Dr Lauren Kearney

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Dr Lauren Kearney


Teaching areas

  • Paediatric and Child Health Nursing

Research areas

  • evaluation of innovative health care delivery programs
  • breastfeeding
  • community-based child health and the early years
  • midwifery practice and the perinatal period


Dr Lauren Kearney works in a joint clinical academic appointment between the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of the Sunshine Coast and the Women and Families Service Group, Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Lauren’s clinical background is in paediatric and child health nursing and in more recent year’s midwifery.

The Primary focus of her role is to build and support research capacity amongst nurses, midwives and other health care professionals working within the maternal, child and family health domain. She is currently supervising a number of higher degree by research students, and research interests include the perinatal period, postpartum haemorrhage, care for women with complex needs during labour and birth and enabling closeness between mothers and infants in the postpartum period.

Lauren has been the recipient of a number of competitive research grants which primarily support clinicians to conduct pragmatic research within their clinical speciality, with the goal to improve practice.

Research grants 

Project Investigator(s) Funding Body Year
Barriers and facilitators, to care close to or at home for dying Boyce, A., Kearney, L. & George, K. Wishlist A$5,000  
Thromboelastography in Obstetrics Godsall, G. & Kearney, L. Wishlist A$20,000 2017
Reducing risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies: trial of a safe sleep enabler to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy in high risk environments. Young, J., Craigie, L., Ngarrama Team (Hine, H., Kosiak, M.,   O’Sullivan, M.), Woorabinda Multi-purpose Health Centre staff (Cody, R., Vahdat, P., Doolan, F.), Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (McAvoy, L., Saylor, L., Lauder, D.),   Kearney, .L, Cowan, S. Closing the Gap: National Partnership Agreement on Indigneous Early Childhood Development   $314,980 2013-2014
Open-Access Community Child Health Clinics: Evaluation of support for parents with infants aged 0-18 months. Kearney, L., Fulbrook, P. & Howlett, L. Regional Research Grant: Royal Children's Hospital Foundation   $100,000 2005-2009
Novice Research Grant Kearney, L. Queensland Nursing Council   $7,899 2005-2009
Research Grant Kearney, L. Ipswich Hospital Foundation   $10,000 2005-2009
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