent Events,In: Fifth International Conference on Violence in the Heath Sector..
  • Nilson, C., Fetherston, C., Morrison, P., Kearing, S., (2016),An ethnographic action research approach to investigate the experiences of Aboriginal women participating in the group fitness and walking component of a community owned health promotion program,In: 4th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2016).
  • Fetherston, C.  (2001). Mastitis in lactating women: pathology or physiology? Breastfeeding Review, 9(1), 5-12. reprinted in: MIDIRS (2002) 12(2), 235-240. (Awarded UNICEF paper of the month and the Mary Paton Research Award and for best research paper in the field of breastfeeding and lactation)
  • Fetherston, C. (1998). Risk factors for lactation mastitis. J Hum Lact, 14, 101-109.
  • Fetherston, C. (1997a). Characteristics of lactation mastitis in a Western Australian cohort. Breastfeeding Review, 5(2), 5-11.
  • Fetherston C. (1997b). Management of lactation mastitis in a Western Australian cohort. Breastfeeding Review. 5(2): 13-19.
  • Fetherston, C. (1995). Factors influencing breastfeeding initiation and duration in a private Western Australian maternity hospital. Breastfeeding Review, 3(1), 9-14.
  • Fetherston C. (1995). Breastfeeding twins: two onto one does go: A case study.  Breastfeeding Review, 3(1), 34-35.
  • Published letters to the editor
  • Fetherston, C.M., Young, J., Kruske, S. (2013). Concerning conclusions that may negatively impact on safe sleeping, successful breastfeeding, parent wellbeing and open communication between health professionals and parents. BMJ Open http://www.bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/5/e002299/reply
  • Fetherston, C.M., & Leach, J.L. (2012) Response to Breastfeeding Review 20(3),
  • Conference Abstracts
  • Fetherston, C. Wei, R., Batt, S., Sully, M. & Fetherston, A. (2019). Work-life merge and wellbeing in Australian and UK academics. Fifth International Conference on Wellbeing at Work: Wellbeing at Work in a changing work: Challenges and opportunities, Paris, France.
  • Fetherston, C. Batt, S., & Johnson, A. (2018). Assessment for Learning Using Bachelor of Nursing Inherent Requirements: Enhancing Students’ Understanding of Course Requirements and Registered Nurse Attributes. WA Teaching and Learning Forum, Perth WA.
  • Browne, C., Fetherston, C., & Williams A. (2018). Exploring student motivation to undertake clinical placement overseas: a link to achieving successful learning outcomes 7th International Nursing Conference, Banff, Canada
  • Mortimer-Jones, S., & Fetherston, C. (2017) The Nursification of a Bioscience Unit and its Impact on Learning. The 3rd Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Nilson, C., Fetherston, C., & Morrison, P., & Kearing, G. (2017, September). Aboriginal women developing wellbeing through community vegetable garden activities on reclaimed traditional land. 14th International Conference of Urban Health, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Hopkins, M., Fetherston & Morrison P. (2016) Enhancing Nursing Students’ Resilience to Aggressive and Violent Events. 5th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, Dublin, Ireland ISBN 978-90-5740-150-3
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., & Kearing, S. (2016, July). An ethnographic action research approach to investigate the experiences of Aboriginal women participating in the group fitness and walking component of a community owned health promotion program Aboriginal women participating in group fitness and walking. Worldwide Nursing Conference, Singapore.
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., & Kearing, G. (2016, July). ‘Yarning’ about health gives voice and promotes action amongst Aboriginal women in a community owned health promotion program. Worldwide Nursing Conference, Singapore.
  • Hopkins, M., Fetherston, C. M., & Morrison, P.  (2015). Prevalence and characteristics of aggression and violence experienced by Western Australian nursing students during clinical practice. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation Professional Practice Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Nilson, C., Kearing, G., Fetherston, C., & Morrison, P. (2014). Art from the heart: using art narrative to describe the experiences of a health promotion program in an Australian Aboriginal community. 9th International Conference on the Arts in Society. Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  • Hopkins, M., Morrison, P. & Fetherston, C. M., (2013). A comparison of cinemeducation and traditional pedagogies in preparing nurses to cope with aggression & violence in the clinical setting. Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association (MUPSA) Conference, Perth, Western Australia
  • Nilson, C., & Kearing, S. (2013). The Bindjareb Yorgas Health Program – We are speaking and sharing our story. Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Conference, Mandurah, Western Australia.
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C., & Kearing, G. (2013). The Bindjareb Yorgas Health Program One Year On: “All the Same but Totally Different”. Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses: All the same but totally different. Canberra, ACT.
  • Fetherston, C. & Leach J.S. (2012) Ethical Implications in the Breastfeeding and Bedsharing Debate. Community Health Nurses 2012 National Conference, Perth.
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C. (2012). The Bindjareb yorgas health program: Health promotion through a community based research intervention project. Australian College of Nursing Community and Primary Health Care Conference: Shaping and influencing primary health care. Perth, Western Australia.
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C. (2012). Collaboration and Consultation: The key to the development to the Bindjareb Yorgas Health Program. Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses: Getting There. Cairns, Queensland.
  • Nilson, C., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C. (2012). The proposal: The Bindjareb Yorgas Health program: Improving the health of women and their families. Rural Health West Aboriginal Health Conference: Sharing stories, sharing successes, Perth, Western Australia
  • Wei, L., & Fetherston, C. (2011). Attributes of self-esteem experienced by Taoist Tai Chi practitioners. Proceedings of the 9th Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (concurrent session). Melbourne Australia.
  • Wrightson, J.S., McMurray, A., & Fetherston, C. (2011).  Perceived influences on low risk women’s decision making and induction of labour: An ethnographic case study. Proceedings of the ACM National Conference: A Midwifery Odyssey (concurrent session). Sydney, Australia. Doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2011.07.041
  • Walker, L., Fetherston, C., & McMurray, A. (2011). Perceived Changes in Knowledge and Confidence to Manage Obstetric Emergencies Following Completion of an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course in Australia. Proceedings of 5th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing (concurrent session). Perth, Western Australia.
  • Fetherston, C.M., Lai, C.T., & Hartmann, P.E. (2008). Recurrent Blocked ducts in mother with IgA deficiency: A Case Study. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation(Poster presentation). Perth: The University Of Western Australia.
    McMurray, A., Blazey, L., & Fetherston, C. (2008). The effect of intradialytic foot pedal exercise on blood pressure, phosphate removal efficiency and health related quality of life in hemodialysis patients. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Renal Soc of Aust (Poster presentation). Perth, Australia
    Fetherston, C.M. Lai, C.T. & Hartmann, P.E. (2004). Indicators for Raised Sodium and Associated Changes in Breastmilk During the First Three Months Post Partum. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (Poster presentation). Cambridge, UK: Queens’ College.
    Fetherston, C.M. Lai, C.T. Mitoulas, L.R,. & Hartmann, P.E. (2004). The 24-h Excretion of Lactose in Urine as a Measure of Increased Permeability of the Lactating Breast During Inflammation. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (Poster presentation). Cambridge, UK: Queens’ College.
    Fetherston, C. (2003). Physiological changes occurring in the breast during mastitis. Plenary session. Proceedings of the Conference and Annual Meeting of the International Lactation Consultant Association: Milk Mammals and Marsupials: An International Perspective. Sydney Australia.
    Fetherston, C. (2002). Breast defence during lactation. Plenary session. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Human Lactation Research and Breastfeeding Management: The Art and Science of Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Orlando, Florida.
    Fetherston, C. (2002). Mastitis, Pathology or Physiology? Plenary session. In Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Human Lactation Research and Breastfeeding Management. The Art and Science of Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Orlando, Florida.