About

Vanessa is an Academic and Lecturer in the discipline of Nursing and Midwifery, and Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control at James Cook University (JCU).

Vanessa is an experienced Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) professional with a specific interest in rural and remote areas. and is currently undertaking her PhD (Improving infection prevention and control in a rural hospital in the Solomon Islands: A Participatory Action Research approach).  Vanessa has worked as an IP&C clinical nurse in both large metropolitan hospitals and rural and remote areas of Australia. Vanessa’s other professional interests include critical care nursing, public health, and disaster preparedness and recovery and has travelled to Vietnam to teach disaster preparedness to communities living on the Mekong Delta (AusAID funded), and to the Solomon Islands to assess IP&C practices in a rural hospital (WHO funded). Vanessa is an active member of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) LMI Special Interest Group and Education & Professional Development Committee.

 

 

 

Teaching
  • 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)
Interests
Research
  • Infection prevention and control Disaster preparedness and resilience Rural and remote health
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

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

Indicative Funding
$3,000
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
disaster; Resilience; student nurses; evacuation shelters
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  • 1 collaboration
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