- Embedding evidence-based practice within nursing and midwifery curricula
- advanced practice nursing
- Law and ethics for Undergraduate nurses and midwives
- Evidence based practice for Undergraduate nurses and midwives
- 2008 to present - Associate Professor, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
- 2011 to 2013 - Coordinator, Postgraduate Coursework programs, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
- 2007 to 2012 - Coordinator, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
- 2011 - Interim Director, Tropical health Research Unit (Townsville Health Service)
- 2008 to 2011 - Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
- 2004 to 2007 - Deputy Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
- 2002 to 2005 - Director of Undergraduate Studies, Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (Townsville)
- Research Disciplines
- Nursing (1110)
- Socio-Economic Objectives
- Health (9299)
My family and I came to Townsville from Adelaide in 1998 and I commenced work at the School of Nursing as a lecturer. I commenced my nursing career in 1975 and worked in a variety of clinical areas as a Registered Nurse before working for 10 years as a Nurse Educator in a multidisciplinary team at the South Australian Rural Health Training Unit.
I have a number of postgraduate degrees including a PhD, the title of which was “Exploring the roles of Nurse Practitioners in Fiji: a critical social theory perspective”. I remain interested in Nurse Practitioner (NP) roles and have been involved in the development and coordination of the Master of Nursing (NP) within the School of Nursing at JCU.
Since coming to JCU, I have held a number of administrative roles, including a period as Head of School from 2008-2011.
At present my research interests include the prevalence within and impact upon the health workforce of long term conditions (chronic diseases), rural health and rural nursing, and Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing roles in rural areas and developing countries. My professional goals are to increase my research and scholarly outputs, improve my teaching, and gain experience in supervising higher degree students to successful completion.
Outside work, my interests include active involvement with a local Church, playing guitar, listening to music, gardening, home renovation, watching and playing sport, and spending time with family.
- 2011 - Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Smyth W, Lindsay D, Holmes C, Gardner A and Rahman K (2016) Self-reported long-term conditions of nurses and midwives across a northern Australian health service: a survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 62. pp. 22-35
- Gatling M, Mills J and Lindsay D (2014) Representation of middle age in comedy film. Qualitative Report, 19. pp. 1-15
- Usher K, West C, MacManus M, Waqa S, Stewart L, Henry R, Lindsay D, Conaglen J, Hall J, McAuliffe M and Redman-MacLaren M (2013) Motivations to nurse: an exploration of what motivates students in Pacific Island countries to enter nursing. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 19 (5). pp. 447-454
- Yates K, Kelly J, Lindsay D and Usher K (2013) The experience of rural midwives in dual roles as nurse and midwife: "I'd prefer midwifery but I chose to live here". Women and Birth, 26 (1). pp. 60-64
- Foster K, Usher K, Luck L, Harvey N and Lindsay D (2008) Learning from experience: an evaluation of an external nursing course in regional Australia. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 45 (2). pp. 155-167
- Usher K, Lindsay D and Mackay W (2005) An innovative nurse education program in the Torres Strait Islands. Nurse education today, 25 (6). pp. 437-441
- Usher K, Lindsay D, Miller M and Miller A (2005) Challenges faced by Indigenous nursing students and strategies that aided their progress in the course: a descriptive study. Contemporary Nurse, 19 (1-2). pp. 17-31
- Usher K, Holmes C, Lindsay D and Luck L (2003) PRN psychotropic medications: The need for nursing research. Contemporary Nurse, 14 (3). pp. 248-257
- Other research outputs
- Smyth W, Lindsay D, Holmes C and Gardner A (2015) Nurses and midwives in north Australia: a survey of their long-term conditions and how they manage them. Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 17 (1). p. 12
- Mills J, Lindsay D and Gardner A (2011) Nurse practitioners for rural and remote Australia: creating opportunities for better health in the bush. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19 (1). p. 54
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Townsville Health Service District - Research Trust Fund
Nurse practitioner in the THHS: An exploration of current and potential roles
- Indicative Funding
- This research aims to understand the actual potential contribution of nurse practitioners to the local health service from the perspective of senior hospital managers. This research will (1) Describe the current roles and dominant work patterns of nurse practitioners employed in the THHS district (2) Identify unmet service demand that could potentially be filled by nurse practitioners (3) Develop recommendations to enhance the capacity of practitioners to address the unmet service demand in the THHS context. Achieving these aims will contribute to an understanding of the current role of the nurse practitioner in the local health services and identify strategies to expand its scope.
- John Smithson, Melanie Birks, David Lindsay and Sandra Crook (College of Healthcare Sciences and Townsville Health Service District)
- Nurse Practitioner; Nursing roles; Scope of Practice; Service demand
Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Secondary Advisor.
These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- The Caring Profession: In Need of a Cure? (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Genetic Literacy of Registered Nurses and Midwives and Their use of Genetics/Genomics in Clinical Practice. (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
- Temperature measurement and thermoregulation in the term and preterm infant (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Representations of age and ageing in comedy film (2014, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- A mixed methods sequential explanatory study of the impact of chronic pain on family resilience (2012, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- A randomised controlled trial of the effects of the energy-based complementary therapy of healing touch on the functional health status of community-dwelling single older women (2013, PhD, Associate Advisor)
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- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)