Pieta Shakes is overly enthusiastic about patient experience and person-centred care within our fast-paced systems and society. With a professional goal to improve equity and diversity in healthcare, Pieta was drawn towards education, research, and the translation of knowledge to practice. 

Pieta has a particular interest in the psychosocial aspects of prenatal diagnosis and the ethical matters entwined with prenatal screening. She is currently undertaking her PhD on the maternal experience of receiving a prenatal diagnosis of agenesis of the corpus callosum, inspired by her own lived experience. Pieta is also involved in other research projects that aim to address knowledge gaps in parent experience, psychosocial outcomes and workforce training needs related to prenatal diagnosis. 

Pieta is a credentialed mental health nurse with postgraduate qualifications in mental health nursing, diagnostic genomics and higher education innovative teaching and learning. She is the founder and Executive Director of Through the Unexpected, sits on the Perinatal Ethics Subcommittee of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and frequently provides consultation upon matters relating to communication, language and parent experience within prenatal diagnosis. 

  • NS5330: Persuasive Communication (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5331: Effective Clinical Governance (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5332: Informatics for Health Professionals (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5333: Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5334: Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5338: Ethics and Health Management (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5339: Leading and Managing in Health (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5340: Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5341: Business and Finance for the Health Manager (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5342: Principles of Education for the Health Professional (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5343: Teaching in Practice Settings (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5344: Clinical Coaching (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5345: Contemporary Healthcare Education (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5346: Advanced Health Assessment (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5347: Quality Use of Medicines in Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5348: Applied Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5349: Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5352: Qualitative Research in Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5353: Quantitative Research in Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5354: Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts (Level 5; ONL)
  • Patient experience, genomics and nursing, prenatal screening and diagnosis, online education, innovative teaching, student-centred teaching, equity and diversity in nursing, neurodevelopmental differences, hermeneutic phenomenology, discourse analysis, agenesis of the corpus callosum, rare conditions and mental health
  • 2020 to 2022 - Sessional academic, James Cook University
  • 2018 to 2020 - Sessional academic, Deakin University
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2021 - Southern Cross University Student Excellence Award
  • 2018 - Academic Excellence, Southern Cross University
  • Global Genomics Nursing Alliance G2NA
  • Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc
  • Through the Unexpected (Director)
  • The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Psi Zeta at-Large Chapter (Committee member)
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • RTP Scholarship
  • 2021 - Letter of commendation for a high level of achievement in OUA SP 3 (GradCert Higher Ed Innovative Teaching and Learning)
  • 2021 - Letter of commendation for a high level of achievement in OUA SP 2 (GradCert Higher Ed Innovative Teaching and Learning)

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Through The Unexpected - Contract Research

Facing the Unexpected: Improving Women?s Mental Health through Training to Address the Psychosocial Aspects of Prenatal Diagnosis

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$33,534 over 1 year (administered by RMIT)
This research project will produce novel knowledge that will be applied by TTU in the development of an online training program for health and allied health professionals. The training will enable these professionals to better support women and other pregnant people?s psychosocial health as they engage with processes related to receiving unexpected news of a fetal variation. The research project has 3 components: 1. survey research will be conducted with health and allied health professionals on training needs and interests; 2. lived experience co-design methods will be used to develop learning resources; 3. evaluation of the online training program.
Pieta Shakes and Belinda Johnson in collaboration with Chris Maylea (College of Healthcare Sciences, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and La Trobe University)
Prenatal Diagnosis; Women's Health; Training; Psychological processes; Health Professional Education; Patient Experience

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