Vanessa is a lecturer and course coordinator of the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control at James Cook University (JCU). Vanessa began her infection control career at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne and after five years moved to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.  After three years in the Kimberley, first as the Infection Control Nurse for Derby and Fitzroy Crossing hospitals and then moving into a regional role, Vanessa moved to Cairns as a Lecturer in the Discipline of Nursing. Midwifery and Nutrition.  Now a PhD candidate, Vanessa is exploring infection control at Atoifi Adventist Hospital, Solomon Islands using a Participatory Action Research approach.

Vanessa's other interests include disaster preparedness and resilience, rural and remote healthcare and critical care nursing.

  • HS5555: Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS2771: The Professional Role (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • NS3226: Capstone - Clinical Nursing Practice 6 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • NS3227: Capstone - Clinical Nursing Practice 6 (Mental Health) (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • NS3362: Clinical Nursing Practice 5 (Midwifery) (Level 3; TSV)
  • NS3882: Nursing Practice 6 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Infection prevention and control Disaster preparedness and resilience Rural and remote health
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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Disaster Risk Reduction: Building Community Resilience through Health Student Support in Shelters (HSSS)

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Cyclone prone regions necessitate the need for robust preparatory plans and disaster risk mitigation policies. Cairns has two emergency shelters that offer public safety during a cyclone event. Currently manned by city council workers, we proffer that health students could offer valuable assistance.
Caryn West, Andrea Grimes, Karen Yates, Vanessa Sparke, Sandra Downing and Ben Ryan (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Queensland Health)
disaster; Resilience; student nurses; evacuation shelters

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