Julie Martyn is a senior lecturer who commenced in USC's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in February 2016. She is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years' experience in acute medical and surgical nursing. Julie completed her Masters of Education through Southern Cross University in 1999. Her dissertation was titled 'The relevance of professional development to nursing practice: A study of professional development in a small provincial hospital'. She went on to complete her PhD through the University of New England in 2015. Her research was an appreciative inquiry of medication administration by registered nurses.
For more than 20 years, Julie has worked and lived on the Fraser Coast, for more than 10 years she has worked as a nursing academic at the Fraser Coast campus. During this time she has received multiple awards and commendations for her contributions to teaching and learning. She has also supervised Master of Nursing students.
Julie managed a 2-year, A$0.5 million dollar Clinician Development program in 2003 that resulted in the appointment of medical leaders and the establishment of clinical education programs for health professionals. Her role in the development and implementation of the Clinical Pathways project and the development of the Medication Education Unit on the Fraser Coast were significant achievements for the public health service.
She also actively engages with health care professionals locally and abroad and she has chaired the Fraser Coast Health Professionals Local Education and Research Nexus (LEARN) since 2014. The LEARN education program is designed to meet the diverse and evolving continuing education needs of all health disciplines in the Fraser Coast region. Proceeds from the program are used to support further education for local participants and more than A$6000 in scholarships have been awarded since the program commenced.
Julie is establishing her post-doctoral research program in fields of medication safety and health worker continuing education. Since completing her PhD, Julie is leading a multinational research collaboration, that through translational research, will contribute to nursing education and patient safety globally. Most recently, Julie was funded to undertake research into the continuing education needs of Personal Care Workers in residential aged care facilities and Indigenous Health Workers in primary health care services. The reports from these projects have gained national attention, and Julie has been commissioned to extend the project for Indigenous Health Workers. The success of this project is a highlight in Julie's research career to date.
Julie's publication profile is expanding with publications in peer-reviewed literature, book chapters and research reports. Julie is a reviewer for international nursing and health professional continuing education peer reviewed journals.
Julie is committed to nursing education and advancement of the profession through research, evidence-based practice and authentic learning experiences.